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Marvin B.

104 Reviews
55 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Marvin's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
10 yr 5 mo old
7 yr 11 mo old
Rat Terrier
3 yr 11 mo old
Golden Retriever
14 yr 11 mo old

Marvin's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Marvin

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My love of dogs is my life and you can be sure that your dog will have the best of times in my care. Dog Heaven on Earth is just that, dogs have plenty of play area inside or out. All Dogs are welcome in my home as well as outside. All dogs spending the night will sleep inside with me and my dogs. Large dogs or small and everything in between are welcome. There is very little stress to your dog because they will be having to much fun in a friendly home environment. One thing else, I am close to the airport for easy access to and from the airport when your needs include air travel . I also volunteer for Golden Bond Rescue, They make sure that all Golden Retrievers have a place to stay and get adopted and are cared for. I am fostering my third golden right now, named Copper, he is 12 years young. Thank you Marv
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Marvin B.

104 Reviews
55 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 28, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Marvin's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
104 Reviews
Marv was great! He sent updated pictures of Mischka's stay and it was obvious she was being treated as if she belonged to Marv. Thanks again for being such a great host and will definitely use you again in the future!
Marv was a fantastic host! From the beginning, his communication was on point, with very quick responses. He worked with me on making sure that we covered all of our bases, and made sure I had no issues finding his place.

From the moment Stormy came into the house, he did a great job of introducing the dogs. There was one he was watching that was a little pushier than Stormy liked, so he would separate them frequently while still letting them get to sniff each other. We got pictures through the course of our trip showing a happy Stormy.

She was obviously well cared for and happy during her vacay, and slept like a log on the way home. I will absolutely be contacting Marv for our next trip; I can't imagine anyone else watching our girl.
Scotty had a great time at Marvin's place. Will bring him back next time.
My dog had a really good time. He was well cared for and had a couple of other dogs to play with and keep him company. We really enjoyed the pictures that you sent us to keep us and the text messages that showed is that he was doing great. Thank you.
Marvin did an exceptional job taking care of Zeida! He sent daily updates and made sure she was well taken care of! Marvin was also very flexible with drop off/pick up time! Thanks Marvin!
Marvin was very accommodating and took great care of Shelby.
JD had a great time. He seemed very happy when we picked him up. Marvin was very friendly and his dogs were too. I would recommend Marvin.
Marvin was nice & my pets were fine with him. My complaint is that I don't want my dogs around so many other dogs at the same time. One of our dogs has not been socialized much & too many dogs make her nervous.
Both Tanner and Harlow came back exhausted, happy, and looking like they had a blast while Marvin watched them. He was very flexible on drop-off/pick-up hours and we would definitely choose him again, probably soon too!
Great as always
Marvin did a great job with Max! Our guy can be a little shy and reserved, but I could tell when I picked him up that he was one happy guy! There were other dogs for him to play with and large backyard to explore.

I even got a cute photo while we were gone! We'll be back again in the future!
Ellie had a great time at Marvin's! There were a few other dogs at the home for her to play with and she was nice and tired when I picked her up. Will definitely have Ellie stay with Marvin the next time I am away.
My dog Harley had a great time!
Marvin was great with my little dog!
There were lots of dogs for my dog to play with. She was able to come in or go out as she liked. Marvin has a nice back yard for the dogs. He sent me pictures of her while I was away, which made me feel better. Marvin was always quick to return any communications I sent to him. It was a great experience overall!
Marvin did a great job. Made me feel at ease since this was my first time giving my dog for boarding. He even sent me pictures.
Eugene had a great stay with all the dogs. He was still wiped out the next day! Thanks Marv!
Hunter enjoyed his stay with you. Thanks, for your TLC.
Our dog Buddy loved it at Marvin's he had so much fun playing and came back home so tired. He is currently sleeping so peacefully in bed I would truly recommend him he loves dogs so much.
Margin has a great relaxed atmosphere for the dogs and nice back yard. Scheduling was very easy and we were able to book last minute. Would definitely send our dog back!
I was nervous leaving my puppy for the first time but Marvin was super nice and put all of us at ease quickly. I think Jackson, our little Golden Retriever had a blast staying at his home while we were on vacation. We picked him up happy and exhausted. Thank you Marv for puppy sitting our fur baby, we really appreciate it!


The Adams Family
Marvin is an awesome laid back guy who knows how to take it easy with dogs. We will go back to him in the future!
Thanks Marv, for being so accommodating and a wonderful problem solver. We appreciate it.
My dog was completely worn out when he came home. Must have had a good time.
thanks Marvin!
Marvin was great. He took the needed time to let my dog get comfortable before introducing her to the pack. I'm not sure if the other dogs were his, other day care doggies or a combination, but he knew them all well and they were very calm when meeting my little one. It seems that mostly they all just relaxed during the day, Marvin and the dogs. My girl prefers people and feels more comfortable staying close to people in new situations so having him nearby seemed to make her more secure.
Marvin was super confident and caring w/ my disabled dog. Spoiled her like crazy.
Marvin was super responsive with his communication during the booking, drop off and pick off process. Much appreciated! Plus he sent a few pics of my dog enjoying his stay. Place was well setup for dogs and they all seemed happy. The introduction of my dog to the pack already there went smoothly, with Marvin telling us what would happen and setting it all up. 2 thumbs up!
Marvin both loves and understands dogs well. A great house to be a dog!
Marvin was fantastic with my pup! I booked very very very last minute and he fit me in with no problems. My boxer had an amazing time and slept the entire night.
We can only assume that Cinder had a good time, because she came home and pretty much slept for 2 days because she was exhausted playing with the other dogs. It's a wonderful socialization experience and Marv was real good with the dogs. We have already scheduled another "sleepover" for Cinder,
Marv was great with my 2 nervous basset hounds! We have just arrived in Portland after a 2 week cross country trip and I had to be away on the first day and was concerned leaving my pups alone after the trip. I felt so comfortable leaving them with Marv, knowing they would be in a safe dog-loving environment and wouldn't have the stress of being left alone. My dogs who are very shy seemed to warm up to Marv pretty quickly which made me feel even more comfortable. I certainly will be using his services again while I am here in Portland!
Marvin was an exceptional steward for my dog Winter. I even ran in to some misfortune on my way home and he was totally cool to work it out with me. I'll certainly ask him to watch my dog again.
Marvin made it a great stay, texted photos, and was very accommodating.
Marvin is Great!
Helped out in a time crunch.
Marvin, did a great job of taking care of my Molly!! She slept for two days after she got home. She had such a great time playing with the other dogs. Thanks Marvin. Mark Donovan and Molly :)
Did a great job on watching our babies. They were well taken care of and its great to see the freedom they enjoyed being able to roam around the back yard and interact with the other dogs
A+, would recommend
I and Hermes were very lucky to find Marvin and will definitely come again:)
MacGuffin, our 15-month old corgi/german shepherd mix, had a lot of fun during the week he spent at Marv's place when we went on vacation. He had anxieties around bigger, energetic dogs but quickly got along with Marvin's pack. Marv sent us daily pictures and let us know how he was doing. He is very responsive and always got back to us quickly. We'll be bringing our buddy back to Marvin again for sure!
This was the second time we boarded Sherlock with Marv. Sherlock enjoys playing with Copper and Marv's other dogs.
Marvin was great! He was very responsive and kept us up to date with how Crosby was doing. He's got a great space for the dogs to play in and Crosby came back exhausted (which was fantastic).
My dog Buckley loves going to Marv's house. He gets very excited when we turn on to his street. He loves playing with the other dogs.
Marv is the first in home dog sitter I have ever used and he is the only one I will use. Great care, good communication from Marv (even photos of Buckley). I don't even worry about leaving Buckley now that Marv is our dog sitter. Thanks Marv
Marv is a nice man and he's great with dogs
Marvin has been excellent. I apologize for delay in review, I do not have a home computer, and have had some health challenges and other issues lately. Marvin sends pictures, he has been giving her meds without issue, he is a dog person, and my dog Sasha has some anxiety issues especially with men that are not dog friendly due to her being a rescue dog that was traumatized badly. But she has done great with Marvin, as he truly is a dog man and Sasha picks up on his relaxed attitude, and although she misses me during that time, she also has gotten used to being with 4-5 dogs at a time! Marvin is a great asset to DogVacay. Thank you Marvin! Carla Anderson
Marv is awesome. We booked a 4 day stay for our 11 year old mastiff the week before Christmas. Marv made her feel comfortable and kept us up to date on how she was doing. We would definitely Recommend Marv
Mitzi is always well cared for by Marv. She is a rescue dog so it had been difficult to find a sitter who helps her to fit in with other dogs. No more being in a kennel for this pooch.
Marvin was great. Hastings was enjoying his stay with Marvin's dogs.
Marvin was easy to work with as always. Happy to have Esme stay with him.
Esme had a great time with Marvin as usual. Highly recommended.
We had to find someone at the very last minute and didn't even have time to do a meet and greet. Marvin was available and said he'd take our kids. He was extremely friendly as were the other dogs he had there. Mittens & Buck seemed to feel right at home from the minute they arrived and even though it was just "Daycare" and not overnight, we knew they'd be "ok". Twice he sent photos of them via text and let us know they were settling in and doing great. You can certainly tell that Marv is a true dog lover and will take great care of your precious animals.
Marvin is so sweet to al doggies, his own and mine. He welcomed both of my dogs, hugely different personalities, and they easily found somebody to hang with. Marvin clearly loves dogs, I really think the dogs allow HIM to feed and care for THEM. Marvin just pays rent!
Sophie had a great time with Marvin. She came home happy and relaxed!
Marvin is an amazing dog advacate. His home is definately a dogs paradise. My babies, Buddy and Jaxon seemed very happy and excited. Looking forward to next week's stay.
Quinn has stayed with Marvin several times now, and is always well taken care of. I feel very comfortable leaving him--Marvin is very friendly and knowledgeable about dogs, and always willing to take my big baby. I definitely recommend this host!
Marv was fantastic! He was great with our (very big) Great Pyrenees puppy, and she absolutely loved him. His other dogs were also very friendly, and it was definitely a great place to give us some peace of mind. We highly recommend him!
Another successful vacation for my family and our dogs! My dogs had a great time playing with the other dogs. Marvin sent us pics and made sure our dogs felt at home.
Marvin's House is great for dogs that want to play and be a part of a pack!
Marvin was Awesome!!
My dog had an amazing time! She spend a whole month there and I recieved text and photo updates from Marvin during her stay. She made a friend there too - I felt bad taking her away but I missed her!
This was Mitzi's second stay. Would highly recommend Marv. Planning to continue using Dog Vacay and Marv when I make trips my dog is unable to accompany me on. Love getting the texts/pictures while she is with Marv.
Marvin was wonderful! We were in Europe for two weeks and had never left our dog that long before. As soon as I met Marvin, we knew Hazel would be well taken care of. He was amazing and sent cute photos, assuring us she was having fun. He lets the dogs run and play all day. We'll definitely place Hazel under his care for our next trip. Thanks Marvin!
Marv was great in how he helped my little dog fit in. Liked the daily updates on how she was doing.
Marvin is wonderful. We left Blue with him and his dogs this weekend and had a great experience. He genuinely loves dogs and makes sure they have a great time in a safe environment. Our dog seemed so happy and enjoyed playing with the other dogs. She came home exhausted!

We will definitely be coming back to Marv when we need someone to watch our dog again!
My golden retriever, Brody, always has a great time when he goes to Marv's. He has been there several times and I do not take him anywhere else. Always has other dogs for Brody to play with and a nice yard for plenty of romping space. Veronica
Marvin is friendly and very accommodating. Quinn had another great stay. It's so nice to be able to drop him on my way to the airport! Thanks again... :-)
I was nervous about leaving Quinn, as he's a "rescue" dog and not trained at all. Also, he had just had his neuter surgery and developed an infection right before his stay was to begin. Marvin didn't bat an eye, and was happy to have him and administer his medications. Quinn seemed to be happy when I picked him up--there were several other dogs there and no problems between them. (Not that I expected any....) Yay! It was so nice to get a picture text from Marvin during vacation, just to see how Quinn was doing. It made my get away worry free.
Marvin B really is wonderful. My dogs feel very at home and I am always happy with his attentive care.
Marvin B really is wonderful. My dogs feel very at home and I am always happy with his attentive care.
Brody has stayed with Marv several times and always comes back happy. He must get a lot of exercise there as he is always tired. I don't take Brody anywhere else. Marv is flexible and easy going and always has several dogs for Brody to play with.
Rocket had a great time with Marv and the dog gang! We were so relieved to find someone who was so easy going about of some of Rocket's senior issues. Thanks again Marv!
Marv was excellent. I'm always nervous about leaving my baby girl with anyone since shes usually really shy, however she took a liking to Marv right away! She was happy to be hanging around the other dogs as well and seemed to fit in comfortably at home! Marv kept excellent contact and was an amazing and understanding host. My dog was so happy when I came and got her and didn't seem to want to leave! I would love to drop my dog off with him again!
Marvin was quick to respond and was eager to take on our pups. They were certainly worn out, they slept as soon as we got them home. Thanks again for your hospitality Marv!
Marvin is wonderful! I was so worried our dogs would be upset and sad, but no way! They were so well taken care of! He has a great backyard and must have given them so much attention because they didn't even care that we were there to pick them up! He has such a passion for dogs! I wouldn't leave my dogs with anyone else!
Esme was happy to see us but it was clear she had a great time with Marvin and friends.
Our original plans fell through and we hadn't left the dogs with anyone outside our family and friends. We were a little worried how they would do, but everything turned out great. Marvin is definetly a dog lover and our dogs had a great time. Will be reserving with Marvin again.
I dropped my high maintenance Doxie with Marv worrying she would make everyone miserable. I was delighted to hear the next day that not only had she made friends with everyone but got to sleep with the host! Definitely will return when we visit Portland again. Thank you Marv!!!!
We were so happy to have found Marv through Dogvacay! We had checked out more than a few pet boarding places around town but could not find a place where we felt comfortable leaving our 7-month old pup. Marv put us at ease right away. He has a nice big yard and a few furry pals of his own--instant playmates! It was very relaxed and very homey-what a relief! Marv even texted us some pictures during his stay which we so greatly appreciated! We'd definitely recommend him and will have our buddy stay with him again in the future.
Marvin has been great with our dog Holly. Holly is a very anxious doggy and has done great the two times that she has stayed with Marvin.
Brody clearly had a great day with Marv. He played with in the hose and played ball and was tired when I picked him up-always a good sign!
Marv was very accommodating and wonderful with our pup. Quick to respond and flexible with scheduling. We'll definitely be taking Mucho to see him again!
As always such a relief that our dog is looked after and loved by Marvin. Knowing he feels like a second home and comfortable. Thanks Marvin B.
Marvin's home was dog-friendly and very welcoming! Jack seemed content and happy when we picked him up. This was our first experience leaving our boy with a stranger and we were glad that it was with someone experienced and dog-loving like Marvin!
It was a really smooth process to leave Esme with Marvin and even smoother when it was time to pick her up. She seemed happy and tired after her two days. Highly recommended.
I Love having my dog at Marvin B's. He truly cares about dogs and I highly recommend his care. Many Thanks Marvin and DogVacay!
Marv was great to work with, really understanding & easygoing. Our dog Toby is not the friendliest dog but Marv worked with him & we are really grateful. We would highly recommend Marv!
Marvin is great - a real dog lover and so easy to work with! He sent me pictures of Russell playing because he knew I was nervous leaving him. A great host - nothing to worry about while away having fun!
I felt very comfortable leaving my two critters with Marvin. He sent me terrific pics of them often which I really appreciated. He obviously has an affinity with dogs.
Marvin was able to take my giant great dane lab mix and my two little corgis on short notice. He was very flexible with pick up and drop off, and they clearly had tons of fun since they sacked out at home for the rest of the day after we picked them up. You can tell Marv really loves animals, which made us feel so much better leaving them there. Marv was understanding with the little separation anxiety the big guy had, and it allowed us to enjoy a weekend furry-child-free! Definitely will use Marv again.
My dogs had another great weekend with Marvin! I am so happy to have found such a great person to watch my furry family. I can now go on trips and not have to worry about my dogs the entire time, because I know that they are safe and having an amazing time. Marvin is the only person I will have my dogs stay with :) He is the best !!
Brody had another wonderful stay with Marv. He was tuckered out when he got home a sign he was having plenty of fun. Marv is very accommodating with pick up and drop off times Veronica
If you are looking for someone to take care of your furry companion that is a true dog lover, very patient, and extremely flexible then Marvin is the perfect fit! My dogs Doug and Bonnie are like my children and I have never left them for an entire weekend before. I was so happy to see how much fun they had when I picked them up. Marvin did a great job of keeping me updated and responding to all my messages/calls about my pups. He even sent pictures of their weekend adventures, which definitely put my mind at ease. He was prompt on replying to my scheduling/reservation messages and very flexible for pick-up and drop-off times. I am so happy to have found someone I can completely trust to take care of my dogs :) !!
Matilda loves staying with Marvin and his dogs. She was there for six days and when I came to pick her up she greeted me then quickly ran off to keep playing with her friends. I will definitely book with him again.
Thank you Marvin for having Bailey in such short notice. She looked like she had such a great time.
I love knowing Cody is in your excellent care at Marvin's. Thank you so much Marvin and Dog Vacay!
Marv has been a God send for my family and I. I just moved to Portland and needed someone to watch my three hounds. Marv stepped up to the plate and then some. I am very protective of my animals and at the end of their stay they were happy healthy and almost bummed to leave. If you need extra love care and patience for your animals marv is the man for you.
Marvin was great with Matilda! She had a great time and he even sent me a pic of her playing with his dogs. Sometimes when I leave her with a new sitter she comes home a little skittish, I picked her up last night and she was totally happy and exhausted from romping around all weekend.
Marvin is the best pet caregiver I've met!. I felt so comfortable with my dog's vacay there. He is super with all dogs and his knowledge and care for older dogs was terrific. So many thanks Marvin.
Marvin is a true dog lover and my golden retriever, Brody, had a great time. He was a little stiff for a few days likely from having too much of a good time! I would feel very comfortable leaving Brody again with Marv and would recommend him to my friends.
Marv was wonderful! Very easy to book with and he has a very calm way about him. I have a dog with anxiety issues and Marv was patient with him. I took both dogs to spend the weekend with him an they have been asleep since we got home. Proof they had fun. I will definitely use him again.

Dan and Dawn
Marvin's great! Watson had a blast, he is all worn out from the fun he had there and now resting. I was able to contact Marvin about Watson (we learned last minute we couldn't bring Watson with us to the hikes we were planning to take) and Marvin were able to fit us in his schedule (Labor Day's weekend too). We recommend Marvin!
Rogue loves going over to Marv's for daycare and playing with the dogs. Marv has been exceptional with taking care of Rogue while I am at work and has been nice and flexible with hours due to my work schedule! Thanks!
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