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Barb C.
Madison, SD 57042
33 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler

Barb's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Barb's House

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Barb

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I would like to thank all of you that have entrusted myself and Denny to care for your beloved pets. We have sold our home and will be taking a hiatus from pet sitting. We will be moving on 3/31/15. We truly appreciated your trust in us and we have made some very dear friends along the way. We will miss you all and all of our 4 legged pals.!There's no place like home, but this is the next best thing for your pet. Newly retired, love dogs and have owned at least 25 over the past 40 yrs. Currently have no dogs of my own, only a cat. Would love to take care of your dog for the day or a week or longer. No aggressive, large or very strong dogs as I want to be able to walk them without problem.(will make an exception for well behaved large dogs) No puppies under the age of 18 months. Live on the lake so my labs and retreivers always enjoyed going swimming almost daily. Your dog will be well supervised, as well as given lots of love and attention and exercise. Only take one client at a time so your pets get one on one attention.
This is a great alternative to taking your "best friend" to a kennel! Look forward to hearing from you. Whether for a day or for a week or longer your pet is sure to love it here. Custom quotes for 2 or more pets, usually $11.00 more per day for each additional animal. ( Please pick up your pets by 6:00 p.m.) Pickups after this time will incur a charge of 1/2 day.Thanks, hope to hear from you soon!!

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Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
Barb C.
Madison, SD 57042
33 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated May 9, 2015


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Barb's Home
$22 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Barb's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Home Visits
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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33 Reviews
Barb and Dennis are the BEST!!! I can't say enough wonderful things about them. Their hearts are big and they are very loving. My dogs truly love them!!
Denny and Barb welcomed our dog Buddy into their home. They took the time to get to know him and did a great job of taking over while we were on vacation. They are true dog lovers! Thanks so much, and thanks for your caring nature. :)
Barb and Dennis are my "go to" people when I need someone to watch my dogs for a day or two or for 2 weeks. They are trustworthy and really care and love my dogs. I have been more than fortunate to have them take care of my dogs, I always have peace of mind when leaving my "babies" with them. It is more than a "job" for them, they truly are wonderful, thoughtful people!!
My husband and I went away for the weekend to celebrate Christmas with our family. I did not have any concerns or worries knowing Barb and Dennis where watching my pups. They are wonderful, loving and caring people. They are always 100% perfect, my dogs LOVE them!!
I am always 100% satisfied with Barb and Dennis. They go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to taking care of my pups. I feel very fortunate to have found them!!
Lily came home a very happy girl after being with Barb and Dennis for almost a week. They have a beautiful home and property for the dogs to roam and have the freedom that they have at their own home. We will definitely have Lily stay with them again. Thank you again to Barb and Dennis for all the patience they showed to Lily and made her feel comfortable away from home.
Always 100% happy with Barb and Dennis watching my dogs, they don't just watch them, they play with them, walk them, really care about how they are feeling. I can't say enough great things about Barb and Dennis. Thank you for another wonderful experience.
I always feel comfortable dropping my pups off with Barb and Dennis. They watch them at least once a month for me so I can get some necessary medical treatments. I know they are in loving hands. I feel at peace when they are over their house.

I highly recommend Barb and Dennis.
Barb and Denny were absolutely GREAT with our dogs. I am always afraid to leave my dogs at a new place, but Barb and Denny offered my two beagles all the comforts of home. Normally after a weekend of boarding, both dogs are pulling me out the door before I'm finished paying. When my husband and I picked them up from Barb' s house, Lucy found her bone and ran back to the living room. It's nice to know that they are home all day with my dogs. They went for walks and had lots of out door time. It's too bad my beagles are not swimmers, because Barb, and Denny live on a lake. The property is beautiful. Barb, and Denny are great. I would definitely leave my dogs with them again.
Barb & Dinny are so caring & attentive! Rylee loves being Denny's shadow & misses the great time she had with them. Even though it's a far drive from home, there's nowhere else I'd take her! Thanks for being so accommodating, too! We really appreciate it!
Barb and Dennis are always so kind and very loving. I know my dogs are well taken care of and loved when they stay at their house. They are always happy when I pick them. I will continue using Barb and Dennis as long as they are available.
Barb and Dennis were wonderful! We're so glad we got to meet them and decided to have them take care of Milo. The text and photo updates were very helpful. Without having to worry about our fury friend, we certainly enjoyed our much needed vacation. 5 Star Rating!
Always perfect!!!
Barb and Dennis are always so kind and loving. My dogs love going over there for their short visits. It is all about trust, and I trust them!!! I will continue to use them as long as they are willing!! AS ALWAYS...100% PERFECT!!!!
Once again Delta enjoyed her stay with Barb and Dennis. I don't worry at all about Delta when she is with them.
Tira was comfortable staying with Barb and her husband. She was treated very well. They really love animals and it shows!
Once again, Barb and Dennis were perfect with my dogs!!! They love going over there. I feel very comfortable leaving them and they are always happy to stay. Thank you Barb and Dennis for doing another outstanding job watching my pups!! You are very much appreciated!!!
Barb is fantastic! She treated my fur babies like they were her own. They were given lots of love and attention which made it easier to be away for two weeks. I really enjoyed getting updates and pictures via email. Barb and Dennis provided a clean, caring environment with lots of PATIENCE.
I definitely wasn't disappointed and will have them care for my babies in the future. Thank you Barb and Dennis!
Always perfect!!! My dogs are so happy when I leave them with Barb and Dennis. They just love them. I am comfortable with leaving them!!! Highly recommend!!! I will be back....Thank you for taking such great care of my little guy who is blind and diabetic too!!!!
AGAIN, absolutely perfect. My dogs love Barb and Dennis. They are very kind. I go away often for a day or two and always feel 100% comfortable having the dogs go over there. Wonderful and caring people!!
As always, Barb and Dennis are excellent. I left my dogs there for the day. My one dog has recently become blind and I was a little nervous about leaving him. He did great and I give Barb and Dennis the credit for the wonderful care and understanding they gave him. I will use them as long as they keep with DogVacay!
Barb and Denny were fantastic with Chloe.

We had no concerns about Chloe while we were gone. Barb and Denny took Chloe in and treated her like their own.

It's a great feeling knowing that your dog is being cared for this well.

Chloe ad a great vacation whie we had ours.

Sid and Barb
Delta is so well cared for by Barb and Dennis!
Barb seems to have passed the approval test of my dog Delta. Delta never eats on the first day she is at a sitters but she did for Barb. So that tells me my dog feels very comfortable at her house.

Barb was so good with sending pictures and emails to show me how my dog was doing. Barb and Dennis were very attentive of Delta's needs.

I am very happy about finding them and will definitely be calling upon them again to take care of Delta.
I am so grateful to have Barb watch my dogs. They absolutely love her and her husband, Dennis. I have used them several times now and will continue to use them. The dogs get so excited the minute we arrive on Barb's street and can't wait to get out of the car to go visit Barb and Dennis. Highly recommend!!
Barb is wonderful with the dogs! My little Roxie lovers her and Rueger loves Dennis. They all work so well together. I am so very fortunate that I can count on Barb and Dennis to take really good care of my dogs. They love going over there!! Barb accepted my last minute reservation without hesitation which gave me peace of mind. I have been blessed! Thank you Barb and Dennis for your willingness to watch my pups and always with a smile and cute story...oh and I LOVE the pictures she sends me......forever thankful.
My dogs were well taken care of at Barb's house. This is the second time she has watched them. As soon as I pulled up in Barb's driveway to drop them off...they got all excited and couldn't wait to get out of the car to go see Barb and Dennis. They were happy when I picked them up and I will go back again! 100% positive experience. I love the pictures Barb sends too while she is watching them...Barb and Dennis really are dog lovers!! And dogs love them too :)
This was our second DogVacay experience with Barb (after more than 2 months) and we think Maple did very well. She remembered Barb and Dennis and she even was leading the way - walking up to their house from the driveway. We think she truly feels at home with them!
Even though Barb is out of the way for us, we would always make the drive... We only trust her and Dennis with our sweet little pooch! :)
Thank you very much, Barb and Dennis!
Barb and Dennis were GREAT with my dogs! Very friendly and loving, they made my dogs feel like they were at home. The updates and pictures Barb sent were wonderful. I could just tell from the meet and greet that Barb and Dennis love dogs. Barb watched them for 9 days, it was the longest they have been away from me and they were calm and happy when I picked them up. I will bring my dogs back again!! All in all 100% positive experience and I would recommend them to others who need their dog watched while away.
Barb was EXCELLENT. She is very friendly and was happy to answer all of our questions and concerns. Her home is extremely welcoming and there is plenty of room and land for dogs to have a great time. Our dog was with Barb for 7 days. Barb sent us emails with pictures of our dog while we were traveling! Our dog usually gets sick after being boarded, but she was fine after this trip. Barb and her husband took great care of her. We will definitely trust Barb and Dennis with our dog on any future trips. I highly recommend their service.
I could not have been happier with my experience. Barb and her husband created the perfect environment for my border collie mix, Max. I felt much more comfortable leaving him in their care than I have ever felt boarding him. I would unreservedly recommend Barb to anyone who needed boarding services.
Barb and Dennis did a great job taking care of our dogs while on vacation—highly recommended!
Barb took such good care of I-lean. I was very comfortable leaving her when we left, and when we picked her up it was easy to see I-lean was well taken care of and happy.
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