Doggie Nirvana

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Birgit & Mike H.

88 Reviews
54 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler

Birgit & Mike 's Resident Pets

4 yr 9 mo old
Labrador Retriever
6 yr 9 mo old
6 yr 9 mo old
Black Mouth Cur
5 yr 9 mo old
Labrador Retriever
6 yr 9 mo old
Labrador Retriever
2 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Horses or other large farm animals

About Birgit & Mike

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
* DOGGIE NIRVANA is located on our 5 acre "Eeyore's Place" farm, 3 miles north of downtown Waxhaw and just a mile off Highway 16 in Deerfield Plantation, a private equestrian neighborhood. (Note: Doggie Nirvana is accessible ONLY from Highway 16 via Ski Trail Lane - the Google map is in error.)

* DROP OFF TIME: 9-11am

* PICK UP TIME: 9am-6pm

> NOTE: The $25.00 per day fee applies regardless of drop off time. Pickups after 6pm will be charged for another day.

* We have nearly 2 acres of tightly fenced area for our doggie guests to run and play to their heart's content!

* Conveniently located within one mile of 2 veterinarians and 2 dog grooming businesses.

* We have over 35 years of experience in owning dogs, cats and horses as well as rescuing animals and caring for friends' pets.

* Licensed by the State of North Carolina.

* Animals are so fond of me that my husband calls me "Dr. Doolittle."

* Doggie Nirvana has 2 large front areas and a gravel play area to separate our big and small guests as well as our own dogs.

* When it's hot, we have an above-ground pool for water-loving guests or smaller doggie pools for non-swimmers.

* If it's really cold, hot or rainy, guests are provided inside accommodations.

* ACTIVITIES: Doggie Nirvana offers dogs "free range" running, roaming, sniffing, and digging. We also play ball and other "doggie games" as requested by our guests.

In consideration of our other dogs and guests, we cannot care for un-neutered dogs.


> We will feed your dog, but our guests must bring their own food.

> We have extensive experience in caring for elderly dogs.

> Lots of love and petting at no additional charge.

> I am experienced in basic doggie first aid, and can administer medications upon prior arrangement.

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Birgit & Mike H.

88 Reviews
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  • Last updated January 2, 2017


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88 Reviews
Bella came home exhausted from all the fun she had - Thanks for taking such good care of her and We'll be back!
I can't say enough good things about Birgit and Mike. Our pup came home exhausted and happy! He was welcomed into their home as if he was their own and I could tell they cared for him as we would. They sent pictures while we were away to keep his up to date which was very reassuring for us. I know he can't wait to stay with them in the future!
This was our dog's first time away from home. Birgit was excellent with our dog. She updated us as well on how our dog was doing-which we appreciated! Highly recommend!
We are so thankful to have found loving and caring people to watch our furry family! Dunkel and Holly had a GREAT time with Birgit and Mike. This was Dunkel's first boarding experience and he could not have come home happier. It was so nice getting pictures of the pups while we were gone which reassured us that they were in a great place having a great time. We will definitely be coming again!
Great communication! The facilities are perfect for this business, and "Bo" was even allowed to sleep in the owner's bedroom.
These guys are so AWESOME!! Farrah had a blast staying with them for the weekend and they have a variety of sizes and energy levels with their dogs so everyone can fit in. There is so much room to play, all well fenced and my dog especially likes the oppurtunity to swim in their doggie pool!! :) Will definitely rebook, Farrah felt right at home with Mrs. Birgit!
Luna loved her stay. Thanks!
Birgit and Mike are extremely nice and their love for dogs is very apparent. Their facilities are aptly named. It is indeed Nirvana for the dogs. We walked away with absolute peace of mind knowing that our puppies would be well cared for. Yes, we would love to use them again.
Miller had a great time and came home exhausted from all the fun he had - Thanks for taking such good care of him!
Left my two dogs with Doggie Nirvana and it was great. Drop off went flawless and Brigit was great to work with! Both of our dogs are a little older and tend to come back from other places out of sorts, but after a week at Doggie Nirvana both we completely normal and had no issues. I highly recommend using them for small or big dogs and we will definitely be a repeat customer!
My wife and I are very happy with our two dachshunds' stay with Birgit and Mike. They had plenty of opportunity to play with other dogs and even learned to swim. We picked them up happy, healthy and dog tired.
Ginger had a great stay with Birgit and Mike! You can tell Birgit knows and loves the dogs. We'll be back!
My babies had a great time with Birgit! She loves dogs and it shows. We will be back to visit.
Our Labradoodle had a great stay with Birgit. It is a beautiful property and just perfect for your dog to run and play with other dogs. Will be using them again!
She was great and her accommodations are awesome for the dogs!
Perfect...our little Yorkie loved his time here. Will def. book again!
We were blessed to find Birgit. She so clearly and genuinely loves all animals and treated Lexi like she was her own. The fact that she has so many dogs of her own that Lexi could play with was a great benefit. Not only would we not hesitate to use her again, we've already asked if we could.
My senior dogs had not stayed away from home since being puppies. Birgit worked with my girls to get them comfortable. I truly appreciate the patience and understanding that she and her family showed towards my girls - AND me. I am very particular about who keeps them. I will definitely take my girls to Birgit and Mike again. They were fantastic!
Birgit's love for dogs is obvious and I know Lexi was well cared for during her stay! Lexi came home tuckered out and missing her friends!
We were so happy to find Brigite and Mike to care for our dog Murphy while on vacation. We knew after the meet and greet that this was the place for our baby. He was in excellent hands and got plenty of care and play. We appreciate them opening their home to him and caring for him like he was their own. I highly recommend their services.
Kaliki loved her stay and felt like family. She just arrived home and is ready to go back to Mike and Birgit's for some fun.
Birgit and Mike are the nicest people! You can tell that they love animals. My dogs had such a good time. They have so much land for them to run. They also keep the dogs inside with them. My dogs used to stay at a kennel. They would always come back anxious and sick.
At Birgit and Mike's my dogs came back happy and tired. I will now only take my dogs to them. I strongly recommend Doggie Nirvana.
I actually already recommended them to a friend. They are the best! Thank you again!
My dog's stay with Birgit was exceptional! I will use her over and over again-
Birgit took care Sunny very well and we can trust and Sunny had great time
Birgit was very attentive to Dallas' needs. Dallas adjusted well to being around the other guests and had a positive experience with Birgit.
Will definitely be back. Doggie Nirvana was great. The staff (owners) the location- huge fenced land with lots of options for different sized dogs, the price was all great. This is not a kennel of any kind. The dogs live in the home and are treated like there's. I ran out of food but Birgit took care of it and sent me pictures of the dogs while we were gone. So happy. The best price I've found but truly a great and comforting environment for my pups.
Birgit is the best. She is so good with our four legged friends.
It is easy to leave Carly with Birgit, because I know my pup is in good and loving hands. Thank you.
Birgit and family are absolutely the Best! Leaving Bradley with them is leaving him with family!
She's amazing!!
Ellie had a great time and we are so happy we found Dogvacay. We are relieved to know she is in a place where she has plenty of room to play and gets lots of love. Thank you Birgit!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Birgit and Dog Nirvana. It was hard enough to go on vacation and leave my border collie behind but just knowing she was in such loving care made it easier. They took such good care of her I will definitely use them again!!
Gilbert had a great time! He loves swimming with the others home he has to swim alone, or with me. :( Right now, he's plenty mad at us for picking him up!!! It usually takes him two days to forgive us for busting up his fun time! I believe he loves Birgit more than us!
Birgit is amazing with the care of our goldendoodle, Boomer. She sent numerous pictures and updates as to her enjoyment with him. I would highly recommend Dog Nirvana and will most certainly use them in the future. Michele
How marvelous to find such special people nestled in an idyllic location to care for my dogs while we were away! Spot and Lily greeted me with wagging tails and no sign of distress when I went to pick them up. It was obvious that they had made themselves right at home at Doggy Nirvana and had had a great time playing with all the other campers and residents.

Birgit, you have a wonderful place. Your sincere love of all living creatures shines through in the interest you show in each individual animal and time you invest to ensure each of your charges is well cared for.

We will be seeing you again for sure! Thank you.
Thank you Birgit for taking such WONDERFUL care of our Ginger. This was our first time leaving Ginger with anyone and we were so happy to have found you! You made it possible for us to enjoy ourselves and not worry that she was being well treated and cared for.
Best ... place ... ever !!!
Birgit and family are awesome!!! I could not be happier with my experience. I was nervous at first, but after spending a couple hours at Birgits property watching Miss Holly play with all the dogs and romp around her huge property, I knew she would be fine.

Birgit sent me pics and videos throught my weeklong vacation, and Holly was a worn out, happy puppy when I picked her up. She's been sleeping ever since we got home!

I would reccomend Doggie Nirvana to anyone! In fact, I don't think I'd ever use another sitter again. :)
Birgit was so sweet to Clyde. I could see a smile on his face from the yard when I went to pick him up. She treated him as if he was one of her own and we look forward to boarding Clyde there again when we are in the area.
Birgit is always very friendly and accommodating. Our two dogs seem very excited when we arrive!!
My puppy Ali is 8 months, and she had a great time with Birgit. When I picked her up, she was clean, happy, and was playing with other dogs outside. I received pictures during her stay lounging on the couch, and playing with her friends. I will keep going back based on our experience.
Brigit took excellent care of our dog Sam! I know how passionate she is for caring for dogs and know that he is in good hands when we are gone. So happy to have found a great place to have our dog go when we are gone!
My dog, Millie, definitely enjoyed her time with Birgit and the other dogs! Birgit even sent me pictures while we were away to put my mind at ease. We will definitely be leaving our dog with Birgit anytime we go away and can't bring a pet. Thank you Birgit!
Brigit let me bring my dog Sawyer there last minute on a holiday weekend. I had done a meet and greet with her a few months ago and found Brigit knowledgeable and passionate about animals. She has created a perfect oasis with her yard and home, which her whole family truly shares and dedicates to the dogs. She is savvy, warm and compassionate with the dogs and seems to really engage with them and knows how to manage their different personalities. Sawyer had a blast playing with many different dogs and romping in the water trough. I know he was happy and well cared for, and I trust Brigit to take good care of my baby! I will use her again without a doubt!
Birgit was very accommodating to our last minute plans. She is very welcoming to all dogs of all sizes and seems to know the best way keep them happy and enjoying their stay!
Birgit was a great host. Wrigley had lots of new playmates and room to run. Our experience was terrific. I hope to bring Wrigley back soon! Thanks Birgit to you and your family.
We are so happy we found a great place for our older dogs to stay while we are away! Would recommend having your dogs stay with Brigit! She takes excellent care of them!
absolutely a wonderful place! Birgit has a special way with all dogs, her love of animals and concern for their health , happiness and safety~ radiates! She takes time to get to know your dog and it's needs, understand what makes them happy and ensure that their time with her is great. Highly recommend ..both you and your dog will be happy .
Our doggies were thankful to spend Thanksgiving with Birgit at Doggie Nirvana.

We have left our Bobo and Mia there in the past and every time we are so comfortable leaving them at this wonderful take care. The dogs seemed to love it and it is such a warm and welcoming environment. Birgit take such good care of them and you can feel the love when you first arrive.

We are always so impressed by how the dogs all fit together and seem to live harmoniously even though they may have just arrived and are new to the pack.
I can't begin to relate how grateful we are to have found this wonderful place for our beloved dogs. Thanks for being there for us.
This is our second stay, and everything went well. Ginger came home from all the play and was exhausted. She slept almost 14 hours. Highly recommend Brigit for your dog stay.
I am so excited to have found Birgit and Mike to keep my spoiled little Maltese! I could tell from my first phone conversation with Birgit that she is awesome with caring for dogs, and my first impression was exactly right. She is so warm and friendly and interacted wonderfully with my little Sophie! Mike, her husband, was also great with Sophie, and they welcomed her inside their beautiful home with such great hospitality. This was the second time my two year old Sophie had ever been boarded, and she had a great experience! It is wonderful to be able to leave your pet with such a nice family and their well-mannered dogs and to know that they will be accepted and treated like a family member! Please do not hesitate to leave your dog with Birgit!!
Chatham seems to enjoy his stays with Birgit and all her dogs! He comes home very tired from all the excitement and interaction with the other dogs. We will continue to book with this host!
Ginger is part of the family and I had not put her any type of boarding facility. On my initial visit to the home I came feeling very good about letting Ginger some time there. It was like one big happy do family

Ginger was right at home with other labs. It took awhile for her to get use to all the other dogs, but once she did she had a great time. I'm glad I found Birgit and will use her again when needed.
Birgit is really Pawesome. She just took our baby Rollo for a week. He had a blast and even came home with some new manners. We are very Thankful for her kindness and loving nature with dogs. We will definitely be returning soon and recommending her to anyone with dog. She truly loves what she does and takes dogs in like there are her own. We are so glad to have found her. Could not have been happier.
You will be thrilled!!!! DOGGIE NIRVANA is wonderful!! . We loved the experience trusting our doggies to be cared for in this every special place.

Doggie Nirvana is a lovely family environment, where our dogs had such a good time. I was afraid they wouldn't want to come home. They were treated like members of the family, warmly, tenderly and respectfully. There was plenty of time and space to play, indoors and outside, with other dogs and special time with Birgit and Mike. They treated them like their own pets!!

This is the best experience we've ever had while leaving our dogs off at a kennel or a pet sitting service. We felt perfectly comfortable leaving them there and we even received pictures of the doggies enjoying their little mini vacation.

We highly recommend DN as the very best place to treat your dog while you are away. THANKS Birgit and Mike for letting us travel in peace, knowing our "kids" would be fine!!
Brady loves staying at Birgit's and playing with all of his friends there!
Auggie had so much fun with his buddies! He loves to go visit them.
Our dog Trouser was on vacation when he stayed with Birgit, as he had free reign on her beautiful property and lots of furry friends to play with. She sent us pictures while we were on vacation and I never worried for a moment that he wasn't receiving the best care. Birgit has a gift with animals, and knows each of their temperaments and personalities. Will use her dog sitting services again!
Birgit was great with my older dog. She took great care of him, and I feel as though he had a blast while he was there. I worry about my older dog (he's 14.5) a lot, and the fact is, I stopped worrying after a couple of days.I knew he was in great hands.
My younger dog was a bit difficult, but Birgit handled him excellently. He has basically been asleep since i picked him up last night, so I know he had a wonderful time playing and swimming and chasing the ball.
Birgit knew I was concerned, so kept in contact with me throughout my trip. She also sent me some video's of my youngest dog playing, and pictures of both dogs.
I would highly recommend Birgit. She is caring, responsible, and great with all dogs.
Birgit H was wonderful!!! We could not have been more pleased with the service she provided. She treated our daschunds with so much love - just like family - we were able to go on our vacation without worrying about them at all. She sent us pictures of them through out our vaca which was really nice. I highly recommend Birgit in caring for your pet.
Brigitte was awesome. It is always hard to leave your furry family member with someone new. Birgitt has a lot of experience with dogs. She could not have been wiser as to how she introduced our Abbie to the other dogs in residence and as guests. She was extremely professional in her approach to us and Abbie. Very thorough with our dogs dietary needs. Her property was perfect for our very active dog. Completely secure and safe with some water options. There are even fenced areas that are separated in case someone is in need of a break or maybe needs some time to acclimate. The dogs are supervised and have indoor quarters for sleeping. I would recommend her to all of my dog owning friends. Very pleased. And Abbie is now sacked out after a fabulous week for her.
Auggie loves his home away from home! And I love not having to worry about him while I'm gone. He's in good hands!
Maggie had great time.
Birgit was amazing! My dog was right at home, and has been sleeping all day from the play. Thanks, Birgit!
Brigit has a wonderful home for dogs, and Bella immediately found playmates to run and play with. So nice to be able to leave her knowing she's in great hands.
We are very happy with the care she proved for our dogs during their stay. We will definitely bring them back!
Both my dogs were very happy when I picked them up. They have both been sleeping for hours once I got them home, so I know they had lots of playtime!
Paddy and Dexter had a great time chilling and being part of the pack, both doggy and human. They also learned how to live with a cat, rather than just chase them. See you in two weeks for their next vacay :)
I am so lucky to have found Doggie Nirvana on DogVacay. My babies have never been boarded or left with anyone other than family while we have been away but since we were on a family vacation it wasn't going to work this time. I felt good about this stay from the first correspondence I had with Birgit, and when I arrived it was even better than I thought it could possibly be. Such a beautiful environment and very well laid out for the doggies. The doggies were very shy at first and they were treated so well - by the time they went home they were playing. I would definitely recommend Doggie Nirvana and Birgit and would definitely leave my doggies there again and I live 90 miles away!
Thank you so much Birgit for all that you did so I could enjoy my vacation without having to worry about my babies!
Totally awesome! Birgit and her family (including doggies) made my boy a part of the home! He received love, kindness, care and more - I am not sure if he wanted to return to my house from his incredible vacation! He went swimming, played with other dogs, ran around, and according to Birgit, slept by her bed at night.

How much more could you want? NOTHING! I would absolutely leave him with her again and not hesitate to
recommend this caregiver! Thank you so, so much!
Auggie has such a great time at Doggie Nirvana. He is treated like one of the family and loves Birgit and the other pups. I don't have to worry about him while I'm gone because I know he is in very good hands. My only concern is that one day he won't want to come home! :-)
Just finished boarding my two dogs with Birgie. They had a great time and Birgie took extra time to make my timid Bella feel comfortable with her new environment. She has lots of property for your to run and play. I would recommend her services to anyone who wants their dogs loved and cared for!
Dallas had a great experience. She had very little contact with other dogs and we were concerned that the five day stay might be stressful for her. She did very well and I expect to leave her again with Birgit when we are out of town.
This was our first experience with leaving out dog with anyone outside the family and we couldn't have been more pleased. Brigit was very nice and had a LOT of room for Lily to run around. She kept us informed every day with how Lily was doing and even sent a few pictures of the doggy friends she made while she was there. Lily was well taken care of and loved it there so much that she wanted to go back the next day after coming home. We have found a great place to leave our dog while we are out of town and know that she will be properly cared for.
I was extremely satisfied with the care of my two dogs while we went away on vacation. Both Bubbs & Daisy were well fed, socialized and exercised along with Birgit's doggie family. Birgit sent us pictures of our dogs relaxing and playing; she provided updates as to how they were doing.

I feel that our pets had a great experience and will certainly be using Birgit's service in the future.

Thank you for such a great job!!
Great Host. Millie seems to want to go back as she misses Brigit and the other dogs
Will never use another kennel. Birgit is the absolute best!
Birgit is very good with dogs, I agree with other reviews, she's like the dog whisperer. Millie seems to really enjoy herself during visits, and seems to like going to camp! We will be using her again. I relax more while on vacation knowing she's in good hands. I will tell you that she is always exhausted, sleeps all the way home. I'm sure this is from the running and playing with Birgit's dogs, Millie's new friends.
Essie's stay was nothing short of wonderful. Birgit and Mike are such loving, warm caregivers and I am forever grateful that my dachshund found a home for them during my week in London. They were so patient with her as she acclimated to her new surroundings and her first stay away from home. This is the very best possible place you could wish to leave your pet!
Birgit couldn't be any sweeter. She loved Samson as if he were her own. She sent me pictures & updates on him while we were gone. I couldn't have left Samson in better hands. I'm so thankful I found Doggie Vacay & more specifically Birgit. I will never have to look for another dog boarder again. And there never was a more appropriate name for a place than Doggie Nirvana. Thank you, Birgit!!
I can not express how comforting it is to know how well my dogs are treated while I am away. Yes they greeted me at the door, but they were warm, content & quiet happy to stay a little longer. Thank you to Birgit & her wonderful family & her extended animal family for making us all so welcome.
Our 2 weims had a great time. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for boarding. Our dogs were asleep as soon as they got in the car, which is a good sign they had a good time with plenty of exercise.
Gilbert came home exhausted. I believe he had a great time. Birgit even 'cured' a rash he'd had for a one week! I'd tried everything, or so I thought. We're going back! Gil misses his friends.
You don't need to look any further!!!!

Our dog, Kylie, has been staying at Doggie Nirvanah for a week and will be there several more days until we can move into our new home. Kylie is very anxious in unfamiliar situations. She was terrified after her plane ride across the country. Our original plans for doggie care fell through, and Birgit literally responded to our request to care for Kylie less than an hour before we dropped her off. Although our dog is older and usually very growly and skittish until she warms up, Birgit earned her trust rather quickly and got to know how sweet and affectionate Kylie is. Kylie has been able to sleep indoors with consistent human and dog interaction. Birgit's whole family truly loves animals, and it is clear they take care of others' dogs out of pure joy and caring. To top it off, Doggie Nirvanah is the most reasonably priced dog boarding we have ever come across. I am so grateful we entrusted Birgit with Kylie, and I highly recommend Doggie Nirvanah!
I cannot say enough about how happy I was with the care and love Sam received while I was away. Even though Sam cannot tell me about his stay, I have all ideas he had a great time and was treated just like he is at home. I highly recommend Birgit!! She will treat your baby as though it was truly hers. You will be pleased!
I cannot thank Birgit & her family enough for all they did to ensure my fur children had a great vacation, they went swimming, hung out on the hammock, were spoiled rotten & I wouldn't have it any other way. I used to worry about leaving them & would never go away, not any more. Thank you.
Best ever Dog Vacation! Birgit and her family (humans and canines) are so wonderful.....I can't say enough how happy I am to have found Birgit through DogVacay! Birgit truly has a slice of DoggieNirvana; my little Mali had so much fun and I'm looking forward to booking her soon again for a playdate/doggie daycare before my next vacation....
Awesome couple, my dog was very happy! Will be using them more!
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