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Michael S.

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310 Reviews
170 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Michael's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
9 yr 1 mo old
Labrador Retriever
15 yr 1 mo old

Michael's House

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

About Michael

54 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Every day is a great day to stay and play at Doggy Day Care & Slumber Party!

I love Dogs big small old or young. My top priority is the safety and care of your pet! I have a great time with my four footed friends. With me your Dogs will have daily fun.

Please remember that I can host your pups for day visits as well as over night stays.

While your best friend is in my care I will send you pictures and videos of your pet! Dogs love attention and I will give them plenty. Your puppy will come home tired from a great day of play.

Fresh water, poop clean up, feeding and medication as needed. If you have a dog with special needs I have the patience and compassion to care for your pooch in your absence.

I am retired. My passion and love of dogs makes me the perfect person to care for your pups. I have had dogs in my life since I was three years old.

You will have complete peace of mind that your pet will be active, loved, cared for, and completely safe in my care.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Michael S.

Online Now!
310 Reviews
170 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Michael's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Michael's Home
$18 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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310 Reviews
It was a pleasure to visit with Michael and understand his philosophy with dogs. I was pleased with his attention to detail and commitment to the animals in his care. I am very picky on who I would entrust my k-9s to. Michael is a committed and responsible dog sitter.
Michael took amazing care of our husky. We were out of the country and I felt at peace knowing she was with him. He has a great place with so much room for the dogs to run and play. He always kept in contact and is completely devoted to his dogs.
this is the perfect situation. Michael gives each dog the attention and care it needs. I observed that Michael knows how to quickly establish himself as the respected leader of the pack. My dog loves him.
Our dogs looked to have a good time while we were gone. Their first experience away and Michael was great On providing us updates on how they were doing.
Klaus absolutely loved going to Michaels! He came home happy and tired. We plan on using Michael again in the near future.
This was the first time I brought my dog to Michael, so naturally I was a worried mom. When I picked him up he was very happy and Michael said he did great! He played so hard that he just wanted to sleep the rest of the night! That alone told me he had fun! I will definitely bring my dog back!!!
We just booked our second stay for our dog with Michael. He was an incredible caretaker for our pup the first time and made a lasting impact with us. Can't wait to send our dog on his own vacation, while we go on ours!
I have loved my experiences at Michael's daycare.
I have a 6 year old Chocolate Lab named Lucy.
She is very submissive & has acquired separation anxiety. She is the love of my life! I'm very fussy with whom looks after her. She really seems to love going to socialize with the other dogs.
He let me do a meet & greet to ensure I was comfortable leaving her in his care. I really enjoy getting updates, pictures, & videos of Lucy throughout the day. It helps me get over my own anxiety of leaving my girl!
I'm so thankful I have found him. I hope you get to cross paths with him too!
We love Michael...his home is very clean and organized, he stays with the dogs all the time, love the way he interacts with the border collie loves to go there....we will return time and time again...
Michael treats Kirby as if she is part of his family. I would not have anyone else watch my dog.
My dog was well taken care of and seemed very happy at drop off and pickup. Would definitely use Michael again!
I strongly recommend Michael! We were hesitant to leave our dog who is almost 3 and had never been away from us. But after a meet and greet he was clearly comfortable and ran straight in when we dropped him off. In fact he almost seemed a bit reluctant to leave his new friends when we pick him up. He was tired, clean, clearly well cared for and very happy!
Yoda had a great time staying with Michael and all of his other doggie guests. When we picked her up, she was clean, well fed, and tired from all of the fun activities she'd experienced... and most especially the walks she had with Michael.
We have been so very pleased to have found Michael and have already booked with him for our upcoming spring vacation.
Michael is incredibly dedicated to his guests. He even sent us a number of videos so we could see what fun our dogs were having and his excellent attention to them. I think our dogs would rather live at Michael's house!!
Michael was just great and very accommodating of our two dogs. He has a wonderful set up that is ideal for his business. The dogs were happy and at ease right from the start. We will definitely be returning customers.
Michael is great. He spends so much time with the dogs and our dog loves coming here. We have a 4 1/2 month old puppy and Michael has done a great job teaching her how to socialize with the other dogs.
We have left Hank with Michael on numerous occasions for daycare, but this time we were going to be gone for almost two weeks. We have worked with Hank for years for his separation anxiety and have made great progress lately and were very concerned about how this extended stay away from home and us would affect him. There was no reason for us to be concerned. Everyday we received videos reassuring us that he was having a great time. He was running and playing with his pals and his tail was always wagging. On the video we could hear the dog's collars rattling around but the dogs were never barking, just having a great time. After we picked him up I had the feeling that Hank was not happy that we had taken him away from his pals. There has been no setback with his separation anxiety. I would never hesitate in recommending Michael to anyone!! He does a great job and Hank is looking forward to his next stay.
Our labrador loves to spend the day with Michael. He has so much fun with the other dogs and we are at ease knowing how attentive Michael is to his "pack". Our dog comes home tired and happy. Micheal is the only person we have felt confident enough to leave our dog with (including family members)! You won't find another like him.
I've been leaving my 2 golden retrievers with Michael for almost a year...several overnight visits. I trust him with my dogs and they're happy to see him when we arrive, eager to roam around his large wooded fenced property. He pays attention to their individual needs and sends videos each day which makes me worry less knowing my dogs are safe and happy. I can't recommend him enough if you're looking for a flexible, responsible and experienced dog sitter who truly cares for your pets like his own.
Michael was awesome. He went above and beyond taking care of our dog. I would definitely recommend him. We loved receiving the videos too.
Michael is a gem. We have been using Michael for the last 2 years and have never been disappointed. He takes such good care of Nina and she loves going. He walks her even though his place has great outdoor space. She loves playing with all the other dogs and Michael is a real dog whisperer when it comes to keeping everyone on their best behavior. Nina is a real escape artist and Michael keeps a close eye one her so we never have to worry. It's great having that sense of peace when we have to leave her.
We have been going to Michael for over a year now with our two year old Cattle-dog. Since the beginning, Michael has been professional, transparent and caring about our little girl. Our dog means a lot to us and she's not easy to deal with. He has been incredibly generous with his time, patient with our dog and understanding of our schedule.

We've tried a total of four different people in the area--no one even came close to Michael. If you need someone to watch your dog, he is the best person in Spokane by far.
I had zero reservations about leaving my dog with Michael. There were nightly video updates and pictures which was fun to get while I was on vacation.
There are three areas/runs Michael has fenced and it is a great way for all the dogs to be safe and supervised. My dog had daily walks, separate feeding area to eat without bothering or being bothered by the other dogs. He was happy and wagging his tail when I picked him up and slept 2 days straight so far since being back home.
I would definitely use Michael again. Thanks for the great treatment.
Michael is amazing! Our dog loves going to his house!
Michael was an outstanding host. Could not have had a better experience. Will definitely use him again.
Michael took our IG and Whippet for an extended stay and they essentially become part of his household, sleeping in the bedroom. Michael really enjoys having dogs in his home and life, and it shows. He has a generous yard and keeps a good watch on activities. We received daily videos of our dogs romping.
I was very happy with Michael I was very surprised when I would get email messages with pictures of my dog at other dogs plane walking around having a good time
When I go out of town next time I'll be sure to see Michael to take care of our lab in the pictures that I emailed me look like Addie was at a pretty good time for 11-year-old dog
I picked him up on Thursday morning when I got back into town
I want back in town on Thursday afternoon and I went what by Mount Spokane veterinarian there were the ones that gave me Michael's address .
I had to stop in just to tell them how happy I was that they gave me Michael's dog care service that was only reason why I stopped so they knew how happy one customer was so they can recommend him again
Thanks again Michael and Andy is a happy camper
Michael's facilities were well set up for dogs with a lot of room to play. He gave up updates on our dog throughout his stay. Will definitely be using Michael again, and would gladly recommend his services.
Michael sent us videos to update us about our dogs! When we visited, none of the other dogs were barking and all were happy. We are very satisfied with the treatment our dogs received at Michael's home.
Our GSD had a great time and loved hanging out with his doggy friends!
My yellow lab loved his stay with Michael! My lab didn't want to leave. Michael sent me a video with an update of how things were going. We will definitely use Michael again!
Our pair of very spoiled dogs were incredibly well taken care of during our own vacation. We were concerned because we have a dog that while loves our kids and other dog, shows aggression to other animals. Michael has a process of introducing dogs to each other in his pack and I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it in action! Overall, a quality experience.
We have a 14 year old lab/retriever we left in the care of Doggy Day Care & Slumber Party for 2 nights. Our dog was happy and healthy when we came back from our nights away. We will use them again, and would recommend them to anyone looking for a good place for their dog to stay.
Kind, professional, thorough . Strong communication skills. Trusting in care of our lab. ret.
Michael is great! We love how involved he is with our dog!!
Even though it was a 40 minute drive each way for me, I feel it was well worth it to leave my pup with a calm, confident professional such as is Michael. Yoda clearly benefitted from the socialization as evidenced by the videos Michael sent to me and I felt completely comfortable leaving Yoda in Michael's care. Big thumbs up!
From the meet and greet, to the drop off and pick up of our pup was an excellent experience. Needing to find a boarding option for our dog while we had to be out of town for a family function we found so much more with Michael. Michael's passion is dogs and you can see it in every part of his home and the set up for the dogs. He has swimming areas, grassy areas and running areas for the dogs. He has a double fence system meaning there is also fencing under ground so the dogs can not dig out. He has a whole garage that is set up for feeding and a relax zone for the dogs. The dogs have access to the house and even have bedrooms with human beds for sleeping. His facility was spotless. He does daycare during the day and when we were there for the our meet and greet he had a full house. All 14 dogs were well behaved, having fun and played well together. During our dogs stay Michael sent several pictures, texts and videos. My favorite was my pup and 3 other dogs all curled up and sleeping in a bed after a long day of puppy play. I have a 1 year old cattle dog that is high energy so I was so concerned how she would do but the pictures and videos showed me I had nothing to worry about. We were so impressed with Michael and his service we have booked an 11 day stay later this month while we have to be out of state. I have told all my dog parent friends about DogVac and Michael in particular. I couldn't have been happier.

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Michael took great care of your puppy. She had a great time making new friends, learning how to be social and to behave indoors. Thanks so much.
Michael really impressed me with the way he cared for but strictly controlled the dogs. for those dogs to behave well the way they did and look to Michael as the strong leader shows a unique and gifted talent on Michael's part. I suggest this day care as not only a vacation option, but as an occasional way to adequately socialize your pet.
Michael is great with our old dog!
Michael has several fenced acres for our fur-babies to run around in. This is a true dog-utopia. He is attentive to each dog's behavior and needs, and doesn't let them get away with anything out of line. We love Michael and are always very happy with the care our girls receive with him.
Michael is brilliant with our dogs. He is very caring and intuitive. He is able to get our older dog (who was abused before we rescued her) to trust him and to be at ease. She is happy when we leave her with Michael. Our other dog is shy by nature. Michael has been excellent at bringing her into the pack and giving her the confidence to thrive during her visits. The nightly pictures and videos are proof positive that Michael is good at what he does. The dogs come home tired, happy, and dirty from romping all day.
Michael is an outstanding dog sitter and is the only one we trust to keep our pups safe and well taken care of. Thanks for keeping us updated while we were on our trip, it definitely gave us peace of mind. Cheers!
Michael and his facility are wonderful! You can tell he really cares about the dogs. Levi and Max had a great time there. Love the videos he sends of the dogs. It's a place to send your dogs on their own resort vacation. Will definitely use him again.
Rowdy had a wonderful time @ Michaels! She is a high energy dog and she had lot's to do, plenty of dogs to play with & a lot of room to run. Michael sure has a passion for his job & is very good at it. Have already recommended him to all of my dog friends and will surely use him again!
Wow! Michael is the best dog day care I've ever used! I'm so grateful to have found him!! I have 2 dogs who stayed with Michael for a week while I was on vacation. He sent videos every day so I could see how my dogs were playing and happy with all the other dogs. One day he sent a picture of my dogs who are large dogs, sacked out on his bed with another big dog - all sound asleep. Lol Obviously the dogs love him and enjoyed their vacation with all the other dogs too
I will definitely use Michael again without hesitation.
The wonderful thing was my dog getting to run and play all day and go for a nice walk. She would not have had such fun in a crate type kennel. She was so happy and healthy when she came home. Brought me great peace of mind with the video updates too.
I cannot recommend Michael's dog-care services highly enough! He was more than willing to arrange a meet & greet with my three small dogs ahead of the drop-off date and I had the opportunity to see the way he cares for his "pack"; managing the needs of the group, while attending to the specific needs of ever-changing individuals, all with an over-arching sense of calm.
My dogs came home happy and healthy and were crashed within minutes, sprawled out in the most un-stressed postures you'd ever want to see!
I will definitely ask Michael to watch any dog, any time!
Michael has a professional and trustworthy dog sitting business. We were skeptical with dog vacay simply because our shepherds are family members. Michael was very transparent with his operations, his home, and how he leads the pack. His presence and love for dogs reminds me of Cesar Milan aka Dog Whsperer. He knows each dog by name and studies the behavior of dogs and owners, which speaks to his understanding of not only canine but also human behavior. Give your dog the chance to experience Michael and it will truly feel like a doggy vacay.
The professional and knowledgeable manner of care at Michael Scott's Dogvacay truly set my mind at ease in leaving my 7-year-old Pom-a-poo, Noah, there during my vacation. Though I had never boarded my dog away from home before, I could tell by my "meet and greet" with Michael that he was a VERY experienced person with dogs. "Dog trainer" does NOT do him justice. He is PASSIONATE about dogs, their care and their needs. His partner, Julia, is amazing with the small dogs who may need more of a gentle, nurturing type care (Mine
I wish I could give Michael ten stars! Leaving my dog, who I've had since he was 5 weeks old and in really bad shape, with a stranger was extremely stressful for me. I got multiple videos daily showing my boy having a raving good time, and he is still exhausted and happy from it. I will never go anywhere else, Michael treated Gus like his own, and I will spend the money every single time (which, by the way, is extremely reasonable) to let him go spend time at Michael's.
Michael is great and cares deeply about his dogs. Has a great set up for large dogs, unfortunately this set up did not work for my small dogs.
Michael took Blitz on short notice which was so helpful for us. The property was beautiful and very clean..plenty of space for the dogs to socialize and get their energy out. It is apparent that Michael truly loves working with dogs and it shows in the mutual respect they have for him. We would highly recommend Michael and plan to bring Blitz back in the future.
Shadow had a wonderful time and played with the other dogs the whole time. She was so tired from playing her little heart out that when I picked her up she immediately fell asleep in my vehicle.
This was Tansy's third vacation stay with Michael and as expected, she loved it. Having Michael send so many video's of their daily activities is welcomed and enjoyable. The exterior play area is a great size and fenced in for all their safety. With Tansy being a Lab, having plenty of room is important, she comes home a tired girl.
Michael did an outstanding job with our two, one year old, Vizsla pups. We had done a 'meet & greet' several months ago & Michael had introduced Justin & Connor to the pack one dog at a time so that they did not become overwhelmed. It worked like a charm & they had a great time. This visit we decided to leave them overnight so that everyone could get a sense of how they will do on longer stays. Once again, shortly after our arrival, Michael had them so happily involved with the other dogs they didn't even notice when we left. Over night, Michael kept us updated with how they were doing by texting several fun videos of them playing. This experience has made us confident that we all will enjoy our vacation time.
Thanks Michael!
This was the first time we left our pup with someone outside the family and Michael came highly recommended by my husbands co-workers. Michael was professional and extremely passionate about his 'pac' of dogs. My 11 month old german shepherd had the time of his life. We use a gps tracking device on him to monitor his whereabouts and it also tracks his activity - each day he had met his daily activity goal by 8:30 am. The dogs have several large runs to play in and interact with one another as well as going on one-on-one walks with Mike. Being a cautious dog mom I was skeptical of leaving my boy with someone I didn't know but Michael really put my mind at ease. He texted videos and pictures each day and was always available by phone if we needed to reach him. I will absolutely be bringing my pups back for day care and boarding. :)
Tanner loved Michael's new place! He loved running with the pack. In fact, he pretty much slept for 2 days after he came home!
Buster had a great stay. We were provided pictures and videos daily to see how he was doing. Michael is quick to respond to any questions while you are away. We were very happy to find Michael. Having Buster be in a place he could run and play and not be locked in a crate for a week meant a lot to us. He had 5 acres to play in with other dogs.
Michael is amazing ! My Stella gets so excited when we pull into Michaels driveway . It's her second home . Michael has created a sanctuary for the dogs to play , run and be safe . It is such a great feeling knowing my Stella is happy and receiving the greatest care .
Thank you !! Mel
Michael took great care of our dog while we were away in California for a week and we could not be happier. He is only 8 months old and this was the first time we ever had to leave him, so we were very nervous about being away. Michael sent us pictures and videos daily and reassured us Duke was doing great. He had so much fun playing with all the dogs and we definitely will be taking him back!
Yes, Michael is Pawsome! We have never had a need to "board" our dogs until our recent vacation, needless to say we were very nervous about leaving our highly energetic pup and our 10 year old in someone else's care. Immediately on our first visit we knew they were in good hands! I can go on and on but will just say Michael loves the animals, and they love him in return. The fact that our dogs slept for three days straight when we returned means they had a fabulous time as well! We loved the video updates every day also! We will be back!
It is such a relief to finally find safe, reliable care for Toby that doesn't make me feeling guilty about leaving him when I'm away. Michael's passion for dogs is evident in the way his property is set up, the command he has of his "pack", and the schedule he follows to ensure each dog has what he or she needs to feel safe and happy. I was afraid Toby might not want to come home after having so much fun while in Michael's care. I would recommend him to anyone needing short or long term boarding.
We couldn't have asked for a better experience working with Michael. Our Goldendoodle has always had a hard time with being left due to some anxiety. He had a blast hanging out with all the dogs and came home ready for a long nap. Very easy to communicate with Michael throughout the process. Will continue to use Michael each time as well as recommend to any friends and family.
Michael was very welcoming to myself and my dog. He has a great setup for the dogs and treats them like they are his own. The daily photos and videos put my mind at ease and allowed me to enjoy my vacation. He tailors the experience to the needs of the dog. I returned to a happy, relaxed dog. I have already recommended him to others and will be using his services again in the future.
Michael was fabulous!! Our dog was very happy and it was fun to get our video updates on her. Michael was very accommodating to our schedule as well.
My husband and I have enjoyed dogs in our family for over 30 years.
Michael owns, without a doubt, the finest dog care facility we have ever encountered.
Michael is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and goes out of his way to insure the dogs have an enjoyable stay. Tucker, our dog, loves "Uncle Michael"!!! We call him the dog whisperer.
We say this every time we pick Tucker up, "We,re thrilled we have the best of the best place to take him"!

With appreciation,
Jan and Steve Drennon
Lucy has a great time at Michael's place. The environment is so dog friendly.
Immediately greeted us outside, very friendly and made our beagle feel welcome right away.
Trustworthy, and the dogs love him. Michael has watched our dogs on several occasions, and I feel confident that they are take care of very well. The dogs come home happy and healthy each time.
Lucy had a great time at Michael's. She came home tired and happy.
We have left our dog Tucker with Michael for over two years since he was a pup. We recently left him for five days while we visited friends in California. We know that our dogs feels like this is his other home and he is loved and a part of their family. He loves the interaction with all the other dogs and with Michael. Michael recently acquired a new home with even more room and invested money and effort to provide a safe and spacious area. He has our highest recommendation and appreciation.
Hank was there for daycare. He suffers from separation anxiety and there are few places we can leave him. I was impressed that after we arrived to pick him up, he greeted us and then went back to stand by Michael. Usually in that situation he is glued to our sides because he wants to make sure we won't leave without him. He obviously felt very comfortable there. We look forward to him visiting Michael again.
Kirby had it better than here at her home. Michael really cares about his boarders. Lots of videos showing interaction of all the dogs in his care.
Awesome service, fast reply, Michael was able to accommodate is on a last minute trip out of town. Great communication, sent us videos and pictures updating is on our puppy's safe stay. Our 7 month old puppy was so happy to run around and play the entire time. Will bereturning and using Michael's service again.
We're so grateful to have found Michael! We recently moved to Spokane and visited every boarding facility in the area. After taking them to the highest rated one, we were so disappointed. Our 2 Goldens came home stressed and not themselves. I was skeptical about using DogVacay but after doing a trial with Michael, we've left our boys with him several times and couldn't be more happy! They love playing in his huge yard and socializing with the other dogs.He sends us videos and it's obvious the pups are having fun and it puts us at ease knowing they're in good hands. If you have to leave your "kids" I'd highly recommend won't be disappointed!
Incredibly positive experience - My dogs were very well cared for, Michael was super accommodating and friendly and the huge bonus was videos and pictures that he sent us. The set up is also tremendous - very large fenced yard and very welcoming home. Will definitely be back!
We love taking our dogs to Michael's. They are always treated like family members and when they come home, they are not anxious and upset, as they have been in the past by using other kennels. My dogs always have such a great time and are spoiled with sleeping on people beds, playing in pools, and generally wearing themselves out. We have used Michael many times and we will continue to for as long as he keeps it up!
Thanks Michael, you were so gracious and accommodating with us to take on a new customer on Dec 26th....even though you were fully booked. And you took such good care of Mac that my granddaughter was able to relax and enjoy our family Christmas celebration. She really loved the two video messages you sent her showing Mac having such a good time. You are a true dog lover. Thanks so much, Lee Eilertson
I couldn't be happier with the care our Sam receives with Michael! I get daily videos of the fun Sam has with Michael. Sam is content and excited to go over to Michael's for a doggy vacation! I wouldn't take our dog anywhere else.
To say that Lucy loves vacationing with Michael would be an understatement. I think this was her ninth visit and she can't wait for the next one.
Thank you Michael for taking such great care of Tanner!!
Our puppy (8 months old) stayed with Michael for 5 nights and had a blast! He came home happy and healthy. Michael was SO easy to work with, and his passion for dogs is apparent. Jake will be returning there whenever we come across another time we need care!
Thank you Michael for watching 11 year old Tanner who thinks he is a puppy with all the other dogs..
We placed our 14 year old Papillion with Michael when we had an unexpected opportunity to visit our daughters in California. He had never been away from home before and has a heart condition and a chronic cough. Michael talked to me on the phone and sent me daily videos of my dog as he adapted to the surroundings. He even caught Bandit napping with his. Girlfriend
We have been using Michael for our dogs, Aurora and Jack for two years now. He takes great care of the dogs! It is such a relief to have someone I can leave my dogs with and know they will be treated as part of the family.
Tuffy and Chelsie enjoyed their Vacay with Michael. He is very passionate about his job. He truly cares about your animal. What we like about his facility is that he has a lot of grass for the dogs to play on. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Could vacation without worries about my dogs care. Love knowing they are sleeping inside a house just like home! In fact, my one dog barks a lot less especially knowing he's going to go outside!
Totally comfortable leaving our golden child with Michael. I'm sure our dog had second thoughts about having to come home. All we have to concentrate on while on vacation is having fun not worrying about the dogs welfare. He will return soon. Thanks for the added personal attention Michael.
We have used Michael's services many, many times over the last 2 1/2 years and cannot say how very much we appreciate all that he does for our precious pup. Whether we leave our dog for a few hours or for 3 weeks we never worry about her. She just loves Michael, and we know that she is happy, well socialized and safe when she is with him. It means the world to us!
My partner and I rescued our cattle dog, Shelby less than a year ago and have since spent nearly everyday with her. Heelers are notorious for sticking to the sides of their pack families like glue and and don't typically respond well to being separated. As I just accepted a new job that would change my schedule significantly, my partner and I knew that we would have to find a healthy alternative to leaving our pup at home for 9 to 10 hours a day by herself. Luckily, we found Michael on Vacay and were so relieved to find that not only is he knowledgeable and caring, but incredibly patient. He's worked diligently with our pup all week and she has blossomed as a result. We couldn't have found a better home-away-from-home and we look forward to a long-term relationship with Michael!
When I pick up my dog, I can tell a lot from the way my dog looks and acts. When I pick her up at Michael's, she's happy to see me, but very calm and content. It's a great feeling that she was not stressed out, but had a good, relaxing stay. Thank you, Michael!
We had happy dogs!
As usual, no complaints. Mike still remains the only person I trust to watch Otis. Mike and I are next door neighbors, and Otis gets very restless knowing his home is right through the fence. As an extra level of service for me and to help Otis' anxiety, Mike delivered him home about an hour before I got there. It helped me with not having to get him and helped Otis relax at his own home. Top notch!
Michael is the best in the business. He loves dogs and makes their stay safe and fun.
Michael is a 5-star-guy all day long. And Hamlet, my pup, would rate him even higher if she could. I am so grateful to Michael for caring for my pup as if she is his own. He loves her and she loves him back! This is a safe, loving, and FUN environment for your dog. I can't say enough about how Michael has made my life easier -- I thank you and Hamlet thanks you!!!
What a positive experience for both myself and for Talula.
I love that Michael could come out to get the pup and bring her back home . So helpful to me. Talula loves loves car rides so this was another plus.
Talula is a rescue King Charles and probably the sweetest dog in the world. She has not done one thing wrong since we got her 6 months ago.
The assurance that she is in a home with someone that is kind and reassuring makes my get away very peaceful.
I tell people that Michael is "the dog whisperer".
Thanks Michael. So glad someone told us about you .
Lucy Laslo
My two young pups, Lucy and Samson, both spent their first day with Michael about a week ago, and they had a great time! I was so nervous about leaving them for the day, because they had never been away from home without me before. Michael took time to talk with me about my concerns and answer all my questions, so that I could feel confident about the experience. Samson was a little timid, so Michael introduced him to the dogs one by one. (Lucy jumped in wholeheartedly!) The videos during the day made me feel at ease, knowing my pups were being well cared for and were having fun. Michael is truly passionate about dogs, and I would recommend him without hesitation! My dogs will be joining him for another day later this month. I'm sure that if the pups knew that, they'd be counting the days!
When we dropped Kiva off she was a little worried, but soon opened up to the other dogs there. An it did not take her long to warm up to Mike, he sent us videos every day of her playing with the other dogs or of her just running around. When we pick her up she wasn't ready to leave but was so tired that she slept all the way home and for the next day. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking to have a dog sitter.

Thanks Mike
Our little guy had an amazing time as always... He is truly loved at Michaels
Lexie is my baby, and if it's not for Michael, I will never be able to go out of town! Lexie's not only well taken care of, but she also gets much socialization she really needs. Thank you, Michael!
Can I give Michael ten stars? Once again, Kirby was treated like royalty. We will be back!
I'm very grateful to Mike. He did a wonderful job caring for buddy who had lots of indoor and outdoor time. He played constantly! I know that because the daily videos are the best! I will absolutely recommend this to somebody else. And thanks tons to my friend Jen for the recommendation.
Fauna and Soleil just had another visit at Michael's house. They always love to go there because they know they will be well cared for. They are treated like part of the family. Thank you Michael for the wonderful care you give my pups.
Mickeal does what ever it take to meet your and your dog needs
mopar had a great time
Mike is a true dog lover and it is clearly his passion. Carter had a fantastic time (evidenced by the tail wags and full body wiggles) Mike introduced Carter to the pack one dog at a time clearly making him feel safe and not overwhelmed. Carter became one of his dogs for his stay and I am excited and happy to say that we will be using mike again in the immediate future to watch a member of our family while we are away. If you are looking for a great place to watch your best friend, Mike is the one you should choose.
Thank you Michael for your care of Tanner! It was great to see video's daily of what Tanner was up to.. You totally took a load off my mind while I was away from my 11 year old dog.Will see you soon!
We loved Michael's caring way with Rocky and the wonderful communication via text and video updates of how Rocky was doing.
Great, as usual.
Won't find a better place to take your dog
great place to take your dog
my dog love it and Mickeal is great
Michael was quick to recognize our dog's needs are made special efforts to make sure KT's visit was a good one. Michael sends videos and responds to all messages from worried owners. We are planning KT's next visit.
Above and beyond!
Michael was wonderful. He sent us videos and pictures of our puppy almost every day while we were gone. The price was about the same as a kennel but the care was far beyond what a kennel could provide. We will definitely use Michael again.
Michael is an excellent host / sitter for Dog Vacay!
Michael is awesome! I always feel good about leaving Odin with him, knowing he'll be taken great care of.
As always, Kirby had a great time at Michael's. We will be back!
Always a great experience leaving Abby with Michael. He has a passion for dogs. I wouldn't think of leaving Abby with anyone else
Axle had a amazing time with Michael! He's amazing we will definitely be using him more often! I couldn't feel any more comfortable leaving My dog with someone!
Michael know his dogs. It is great to watch them all enjoying themselves. And makes us at ease, knowing our pet is in good hands.
Our dog Rambo loves going to Michael's house! Michael is great to work with and has been very accommodating!
Michael was recommended to me by a fellow dog lover and good friend. She couldn't say enough exemplary comments about his professional and loving care he gives his canine guests. Everything she told me was spot on. Now, that my dog and I have met Michael I will go on and on about how fabulous he is with the dogs and their owners. Before meeting him personally he returned my call quickly and introduced himself and his philosophy for dog care. He followed up with another call to me the day before my dog was scheduled to arrive to see if I had any other questions. He is very flexible with his schedule. When we arrived at his home he came out to greet us. He then one by one brought out his own dogs and those under his care so my dog wouldn't be overwhelmed and insure all guests would be compatible. He asked questions about her likes, her meal needs and and sleeping habits.
His home and yard are meticulous. The dogs have a spacious play area with lots of grass. They also have a kiddie sized pool which he changes the water frequently. He has a loving way with the dogs and they respect and listen to him. He also takes them out for walks for a change of scenery and some extra exercise. This gives him some one on one time together for bonding. He sent us many text videos. These are priceless. I didn't worry about my pup because I could see how much fun she was having. He provides the perfect experience!
Fantastic as always!
This was Davey and Molly's second stay with "Uncle Michael" and they were excited to see him again, running into the house when he opened the door. They apparently played their hearts out both days because they immediately crashed once we got home! Thanks again Michael for your schedule flexibility and taking such great care off my pups.
Couldn't have been happier! Loved receiving videos of my dog having fun during my trip! Micheal is so great with the dogs he watches! My Bubba was treated well!
Michael did great!! Thanks Michae!!!
Once again our dog came home happy and relaxed. We wouldn't leave him anywhere else. With Michael he is treated as family.
Michael gives new meaning to being passionate for dogs, his yard is totally set up for playtime. And it's obvious of the attention that he gives the dogs. I would not think of leaving my lab with anyone else. Darla
Just like before .. Michael was very good with Nina.. I am very pleased with how he handles dogs. Mary
Gracie's stay with Michael was exceptional! Michael was very accommodating when we had a change in our schedule. I always feel great about leaving Gracie with him and will not hesitate to take her there in the future.
Our dogs have stayed with Michael numerous times, and the experiences have been great for them and for us.

I was anxious about leaving them for two weeks, but that anxiety was absolutely unnecessary. We prepared our dogs for the extended stay by leaving them for a couple of overnight stays just to get them used to the idea that we would eventually return for them.

Two weeks is a long time for us to be away from our canine family, but it worked out beautifully. Michael sent a video every day and it was so reassuring to see them playing and getting exercise.

We were free to enjoy our trip without concerns for their wellbeing. None of this would have been possible without Michael. He is absolutely wonderful with our dogs, including indulging them to sleep in a "human bed" like they do at home.
We think of Michael's as a home away from home for our dogs.
My dog Mopar stay with Mickeal was a great experience for him and I. While I was away Mickeal sent video of Mopar every day of his stay. This made me feel great about the care he was receiving. Extremely clean could not do better Thank you Mickeal.
Exceptional stay. Michael, as always, was an incredible host. It's a home-away-from-home for our dog and he comes back very happy.
Always dependable and kind. My dog loves him.
Once again Michael has taken amazing care of my pup Foosa. Don't get me wrong, I love my dog to death and enjoy all the time we spend together at home and at the park, but since finding Michael and having him watch Foosa, we try to find ways to send Foosa on vacation every few months. I think he enjoys the vacation away from us. The best part is when he comes home he is tired and relaxed for the first few days because of all the fun he had.
We were out of town for two weeks and were nervous about having to leave our dog for such a long period of time, especially given the fact that we got her from Spokanimal last year and did not want her to feel as though she was being abandoned. Her stay with Michael could not have gone better! Michael treated her like she was a member of his family. She is on a restricted diet due to allergies and he followed her feeding schedule perfectly. We loved receiving the daily photos/videos so we were reassured that things were going well. When we are gone again in the future we will definitely have our dog stay with Michael! He definitely has a special connection with the dogs!
Thank you Michael!!
Tansy loved her stay with Michael and enjoyed the time spent with her playmates. Tansy may need a day or two to recover from all the fun she had, a very happy and tired girl.
Michael was more than we could have ever imagined. He welcomed our little yorkie into his loving home, our dog has never been socialized before w other dogs, especially giant ones!! Right from the beginning meet and greet, somehow this man is like the Dog Whisperer, he introduces all the dogs to the new one, one by one and somehow, it magically works.. I have never witnessed anything like this before.. It was AMAZING. Well it doesn't stop there, while we were gone we received video of all the dogs playing it was so cool for my family to see our dog getting along w others like this. Michael takes care of your dog like it is his own..We feel so lucky to have found Michael, we will NEVER use anyone else again..
Bella loves Michael. Michael is so tolerant of my little bundle of puppy energy. Or as he would say "big bundle". He was even kind when she stole the Thanksgiving ham off of the counter and ran with it. Oops!
Michael's passion for dogs is evident. very Safe environment. Abbey had plenty of room outside to play, and room inside to be comfortable. Daily meds were no problem. Michael is a real pro, I highly recommend him
Michael is fantastic with our pups! Sent us pictures and videos daily so that we didn't miss them as much. We always go away knowing our "kids" will have fun and come home knowing they had a great time. Thank you for taking care of them as if they were your own!
Our dog had a great time. Michael sent communications each day to keep us well informed. Great experience for dog and family! We highly recommend Michael!
I recently moved to Spokane and needed to find a place for my dogs to stay while on vacation. I've always had a pet-sitter in the past, but was concerned about them being confined within an apartment for all but 30 minutes each day. I researched numerous options, found Michael's site, and immediately contacted him based on the extensive favorable reviews. Let me add the latest five star to his ratings.

Michael is fantastic. Caring, committed, and a great pack leader. I was concerned how Molly, my rescued herding dog, would do with the others. During our meet and greet, it was obvious that would not be an issue. Michael's "system" allows each dog to gradually incorporate into the broader pack, while he remains attentive to all of their actions. The videos he sent shows her running and playing every day. I also noticed when we went to the dog park yesterday that she interacted better with the others, which I credit to the extra hands-on socialization skills she learned at Michael's. My older dog Davey also had a good time, with the added bonus of losing some much-needed weight because he was more active.

Although I'm reluctant to recommend Michael to others because he is becoming so busy, I would be remiss in not doing so because every loving pet parent deserves having a place for their "kiddos" to go without a worry or concern about their welfare. Michael definitely provides that peace of mind.

Thanks again from Kristen, Davey and Molly! We will see you next time.
Michael's love for dogs, of all breeds and sizes, truly SHOWS! My little 11yr. old mini pomeranian (Bosco) stayed with Michael for a week. Everyday I would receive a text on the comings and goings throughout the days events, with a short video attached. Michael has a way with dogs. He shows love and kindness, a mutual respect, and in return, they initiate it back.
I most definitely would take Bosco their again. It's a comfort, knowing that my little dog was so well cared for.
Michael is awesome with NINA. I would recommend him to all of my friends who has a dog.. Thanks, Michael! Mary
My dog has separation anxiety, and a couple other special needs. Michael has the perfect, comfortable setup at his home for the dogs. He was thorough and accommodating. I felt more than comfortable leaving my giant baby boy with him while I went out of town on vacation! =)
Michael does an excellent job with all the dogs in his care. He has a way of getting them all to behave and get along. Our dog,Ryli, loves going to Michael's. She races to the front door each time. The videos he sends daily let us know Ryli is happy & well cared for. We don't know what we would do without the availability of Michaels great service!!!
Michael is amazing. Bella has so much fun there and I feel at ease knowing that she is in good hands.
I was waiting to get a notice from you. Sorry beginner client. Hanna had an excellent stay. she liked all the company. Mike was EXCELLENT about keeping me inform about her. I am going to arrange a stay again April 4. I am recommending Mike to all me "doggy" friends.
Just like always Michael did an outstand job taking care of our fury family member, Michael loves what he does, and it shows by the care he gives, We feel good about having a great place to drop off Taffy, knowing she is receiving the love and care she deserves.
Michael is very accomodating and will work around travel schedules. We really appreciate it!!!
it was great
Max definately benifits from the socialization
It was great
As usual, Michael goes above and beyond to create the perfect environment for his pack. He is passionate about what he does and it shows the moment you walk through the door. I always felt very comfortable leaving my tiny16 year old Puddles in his care. She has recently passed on, and Michael provided me with photos he took of her which will always be treasured. This is part of Michael's character, and one of many reasons why I can highly recommend this wonderful host.
This is the 4th time we have taken Rosie to Michael and couldn't be more pleased. The daily pictures and videos are so nice to watch when we are away from our baby. The absolute proof is how much Rosie likes Michael. When she first sees him she runs into his arms. If we talk about Michael when we are at home, Rosie wants to go outside and sit by the car. We have referred Michael to several of our co-workers, and they were all very pleased. As soon as we book our next vacation, we will be booking another stay for Rosie with Michael.
as always max thought it was great
I've had about 5 or 6 bookings for Max with Michael and he has always been great!
Once again my wife and I were both facing the problem of both being out of town on business. The one thing we did not worry about was who was going to watch our dogs. Michael of course! With him we know they are safe, loved, and cared for if they were his own dogs. This is how satisfied we are with Michael- we drive an hour from our home to drop them off! He is simply the best!
This was our first time leaving our dog Jedi with anyone, so we were understandably nervous! After meeting Michael, we were put at ease with being away from our pup. Michael sent us videos, where we could see for ourselves that Jedi was having a blast...making friends with other dogs and wagging his tail nonstop. Michael gives each dog plenty of love and exercise...Jedi came home happy and exhausted from all his play. I highly recommend Michael to watch your dog(s)...we will be back!
We did it! We left our anxious dog, adopted in June, for a two week trip to see our kids. He had not been well socialized with either people or other dogs because of our rural location, but he is now. Each day the videos showed him becoming more and more comfortable. We appreciated Michael providing the extra attention an anxious dog needs to acclimate to a new setting. We will use his services again!
My two puppies just spent another wonderful visit with Michael and his family. They are always so happy to see Michael because they know they will be loved and cared for.
I think they feel like Michael's is their second home. DeAnna
Why do you leave your dog with a sitter? Vacation, business trip, family emergency, etc. It is usually for a reason where you have to concentrate on where your going or what you are doing. With Michael watching your dog or dogs you can do that and not worry about their well being. To put it simply, Michael gives you peace of mind that your other member of the family will be in good hands.
Michael is like leaving your dog with a family member. He is courteous, caring, and friendly. You don't worry if they are ok. You know they are having fun and are safe. We highly recommend Michael if you love your dogs as much as we do. Michael is AWESOME!
Michael was wonderful! Our puppy felt right at home. This was our first time boarding our pup and we felt at ease leaving her at Michaels. We also loved getting the nightly videos! We will be taking our puppy back to Michael's again soon.
I was so happy with Michael. Awesome guy! Really made me feel comfortable since I don't leave my dog anywhere very often. Will certainly call him again next time I need to leave town. Loved it! Kept in touch and really understood my dog.
As always, Michael was a wonderful host. He sent us great videos of our dog while he was in his care. Our dog "Tucker" was happy to stay there and we have no qualms about leaving him. Tucker is an older sheepdog so requires a little more attention than he did as a pup. Michael is patient with him and makes sure that he receives all the medication he requires. Each time we leave Tucker in Michael's care, whether for a week or two or just overnight, both us and our dog can plan on having a great time.
My family and milo were sooo happy with the care that was given at Michaels. It was very comforting to know milo was taken care of so well. I loved the videos that we received on a daily basis of our sweet dog. Next time we get the opportunity to go out of town I will not hesitate because I have a wonderful place to leave my doggy.
Michael showed incredible patience and kindness toward our very anxious rescued dog. It took all day but he eventually calmed him down. Michael even agreed to watch him during our upcoming trip. Wow!
This day was an extension of the time booked for our sheepdog "Tucker". Michael was gracious enough to let us extend the stay by one day even though he was booked solid. I cannot say enough good things about Michael's care of our dog. He treats him as his own and I always know that he is well taken care of.
As always, Michael took excellent care of our Sheepdog “Tucker”. He requires some medication and it was administered as required. We were provided with daily photos and videos of Tucker which made us feel much more at ease while we were away. When we dropped him off at Michaels, as we were standing in the front yard talking, Tucker walked into the house just like he belonged there. He was more interested in seeing what other dogs might be in the house and/or back yard than he was in saying goodbye to us. I cannot overstate how glad we are to have found this service. I can honestly recommend this service to anyone and will not hesitate to use Michael in the future.
I never worry about my dogs when they are with Michael. They have been going to stay with him for over a year now, Aurora gets to play with other dogs and Jack, a 14 year old poodle tries to boss everyone around. I would highly recommend Michael for you dog care needs.
A BIG thank you to Michael for taking such AMAZING care of my senior Yorkie of 12 years.
Shorty had not inter-acted with other dogs in over 6 years and with Michael's awesome guidance, Shorty became the "king" of the ball. Special moments captured on photo or video was sent to me daily - and this helped me to continue to feel a part of Shorty's life. Michael comes HIGHLY recommended in my book and I won't hesitate to advise other dog owners of this awesome host.
Thanks again Michael - you are a STAR ..........
Daphne and Andre
Thanks Michael for taking NINA. She had so much fun with you and her friends .. Mary
Lucy loved going on vacation to Michael's again. He takes the stress and worry out of leaving our baby.
If you want your dog to feel like he is home with you, this is the place. Our dog is always happy to see us but also happy to see Mike when we drop him off. Great care and attention is paid to make him comfortable.
Our dobie had an awesome day with Michael. She always has so much fun there.
Soleil and Fauna just had another fun stay with Michael and his family while we went on a 10 day cruise. We are so happy to have such wonderful place to leave our babies when we are out of town. When we pull up to Michael's house the pups can't wait to run up to the door. They know they are at a place where they are loved and cared for
Michael and his family are wonderful. We've had our high energy Hound puppy stay with them countless times and its always amazing. Our dog loves playing with all the dogs and loves it there. As relatively new dog parents we may worry more than some and Michael gives us the confidence and security that our dog is safe and will have a blast!

I would recommend Michael to anyone! This is the best way for your dog to vacation while you are away. Michael's is far superior than any doggy daycare facility.
Michael is fabulous! He loves our dogs almost as much as we do. Thanks so much!
It's great to know my dog isn't in a cage or small kennel while we are away. It's good to get the videos of him playing and having a good time!
We are very thankful that Michael takes such good care of our dog! Thank you Michael....
Trixie is a happy dog because she had such a fun 3 weeks with Michael, his human and canine family, and the other dogs who came to play while she was there. Once again, we were able to enjoy our time away because of all the updates and videos we received which showed our girl having such a great time! Beyond that, though, we know that Trixie is really loved when she is at Michael's home just like she is when she is at ours! It makes all the difference in our being able to leave her without worry! Thank you so much, Michael, for once again providing such wonderful care to our special little girl!
Our dog Tucker has been going to Michael's for almost a year and he considers it a second home. He can't wait to jump out of the car to see him and his golden Molly. Even after a long day of playing he is not ready to leave. The dogs have a safe and spacious backyard to run and play. We know Michael loves the dogs in his care just as his own and he has our complete trust. He has our highest recommendation.
Steve and Jan Spokane, WA
Our Dobie has stayed several times with Michael. She loves going to Michael's, even though she is not around other dogs, or other people on a regular basis. Michael is so good at keeping all the dogs calm and happy. He brings to our attention any health issue he observes in our girl, no matter how small it may be. He is the perfect host -- has a way with dogs, is organized, competent, and very personable.
Matty always comes back happy when he stays with Michael and his dog friends. We are very pleased with the care he receives and will continue to take him there.
Iggy loves spending time with Michael and his great backyard. We love getting videos of Iggy at play.
Our dog, Iggy, vacayed with Michael for almost two weeks while we were on our honeymoon and we could not have asked for a better caregiver. Even out of the country, we received multiple videos of our pup napping, playing, and eating throughout his day, which really gave us peace of mind and also showed how happy he was. What we really appreciate about Michael (after having gone to another boarder in our area) is that he does not use kennels, but allows the dogs in his care to sleep throughout his home on their own beds. He feeds them separately and dedicates every hour of every day to their care and getting to know them. We will definitely return to Michael the next time we need to take a vacation and cannot recommend him highly enough.
Vinny's experience was awesome!!!!
Michael sends us videos showing Vinny (our black lab) running full speed in circles in his yard because he is so excited when we drop him off to play with his friends. Also, we had a last minute "surprise" drop off and Michael was very accommodating and welcoming!! :) Thank you to our wonderful host:)
We have already recommended him to our neighbor.
Responded very quickly to our phone calls Posted wonderful videos for us to view of Vinny socializing
Ruger stayed with Michael on his first visit for 5 days and we couldn't be happier. The best thing about Michael is that he sees this as his full time job and takes great care to be on top of what all the dogs are doing all the time. It is very obvious that Michael loves dogs, loves his job and enjoys his clients. Michael is easy to work with and organized. I love all the videos he sends to us every day. We really enjoy watching Ruger interact with all his newly found dog friends. We will be recommending Michael to our friends who need a place for their pet to stay.
Nina had so much fun at Mikes house and playing with her friends (dogs). Mike took care of her very well. I am glad that Nina stayed with mike instead of with us when we went camping. Because we would've to leave Nina in the trailer or crate when we go hiking or exploring the trails. The trails we went on (95 percent of the time) no dogs are allowed.

Thank you, Mike

Matty always comes home from Michael's happy. We receive a lot of pics and videos showing how Matty is doing and will continue to bring him here.
Leaving your dog with someone can be an uneasy experience. I can not think of anyone more suited and trustworthy than Michael. At an almost last minute booking he accepted my dog, Lucky, with open arms.

On our first meet and greet Michael introduced Lucky to some of the other dogs. He also walked me through a typical day. His dedication towards dogs is apparent and reassuring to say the least.

On a regular basis Michael sent videos of Lucky and the other dogs socializing. Thanks again for a stellar experience and taking care of our four legged kiddo!
We couldn't be happier with the care Michael gives....Beau is happy, and so are we...Michael sends us videos of the dogs playing while we're away...Will be booking another visit soon.
Let me start by saying I wasn't too sure about leaving my boys with a complete stranger. They are French Bulldogs and Frenchie owners tend to be a little overprotective of their babies...;) There was some severe separation anxiety associated with this trip (mostly by me) because it was the first time ANYONE other than family or very close friends have watched my dogs. I was nervous they wouldn't receive the care they are used to and there were some extenuating issues (meds and a dressed boo boo to monitor) which complicated things even more. From the moment I first communicated with Michael, I knew my fears would be put to rest. He was experienced, knowledgeable, trustworthy and most of all, LOVING. You can just tell he LOVES dogs and the smiles on their faces and waggy tails prove the pups feel the same about him. His place is nothing short of dog Heaven, with plenty of room to run around, splash and just lay about with the other dogs. I want to stay there MYSELF! lol The pics and vids are amazing and those are things you just can't fake...I would know if my pups weren't happy. My dogs were pampered, loved, well cared for and I wouldn't hesitate to use him again in the future. I just wish he lived in Seattle so I could make it a regular thing! Trust him and me, you won't be disappointed.
This was the first time our dog Pepper went to stay with Michael while we were out of town. It was so great to know he was well taken care of while we were gone. We looked forward to the pictures and videos Michael would send. He's great at what he does and it shows. Thanks Michael! We're so grateful that Pepper could stay with you. We'll be back for sure!!
We have left our Old English Sheepdog, Tucker, with Michael on four different occasions now. As always, Tucker was well cared for and happy. We have no qualms about leaving Tucker in Michael's care and it gives us peace of mind while we are away. It is great knowing that our dog is in a loving, caring home and is having as good, or better vacation than we are. I would recommend Michael to anyone, for any breed of dog.
Michael has it down. We were greeted at the front door, led through the house to his big back yard, which includes a lawn and sport-court-type area. As a first-timer, Michael kept the rest of the dogs in the garage and introduced them in shifts to Iggy. When things got a little excited, he quickly and calmly removed a dog of two for a little "time out" before introducing them back into the play. We were impressed.

We left Iggy for the day and picked him up in the late afternoon. He was tired out from a full day of doggy play and very happy. We will be leaving him with Michael for 10 days soon and have no qualms about his treatment and skill with dogs. He caters to each animal, treats his job very professionally, and checks in throughout the day.

We highly recommend his services.
Michael did a wonderful job taking care of our dog! He was thoughtful enough to send us photos and video clips of our dog playing with the other dogs and enjoying himself, putting us at ease and letting us know that our dog was being very well taken care of and having a very fun time. Michael knows dogs well, and that is evident in his kind nature and considerate manner. Highly recommended!!
I was worried at first about leaving our dog to stay with other dogs as she is skittish and not quite as social. However, Michael is like the dog whisperer and Lucy was just fine. She even tried to play with some of the bigger dogs!

I definitely recommend Michael S.

Thanks for a worry free vacation!
This was our first experience using Michael's daycare service. It was fantastic!

His daycare area is big with lots of area for dogs to run and play. My dog is 5 months old, so when we got there Michael spent a lot of time helping Lucky get acclimated to the rest of the dogs. He carefully watched while my dog got used to the new surrounding and the other dogs.

Michael made the whole process simple and easy. He was specific with his requests and was right on top of everything he said he was going to do. I never once thought my dog's safety was in question.

When it was time to pick up our dog, Michael was waiting outside with Lucky on a leash ready for us when we arrived.

Bottom line: I would not hesitate to use Michael's Doggy Daycare again and would gladly recommend it to my friends and family.
I love leaving my two puppies with Michael. He always takes such good care of them. It is such a good feeling to know they are being cared for so well when I need to leave them. DeAnna
Our dog, Elliote, stayed with Michael while we were in Coeur d’ Alene for a family wedding. Although she is a friendly dog, she isn’t used to being around a lot of other dogs so we weren’t sure how she would react to a “full house”. We were so impressed with Michaels ‘system’ before we even got to his door. He asked for a text or call when we were a few minutes from his home so he could temporarily put the other dogs into a room, giving Elliote a chance to sniff and check out the rest of the house and yard on her own. Gradually, he introduced “the pack” to her as we moved around the yard and we were amazed at how calm she was during the whole process. Michael is knowledgeable and very intuitive about dog behavior which creates a safe and happy environment for the dogs. If we didn’t live 10 ½ hours away, I would be taking Elliote to Michaels on a regular basis just for the chance to have her socialize with other dogs. If you are a little anxious about boarding your dog and want to make sure they will be in good hands, this is the place to go!
Olive has been going to Michael's for over a year now! She has lovingly acquired the nicknames of "Dennis the menace" and "the express". She loves it and so do we. With so much energy to burn, Michael's is the best!!! She knows the weekly routine and will sit at the door anxiously awaiting for us to take her to Michael's two days a week. Olive has stayed at Michael's for many vacations... On one occasion she got a self inflicted injury (not from another dog) that required a vet visit and some stitches... On day 1 of a 6 day vacation. Michael quickly took her to our vet to get her fixed up and took excellent care of her the rest of the vacay. We never even questioned coming back early from our trip because we knew she was in the best hands with Michael. We were also very impressed with DogVacay's response to her injury. They called multiple time and even sent her a "get well box" with some treats and toys about two weeks after. DogVacay was also excellent to work with for the insurance claim and made sure we were quickly and properly taken care of. Olive recovered quickly and still LOVES going to Michael's. We are so blessed to have found Michael and would highly recommend him to watch your pup too!!!
Our Trixie was just a puppy 16 months ago when we decided that we really needed to find her a "home away from home" for when we travel and for busy days when we just don't want her to be alone all day. Boy, did we ever hit the jackpot when we happened upon Michael's profile on Dogvacay! He met all our criteria for the perfect place for our puppy, and after a great meeting with Michael and his dog, Molly, we made our first reservation. We have never looked back! Trixie LOVES going to Michael's and we take her a couple of days a week just to play and socialize. I am so thankful that when we travel we have such a loving, fun, and safe place to leave our baby! I just don't know how we could enjoy our travels if I didn't know for SURE that Trixie was having just as much (or more!) fun as we are! Thank you to Michael and his entire family for truly being our Trixie's other home!
By far the best care our dog Max has ever had when we leave town. We were out of town for a week and didn't have to worry about a thing. Michael did a great job sending us updates on our dog. He shows great care and passion for all dogs. He also has plenty of space for the dogs to run around. His accommodations beat any kennel or "doggy resort" any day. Max will be back! We live pretty far from where Michael lives, but the drive was well worth it. Thanks again Michael.
Awesome as usual....Buddy loves his "vacation"....thanks Michael!!
They had a good time-came home happy and tired. The videos and pictures helped me be at ease. Seeing them everyday was great on our 12 day's away.
Maverick had a great time! Thanks Michael for taking such good care of him!!! We had a stress free vacation knowing that he was in good hands!
Another great stay for our dog Rambo! Michael is awesome, Rambo loves it there
Great job taking care of our Taffy, made our trip great knowing we have someone that cares and looks after our dog
My dogs enjoy going to Michaels so much. This is the 2nd visit they have had with him and I can see how happy they are and thankful that we took them to Michael. The nightly videos he sends give me great piece of mind and I can be ok that they are not with me.
Rambo had a blast
Michael was wonderful and went out of his way to be flexible and accommodating with our schedule. It was nice to know that our dog was well taken care of and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you!
Another awesome day!
This is the second time we have used the boarding services of Michael S. and the DogVacay organization. Our dog, Tucker, is a 12 year old sheepdog that can no longer navigate the steps into our motor home. We were so impressed with his first stay at Michaels that we had no reservations leaving Tucker a second time. Tucker requires some medication and it was administered as required. We were provided with daily photos and videos of Tucker which made us feel much more at ease while we were away. When we dropped him off at Michaels, as we were standing in the front yard talking, Tucker walked into the house just like he belonged there. He seemed more interested in seeing what other dogs might be in the house and/or back yard than he was in saying goodbye to us. This is a real testament to the care he received on his first visit. When we picked him up a week later he was happy and healthy. I cannot overstate how glad we are to have found this service. I can honestly recommend this service to anyone and will not hesitate to use Michael in the future.
This was our dog’s first stay away from home since we got him as a puppy many years ago. Tucker is older now and since he is unable to navigate the steps into our motor home this year we needed to find a boarding place that we could trust to take good care of him. After much research and an in-home interview, we decided to leave him with Michael S., a member of the DogVacay organization. We could not be happier with the care he received. Michael took him into his home and gave him all the attention and care that he needed. Tucker requires some medication and it was administered to him as prescribed. We were provided with daily photos and videos of Tucker which made us feel much more at ease while we were away. When I picked him up, he was happy, healthy, and in no real hurry to go home. This is a real testament to the care he received. I recommend this service to anyone and will not hesitate to use Michael in the future.
I can finally go on vacation without worrying about my dog!!! My dog really needed the socialization, too, and Michael is amazing with dogs of all kind!
Sorry for the late review....

I am so grateful and thankful to have found a perfect loving and caring place for my sweet Buddy to stay while I'm away!!

It is such a fantastic relief to know my guy is in such good hands with Michael.

He sent videos and photos and communicated with me the whole time which made me really happy!! When an issue where not all Buddy's medicine was dropped off, he worked with me to do what we could!

I recommend Michael as a host to anyone who loves their dogs and wants a safe, kind and loving place for them to stay!!!

Dog Vacay is a great service also!!
BREW HAD THE BEST TIME. Michael is genuinely the nicest dog sitter ever!
We were on vacation for three weeks and Michael took on the challenge of our two dogs. Michael I has a deep understanding of dogs and their needs. He sends daily video updates on how well they are getting on. We have a 13.5 year old Lab that has health and physical issues and I can always trust Michael to give Gunnar his pills and give him the extra love and care he needs. I know Michael also spent several nights with no sleep to comfort and reassure Gunnar when he was restless and demanding.

Michael is the consummate dog whisperer and we love him.

We love Michael! We will never use another dog day care center ever! He is the best!!! Carolyn Z.
All the reviews here say it SO well...Michael and his family are truly awesome. I don't think I've seen any business that has 100% 5 Star reviews...but Michael is that special and everyone whose dog has visited him knows it!! When you deal with Michael, you feel like you are the only person boarding your dog with him because he gives such personal and outstanding service. Like the other owners noted, my dog loves Michael as much as he loves me and he is treated like a member of the family when he visits Michael. I am SO grateful I found Doggy Daycare and Slumber Party for Beau!!
Michael makes me feel like he loves my dog as much as I do -- and she loves him back. Hamlet absolutely loves going to Michael's and I appreciate that she comes back exhausted after so much playtime!! I feel so smart and lucky to have found this home away from home for my puppy.
For all those living in our area who are looking for a special dog sitter, we recommend Michael.

We all love our dogs and always want a safe, happy environment for them. Michael has this to offer!

He is really a special person who loves and understands dogs. To better appreciate Michael's services, he deserves your inquiry with a home visit and interview.

Jack and Edie Fruit,
Spokane, Washington
Michael "saved the day" for this trip! Thank you for taking such good care of our pup.
Diesel loved coming to Michaels house! He made tons of friends and was exhausted when we got home from playing so much! I was worried at first how he would do because my dog is used to sleeping in my bed with me, but Michael let him sleep in the bed with him too! I recommend him without reservations! He sends you pictures and videos of your dog everyday so you know he's happy and having fun and well taken care of.
I am so glad that I found Michael to watch my dog while we are gone. Michael is very welcoming and really shows his true love for every dog that stays with him. I also have to say Thank You for being so flexible on when we can pick up Tequila (that is really the dog's name) on our way from the airport.
Michael is extremely conscientious and knows how to handle several dogs at a time. He sent us videos
and texts while we were gone which made us feel
relieved. Spokane is very fortunate to have a person like Michael who is so committed to caring for and keeping our best friends safe.
The environment of his home is far superior in countless ways to a kennel where your dog may not
get any fresh air or exercise.
Michael is a dream come true. First of all, he is a really, really nice guy. Second, he loves dogs more than anything - all dogs - all kinds & sizes. He is so passionate about the dogs it is unbelievable. He sent us 33 pictures & videos of them over a 4 1/2 day period. They are in the house wherever they want to be - on the floor, on a cushion, on a couch, bed or chair or running around a large back yard playing & chasing each other. It was amazing. You can see how much fun they are having with all their new "best friends". I didn't worry about them at all & I am very persnickety about my dogs. I will never take them anywhere else when we travel. When we met him at the dog park to pick them up, he had all three out of the car waiting for us & when they saw us, they didn't even look excited. We are hoping they still like us & don't want to move in with him. I would highly recommend him - he is the guy to take your dogs to!!
Michael was awesome with our 2 dogs! The pics and video he sent us showed them interacting with the other dogs and having fun. I'd recommend Michael to anyone who wants their dogs to be well taken care when pet sitting is needed.
The idea of leaving our baby for the first time was emotionally tough, but we knew at her meet & greet that we were making the right choice. The morning we dropped her off she made herself right at home and within an hour of leaving her Michael had sent us a video showing her playing with the other dogs. She was there for 10 nights and everyday we received pictures and videos of her enjoying life.

If you're looking for someone that provides your dog a loving caring home and you peace of mind, Michael is the answer to your prayers.

Lucy can't wait for her next visit!
Michael is awesome, the dogs play all day and then he lets my dogs sleep on the bed- sends pics and videos of them so I know they are having fun. This is a much better option than kenneling.
Tansy loved her stay with Michael, this was evident in the numerous amount of video's and photos that we received while on vacation. By the end of her time with Michael, we knew that Tansy had made so many new friends and went to bed tired every night, she is still recovering from being so active. Do not hesitate on using this service, you will receive the peace of mind knowing that your pet is receiving the best of care and fun filled days.
We were very happy with the loving, personalized dog sitting services that Michael provided. We have taken our dogs to different places in the past, and they always came home exhausted and anxious, but not this time. It is clear that our dogs had a great time and were well cared for by Michael. He runs this business out of his home, and his whole family loves dogs and is involved. The dogs all sleep indoors at night and are even allowed to sleep with their new people friends. We will definitely take our dogs back to Michael in the future.
Michael is a life saver....Nina loves going there and it was great knowing she was happy while we were dealing with movers....Thanks Michael
Michael is great...he is very accomodating and Nina loves going there
We just moved to the area this fall and have never left our dog with anyone except family and friends. The thought of taking our 11 year old lab to a kennel was heartbreaking so I had to give DogVacay a shot. After our meeting with Michael we knew our pup was going to be in good hands. We can not thank Michael enough for the daily pictures and video showing us that our dog was having just as much fun on his vacation as we were having on ours.
Once again, nothing but rave reviews for Michael! Ozzie had a blast! Thank you for making it so fun and taking such good care of him. Carolyn Z.
We were very pleased. Even though our dog is rarely around other dogs and is not accustomed to being away from us, she came home relaxed and happy. Michael is an competent host -- he obviously loves dogs, interacts well with all kinds of dogs, and has a first-rate facility.
Just picked up my two pups after they spent a couple of days playing at Michaels. I always know
they will be so well cared for by Michael and his family. I feel very comfortable leaving Fauna and Soleil in their care
This was Otis' first stay at Mike's, but we live right next door so I already knew he was going to be in good hands. Otis had a great time and was SO tired when he came home. I love that Mike treats the dogs as if they were his own, and it is AMAZING how the dogs fall right into place with the system he has going. RARELY is there barking and there is never altercations. He is one of only a couple people I would trust with Otis. Otis and I give him 2 paws up!
I needed to have doggie day care for Ozzie on short notice so I called Michael. He said "no problem, you just let me know the day and time and I will be there for you"!
It is such a relief to know that I have a safe and caring environment for our "other child" when the need arrises. Michael is awesome and Ozzie absolutely loves it there!
Carolyn Z
What a wonderful Doggie Day care!
Michael is awesome and Ozzie, our Rattier was treated so well! We received daily video's of Ozzie, playing with the other dogs (and there were several), running all around and having a fantastic time! It reminded me of the t.v. show the Dog Whisperer! :)
I would highly recommend Michael and his very loving environment for your doggie stay.
Carolyn Z
Michael is great and treats Nina like one of the family
Beau had another awesome time at Michael's. I know how much Beau loves Michael because the minute Beau sees him...he gets so excited he can't contain himself. When Beau comes home, he is totally content and happy. I am SO grateful for the love and care Michael gives Beau and all the dogs in his care!! He has a special way with dogs and no one loves them more. I appreciate getting the pictures and videos so I can see how Beau is doing. I miss Beau when I am gone and this way I can stay connected. Thanks Michael!!
As a small business owner my schedule often changes at the last minute and has to be flexible to accommodate the needs of my clients. I can't say how much easier it makes things to have Michael who is also very flexible and accommodating to our needs. He is always very quick to respond to our requests for daycare for our lively pup, Trixie, and willing to have her come to play even at the last second. She loves it, and so do I! We couldn't ask for a better place for our precious girl!
Michael took great care of our two dogs. He sent videos to us throughout their stay and the dogs came home happy and tired :-)
I was very happy with the whole experience. It was the first time we left our dog with a non-family memeber
Our puppy had the best time ever! We received multiple videos each day of our puppy hanging out and making new friends. We almost felt bad bringing him home he was having so much fun! Thanks so much...we will be back.
We love taking Ryli to Michaels. As soon as we open the car door she sprints to the house. We are always amazed that all of the dogs get along,from pups to older dogs...Michael has everything under control. We love getting the daily videos & pictures! It's a great way to see how our dog is doing. We are so glad that we have such a great place to take Ryli!!!
This is the first place we've found where we were comfortable leaving our two labs for a week. No cages, crates, or kennels, just a nice big yard, lots of other dogs to play with, sofas and easy chairs galore, and a host that truly loves dogs. I think the dogs had a better vacation that we did. If you love your dog you won't find a better place to care for them. Just don't be surprised if they don't want to go home.
We were so happy to have found Michael. We would rate him higher than five stars if we could. He was so welcoming during the meet and greet and spent time with us. After meeting Michael and seeing his great yard, we knew Chloe would enjoy her time here. During the 2 1/2 weeks with Michael,
we received many videos, pictures and texts. We could see the personal time Michael was spending with Chloe. Michael has such a gift with dogs. Chloe was even allowed to sleep on the bed just like at home. Now that we have met Michael, we would not think of taking our puppy anywhere else.
We highly recommend Michael's services and we look forward to using his services again in the near future.
Don't even think about choosing anyone except Michael. We just picked up our 3 dogs from a 10 day vacay, and I couldn't be more happy. We received several photos and videos of the dogs while we were gone. They all really enjoyed themselves. We now call Michaels House "Doggie Disneyland"
Charlie and Henry my 11 month old puppy's spent 12 days with Michael while I went to Hawaii! I'm not sure which one of us had more fun! I had never been away from my pups and they had never been around other dogs so I was a little nerves at first until I had a meet and greet with Michael. When I arrived at Michael's house he was waiting for us at the door the pups got out of the car and ran right up to him. After a few minutes I knew this is where I was going to leave them! Michael was able to answer all my questions and even said that my pups could sleep in his bed:-). While I was gone I received pictures and videos daily and was able to see mine and anywhere between 6-10 other dogs all playing and having a great time! I will leave my pups in Michael's care again and have already recommended him to my friends and co-workers!
Michael is just awesome!! He has developed a program for caring for dogs that our Betsy just loves. Thank you, Michael. We have absolute peace of mind when we have to leave Betsy with you.
Our dog Lizzie just spent another wonderful few days with Michael and family. As usual we were updated daily with photos and videos and loved hearing about how much fun she was having. We would highly recommend Michael and his pet care and expect to always call on him in the future.
I can't say enough about our experience with Michael.
From the meet and greet visit a week before, to the
one week long stay, Michael was very professional, and attentive to meet the needs of our pooch.
Daisy truly enjoyed her stay, and we were happy too. We received daily updates, pictures, and videos. Very Nice!!!
Not only do the dogs get to go out and play with Michael many times a day, they are allowed to be unconfined in the house, and sleep where ever they are comfortable. Michael treats every dog like his own!
Michael has a true gift, and love for dogs, young and old. I would highly recommend him to care for your pooch!
Also, he is very flexible, and accommodating for drop off, and pick up times, (we picked Daisy up at
10:30 P.M.) which is really nice.
Michael gets an A+++
I just cannot say enough good things about my experience with Michael. I left my 6 pound Puddles in his care for 19 days. Initially, I was concerned when I viewed his photos, as it appeared that he boarded only "large" dogs and Puddles would be a mere…well…"morsel." I read every review, wondering if someone had a bad experience. The meet and greet reassured me that she was in good hands. Communication has always been extremely important to me and Michael went above and beyond by sending daily photos, comments, and videos that reassured me that she was doing remarkably well, even better than I expected. I will definitely be boarding the queen with Michael and his beautiful family again. For those of you who are apprehensive about the welfare of your mini-pups, be assured they will be lovingly cared for. No weight gain or loss, which has often been an issue with previous boarders. Michael, you rock!
Our dog, Olive loves going to Michael's! She has so much energy, that for our sanity, she goes to Michael's twice a week. She loves going and when we pull up to Michael's house and open the car door, she runs right to the front door! She always comes home exausted from a fun and busy day. Michael is always great about adjusting drop off/pick up times to meet our needs. Everyone in his family is great with Olive and such a blessing to our family! Thank you, Michael!
Michael was great from the intro process all the way to when we picked our pups up. I was really comfortable leaving our dogs with him. One of our dogs needs medication and both of them rarely eat when we leave them with others. Michael sent us pictures of them eating, playing, etc. throughout their entire stay which was awesome. I would definitely recommend Michael and his services to anyone looking to board their dogs over night or a weekend. Great place.
max was happy, and micheal was great with the dogs!!
Nina had fun with Michael... I could tell that Michael loves dogs... I will recommend Michael to all of my dog friends...
Once again, Trixie had a "pawsome" vacation with Michael and his family! I am sure that she has more fun on her vacation than we do on ours as is shown in all the fun videos we receive while we are gone. She plays, plays, plays with the other dogs she meets at Michael's and is always happy, healthy, and well loved when we return! Thanks, Michael (and family!)...we are so thankful that we have you! :)
After all these years having to worry about our dog while we are on vacation, I believe we have found a place that Charlie enjoys more than home! All we have to say is Charlie want to go to DogVacay? And he's in his crate! Whether we leave Charlie for 2 days or 2 weeks we are perfectly confident that he is having fun and in perfect hands.
Thank you Michael!

Jim and Donna Warner
Mike is a jewel. He truly loves all the dogs he cares for and my dogs always come home happy. He sends great videos throughout their stay that assures me the dogs are happy.
My dog (Teddy) stayed with Michael for 6 days in between Christmas and New Year's. It was the first time we had used DogVacay, so it was Teddy and our first experience with Michael (and DogVacay). Let me tell you, the whole experience was easy and fabulous from first experience on the DogVacay website, communications with MIchael (very quick and thorough) through the actual stay and pickup. Michael took care of Teddy like Teddy was his own dog and sent me videos every day! Teddy came home very happy and I was completely satisfied with the great service provided by Michael. I would definitely use DogVAcay and Michael again in the future! Thank you!
Michael is awesome! He loves dogs and they love him. We've left our dog in a few places over the past few years and this was by far the best. Dog Vacay is lucky to have Michael, and so are we.
Seeing the photos, videos and text messages of Betsy enjoying herself while we were away really helped us relax and enjoy ourselves!
Everything went great. Mike is fantastic with the dogs and they always come home happy.
Ryli is always eager to stay with Michael. She sprints to the door when we arrive. The care is first rate and the dogs get plenty of love & exercise. The daily pictures & updates are awesome. We love having such a great place to leave her! Nancy K.
Well I called Michael because of the other great reviews on his site. I was NOT disappointed. Michael is awesome. He sent me multiple pictures and videos of my Beau having a blast with the other dogs. You can't make that stuff up!! Am really grateful for Michael's exceptional service. I know Beau was well cared for, treated like a member of the family and had a great time. Thanks Michael. See you again soon!
We feel we are so lucky to have found Micheal to care for Fauna and Soleil when we need to be out of town. We can relax knowing Micheal and his family are taking such loving care of our girls. Fauna has special needs and Micheal is so good with her. We can just tell that Micheal has a real love for animals.
DeAnna M.
We cannot say enough good things about the care Michael and his family give our Fauna and Soleil. We feel we were so lucky to find such a loving place to leave our babies when we need to be gone. Fauna has special needs and Michael is so very good with her. I feel very comfortable leaving my girls in Michaels care.l
It was our our first time using dogvacay. We were 100% satisfied. Our bassets had a great time. We got video and picture updates several times a day. We could tell they were having fun with the other dogs. Michael is a true dog lover and was a pleasure to work with.
The idea of putting my dog in a crate while we were on vacation just didn't feel right. When a friend recommended Doggy Vacay, I was excited at this concept I had not previously heard of.

Wow! What a fun place for our dog to go while were gone! I'm not sure who had more fun, her or us on vacation!

We were so impressed with Michael's passion for pets and his caring attitude! We had no concerns that she was in great care and was loving every moment.

We would very much recommend Michael and Doggy Vacay!
My dogs return from Mike's very happy and content. He is great with them which frees us up to travel.
Michael is absolutely wonderful!!! My dog is like a child to me and I have never left him with a stranger before. After a few minutes of meeting with Michael it felt like I have known him for years. He is such a kind man with a gentle soul. Michael continually sent me pictures and videos of Dipper. It is easy to see that Michael enjoys taking care of dogs and treats them love. I also had the pleasure of meeting some of Michael's family. They all seem to take after Michael and enjoy having the dogs around.
We have two dogs, a 13 year old poodle and a 5 year old lab mix. Jack the poodle can be cranky and Aurora is skittish around new people, especially men. We found Michael on this list and made arrangements to meet him. After our meet and greet we left them with him for a day since we had a trip planned which required overnight boarding and wanted them to feel more comfortable.

Everything went great and the dogs had a chance to get more socialized and play with other dogs in a safe environment. Michael loves dogs and it shows in the way he interacts with them. Everyone I met in the family was nice and even let the dogs sleep in their rooms. I would highly recommend Michael for your dog care needs and my trip was more enjoyable knowing that my dogs were being well taken care of and having fun too!
Michael is awesome with our dog, Olive! Always accommodating to make drop off and pick up work with our schedules. He has been such a huge blessing to us for watching and exercising olive. She needs it... "Miss Olive Express"
You can tell that Mike loves dogs... My German Shepherd was well taken care of for 3 weeks... Mike is #1 when I need to board my dog...
What a wonderful experience. Our Lucy came home happy and relaxed. The pictures Mike sent throughout the day put us at ease. We will definitely leave our dogs with Mike again.
We picked Deke up today and he is happy and exhausted! :) thanks again Micheal!
Michael is absolutely amazing.

He probably doesn't need another stellar review, but I'm writing one to underscore how much we valued his help, if only for a short time.

I was unsure about leaving Bubs with a stranger while we were traveling [on a road trip], since the trip itself was already a lot of stress– but I have never met anyone (ever) who I have felt more comfortable / confident to care for him. And honestly, Bubbha probably had a better time than we did :)

Customer Service >
Michael took our reservation last minute and even after I offered to pay more to secure a spot, he only charged me his *extremely* reasonable standard rate for one night– and I would have gladly payed double, no question. He is an active, attentive guy whose priority is you and your dog– returning phone calls and messages quickly and checking in throughout.

Quality of Care >
Michael is absolutely natural and fluent with dogs.

As an owner of an active 70lb pitbull mix, it's hard to find the right balance you trust with a caretaker / handler that is structured and in control, yet warm, even-keeled, and empathic. Michael is all of those things, and my only disappointment is that Michael does not live in the SF Bay Area.

He = awesome.
We are always thankful to have such a wonderful place to leave our puppy when we are away, but this time Michael really outdid himself! Trixie had a healing paw injury when we left which Michael monitored diligently while keeping us informed of her progress. As always, we LOVED receiving our daily reports and photos of Trixie enjoying her "vacay" with the other dogs, and when we experienced a travel delay at the end of our trip Michael was so very flexible and accommodating about keeping Trixie for as long as necessary for us to get back! Thanks so much, Michael, for giving us a place for our puppy that we can rely on and that she loves so much!
Did the meet and greet with Michael, that day he made us feel at ease, and we felt good about leaving our dog with him, we spend some time with him, and he has a passion for looking after you pet, like it is his own, would highly recommend Michael to anyone that cares about there pet, and wants a great person to look after them, I will use Michael again in the future. Thanks Michael, great job.
Awesome environment for dogs, and Michael has a first class operation. He loves what he does and I will most definitely tell my friends
We feel very comfortable leaving Taffy with Michael and family. They always welcome her and makes her feel special. She really enjoy her visit!
We felt very comfortable leaving our dogs with Micheal. He sent us pictures and videos of the boys all weekend, it was nice to see them having a great time while they were there. They will be staying with Micheal again next time we are out of town!
Our boys had a fabulous time with Micheal! They are both exhausted and seem very happy! We are already planning their next stay! Thanks again Micheal!
Gunnar and Max Brown love Michael, Julia, Molly and Emma. The boys are pampered, loved, well-fed and well cared for every day they are at Michael's. I cannot say enough about how thrilled I am with the services offered and the LOVE given to my babies.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
If 5 stars is all you have...we'll take it...would qualify for 10!!! My husband and I and Beau had met with Michael for a meet and greet previous to Beau's stay.
When we arrived at his house... Beau was dancing... He was so excited...Michael sent us many videos and pictures... Helps a lot when you're away...we feel so fortunate to have found Michael...We couldn't be happier with the care that was given...Thank You Michael!
We couldn't be happier about the wonderful care our Golden Retriever Lizzie was given by Michael and his family She was definitely treated like royalty during her visit and we thoroughly enjoyed the daily updates of pictures and videos. I would highly recommend this service to others and look forward to using it again.
Having raised the most spoiled rotten dog in town, we were worried about leaving Charlie with anyone.
After talking with Mike, we decided to give him a try.
From the time we dropped Charlie off, until we picked him up four days later we felt completely comfortable, Mike would send us pictures and video of Charlie everyday! Charlie is our only pet, and we can tell he misses the interaction with the other pets at Mike's, to be perfectly honest, I think Charlie had a better time at Mike's than he does at home. Thanks Mike, maybe now we can go on vacation more often.
Jim and Donna Warner
I couldn't have found a better place to leave my dog. He was well cared for and had a great time. I highly recommend Michael, it made my vacation even better knowing I didn't need to worry about my dog.
Michael is the perfect dog host. This was Max and Gunnar's second stay and it was for ten days. I received a text with adorable photos each day, which my husband and I both loved seeing.

The dog babies come home happy, well cared for, we'll excercised and looking fit. In two weeks we have another vacation scheduled and guess where they will stay? Michael's!
Thank you, Michael, for taking such good care of our "babies" while we were on vacation. With all of the great pictures and texts that you sent us, we knew they were in good hands and that they were happy. We will definitely get in touch with you the next time we need to leave our dogs. Thanks so much!
Our Trixie has stayed with Michael several times now, and we couldn't be more pleased with our experience. She is so very well taken care of, and we love receiving the frequent updates and photos of her activities. What really says it all to me is how excited Trixie is when we stop our car in front of Michael's house...she just CAN'T WAIT to get inside so she can start having fun!
Michael and Julia really took time making sure Taffy feels comfortable on her first stay. She definitely had a good time there and communication with the host was great!
Michael loves dogs and is a fabulous caretaker. Every whim and quirk your dog(s) may have he celebrates and takes care of all their needs. We received photos and videos of our boys everyday, which made me feel so good about the whole experience, I actually enjoyed my vacation instead of obessing on how the dogs were doing.

We go on vacation again in two weeks and Max and Gunnar will once again be loving their stay with Michael.
Olive had a great weekend. Michael was very attentive and gave us many fun updates. He was flexible with our schedule needs and it is obvious he loves dogs. Thank you, Michael! Olive would love to come for another stay.
WOW is all I can say and that doesn't begin to describe the great experience Barkley had! I will definitely use "Dog Vacay" and leave Barkley with Michael each time I travel. 5 stars is not enough to describe the wonderful, loving care Barkley was given! And the photos, videos and texts reassured me that Barkley was totally relaxed, happy and well loved.
We are so very happy to have found a "home away from home" with Michael and his family for our puppy, Trixie. She is very well taken care of, and has a wonderful time playing with Michael's dog, Molly. We especially appreciate that she is treated like one of the family during her stay, and that we receive updates and photos of her during our absence.
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