Doggy Shangri-La

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Nicole & Jim F.

20 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Nicole & Jim's Resident Pets

German Shepherd Dog
2 yr 7 mo old
German Shepherd Dog
3 yr 11 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Caged birds or Reptiles

Nicole & Jim's House

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Children at home (Under 5 years old, 5-12 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Nicole & Jim

22 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi there and welcome to Doggy Shangri-La. A beautiful home away from home for your pup. Where your dog can roam freely from room to room. Curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold winters night or stretched out under a shady tree on a lazy summer day. If your pup feels like they just need a minute to themselves thats not a problem we have a private suite where they can relax on a plush dog bed with a peanut butter Kong. We also have a very large yard shaded by white oak trees making the temperature in the back yard much lower then in the front. Where your pup will find bowls of filtered ice water constantly put out for those hot summer months. This mecca of a yard is littered with bones, jolly balls, frisbees, tennis balls and of course lots sticks.
My husband and I have been caring for dogs for over 20 years. We love all breeds pure or mix alike. We also have been volunteering for a local rescue for German Shepherds for over a year now. We have fostered 32 dogs in total to date. We have experience with stepration anxiety, post op, toy aggression, and dog aggression. We have three pups ourselves two German Shepards and a Great Dane who love to meet and play with new friends.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Nicole & Jim F.

20 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 25, 2017


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By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Nicole & Jim's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Nicole & Jim's Home
$23 /day
  • Watches up to 1 dog /day
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
20 Reviews
Nicole & Jim take good care of my dog Teddy, and send plenty of picture updates to let me know how he is doing. I trust leaving my dog with them because I know he'll be well taken care of.
If I could give Nicole & Jim 6 stars, I would! They were such a kind family, meeting us before hand to introduce Murphy to their family. They have a big, fenced yard which Murphy could run and play to his heart's content. Throughout Murphy's stay, Nicole was sending pictures of him having a great time--running, cuddled up, chewing bones, just a happy pup. Thank you to this family for a great DogVacay experience!
Nicole and Jim were wonderful! This was our first experience with DogVacay. We could tell from our first meeting that our dog would be well cared for. He was! The pictures received were so appreciated and showed a happy dog. We're already rebooked!
Nicole and Jim did a great job with our needy guy as a rescue, he has some residual issues with dog aggression, but Nicole and Jim are fantastic. A few visits ago, they told us of a great K9 training academy that would help. Sure enough, his behavior has improved. We love having Bruno stay with them because we know they won't let his training slip, they reinforce the proper behaviors, and love him up! Nicole does a great job sending updates as well, and unlike others we have used, we have no concerns that our big guy will have negative interactions with other dogs. They fully understand his "trouble" spots and provide quality care. We rest assured Bruno is safe and happy! Here's the icing on the cake, when we pick him up, we get a little baggie of home baked treats!!! Sometimes I worry he won't want to come home with us!

On a final note, they are responsive to requests to stay and work well with nailing down pick up and drop off times.
Nicole and Jim were amazing! We had to run out of town for a family emergency and this was our first DogVacay with our new puppy, but they made us feel as comfortable as possible. During our meet and greet, they let Zoey, our pup, meet their dogs one by one to ensure that went smoothly. From the meet and greet, we could tell that everybody in the family (dogs and kids included) looked forward to having her stay. The pictures and video Nicole and Jim took were fun and appreciated updates. They were also so flexible with us on drop-off and pick-up times as we were still working through family schedules. We're so excited to have found a DogVacay home our first time that we'll definitely use again in the future.
Nicole and Jim are fantastic!! They took us in on fairly short notice, met with our dogs, and watched them just a few days later. They are patient, personable, and extremely dog friendly!! They provided daily picture and video updates by email and we could tell our dogs were having a blast! We could not have been happier, or more lucky, to have found them. Thank you Nicole and Jim!
Mike S.
Two words: Excellent. Work. More than two words: An inspiring display of diligence. Expanding upon the norm, and encompassing the whole. So happy we found you!
Cannot say enough about Nicole and Jim!! The BEST
Nicole and Jim were amazing with my pup! They completely made him (and me) feel like part of the family. I received lots of pictures and updates while away and when it was time for Stark to come home, he was so sad to leave his new favorite family.
They took excellent care of my Teddy dog, and made sure he felt comfortable. Loved all the picture updates that were sent.
There just are not enough words to express how happy I am that we found Nicole & Jim!!!! We just moved to this area from a large yard to a tiny apartment and were looking for a place for our Lab to stay and get some good play time. Well Nicole & Jim have just that!! HUGE fenced yard, three awesome dogs and three kiddos that kept our dog Eli well entertained and happy!! Eli was very excited to see us but I think he's already missing his family away from home. We received tons of photos with updated messages. WE loved the experience and look forward to more doggie play dates!!
Nicole and Jim with their human and fur children were all great hosts to our 7 mo. old am staff mix. We got lots of picture and video updates during his weekend stay and even some to-go homemade treats! Our pup was exhausted when we got him home, so we know he had a great time playing. We'll definitely be back to Nicole and Jim's for more of our puppy watching needs!
Amazing. These people know dogs. And love them. I couldn't have been more pleased with the care my little (great Dane :)) received. And so many pictures and videos!!! We've already rebooked. Highly recommend.
Awesome visit for Asher as always!
This was our first experience using DogVacay. We had excellent communication with Nicole, Jim and family from our initial enquiry and throughout Gilda's week long stay. It was clear from the daily photos, movies and updates that Gilda had a wonderful time and felt very comfortable. She had plenty of opportunities for play and exercise. When our pick up plans changed unexpectedly, Nicole was flexible and helpful. Thank you for taking such great care of Gilda. She loves the homemade dog treats.
Nicole and Jim responded almost instantly inviting my Lily to stay with them and their family for the long weekend. I dropped her off and was given a tour of their lovely home and spacious backyard. I was very happy to see that Lily had some other animals and kids to run around with as we live in a small apartment. We received pictures and videos all throughout her stay and were so happy with our experience. I absolutely recommend them and will be using them again in the future!

Thanks Nicole, Jim, and family!
Nicole was fabulous. She came over to meet us and our dog pretty quickly and was very friendly and welcoming. She immediately fell in love with our new puppy. The day she came to walk/play with him, we got heaps of videos and pictures. She cleaned up after he messed in the house and was very patient with the 7 week-old puppy.
As expected, Asher had another awesome visit. It is such a blessing to finally be able to leave him and have no anxieties or concerns.
Once again, excellent service! Our dog, Asher has separation anxiety and Doggy Shangri-La went above and beyond to ensure he was comfortable, consoled and well taken care. They sent continual updates and photos which we truly appreciate and always add a personal touch by sending him home with delicious hand made peanut butter treats. Thank you Nicole, Jim and family for treating Asher as one of your own.
We have been looking for someone locally to care for our dog Asher but have not been satisfied with any local boarding facilities. Immediately upon meeting Nicole and family we felt confident and at ease.

Nicole took special interest in our dogs little quirks like only wanting to drink only his own water bowl, she sent continuous photos and video with his first visit so that we were kept up on now he was adjusting to the new environment. We felt like our Asher was treated like their family, he really took to her children and they all seemed to love him.

We highly "Doggie Shangri-La" for anyone who wants their pet to have excellent, personalized care.
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