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Charlie & Mary Ellen R.

57 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier

Charlie & Mary Ellen's Resident Pets

Bridgette Marie
Labrador Retriever
6 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Charlie & Mary Ellen's House

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

About Charlie & Mary Ellen

50 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi...I'm Bridgette. Everybody says that I am A VERY BEAUTIFUL Black Lab. And of course, they are correct. After all, who am I to argue? I love my humans. They rub my belly on command and provide a nice fenced yard to play in. There are even bunny rabbits in the wash to amuse me. That's right! BUNNIES!!! I'd love for you to come stay with me for a night or for however long you decide. Or maybe you are just looking for a DOGGIE DAY SPA adventure. All social and non aggressive hound dogs are welcome. Sorry, but all dogs MUST be neutered. Come play with me in my big backyard. Now don't you worry about supervision. HAPPY TAILS HOUND HOTEL provides around the clock care...24/7...That's 168/49 in doggie time. Besides that, HAPPY TAILS HOUND HOTEL is entirely on one floor. There are no steps in the house for our guests to tumble down. By the way, Ground Hog Day and other important holidays are just around the corner. So you need to book your reservation ASAP. We keep our guests to a minimum. That way I can give you the attention you deserve. CONTACT ME SOON! WOOF! WOOF!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

Charlie & Mary Ellen R.

57 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 13, 2017


Course 101 Graduate
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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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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Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Charlie & Mary Ellen's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Charlie & Mary Ellen's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
57 Reviews
Charlie and Mary Ellen were very accomodating to us with our dogs and our schedule.
Charlie was great! He was very flexible with drop-off and pick-up times, easy to communicate with and always very quick to respond. He also sent daily pictures and updates of Cooper and Sophie. I highly recommend him and hope he is available next time. Thank you Charlie for taking such good care of our goldens!
My Bo seemed to be very comfortable and happy when staying with Charlie and Mary Ellen.
Charlie was very accommodating with our travel plans and would give us daily updates and pictures of Bo. Our dog is still a puppy and still has puppy tendencies and he is not a small puppy, so I always worry about him over staying his welcome. Charlie and Mary Ellen both seemed fine and used to doggie behavior. I was very happy with their care.
My mother lives at LaPosada and whenever I come to visit her, I take my dog to Charlie and Mary Ellen. They have been wonderful and I'm happy to recommend them.
Great sitters. We will be traveling again next week and definitely will return to Charlie & Mary Ellen for our boarding needs. We feel our Piper was in very good hands and highly recommend them. Kathy
Piper thoroughly enjoyed her visit. I was updated daily on how and what she was doing. I felt completely comfortable about the care she received. Look forward to our next visit when the need arises. A bonus were super pix Charlie sent during her stay! Kathy
Our dog Maya, loves visiting Charlie, Mary Ellen, and Bridgette. Maya is a rescue so she has some trust issues initially. She is very loving and like lots of attention. And, Charlie and MaryEllen make sure she gets that.

We always feel confident that Maya will be taken cared of the way that we take care of her.

Thank you for making us able to relax when we are away... and thank you for the daily emails. They really help.


Patty and Mike Herrick
It's always fantastic having my dog Ruka stay with Charlie and Mary Ellen—Ruka comes home content from playing with Bridgette, roaming the neighborhood with Charlie, and from being in such great and affectionate company in general. Charlie and Mary Ellen keep their yard and home pup-safe, and ensure greetings and interactions between pups are (and will continue to be) friendly. I want to mention—no, HIGHLIGHT—that Charlie sends the most amusing, amazing daily update emails with several pictures about Ruka's days. I always feel comfortable leaving Ruka with Charlie and Mary Ellen—be it for day care or for multiple day stays.
Very satisfied. They did a fabulous job with the care that was given. Would highly recommend
Great friendly service.
My pet enjoyed staying here. Charlie and Mary Ellen are so nice.
We took a leap of faith with our first vacation with our big (fairly newly adopted) gentle giant. After our "meet and greet" we were reassured that he would be in good hands, and the fact that we were gone for an extended period of time didn't bother them. We loved getting the daily emails and photos. It appeared that he was having as fun a time as we were. We will definitely let them take care of our pup!
Mia had a great time and was well taken care!
Wow! These people are as professional as it gets! I loved meeting them in person. Charlie is awesome and so is his wife. There dog Bridgette, is as sweet as can be and seems to understand "dog drop offs" I am so glad that I had found them on Dogvaca. I will be using them for all my future dogvaca's!
This is the second dog Charlie and Mary Ellen has taken care of for me, and they are wonderful. I can recommend them without reservation (no pun intended.) And Charlie takes and shares wonderful pictures. For which I may have forgotten to thank him.
Maya was so happy at Charlie and May Ellen's home. It was so comforting for us to receive an email and pictures daily.

I would not hesitate to have Maya vacay with them and Bridgette again.

Thank you for our peace of mind and your great care and attention to detail.


Patty and Mike Herrick
We've always had good experiences with dogvacay, but this stay with Charlie and Mary Ellen was the best! They are amazing with dogs, and we knew right away at the meet and greet that Harper would be well-cared for. They sent daily email updates and photos during Harper's weeklong stay, and at the end our trip we picked up a healthy, happy, tired-from-playing dog. Highly recommend Charlie and Mary Ellen!!
Charlie and Mary Ellen are the best! Our puppy enjoyed her stay and was well looked after. We will definitely use them again.
I entrusted my beloved Molly to Charlie and Mary Ellen last summer. She was a little skittish (and refused to eat) the first day, but she was happy to come back. I think she felt very taken care of.
The reservation was prompt and timely. Charlie and Mary Ellen truly love dogs and created a great time for Scooter and Charlie. The boys loved them. It was a pleasure having the boys stay at their home.
At 6 1/2 months, Abbey is a challenge.

Charlie sent me daily emails, since we were out of the country and couldn't phone or text. A good day was when she didn't have a "cujo moment", a humorous way of saying she didn't go into an energy frenzy.

He had her for 2 1/2 weeks and she was a happy girl when she came home. She loved playing with Bridgette and Charlie and Mary Ellen were always loving and patient with her.

She came home a calmer and better behaved puppy.
Charlie and Mary Ellen seem to like Biko and he is always happy to see them.
Absolutely wonderful. So thankful they were able to take my baby girl. She was well taken care of. My dog had special needs and they were able to meet those needs and care for her. Definitely would call them again.

Thanks Charlie and Mary Ellen.
Once again, Randy had a great time at Happy Hounds! We have been loyal clients of Charlie and Mary Ellen because of their dedication to make sure your pups are as happy and well cared for. The daily updates and pictures are an added bonus! Thank you and see you next time!
Charlie and Mary Ellen did a great job for Louie and I! I needed to leave him while my husband had a medical procedure, and I was not sure if he would have to stay overnight. I discussed this with Charlie in advance, and he assured me there would be no problem, just told me to call and let them know if I had to leave Louie overnight. As it turned out, Louie did stay overnight. But it was a relief to me knowing I did not have to rush home from the hospital at 10 pm to pick up my dog. They were very accommodating, and Louie was fine. I would definitely use Charlie and Mary Ellen again.
I feel my dog was well cared for by Charlie and Mary Ellen. Their big dog, Bridgette, was very gentle with my miniature poodle mix dog. When we went back the next time after the meet and greet, my dog was pulling me to go back into their house. I will definitely be asking Charlie and Mary Ellen to take care of my dog again!
Always great care! Our youngest pup had had a difficult week and wasn't feeling quite up to par, but Charlie worked out a delicate way to administer the meds and all was well! Never worry our dogs aren't getting extra TLC when we are not there:)
Charlie and Mary Ellen are great, Sparky was happy to see them again, their love and concern for their doggy guests is evident. They kept me posted about his well being (he had hurt his paw at home before we dropped him off) and updated us with pictures daily. Highly recommend them.
Highly adaptable to everything we needed - later drop off, earlier pick up, meds in cheese at night etc. They are home 24/7 which was a huge draw for my separation anxiety, high energy pup. His "cousins" staying with him all in the same home was perfect! These three together can be overwhelming, but Charlie and Mary Ellen seemed to have handled it well and kept us informed with pix and daily email as well. I highly recommend this home for pups!
We have kept our dog in a kennel before because we thought it was the only option. Luckily, one day I stumbled upon DogVacay and found Charlie and Mary Ellen. We did a meet and greet with them and our dog prior to the stay, which made me feel more comfortable knowing where my dog would be going and who she would be staying with. My mind was at ease the entire time we were on vacation. I enjoyed the daily emails and pictures. I could tell my dog was content and happy to have Bridgette there to keep her company. Normally when we would pick her up at the kennel she would not greet us, she would just claw her way to the door she wanted out of there ASAP! This time when we picked her up she greeted us immediately at the door and gave us lots of love. While we were discussing her stay our dog kept pulling out one of her toys, which she has never done before. I think she wanted to leave it behind for her new friend Bridgette. I highly recommend a pooch stay here and we will return with Sandy for sure.
My only reservation about this glowing review is that everyone will read it and there won't be room for our dog when we need him to stay there! Charlie, Mary Ellen, and their dog Bridgette and fabulous hosts and our dog was oh-so-comfortable and welcomed there! We will DEFINITELY use their services again and again!
We are so pleased that we found Charlie and Mary Ellen to keep our dog when we travel. They are obviously dog-lovers, and our dog is excited to go inside when we arrive and settles right in. Charlie sends pictures and stories each day we are away so that we know he is behaving normally and is comfortable. The first time, our dog stayed almost a week, and seemed almost sad to be home afterwards!! Highly recommended!!
Another holiday that Keyba certainly enjoyed with Mary Ellen & Charlie. As usual, they take great photos of everyone and care of all!

We will keep using them time and time again. We are assured that our dog is always taken great care of and it puts our minds as rest when we go away for a mini vacation.

Thanks so much,
Lori and Steve Pierce
Bogie loved staying with Charlie and Mary Ellen! We were sent pictures and email updates frequently when we were away and Bogie seemed right at home.
Charlie and Mary Ellen are great people and great dog hosts! We will be using them again soon. As always, great job with taking care of our Keyba the Shiba! Thank you so much, See you soon, Lori and Steve Pierce
Charlie and Mary Ellen are great people and great dog hosts! We will be using them again soon. As always, great job with taking care of our Keyba the Shiba! Thank you so much, See you soon, Lori and Steve Pierce
Keyba loved Charlie and Mary Ellen. They took great care of Keyba while we were away. We would highly recommend them to anyone.
Once again, Charlie, Mary Ellen and Bridgette provided a 5 star vacation for our pup while we enjoyed ours. The daily photos and updates are awesome and the care and attention our dog Randy receives at their home is off the charts! Randy comes home, relaxed, happy and looking forward to his next stay with them. THANK YOU for providing a "home away from home", peace of mind and plenty of love!
Charlie and Mary Ellen are the best! Just left our two challenging pups there for a week and were so happy with no worries the entire time we were away! Charlie kept us up on the dogs daily shenanigans and sent lots of funny pictures, so we didn't suffer the separation too much! COuldn't ask for a nicer and more competent couple to take care of our little 'monsters':) We will use them again and again! Our pups are in love with Bridgette and miss her and her humans when we take them home!
Kirby spent his longest stay with Charlie and Mary Ellen--11 days.

Although he had had separation anxiety issues at the kennel, he had a wonderful time playing with his "girlfriend" Bridget.

They watched him carefully for any signs of anxiety, but he was happy the whole time.

Kirby loves going to Bridget's house when we go on vacation.
Charlie and Mary Ellen are once again my favorite place to leave Biko. They like him and he likes to be with them.
Charlie & Mary Ellen saved the day when they agreed to day-sit our new puppy (whom we picked up in Tucson 2 weeks prior during this winters' roadtrip from Portland, OR.) while we visited the dentist in Mexico.
Tuc found their (the babe) Bridgette to be a bit overwhelming upon introduction (she's so big compared to him), but at end of the day she was his new best friend... and he was a happy camper!!
Happiness is found in Green Valley!
Charlie and Mary Ellen took very good care of our two high energy pups! We got updates and pictures daily and the pups were happy and in good spirits when I picked them up! It was wonderful to have such 24/7 attention for our dogs and Bridgette was such a nice gentle companion! We plan on using them again in the near future!
Lucy had a great time at Charlie & Mary Ellen's, even though it was a rainy day. We had to drop her off 6:45am, and Charlie (and Bridgette) were ready for us. We picked her up at 4:00pm and all was well.
Charlie and Mary Ellen combine personal care, knowledge and experience with grace. They were welcoming and the dogs seemed to feel comfortable right away. I received daily Email with photos which were reassuring. This was my first experience with DogVacay and I would recommend Mary Ellen and Charlie without hesitation.
We had a very good experience with Charlie and Mary Ellen. They were very loving and were very knowledgeable about the behavior of dogs. They were respectful of our dog when we came for the "Meet and Greet", by keeping the other dogs in a separate area. They sent us daily emails and pictures every day we were gone. Rita enjoyed her time there and we won't hesitate to take her back to Charlie and Mary Ellen when we go again.
Once again our pups had a great visit with Charlie, Mary Ellen and Bridgette. When they realized where they were (only their second stay) they ran right in and didn't seem to care that we were leaving. Our dogs love it there and Charlie and Mary Ellen are very accomodating on drop off and pick up times which made it very easy for us to schedule our outgoing and incoming flights.
Our 2 Labs had a wonderful 9 days with Charlie, Mary Ellen and their lovely Lab Bridgette. Our experience could not have been better. Our dogs were well cared-for. We received humorous daily emails with photos. This made us feel very comfortable while we were on vacation. We highly recommend Charlie and Mary Ellen and hope to get together again.
our dogs were very comfortable at the happy tails doggie resort. Mary Ellen was in charge of giving out the love and Charles watched over them while they played. One of our dogs needed meds 2 times a day and we were very comfortable knowing he was receiving the care he required. the host dog is a sweetie and all our dogs got a long well with her. Our dogs comfort is the most important thing for us when it comes to a sitter and all 3 had a good time
I like Charlie and Mary Ellen. Biko likes them too.
My dog Penga came back very happy, and well groomed from Charlie and Mary Ellen's house. She stayed there for a week and each day I received pictures showing the good times she was having. Charlie and Mary Ellen were with Penga all the time and seem like they have watched many dogs. They have dog sitting down very well.
We were moving across the country and we needed to fly one of our dogs out first since he was too big to go in the car with the other 2 dogs. After a search online, I found Charlie and Mary Ellen. Lucky for us, they had availability and took Marty in. Everyday we received an email with pictures on how he was doing, which was great. They were very good about asking us about whether he could have things. Marty was excellent with their cat even though he'd never been around them. Then we needed to board our other 2 dogs for a few days to get things unpacked and they welcomed them in, too, no problem. All the dogs were very well cared for and we were very well informed about their care. I would highly recommend them for your dogs! We look forward to boarding the dogs when we go on vacation in the future!
We found Charlie and Mary Ellen to take of our dog Marty ( who had to be flown out) since we were moving across the country. As we got to Arizona we realized we needed to board our other two dogs, Abby and Jessy, with Marty so we could get everything unpacked. Charlie and Mary Ellen took them in and the dogs were all one happy family again.
They were very well cared for and we highly recommend them for your dog boarding needs.
The stay with the Renners was pleasant for me and for Biko. I especially appreciated the photos and updates from Charlie.
Gypsy was very well cared for. She enjoyed her stay with Charlie, Mary Ellen and her playtimes with Bridgette. I would receive daily updates, with pictures, of Gypsy and how her day was going. The daily communication was very welcomed. I have complete trust in their ability to provide a warm and loving home for your pet when you are away. They provided me with total piece of mind, so that I could enjoy my vacation.
Not just Pet Parents...they are the FUN aunt and uncle who spoil your kids while you're away and send them home begging to come back! Loving, devoted and very interactive folks...sent pictures and updates while we were away. Such peace of mind knowing how well loved and cared for our pup was! Charlie and Mary Ellen are the #1 choice for quality pet care! Thanks to you both! (Randy thanks you as well!)
They were a very caring couple and even had a special bedroom for our dog. He was happy and seemed well cared for. Good to do a Meet and Greet so you and they can feel it is a good fit.
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