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Michael H.

144 Reviews
88 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 12 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

Michael's Resident Pets

Basset Hound
10 yr 10 mo old
Mixed Breed
5 yr 2 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Michael's House

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

About Michael

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Dogs are our passion. Tall, small, fluffy, or droopy-we will be your dog's new best friends!

Always ask us about our availability*. We offer daycare, overnight boarding, and drop-in visits. We live 15 minutes (5 miles) away from the airport in a safe neighborhood in Maryland Heights.

We have 2 dogs: a lazy 10yo Basset Hound named Bernie, and a 4yo Lab mix named Zuli. They both love to socialize and play with other dogs in our spacious 4000sq. ft. fenced back yard, as well as go for walks.

We strive to be flexible on pickup and drop off times. We do prefer getting to know new dogs with a survey and meet and greet beforehand, so that all dogs who stay together will have a safe and happy experience. If your dates are during the summer or around a holiday, please let us know as early as you can, as space fills fast.

We prefer to be able to get to know the new guest with our survey and meeting procedure before the stay is committed, as that's the best way to check compatibility.

Our listed rates are for adult dogs age 1 year or older. Puppies under 1 year of age are $25 per daycare, and $30 per overnight boarding. For multiple dogs from the same owner, we do usually work out a custom rate for repeat customers.

Can't wait to meet your dog! Aroooo!

-Mike and Beth

*For example, a dog may leave at 8am, but the calendar on DogVacay will consider the slot as booked for the entire day, when we do indeed have room. There are occasionally days of overlap, which shouldn't have to prevent an owner from booking a longer stay that need the same dates. In this case, we can send a custom quote to you to ensure all your requested dates can be booked.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Michael H.

144 Reviews
88 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 12 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 15, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Michael's Home
$24 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Michael's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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2 Testimonials
Nov 2016
Michael was a great sitter for Dottie. He is reliable and a caring pet parent. There was never any concern when Michael had Dottie. Wish he were in Arizona.
Nov 2016
Michael has always done a wonderful job taking care of our two dogs. Always sends us updates and videos as well as being extremely flexible with scheduling
144 Reviews
Michael took great care of our dog Bullet while we were out of town. We received daily video updates and could tell that our dog felt right at home at Michael's, which is a hassle sometimes as he typically has a lot of anxiety when we are away. We would definitely recommend Michael to anyone looking to take care of their pup while they are out of town.
Highly recommend Michael. I appreciate that he met my dog, a Corgi named Oliver, before the stay to make sure he was a good fit. It's good to know he takes the extra step to make sure the stay will go well by meeting the dog before. Oliver strained his back a couple of weeks before his stay and needed a pills three times a day, which Michael administered. And I loved getting pics and a video of Oliver playing texted to me! His location in Maryland Heights is quite convenient to the airport.
Michael is a friendly and totally professional dog sitter. He had us bring our two dogs Tango and Jack over to meet his basset hound and him prior to our trip. This enabled all of us to see how the dogs got along, as well as letting us see where they would be staying while we were away. He has a nice fenced yard, and his house is clean and warm.

My wife got sick just before the trip last Spring and we had to cancel our reservation. We made another trip in December and went back to Michael for that stay. We were gone for 3 nights and 4 days.

Being away from your dogs is in some respects harder than being away from human family members. They become so much a part of your routine, so much a part of your emotional support system.

That being said, Michael eased the stress of this separation by emailing reports, pictures, and even a short video. We knew we picked the right person to watch our babies while we were gone.

We have another trip planned for this spring and will book it with Michael again.

He is an excellent dog boarder and our "go to" guy whenever we have to leave our dogs while traveling.
I was in a last minute pinch to find someone to watch my dog for a weekend while I was away on a trip. I've never turned to a service like this (not to mention, a stranger) and I was apprehensive to say the least. The number of reviews and the number of repeat customers really persuaded me to give Michael a call. After a few emails, calls, etc., we worked out the details and, frankly, I could not have been happier with the outcome. Pricing was very fair, location is near and Michael is a pretty nice guy. My dog socializes well so I wasn't too worried about that, but Michael sent updates to let me know that everything was going well. I'm not sure when I'll be in such a pinch again, but I assure you I have Michael's information safely stored just in case.
Our dogs tagged their tails when they arrived and when we picked them up. That's always a good sign.
Michael is wonderful! You can tell he is passionate about dogs and I felt so comfortable leaving Luna with him. He sent me updates and pictures of Luna having a blast and it made me feel great knowing she was in good hands. After Luna stayed with him for the day, we booked our whole trip with him and will absolutely continue using him in the future.
This was a great experience for us and our pups. Michael was professional and communicative around pickup/dropoff times and what we could expect (playtime, greeting other dogs, walks, etc). This was the FIRST time our pups came back relaxed from an overnight trip outside of our home. Thank you!
We took our 18mo. basset hound pup to Michael on a weekend where both my husband and I were out of town for separate events, and not able to take her. Michael and his wife were great to our Penny and were more than accommodating. Text, photo and video updates were provided during her short visit, which I absolutely loved. We were running late for pick-up due to traffic (on a Sunday evening, no less) and they were very kind about it. We will be back!
I didn't meet Michael's wife, but Michael was great. The whole house is dog camp! They are not called dogs. They are "guests." What more could you ask for?
My 1 year puppy was well taken care of by Michael and I felt comfortable leaving him with him. I will be a repeat customer.
Would highly recommend Michael! From the meet and greet prior to my vacation down to the text/video updates while I was away it's obvious he not only loves taking care of dogs but has a well run business as well. Sunny will definitely be taking another trip to Michael's next time I take a trip out of town!
Michael is the best! I enjoyed the daily updates and Peanut (my beagle) seemed to thoroughly enjoy her stay. If allowed, we will return for another stay soon. I feel completely at ease with leaving my baby with Michael. What a fantastic find!
I had my pet stay with Michael over the holiday weekend and felt very good about leaving her there. He sent daily updates of how she was doing and even included some pics and videos. I will use him again and also recommend him.
Great experience, They kept us informed on how Winter was doing through text and pictures. Very helpful and accommodating. I would go back again and recommend Michael as well.
I take my dog, Ozzie, to Michael's once a week for daycare. My boyfriend and I both work long hours that day and don't have the time to play and walk him like he needs after being home alone 12 hours.

Every day he goes he's excited the second we get off the highway, he's fed, played with, and gets to meet lots of new dogs. He comes home happy and tired. Michael does a great job with him, sends us videos of Ozzies day and definitely put my mind at ease the first few times I took him.

He genuinely seems to love Michael and I never worry about the care he gets or any incidents with other dogs. His prices are more than reasonable, he works with my crazy work hours and I know that my pup gets far more attention than he would at a "corporate" doggy daycare facility. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
I was relieved to find someone close to home and experienced at keeping several dogs at a time. I knew our dog would be nervous and Michael was patient and worked with her. I was glad she was in a home and not in a kennel with a large number of other animals. The pictures and video sent were reassuring to see our dog doing well while we were away. I would definitely use Michael again and recommend to others.
Michael cared for our Golden Retriever for six days while we were on vacation. He sent us video of our dog almost every day and was excellent about responding to texts or e-mails in a timely manner. We would use him again and would recommend him to friends.
Incredible experience. Would recommend to anyone. Kept me up to date and dogs were well cared for.
Sochi seemed to enjoy her time at Michael's. He sent videos and pictures almost daily that showed her running around with the other dogs staying there. She didn't seem stressed out when picked up - which has happened at some other places. I appreciate the home-like atmosphere as opposed to a kennel - that she can go to when we are out of town.
Stay was good, as always. Feel like she's well cared for.
meet and greet
I have been taking Ollie to Michael for several months now, whenever I go out of town for business and I've been very pleased. It's reassuring to know that my dog-kid is in good hands while I'm gone. I enjoy getting the pictures and videos that Michael often sends during Ollie's visits. This is a great service and I would strongly recommend Michael.
The pugs were very happy and not stressed at all. Michael sent some text photo updates to ease my seperation anxiety! Will definitely use Michael again!
Michael is the best. He cares for our dog as if it were his own. He also sends pictures and video when we are away. We love working with Mike and will have him watch our Fritz always!
Another great stay with Michael! We know Mattie always has a great time because she comes home worn out. This time she even got to help out up the Christmas tree!
Michael is great! He always keeps us updated with pictures and videos while we're away. We don't trust our dog with many people but when she's with Michael we knows she's in good hands!
Michael and his family were great with Libby's first visit.
Michael was amazing. He took care of my 13 year old dog and my 2 year cat. He even picked up the mail, refilled the pool, and sent awesome pictures and videos each day we were gone. My dog and cat were happy when we got home, but the dog looked for Michael the next day.

He also left a greatly detailed note about anything that he did and helped out with a quick vacuum around the litter box for the kitty.

We loved having him as a walker and will surely be using his services in the future.

Thank you Michael for taking care of our furbabies.
This was the 2nd visit for our pup, Theo, to Michael and Theo had a great time with lots of exercise and playtime. Michael even sent a cute Thanksgiving picture text update. I highly recommend Michael as a dogsitter.
Faith as usual had a great time with Michael and Beth and all the dogs visiting. The best was Michael's Thankgiving day card. The dogs with their Native American headdresses in front of a turkey was hilarious. Thank you, Michael .
I always feel comfortable leaving my dog with Michael, he provides us with updates frequently and is very thorough with his process. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for a pet sitter, he is awesome.
I'm a happy returning customer! my pups are happy and Mike always sends pics and videos of my two little ones! Thank you Michael!
My dog Andre loves Michael and his home!!
Rooney is an 11 year old French Bulldog who hasn't had a sleep over away from home for years, so we were a little nervous. Michael was very kind and I really like the drop-off routine, where Rooney had a chance to sniff around the yard before being introduced to everyone else. He had a great time! Michael sent us videos of Rooney and he was playing with the other dogs and running around the yard like a youngster. We will definitely use him again.
My cattle dog is a little standoff-ish and she doesn't really warm up to people very well. I've taken her to Michael numerous times and the last week she was there she ran out of the car and straight to his door. To me that's the best indicator of the care she is getting from Michael. I highly recommend him to everybody!!!
Michael is the best.. My dog is always well taken care of.
Mike is super thorough, a meet and greet at the park, then a house visit, followed up by a Test Run sleep over night. Murray had a great time running with all the dogs that week and was exhausted the night I picked him up.

I liked that he sent some pics / videos too, so I could see him having fun with the other dogs.
Michael was very thorough in his vetting process. He made sure that my dog and his dogs were going to get along before he agreed to host my dog, and I really appreciated that. He kept me updated with videos and text messages during my pup's stay, and it seemed like my dog had a great time. Michael has my highest recommendation.
This was simply a "pre" booking meet up to see how Rooney did in Michael's home. All went well and we plan to book as needed in the future.
Murphy loves, visiting Michael's. Michael sent photos and videos while we were away which we always appreciate. Murphy is always a very tired boy when he comes home, so we know he's had fun.
Michael and Beth did an awesome job with my border collie. He sent me pics and videos during the week so I could see she was having a good time. He was very professional and cooperative. I will definitely use them again!
We went on vacation for a week. I knew my dog was in good hands. He came home happy and tired from playing with all the other dogs. I would use Mike again!
This was the first time leaving my dogs with Michael and it went well. He sent me a video of them running around the yard playing. They came home exhausted so they must have played a lot.
All went well and according to plan. Michael even sent two videos during Deacon's overnight stay. He is extremely thorough in preparation for a stay at his house.
This was our dog's second long stay with Mike in less than 3 months. The first was 13 days and this one was 18 days. We are very comfortable with Mike, his experience, and his knowledge about dogs. He is very responsive and provides video updates which really help us stay connected. Mike has been patient and helpful with our 6 month puppy. He really seems to enjoy and know dogs. We are pleased and thankful to be able to leave our dog with Mike and will do so again.
Michael was very knowledgeable about dogs and dog behavior - I was very comfortable leaving my dog with him for the weekend and knew he was going to be in great hands. I got daily videos of my dog so I knew he was having a great time and making friends. Even better, my very energetic puppy was actually tired when I picked him up, so I know he had a really good time :)
We'll use Michael again!
Michael is just the best! Mr. Wiggles always comes home happy and tired.
My dog loves her 'vacays' to Michael and Beth's! Sometimes I think she secretly wants us to leave town so she can go visit her friends. So lucky to have a reliable, clean, friendly place for our dog to stay. I would choose this over traditional kennels every time!
This was our first DogVacay experience; we're glad such an organization exists! I've appreciated Michael's communication, he's been easy to work with, and he's been flexible. The best sign of approval came from our dog when we picked him up: a happy wagging tail as Michael petted him. Salter will be back at Michael's later this summer. Thank you!
Michael has watched my dog several times and I've always been happy with the service he provides and the care he gives my dog, Hurley. She can be a difficult dog but she goes to Micheal willingly enough and he accommodates her anti-social needs. Michael is good with working with my odd schedule when I'm in the Maryland Heights area which I really appreciate. I will continue to bring Hurley to Micheal every time I'm in the area.
Michael is always great with Mya. She has fun and is worn out by the end of her stay.
This was my first experience with Michael and was very pleased. He takes his job very seriously, and his experience with handling dogs and their owners is quite obvious. I would not hesitate to use his services again.
Mike is very friendly and gets to know your pet's needs and personality quickly. He often can accommodate short notice as well. Love that my little guy comes home happy and exhausted every day from daycare. Great for socializing or helping to keep your dog socialized!
Mike was wonderful with our pup. He sent us videos everyday of her playing in the yard and she was a very happy girl when we picked her up. Mike is very knowledgable about dogs and has tons of experience. He set-up a meeting with us first in a park near his houses to make sure our dogs were comfortable with him and his dogs. And luckily he did, because one off ours (who is very timid and scared) was too stand-offish to stay with anyone.
We would definitely recommend Mike for any boarding or daycare needs and will be calling him again soon!
I love taking my dog to Michael home and Chance shows no fear when he's dropped off. I especially seeing the video clips sent to me to ensure Chance is safe and secure. Thanks Michael
We are frequent flyers with Michael and couldn't be happier with his service! We love our dog Bo more than anything and always have peace of mind when dropping him off with Michael and Beth. He truly understands dogs and handles them with expertise. The pictures/videos of Bo while we're gone let us know that he is being treated just as well as we treat him at home. When we get close to his house, Bo knows exactly where we are and gets so excited and always has his tail wagging when he sees Michael. He loves spending time at Michael and Beth's and is always so tired from playing that he falls asleep on the car ride home. Simply the best!
Murphy had a great time on his latest visit to Michael's. As always, he's one sleepy pooch! He is always so happy to see Michael, and it makes us feel good about leaving him in such a good, caring home.
Michael is an excellent host. I have used his services many times and will continue to do so.
Michael is Awesome! My dogs are always in great hands when they stay with him. He is great to work with and really helps to accommodate my schedule. I enjoy getting the pictures and videos of my dogs enjoying their stay. It's one less thing I have to worry about when they stay with him and they can't wait till their next visit.
Mike is awesome with our dog. He takes care of him during the day and completely wears him out so he is a very good, tired boy when he gets home. Mike has been a savior for our family. And he always sends videos of how the dogs are all playing together. My dog is so much more socialized and well behaved. I love it!
He is always so very good to Andre. Very flexible with scheduling.
Mike was amazing to work with. Very profession and truly cares about the safety and comfort of all the dogs he's watching. I would highly recommend him.
Mike sends videos of my dog during the day. I feel like I'm part of his day too. I love that.
Michael took great care of my pup and kept me updated on how he was doing which made my trip that much better not worrying about my little guy back home.
our dog had a great time with Michael. He had plenty of other dogs there for Bogey to play with. he sent pics every day so we could see how the boy was doing. We would definitely use the service again. thanks!
Murphy had a great time. Michael and Beth's home has become Murphy's "home away from home". We so appreciate the pics and videos of Murphy's stay, and seeing him playing with his friends. Thanks Michael and Beth for taking such good care of our boy.
Mya always has a great time at Michael's. She loves the other dogs and he sends a video of her playing. She is worn out when I pick her up, but in a good way. Thanks Michael.
Auggie had a great time at Michael's for his 2nd vacation there. He enjoyed playing with all the other dogs and came home tired. We will definitely use Michael again.
Thank you for all the pictures and videos! We loved knowing that the dogs were well cared for and having fun while we were gone.
Michael is great. He has an incredible amount of experience with all kinds of dogs and it shows on the first meeting between his pack and yours. He has a method and it puts dogs and owners at ease. So great to get updates, pics and videos, while we were away, especially if you are a worrier like me. Nothing to worry about here, Michael has got it covered. Our pup gets doted on at home, but was none too excited when we came to get him!
As usual Michael was great. Faith never seems that the enthusiastic to come home. It hurts my feelings. I think Michael spoils her, the big baby.
I am highly impressed with the care Michael gives to my dog Chance. What I like most about the servicesMichael providesare updated video clips of Chance and how he interacts with other dogs to help his social skills. Dogs has a great sense of how people treat them. I know that my dog is well loved and cared for while im out of town. Michael I really apprepricate the love you give to Chance. I can honestly say I can leave my with Micheal and never have to worry about his care.
Great host!
We had to be away on our pups' birthday. We told Michael, and he sent us a picture of our dog wearing a party hat! He also sent video of Murphy playing in the yard with his "friends". Murphy always has the best time when he's at Michael and Beth's, and we always feel comfortable leaving him.
By far the best dog sitter in STL!
Murphy had a wonderful time, as always, with his friends at Michael and Beth's. He comes home a very sleepy, contented dog. He sure enjoys himself as evidenced by the videos and pictures Michael sends us while we are away. Michael and Beth are our top pick for Murphy's " home away from home".
Always great with my dog. Love his reliability!
Myas visit was great. Michael is so good with her. I am always he sends video of her playing with other dogs.
Michael did an outstanding job watching our dog for over 2 weeks. We were out of the country and he went out of his way to ensure we received videos and pictures daily via e-mail and/or text. Our dog is the same happy, well-adjusted dog that we left behind and we're sooooo grateful to avoid the normal challenges experienced with kennels. Michael receives our strongest recommendations and we will be asking him to watch our dog in the future.
My 2 bassets with severe separation anxiety came home tired, content and bathed. No worries with Michael H.
I've used Michael on several occasions and will continue to do so. Marvin does very well, and Michael is good about sending pix and videos.
Michael has a great yard for the dogs to run. He understands canine behavior and body language well. Our pups seemed very content and judging by how tired and smelly they were they played non stop. He was very accommodating when the puppy had to be isolated from the group and took her on private walks.
As always Mya has a great time when she stays at Michael. He always sends short clips of mya playing. This time she was eating snow. He is an excellent host.
Michael is very nice, took great care of my puppy for a short stay, walked me through how things work and details on where she'll stay, play, etc., and communicated with me during the stay. Thank you!
Our dog a Rowdy stayed with Michael for 8 nights. He had a great time and was definitely treated well. We received updates throughout his time there, with videos, and also received several other videos and pics when we got home.

Michael definitely knows how to introduce dogs and watch after them, giving us such peace of mind on our long time away.

Rowdy came home happy, healthy, and tired. And we can't wait to go on another vacation!
Michael is fantastic. Takes great care of our dog and stays in communication with us thorughout. No doubt we will keep using him.
Michael has taken care of our black lab several times now and she is always well cared for by Michael. I think she really enjoys being there, too!
My dog Maddy had a great experience here! We booked on short notice for the first time, for a 10 day stay. Michael was very friendly and thorough with introductions and instructions. The best part was the daily updates and videos we received - I could see Maddy was getting lots of play time and love!
I’m so happy I found Mike! Princesa has a previous history of separation anxiety and I was concerned that her first day care would be stressful and difficult, but on the contrary Princesa was relaxed, calmed and was happy to come back home as if nothing happened!! According to Mike, she was a “couch potato” most of the day (which is her regular being at home!) so that tells me she was in good hands! I also received some videos and pictures where I could see she was interacting with other dogs without any issue!

Thanks Mike for taking care of my crazy little one!! I recommend Mike and I’m definitely planning on keeping using their services!
As always Mya has a great time with Michael.She found a boyfriend this time. He is great with the animals and I always get clips of her playing.
Per the videos and photos which we really enjoyed receiving daily, our three dogs seemed to thoroughly enjoy their five day stay. Michael was very meticulous regarding dog introductions, meds and feeding instructions and inventory of all items that were left with the dogs. Plus the interaction with others dogs was very beneficial. Couldn't be happier!
I left Marvin with Michael for a 9.5 day stay. Marvin had a great time and Michael kept me well supplied with videos and pictures, including an end of vacay summary. Highly recommended and will use him again.
Murphy had a great time at Michaels'. He loves visiting. And, as always, he is one tired pooch!
Smooth process, convenient pickup and dropoff times and a fun experience for Bailey, as usual!
This was our third time that we have dropped our dog off with Michael due to a last second family trip in which we couldn't bring him. Michael was very flexible and again provided a wonderful service at a great price. Roo always comes back happy and exhausted after staying with them, a tired dog is a happy dog!
Exceptional stay as usual! Michael and Beth are so wonderful to my pup. They will always be my number one choice when boarding.
Paco had good care and the company of bigger dogs during his stay. Two day time care visits in a nice setting... I knew he was safe and in good hands. After I got some photos of Paco while he was at day care. Had I wanted or needed to know how things were going I could have had txt updates and photos. I saved the photos for after retrieving him as I trusted the care takers.
We are so grateful to have a wonderful place to leave our fur baby. She came back as happy and tired as ever! No doubt she had a fun, playful weekend. I even think she was a little sad to leave Michael, Beth, and their furry friends. Looking forward to giving her another weekend getaway with her new friends :)
Michael always takes such good care of Murphy while we are away, and this time was no exception. Murphy is one tired dog when he gets home, and we know he has had fun from the pictures and video Michael sends. Thanks Michael and Beth!
We felt that Michael took very good care of Princess, kept in touch with us about her care and has reasonable rates!
Dottie played in the water today and Michael sent a video of her enjoying the hose.
Absolutely delighted with our DogVacay experience. Michael was thorough in his research prior to the stay to make sure the dogs are compatible with his own dogs and others that he is caring for. He has an obvious knowledge of and love for dogs. Our dogs have been safe previously in kennels but now I know they have also had a great vacation meeting other dogs, having plentiful playtime, living in a house with a yard and being treated like a loved member of the family. I knew this in particular because I received regular updates, photos and video clips of the dogs while we are away. Not to mention that the price was a fraction of what I would have paid at a kennel. My vacation was vastly improved by knowing my babies were safe and happy. I will definitely use this service again in the future, my dogs will no longer be staying in kennels.
As always Michael did a great job of taking care of Dottie. I am always comfortable leaving her with him.
Michael was amazing! We were really nervous about leaving our dog with someone we didn't know well but couldn't be happier with our decision to leave her with Michael. The daily photos or videos were great and it was evident she was having way too much fun with the other dogs (and humans!) to miss us. We would recommend Michael 100% and will definitely use him in the future. Thanks so much Michael for taking such great care of our baby.
We felt completely at ease leaving Gingie in Michael's care! He is extremely knowledgeable about dogs and their behavior. He has a great, fenced, shaded backyard for your dog to enjoy. Gingie was well cared for and worn out from lots of play! I'm sure she enjoyed her stay. It puts us at ease knowing we can leave her in a safe place while traveling. Highly recommend :)
great stay as always, and last minute booking too!
Murphy has such a good time when he visits Michael and Beth, not to mention Bernie and Zuli. He is one tired pooch. We had flight delays, which changed our pickup plans, and Michael was very accommodating. We appreciated that so much.
This was our and Bo's third time with Michael and Beth and as always had a fantastic experience. Michael's communication is great and he responds to any needs/requests almost immediately. Bo has the time of his life and comes back exhausted! Michael is great with dogs and handles our very large/energetic pup well and treats Bo as his own. It's obvious that Michael and Beth truly have a passion for dogs. We've already booked several more stays over the next few months and would recommend Michael and Beth to anyone!
As always, Michael took great care of Zoey. We got several updates during the weekend and she loved having other dogs to play with during her stay. She also had an incident of tummy upset and Michael was kind enough to wash all of her blankets and bed and send her home clean, and of course watch her more closely to make sure she wasn't really sick. Recommended host!
We thought Dottie might howl through the Billy Joel concert -- and wouldn't have appreciated the up-close tickets -- so we sent her off to Michael for a bunking party. She came back tired with tail wagging, so we all had a good time.
Marvin seems to have enjoyed his two day stay with Michael. Nice fenced yard and two resident dogs was a plus. Michael supplied a video and still pic; Marvin looked happy.
I was a little apprehensive about leaving my dog Hurley with a stranger during the week I was working in the Maryland Heights area but Michael's previous reviews helped put me at ease. Hurley and I met Mike the day before her week of daycare and it was immediately obvious he had done this before. He worked on creating a bond between himself and Hurley and then introduced Hurley to his dogs. During the week Michael sent me pictures, videos, and text updates on how the week was going which I very much appreciated. Each morning when I dropped off Hurley she went with Michael easily enough which cemented the fact that I did indeed make the right decision by going with Michael. I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to utilize the DogVacay website.
Michael was an amazing host! He was very responsive to our last minute need for a host. He sent us multiple texts/videos of Penny Lane and Tiger while in his care. Michael is very knowledgeable about dogs and seems to really enjoy doing what he does. We will definitely use Michael again!
Michael made my week away from home so much easier by taking amazing care of my best friend Bailey. He took great videos and photos of her as she played and was very quick with responses to all of my questions. He was also super flexible with the drop off and pick up times as we were dealing with poor weather and flight delays. I would trust Bailey with him any time!
We left our 13 month Wheaten with Michael for 12 days. We first did an introduction a week or so before our trip. We met Michael and his dog Zuli at a nearby park, and because that went well, we followed Michael to his home, and met his dog, Bernie. We liked this aspect of our meeting. Obviously, Michael is very careful in the pets he agrees to sit, and we liked this. He wants to make sure all pets are compatible.
While we were away, Michael kept us updated with emails, photos, and even a video.
We picked our Murphy up last night, and he is one tired boy! We would definitely ask Michael to watch our dog again.
This is the second time Bailey has stayed with Michael and his other four-legged friends. Michael is good about sending updates, like photos and videos, and Bailey seems to having a good time. He's quite tired after this latest visit, in a good way!
Michael was fantastic. He was extremely easy to coordinate drop-off and pick-up times with, kept us well informed throughout Sadie's vacay, and (most importantly) was a wonderful host to Sadie. I will definitely book Sadie a stay with him in the future. Highly recommended.
It was wonderful having Michael watch Lincoln and Cole so we could go on our trip. Lincoln had never stayed at another house before, but seemed to have done so well. I could tell by the pics and vids that the dogs were having a much better time than if they had to stay at a kennel. Michael's dogs are very friendly and got along so well with mine. I am very glad we didn't have to worry about them at all while away.
Dottie had a great stay with Michael.
From the first email through the Meet N Greet we got a great feel from Michael. He is a true dog-lover and seriously attentive and knowledgeable.
He asked questions about the dogs home life with us to make them as comfortable as possible. We dropped them late one night and left for our vacation the next day. I was surprised to see our first photos from him early the next morning. Getting pictures of our girls meant SO MUCH to me. Michael followed that up with more pictures and videos. And he texted a couple of questions as he learned and noticed things about the dogs.

I was worried about leaving them, but after our experience with Michael I wouldn't hesitate to use him again. They have a home away from home.
We were very happy with Michael, and would highly recommend him. We have a 1 year old Beagle mix (hound) who is still working through some training issues with barking and jumping, and Michael was very patient, and good about working with him during the stay. At the very last minute, we also informed him that we had adopted a 2nd rescue dog (puppy), and he agreed to watch her so we did not have to cancel our trip.

While we were gone, he was great at giving us updates, letting us know how the dogs were doing & how they were adapting to being in a new environment with new dogs.

In my opinion, he went above and beyond as far as communicating, and we greatly appreciated it!

Both dogs came home happy and very well cared for!
We recently were gone for 19 days and were anxious to leave Jack for so long. But our anxiety was dispelled the moment we met Michael at the Meet-n-Greet to check compatibility, as Jack was very comfortable with him (and Zuli).
Michael is very thorough. He kept us informed with updates of Jack's emotional well being and eating habits. He sent us texts/ emails with photos and videos periodically, which put our minds at ease.
During the polar freeze, he even kept Jack entertained (and exercised) with the laser pointer.
We are very happy with our experience, and will definitely send Jack back to Michael.
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Michael took great care of our pup and we were very impressed with his detailed updates and professionalism. Our dog had a great time playing with the other dogs and we had peace of mind knowing he was in a loving home.
I boarded my 2 dogs with at Howling Good Dog boarding with Michael and Beth for 1 week and such a good decision that was! I was so nervous about leaving my dogs for a week as they are so spoilt and moody and I was sure that they would miss me and be sad. But, Michael and Beth welcomed them and loved them like their own and were in constant touch with me throughout the stay. At home, my dogs sleep with us on the bed, and even though Michael and Beth have their own 2 dogs who sleep on their bed, still since my dogs would sneak into their bed in night, they accomodated them and made them feel completely at home. The dogs were taken care of very well, got to run around and play with other dogs in the yard and were loved like I would have never expected. Michael is very knowledgeable about dogs and does know how to make sure dogs play well together without any fights. 1 of my dogs isn't very comfortable around new dogs, but even she did very well at their place!
I would never board my dogs in a traditional kennel and specially after having such great hosts I never have to think about that now. Moreover, the boarding costs were far lesser than other places. This is a great place and I can't recommend it enough!
This was Theo's second stay with Michael and he was fantastic! Theo's tail started wagging as soon as we got near the property and he happily tromped around the yard, marking the bushes as his own as soon as he got there and playing well with the other dogs on the first day. Michael kept me updated through the Thanksgiving holiday with photos and videos of Theo enjoying his time. Highly recommend!
Our experience with boarding Hurley with Michael was excellent! Michael is very quick to respond to any questions, and great at keeping us updated on Hurley's stay.

Michael even noticed that we didn't leave enough food for Hurley and even offered to pick up some for us because we were getting ready to leave the country for two weeks.

Hurley had so much fun with Michael's dog Zuli, and the other dogs that were boarded at the same time, I don't think he wanted to come home!

I highly recommend using Michael. Your dog will be well taken care of, loved, and exhausted when you get home :)

Thanks again Michael! We will certainly recommend you to others, and use you again in the future.
This was a repeat visit for Dottie to Michael H. As before, we got a video of her playing in the yard as it was a nice day. She wags her tail when she arrives -- always a good sign. We will give Dottie another DogVacay with Michael when the time comes.
I thought she would be thrilled to see me, but I think she didn't want to leave. I appreciated the pics vids and updates Michael sent. He is a saint to take our unhousebroken puppy. I don't know what else I would have done.
Michael was so incredibly thorough leading up to Hippo's visit, which made everything with the drop-off and updates throughout his stay go smoothly. Michael sent regular texts and seemed to really enjoy taking care of our dog. Hippo loved to play with his puppy Zuli. We would absolutely recommend him and will be using him as a host again!
Michael was fantastic with Theo! I can't thank him enough for giving such great care on such short notice. And the price is very reasonable too.

Michael is very patient and well suited to work with younger dogs. As Theo had just been adopted a few weeks before his stay, much of the training that most caretakers desire wasn't totally there. However, Michael was very patient and Theo came back sitting even better than he was before he left.

I can't recommend Michael enough.
My dog, Yetta, and I had met with Michael prior to the first reservation and I was impressed with his attention to detail on greeting Yetta and introducing his dog to check their compatibility prior to accepting her as a day boarder. First visit went well. Michael sent me a video of the dogs playing. He is very conscientious about how many dogs he will care for at once.
Dottie had an awesome stay with Michael. We got photos and text messages and a full report when I picked her up. She even sat on his lap -- and she won't sit on mine!
This was not only our first time with Michael H but the first time we have ever left Jethro with anyone. the results were amazing!! Jethro was looking forward to Mike's arrival in the morning and didn't look back to say good bye. and when he came home in the evening he was happy and tired from all the exercise and play. Mike sent daily photos and videos of Jethro during the day. we definitely would bring Jethro back and highly recommend Mike H to anyone needing his service!!.............JR............Maryland Heights Mo
This was our first time leaving our puppy overnight since we got her, and it could not have went more smoothly. Michael took good care of our girl and we were able to enjoy our weekend and not worry about her being lonely or stuck in a crate while we were away. He sent pictures and updates and was always responsive to any texts I sent. Before her stay, he had me fill out a detailed questionnaire so that he would be able to take care of her the way we do and stick with her routine as much as possible. Great choice for daycare or overnight stays, we will definitely use him again!
Michael was a great choice for a day of doggie daycare for our energetic puppy! We did a meet n greet first and I was very impressed by his knowledge and experience working with dogs and how professional the whole thing was. He made sure to meet our puppy first before introducing her to his dogs, and did a good job explaining the whole process of using this site to us. We already have an overnight stay booked!
Michael did a fantastic job taking care of my dog Roo, easy to talk with, responded almost immediately on any concerns or issues. It was quite nice to get daily email updates on what the dogs were doing, as well as pictures and sometimes a short video. I won't hesitate to work with him again!
My husband and I were very nervous about leaving our puppy because he is only 6 months old and we had only had him for 3-4 weeks at the time of our vacation. No need to worry with Michael! He is very knowledgable about dogs and was very considerate with maintaining Bo's training while we were gone. He maintained his feeding schedule, exercise, and crate training. He also took extra time to work on leash training and even cleaned his ears and brushed him!
He emailed us pictures, videos, and full updates everyday which helped us to relax on our vacation knowing Bo was in good hands. Michael truly treated Bo as if he were his own. Speaking of his own, he has a 2 year old dog that is playful and was fantastic with Bo. I think Bo may miss her more than he is happy to be home!
Overall great experience and we would not hesitate to use Michael again in the future.
Pippin was very exited over meeting two new young little dogs. She ran a fever and Mike kept us very informed of her actions and eating habits. The contact by someone who is caring for our pet kept us at ease knowing that he was truly concerned on how our dog was feeling. We recommend him for your dog stay. K & D and Pippin
Mike was great. Very thorough and keep us informed of our dog and her eating habits, her interaction and her personality. Pippin did very well with his other personal dogs. Thanks for the great stay. K & D
Our experience with Michael was great. He was very detailed and did a great job updating us on our dog's stay. We will definitely use him in the future and will tell others about our experience.
Michael was a terrific dog watcher! We had a meet & greet at a nearby park a few days before Hannah's weekend stay. Shortly after dropping her off I received a video of her taking a walk & another of her playing in the backyard with Zuli! I instantly felt reassured that she was going to have a great weekend. We received lots of pictures and a couple more videos throughout her stay. Thanks Michael & Beth for taking great care of Hannah!
Mya had a very enjoyable vacation and I thank Michael for the videos and text message's keeping me updated on her stay. I will definately use Michael again for a great sitter for Mya.
Tobey had a great stay with Michael! Before her stay Michael had great communication about what to expect. Drop off was smooth and I got updates, pictures, and videos throughout the day. Michael was also very knowledgeable about dogs. I highly recommend him!!
Michael accepted my puppy (Tuffy) on a last minute notice and was glad to accept my request for a meet-up and answered all of my questions, putting me at ease. He was totally flexible on the timings for dropping0 and picking up Tuffy.

During Tuffy's stay at Michael's place, Michael was constantly in touch with me, giving me updates on how Tuffy is doing. When Tuffy did not eat his food, Michael took the extra effort to cook him some chicken stock to feed him.

I was glad to know that Tuffy had a blast with Michael's two dogs and Michale made sure that Tuffy felt at home away from home. I am really glad that it worked out good for me and my puppy.
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