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Michelle S.
Scandia, MN 55073
132 Reviews
58 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Michelle's Resident Pets

Zenny
Mixed Breed
Female
4 yr 7 mo old

Michelle's House

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

About Michelle

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We recently moved to Marine on St. Croix/Scandia area and have a very large and secure fenced back yard, virtually a small dog park/haven for the pups. There is lots of room for frisbee, fetch, chase, and just lounging under a shade tree or hanging with us on the deck. Depending on the activity needs of each dog, we also take leash walks down the country roads right out from our property.

When we are away, we have a couple of web cameras that allow us to check in on the pups and make sure they are content and safe. Their safety and happiness is our number one priority.

We have been a trusted host with Dogvacay since June of 2012 and have never been happier taking care of pups. We have cared for several different breeds, sizes, personalities, and ages. To name a few; doberman, shepherd, yorkiepoo, maltese, briard, westie, yorkshire terrier, welsh terriers, border collies, australian shepherds, great pyrenese, havanese, boxer, labs, golden retriever, boston terriers, jack russell terrier, puggle, pugs, bulldog, chihuahua, irish wolfhound, airedale, coton du tulear, etc. We have gotten to know all different breeds and personalities. We love and care for them all! We evaluate and tend to the individual needs of each dog.

We LOVE puppies, but do have a $10/night puppy surcharge due to the extra TLC and supervision needed for a puppy. Hugs and kisses FREE FREE FREE!

** Also - if my calendar shows that I am full, feel free to send me a "general inquiry" as I might be able to take on another dog depending on the size and the personalities of all pups involved. If I can't take your pup, I can refer you to another trusted host.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Advanced senior issues
Michelle S.
Scandia, MN 55073
132 Reviews
58 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 20, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Michelle's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Michelle's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
132 Reviews
Michelle was great and her home is so welcoming! Awesome secured outside area for the dogs. Left our wonderful dog knowing he was in good professional hands and you could tell he had a great time. Vacation for him also!
Awesome, as always! Thanks Michelle.
Fantastic experience! Finally found that home away from home for our best buddy! Great facility and Michelle is wonderful! Highly recommend Michelle!
Our experience with Michelle was just great. We met prior for an introduction and we were very comfortable with her abilities and accommodations. Our dachshund Parker stayed with Michelle for 9 days and she was great about posting updates and photos during his stay. He seemed very relaxed and "at home" during his time there and that made our time away from him much less stressful. We would very highly recommend Michelle and hope to use her again for future dog sitting needs.
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Michelle is AWESOME! When we met her we could tell that our dog, Cosmo, trusted and responded to her. We'd trust her with our fur kid anytime. She sent us pictures and updates while we were away, which was greatly appreciated. She was very responsive to any texts that we sent and was accommodating with the meet and greet, and pick up/drop off times. Cosmo is looking forward to staying with Michelle again!
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Michelle took amazing care of our dog. Her home and yard are dog havens and she has tons of love and attention for the dogs she cares for. We unexpectedly needed to extend the vacay and Michelle was totally flexible and accommodating. I used to avoid traveling if my dog could not stay with a friend. Now, I know that she has a second home with Michelle!
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Our pup had a great time from the looks of the videos and pictures Michelle sent! Great set up! He was one tired boy after all that playing! Thanks Michelle!
Would definitely bring Max back!
My dogs LOVE to stay at Michelle's! Huge fenced in yard to play in and are given constant attention! It's the only place I feel comfortable leaving them when I'm out of town. Highly recommend her!
Trooper and Scout loved their time with Michelle! She made everything so convenient for us, and gave us lots of updates while we were away. We would absolutely recommend her to others, and will certainly use her ourselves again!
Michelle was really wonderful with my pup. When we first met I was immediately put at ease by her knowledge of dogs and understanding of how leaving you're puppy with someone else can be really nerve racking. Additionally, my travel schedule was particularly difficult and she was so very understanding, which made a world of difference for me. She kept me really well informed on how my puppy was doing by sending me pictures and videos so I got to see some of the fun he was having while I was away. I would recommend her 100%.

Thanks Michelle!
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I couldn't be happier with leaving my dog with Michelle once again. Whenever I leave her with Michelle it feels like she gets to take a vacation of her own!
We can not begin to say how happy we are with our dogs stay with Michelle. During our first contact Michelle asked us to come over so we could check her and her house out and also for our Molly to meet her. I could see how much experience she had and how she put everyone at ease, she had several other dogs that day and introduced everyone appropriately without incident. The day we dropped her off for the actual stay, Michelle could tell how apprehensive I was about leaving her for the first time in her life with anyone, she so kindly sent a video of her so we could see how well she did after we left. Michelle sent me daily updates including pictures which really allowed us to relax and enjoy our vacation. It was amazing to see how our little Molly really fit into their home, I think she enjoyed her "vacation" as much as we did. We are truly lucky to have found someone that we can trust to take care of our dog even when I was being high maintenance with some odd requests, Michelle is so calm and accommodating she really put me at ease. I feel like Michelle's home is truly Molly's 2nd home now and I'm sure if you are reading reviews you understand when i say that has taken a load of anxiety away from us leaving our beloved pet so we can vacation
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My experience with Michelle at K9 Castle was amazing. My little gal Edi is just a pup (4 months old) I had scheduled a getaway to meet a friend coming in from Sweden before Edi a part of the family so as you can imagine getting a new pup and having her for only 2 months before you take off for a week was really kind of scary.

I looked first at top rated boarding places and although some of them had good reviews, I just didn't feel comfortable leaving my little gal in a situation like that for so long and that's when I came upon this site and found Michelle's profile. It seemed to flooded with nothing but wonderful reviews and I liked the fact she was willing to stick to your dogs training and schedule to the best of her ability. She had just moved out to Marine on St. Croix (I live right outside Minneapolis) so it was about an hour drive to get out to her, but I felt it would be worth the peace of mind and I was not wrong.

Dropping off my little girl was easy as can be and after meeting Michelle for a short time I knew she was a super cool lady. She was down to earth, very warm and genuinely loved dogs. Her new place is under construction but was already set up good for the pups.

While we were gone she sent lots of updates with pictures and videos and when we got back our gal was happy like we never left. I know she had a great time. I don't see any reason I'd ever use anyone else, I was so happy with this experience.
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What perfect accommodations! We left our three dogs there for over the fourth of July. They had tons of fun and were exhausted when we pick them up. Michelle was wonderful and kept us updated. We diffidently will trust her with our furry family in the future.
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Michelle watched Odie for 2 weeks while we were away on our honeymoon. Michelle was amazing as always and Odie had a wonderful time. We got video and photo updates regularly of our pup and Michelle even dropped him off on her way to work. I'm sure Odie already misses the amazing treatment from Michelle.

All in all, we had another great experience using Michelle while we were away.
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Michelle was great, she was able to quickly accommodate me as I was a last minute reservations. She was also able to be flexible with my pickup and dropoff times. I got text updates with photos and videos as well. Geppetto had a great time with her and the other dogs she was watching. I would use her again anytime!
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Thank you for taking such great care of my baby, Michelle! You did a wonderful job and I loved that you were able to send plenty of videos showing Hunter having a great time. You went the extra mile and Hunter can't stop woofing about the weekend and asking when I am leaving again...weird, but true! Thanks again and Hunter will see you soon!
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Michelle was recommended by our primary dog sitter (who was unable to watch our dogs on this particular day). We live north of the Twin Cities and drove 45 miles to take our boys to Michelle's home in Minneapolis. We were more interested in quality as opposed to convenience of location. This was our first time meeting Michelle and she was wonderful!! She accepted our 8 month old german shepherds on short notice and treated them as if they were her own. As soon as I met Michelle I knew our boys were in good hands …..and they were! While driving home after dropping them off, we received a text with a video clip that was extremely reassuring. And the next day she sent pictures and videos. I loved that she kept me updated during their stay. She loves dogs and knows what they need and want. She has a great set-up at her home with a large fenced back yard. And when I picked up my boys the next evening they were calm and better behaved than when we dropped them off. I know they had a great time with her and I will definitely utilize her dog-sitting service again. Thanks Michelle!
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Once again, I can't say enough good things about Michelle. Dunkin has been staying with Michelle for the last 3 years whenever I go out of town. Each time he comes home happy and tired. It is so nice to drop him off and have a peaceful vacation knowing that Michelle cares for Dunkin like he is her own dog. I picked up Dunkin yesterday and I think he was torn whether to stay with his friend Michelle or come home with me! I can't thank her enough for taking care of him over the years and I will be sad (so will Dunkin) to not have her around when I move out of state in May. Thanks again Michelle you truly are the best!
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Never underestimate the importance and peacefulness of knowing your puppy is in the loving and safe care of only the best in the business. Thank you Michelle, Bella once again had a blast staying with you and she's already looking forward to her next visit!
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Michelle is great! We wouldn't leave our pups with anyone else!
This is the third time Michelle has taken care of our dogs. We can't say enough about how much we appreciate her. Michelle communicates clearly with us and is available for any questions we have regarding our two beloved Welsh terriers.
Terriers are fun loving high energy dogs but can sometimes be challenging, so finding the right person to care for them is so important. Michelle has always taken excellent care of our pups and we leave knowing that they will be safe and will not get into trouble, as they can be a handful at times! Thanks Michelle for taking such good care of Bella and Lulu, they always seem to have such a good time visiting you! Randy and Janet
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5 stars always- Michele is wonderful with dogs, and my pup loves to go to her home ;). The pup comes home happy, and I don't need to worry because she's in great hands!
Harley had so much fun and loved his time at Michelle's. I had no worries that he would be well taken care of and loved. I also appreciated that I was kept up to date on how he was doing. It set my mind at ease being it was our first time using the service. Thank you!
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Always amazing care for my sweet baby.
Leo had another great visit at Michelle's. We love that he has such a caring and wonderful place to stay when we travel.
Bella and her family thank you Michelle for the excellent and safe care, playtimes, numerous walks, cozy blankets, and new friends while we were warming up in Florida! We so appreciate your flexibility, daily photo and video updates, and love you provide for our sweet Bella when we are gone. You make going on vacation possible and knowing our Bella is under your roof while we're gone is so comforting. See you again soon.
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Michelle is such a perfect dog hostess that every time we leave town, we are more than willing to make the 1 hour round-trip drive into Minneapolis to bring Lucy to her. When our car turns into her neighborhood, Lucy becomes ecstatic and starts whimpering and pawing at the window and door. Michelle has been a godsend for us....it's apparently the equivalent of a spa vacation for our little dog.
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Odie had a great experience using Michelle! She is great with communication and videos and our dog absolutely loves spending time over at her house.....plus playing with other dogs she has staying with her! A+!!
Michelle is a fantastic caretaker! I was in a real bind over the holidays and she graciously accepted my old Aussie on short notice. She is very professional and provided a wonderful environment for my dog. The pics and video she sent me while I was away were a fun surprise as well. It was great to see my dog with a smile on her face and to know that she was in good hands.
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Michelle is the best and takes the best care of Luna! There's nowhere I'd rather leave my pup:)
Michelle is the best and takes the best care of Luna! There's nowhere I'd rather leave my pup:)
Michelle is the best and takes the best care of Luna! There's nowhere I'd rather leave my pup:)
Luna loooves staying with Michelle - it's her home away from home!
Michelle is the best and treats Luna like her own! Luna loves it there!
We just love Michelle - she provides a warm, welcoming environment for our dog when we are away. I feel so fortunate that we have found someone we trust so much! We like to say it's a vacation for the dog because she has so much fun (and lots of snuggles) with Michelle. Highly recommended!
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I can't say enough good things about my dog's stay with Michelle. She clearly loves dogs! She was always in touch, sending photos, videos letting me know me know that everything was going well. I'd absolutely have my dog back with her when I'm out of town -- and will recommend her to friends.
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My dog loves being with Michelle.

And I appreciate that Michelle sends video and pictures to me on my trips.

I can't say enough good things about Michelle's home ~ and neither can my sweet pup who is sleeping peacefully right now thanks to all the fun she had with Michelle.
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Another wonderful puppy vacation at K9Kastle for our sweet Isabella. I can't say it enough; we're so grateful to have found Michelle and to travel knowing our puppy is in excellent loving hands, safe, warm and secure at K9Kastle. See you in January!
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Michelle was amazing and made Gigi feel right at home! I dropped her off for ~10 days and was a bit nervous, since I had never used Dogvacay before, but after seeing a couple picks of Gigi roaming around in their yard and sleeping on the couch, I knew she was well adapted and was having a great time on her vacation.
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Michelle and the K9 Kastle are AWESOME! The vibe I got from Michelle on our meet-n-greet was so comforting and I knew the minute I met her that he would love staying there-she has a great backyard the pups can play in, interacts with them, and takes them on several daily walks. Throughout the weekend she sent pictures and videos of Rufus that clearly showed how much fun he was having during his stay.

This was Rufus's 2nd time staying with Michelle and when we drove away from her house after picking him up he stared out the back window, not wanting to leave the fun.

I highly recommend the K9 Kastle and will be forever be a client!
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Michelle was great, once again. We gave her short notice and she happily made room for Odie. We feel very comfortable leaving our dog at Michelle's and we love that she sends us daily videos and photos of Odie running around and playing!
Wonderful as always - Michelle's house is Luna's home away from home!
I can't tell you how hard it is to leave my Marzipan, but you all must know, since you have pups too.

But honestly on this vacation, I was so relaxed and there were hours that went by when I didn't even think of her!

Seriously though, Michelle is the absolute best. The care she provides, plus the kindness and fun that happens at her home, it is the best. Truly the best.

I highly recommend her ~ and Marzipan does too.

Sandy J.
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Michelle is fantastic! We met with her to make sure she was a good fit for our dog and we knew right away that she was. She has a huge fenced in yard and a nice house for the dogs to roam around in. You can tell she really loves and understands dogs.

The whole process was super easy. Drop off and pickup went really smooth and she sent texts with updates on how he was doing. We will definitely be using her again!
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Michelle was great with Marzipan. My pup loved the big yard, plenty of shade for husky mix.

They hung out with the other dogs, went for a walk.

Marzipan was the perfect blend of tired and happy ~ every dog owners wants that!

I high recommend Michelle, she is so great with dogs.
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Wonderful as always!
Wonderful as always!
Wonderful as always!
Another great doggy vacation for our sweet Isabella at K9Kastle, thank you Michelle!
We love the feeling of getting away for some R & R knowing our puppy is in a safe, loving home and being cared for with lots of play time, walks, and kisses. We especially appreciate the video text message updates before bed time.
Bella is already looking forward to her next stay in November, see you then!
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Our 15 month old Golden Retriever had an absolute blast at Michelle's house over the 4th of July weekend. Right after meeting Michelle I knew June would be in great hands. Michelle has a HUGE fenced in backyard with plenty of shade- picture dog heaven. Michelle sent photo and video messages of June playing with the other dogs while we were gone which was so great! June will definitely be going back to the K9 Castle! Thanks Michelle!!
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I wouldn't trust my dog with anyone else!
Phenomenal care of my little King as always! Also appreciate the flexibility of pick up/drop off times. Great communication and just amazing people to have as a part of my life now. THANKS!
This is Malcolm's second home. He's just as excited to see Michelle as is he to see me!
Leo had another great experience with Michelle. We feel so comfortable leaving Leo with Michelle. We really appreciated all the updates while we were gone. Leo came home happy and we enjoyed our vacation knowing that Leo was with someone that we could trust. Thanks for the loving care! We will book again.
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Michelle is the absolute best! It is so nice to have a place to bring Dunkin that he loves. I feel completely at ease leaving him with her. Dunkin has stayed with Michelle on three occasions and each time he comes home happy and tired. I would absolutely recommend leaving your dog with Michelle!
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There are no words that accurately describe how thankful I am to find Michelle! Malcolm is a high energy rescue that can have self confidence issues. It's just me and him against the world so he is definitely my baby and I always felt crushed when I dropped him off at the kennel. I knew he wasn't really happy there and generally came home depressed. At the first meet and greet with Michelle, Malcolm frolicked around the backyard, checked out the house and was clearly comfortable with her. She knows dogs and how to handle their unique needs which made me feel totally at ease, too! I dropped him off for a one week stay and I felt complete relief when I left because he was excited to see Michelle and started running around the yard the second we walked in! Michelle sent me updates, pictures and videos. He was clearly happy, having fun, socializing easily with the other dogs there, well cared for and most of all loved. Malcolm came home calm, content and tired - I couldn't ask for more. I travel weekly so finding a place that I trust to care for him is priceless. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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Michelle is the best dog walker and dog boarder I could ask for. I trust her, and she is so easy to work with. My dog loves the comfy dog beds at Michelle's house, and Michelle works with her to help socialize her. Michelle loves my dog and every dog at her house. I know my dog will be happy there, and walked, and I'll receive pictures and updates...not only that, I love that michelle shovels paths in her yard so all pups can go run around even the little guys. Best ever experiences! Thanks Michelle!
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Mika is so well cared for when she stays here. Thankyou!
Mika had a wonderful stay - we were kept up to date, received photos and video and we could see that she was getting really good care and having fun with her new dog friends. Probably the best indicator was her behavior when she came back home- she was mellow, relaxed and ready to fall into her normal routine. It's been a pleasure partnering with Michelle - for now on, this will be the only home for Mika when we need dogcare.
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Ruby had another great stay with Michelle! She loves playing with other dogs and we love getting updates while we travel.
Best dog care ever! Michelle sent me near daily pics and videos of my pup. Seeing his smiling face, wagging tail or totally relaxed expressions allowed me to let go and fully enjoy my vacation. My only worry is that he may be disappointed to go home. ;-)
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This was our first Christmas without our girls, but Michelle kept us connected with them through tons of texts, pics, and videos. It was much appreciated and loved by us and our family in Mississippi! While we hope to spend next year with the pups, we know that is a fabulous place to keep them if need be. Thanks again, Michelle!
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We're so fortunate to have found Michelle and K9 Kastle. Once again our Westie puppy had a vacation of her own! We loved the daily, sometimes twice a day, video and photo updates from Michelle of Bella cozy by the fireplace or snuggled up in a blanket napping, or video of her favorite thing to do, playing!
And what a treat to get home and pick up our pup freshly bathed and ready for kisses! Thanks again, Michelle for the genuine care and love your offer our sweet Bella when we're gone.
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Our Sherlock loves Michelle. We've been using her services now for over a year. As soon as we walk in the door he makes himself right at home. Michelle sends us lots of pictures and videos of him and his new friends. He is well cared for and I couldn't have found a better second home for him. Wouldn't leave him anywhere else.
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Once again Finn had a fabulous time with Michelle and two other new canine friends! The videos she sends are priceless. I am already thinking of my next trip, because for Finn and me, it's a win win situation!
In all honesty, there's no one I trust more with my pup than Michelle. She truly loves each one of the dogs she walks and boards, and she is just wonderful.
Michelle walks Capri while she's there, plays ball, gets her playing with other dogs, and even sends me adorable pics of her ;). I feel incredibly lucky to have Michelle, and Capri double loves her!
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Mia always loves going on vacation to Michelle's, and I love the amount of attention I know she gets while she's there! Michelle is great about sending photos and videos of playtime or walks, it makes going away on a trip so much easier! I highly recommend K9 Kastle for anyone looking for a great place to send their pup.
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Leaving my dogs behind is usually such a stressful, heart breaking experience for me that I often find it difficult to enjoy myself while on vacation. When I dropped off my dogs at Michelle's I left feeling like I was abandoning them. Minutes later I received a video from Michelle as she was walking my dogs along with their new furry friends and it was clear to me that they were happy and enjoying themselves already. All throughout the weekend I received photos and video updates assuring me that they were doing great. It was such a relief to see my dogs doing so well and to know that they were in the very best hands in a loving, comfortable environment. I will definitely bring my dogs back to stay with Michelle the next time I need to board them. She is amazing.
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Michelle's house is Luna's home away from home - she loves it there!
Michelle was fantastic with my dogs. Numerous pictures,videos and updates for my week long vacation. One of my dogs normally suffers tremendous anxiety when I travel, but he was so at ease on this last visit. It was comforting to know that the dogs were having as much fun as I was!!
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Let me add the group of people who have found Michelle to be the best dog Mom ever (besides me of course, for Finn). Right from the Meet & Greet I knew my boy felt at home. The messages, pictures and even video convinced me that she "got" my sweet and sensitive boy. After I picked him up he was relaxed and happy. His vacation was as good as mine! I can't say enough good things about Michelle!!
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Michelle is wonderful. She is responsive, respectful, caring, and trustworthy. Also, in a very short amount of time, she has helped my pup be better in doggy social situations, which means I can now have her with other dogs more frequently. Michelle understands dogs, and you can just see how much she loves them; she comes highly recommended...:)
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We were initially concerned about leaving our dogs with a stranger, but upon meeting Michelle at the meet and greet, we knew that we had scored! We returned to drop the dogs off for the weekend, and they just ran into the backyard like they were at home. While we were missing our pups, Michelle sent us pictures of them having a blast. It's a real relief to know that they will be well cared for when we have to go out of town. Thanks Michelle!
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Michelle is the best! I never have any concerns leaving our dog in her care. We are so glad to have found her to take care of Jake. She is very understanding of him being an older dog and really is exceptional!
Michelle was so wonderful and accommodating to us. We had to leave our dogs for a couple extra nights and she was so great about it. Although we really missed our pups we knew they were getting all kinds of love and attention. :) Thank you for everything Michelle!
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This was our third time leaving our pugs with Michelle and they love their visits so much! Michelle's is their home away from home. They love her yard and they always meet new friends. She spends time with them and takes them for walks too. We love seeing the pictures of their stay. Thank you Michelle!
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Michelle was so great with our dog! She clearly loves the doggies, and made me feel comfortable leaving my furry baby with her over Labor Day weekend. She sent photo updates, and drop and pick up couldn't have been easier.
I was so happy to leave Luna with Michelle - she has a huge beautiful backyard and gave Luna lots of love and attention while I was away for two weeks. She sent me lots of updates so that I could see how much fun Luna was having - which is such a relief when you are traveling for an extended period of time. Luna was sad to leave!! I will definitely bring Luna to Michelle's again in the future,
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Michelle took such good care of our dog, Oliver. We don't travel very often right now, so leaving our dog for five nights was a little nerve-wracking. But when we dropped Oliver off at a K-9 castle, we knew our boy was in good hands. He immediately ran around the spacious backyard and made friends with other puppies, reassuring that he was going to have a great time.

Everyday throughout our trip, Michelle sent us the photos and videos of Oliver, wrestling with his new besties. When we came back from our trip to pick him up, we were happy to see him so happy and so fit! He played so much and got a lot of exercise! We are so grateful to Michelle for taking such good care of our dog and we highly recommend her! Thanks, Michelle.
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Michelle was wonderful with our Maggie! It was our first time leaving our dog and I was nervous. Prior to Maggie's stay, Michelle invited us to meet with her and see her home and we had easy communication via email over odds and ends. From the moment we dropped Maggie off I just knew it would be a great experience for her. Michelle's house is large and beautiful with a big fenced yard for the dogs to roam and play. Michelle sent me text messages with updates and questions, picture mail and even cute videos of our dog having fun! She totally kept our minds at ease. We are so grateful for this experience at dogvacay, and will for sure hope to reserve Michelle if we need dog care again- she was truly fantastic!
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We had a wonderful experience with Michelle. This was the first time our new dog would be away from us and we were anxious about how Azula would adjust to a separation and different environment. Michelle went over all of our concerns ahead of time with us. She was also able to accommodate an extra night at the last minute. We got regular updates, texts, pictures and videos during Azula's stay and could see how happy and playful she was. She got lots of walks and outdoor time. When we came to pick her up we saw how much Azula had bonded with Michelle over the short time. Our impression of Michelle is that she genuinely enjoyed being with our dog. She has an instinctive understanding of dogs and is able to tailor the care of each dog according to it's unique personality and needs.
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Michelle was terrific! Flexible scheduling for drop-off and pick-up were very appreciated. I enjoyed the texts and pictures of my girls enjoying their stay. Overall, a very positive experience for owner and dogs. Thanks very much.
I don't know how I can truly describe just how wonderful Michelle is to my little guy! Boomer, who is shy and nervous, loves it at her house. He settles right in and is instantly at home. I feel so good leaving him there. Michelle is sure to send me at least one photo, text, or video everyday so I can see what a great time he is having. I travel a lot of work and having Michelle around makes it a piece of cake!
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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I can keep saying this to Michelle and still feel like I can't THANK her enough for taking such a great care of my baby girl Morty. Michelle not only genuinely cares about Morty's well being, but also her manners. Morty is in training to become a therapy dog and I have expressed some of my concerns. Michell is so willing and able to follow along with training and commands that I have Morty on. It is such a big deal to me personally that we won't have any set-backs on her training. I really appreciated all the extras Michelle did for Morty.

As for Miss Morty, she met her new friend and it was such a perfect match. They played real well together and when I picked her up, she looked so happy and smiled from ear to ear. We came home tired and a tried dog is a happy dog !!!


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Air & Morty
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Quit looking at other options for dog sitters because Michelle is the best.

I give her my absolute highest recommendation. Her communication about booking, drop off, pick up, etc is excellent. She sends pictures, texts, etc with updates. Her back yard is a dog's dream. Her house is extremely dog friendly as well. There is no crating dogs that are not used to being crated which was a dream.

On top of being incredibly professional, she is something of a dog whisperer as well... She actually figured out some mystical way to walk him with another dog; something I NEVER imagined possible. We have no problem walking him but none of our previous dog sitters have even been able to walk him around the block alone...

She obviously cared very much about both our dog as well as us, the anxious owners. She is the best!
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Michelle will provide a wonderful, fun and safe place for your pet to stay. While on vacation in France for 9 days, she sent us photos and videos that were very much appreciated! Our Izzie had a really enjoyable vacation too - she was very happy and tired (in a good way) when we picked her up. We will definitely leave Izzie with Michelle for our next vacation.
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It's hard not to gush when speaking of Michelle and K9 Castle. We feel so very fortunate to have found Michelle. She is caring, considerate, resourcesful, and excels at proactive, effective and impactful communication. We always have a hard time leaving our precious Westie puppy behind when we travel and a bording facility has never been an option for us. Our Bella loves to sit and look out the window, take naps, take walks, and run around the yard. Michelle has a lovely safe and comfortable home, beautiful secure fenced yard, in a great area of south minneapolis. She takes extra steps to ensure your dog is the right fit with their home and with their other doggy guests. After dropping off our puppy and heading to the airport we had not even boarded our flight yet and we already had a video update from Michelle of our pup having a ball playing in the snow in the backyard with her new puppy friends for the week. The next morning I awoke to a text message photo update of my sweet puppy all snuggled up sleeping in on Michelle's bed, just like she does at our house! It's such a relief to go on vacation knowing your puppy is being so well cared for.

Recently we had a last minute trip out of town come up and Michelle was full! Yikes. But Michelle went above and beyond for us and actually found another dogvacay home for us and gave us a great reference for the alternate dogsitter.

Michelle provides a supurb, high quality product and experience for her clients, I recommend Michelle and K9 Castle without hesitation. I suggest booking and planning early though, the great word about K9 Castle is getting out!
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Michelle more than accommodated my two dogs while we were out of town. One of my boys can be a handful at times, but he ended up bonding the most with Michelle.

While I was away, Michelle sent me daily texts/pictures of my boys, which definitely made me feel better. In addition, Michelle researched vets and cost estimates for one of my dogs to get his teeth cleaned. She willingly did this on her own without me mentioning anything. Thanks, again!

I would let my dogs vacation at her house again.
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Michelle was once again fantastic! She is very understanding of our older dog's needs and great to work with!I I would definitely recommend her
Leo had a great experience staying with Michelle! It was his first time away from our home and we were concerned since he is a rescue dog. Michelle did everything she could to make Leo and us comfortable and he did very well. I liked the way that they played, exercised, and were so kind to Leo. We really enjoyed the frequent updates and pictures. We were able to enjoy our vacation knowing he was in her loving and knowledgeable care. We will certainly bring Leo back in the future.
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My pups had a great stay with Michelle. She was extremely flexible without drop-off/pick-up needs and kept us up-to-date with photos of our guys out for walks and having a blast over the weekend. We'll definitely be back for another stay in the future!
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Sammy is already looking forward to her next visit! She was clearly loved and excellently cared for during her visit with Michelle - we have daily updates, pictures, and video's to prove it! Michelle had a wonderful yard with lots of toys for Sammy to play with. Thanks for providing such a comfortable home away from home for our girl!
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I'm not typically one to board my dog somewhere, but it feels great to know that there's somewhere to take her that she is loved and given great attention! I was afraid she wasn't going to want to come home :)

I also like that she was free to roam the house like she is at home. It was like I sent her to dog camp where she played hard for 3 days in Michelle's huge backyard, and now she'll probably sleep for 3 days!
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Michelle was great to work with and we felt very comfortable leaving our elderly dog with her. Would definitely recommend and use her again!
My dog had a wonderful time with Michelle! I am new to the area and finding a safe place for my best friend while I travel - which I do a LOT for work. Michelle put me at ease right away during our meet and greet. She is clearly a "dog person" and her home is set up to cater to a dog's best wishes. After I dropped him off she sent me regular text up dates and pictures of my boy. He settled right in and clearly had a great time. When I went to pick him up he ran all around the house showing me his new favorite spots - I think he was hinting he wanted a memory foam bed like he got to lay on at Michelle's! I will be taking Boomer to stay with Michelle often - and I know he will be thrilled!
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Michelle is clearly a total dog lover. She stayed in touch with me, sending regular photos and even a couple of videos of Zorro's stay. These reports meant so much, this being the first time we have left 15 month old Zorro while we traveled. Zorro is a Border Collie and needs a lot of exercise and activity. Michelle's own dog and her other boarded dogs enhanced Zorro's experience.
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I would absolutely recommend leaving your dog with Michelle! Just picked my dog up from a 9 day stay and he was so happy and exhausted from all of the fun he had! I am so happy to have found Michelle to watch my pup while I am away. It was so nice to receive daily pictures and texts letting me know that Dunkin was doing good. Dunkin came to me as a stray who spent a good deal of time in different shelters and rescues. His sensitive nature and previous experience made me extremely worried about leaving him. The minute I dropped Dunkin off with Michelle all of my worries went away. She obviously understands and loves dogs, and enjoys sharing her home with them. I will definitely use Michelle again, and have already recommended her to many of my friends. I can not thank Michelle enough for the great care she provided Dunkin while I was away. Honestly, I think Dunkin is kind of bumbed out to be home :)
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Michelle is an absolutely awesome dog sitter; I’ve not left my dog, Lilly, twice with her! I have never kenneled Lilly or left her with anyone besides family, so this was a huge step. I was at ease my entire trip, Michelle would send video and pictures of Lilly playing with other dogs! She has a great house that is set up perfectly for multiple dogs staying with her, she does not require the dog be kenneled (which was HUGE for us), and her backyard makes for great fun! If you are looking for a trustworthy sitter for you puppy, Michelle is wonderful and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Michelle is truly someone special. Just 5 minutes after I dropped off my Sadie ('punkin' as Michelle lovingly refers to her!!), Michelle texted me with a photo of a severe inflmmation on Sadie's back paw. Something that happened days ago, but I hadn't noticed. Michelle is so thorough with her dog guests that she instantly knew something easn't right. I immediately made a vet visit for the next day and thankfully it wasn't a major concern (for the vet at least! i'm still having nightmares about her paw!). If Michelle hadn't seen that inflammation, I dont know that I would have noticed. That's the kind of person you want watching your precious "baby" when you need to be out of town. She is wonderful. Her home is so inviting for her dog guests and their people. She wants you to feel at ease leaving your furbaby and will keep you updated throughout the stay: texts, photo texts and she might even set up a FaceTime session for you and your pooch! The backyard is safe, secure and LARGE!! I adore Michelle and am sad to have left Minneapolis. I wish I could bring her to the East Coast! She is a gem. Your dog will be so happy you brought her to Michelle. And you will too!
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Michelle is a saint! Our dog Copper over-ate and got sick just as we dropped her off for the weekend. Michelle dealt with her being sick, keeping us updated, and getting Copper back to feeling well. We couldn't ask for anything more! Thanks again, Michelle!
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Michelle is the best-our pup can't wait to have another vacay with her again!
Michelle was the best choice we could have ever made to take care of our high energy Welsh Terriers. She has such a calm and gentle personality and demonstrated knowledge and confidence. We felt very comfortable leaving them with her and as a result could enjoy our time away. We received frequent updates with pictures from Michelle, which we loved! She was so good with our girls, it seemed as though our pups were at a doggie B&B which is exactly what we wanted, a home away from home. Our girls have allergies and needed daily medication which was not a problem during their stay. We would absolutely recommend Michelle to anyone and look forward to having her care for our girls in the future. Thank you Michelle!!
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The first time I ever decided to use dog vacay was over a weekend that we were going to be out of town and we couldn't bring our pup. I was a little skeptical about it to begin with, but just to add to my anxiety - An hour before I was scheduled to drop him off, he got very sick and had to be taken to the vet. I was ready to cancel the entire weekend and stay home with him, but Michelle assured me that he would be in good hands. I dropped him off with his two new prescriptions and special dog food, and as soon as I met her I knew I wouldn't have to worry about him the rest of the weekend. She welcomed him into her home and I received text, picture, and video updates daily on how he was doing. I can't thank Michelle enough for her hospitality! Cooper had a blast playing with a few new friends, and we will definitely be going back to the K9 Kastle in the future!
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I couldn't say enough great things about Michelle!! Every time she watches Che, he comes home exhausted from having so much fun! Michelle is amazing at keeping you in the loop and sent me adorable photo and video updates almost every day while I was out of the country. I am so happy to have found someone I 100% trust with my dog and I would recommend Michelle to anyone without hesitation.
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Michelle took care of our 4 year old Briard for 10 days and it worked out better than we could ever imagine. We were worried because Rumba had never stayed away from our home before but Michelle professionally and lovingly made her feel at home in her house. Michelle exercised Rumba daily with walks, tennis ball chases at the park, and playtime in her backyard which was very important to us. The daily email/text and photo updates gave us peace of mind and enabled us to enjoy our vacation. We plan, without hesitation, to have Rumba stay with Michelle whenever we go away. We think Rumba hopes it is soon. Thanks Michelle!!
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Oh My Gosh! I had to beg my two puppies to come home with us after they spent two weeks with Michelle and Kathleen!!
The early meet and greet we had was a great idea and I felt so comfortable, after meeting them, knowing my puppies would be cared for so well... by animal lovers....
They loved their home away from home vacation, while WE were on vacation!! It meant so much to receive pictures or videos and texts or emails everyday from Michelle so we felt like they were still with us!
Michelle and Kathleen obviously LOVE the dogs and welcomed ours as if they were their own!
They are very conscientious about making sure they get the correct food and supplements, enough time outside to play and lots of hugs and kisses!
Their house and yard are lovely for the pets and their big puppy Kaylo is so sweet! Ours really didn't want to leave!
They were very obliging with drop of and pick up times and also very organized with our items we brought for the puppies and ready to go when it was time for the pick up.... late, from the airport.
Since we have been home Michelle is still checking on "her" puppies of ours, and I feel she really created a bond and friendship with them :)
I'm sure our puppies can't wait until we leave again so they can go back and visit Auntie Michelle!
I will never take my babies anywhere else! And I will worry a lot less about having to travel without them....
Thank you so much for taking the worry out of leaving them, and all of the great pictures, videos and updates every day to keep us from missing them so much!!

Heidi and Pat
and especially Lily and Linus XO
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Miss Michelle was the best! She gave our high needs dog all the care and attention anyone could ask for-loved the updates and photos we received while he was in her care. Just the best experience for Bud and us! You will be so happy your pet gets this kind of care.
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Michelle watched Copper, our 10 year old Yellow Lab, for 4 days and we couldn't be happier with the care she provided. We received at least daily e-mails and pictures showing us how much fun Copper was having while we were gone. We would highly recommend Michelle and hope she has space when we are gone again!
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I'm am so glad to have found someone like Michelle! She is the only one we trust to watch our pugs. We left them with her for 10 days and they behaved like we had never left them at all. She takes such good care of them and we love getting pictures of them hanging out and make new friends. Michelle will always be our first choice whenever we need someone to take care of our pugs. Thanks for everything Michelle!
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As always, Michelle was the perfect dog sitter. I received videos and pictures daily and came home to an exhausted and happy puppy. Thank you, Michelle!
My Vizsla, Maggie, is 13 years old and not used to being away from home and out of her usual routine. But Michelle made her right at home and I returned from my 12 day trip to find my girl relaxed, content & happy. I could tell she had been well loved & well looked after.
Michelle kept me updated that Maggie had settled with emails, texts & even a photo. A lovely thoughtful "extra" to reassure me all was well.

I will definitely be using Michelle for all future trips. And I know Maggie will be happy to stay there again.
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Yet again, Michelle took stellar care of Sadie over the New Year. Even though Sadie only stayed for one night, I got several photo updates and text updates. As expected, Sadie was so excited when she saw Michelle's house and of course when she saw Michelle herself! You know its a good sign when your dog's wiggle-butt goes into overdrive!!!! Michelle accommodated our pick-up time without hesitation. I cannot thank her enough for taking such great care of my little furbaby. I would go to the ends of the earth for my pup, but luckily I only have to go as far as Michelle's wonderful home (with a huge fenced in yard!)
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Ruby had so much fun playing with all the dogs here! This was the first time she stayed with someone other than our relatives and it went really well. We enjoyed getting a quick text or picture each day while we were away. Michelle was flexible with our flight delays due to snow as well. We will definitely use her again!
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At the last minute, my usual dog sitter became unavailable... days before my week long international trip. I was left with little options. Luckily a friend directed me to DogVacay.com and I found Michelle. You cannot ask for a better dog sitter!!! First off, she responds so fast (within minutes it felt like!!). Michelle is a true dog lover, I could tell from the minute Sadie and I met her. I felt beyond comfortable having her care for my furbaby. There's something special about Michelle.

Every day I got texts/photos of my Sadie playing in the yard, with other dog friends staying at Michelle's, just laying around exhausted from a fun day playing. Michelle understood how anxious I was and even scheduled a FaceTime session while I was abroad. WHO DOES THIS? I'll tell you: Michelle.

Beyond all of this: her house is great! dog friendly, a HUGE (well-secured!!!) yard, a loving environment for your "kid".

Sadie didn't want to come home with me after the week. Michelle cared for her as if she was one of her own. Sadie is already planning her next vacay!

(I couldnt even wait to write a review... Got back from Michelle's 30 minutes ago. That's how fantastic she is!!)
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Toby had a fantastic 4 day staycation with Michelle and would go back in a heartbeat! As a matter of fact, I think he was really bored to be home after having such a nice time away.
This was the first time we had boarded our small Yorkie mix. We were a little nervous, but Michelle made us feel comfortable right away. It was clear that she loves dogs and knows how to deal with their different personalities. She sent us pictures and text messages to let us know that our little guy was okay. We are happy to have found a place for those times when we are unable to travel with our dog.
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Michelle was a great host for our 10 year old boxer. I could tell right away she knew what she was doing when she allowed Roggie to get comfortable in the yard before bringing out the other dogs one at a time. It was also great to get updates from Michelle, including a video of Roggie playing with another dog, something she rarely does!
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We had an AMAZING experience leaving our 3 year-old dog with Michelle during an extended weekend vacation. She was so flexible with our constricted drop-off and pick-up timing and was superb to work with. She sent us pictures of our pooch a few times while we were gone and we could tell our dog had a great time as she just collapsed in an exhausted heap on the floor when we got home.
All in all, the whole experience, from meet-and-greet to the boarding itself, just left us wondering how, or more precisely, IF we could ever go back to a kennel. We will definitely be booking with Michelle again the next time we need to go out of town!
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I can not say enough about Michelle!! She was absolutely wonderful with my pup! He is going on 16 and is very fraigile and really requires special time and attention from someone and Michelle went above and beyond that. I actually have a hard time leaving him with anyone else now since i've seen how great she was with him! She got back to me right away and made meet & greet times available within days of contacting her, which was greatly appreciated especially under such short notice. While on my trip we communicated via text, I recieved pictures and was updated on how he was doing which is a very comforting feeling for us dog owners. Having a big beautiful fenced in backyard and a lovely home was icing on the cake! If you get a chance to let Michelle take care of your dog while out of town it makes the trip that much better and at ease knowing your dog is in such great hands!!
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This is the second time that my dog, Mia, has stayed with Michelle while I've been away on business. She loves having a backyard to run around in and all of the attention that she gets while she's there!! I really appreciate that Michelle is very proactive about providing updates and pictures of my pup while I'm away.

We will definitely be using Michelle again in the future! Thank you!!
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Michelle was such an excellent host. Our pugs, Oliver and Surely had a blast! Our Surely is bossy, but like Michelle says no problem and there wasn't any problems. It was a wonderful experience for them, and it was our first time using a dog sitter instead of a kennel. Michelle will definately be our first choice when we have to leave our "kids" with someone. Thank you so much Michelle!
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Michelle was everything I could have asked for in trusting someone with my puppy for a few days. She sent me pictures daily with updates on how he was doing and he looked so happy in every picture. I will definitely book with Michelle again. Thank you!
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Michelle was extremely quick to respond to my frazzled message needing last-minute boarding for my 10 y/o bulldog Simon. When I dropped him off a couple of days later I could tell she was very knowledgeable about the different personalities and temperaments of dogs, and more importantly, how to deal with them to ensure a safe and happy "pack."

They have a wonderful fenced-in yard and it was nice to be able to see Simon comfortably explore it as soon as we got there. If he doesn't mind going off on his own right away I know he'll be just fine! Their home is on the way to the airport so that made it even more convenient.

Simon was on a couple of medications for his allergies and Michelle was able to get him to take his pills with no problem. She sent me a couple of text and picture updates which was wonderful. It's nice to see that our "boy" was enjoying himself. We will definitely be using Michelle again if the need ever arises!
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Our second time leaving our two dogs, Chewie & Jack, with Michelle. It was perfect, again! Thank you, Michelle.
Wow! Are we happy to have found Michelle's site. Both my dogs, 60 pound Aussie named Jack and the little mixed-breed, 11 pound Chewie, had a wonderful time while we were out of town. They played with the other 2 dogs there, Kaylo and another little visitor, Lucy, and had a blast. We loved seeing pictures of them (on my cell phone and even on her site!) and knowing they had a great time.
When we dropped them off, they immediately starting romping and running in the huge, safely fenced in yard. They came home tired and happy. We knew they would be well cared for. It makes our time away much more pleasant, knowing they are having a little "vacay" of their own.
We've booked another weekend and I'm sure they'll have good time again! Thanks, Michelle.
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Boarding our yellow lab with Michelle S was a great experience! She was very accommodating and took great care of our Duke. We had just moved back to MN from Seattle and had to board Duke within just a few days of arrival and we were a bit nervous about the transition. Needless to say, our worries were useless as Duke LOVED being with Michelle at her home. I received daily text messages and pictures and believe Duke just may have wanted to stay longer! :) We had some changes to our drop off and arrival times and Michelle was great with working with us and understood our crazy schedule from having just moved. We loved boarding with Michelle and would use her services in the future as well as recommend her to anyone who wants a caring, fun place for their four legged family members!
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My Sherlock felt right at home the minute we walked in the door and went right into the kitchen. Where else would a dog go first but where the food is! Michelle sent updates throughout the day to let me know how he was getting on. She even had a ramp for him to get up the stairs. We've already made future reservations. I think we've found his second home.
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Our little black-and-white 2-year-old Yorkipoo - Lucy - is in some of Michelle's photos. She kept Lucy for nine days and we can't say enough positive things about the job she did. Lucy got along fantastically with Michelle's German Shepherd Kaylo, she went on several walks daily with them, we were kept posted by text messages and photos, and Lucy actually seemed to miss them when we brought her back home. Every time we have to leave town, reserving a spot with Michelle will be at the top of our to-do list.
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Staying with Michelle for a week was a great experience for my Huskie/Lab/Beagle mix puppy. She was so kind and so was her full grown 100 pound German Shepherd! She took great care of her even though she can be a handful. She also kept me updated daily and photographically documented her stay quite well. I'm very happy with the experience. It was well worth the money and honestly a pretty good deal in my book. I know who I'm going back to if I leave town again! Thanks Michelle
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Michelle gets 5 stars across the board. She was available with last minute notice to take care of my 2 dogs. Her home was very comfortable with lots of outdoor space for my dogs. She provided comfort by sending occasional texts with photos throughout my dogs' stay, confirming all was going well. And, she took the dogs for daily walks and play sessions in the back yard. I trusted they were in excellent care. Thanks, Michelle!!
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