Pa-Pa's Puppy Haven in Clear Lake

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Jim M.

157 Reviews
58 Repeat Guests
$30/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Jim's Resident Pets

Sam
Labrador Retriever
Male
7 yr 5 mo old
Susanna
Labradoodle
Female
0 yr 10 mo old

Jim's House

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Outdoor area

About Jim


As of June 1, 2016, I will not take NEW clients. If you have booked with me before please try again.
Thank you.

Thanks to Dog Vacay for naming us one of the "top hosts" in the nation. Mostly, thanks to my furry guests, and their parents.

Active retired seniors who are willing to share our home with your pet! Will walk and exercise daily. Provide loving care and companionship. Feed and keep fresh water for your pet. Willing to take your pet for vet visit. I spend most of the day outside with my dog. We play fetch, go for a lengthy walk and then curl up for a nice long rest. If your pet is small and doesn't handle heat well, they will be inside with my wife who is a stay at home except for errands.
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Jim M.

157 Reviews
58 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 28, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Jim's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
157 Reviews
This is the second time Bailey has stayed with Jim, and I only have positive things to say. He was aware that we were nervous about leaving her for 2 weeks so he made sure to send numerous updates and photos. He took great care of our dog and made sure that she was having a great time! Jim is our go-to if we ever have to board our dog. Highly recommend--thanks again Jim!!
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As usual, Milo had a great time on Vacay with Papa Jim and Barb while we were out of town! Loved all of the pics and updates! We greatly appreciate Jim and Barb treating Milo as one of their own! Milo certainly thinks he's one of their own. LOL. No way we could travel for a few weeks or even a few days without knowing he was under the wonderful care Papa Jim and Barb provide. Thanks again so very much!
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Bailey had a wonderful time with Jim! We will be booking again! He even sent me a lot of pictures of Bailey to ease my nerves :)
Another great visit for Bailey with Jim! Always a great experience for my fur baby, never do I worry about him for one minute while I'm away. He's in the best of care. Thank you so much Jim!!
As always, a good "vacay" for Eva. Good communications from Jim and all went well. Thanx!
No family member (four legged) could ask for a better place to visit while you're away. Excellent communications, great people and she enjoys herself while we are gone. Thanks, thanks, Thanks!!!
5 stars for Jim and his customer service! There are other options near our home but we drive across town to bring Maddie to Jim's house so that should tell you something. Maddie loves it there.
Milo had another great Vacay visit with Papa Jim! He really enjoys his play time with the other pups, big and small. As the only dog in our family, we can't say enough about the opportunity to have Milo spend time at Jim's from time to time. It really has become like a second home for him and the care provided is second to none. Thanks again Jim and Barb for all you do for Milo!
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My dogs are the nervous type and come home anxious after a stay at traditional kennels. They loved their time at Pa-Pa's! It was easy to tell not only from the daily pictures but from how relaxed they were when they came home!
I definitely recommend Pa-Pa's for any dog - mine will be going back!
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Jim was great with my Zoe. As soon as I left his home he sent me pictures to relieve my nerves. This is the first time I ever used DogVacay and it was a great experience. He must have sent me 30+ pictures in just a day and I loved knowing that she was safe and sound. I would definitely recommend Jim and pick him again to take care of my pup.
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Mr. Jim was amazing! Tyson was extremely happy being there and him and his wife sent me 18 photos and videos to assure me Tyson was having a good time with their dogs too! Tyson was very happy and I would absolutely bring him back here. I only had him there for a few hours, but it was great few hours for him!!
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Great place to take your dog he really cares. Jax can't wait to visit his new friends again.
Mr. Jim is always the first choice when I need a sitter. I couldn't ask for better care for my pup.
First time users and what can we say but "THANK YOU" Our two dogs Elvis & Presley had a excellent time at Jim's "Pa Pa"s Puppy Haven. Jim and his wife took such great care of our boys and sent us pictures and videos throughout their fun day! This put my wife & I at ease. All the anxioty of leaving our boys with someone new was laid to rest. We now can be assured that our boys are in good hand and be able to enjoy our times away. Thank you Jim for taking such great care. We look forward to more successful stays in the future.
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Riggs loved his stay with Jim! This was the first time I leaved Riggs with a stranger and to say the least, I was nervous! Jim made me feel extremely comfortable throughout the process, agreeing to a meet and greet before hand. Jim sent pictures twice a day-Riggs was having so much fun in each picture that was sent. Riggs is a needy snuggle dog and I know Jim was able to provide Riggs with hours of attention while I was out of town. I will definitely leave Riggs with Jim in the future.
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As always, Mr. Jim took such good care of Angus. He even took him to the vet when Angus became ill. And Angus adores Mr. Jim. Cant wait until next time.
Milo had another great time with Jim and Barb! We thoroughly enjoyed all of the pics each day of Milo playing outside with the other pups. Milo is on a new specialized diet and we appreciated the special effort that was made to accommodate him. Thanks again!
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Havarti had a great stay with Jim! We had just moved to Texas at the beginning of the month and I was relieved to find someone so caring and good with dogs. With the daily pictures I was comforted in knowing Havarti was happy and safe!
This was my first time to use DogVacay and Jim made it a pleasurable experience. I know that Wyatt had a blast the whole weekend. I don't think that Jim could have done a better job. Thanks!
Milo had another great visit with Papa Jim and Barb! He particularly loves the time outdoors with the other pups and the special attention he always gets. We feel fortunate and blessed to have such amazing care for Milo when needed. Thanks again!
My dog Fox had a great stay with Mr. Jim & his wife this past weekend. He was very accomodating, with not even a full day's notice. I received check in messages each morning with pictures and felt informed the whole time. I not once had to wonder how she was doing. I would recommend him to anyone needing a place for their pet and not hesitate to have Fox stay again.
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We are thrilled to have found Jim. He and his wife were so welcoming and spoke in a calming voice when we arrived. He sent tons of pictures and let us know our fur baby was happy and in good hands. Our pup is a definite lap dog and Jim was happy to oblige. We aren't in the area often but will definitely ask Jim to take care of our pup every time. Thank you, Jim, for treating our baby like your own.
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As usual, my boys had a great time at Jim's. They play to the point of exhaustion so, I expect them to be sleeping for the next 2 days (which is ok! I get to clean house). The thing I love most about Jim - aside from him being a true lover of dogs is, the amount of pictures that he sends of my babies while they are there. I love to see them running with wagging tongues in the back yard and I love to see their 70+ pound selves sitting in Jim's lap when it's down time. I can tell they love him and you can't ask for more than that!
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Sweetie had another great visit with Jim and Barbara. They are wonderful!
Angus had a wonderful time on "vacay" with Jim. He came back to me happy and tired from all the playing. Jim sent many,many pictures and stayed in contact. I never worry when Angus is staying at Jim's house!
Always always always love having Bandit play at Paw Paw's!!! Like family!
As always, Jim was most communicative and accommodating. Lyra always has a great time and comes home better socialized than when we drop her off!
Jim always takes great care of Jake. We are so glad to have someone like Jim to care for him when we go out of town!
When getting his bag together to go on Vacay with Papa Jim, Milo really perks up, gets real excited and can't wait to leave the house. On the way over, he's like a toddler on his way to a park outing, full of excitement. Milo always has a great time while at Papa Jim's and this time was no exception. Thanks again Jim and Barb for sharing your house, yard, and pup companions with Milo. He's already looking forward to his next visit.
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Always a pleasure to leave Bailey with JIm! Never a worry about him being well taken care of, he gets plenty of play and walk time! Best of all is he is with a loving caring family. Thank you so much!
Sasha always has a great time at Mr Jim's house. She loves the daily walks and interaction with the other dogs. She feels loved and is happy to go stay there. Thanks Jim!
Again remi had a fantastic time at Papa Jim's.
we love jim and miss him very much, since we moved.
Jim and Barb continue to be the very best! Cain is happy, clean, healthy, and TIRED! We are so blessed to have such wonderful "second parents" for our boy!
Always awesome to have Bandit visit Jim!! They are best buddies and we sure love the peace of mind with our little fella in such capable and wonderful care!!
Our schnauzer stayed with Jim for a repeat visit recently while we went to see my son at his college campus for Family Weekend. The peace of mind I had knowing that Jim was taking of our four legged kid was priceless. I will never hesitate in calling Jim--he's the only person I trust to care for our very spoiled pooch. Our dog hates leaving Jim to come home---and that is a good thing. It tells me he had a great time--(who wouldn't with all of the attention, walks and cuddles?) and in terrific care! As always, thanks for the many daily updates and pictures!
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Great experience once again with my furry girl and Jim's great care and compassion for animals. Thank you!!
First time I had to board and leave my furry girl with a stranger. Jim and Barbara put my mind at ease and was very patient and understanding during the meet and greet. Jim kept me posted everyday with pictures and texts. I was very happy and lucky to find such a caring and responsible person to take care of my furry kid !! Thank you Mr. Jim !!
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Can't say enough about Papa Jim and Barb. Our pup Milo has a blast and is well taken care of when on Vacay. No worries about the care. Makes traveling totally stress free. Thanks again Jim!
Jim and Barb are lifesavers. My mother passed away and even though they had a few other dogs they took my girls on a very short notice. The girls love being at their house. Peaches loves playing outside with Jim and Precious just loves being inside and snuggling on the couch. I am truly indebted to Jim and Barb for taking my girls and taking such wonderful care of them. They are always happy to go to their house.
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Sweetie had a grand time with Jim and Barbara and all the other dogs. They are the best.
This was the second time we have had our puppy stay with Jim. We feel so comfortable knowing Gracey, our Shih Tzu, is at his home. She gets excited when we pull up to his home now. Thanks to Jim and his wife for caring for our sweet Gracey.
I would recommend DogVacay to anyone who wants the best care for their dog. Jim loves dogs, and dogs love Jim.
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Jim's home was our first experience with DogVacay. We were very pleased and delighted with the comfortable environment and TLC we knew she would receive at Jim's home. This experience sold us on using DogVacay from now on. Thanks for all the TLC that was shown to our puppy, who was only 7 months old at that time.
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Jim is a great host! Thank you so much for taking care of Jake for us!
Jim & Barb came as a recommendation from Brenda C. who uses them a LOT and is a family member of mine! So, Jim was who I called when we sort of took a last minute trip out of town. We went on meet-n-greet and could tell instantly that he was a "dog person" for sure! I have 2 very SPOILED boxers and they are a handful to say the least. I was a little worried about one of them who is very timid around men but, within 2 hours of dropping them off, we received some pictures that told us Chato was doing just fine!!! My boys were well taken care of while there and they fell in love with Jim and Barb instantly. Every picture I received showed my two 60+ pound dogs in his lap...LOL. When we got them home, they slept for 2 days straight so I'm assuming Sam (Jim's Lab) was probably worn out as well as my Tyson has never ending energy and I'm sure - didn't leave him alone the whole time he was there. Thanks Jim and Barb for taking care of them just as we do. Jen & Kyle
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Sweetie just returned from another great visit with Jim and Barbara. They are wonderful and I'm so grateful for the wonderful care she receives from them.
We absolutely LOVE Bandit spending time with Jim! We were overseas for two weeks and the care, love and fun that Bandit had rivaled our own! The daily photos of fun outings, playing with other pals or downtime napping on a lap made us rest easy knowing he was one happy dog while we were away. Thank you so much! We consider y'all part of our family and it is a great home away from home for our little fella. Awesome!!
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Jim took care of my Sparky and made him feel right at home. He thoroughly enjoyed his time playing with Sam and the other dogs. Sparky had his vacation while we were on ours. Thanks Jim!
We are so happy that Jim was available to watch Hendrix during our vacation. Hendrix enjoyed his daily walks and all the love and affection shown to him. We loved receiving text/photo updates! It's a comfort to know that our dog is in such good hands while we are away. Thanks Jim!!
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Once again, Jim took great care of Jake for us while we were out of town. Thank you Jim!!
Milo loves to Vacay at Papa Jim's! When he sees us packing his things, he starts getting real excited and can't wait for his visit. We couldn't ask for better care! Thanks again Jim and Barb!
Jim is awesome with our two dogs. I trust him completely! In fact, I think one of my dogs would rather be with Jim at his house than at our house! So thankful I found him (& his wife!) to look after our two pups when we go away. It definitely gives me peace of mind!
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As usual Jim and Barb made my get away so much more relaxing knowing I didn't have to worry about ChaCho. They are so good with him and take such good care of him. I also love the pictures that Jim sends and posts of ChaCho while in his care. Simply put Jim and Barb are marvelous people.
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I couldn't be more happy with how Jim took care of our pet peanut. I think peanut had an awesome time with Jim ' s pack. Will definitely go back.
Sasha had an awesome time at Jim's place and we really appreciated the daily photos to see our baby girl. This was the first time we have left her and it was for 2 weeks and she did great. Thank you Jim for making our vacation less stressful and Sasha's doggie vacay so much fun! See you in Oct.

Marie & Sasha
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Jim amd Barbara are the best! They love Gunner as much as we do and I never worry about him while we are away!!!
This is our second time leaving our beautiful dog with Jim and we couldn't be more pleased. She comes home happy and more playful than ever and better socialized. Jim keeps us updated and we have no hesitation about her well-being. I'm getting ready to make my next reservation!! Thanks, Jim
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Miller and Mays always enjoy their stay.
Another wonderful time at jim's for sweetie. Thanks.
Thanks again Jim and Barb for taking such good care of Milo while we vacationed for 3 weeks in Alaska, the trip of a lifetime for us. It simply wouldn't have been possible without knowing that Milo was in great hands. He got his meds daily, plenty of playtime inside and outside, and a lot of personal attention. The daily updates with pictures assured us that all was well. Milo particularly enjoys interacting with Sam, Crockett and the guest dogs and looks forward to future visits. Highly recommend Papa Jim!
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We were really happy with the care that Pa Pa Jim gave to our Lexie. We received updates and pictures everyday, which we appreciated. We will definitely use him in the future. He was GREAT!
As always, Sweetie had a lovely stay. I always getting the pictures Jim takes while she's there. M
Thank you Jim for taking such good care of Sweetie. She always enjoys her visits and playing with the other dogs. M
We are sincerely grateful for the care Milo receives from Papa Jim and Barb. Milo thoroughly enjoys his visits! He particularly enjoys playing with Crockett, Sam and the guest dogs. We have no doubt that Milo's care is as good or better than what we are able to provide ourselves. Can't say enough about the service Jim and Barb provide caring for dogs while parents are away. Thanks again!
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Remi loves visiting w Sam.
Jim is wonderful. He sends many photos along w check-ins every day.
Pa Pa's puppy haven is the best.
Remi loves going to Jim's!
Jim takes wonderful care of Remi. She gets very excited when we pull up to his house.
Another 5 paw stay with PaPa Jim for Milo! Thanks Jim and Barb for taking such good care of Milo while he is on Vacay. He truly has a great time and gets plenty of play, petting, and individual care. Couldn't ask for more for my only dog.

Karl and Nonie
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Great visit
Duchess loves going
We were thoroughly delighted with the quality of care and service our new Shih Tzu received. This was our first time to leave our 5 month old puppy. Initially we were a little concerned that the other dogs were much larger but we didn't need to worry; Gracey made friends with everyone. We will definitely use Jim in the future. He kept us updated with pictures he texted to us. What a nice extra that made us even more sure we chose the right vacay.
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Paw paw are amazing! They send me videos and pictures everyday. I would leave Daisy here anytime! Thank you!
This is the second time we used Jim to watch Pete for us. He does an awesome job with Pete. He sent us updates every day with pictures and even sent a video one day. We will use Jim when ever he is availbale to watch Pete. Thanks for taking such good care of Pete for us Jim!!
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Jim and Barb are the best! We couldn't be happier with the care Milo gets when staying with Papa Jim. Milo thoroughly enjoys playing with his doggie buddies. Always worried he won't want to leave when it is time to pick him up. Happy for us that we can take a trip and not worry about Milo. Happier for Milo that he has a great time and enjoys his Vacay.
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Great experience
Maci had another wonderful vaycay with Jim and Barb. She was so excited to be there and immediately starts giving kisses. I am so happy that I found Jim. It is such a relief to be able to feel at ease when I leave Maci with him and Barb. I haven't found another place that I would recommend other than here. This is her other home and family.
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Jim and his wife were excellent hosts. I was able to meet them in their home first before leaving my somewhat spoiled pooch, Barney, with them for the weekend. Jim was thorough in asking questions about Barney's habits before we left him. While we were gone, Jim sent plenty of photos showing us that Barney was having fun, and he even sent a video of Barney telling us about his stay (lips moved and everything) that made us laugh. Because of traffic and rain, the drive home took us longer than we expected, but Jim still accommodated us. They were great!
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I can't say enough good things. I'm about to make another reservation, I am so impressed with Jim and Barb.
Milo had another awesome visit with Jim, Barb, and all his doggie buddies! He particularly enjoyed playing outside. We appreciated the daily updates, photos/videos and notes. Thanks again for the great care!
Maci had a fun and delightful weekend while Mommy went out of town to visit family.....Love Jim and Barb....They are wonderful people and love my baby girl!
Milo has really enjoyed his stays at Pa Pa Jim's. Being and "only child" dog he particularly enjoys playing with the other dogs. Milo has a great time and we get peace of mind knowing he is well cared for. If Milo had a tail, he would give Jim 5 wags!
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As always, Sweetie had a wonderful visit with Jim. She loves him and the other doggies and I can't imagine anyone else taking such good care of her.
Papa Jim is outstanding. Our Barney just goes crazy excited when we get to his house. They treat him as their own and keep a watchful eye on him at all times. He and Barbara are the best and we are so lucky to have found them. Their dog Sam is like a big brother to Barney. They are just like family.
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Jim's the greatest.
Another dog spoiler, Billy had a great visit. Highly recommend Jim as the dogs get plenty of time outdoors as well as inside.
Peaches and Precious had a great time with Jim. Jim sent pictures everyday and took care of my girls like they were his own. He sent us cute little messages with a dog app that made the girls look like they were talking to us. It was hilarious, but the best one was when he sent a picture of the girls singing Jingle Bells. It was the talk of the family. My Girls were happy and content when we came to pick them up. My girls will be back to visit "PAPA" for sure. I wouldn't think of leaving them anywhere else. He is Awesome!!!
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Paw Paw and Grandma are amazing! They took such great care of Jake. I couldn't have asked for a better place for him to be! We loved the pictures, videos and updates. With Jake being a nervous dog, they took the time and patience to help him adjust. We will definitely ask them to keep him the next time we leave town for a few days!
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Jim is the best! Can't imagine a better home away from home for Sweetie. Thanks Jim.
Thanks to Jim & Barbara, my husband and I had another worry free weekend. We had a family wedding to attend in Oklahoma and Maci got to stay and play with some old and new friends for the weekend. She was one happy little girl!
Cain had a wonderful time as always with Jim, Barb, and Sam. Home away from home- can't beat that! Jim's the best!
Jim is outstanding with our fur baby! He sends tons of updates and just really seems to love dogs! Great scenario whenever we leave town!
There aren't enough words to describe how happy I am about my decision to leave my ChaCho with Jim and Barb. Jim kept me updated regarding how ChaCho was doing via text and pictures. Jim asked me questions regarding any special instructions I had and was sincerely concerned about ChaCho's well-being. When I arrived to pick ChaCho up I went to the backyard and ChaCho was enjoying playing with the other dogs in the large shaded back yard and was well adjusted with them. And, is now sound asleep from all of the playing.
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Gunner gets excited when he sees he is going back to Jim and Barbs! I think Jim feels the same when he sees Gunner. Seems like Gunner is part of the family. He and Jim's dog Sam love to explore the backyard together and play with toys together!
Jim and Barbara could not have been more wonderful. My dog Sweetie had a great time and received the best of care.
We are so glad we found Jim and Barb. They are the perfect couple to take care of our two little four legged children. My girls had a wonderful stay with them and they are looking forward to staying with them again. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a loving caring environment for their precious pooches.
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Jim's home was an amazing vacation for our babies. We've left them at other places and for the first time we could tell how much our dogs loved staying there! I don't think they wanted to leave! It was wonderful knowing how well they were being taken care of and I won't hesitate to use Jim again in the future without anxiety. Jim and Barb were the best!
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Happy they were able to stay with a reliable host & not in a kennel, will definitely use them again!
We are so excited to have found Jim and Barb for our Barney. He fit in beautifully with their routine and now has three "new best friends". That's including their dog Sam who is also a gracious host. We look forward to a long relationship with the whole family. Very easy going. Thank you so much.
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What a great stay for our babies! Jim and Barb were the best couple to take care of our dogs. When we picked them up I don't think they wanted to leave their home! That has never happened for us and we are so delighted with how they took care of them. The pictures they sent every day really put me at ease with how much fun they were having and how well they adjusted. No more anxiety the next time we need to leave town as we have the best place for them to stay. Thank you so much Jim and Barb!!!
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Jim and his wife were great friends to our dog and we couldn't be happier with our experience with them. Lyra was well taken care of, got lots of play and exercise, and seemed to adapt quite well to our long absence. Many thanks!!!
Jim took very good care of our pup. He posted a lot pictures showing our dog playing with other dogs, chasing squirrels, and just laying around. Our dog is exhausted from her vacay! We will definitely look to use Jim's services again.
Maci got to go back to Papa Jim's and Barbara's last week for a five day stay. I was having surgery and needed to be home and wasn't able to take care of her.

Jim sent me pics each day to show me how much fun she was having! He takes the best pics! I was missing her terribly and then I would get a text from Jim that would make my day so much better.


Jim and Barbara are such sweet and loving people and I would recommend them to everyone looking for that home away from home for your pet.
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Words can hardly describe the gratitude that I felt when I picked up Eva. While we were gone, Jim went above and beyond in both taking care of her and making sure that we knew she was safe, happy and in the best of hands. Eva now has new friends that we trust emphatically with the four legged member of our family and will see time and time again.

From our hearts, thank you so much Jim for an exceptional experience. Marc
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Just makes our time away easier knowing that Zeke is so well taken care of. We like the hosts almost as much as we love our dog!
This was the 3rd time we've left our dogs with Jim and his wife, and couldn't have been more pleased. The dogs were SO excited when we got there, they couldn't wait to get in and start playing. We received lots of pics and updates, didn't feel anxious at all about leaving them there. I know the dogs enjoyed their time, and we would definitely leave them again, knowing they were in good hands.
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This was our first experience using dog vacay.com and the first time leaving Henrix with anyone. Jim and his wife were amazing with our dog. He sent us pictures every day so we knew our dog was happy! We felt comfortable knowing that that Hendrix was not only being taken care of but that he was also having lots of fun! We will definitely use Jim again in the future!
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Cocoa spent one night with Jim. It was her first experience and.a trial run. I felt really good about leaving her. I think they are truly devoted to giving the dogs loving care. Jim sent several photos which I appreciated. She sleeps with me and yes, you guessed it, she slept with Jim and
Barb! I am extremely pleased.
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We loved getting daily updates and photos. Our two dogs had a great time and we're well taken care of.
I cannot say enough good things about Jim and Barbara! They welcomed our schnauzer Shakespeare into their home and family on very short notice when my initial pet sitter didn't work out. Not only did I receive email pictures and updates, but text messages as well. It was quite apparent that our dog had a great time and was well cared for. In fact, when it was time for him to come home, Shakespeare was a bit hesitant, like "Hey, I want to stay here!"...but that is a good thing! He bonded with Jim and I don't think he missed us one bit! I look forward to being able to have Jim and Barbara care for him again soon! Thank you Jim and Barbara!
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Jenny and I have left our little buddy Pete over the last year with 5 dog sitters in three states. While they were all good, Jim is the best to date! He rocks.

We left Pete while we went to Paris for Almost two weeks and Jim sent us great photos every day, sent me text messages and took awesome care of our little buddy. What more is there?

If he is available he will be our one stop for Pete vacay! Thanks Jim... You rock..
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Another great stay with Jim......I never give it a second thought where Bailey will stay when I'm out of town. So happy to have found such a caring couple! Thank you so much!
I cannot say enough about Jim and Barbara taking care of Molly! I received messages every day I was gone along with pictures on my cell phone which kept me from missing her as much. They were absolutely wonderful! I would highly recommend them to anyone take care of their animals! Thank you so much Jim and Barbara!
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Great time at Papa's.
I just picked up my girl, Maci and I am so happy with Jim and Barbara. We were only gone for the weekend, however, I was so at ease leaving her with this awesome couple. Jim texted me pics everyday and Maci looked so happy! I have already booked them for our upcoming trip to Italy and I am so relieved to know that Maci will be well loved and taken care of.

P.s. She even slept with them. Can you say spoiled?
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We are delighted Jake has some where to stay when we are away that he so obviously enjoys. Thank you!
Jim was able to take a last minute reservation due to a family medical emergency and did his usual magic in caring for my precious baby so I could attend to my family. Jim is simply the best!
The girls obviously had a good time the last week!!!
If I were to review my pups stay at Papa's each time I left them there, I would take up the entire review section!! That is how often and how comfortable and how happy WE (my 3 furbabies, my husband, and myself) are with Papa Jim. It is so comforting to know my furbabies are so well taken care of. It's also great to see Bailey and Bullet's faces light up when I tell them "we're going to go see Papa Jim". Thank you for being great with Pudge, Bailey, and Bullet.
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Incredible!! My vacation is so much more fun knowing that Zeke is having as much fun (possibly more?) than I am!!
Harley was very happy staying with Jim. Jim treated Harley like is own. We will defently use Jim in the future
Tino had a great week with Jim and Sam. He is usually a shy and nervous dog who does not settle well into boarding kennels and does not like being away from us. This was the perfect solution for him. He loved playing in the garden all day and having long morning walks. He especially loved playing with Sam all week, we picked him up happy and exhausted! My mind was put at rest with daily photos and updates...we all enjoyed our holidays!
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If I could give Jim, Barb, and Sam 10 stars I would. They did a fantastic job of taking care of Remi. They sent me several pictures a day and updates on how she was doing. Remi was completely worn out, from all the fun, when I picked her up. I will definitely be using them in the future.
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It must have been another 5 star stay with Jim! I picked up one very happy pooch this afternoon and I'm looking at him sleeping on the couch looking like one very satisfied spoiled canine. It's always a great time at Jim's! And we come home HEALTHY and HAPPY. What a blessing to find Jim!
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Jim is a very nice and experienced dog carer. He treated Jasmine as his family member. He walked Jasmine every day, and uploaded Jasmine's pictures every day. Jasmine really enjoyed her staying with Sam (Jim's dog) so much. We are thankful for everything Jim has done for Jasmine.
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Beyond awesome. Zeke is my precious baby and they took fantastic care of him!!
Eddie's stay w/ Jim was wonderful. He took care of Eddie the way I would have if we were home. It was easier to do my job knowing that Eddie was in such good hands while I was away. Jim sent plenty of pictures and texted me daily on how Ed was getting along. Eddie was treated like part of their family.
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Zeke actually stayed with Jim for 7 days. I cannot imagine how stressful my vacation would have been without his daily updates and reassurance that my pup was having as much fun (maybe even more fun) than the family had on our vacation. Just a wonderful, loving home with an honest and caring couple that loves dogs. We are actually going to extend our next trip because we won't have to worry about our "baby."
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I will always and forever board Jaxson with Jim and Barb. I received daily text messages with pictures and updates with how Jaxson was sleeping, eating, and playing. My dog has never adjusted so easily and quickly. Thanks again Jim for taking me such late notice and even allowing him to stay an extra day last minute, when the airport was crazy and my flight was too full for me to return to Houston!!!!!!
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Leaving town now is so much more stress free. I have found a wonderful place to take Bailey while I'm away where he is being well taken care of and not locked up in a cage. JIm sends pictures and video's of Bailey everyday, and believe me he is having the time of his life!! Thank you JIm......I would recommend you wholeheartedly to all my family and friends!
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Jim has always been great with Venus, but he overcame several new challanges as she punctured her eyeball before her stay requiring eye drops every 6 hours and several medicines she did NOT want to take. She had also been refusing food. Jim managed to follow her complicated medical regime and was able to get all medications in and on her on schedule. Also by the end of the visit he had her eating well again. He gave me frequent updates and pictures which eased my mind. It was very comforting to know she was in good hands since we were traveling internationally.
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Jim was great. Much better solution for dogs than a kennel for vacation time.
Lizzy had a great time at Mr. & Mrs. Jim. It was so much better than a kennel and you could tell the dogs were happy. I will definitely board Lizzy there again.
There are very few people in this world that I could entrust my beloved pet to and know that he would be spoiled and loved as one of their own. Jim, for me, is that person. I received pics and messages daily while I was away which made it clear that my dog was secure and getting plenty of quality time with Jim. We'll be seeing Jim again!
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Olivia had another wonderful stay at Jim's and Barbara's. Jim was very accommodating, and accepted my last minute reservation. I received daily pictures and updates on how Olivia was doing, and was happy to see that she had a blast playing with Sam. I feel very at ease whenever I get to board Olivia with Jim and Barbara because they are wonderful people! I would highly recommend them to anyone :)
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Bandit loved his visit with Jim (& Sam)! We loved that he was getting tons of exercise and had peace of mind that he was safe and sound. Can't wait for another playtime!
My poor girl managed to puncture an eyeball on my watch. Post-surgery she was impossible to get to eat, drink or take medicine. Jim worked his magic with her, getting her to do all of the above. It put my mind at ease knowing someone would be around 24/7 that I could rely on - especially for those every 4 hour eye drops!
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Our dog was with Jim and his wife for three weeks. IMy husband and I were really impressed with the loving care that Fraggle was given. We most certainly will book with Jim and his wife again. They are awesome.
The longest we have ever left our girl Sadie, but we need not of worried one second. Jim and his beautiful wife took excellent care of Sadie. This is the first time that we have returned home to a completely stress free dog. She didn't even sulk after our return, so we know she was completely at home and felt secure in our absence. Wish we would of known about Dogvacay and wonderful people like Jim and his wife a long time ago!
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First time we'd left our dog with anyone - he usually travels with us. After visiting several kennels we were uncomfortable about leaving him in one. I finally found DogVacay and set up a Meet and Greet with Jim. We felt so much better knowing Dante would have significantly more freedom to run around and interact with people and other dogs. We had no worries while we were gone. Got several pics and Dante seemed to be his usually happy self after we got home. Would definitely use Jim again.
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Jim and his wife are really wonderful people. I felt totally comfortable leaving my dog Bailey with them. I'm so happy to have found dogvacay, as I would get so upset leaving him in a cage at a kennel. Jim sent pictures everyday to let me know how Bailey was doing. (I know my little guy can be a handful at times) I would not hesitate to leave my pet with Jim again.
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Jim and Barbara took care of my 4.5 month old puppy for a whole week while I was on a business trip, and I couldn't be happier with how they treated her! Olivia is my first dog, and this was her first time away from home, so needless to say, I was a little nervous. She got tons of love and supervision, and got to play in a big backyard where she chased squirrels, geckos, and sprinkler water. She also enjoyed playing with Jim's and Barbara's yellow lab Sam, who was very patient with her. I could tell from Olivia's experience that Jim and Barbara truly love dogs. They were very sweet, attentive, and kind. Jim sent me pictures and videos of Olivia everyday, and made sure that she followed the same basic rules I have at home.
I would highly recommend Jim and Barbara to anyone seeking excellent sitters!
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We were very hesitant to try boarding our dog in someones home but when we met Jim and his dog sam they hit it off so well we gave it a try. It ended up working out very well! Very thankful to Jim his wife and Sam for taking such good care of our baby!!
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Maxx had a great time this Labor Day weekend. He meet new friends Jim, Barbara and their sweet blonde lab Sam. He came home tired and know he had fun playing and running around in their great shaded back yard. We plan on using this service again when going out again to the Clearlake or Galveston TX area...thanks for taking such good care of my sweet little boy...oh loved the picture..thanks for posting!

Mina N Rick
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I was very worried about leaving Rufus for the first time. The pictures Jim sent helped to see Rufus was do okay. When we picked him up he was happy to see us and looked well taken care of. We would leave Rufus with Jim again and recommend him to everyone we know with a dog. Why leave your special friend in a cold kennel when you can leave them in a warm and caring home? Great experience.
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Katie had a GREAT stay with you guys! Thanks so much! We will definitely be using you again. Katie appreciates all the love you showered her with and we couldn't be more thankful! Thanks again!
Jim did a great job with Sparky. I know he had a good time with Sam and the other dogs playing and did not have much time to miss us. Jim sent us pictures of Sparky daily and gave him walks as well. Thanks Jim!
Jim and Barbara took good care of our dog Micah while we were out for a week. Jim sent us a picture of Micah and took him out for a walk daily. We are very happy to know that Micah is going to have a good and safe place to stay in the future if we happen to be out of town. Look no further, we highly recommend Jim and Barbara for taking care of your beloved pet while you're out of town.
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Jim may be too much of a good thing! My dog did not want to come home when it was time to leave and wouldn't budge until Jim accompanied us out. Seriously, Jim is a great host: he made sure Venus got all her meds and did special, shorter walks for my aging pup in addition to the long walks he does for his younger dog, Sam. I use dog vacay regularly for my groups of 14 hour shifts so my dog has the daytime companionship Jim provides.
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I thought I did this. Jim was great! He made me not worry about my dog and he sent lots of pics. I believe Littlebit had a great time and I will use Jim again.
We had a very good experience leaving Rudy and Remy with Jim and his wife. The fun pictures they sent during the week kept us updated. They were clearly dog lovers and we could tell that Remy and Rudy were very happy there, they were so comfortable with their new friends when we came to pick them up!
We would definitely leave Rudy and Remy with this nice family (including Sam) again in the future.
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Jim & his wife Barbara took excellent care of Littlebit. They sent pictures everyday which made me feel calm about leaving her. They treated her well and I would like to use them again!
Another successful night at Papas. The pups are back at home and fast asleep. Too much fun while on their vacay! :)
Jim and his wife Barbara are great surrogate dog parents. Jim made accommodations for my senior dog taking her on separate short walks and coaxed her to take her medicine when I forgot the magic liver sausage - something I've never been able to do. He showed me videos and sent me pictures of Venus's visit and she was clearly enjoying herself and didn't seem in any rush to leave when I came to pick her up. Jim's dog, Sam, is friendly but didn't seem to push Venus to over-exert herself playing as some younger dogs do. I also suspect Jim of bathing and brushing Venus as her coat was soft and her shedding greatly diminished when she got home.
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Papa's Puppy Haven - the name speaks for itself. Bailey and Bullet definitely enjoyed their time with Jim and his wife. When I arrived to pick them up Bullet was following Jim around wagging his tail and Bailey was enjoying a belly rub from his wife. Jim had pictures of Bailey taking a dip in the puppy pool. Bullet and Bailey had so much fun they slept for hours when we got home. We'll defnitely be leaving our pups with them again!
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What an awesome place! Jim and his sweet wife took care of our Lab and he just had so much fun! He came back and we could tell he was well loved and had a ton of exercise and fun. Our dog got to play with their dog, and I would definitely trust them. They have a beautiful large backyard for your dog to run and play and they are just a charming couple!
They also walked our dog every day a few miles a day- def a great place =) Thanks guys!
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