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Marti C.

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103 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
$45/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
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Pet Requirements

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

Marti's House

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

About Marti

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Imagine you're going away but you can't take your beloved pooch with you. Problem solved! You have the peace of mind knowing your baby will be well taken care of at Party Animals Love My Animal House in Chevy Chase MD. Very convenient if you live in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, DC, Silver Spring or Rockville areas.

Your small - medium size dog(s) (up to 30 pounds) will enjoy my single family home with a large fenced-in back yard. No children or resident pet to ensure your pooch's stay is fun yet calm and relaxing. My aim is to make your life easier and your pet's life even more enjoyable while you two are apart.

Note: I only offer sitting for dogs. I don’t accept cats.

Why choose Party Animals Love My
Animal House?

I've loved and taken care of dogs all my life. One of my first memories was playing with Patricia, our Cocker Spaniel. I fell in love with dogs at an early age! My beloved 14 year old Westie died from kidney failure. I miss her and miss not having dogs around the house. Now I have the time & ability to love & take care of your dog when you can't. I work out of my 2-story house with a secure enclosed back yard for lots of sniffing, chasing balls and squirrels and exploring all around.

Inside there's plenty of space for your dog(s) to lounge, play with toys, be well fed, petted, pampered and feel right at home. I am responsible, caring, and will treat your pet like my own. Your housebroken, well-behaved pooch will have plenty of space to sleep, play, eat and just hang out ... and of course watch TV and snuggle with me too! And your pet can even sleep in the bedroom if they are use to that.

My goal is for your pooch to feel at home while you're away. It's like having a trusted friend or family member taking care of your dog when you can't.

The first step is to email me about your dog(s) and the dates of your reservation. I'm known for responding quickly. We can talk by phone first to set up a Meet and Greet if we think we're a good match. After the Meet and Greet, we'll confirm your reservation if all goes well.

You'll see it's a very easy process from emailing me now to dropping off your pooch and picking him/her back up with a calm and happy attitude.

Just one less thing you can check off your to-do list!

My $45 a night fee is for small and small/medium-size dogs up to 30 pounds. If we're the right fit, the nightly fee is higher for larger dogs, puppies less than 12 months old and holidays - New Year's, Martin Luther King, Easter, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. All dogs I accept must get along with other dogs and people, be housebroken, and not bark/whine when left alone. Dogs with separation anxiety will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

I often host multiple dogs at a time. Since I have a large backyard, most dogs are happy to run and chase each other in yard to get their exercise. Since I work from home, your pup will get frequent potty breaks in the back yard. We can discuss if your dog requires separate walks.

EXTRA SERVICES: Ask me about other dog-related services you might need. I can bath your dog so they are fresh and clean-smelling when you pick them up. $30 for bath. $25 for brush out only.

CHECK JUNK FILE IF YOU DON'T HEAR BACK FROM ME ON DOG VACAY. I'm known for responding quickly. Sometimes emails from DV have been known to go into junk files. If you don't see a quick response, please check your junk/spam file.

DogVacay Puppy Dog Tails …

My first DogVacay guest was a cute Westie named Logan! Having had two Westies during the past 25 years, it couldn’t have been happenstance that my first guest was a Westie! Logan was my right-paw assistant when two more dog guests came to stay. Logan's human parents said she moped around her house for a couple of days after she left Party Animals Love My Animal House. (I was sad too when she left!) But then Logan remembered where her dog bowl was filled and got back into the routine with her folks.

Another guest, a mix-Beagle named Luna, knew to ring her bell when she needed to use the powder room. What a lady! While I was taking a nap one rainy Saturday afternoon, Luna wormed her way into the human bed even though her parents said she liked her crate. She's one smart puppy! Luna ended up taking most of the bed since she likes to spread out diagonally!

Winter, a sweet, high-energy mix Border Collie, was anxious when she arrived because this was her first time away from home. At the end of her week-long stay, she was one calm, collected and cool dog. Her human caregiver said she was a changed dog – for the better!

Stay tuned for more puppy tails. If you book your pup at my Animal House, you may read a short tail about your good dog!
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Marti C.

Online Now!
103 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Marti's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep on my bed
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
103 Reviews
Marti is a great sitter! I trust her with my pup any day!
Marti takes great care of Libby our Labradoodle. We use her whenever we are we going to be out of town. She enjoys her time with Marti and I would not hestitate to recommend Marti to care for your dog!
Marti was a very good host. My dog Reilly really enjoyed her lovely yard and was exhausted upon her return home. Marti sent some great pictures with cute captions, which gave me a sense of relief that Reilly was doing well. The pick up and drop offs were easy and smooth and Marti was friendly and at ease with the dogs in her care.
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This is the second time Marti has watched our dog Finn. The first time, I was a little nervous, but she quickly put my mind at ease by allowing myself and Finn to come and meet her and the rest of the dogs she would be watching. She has a fenced in yard, which is perfect for smaller/medium sized dogs to run around and play in. Another thing to note is that Marti responds to any questions or concerns very quickly. She is professional and really cares about the dogs that stay with her. She also sends lots of pictures and video updates during the stay which is nice.
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Marti is a great Dogsitter !. She took care of Coco, our Maltese, as he was her own dog. We strongly recommend her ...
Marti is a top-notch, conscientious host.
Marti was amazing! She was friendly and accommodating from the initial meet & greet, right on through the duration of our dog, Perrin's, stay with her. She constantly sent us updates, videos, and pictures and I never felt worried for him while we were out of town! Not to mention, her huge fenced in backyard is a HUGE bonus for our apartment pooch. We will DEFINITELY be sending our pup to stay with Marti in the future! :)
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Marti was fantastic! My boy is a bit shy and fearful and Marti went out of her way to ensure that he was comfortable and well taken care of. Marti was communicative and sent photos. I would definitely have Ozzie stay with Marti again. Thanks Marti!
Marti made the process easy from the meet-and-greet to caring for Zoey. Plus, it was a great opportunity for Zoey to spend time with other dogs.
For us, Marti Campbell continues to be the gold standard for dog sitters.

During our recent trip to Europe, a few unexpected issues came up with our dog. Marti handled them professionally and compassionately. All during this time, she kept us informed with daily emails and photo downloads in order to relieve our concerns.

If you're looking for a small dog sitter, you won't do any better than Marti.

Richard and Marina Stinson, Bethesda, MD
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My dog, Brodie, seemed very happy after his two-night stay with Marti. It was his first time and he shared the experience with two other dogs. Marti sent me photos regularly throughout the time he stayed with her which helped me feel better about his being in a new place.
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Marti took excellent care of my two pups on a recent overnight stay. She has a very dog friendly yard and she is an obvious dog lover. She made drop off and pickup very convenient and sent me lots of pics of my babies to let me know that they were ok.

Highly recommend!
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This was our first visit with Marti & we were not disappointed in the least!! Marti is very meticulous and in advance asked many questions about Mitzi's habits & needs. She has a small enclosed backyard & a few other small dogs were around to play. Marti frequently texted us with fabulous pictures of Mitzi which was comforting. I knew Mitzi was in good hands!! Thank you, Marti. I am sure Mitzi would love to stay with you another time. I highly recommend Marti!!
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Marti is the best. She has gotten to know our dogs over the past two years, and she cares for them like they're her own. We couldn't travel without knowing that Marti will be dutifully watching our dogs.

We've already got several more trips planned this year, and the dogs will be at Marti's, having all the fun and getting all the love they would have at home (...and more!).
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My dog Hattie had a great stay at Marti's. She was nice and tired when she came back from so much playing, and seemed like she had a fun and relaxing time. Marti was very attentive and sent a lot of photo updates!
Marti was very flexible and made it possible to have my dog stay only for daycare for one week. The pickups and dropoffs were very quick and easy, she is reliable and answers text messages immediately.
It is obvious she is great with dogs and my 1 year old Boston Terrier was very happy there.
My only regret is she was not taken for a walk, but only let out in the yard.
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My dogs were so happy with Marti. And we loved getting the daily updates and pictures. We will be back!
Marti took exceptional care of Murphy! After getting stuck away while DC had a snow storm, Marti easily continued caring for Murphy until I was able to get back to DC. Knowing that Murphy was in good, and loving, hands helped ease the stress of being a stranded traveler.
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Marti was fantastic, very conscientious and caring. She was able to accommodate last minute which was great. Challa had a wonderful time. Very pleasant space. Would definitely use her again.
Another great Stay for my pups. It is a pleasure to to be able to travel and not worry about our dogs. Thank you Marti.
Max had another great stay with Marti. Thank you so much.
PAWSOME !!
Marti was very accommodating and flexible.
I real delight doing business with her. My Shee-Poo Baby Girl was very happy. I've used Marti in the past and will use her again. I would highly recommended her to anyone looking for a dog sitter in the Bethesda area.
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Marti is a wonderful host. Tenzing is always thrilled to see her, and seems to love his stays. Marti is always very attentive to Tenzing's needs, and flexible with arrangements.
Once again a wonderful stay. The dogs returned home happy. Thank you Marti.
Another great stay with Marti! She shares lots of photos and has a wonderful yard for your dog to roam!
Marti,

Thank you again for taking good care of our pups. It's so nice to be able to drop them off without all the drama of them not wanting to go. And It was clear when we picked them up that they were very comfortable being in your home.

Best,

Arlene
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Marti provides a wonderful second home for Max. He is always happy to see her and he is well cared for while he is there. Looking forward to board him soon with Marti.
Tenzing seems to get along very well with Marti, and her other guests. He was overjoyed to see us, but it was clear he also enjoyed his stay.
Marti is very sweet and good with my shy dog. She sent updates and it seemed that biscuit was very comfortable with her
We loved Marti and she bonded so well with our dog, Molly. I think one of the most important things she did was to have a meet and greet before we left the dog with her. It is the best way for us to view where Molly would be and for Marti to identify if we were a good fit.
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Very accommodating over a holiday weekend for a late request. Very responsive and gave a lot of photo updates. Made us feel like she considers the well-being of all the dogs she watches.
Marti is the true pet mom! She adores all her charges and studies their personalities, their likes/dislikes and makes allowances. She pays attention to detail so if your pet needs to take medication, she carries it out to a "t". She emphasizes safety and health...I really trust her. It is 100% better than any kennel!! It's a real treat for my dog...plus he gets "doggy" time with the other dogs. Can't get better than this!
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Marti was excellent as always! She sends daily photos of our dog and a quick update on him. She accommodates the drop off and pick up to fit our travel schedule. She gets an A+++.
This was Charlie's 1st visit with Marti and it was a terrific experience for all. He had plenty of friends to play with and room to run around. Marti sent us updates and pics and gave me good feed back at the end of his stay. Thanks Marti !
Marti is the perfect dog mom! She takes care of all the details toward their comfort. She sent pictures every day that showed my dog to be very contented and entertained. Marti is very conscientious and kind! Perfect doggy camp! G. Stewner
Our dog always enjoys staying with Marti! Our host is very welcoming and our pets are her priority.
If there were a sixth star, Marti would get it! She watched our two small dogs for about 10 days while we traveled abroad. She kept us in the loop with photos and updates, even warning us about bad weather that ended up delaying our return. Throughout the trip, she cared for those dogs like they were her own, and that's why we love her. Thank you Marti! Agnes and Edith love you!
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Thank you Marti for taking such good care of our dogs. Loved the photos and all the updates. We were really able to enjoy our vacation knowing that the pups were cared for so well.
Pattie had a great stay at Marti's!
Marti did a great job taking care of Rocky. In addition to her usual good care, she faithfully administered some new medication he needed. Much appreciated!
Marti watched our dog last month for 10 days while we were out of the country. We were very pleased with her care of our dog. Marti took the extra steps to make sure any concerns were taken care of. We would definitely recommend Marti and will be using her again.
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I'm fairly certain that Marti took even better care of Coppert than I do, and that's saying a LOT! He was actually happy to leave me and go off with her- that is an absolute first. Marti's method of coming out to the car to retrieve the dog (and belongings) is brilliant. The dog's anxiety was completely eradicated because he was leaving me instead of his being left. Chez Campbell, Coppert gets lots of outdoors time, lovely playmates and a lot of individualized attention. Marti sends lots of pics and updates (most of which crack me up) and, even tho he's only stayed there twice, Marti knows him uncannily well. I have never felt so confident in his being well tended in my absence.
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Marti is a wonderful caring pet parent. We trusted our BFF with her and he was totally happy and healthy! Marti communicates with you the whole time so you know what your buddy is doing. Great comfort for us! She paid attention to details like how he was getting along with the other pets and giving our dog his meds. Totally trustyworthy.
Great experience for our little buddy!
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Marti's a fantastic communicator and took great care of our dog, Cheeks, over the course of an extended vacation. Her home has a fenced-in backyard that allows the dogs in her care a lot of exercise and fun. We will certainly be booking again, and it's a big relief to know our dog will have a safe, fun place to stay should we ever need to leave town. Thanks so much again Marti!
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We can't image a better dog sitter than Marti C. From beginning to end she went out of her way to keep us updated on our dog's comings and goings, his interactions with other dogs, with her frequent emails and wonderful photo downloads.

She removed any worries or concerns we might have had during our recent vacation - things we had often experienced with other sitters in the past.

Thanks, Marti!
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Marti was a perfect surrogate Mom for our furry kid. We got pics, incredible reassurance, an offer to perk up his kibble with some nutritious human food to improve his appetite (which totally worked!) and an awesomely happy dog when we picked him up. Marti was extremely accommodating, since we were returning from out of town and couldn't predict our precise arrival, and really seemed to connect with our not-particularly-interested-in-other-humans pet. We could not have asked for a better home for our little man. Thank you, Marti!
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Marti is beyond amazing! She is excellent with communication and I received pictures of my pup daily! Very reassuring that my dog was safe and sound. Thanks again!!
This was my first time using Dog Vacay, and I will say that it was an entirely pleasant experience. Marti was wonderful to work with. Meeting her upfront through a Meet and Greet is a great idea - you get to see the home and the yard where your dog will be staying, and Marti is very thorough in the questions she asks (and is very open and honest in inviting your questions). She wants to make sure that it will be a good fit for your pup (and any other dogs she may be sitting for). She is easy to communicate with, and while you are away she is good about sending updates/photos of your pup so you keep up with what's going on. She has a large, fenced in yard that my dog just loved, and she was very good about working with my shy dog, who hasn't had much exposure to other dogs. My pup was happy and tired when I picked her up!
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Marti has a wonderful personality for both humans and their pups. Polite, responsive and flexible with scheduling for me and cuddly, kind and caring for my dog Sunny.
For my dog there is a bit of sadness when I leave, but each day it got easier for her to settle in with the other dogs staying there. The comfy couch also helped. I was confident that she was well cared for and provided with lots of snuggling by Marti. Always fun to see the pictures of her outdoors and inside. Great experience!
Much better for Sunny to be away from our current remodel of a bathroom. All the strange people, loud noises and possible dangers were avoided with her staying with Marti.
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Very nice and attentive host! Marti even cooked rice and chicken for Charlie to fix his tummy troubles. Wouldn't hesitate to leave my dog with Marti every time we need to be away. Jean
Marti was a Great host. My Baby Girl was in good spirits when I picked her up. Marti was very flexible with the times. She did everything she said and more. Sent us pix and gave us a comprehensive report when we came to get Baby Girl. I will use her again!
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We were very pleased with the care that Marti provided us with our 2 dogs. Her house is perfect for small dogs. Our. Dogs were in a very good spirit.We definitely will come back.
Freckles had a nice time. Many thanks.
Excellent stay with Marti again.
Marti was fantastic in taking care of our dog Sophie! She's 11 years old now with a couple conditions requiring oral medication; Marti took care of it. She was very caring and understanding towards our baby and we felt like she was in excellent hands. We got daily updates and pix which was really nice! Marti really went above and beyond - greatly appreciated. We will definitely use Marti in the future when we need care for our dog. Many thanks!!
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Marti is a god-send! My dog Surrey loves her home and yard! Marti is very patient and forgiving, even with my crazy beagle (who stole a whole chicken off the countertop!). This is Surrey's second home!
Marti is amazing. This is the second time we have used her for taking care of our sweet Maggie and she went above & beyond on both occasions. Our dog, Maggie, is use to sleeping with us and Marti is kind enough to allow Maggie to continue her routine of sleeping in the bed with adults. Marti also sends us daily texts and updates with pictures and sweet messages letting us know how she is doing. I would definitely continue to use Marti and recommend her to anyone. Thanks so much Marti for the excellent care and love you provide while hosting our baby girl. -Kindly, Ashley
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Marti is the best. Poopsie loves her and so do we!
Thanks Martin
you were very patient and understanding with me.
You sent me pictures 3 to 4 times day informing on how Loving was doing . You pick up on her behaviour which means you gave her personal attention...I'm also.happy she was able to interact with other lovely dogs.You are her home away from home.. Thanks
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My dog Rocky just spent 10 days with Marti and he came home happy and relaxed. Marti is very friendly and accommodating, strives to meet the needs of her four-legged guests and their owners, and is flexible with drop-off and pick-up times. She took very good care of my dog and I highly recommend her services.
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Marti was great! We have an old, blind girl and she cared for her with compassion. She kept us updated with pictures and reports. We will definitely ask her to watch Sandy again.
Marti was incredible! She watched my pup for over a week and was a god-send. She takes care of your dog as if its her own child! =)
Marti took excellent care of our Max.

She made sure to give him his medication, and keep us posted via pictures and messages of how well he was doing. He was allowed to sleep wherever he wanted, and was made to feel like at home. Max came back home relaxed and happy, and we are grateful for the wonderful care.
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Marti took excellent care of Lucy while we were away. She provided cute pictures of Lucy throughout the day which made it easier for me to be away from her. She even checked on Lucy after we had left. I really felt like Lucy was one of the "family" at Marti's house.
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Our beagle, Pattie, had a great stay at Marti's home. We were very impressed with the efforts Marti takes to get to know the habits and personalities of her guest pets. We also enjoyed getting daily photos and text messages about Pattie. We look forward to future Dog Vacay stays for Pattie at Marti's.
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I've left my dog, Mack with marti a couple of times now. Her price is more reasonable than a kennel plus he gets more 1 on 1 attention. She sends me updates and pictures of him playing with other dogs and she's responsive if you need anything from her. Overall, always a reliable and excellent service.
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Marti was very flexible and very kind to take our puppy Thanksgiving weekend. She was a great communicator - before, during and after. Loving home, great set-up for dogs.
This weekend was the second time, Yoda stayed with Marti. Again, everything went well. Yoda was happy and confident when I left. I think she remembered that staying with Marti equals Good Life. Marti seems to sincerely enjoy having Yoda's visit. I had no concerns at all about Yoda while traveling, and when I picked Yoda up today, I felt fortunate to have found a true second home for my dog.
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Marti is wonderful ... sh watched my two year old Border Collie mix last week ... needless to say my puppy Winter was a handful ... but Marti was grace under pressure ... if she could handle "Winter" I am sure she would be great with other less challenging pets ... Thanx Marti.
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Marti was great (again)! She was extremely accommodating and my dog loves staying at her home!
Marti was great! she accommodated us on short notice and did everything possible to make Murphy feel at home. Marti was careful to maintain Murphy's normal routine and keep him playing and happy. I would definitely use Marti again and recommend her to others.
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Another great stay at "Auntie Marti's" house this weekend! The girls had fun with their pack, and with Marti leading the way. They were so sad to leave, as always. Marti goes the extra mile for us as pet owners: we forgot bowls, and she supplied some, and today, a day after we picked the girls up, she texts to ask how they are doing. Feels like family!
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Marti is the most caring, loving dog sitter! She asked about every detail and keeps records on all her furry friends. Her home and yard are perfect for her visitors. Bella had a wonderful time. She will be staying over again soon!
Marti provides daily updates and photos on how my dog is doing. She's great!
Marti was a great hostess! She treated my beagle as if she was her own! Camp Colston lived up to the hype! She has a wonderful, dog-friendly home and yard.

She also sent tons of pictures, which was fantastic!

My dog Surrey is already looking forward to her next stay!
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My dog Rocky has now stayed with Marti on three occasions and the experience has been very poisitve - for both him and me. He seems very happy and relaxed after his visits with Marti, and I love getting daily pictures and emails about his activities. Marti is very friendly and accommodating and I highly recommend her services!
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My Dixie and I moved here recently from the West Coast and she has been really out of sorts. She went to stay at Marti's and she had a good time. We received at least 2 updates a day with photos which put my mind at ease. I didn't worry at all. I am so happy to have found someone I trust with my precious baby dog.
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This was the first time I have used Marti for my dog Poopsie a small Maltese. I will definitely use her again. She sent frequent updates with pictures and was very accommodating to Poopsie's needs. She was great!!

Thanks so much-it was a great relief to know our dog was so well cared for!
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The girls have stayed with "Aunt Marti" now 4 times...with a 5th coming up in October. Every time, Marti has been accommodating of schedules, and has kept us in the loop with cute text messages and photos of the dogs. Our dogs now get so excited when they see their overnight bag packed and ready to go...because Aunt Marti is the best! They've made some great puppy friends at Marti's and we are so grateful the dogs are somewhere that they are safe, loved, and having fun.
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Another great stay for Russ at Marti's! Enjoyed the pictures and updates!
Dayze loves her vacay staying with Marti. We call it doggie camp and she has lots of fun with any other dogs who visit. Dayze is always happy when she stays with her.
Marti was excellent in sending me a daily update on Dawson's stay and acclimation to a new place. This was most reassuring. She clearly cares for dogs and I will use her again.
Marti is our favorite petsitter of all time. She is responsive, creative, loving, and willing to go above and beyond. We had a medical issue come up with our pup while we were away, and Marti took care of her just like we would have. We will hope to use her again!
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Marti was extremely friendly and good with Russ. We felt confident after the meet and greet and speedy communication. It seemed like Russ had a great time playing in her yard and hanging out with Marti! She kept us informed all weekend with cute pictures and what Russ was up to. We will definitely have Russ take pet vacations at Marti's again. Thanks so much Marti!
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We had a great experience. Our dog spent 10 days with Marti and received lots of love and attention. Marti was in contact before our visit to confer about additions to the group since our dog is slow to warm up to other dogs and I appreciated that. We would highly recommend Marti and will be back as we think about our future vacation plans.
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Our two Labradoodles stayed with Marti for 6 nights. Marti made us feel very comfortable and welcomed our pups into her home. She sent emails and photos daily, which helped us be able to relax and enjoy our vacation. We highly recommend Marti and would definitely use her service again.
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Marti was terrific, very organized and clearly loves dogs. Tyler had a great vacay!
These two dogs are pretty high maintenance and they came home happy and healthy!
We received daily updates and photos, so no worrying about their well being.
Would highly recommend Marti to anyone looking for a safe and loving home away from home for their small to medium sized pup!
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I needed a place for my dog to stay for 10 days. Marti is welcoming and responds quickly. I really enjoyed the picture updates that assured me that my dog was having just as much fun on vacation as I was :)
We found Marti on DogVacay after searching and realizing that there were no kennels that we liked in the DC area--everything was too expensive or too impersonal, or both. With two active little dogs, we wanted something cost effective and where we knew our girls would be loved and cared for like they were home with us.

Marti was wonderful and fit that bill perfectly. Knowing that she had Westies for years made us so happy and feel so secure. Her home is easy to find and has a great big fenced in backyard. The rooms in the house were easy to break up, and we knew that our dogs would feel right at home.

Upon meeting Marti before our first reservation, we saw that our dogs loved her and that she would love them. She was so tuned in to the things that only a fellow pet owner would know, and we felt safe knowing that. She asked all the right questions, and we booked three stays immediately.

This past weekend was visit number one for our two pups, and they had so much fun. Marti was very upfront about the presence of other dogs and was very accommodating if we had needed any special arrangements--we didn't, but knowing that she was tuned in and knew how to "read" dogs' interactions with one another was great. She is such a pro.

We looked forward to the pictures and messages she sent throughout the dogs' stay, and they were such a joy to see. I love that Marti did this!

Picking up the dogs was great--we missed them!--because the dogs were tired (so much fun!) and so happy.

Can't wait to send the dogs to Auntie Marti's again soon!
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Our dog had a wonderful time staying with Marti. She was happy and loved playing with a few friends at Marti's. Marti looked after her with care and affection. S. Perkins
Marti is THE BEST. This was my first time using DogVacay and the experience couldn't have been better. Not only did Marti help me to understand how the process worked, but my mind was completely at ease knowing that Petunia was in great hands. If that's not enough, she sent photos and updates everyday! My friend referred me to Marti and I would 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a home away from home for your four legged friend. Petunia sends 4 paws up! :)
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Our dog, Patrick, returned home from a long weekend with Marti relaxed, happy, and clean. This was a far cry from our past experience boarding him at kennels!

Marti genuinely cares about her guests. She took time to review our dog's needs with us in order to ensure she was prepared. She also sent daily photos and updates via text to let us know how he was doing. There was one occasion when Patrick was exhibiting some anxiety and she asked for advice on how to make him feel better. She clearly cares a lot and did not want him to be stressed during his stay.

Overall, a very positive experience.
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My dog, a 2-years old Coton, stayed with Marti for 4 days around Easter. The dog had a great time in company with 3 other small dogs and Marti who clearly has a big, caring heart for dogs.

Marti invited me and the dog to come over for a pre-stay visit, so we could all meet, and Marti could hear about the dog's personality and our routines with the dog. I also filled out a form with details for Marti to use during the dog's stay.

As my dog had never been in lengthy company with other dogs before, and never been left with somebody she didn't know in a unfamiliar home, I was a bit concerned to begin with. But Marti's decades of caring for small dogs quickly showed and convinced me that everything would be fine. Marti showed me how areas of her house could be made into "private zones" if that was needed, and Marti knows that small dogs often like to sleep in the same room as their caretaker, so of course(!) my dog could sleep in Marti's bedroom. Also, Marti invited me and my dog over a second time, so my dog could meet the other dogs she would care for, and we could all see that the dog dynamics were fine.

During the stay I received numerous updates from Marti, including photos, letting me know that everything was fine. My dog and Marti on the couch. My dog morning stretching. My dog and another dog playing in the fenced-in yard. My dog being fed.

And it really was fine. I had a great vacation myself, totally relaxed and assured that my dog was in great hands at Marti's. I will definitely take my dog to Marti next time I'm going out of town.
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Marti was great taking care of our little Lucky for a couple nights while we were away. She frequently sent updates and photos and kept Lucky happy the entire time with playtime both indoor and outdoor. Would recommend her to anyone.
Marti was great with my dog Danny. It was my first time to use dogvacay and I found working with Marti very easy and after meeting her felt confident that I was leaving Danny with someone that would take care of him. I would highly recommend Marti. The frequent pics she sent were great fun, the whole family enjoyed looking at them.
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This was a wonderful experience for us and for Cece. Marti was loving with Cece and so generous to send pictures of her playing with the other dogs. She is very organized and friendly. This was an entirely A+ experience.
I am extremely pleased with the services of our new Pet sitter Marti! She is just amazing! Caring, sweet and very responsible. We left our miniature poodle Red with her for 10 days while we travelled in Europe for Easter vacation. Marti actually sent us updates by e-mail of our precious dog every day including pictures. She took care of our dog like if it was her own family. Marti also has a nice home with a garden so Red had fun playing in the yard. Also Marti made sure she had all our emergency contacts in place just in case and asked that we bring all of Red normal day to day toys, bed etc.. so that he will feel just like at home.
We will recommend her to our friends and will absolutely trust her with our dog again in the future.
Thank you Marti!
Mily Nelson and family
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As dog mom of 40 years, I confess that I have never left any of my beloveds with someone I did not know. The dogvacay website caught my attention and I decided to give it a try. I reached out to a few people and immediately heard back from Marti. She was warm, sounded like she really loved dogs and invited me over to meet her to see her house and to meet my dog. Her house is lovely (very dog friendly), she has a warm and caring energy and I immediately felt at ease. My dog spent a week with her and everything was perfect. I will definitely bring him back again. I HIGHLY recommend her.
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Marti was wonderful once again! We keep bringing our Beagle pup to Marti and are glad that we do. She texts us pics of our puppy playing and lounging, and her regular updates keeps us at ease. We recommend Marti highly!
What a godsend Marti is ... my dog Winter is just a year old & I was very nervous to leave my hyper puppy dog for a whole week. She is kind of edgy ... but Marti won Winter's heart & mine. Marti gave Winter a wonderful vacation from me and I think she helped Winter mature a little. We will certainly be seeing Marti again.
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Marti took SUCH good care of our jackabee puppy Luna that we were afraid that she would have forgotten all about us by the time we picked her up. Marti is incredibly warm and sweet and kind and clearly loves dogs (and probably all animals). Luna pouted in the car on the way home and no doubt misses Marti already. We hope Marti will continue to take care of Luna in the future and are so happy to have found such a wonderful caretaker for our puppy.
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Marti Is Awesome!

This was our first time using DogVacay, and we really picked a great host. Marti is a dream. Logan and I immediately knew upon meeting Marti at the Meet & Greet that she was the perfect choice and she did not disappoint. Marti was very flexible and accommodating to our travel schedule. Logan is a Westie that loves to play in the backyard, so Marti’s large fenced yard provided the perfect surrounding. Marti sent emails/texts everyday with photos and a detailed outline including Logan’s overall well-being and day to day activities. I cannot put into words how happy we were with the care she provided by treating Logan as part of her family. We felt so good about our decision, it allowed us to have a great time on vacation. Logan was extremely relaxed, happy and very, very well cared for when we picked her up. Marti was so attentive with Logan, she is now the only host I will contact when leaving town.
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