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Darin M.

73 Reviews
45 Repeat Guests
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Rottweiler, Weimaraner

Darin's Resident Pets

Shetland Sheepdog
6 yr 1 mo old
Shetland Sheepdog
5 yr 1 mo old

Darin's House

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

About Darin

5 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Caring owner of two Shelties, as well as a loving husband, Step-father and Grandfather.

My wife and I moved to the area from Illinois to be active grandparents and change our lives. Our vision, prior to moving, included me being at home and pursuing dog-care. I'm happy to say this vision has come to fruition, and there isn't anything else I'd rather do than take care of your precious family members while you're away.

Rest assured that your pup(s) will be in a kind and peaceful, uncaged environment. It's just the two of us (along with our dogs, Andy & Riley) in a 1850 sq ft home, with the entire first floor available for your pets comfort. Our fenced in back yard is spacious and well maintained. Plenty of room for running and playing. Andy and Riley LOVE playmates, and are very even-tempered dogs. All that the four of us ask is that your pet(s) be good natured, and house trained.

We require a "meet-n-greet", so our pups can mingle a bit to be sure we have a good match. We have a park a few blocks from our house to accommodate the meeting. This is where I'll be walking the dogs daily, so you can get a look at the area at the same time. If all goes well, we'll go back to our home and bring your pup(s) inside, making sure we're all comfortable before agreeing on the stay.

If the vibes are good, then all you have to do is look forward to the daily updates (with pics) I'll be sending your way, of your happy pup(s) while you're away.

I truly look forward to meeting you, and Riley & Andy's future playmates!

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Darin M.

73 Reviews
45 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Darin's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
73 Reviews
Excellence of care and professionalism is always assured by Darin. We used his service multiple times with great results.
Darin was Awesome with Liza, we will book with Darin again. Liza had a Wonderful Day with Darin and the other dogs.
Our fur babies have stayed with Darin many, many times. They love visiting his home, playing with Andy and Riley, and being loved on. I can't recommend Darin more highly. He is wonderful!
We are so glad we found Darin! He is just an all around nice guy. I was especially impressed with his meet and greet as he took me through several steps to insure that my dogs would be okay with his dogs as well as with their surroundings. We were very comfortable leaving our dogs with Darin and would highly recommend him to others.
Our min schnauzer, Amos, loved his stay with Darin, Andy, and Riley! Darin met us first at a park for the 3 dogs and owners to visit, then we all walked to their lovely home with spacious fenced back yard for dogs to play and Amos to "mark" his spots. Darin was gracious, flexible with our every changing drop off/pick up times and seemed to genuinely enjoy the service he provides. First time we've left Amos with him, but will definitely be our only sitter from now on. Thanks, Darin, for making us grandparents feel secure knowing Amos was not only taken care of, but cared about!
Darin is awesome. Very thankful and blessed to have him taking care of my pups.
Zoe had a blast. Darin sent us a picture or video each and every day. She was obviously homesick the first night, but after that, she took to the pack and had a great time chasing balls in the back yard and playing with the other doggies.
Over the last 10 years we've used various pet sitters for our two dogs. But no one has compared to Darin! Darin is a super kind, out going individual who clearly has a love for dogs! Daily pictures and texts (even videos too!) give you a glimpse into just how much fun your pups are having! Also, our dogs both come home calm and exhausted after a stay at Darin's. This was at always the case with previous sitters. One of our dogs always took a few days to adjust and settle back in after a stay somewhere. We are so glad we've found Darin!
Miranda loves her sleep overs with Darrin. He goes above and beyond taking care of my fur baby!! She has stayed with him several times and is always happy!!
Oh my gosh, where do I begin. I did not worry about Chloe for a moment. I missed her, but everytime Darin sent me a video or picture, I knew she was having a very good time. She is slightly spoiled....okay she is really spoiled, but when I saw her on the couch with her head on Darin's lap, I was so happy because that's what she does at home. I will definitely be using Doggie Vacay as soon as I get the date of my next trip narrowed down. I know Chloe will be excited to see Andy and Riley again and play likes she loves to play. Thanks so much for the great care you took of my little fur baby...
Roxanne Mills
We have never left our two girls with anyone else. Darin provides such a loving and safe environment, and they love visiting!
We are 'regulars' and cannot begin to express how much we love Darin's Dog Vacay. Darin, Rhonda and pups Andy and Riley provide such a loving environment for our little (special needs) pup. I always feel comfortable when my little guy is with them, and Darin has adapted with us as our dog's needs have changed. Sometimes, we just plan a fun day or overnight trip so Finn can go visit because we honestly feel the socialization is good for him... I think that says it all! ( :
From the meet and greet to pickup...amazing! It was approximately the same price as the traditional kennel I've used before and the experience was light years different for me and my Addie! She loved Darin and Andy and Riley as well and actually came home a more confident pup! Not only am I likely to refer someone, I already have!
Darin was great with my two fur kids. They had home atmosphere and backyard to run and play.Darin walked my dogs which they needed. I will use Darin now instead of boarding them in crates. Thank you Darin for treating my "kids " like your own.
We were beyond tired of all the standard boarding options available for our 5 year old sheepadoodle, Barney. Nickel and dimed to death with the various "extras", our dog usually smelled considerably worse and it seemed to take weeks for him to recover from being cooped up in a small cage.

A neighbor referred us to Darin and Barney now stays in Darin's home, is cared for just as Darin cares for his own pets, no cages and no more anxiety. Darin sends us pictures and/or videos everyday and keeps us informed as to Barney's well being.

We are most pleased with Darin and his whole approach to caring for our dog, we highly recommend Darin and his service.
Our little guy Finn continues to have more special needs as his congenital disorder progresses. Darin has been so attentive; we feel like he is 'with us' on this journey. He keeps progressing with his gentle caretaking for our pup as Finn's needs change. Honestly, we likely couldn’t board Finn if we didn’t have Darin. We feel so grateful and blessed we have this resource for our little family member!
. Darin is excellent and very thorough. All of my dogs needs were taken care of including daily medications. I will definitely use him again.!
Darin loves his job and it shows!! Our dog Texie stayed with him and his wife for a week when we were out of the country. He emailed us updates every night along with a picture. I really appreciated his knowledge had about dogs and boarding dogs. He knew how to make the transition for the dogs first day and for the whole stay while we were away!
Even though Texie wasn't the only dog there I know she got plenty of one on one time and she loved interacting with the other pups!
In addition to having a great stay- Darin was super flexible with our drop off/pick up times!
I trebly believe we hit gold in dog sitters/boarders and would recommend him to anyone thinking about boarding there pup!
Darin was a great fit for my admittedly spoiled and shy sheltie Zeke. Darin kept me updated and sent me lots of cute photos! Zeke came home relaxed and happy so I know he had a great doggie vacay!
Darrin is great, l trust him completely with my dog. I will continue to always use him.
From the meet and greet with the pups to the actual stay Darin made the entire process easy and inviting. He's an incredibly friendly guy who loves these pooches. We are so happy to have found a place we feel comfortable leaving our girl, knowing she's going to have lots of fun and gets lots of attention! Thank you Darin!
I have never felt more at ease leaving my little boy with someone! I got pictures and updates every day from Darin telling me how he is doing and what activities they had done that day!! Buster cannot wait for his next visit!!
Our dogs, Cricket and Jig, stayed with Darin for a week while we went out of town on vacation. I was initially a little nervous, since our pups had mostly only stayed with friends and family, but after our meet-n-greet I felt totally relaxed and comfortable with Darin. He was very flexible with our schedule and bonded with our dogs immediately. It is clear that he does this job primarily out of love for dogs and only secondly to make money. Our dogs enjoyed their stay and loved playing with Darin's sweet pups and his other guests. My husband and I loved his daily updates, pictures, and video. We also loved being able to enjoy our vacation without worrying about our boys. We will definitely be booking with Darin again!
Cody's stay with Darin this week was a 10-Star stay. He walked Cody each day (I need to continue with that) and sent several photos of Cody during the stay. I am so very glad that I found Dogvacay and Darin. I've already booked for Cody to stay again with Darin in June.
Pet friendly, not a good fit for our dog!
So thankful to have found Darin! My pups love being there, and that makes it easier to leave them. The daily updates and affection shown to my pets, and quality care provided make this a win/win every time!
I have a (almost) 12 year old Collie. Her name is Lexi and, she is a timid but very sweet girl. When I go out of town, I usually leave her with my sister. This time, my sister had plans and wouldn't be available. I didn't want to leave her somewhere she would be stuck in a cage. I would have cancelled my trip before that. Then, I found Dog Vacay. I was surprised to find that Dog Vacay does background checks, like the ones required to watch children. Anyway, I found Darin and, he really stood out. He had 44 ratings that were ALL "5-Star" AND, 26 "Repeat Customers". Also, he requires a "meet and greet" before he will agree to watch a dog. That tells me that he is serious and, he likes to think ahead to avoid any problems. After seeing all this, I scheduled my "meet and greet". I met Darin and his two dogs, Andy and Riley, at a park near his house where we all got to know each other. We all got along so, we all walked back to Darin's house and, he introduced Lexi to his home. Within minutes, all the dogs were laying down resting after their walks. I could tell right away that Lexi was comfortable there. During my trip, I received texts every day, with pictures, about how Lexi was doing which made me more comfortable that she was being cared for. She also didn't hide behind me when I went to pick her up like she does at the groomer and, even with my sister. I think she had as much fun as I did. I will definitely trust Darin with my old girl again. This service is AWESOME!
Darin was very conscienctious and caring. He eased our dog through several stages into meeting his dogs and his house. He watched for and noted any signs of anxiety. He did everything to ensure a comfortable stress free stay for our dog. After we left, our dog experienced some seperation anxiety which Darin wisely cured with a nice long walk. We really appreciated him sending us a text update and photo. I will definately use Darin when in the area again.
This was my first time using DogVacay and I was a little nervous. Darin was awesome and very knowledgeable about dogs and their behavior. After our meet n' greet I felt super comfortable leaving my dogs in his care. He kept me updated with pictures and videos of my babies while I was out of town which was nice. My dogs came home really tuckered out. A sign that they had a lot of fun! I've already booked their next stay with him and I'm so thankful I found such a wonderful sitter!
I am a very particular person when it comes to my fur baby. Drain made me comfortable from the first moment that I met him and his two dogs. It was important to him that our dogs got along. He invited us into his home and answered all of our questions. His house was very clean and organized. When I left Lola I was very comfortable. Drain sent me a sweet text and picture every day. When I picked up Lola she was not clingy and smelly like she had been after a kennel visit. Drain is the best! I am only afraid that he may have too big of a following.
Marley loves going to Darin's! She is always well taken care of and very happy.
Darin is an amazing host. He has great communication with dogs and their humans. I have never seen my dog be so respectful around anyone in such a short period of time. Darin really cares about his charges and it shows. She is looking forward to her next visit!
My dog's first "stay experience" was wonderful. My old boy Jake is a worrier and is not used to riding in cars, being with new people or new doggy friends and Darin is calm and kind. Now, I have hope that Jake will acclimate well on the upcoming Vacay! They are in great hands! I'm very grateful to Darin for helping the "old boys" , as well as me, to be able to be apart, more easily than ever before!
I am so glad I found Darin! I always felt bad about taking Marley to the kennel when I had to be out of town. I know now when I leave her with Darin that she is happy and well taken care of.
Marley loves going to visit Darin! She went for day care and she is totally content being there.He treats her like his own.
Darin is awesome! Our Livvie loves him and loves coming to his Vacay! She gets excited now when we drive up to leave her with him. I don't worry at all about her when she is with him He sends the best texts and pictures too! Thank you Darin!
Darin is an excellent dog sitter. This is the second time we have left our dog Charlie with him and both times have exceeded our expectations. We will continue to use him as we safe and secure knowing our fur baby is well cared for. He is very knowledgeable about dogs and is a true dog lover. He takes the dogs on lots of walks, they are provided with playtime in his very nice and spacious backyard, and they truly become a member of his family. I loved his daily updates of how Charlie was doing including a photo. I highly recommend Darin and will continue to use him for Charlie whenever we are in need of a dog sitter.
It was awesome!!! Miranda was very happy there. I have already booked another stay with Darin!! Paula
Darin is great! I was kept up-to-date about how Yoyo was doing and felt very comfortable leaving her with Darin. Yoyo had a great time!
Darin was terrific. The meet and greet was great and showed his professionalism. When we were on vacation for a week, he provided daily updates with pictures and treated our dogs as his own. I almost felt that they didn’t want to come home.

Outstanding and he will definitely be my first call next time…Thanks Darin

Paul and Kim Gonzales
“My mom has been bringing me to Darin's Dog Vacay for about four months. I love it here! I don’t even hardly miss my mom at all while she travels which means she doesn’t have to stress about leaving me. In fact, I have so much fun sometimes mom just wants to drop me off for a ‘play day’ with Andy and Riley. Paws down, this is just about the best and most fun place I have ever been!” - FINN
Darin is awesome!!! Marley will definitely go back to Darin's the next time we go out of town. I loved the daily texts and pictures he sent of Marley. She looked totally at ease being there. I felt better about leaving her knowing she wouldn't have to stay in a kennel and she could curl up next to him on the couch (her favorite place to be)! Darin really knows dogs and how to integrate them into the pack. He sincerely loves what he does and it showed in how he took care of Marley. I have told friends and family about Darin and the absolutely best place to leave your furrbaby when you can't take them with you!
I can't say enough about Darin and how great he was with our dog! Our dog, Lila, is very shy around new people and can be snappy and standoffish with new dogs. Darin took the time to acclimate Lila to her new surroundings and slowly introduced her to his dogs and the guest dogs. After a couple days, Lila really came out of her shell and made some new best friends with Darin and some of the guest dogs. He even let her sleep in his bed! We appreciated the daily texts with pictures. We were able to relax and enjoy our vacation knowing that Lila was in a safe, loving home for the week rather than stuck in a kennel. We will definitely use Darin again!
I was concerned leaving my dog with anyone, but Darin took such good care of her I will definitely leave her with him again. Darin sent me texts and pictures on my baby daily so I could see how well she was taken care of. I am so happy to have found him. It is nice to leave her with a warm and loving family and not in a cage at some random dog care. Cannot thank Darin enough!!!!
Darin's Dogvacay is wonderful. He is kind loving and totally devoted to his job. My two girls Nicky and Lucy did wonderful with him. He went above and beyond in making our girls comfortable. He treated them like his own and they were totally content. He kept us updated thru pictures and text. My husband and I couldn't have ask for anything more it was the very height of our expectations. I would recommend Darin to any and everyone who cares about their fur kids as we do. he and his wife are wonderful people. I can't say enough good about them. My girls were exercised daily they stayed in a beautiful home had a well kept large securely fenced backyard What else could they ask for? They were given individual attention. This was a dream come true finding Darin. We are beyond satisfied and will be recommending him to our Missouri friends who take cruises and need a worry free place to leave their fur kids. THANK YOU DARIN AND RHONDA!!!!
This Vacay pet care is a great setup for us! Darin takes good care of our cats and wild birds and collects our mail while we are gone. We will not hesitate to book with him! He takes special care of our ancient reigning queen of cats, Marble, and sends us photos of the place to validate and confirm feedings (and pettings!) Thank you so much, Darin for being our 'go to' guy when we plan a trip!
I brought Darin my elderly shy greyhound, and he went above & beyond my expectations to help her adjust to a new setting since she had always been boarded in a kennel. He kept me updated with pictures and texted questions to make sure he was following a routine she was familiar with. I knew my girl might be challenging since she doesn't adjust well to change at her age, and I so appreciate Darin's efforts to make her feel secure and comfortable in his home. You can tell he truly loves dogs, and I totally trust and recommend him as a a dog sitter!
We dropped our two dogs off for the second time with Darin. When we pulled into his subdivision our German Shepherd started pacing in the back seat and making noise, just as she does when she gets excited to go to the dog park. When we got there and unloaded the pups they ran straight to Darin and walked right in the house. In the past i have had to pick up Miko and carry her in to kennels. It was great to see them so excited to go back. The stay itself went great, just as before. The dogs played and had a blast. No complaints at all. Would definitely still recommend!
We are so grateful to have a home where we feel our furry family member is being taken care of with such love. I can travel with my husband with complete confidence and know; that aside from being with me (aka: mommy), my sweet little pup is in the best possible place he can be!
We left our two dogs with Darin this past weekend. We were a little apprehensive about leaving our pups with a new sitter but the meet and greet before the stay really helped calm that down. Darin was very thorough with his questions and really tried to replicate the normal home environment for our dogs. During the stay he sent text updates and pictures of our pups. They looked so happy. Its obvious how much he cares about dogs and really takes good care of them. We were so happy with how everything went that we are dropping them off again this following weekend. I would recommend him to anyone.
Great care for our pup and A+ professional!
Darin is fantastic at understanding dogs and their 'parents'. My little pup is 'special needs' and Darin is so very sensitive to his unique situation. He goes out of his way to make us feel very comfortable. Darin is responsive with text, and sends photo updates, which are always so appreciated. He has a natural talent with dogs, and a true heart for this kind of work.
Darin is fantastic at understanding dogs and their 'parents'. My little pup is special needs, and Darin is so very sensitive to his unique situation; and overall just makes us feel very comfortable. Darin is responsive to text and sends photo updates which are always so appreciated. He has a natural talent with dogs and a true heart for this kind of work.
This was our first experience with Dogvacay and with Darin and I honestly can't say enough great things about our experience. Buddy care was beyond my expectations! Darin helped him through the first day when our dog was going through a bit of separation anxiety and he now has a great bond with Darin. We will definitely be back!
My boys had a great time at Darins! Having my dogs at Darins while I am away, makes me not feel so bad for leaving. This is the BEST alternative to locking your dogs up in a cold concrete boarding cell. These pups were walked, played with and fussed over! Darin did such a great job with my boys and gave them each personalized attention!! I am so happy and relieved to have a place to send my pups for when they go away!!
I have two very different pets. One is a puppy, which means energetic, a little needy, and still learning the rules; the other is almost 2, sweet, docile and because of traumatic events before being rescued, a little timid, especially of other larger animals. Darin provides care that meets the needs of both dogs. When we arrive at his home, the dogs are excited about being there. It makes leaving so much easier. I never have to worry.
Darin is professional and an excellent pet sitter! This was our first pet sitting reservation with Darin and it was pet care at our home. He kept us informed via photos & text. He attended to our pups like they were his own. When we returned home our pups where not stressed and in fact we're just plan happy & relaxed. We are looking forward our next trip later this month, where Darin will hopefully be taking care of our babies in his home.
Sadie has always been nervous about being away from home, but she did amazing with Darin and his pups! I'm so glad that I have found a place where Sadie loves to go and a place that I know she'll be loved on and taken care of :)
Darin is awesome! every time. He is so intent on helping Panda have a great time and he goes to great efforts to reassure me, too, that things are going o.k. He does everything he knows to help manage Panda's separation anxiety, and Panda looks forward to going and is excited when he gets there. I could have been luckier for this to be my first DogVacay experience!
We were gone a long time and our cats were in good shape when we returned! Thank you, Darin! It is good to know we can rely on you when we need you!
I am a repeat and loyal customer. My pets love going to Darin's, and I am always confident they are being well cared for and loved.
Darin and the family were wonderful. We had a great meet and greet; then two days of doggy day care. Everything went well. Darin is easy to work with and accommodating. We will be back! Dawn & Lucas
Another great stay for our dog!
Leroy has stayed with Darin twice. Both times, Leroy had a good experience.
Excellent Care Giver, he and his wife are great with our 2 boys. They are very gentle with dogs and know exactly how to care for them. We will use them more now that we have found them. They sent us texts with the boys when we were on Vacation and their dogs love company. We thank you all for our worry free Vacation.
Bob and Judy Sweitzer
Darin is wonderful! If you want to leave your pets with someone who will care for them and treat them as family, this is the place. My puppies love it there!
Darin is quite knowledgeable about how to integrate dogs into their "pack". We recently rescued Leroy, and to be honest, were worried about how he would react when he was put into yet another home (even though it was temporary, Leroy had no way of knowing that). He did quite well. This was Leroy's second stay, having visited with Darin and his pack the previous weekend. Leroy came back quite happy both times.
Our dog Rosey loved staying with Darin and his two dogs. She had a great time. We received daily emails updating Rosey's stay. We will definitely use him again.
This is my second time using Darin. He is great with dogs and people too! I would recommend him to anyone!
He was absolutely great with my dog, who is 7 years old and not very animal socialized. He provided me with two updates daily. I definitely recommend him and will definitely use him again.
Darin was the absolute best person to watch our dogs. We got updates and he worked with us on every aspect of our dog's stay. We highly recommend him.
Darin provided wonderfully friendly and professional care for our dog during a two night stay. We appreciated the exceptional care Opie received along with his two dogs.
The updates and photos we received while Opie was in Darin's care were adorable and heart-warming.
We are grateful and happy about finding our go-to dogvacay host. We hope to use Darin's service again.
Darin was a perfect match for Bear. Lots of special care and attention with pic updates during Bear's stay. Couldn't be more pleased and highly recommend Darin to any and all looking for doggy care in the North Houston area. 10 of 10... A home run!
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