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Martha W.
Tallahassee, FL 32312
57 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Martha's Resident Pets

Pippen
Mixed Breed
Female
5 yr 11 mo old
Zack
Mixed Breed
Male
5 yr 11 mo old

Martha's House

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

About Martha

43 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I'm not accepting new bookings at this time. Thanks for considering me!

We love dogs! Jim & I are retired and spend most of our day at home. I can think of nothing better than to be reading while covered with dogs.

Your dog will get lots of attention & snuggle time. We will take your pup for several walks each day.

Our home is pretty well dog-proof. Your dog can sleep anywhere she wants, including in our bed with us and our 2 pooches.

I only accept one small dog at a time or two from the same family. No dogs over 20 pounds, please.

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Can administer oral medicine
Martha W.
Tallahassee, FL 32312
57 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 23, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Martha's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep on my bed
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
57 Reviews
Martha and Jim are amazing! Our dog did not want to leave them when we came to pick him up from vacation. The daily photos and videos made us feel like we had our dog with us on vacation.
As usual our boys had a great time. It's amazing how the boys know where Zack and Pip live. Boys so excited when getting off the car because they know that they're up to play land and fun time.
We're so relaxed on our vacation because we know that the boys are getting the most love and caring. We have our next vacation coming up. Boys can't wait. Thank you Martha and Jim for taking good care our boys. See you soon!
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Woody enjoyed yet another wonderful weekend with Martha, Pip and Zack. He is always treated like one of the gang and Martha gives him lots of love. Martha sends great pics and videos, which seem to come at the exact moments when we miss our baby most! So it is wonderful to see his smiling little face and know that she is not only looking out for his needs, but showering him with love and affection, too. We know that when we drop Woody off with Martha and Jim, we can breathe easy that he will be treated like a prince and have a lot of fun.
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Martha and Jim are wonderful! They update us with photos and videos of our dog, Bow Wow while we are on vacation. Bow Wow not only loves them, he adores Zack and Pippen too. When Bow Wow visits he is truly treated like part of their family. When we are on the way to their place, he gets so excited he is unable to contain himself. You really can't ask for more than that. Thank you Martha and Jim!!!
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Martha and Jim are terrific. Max "told me" he had a great time, and even though he missed me a little, he loved being with these wonderful people. Martha kept me updated about their activities, and I loved hearing the "ping" of my text messages and seeing Max's face pop up on my phone. Thanks you both!
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Boys had another fun days and they met Scout as another guest. Puppies all got along fine and well!
Thank you Martha and Jim for taking good care our boys and a short notice. You're a pro giving an insulin to our boy Ted which he needs for his daily lives. I can't thank you both enough for giving the love and caring. We appreciate you both very much! Will see you in 2 weeks for next fun times!
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This was Buddy's first Dog Vacay and we will definitely be booking with Martha, Jim, Zack and Pip again! It was our first time leaving Buddy for an entire week and I was so happy to receive my first photo with Buddy snuggling right up to Martha, he fit right in! It was so wonderful receiving all the video and photo updates numerous times a day, which I prefer! We were at our wedding in Mexico and didn't spend one moment worrying about Buddy. He was in great hands with Martha and her fam!!
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Martha, Jim, Zack and Pip are THE BEST! Martha and Jim are terrific at taking cute photos and videos, and putting them with cute graphics and text. Woody has the best time and not only is he well taken care of in terms of walks, feeding,etc., he is truly loved and treated as one of the family. It warms my heart when Martha sends a picture of Woody curled up on her lap or chest, or playing ball with her. It isn't THAT hard to find someone to feed and walk a dog; but it truly wonderful to find someone who will also provide love and affection.
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We love leaving Wrigley with Martha! She really takes excellent care of our little one!
It was Cody's first time staying with Martha and Jim, and he had a blast! (So much so that I think he'd rather live with them.)

Martha and Jim treated Cody like one of the family, and I could tell from the pics and videos that he was happy and healthy in a safe and warm environment. :)

He will most definitely be back for another visit!!
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Another week of fun for the boys (Spike and Teddy). Thank you Martha and Jim! We appreciate the caring and loving. For sure we will stay in touch for the next vacay even we live 62 miles away from you! Happy Holidays !
Martha and Jim were fabulous. Treated my dog like one of their own. Sent lots of pictures and updates. Their two pups, Zack and Pippen, were perfect doggy hosts who generously shared their mom and dad.
You know Martha and Jim are exceptional when your dog does not want to go back home after a stay with them!!! Thanks Martha and Jim for taking such great care of our little guy!
We took a lengthy vacation to SE Asia and our darling Woody vacayed with Martha, Jim and their dogs Pippin and Zach. Martha and Jim were wonderful!! They are absolute dog people and made Woody part of their pack and gave him as much love as their own dogs. Woody had a great time playing with Zach and Pip and while we missed him terribly, Martha made sure to share photos, collages and videos every single day. It was important to us that for such a long visit, Woody be the only guest dog and get lots of attention, so Martha and Jim's "one family at a time" policy was very important to us and much appreciated. I wholeheartedly recommend them!
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Martha and her family are absolutely wonderful! Frankie’s first ever DogVacay experience was with Martha when he was just a few weeks old. He is now two and it has been over a year since we moved away from Playa Vista and haven’t seen Martha and Jim. When we were planning our first long (two week!) vacation without Frankie it was no brainer we wanted Martha! We booked her months in advance just to make sure she would be available for our dates. When we dropped of Frankie, you could tell he was super excited to be back at their place! He ran around all over their place, remembering all the rooms, nooks and crannies. We didn’t worry about Frankie during our entire trip because we knew he was having a great time especially with all the attention from Martha, Jim, Zack and Pippen. We felt so bad when our flight back to LA got delayed and we ended up picking Frankie up really late. Martha was very understanding and accommodating the entire time making a stressful situation less stressful. We are so grateful for everything Martha has done for us…every stay with her and her family has been positive that we’ve set her as our standard for all our other DogVacay experiences. We’re so happy that we were able to see her this trip and hopefully we’ll get to see her again soon in the future!
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Our boy just finished his second stay with Martha & Jim. They are the best! We can go on a trip knowing that he is in great hands. Every day Martha sent us a message and picture of our boy, and we really appreciated those updates.
Martha and Jim are the best and treat our Coco like their own. She LOVES staying with them while we are out of town and now even gets super excited seeing us packing our suitcases :-) Thanks Martha and Jim!!!
This was my second time leaving my dog, Maggie, with Martha, and I couldn't be happier.
She took care of Maggie for two weeks while I was out of the country. I received daily updates with photos and videos which made me feel like I wasn't too far away from my dog. What's more important is that Maggie looked completely happy and relaxed. I trust Martha as if I was leaving my dog with a family member. I will call on her again and again.
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I was hooked on Martha to take care of my two little dogs after the first time I left them in her care. After a few times of leaving them with her I am more convinced than ever that she is the best!!! She makes sure they feel right at home (I see this from the pictures she sends every day--even a video this past time).
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As usual, Martha and Jim gave Spike and Teddy such loving and excellent care. We felt so comfortable and peace of mind leaving our boys during our vacation. Frequent videos , photos and updates sent to us. The boys enjoyed their own vacation with their buddies Zack and Pip. We're glad we found Martha and Jim !
Thank you so much and the boys looking forward to see you all again.
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My boys (Spike and Teddy) had another awesome weekend with Martha and Jim.
We felt comfortable and no worries knowing that Martha and Jim taking care our boys.
We couldn't wish for a better host for our boys. Martha and Jim are truly amazing and dog lovers.
Loved all the photos and video updates.
Thank you Martha and Jim for the amazing weekend!!! Now we're ready for our vacation!!
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Once again, our dog had a fabulous time with Martha and Jim, we nicknamed them his foster family...on the way to their place he was crying and whining and could not wait to get in to see them. The proof is in the dog....he loves Martha and Jim!!!
This was our first time with Dog Vacay.
Martha and Jim were really great host to our boys (Spike and Teddy). Our boys got along and played well with Zack and Pippen. Zack and Pippen are so adorable!! Their home is great and comfortable.
The welcomed our boys like their own. Martha and Jim are wonderful easy going and understanding to our boys needs. Giving us great feeling that our boys are safe and well taken care of. They sent us wonderful photos and updates. We're looking forward for our next rsvp in two weeks and more to come... Thank you Martha and Jim for all the caring you have given to our boys (Spike and Teddy).
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Martha and Jim are just wonderful! Our Coco really loves staying with them and we can truly relax and enjoy vacations knowing that she is in good hands!
Martha and Jim were amazing with our dog. Their caring and experience with dogs is priceless. We were able to enjoy our vacation and keep up with our dog's day to day routine via the videos and photos they sent. I would HIGHLY recommend Martha and Jim.
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Martha watched our dog for the third time for a duration of about two weeks total. She is consistently excellent! We received photos and videos of our dog daily. At first, we were worried about leaving him for so long, especially because we traveled to the other side of the world. Martha made him (and us) feel at home and part of the family. She taught him tricks, such as dancing while we were away.

I must also sing praise for Martha for the way in which she handled a tough situation. Our dog is a French Bulldog, which are usually riddled with health problems. During our trip, he developed an eye issue. Martha handled the situation immediately without any hesitation. She took him to the vet, per our orders and got him medication. He healed in no time and was soon dancing again with Zack and Pippen, Martha's dogs.

So to sum up Martha: She is amazing with dogs and incredibly competent. She can handle any situation that unfolds with grace and ease. I have said it before and I will say it again, I would not trust anyone else with our dog like I would with Martha!!!
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The girls had another wonderful visit with Martha and Jim!! They sent videos and pictures of the girls everyday letting know that they were having a great time.
Piper and Ginger Love staying with Jim and Martha. They are wonderful people and love our dogs like their own. I can never go with anyone else. Thanks again for the peace of mind that our girls are being well taken care of.
They were wonderful to our dogs. They sent multiple pics a day of our dogs lounging around and soaking up the attention. It was evident that our dogs enjoyed it and were in great hands. We will definitely be booking some more time here!
After several months of searching, I finally found a dog sitter that I trust and gives me peace of mind to be away from my dog! Martha is amazing and I think my dog was actually disappointed to see me when I went to pick her up:) She had such a blast. I have already reserved several more dates in the next few months!
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We are new to LA and I needed to find a place for my little girl Pooter for two weeks. I have used DogVacay in the past and have had excellent results.

I was so lucky to have found Martha and her husband Jim. They were perfect surrogate parents! Martha and Jim took Pooter in as their own and my doggy found her place in the pack very quickly.

Both retired, they had time to dedicate to Pooter. They are both very active outdoors and included Pooter in their activities i.e., beach runs, walks, hikes.

I received several emails from Martha with updates, pictures and a few videos of Pooter while I was on my two week trip. The frequent correspondence made me realize very quickly that Pooter was safe, sound and secure with Martha.

I will definitely be a repeat customer and I would highly recommend Martha and Jim.
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Leo once again had an outstanding stay with Martha. She and her husband have taken the time to learn Leo's comfort zones and boundaries, and they go above and beyond to make his stay as happy as possible. #stressfree!
Martha is guaranteed goodness! My doggie loves her and always looks forward to his visit. We have a difficult time getting our pup to leave her!!!
This was the second time our Coco stayed with Martha and Jim and it was great again! She loves "vacationing" with them and we feel very comfortable while she is there.
Wrigley loves staying with Martha!
I could not have had a better experience with Martha. She was so loving and affectionate with my dog who was asleep on her lap in every picture I received. Her two sweet dogs were really gentle with my dog who can be a little afraid of new dogs. I'd book with Martha again in a heartbeat! She's the ideal host.
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Just had my second experience leaving my dogs with Martha and came home once again to healthy, happy dogs! I look forward every day to the pictures of them that she sends to me and do feel reassured that they are just fine, and I am able to enjoy my vacation. Recommend her very highly!!
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Martha and Jim were wonderful with my little (rescued terrier/dachshund mix) mamma's boy, Benji, who is more people friendly than dog friendly. Martha's TLC won Benji over in no time, and I'm pretty sure he kept her for himself. It's so rare for him to eat when he's being boarded, but apparently he gobbled up his dinner, no problemo. Martha and Jim's gracious flexibility with when I could drop him off and pick him up made my life so much more easier. It is so wonderful to have a loving and safe place right around the corner for Benji's boarding--My only complaint is they're so popular that it's hard to make any last minute bookings so BOOK ahead if you can!
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Fantastic! Just like the last time :)
Martha was wonderful to work with. She was quick to respond to our request for a meet and greet, very easy to get along with, and we could tell that she really loves dogs! During Wrigley's stay Martha sent us plenty of email updates and photos which we really appreciated. Wrigley had a great time and we are very happy that we found Martha!
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This was the first time that we have left LuLu with anyone besides family. We were a bit anxious at first, but Martha quickly put us at ease when we had our meet and greet. Martha and Jim were wonderfull! They kept us informed periodically throughout our trip via email with pictures of LuLu's stay. We will definitely use their services again and highly recommend them to anyone travelling that needs a place for their pooch to stay.
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Martha (and Jim) are truly dog people!! Our dog loved staying with them. It was the first time we left our dog with someone while we went out of town and we were very comfortable knowing we left him in a place where we knew he would have a great time. To put us at ease, Martha sent photos of our pup running around with Zack and Pippen and playing ball. The best part is that Martha only takes one dog at a time so that dog can be treated as a member of the family. It makes me feel better knowing that when I have to go away, my dog is getting his own vacation, is well cared for and is having a great time. Martha really puts the "extra touch" into her job. I wouldn't want my dog anywhere else but with Martha!
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Martha was great! This was my first time with Dogvacay and I am extremely happy with the result. I got daily update with photos and I looked forward to it everyday I was away. The photos showed her playing, cuddling and happy. I just knew my dog was in good hands. Also, Martha seems to really know dogs because she found some gunky stuff in my dog's ear, and she knew to clean it with vinegar solution. I cannot imagine taking Maggie to anywhere else. Thanks Martha!
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Martha's care and tenderness towards our foster puppy was unsurpassed. She was also pivotal in match-making a forever home for this sweet dog. The daily pictures and updates were so welcome, funny and informative (who knew dogs liked fruits and vegetables?). I highly recommend Martha. She is an exceptional person and I'm grateful to have met her.
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Martha and Jim are great, not sure if Coco wanted to leave! Martha sent daily updates and photo collages which were really cool; they are the best!
Martha and Jim took such good care of our little Gizzy. I felt at ease our entire vacation as Martha kept us updated with pictures and stories everyday. It was an added bonus to see him with a happy face cuddled up to Martha, while he gets along with most people he doesnt let just anyone snuggle up to him and he loved Martha so much that he snuggled right next to her! I am happy to have found such good caregivers in the area as our previous sitter left the state. I would highly recommend both Martha & Jim to my friends and family! They are a great couple, who are warm and caring. Your pup will be in great hands! I would have rated them a 10 if I could!
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Wow, what can we say. Martha & Jim are awesome! Felix felt so secure and loved staying with them. Martha sent us daily updates, including pictures -- reinforcing our sense of comfort and relief knowing that our dog was in such good hands. Whenever we are out of town we plan to ask them to take Felix again. They are the best!
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Once again Leo had a delightful stay with Martha. Extra TLC plus a couple of real nice trail walks. Looking forward to the next one!
I have just had my first experience with Dog Vacay and am totally convinced that this is the best situation for both my dogs and me when I am on vacation. It almost felt as though I had not left them because I received a daily photo of them and a brief note as to their well-being. This absolutely made me feel "connected" and reassured as to their health and happiness.
Martha even caught an indication of some treatment needed for one of my dogs (ear mites), and put me on the right path for dealing with it. I have complete faith in her ability to give my pets the care that I, myself, would. As someone who has separation anxiety when I leave them, my mind will be at ease knowing they are in the next best place to home!
I cannot stress enough how much confidence this first time using Dog Vacay with Martha has given me with leaving my pets in her care.
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Once again Martha and Jim provided our canine family member with a lovely stay. This time Leo spent spring break at the Williams'. He hiked, he chilled, he played...and when he began to get hotspots they watched over him and communicated the situation to us, as they cared for him. We are planning to have Leo stay with them again in July and August. You should too!
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This was my first experience with Dogvacay and I was pleasantly surprised. The whole experience was seemless and very wel organized. I will definately use the service in the future.
Frankie loves Martha, Jim, Zack and Pippen! Frankie just came back from his second stay with Martha. He knew as soon as we entered their building where we were and he was really excited to be there and see everyone. Martha sent one-two pictures with messages everyday Frankie was with them, which really helped keep us connected. We weren’t worried at all about Frankie and knew he was having a good time – so good that he knocked out as soon as we got home! We’re so happy to have found Martha and Jim and would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a pet sitter.
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Martha and her family (including pups Zack and Pippin) were the perfect hosts for Remy. From the moment I dropped Remy off, she didn't even look back and ran off to play with her new friends! Martha and Jim are very knowledgeable about dogs, and their ability to be at home most of the day with Remy was super important, because she has a little bit of separation anxiety. She came back home happy, and with the contented tiredness of a little dog that has played her heart out. We can't wait until Remy can stay with Martha again!
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Leo is now officially a repeat customer! Martha, Jim, Zach and Pippen took care of our little guy after a 6 week hiatus since his first stay. It couldn't have gone better. Leo thinks he has a vacation home, running from the elevator to Martha's front door when we returned. Again, our hosts were very in-tune with Leo's special issues and we could be at peace while away. We have already booked our three-peat.
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This was our first time using dogvacay and leaving our 3 month old Frenchie with someone. Martha and Jim far exceeded our expectations. We especially loved that they are very familiar with raising puppies and were able to apply their own experiences with raising Zack and Pippen to Frankie. We are so grateful of the love and care they gave to Frankie and the opportunity Frankie had to play with Zack and Pippen. Based on the pictures and updates we received throughout our trip, we know Frankie had a blast in their home! They were very accommodating with our travel schedule and made it really easy to leave our little man behind knowing he would be well looked after. We hope Martha and Jim will watch Frankie for us again in the future!
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Our family could not have been more fortunate to have found Martha. Not only did she and her husband make themselves available to meetup and get to know Leo, they catered to special requirements and made our time away much more comforting by emailing photos and notes. I cannot recommend Martha enough. She provides a loving and considerate place for your dog while you're away.
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We loved Martha!! She was quick to respond and we scheduled a meet and greet in the same day. This was our first time leaving our dogs in somone's home. As soon as we walked into Martha's home we along with our dogs felt comfortable and at home. I knew this was the place for us!! Martha wanted to know about our dogs schedule to ensure that they were kept on the same routine. She sent us several pictures of the dogs and gave us updates throughout the weekend even though we did not ask. This was a treat to see how much they enjoyed spending time with Martha, Jim, Zack and Pippin.

One of our dogs is shy and nervous around people and she cuddle up right to Martha all weekend. You can tell that she truly cares for animals and they know what they are doing. Love Martha and we will never use anyone else!!! Thanks again for a wonderful weekend!!
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