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Hollie and Joe P.

113 Reviews
64 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Rottweiler

Hollie and Joe's Resident Pets

Boston Terrier
3 yr 8 mo old
11 yr 10 mo old

Hollie and Joe's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Hollie and Joe

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
As a retired UNC professor, Hollie dogsits full time. Joe isn't as lucky, and he has to leave each day to run a department at a large university in Raleigh. Poor Joe. Hollie's "job" is so much more fun!

Together, we use our 30 years of experience caring for dogs to provide quality care for both overnight and occasional doggy daycare in our home.

Nothing is off limits in our home unless you say it is. The dogs have access to the backyard all day and in addition to playing frequently (and napping), we take daily walks (at a dog-sniffing pace) to keep energetic dogs happy. You'll get to see your pup in action and gain peace of mind from the photo and video updates we send a few times a day. You might also see your pup in your news feed if you like the Barkmore House on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube -- google us and see what a normal stay looks like and enjoy the extras we include. Who knows, your pup may go viral!

When the playing is done, and cuddling or napping is in order, Hollie's lap is always available, or your pup can find his/her own private space in the 3,000 sq feet in the Barkmore House or enjoy laying in front of the fireplace or getting some sunshine on giant, custom lounging pillows on the screened-in patio and deck; both are favorite pastimes of Barkmore House guests.

With Hollie home all day, our guests have their own full-time recreation director to play ball with them, take them on walks, and hide their stuffies. We even celebrate birthday parties (pointy hats and all) when doggies turn another year old during their stay (or is that 7 years older)?

If your pup sleeps with you at home, they'll be sleeping with us here. We love when they snuggle up next to us, under the down blankets or on top, whatever they're used to. If they sleep in a bed in your bedroom, we have a perfect little niche in the wall right by Hollie's side of the bed that the doggies just love. If your pup likes to sleep alone or downstairs, we have two guest rooms, a second master downstairs, and two couches they can choose from as well.

All natural, top-quality treats are plentiful and toys lay all over the house. At the Barkmore House, having fun is a priority but safety comes first (review our safety policies below). We are committed to providing a safe, memorable vacation where your dog's every need and want is catered to. Here, dogs are showered with love and attention, pampered, and catered to as VIP guests in our home. If you're looking for a pack leader, you need to keep looking because the dogs figure out really quickly that we're the hired help, and the only rules they have are those their mom and dad have at home (we don't want to create bad habits while they're here)!

We welcome smaller puppies, adults, and senior dogs. At the moment, for the safety of our older chihuahua, we cannot accommodate high-energy large puppies but small and medium puppies, and adult dogs of any size or energy level are welcome. If you have a very calm or very well-trained larger puppy that can understand the social cues dogs give when they do not want to play, we're happy to meet with you to see if it's a good fit.

We can administer oral medications and injections and are happy to cook special foods (e.g., rice, chicken, beef) for any guests that need them (or just plain want them). While it is not our practice to feed our guests "people-food," or any food that's not their own outside of parent-approved treats, we will be happy to prepare special meals, upon request. Hollie, the Barkmore House chef, cooks roasted chicken and fresh, mashed sweet potatoes to one of our regular "foodie" guests and fries eggs for two Pomeranians to ensure their diet is the same here as it is at home. We can usually get our picky eaters to eat by hand-feeding them, but if not, we have numerous tricks that will disrupt even the most dedicated hunger strike!

It's your baby's vacation, and a stay at the Barkmore House is your gift to them. It's our job to make it the best experience it can be and we take that responsibility very seriously.

This is a happy, loving home full of cynophiles (which is just a pretentious way to say dog-lovers)! Your dog's stay at the Barkmore House will be memorable for both your pup and you because you'll have plenty of pics and videos of your baby having a pawsome time to add to your vacation scrapbook. They may even forget to miss you!

We'll leave the light on, the toys out, and the down blankets clean and fluffed. All you need to do is book your reservation, travel safely, and enjoy the peace of mind knowing your best friend is in the good hands of a full-time, professional dog-sitter in a lovely home environment.

Once we are contacted about a stay, we will hold dates for that stay until we have the Meet & Greet. This results in inaccuracies in our calendar so please message us to ask about availability.

None of the Barkmore House guests are ever outside of the fenced yard without a leash. They are never outside unsupervised or left alone with other dogs; they eat only their regular diet; all-natural, high-quality treats; and premium quality, non-splintering chews only if their parents permit it and only when supervised. Our guests are not allowed to meet people or dogs on walks and nothing small or dangerous is left on floors or counters. We ask that people call us from the driveway instead of using the doorbell because we do not open our front door until the dogs are behind inside closed doors or a gate. We have installed a gate on our front porch (not in pic) which provides an additional barrier. Guests must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and shot records are required. If there is anything we have not thought of, please message us.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Hollie and Joe P.

113 Reviews
64 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Hollie and Joe's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Hollie and Joe's Home
$22 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
$10 /bath
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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113 Reviews
Hollie, Joe and their kids are my life saver. I cannot thank them enough for taking care of my two boys. Although they had problems with one of my dogs, they stick with them . I am extremely happy and I highly recommend them.
Hollie and Joe are wonderful dog sitters. I appreciated how knowledgeable they are about dogs which was evident in the thoughtful conversation we had when Hollie first met our dog. I also loved the cute texts we got when we were away. Especially important for our dog was that I knew he would have loving company all day since he doesn't like being left alone. I'm sad to no longer live in Durham because I will miss being able to bring our dog to hang out with Hollie and Joe's family.
Hollie and Joe were great. I was anxious about leaving my dog, but Hollie put my mind at ease. She sent me pictures every day with texts from my dog saying he was having fun and things were going well. I have already put in a request for my pup to stay with them again.
Great place to leave your dog for a vacation!!!! Will for sure use Hollie and Joe again.
Hollie and Joe are our number 1 dog sitters and I am so glad we found them. They take great care of the dogs they watch as if they are their own. Our dog is 60 pounds, energetic, and thinks he is a lap dog. They give him all the exercise and cuddles he wants and needs.
Hollie and Joe are absolutely amazing. I cant say enough good things about them. This was the longest we ever left our dog and they did a fantastic job. They often sent pictures and updates which was great. They are extremely accommodating and flexible. Our dog is an attention seeker and they give him all the attention he wants. Thanks Hollie!
Thanks Hollie & Joe for taking care of Lucy over the holidays and giving her a vacation of her own!
This was our first experience with Dog Vacay and with Hollie and Joe and we couldn't be happier! We received multiple pics and videos of Mona playing and napping while we were gone which we appreciated. We know she was in great hands and hope she will be able to stay with Hollie and Joe again. We highly recommend them!
The best ever. They sent us so many precious photos. I was a bit concerned that they had four guest dogs plus theirs but they know how to do it. Cleo loved it! And we could enjoy our VRBO stay over Thanksgiving with no worries about Cleo.Thank you. Hollie and Joe!
My experience with Hollie and Joe was fantastic! I was impressed with Hollie's immediate response to my request and her eagerness to organize our meet and greet to ensure it was a good match. Once the process got started it was clear that Hollie and her family have a passion for dogs and take pride in their professional and organized business. I received daily photo updates which put me at ease while I was away. This was my first time sending my dog on a vacay and he loved it. He is full of energy and this family helped him get the daily exercise that he needs. I will absolutely use this family in the future. Thanks Hollie and Joe! :)
Hollie and Joe were fantastic! When we met them, we knew they would be a caring team for our pup!They absolutely made the Barkmore house feel like a home away from home for Charlotte! She was clearly comfortable in their home, and we could tell she enjoyed her stay! Hollie and Joe had great communication with us all weekend. We received texts and pictures, and always knew how Charlotte was doing. We felt like we were leaving her with family. We will definitely be using them again any time we need dog care!
Cooper had a fun time! Hollie was great about sending texts and giving updates throughout the trip. She was flexible for drop off and pick-up times. Would use again!
As always, Rosie had a great time with Hollie and her family! We always come back again and again. The Barkmore is like Rosie's second home!
Hollie is an excellent dog sitter. Mickey loved staying there. Hollie goes the extra mile to ensure her clients are safe and well cared for. I always hate leaving Mickey when I travel, but Hollie and Joe gave me peace of mind.
Hollie (and Joe) were fantastic! Very professional and their love for animals is apparent from the time you walk through the door to pickup. We received updates, pictures, and drop off/pick up was a breeze. We will be back for sure :D
Cleo, our 7 month old beagle puppy, stayed with Hollie and Joe and their family over Labor Day weekend. They were wonderful! Hollie is very thorough in making sure that she has all of the information she needs for your dog to have a safe and comfortable stay. She takes note of how much they eat, if they take medicines or have allergies and their behavior in different situations. Cleo loved being with her family as evidenced by the photos and videos we got everyday. We felt better leaving her in a home environment and loved, rather than in a kennel. We were able to enjoy our vacation knowing that Cleo was enjoying herself too, We will definitely be back!
This was the first time I used dogvacay, and it was amazing. Hollie is an angel! She sent me updates and pictures everyday. It was so nice to know that you have direct contact with the person caring for your fur-baby. My little Lily had so much fun, and was all smiles when I picked her up. She can't wait to go back!
Great experience. Hollie sent pictures every day. They offered lots of love to my dog.
I was a little nervous about leaving our standard schnauzer, Kyri, for a little more than 2 weeks but I can honestly say that I don't think she noticed a difference between her home and Hollie and Joe's! Daily pictures and notes about what and how Kyris was doing were great so that we didn't worry. Kyri was totally comfortable and loved 100% by Hollie and Joe!!
Hollie and Joe were amazing! We couldn’t have been more comfortable leaving our dog, Lindy, with them. Hollie sent us frequent updates and photos, and Joe gave Lindy an unexpected bath when she was due to come home. We were so impressed by their loving care. Thank you Hollie and Joe! Lindy will definitely be back!
Is more than 5 stars possible? I would give Hollie and Joe 100 stars if I could! I can't think of anyone (including family members) that I would have more peace of mind leaving Sophie with. Hollie sent me several pictures each day along with details about Sophie's day and funny stories. Even though I live almost an hour away from Hollie and Joe, they are my go-to petsitters from now on! The complete peace of mind allowed me to really enjoy my vacation...Thank you Hollie and Joe!
Cocoa has a great time at the Barkmore House! I got the feeling that the whole family loved my Labrador Cocoa as much as I do!! They sent regular pictures and updates to let me know that all was well.
Hollie and Joe are incredible! Maya seemed to really enjoy her time there, and we were not worried once given the consistent updates we received about Maya's well being.
Hollie and her family are great! It was great to meet her family during the meet-and-greet. They really love dogs!! And that's great to know because I wanted to find someone who would care for my dog as I would. So, we will be repeat customers!!
Hollie is awesome. She made my daughter's wedding much more enjoyable for me.

Two days before my daughter's wedding Teeco, my 18lb Dachshund mix, injured his leg. I was hesitate about leaving a sick dog with her. Hollie calmed my fears and assured me she would take good care of Teeco - and she did. I attended my daughter's wedding knowing Teeco was in good hands. If there more than five stars I could leave, I would. She's a wonderful pet sitter and I would highly recommend her.

Oh, did I mention she also kept my friend's Shih tzu at the same time. We're so grateful for Hollie and Joe.
I have two dogs, an older lab and a young daschund. Both, dogs seemed happy and relaxed. She sends lots of pictures while you are away. She treats her service as profession not a hobby. I think we will use her service many times.
I had a great experience with the Barkmore House! Brady clearly enjoyed her stay, and Hollie sent me several pictures and videos to prove it. If I have to leave my girl behind again I will definitely book her here.
I have no worries when my little girl stays with Hollie.
Bella loved her getaway
Hollie and Joe made our Havanese, Sparky, feel so at home that he was reluctant to leave after 10 days! This is a wonderful environment to board your dog in- so loving and attentive to your dog's every need. We are truly impressed with their level of expertise- we feel like Sparky came home actually calmer and less stressed than when we left him! We can't be happier to have found Sparky a home away from home when we have to leave town!
Hollie and Joe were awesome! They were extremely flexible with pickup/drop off and they really made Sully feel at home. They hosted two other dogs while Sully was there and they were able to play all day long. Hollie was able to send us daily pictures and videos that made us feel very comfortable.

I would highly recommend Hollie and Joe and we will be using them again in the future!
This was our first time having Hollie watch our 2.5 year old Vizsla and it was a success! She sent us a few pictures every day that we were away which helped reassure us that he was having a good time. Our dog can be a bit needy, but Hollie didn't mind at all! It is so great to have found someone that enjoys our dog! We will definitely be using her in the future.
Hollie and Joe were great! We did a meet and greet with Jasper and Hollie was very prepared with a whole list of questions to tailor the dog sitting experience to Jasper's needs. We got lots of pictures during his stay, and Jasper looked like he was having a great time. When we picked him up, Hollie had all of Jasper's things collected and ready to go! Great hosts!!!
Hollie & Joe provided Chester with a true home-away-from-home! The pictures with funny accompanying captions captured his personality and showed just how much loving care he was receiving. They are our definite go-to sitter and we can now travel easy knowing that Chester has a wonderful place to stay!
I reviewed several profiles on DogVacay and settled on Hollie. After meeting with her prior to booking I knew she was going to be a good fit for us and Sam. Hollie went out of the way to stay in touch while my husband and I were out of town and sent adorable pics and videos of Sam so I knew he was loving his time at The Barkmore House. I will be using Hollie again and would have no problem recommending her to friends with dogs :-)
The Barkmore House was amazing! Hollie was very easy to schedule with and Mugsy (our dog) had an amazing time. He even made a new dog friend! It was really nice going out of town knowing that our dog was going to be well taken care of and getting daily updates. She clearly knows dogs and is great at taking care of them.

This was our first time boarding with Hollie and we will definitely use her in the future!
I cannot put into words how great Hollie and Joe were. I am one of those people that gets major anxiety about leaving my dogs for any time, and I always worry that they won't get the love and attention that I give them from whoever they're with. Then I met Hollie and Joe and instantly felt better; they clearly love dogs and were just as excited to spoil and love my girls all week as I would be. Hollie went out of the way to stay in touch while I was on a cruise without cell service and sent adorable pics and videos of the girls so I knew they were loving their vacay the whole time. I've been using Dogvacay sitters for almost four years and have not had a better experience.
Hollie and Joe were great! She made my dog Puff feel at home from the second we got there. My dog is a little quirky and afraid of hardwood floors, so Hollie was nice enough to lay out blankets and rugs to cover the entire hardwood floor so Puff could feel comfortable walking around her home.

Hollie sent multiple pics and videos of Puff everyday which assured me that she was having a good time with the other doggies and that she was in good hands. Thanks Hollie!
Perfect stay - totally worry free for us. Hollie & Joe did a wonderful job taking care of our dogs and keeping us up-to-date on their stay. We'd recommend them easily and plan to bring our dogs back for another stay in the future.
I am extremely lucky to find Hollie and Joe to take care of my baby Umi while I was away. They treated her so nicely that I could not thank them enough. Also, they were super kind to provide daily pictures/videos for updates. I will not be able to find anyone better than Hollie and Joe!
As always Hollie and Jow were Paw-some!!!! Rosie is always one happy camper. We both love the Barkmore and come again and again!
Joe and Hollie were great! This was our first experience dropping the pups off with near strangers, but i couldn't have asked for a better experience. We have a 1.5 year old rescue who is very anxious and fearful and they were great with her! They even sent videos with evidence of how comfortable Kaia was, showing that they were able to pet her (which is really remarkable!). I will definitely be using them in the future and would definitely recommend them to others. It is obvious how much they love dogs. Hollie was very flexible and generous with the booking arrangements as well, which was greatly appreciated!! 5 stars!
Hollie and her family were amazing! Moose, my 11 month old Frenchton, had a better vacation than me! It was the first time I'd been away from him since I adopted him and am usually with him 20 hours a day. He stayed there and played with the other dogs all day long for a week. They sent me photos and videos of him playing tug-o-war with their dog and I saw that he always had a lap to lay in when he wanted one. I honestly think he might be disappointed to be home. 10/10 would recommend and use again.
Hollie was a great choice for our dogs. They had never been boarded before and we were going to be gone for almost 2 weeks. With Hollie working from home it meant that our dogs would have company almost all day long. They also had a whole human bed designated for the dogs! Our dogs definitely came back tired when we picked them up. We only had 1 issue and it could have been caused by anything. Our dogs did come back with eye discharge, which is not normal for them. After a visit to the vet they got some eye drops and should be good in a few days. We would use Hollie's services again. 8 MAR 2016.
Our dog had a great time! She was part of another dog loving family and had a buddy to chill with all the time. Hollie sent me so many pictures and cute notes that I felt relaxed while away. I highly recommend Hollie's dog boarding services. Your pup will thank you for it.
Hollie was wonderful. She provided pictures and cute stories about our dog. I looked forward to my daily updates. She was very thorough in learning about our dog's routine and personality during our Meet & Greet. I will certainly ask Hollie to watch our dog again.
We never met Joe, but Hollie was terrific! She couldn't have been more helpful in getting us organized (this was our first DogVacay), and our puppy (9-months old) seemed to love her (and vice versa). Olivia's stay was only one night, but everything seemed to have gone just fine. We have already booked Hollie (and Joe) for a longer stay in March.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Hollie! Before we even left Scout with her, she spent a long time learning her habits, personality, and limitations. You could tell she wanted to get the full picture! We left Scout for a weekend, and she spent two days playing, walking, and relaxing. It was so nice to feel like Scout was truly part of their family for the weekend, and not just another dog in a kennel. We also got regular updates to make us feel even more reassured. Thanks, Hollie! We will definitely be a repeat customer!
Minnie just had her second vacation at the Barkmore house and loved it. She was excited to run in the house when we arrived which is always a great feeling. I got lots of pics from Hollie of Minnie during her stay and they were having lots of fun! Highly recommend!
Hollie and Joe took excellent care of our beagle. Jack had only stayed with family so it was important that he feel apart of a family. They welcomed him and sent me pictures many times during his stay. I would definitely recommend them.
Winnie thoroughly enjoyed his stay at the Barkmore, as usual! I received several pics of Winnie enjoying the fireplace at Hollie's with Saison and Elisha while I was avoiding the snow. He stayed warm and cozy all weekend and I didn't have to worry about the storm knowing that he was safely enjoying his time. We'll be back soon!
Maya seemed to have a great time staying with Hollie and Joe's family! This was the longest she had ever been away from home, and she came back healthy, happy, and relaxed. Hollie and Joe were great about keeping in touch. We got great photos and updates throughout our trip!
We couldn't have asked for a better experience! From the time we dropped Vienna off, to the time we picked her up, Hollie and Joe took great care of her! They sent us multiple photos every day, even though we were out of the country and without internet. It was great to get back to the US and have a stockpile of photos of Vienna having a great time!

When we picked her up, she almost didn't want to leave. I think she had a better vacay than we did! I'm so happy that we found Hollie and Joe. It made my vacation much more enjoyable to know that our girl was in good hands!
Harley had a great time at the Barkmore! We were very impressed by the whole experience- from the thorough initial screening, to our communication before our trip, to the photos and updates throughout. Hollie was also extremely flexible and accommodating when we were delayed on our trip home. It is clear that Harley received lots of love and attention from Hollie and Joe!! Harley can't wait for her next visit!
Maisie feels right at home - I can tell by the pictures -- napping, cuddling - and being loved by Hollie, Joe and their kids. Thx for taking such good care of her while I have been traveling!!
Hollie and Joe were from the start efficient, friendly and accommodating. I was most impressed with how prompt Hollie's response was to my reservation request. We had a very thorough and fun interview on site where Hollie assessed my dog Oscar's temperament, and I observed his ease and comfort in the environment. During Oscar's stay I received several photos and messages providing me with a wonderful glimpse into the shenanigans of his days and nights
We usually only leave our dog with my parents. However, after two experiences with The Barkmore House, we will be more than willing to leave Parker (our French Bulldog) with these lovely people as well! They took special notes about how to best take of her, sent us picture updates about her stay, and made sure that she left the house exhausted after having the best time playing with the resident dogs. Hollie is very organized and we feel very confident that our dog is loved and adored as much by Hollie and Joe and their family as she is by us.
Rosie always has a fabulous time with Hollie and her family! Getting the photos and seeing how well she and Saison play and get along makes me happy even when she and I are apart.

The Barkmore House is the best place for a stress-free dog vacay because it is clear Hollie truly connects with each and every unique dog personality, and loves them each as her own.

I highly recommend Hollie and Joe for your dog's home away from home! We come back again and again!
As always, Rosie had a fabulous time at the Barkmore this past weekend!! I don't think she stopped smiling the whole weekend- which I knew because of all of the sweet photos and videos Hollie sent me.

My vacations are always stress-free when it comes to my fur-baby because I know Rosie will be treated like one of the family at the Barkmore House (sometimes I worry she won't want to leave!).

It is clear Hollie, Joe, and their family just simply LOVE DOGS, and they are always sure to go above and beyond to accommodate individual needs, are flexible with drop-off and pick-up and make sure your dog is as comfortable as possible and feel at home.

Hollie and Joe are definitely the most responsible dog-sitters in the area I know of, and their professional customer's service keeps Rosie and I coming back again and again!

Thanks for another great experience!
My shy, introverted rescue, Winn, has fallen in love with Hollie, Joe, and their entire family over the past several months. I work full time and leave Winn with Hollie several days each week. I also recently left him for a weekend trip, my first away from him! Winn is always excited to see me when I pick him up, but he's also torn about whether or not he's ready to leave Hollie and Saison for the day. Every morning when we go outside, he stops at my car and waits, hoping that we're making the trip to Hollie's, then starts crying with excitement when he knows we're getting close to the house, and can't get out of the car fast enough when we get to her driveway. I never thought I'd find anyone who Winn is completely comfortable with. I also love that Hollie has worked with me to help him become more social with other dogs in a safe way. I get SO many pics and videos of my boy playing with other guests, sleeping in whichever bed he chooses, and happily chewing on the highest quality treats provided by Hollie. I'm so thankful for her and her family for taking Winnie in as one of their own. It's such a great feeling knowing that I can count on them, even if it's last minute, to take such great care of him. I never have to worry about anything when I'm gone, and if I'm wondering what he's up to, I'll get a picture within just a few minutes of asking. Winnie has been a frequent visitor for almost 6 months now and I can't say enough great things!
My little dog recently stayed with Hollie and Joe for the first time. I was very nervous about how he would do at a new sitters because he is basically treated like a baby at my house. At my first consultation, I could tell how much of a dog person Hollie is and how genuinely interested she was in Derby's routine and what comforted him and made him happy.

After his first visit, I'm thrilled to report he did better than I even dared hope for and had a wonderful time!

Hollie's constant and detailed updates (complete with videos and pictures) letting me know (and see) how my little guy was doing put my mind at ease and let me enjoy my vacation. Once I saw his little tail wagging as he happily played at Hollie and Joe's with their dogs, I knew I'd made a great decision in leaving him in their care.

I can not say enough about how well he was taken care of. Normally when he comes back from the sitter he is happy to see me and then mad at me for the rest of the night for having left him. This time he was very happy and relaxed (and I'm happy to report - he never became mad at me). He just danced around and snuggled up and I could tell he had a great vacation too!!! :)

Do not hesitate to leave your beloved pets here. Hollie and Joe will take care of them like they were their own and show them lots of love and attention. You couldn't ask for more and I'm so grateful to have found them!!!
Hollie & Joe provided the best doggie care we've EVER had!! From their warm welcome to their daily updates [with lots of photos] to a trouble-free check-out, our dog's stay was a true joy. Our border collie is a high-energy little fella who needs lots of attention. We could tell he had a marvelous time playing with Hollie and her other pups and that he'd had excellent care for his entire stay. On a scale of 1 to 10, this place is an 11!!
Hollie was a great caretaker for my corgi. She walked her twice a day (better than she gets at home), played and snuggled with her. I could tell when I picked Marzipan up she was happy. Hollie was very organized about drop off and pick up, took a picture of all I left with her so nothing was left behind. Directions for feeding were written down. The pictures of Marzipan she sent every day made me smile, my baby was having a great time.
Hollie and Joe are such wonderful dog sitters! They are accommodating with drop off and pick up times, which was nice because I had a delay on the way home!! They are organized with food and other supplies. I could tell Lavender had a ball with them and wasn't quite ready to leave!! Lavender will definitely stay with them, again!!
This was my first Pet Vacay experience and I read TONS of profiles before choosing The Barkmore House. I chose them because the reviews and the info provided sounded like a true home away from home for puppies. The Meet & Greet was so pleasant-Holly was so loving towards Ruby and her own dogs were so playful and accepting too. The whole time I was away, Holly sent cute pics and videos with updates on all of Ruby's activities. It was very comforting to see how much fun my baby was having. I will definitely be taking Ruby back.
Button loves Hollie and Joe. They treat her like family.
I trust Hollie and Joe to take wonderful care of Brucester. Now we finally have the freedom to travel knowing that he will receive the same quality care that we provide in our own home.
Another wonderful experience with Hollie. Brucester has such a good time with the other dogs and is so well-cared for. We wouldn't take him anywhere else.
Everything went smoothly -- this is the third time our pups have stayed with Hollie and Joe and they always come back clean and tired! :)
Hollie and Joe once again gave Izzy an awesome stay. We felt good knowing that she was getting plenty of attention, exercise, love and companionship while we were away. Definitely recommend them!!
It would be difficult for me to adequately give Hollie the praise and thanks we felt before, during and after our older dog Jax stayed at their house. I went away feeling completely relaxed she would give Jax everything he needed along with an extra amount of luv and attention. Among the many pictures we received it was unbelievable she captured him with such a smile on his face. Jax isn't a big smiler so I know he was having the time of his life. All of Hollies texts to me definitely showed me she really knew Jax's personality and what would make him happiest. I truly wasn't sure he was going to be excited to see us come back for him but he was relaxed, happy and greeted us with no anxiety over having been left. This was only the second time Jax has not stayed in his own home with a fulltime pet sitter there with him. The first time with someone else he exhibited anxiety over not being in his own home. This time at the meetup before we left he just immediately relaxed and I knew he would be quite comfortable with Hollie. We already have her booked for our trip about five weeks from now and know Jax will be excited to be seeing Hollie and her family again. Most of all I won't have any anxiety or stress leaving him knowing he was so completely at home!! We can't thank Hollie enough and know you will feel the same.
This was my second vacation scheduled with Hollie and Joe. They are fantastic in asking all the right questions and communicating (lots of pics) during the stay with them. They truly make their home a second home for my dog and I plan to book with them whenever I travel (I wish it was more often!). It's great not worrying (or feeling guilty) when I do go away.
Once again our pups loved their time with Hollie and Joe! We received daily photos and updates and felt our dogs were in wonderful care. Thanks!
Hollie and Joe are just the perfect sitters for our Sky. They are loving and so attentive. I love the pictures and funny comments I receive from Hollie. When I leave Sky with them my heart is at ease and I feel like he is going on vacation to a never- no-land where is loved and pampered.
Our puppy stayed with Hollie and Joe for a total of 6 weeks this summer. The second and third time he got very excited when he saw our suitcases, pulled to the car, whined to be let out when we arrived at the Barkmore House and ran up to the door. With nary a goodbye he was gone inside their house. What more can one wish for? Thank you, Hollie and Joe, for taking such good care of him! Our puppy will miss being with you (and we will miss those funny captions for the many photos you sent...)!
Hollie and Joe were incredibly accommodating. They provided plenty of information up-front, and had flexible schedules for arranging a visit, pickup, and drop-off. They asked about any special needs (food, etc.) and seemed very willing to go above and beyond to accommodate any special requests.

Their house was well-equipped with toys, healthy treats, a fenced back yard, and a system for great dog sitting.

They sent us many photos, videos, and updates while we were out of town.

Our dog exhibited some behavior issues while at their home (by no fault of Hollie and Joe). They handled these issues very professionally and we appreciate the amount of effort and time they spent working with our dog.

I would definitely recommend Hollie and Joe!
Hollie and Joe are so fabulous and take such great care of the dogs that vacation at their home!! Our dog, who has a hard time with new people, quickly settled into her daily routine, and Hollie and Joe made that possible. We couldn't be happier!
Hollie is amazing, and so is Joe. We were worried about leaving our 6 month old puppy for many weeks, but he truly found a second home at The Barkmore House. They took such good care of him, and we loved the daily pictures and occasional movies. I think every time he gets into a car nowadays he hopes he is going back there...:-). Thank you, Hollie!
Another excellent stay with Hollie!! Our dog is like our child, and we feel so great leaving her here. Thanks, Hollie and Joe, for opening up your warm and caring home to our dog!
This was the second time that Sophie and Cooper stayed with Hollie, and we were very pleased. We love that she sends us pictures of them, and tells us what they're up to. She spoils them just as much as we do! (Actually more, because we don't provide chilled water for them on walks.)
Our miniature poodle, Beau, came home from a three week stay with Hollie & Joe. He is a happy & healthy dog! They cared for him very well--followed all our instructions and sent lots of pictures. We will use them again for sure and would recommend them to anyone.
Our very active pup had a great stay with Hollie and Joe. She can be an handful, but Hollie and Joe were great with her. Keeping her busy, providing fun activities for all the dogs in their care during the stay. I loved the daily shares of pictures and videos of our pup while we were away. This was truly a great puppy vacation for our little one.
My dog loved his stay at the Barkmore House! I will definitely use them again in the future.
This was our second time using Hollie and Joe. As usual, it was a great experience for us and for our dog. Hollie and Joe are the best!
My experience with Hollie and Joe has been nothing but wonderful! I have a min pin mix rescue and he is very shy and has a hard time trusting other people and dogs. I was worried about how he would adjust when I dropped him off for his first day of daycare, but when I came to pick him up he hesitated at the door to say goodbye to Hollie! Since the first day, he loves getting in the car because he knows we're going to Hollie's, and it makes me so happy that when I come to get him he isn't ready to get out of there immediately. He is a high energy dog who loves to be out and play and he's usually worn out by the time we get home, which typically means he had a good day. Winnie has a new auntie/godmother in Hollie along with Joe and their kids. Love being able to leave him there and not worry about it all day at work. Hollie sends daily pics and updates about what they've been doing and has been very responsive and flexible with scheduling.
My dog absolutely loved his stay with Hollie and Joe. I swear that he didn't even want to come home ;-) They were both so friendly, and I really felt that my dog was well taken care of and made to feel like family. I definitely recommend them to others!
Hollie is great with our little Beau. She sends us photos and makes sure that we know he is happy and doing well.
Sometimes Beau will seem stressed when we pick him up at a sitters, but not after he has been with Hollie. He is just his normal, doggie self!
We are grateful for Hollie and Joe.
Hollie was amazing with Suki! I loved getting the constant updates with pictures and videos, and know that she was being adored and spoiled, and the only thing I had to worry about was missing her so much. I especially appreciate Hollie's flexibility and willingness to step up and take care of Suki for an extra night when our flight back was delayed for several hours, it was so incredibly helpful and sweet. Hollie is absolutely fantastic!
Moving to the area to begin a job and having a 15-week-old puppy was a stressful! I worried about having to leave her in the crate all day and how I would juggle coming home for lunch to let her out. Luckily, I found Hollie on DogVacay. Hollie treats Maya as one of her own, AND she sends me pictures and videos throughout the day. I don't worry as much about her knowing that she is in good hands and playing with other dogs! I am so grateful for her helping both Maya and me to adjust to our new chapter in life! Thank you, Hollie!
Hollie and Joe were a great choice for my dog - they obviously love what they do, and I felt completely comfortable that my dog received plenty of love and attention while I was gone, as well as daily walks, access to plenty of toys and other doggie friends to play with. We will definitely be using them again!
My puppy's first away visit went so well we are coming back in August. If she can wait that long. Hollie was loving and caring. Her dogs were gems too.
Thank you Hollie for taking such good care of Rems
Leaving my pup in the care of Hollie (and Joe) is, hands down, the best decision I've made for my fur baby. Due to a death in the family, I had to leave town unexpectedly. My dog Binks is a rescue and suffers from severe anxiety issues, so I always feel guilty boarding her. Putting her through that stress makes me even more nervous now that she's 9-10 years old - to the point I seriously considered bringing her along for the 10-hour drive. Luckily, I came to my senses and stumbled onto Dog Vacay. Hollie was super responsive and answered my inquiry the same night. She could not have been more understanding and flexible - a huge blessing in this situation. Hollie went above and beyond to make this experience as easy and positive as possible for me AND my dog. Binks is wary of strangers but warmed right up to Hollie and even wandered off a bit while we went over details. Hollie's attention to detail is simply incredible and Binks did so well I was worried she wouldn't want to leave! While I was gone, Hollie texted me funny notes and pics of Binks to let me know how she was doing. Binks also had a nasty ear infection and required daily medication and ear cleaning every other day, which Hollie was more than happy to do. Seeing how happy Binks was gave me such peace of mind during a very stressful few days. It's abundantly evident that Hollie truly loves dogs (and they love her!). I can't say enough about what a positive experience this was. Kennels? Never again. Thanks Hollie!
Hollie and Joe made Kenzie a part of their family for her dog vacay. She was given such special treatment! There's is truly a family of dog lovers. Hollie was so welcoming from the first contact at our meet and greet! They gave exceptional TLC to our sweet dog. They gave her treats and took her on walks. Hollie kept us informed with many pictures and regular updates which eased our minds. It helped us to enjoy our vacation more because we knew she was enjoying herself at her home away from home!
Hollie and Joe were awesome hosts! Their house is like a 5-star resort for dogs. Hollie sends daily texts (or emails) with pictures and summaries of each day's events, which we really enjoyed. The stay is really tailored to your dog's personality and the dogs certainly get lots of attention in this house. It's really like a home away from home for canine visitors. Hollie and Joe come highly recommended.
Hollie was more than attentive, loving, compassionate, and caring with a dog that I was reluctant to leave with other facilities I had boarded him with before. I will never consider anyone else other than in-home boarding with Hollie again! He was happy, relaxed, (and exhausted when he got home) b/c of his positive interaction with her other doggy buddies. She kept in touch and provided photos and texts of B-dog on a regular basis. I am so so grateful that there are dog lovers like her! I am so glad I found her her on your website. She fit our needs perfectly and geographically was so convenient - 15 minutes away!
Hollie is obviously a dog person! She sent us texts, pics, and vids to let us know how our babies were doing. I would certainly recommend her to friends, and will plan to send the pups to vacay there again!
Once again Hollie took very good care of our dog Mabel. I love the regular text messages with pictures of Mabel. It seems like Mabel feels very much at home with Hollie and Joe and their kids. Hollie is so responsible that it is very reassuring to leave Mabel. On this past trip Mabel played with the other dogs especially Rosie, we got a very cute video of the two of them. The thought of Mabel curled up on the couch next to Hollie or laying in bed watching Law & Order with family is very comforting! Mabel is looking forward to her next visit. I'll have to keep thinking of places to go so that Mabel will be able to have regular visits!
This was the first time I had to leave my dog with someone who was not a close friend or family. I was quite nervous leaving my precious pet with someone I've never met before. However, after the meet-n-greet with Hollie and her family, most of reservations dissipated. It became quite apparent to me that they have a genuine passion for dogs. At the same time, I also found Hollie to be very well organized and very thorough in her approach to providing high quality care. She asked very detailed questions on my dog's routine and behavior. Her passion and professionalism definitely helped ease my anxiety a long way.
After we decided to use her services, Hollie remained true to her word. Each day that our dog was at the Barkmore House, Hollie would send us an update via text message with lots of pictures of our pet. On the last day, just before we picked our dog up, she even asked our permission if she could gave him a bath (at no extra cost).
While it's always stressful leaving your pet behind, I'm really glad that we've found someone like Hollie that we can trust the next time around. I would highly recommend a "vacay" at the Barkmore House.
Hollie and her family really went above and beyond for my Rosie and the other guests staying with her this week.

After a very professional meet n greet, it was clear to me that Hollie had thought of everything to ask and to prepare me and Rosie for our first DogVacay stay. I knew right away that Hollie was prepared for any situation and/or any quirk my dog could present her with. From thorough measures to ensure both my dog and personal items are safe, to offering to provide any specialized comfort she may need, Hollie was definitely well organized and extremely responsible.

Throughout the week Hollie provided me with adorable photos and videos with funny anecdotes about my dogs antics. it was clear she was having a blast playing with resident dog Saison and stealing belly rubs and snuggles from ALL family members! Im confident Hollie treated Rosie as she would her own dog for the entire stay.

I highly recommend Hollie and Joe and the Barkmore for your dogs vacay! You will enjoy your travels free of worry, knowing your dog is in good hands. I know Rosie and I will definitely be back!
When our dog, Tonks, came home from her last boarding visit at the vet, she was hoarse from barking. We knew we needed to find a different solution—enter DogVacay and Hollie and Joe!! Hollie and Joe were absolutely perfect hosts. From our first meet and greet to Tonks' 10-day vacay, they were very conscientious about making sure Tonks got exactly what she needed. She is a large, senior dog, and she can be a bit challenging (not eating food unless it has parmesan sprinkled on it, lots of barking, not always loving other dogs, occasional accidents due to her age, sensitive about her ears), but Hollie and Joe handled all of her quirks with gentle expertise and love. Hollie also did a fantastic job keeping in touch throughout Tonks' entire stay at her house. We never wondered whether she had a good day because it was obvious that she was living it up having yummy and healthy treats and snoozing on the couch. It's so wonderful to have a place to take Tonks where we know she's going to get amazing care and be loved as well as we love her and maybe better because of the constant attention! We are so thankful to have found Hollie and Joe, and we will bring Tonks back whenever we can't take her with us on trips and maybe for daycare so she can see her Aunt Hollie
Hollie and Joe provided a wonderful environment for our pups while we were out of the country. Hollie sent detailed messages and loads of photos every day and I never worried about how the dogs were doing. She was also very accommodating about medications and food allergies. Riesling and Pasha really seemed to enjoy the outdoor space and all the couch snuggles. We will definitely leave our dogs in their capable hands again for future trips. Thanks!
Momo loves visiting Hollie and her doggie friends because Hollie is alwasy so kind and helpful with her. We are looking forward to another visit soon! Thanks Hollie!!
Right from the Meet and Greet Hollie and Joe were friendly, interested and patient. Hollie responded in a very timely manner to my initial message. They were very organized. They were hospitable during our visit to their home which was much larger (and neater!) than mine. I thought my dog would not want to leave. During Rosie's time there, Hollie sent pictures, asked for clarification about preferences and sent texts regularly. I am very grateful about this service/company. My time away was more enjoyable knowing Rosie was in great hands. I would absolutely recommend them and make reservations with them in the future for either a more regular day care situation or occasional need. I wish I traveled more! Hollie and Joe exceeded my expectations which were good to begin with. Thank you and I hope this review helps.
I am very happy to have met Hollie. She took great care of our dog Mabel. I loved her texts and photos. They made me feel connected to what was going on with Mabel. I could work with Hollie to tweak any problems in real time. I feel that she understands dogs and has a genuine care for their well being.
Momo had a great meet and a super stay at Hollie's. Hollie was just wonderful - caring, helpful, and very professional. Hollie sent a good number of photoes of Momo to keep us posted. Love those pics with Hollie's notes. We couldn't be happier for Momo to find a home away from home. Hollie's dog Saison was fun and playful. So glad that Momo was under good care and having fun while we were away. We definitely look forward to our next visit to Hollie's and will surely recommend her to other dog owners. Woof woof, THANK YOU Hollie!
Hollie is professional and kind. I can tell she is a real "dog person" with a lot of experience. Beau had a great time. We will use her services again for sure!
Hollie and Joe were great. They completely spoiled our puppy (who is an enormous 80 pound mutt). They sent pics about every 6 hours so we wouldn't worry about him. He clearly had a great time playing with them, and with their resident dog, and they were completely wonderful and professional. Thanks so much for taking care of our boy!
If you are looking for a place for your dog to get lots of attention and care while you are away, this is the place. I got lots of updates about how Brownie was doing, and he had so much fun playing with the other dogs while I was out of town. After taking a little tour of the place when I dropped him off and talking to Hollie, I felt really comfortable with her watching him and I would DEFINITELY recommend her to any one else looking for a dog sitter. Very organized as well.
Teddy had such an amazing time on this DogVacay! I got lots of updates about him daily, and Hollie took great care of him, taking him out super often and giving him lots of treats!
We cannot imagine finding a better home away from home for my dog, Copper. When I first began looking at profiles on DogVacay, I was very apprehensive about leaving Copper with someone I didn't know, especially since he had back surgery a few months ago. However, after meeting Hollie and Joe, it was clear that they would provide a warm and loving environment for him.
Hollie sent us daily texts, photos, and videos updating us on how Copper and all of his new doggy friends were doing. He was walked twice a day and got lots and lots of love, kisses, and back or belly rubs! :)
They went out of their way make him feel right at home.
It was obvious that Copper enjoyed his stay and playing with the other dogs for the week.
EXCELLENT dog-sitting experience. We were so impressed with how much they cared about our baby pug Paloma. Hollie truly loves dogs, and it was obvious that she bonded with our dog while we were on vacation. Hollie went out of her way to send us frequent text, photo, and video updates all week. We had peace of mind knowing that our Paloma was in a comfortable home with a family that would give her all the attention she needed.

Next time we need a place for our dog to stay, we will call Hollie and Joe for sure! *Highly* recommended!
Hollie and Joe were awesome! They went out of their way to welcome us and gave us great service. Hollie kept us very informed and was very friendly and knowledgable. We would highly recommend them.
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