The Max Patch Dog Hostel

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Jay and Nancy S.

56 Reviews
30 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

Jay and Nancy's Resident Pets

German Shepherd Dog
5 yr 0 mo old
Mixed Breed
11 yr 0 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Chicken, ducks, turkeys, or other birds, Horses or other large farm animals

Jay and Nancy's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Jay and Nancy

28 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome! We were inspired to become Dog Vacay hosts by our own experiences trying to find quality care for our dogs. When your dog comes to stay with us, he or she is treated like a member of the family (just like our dogs are!) We're happy to accommodate any and all schedules, sleeping arrangements, dietary needs, or whatever else it takes to make your dog feel right at home.
We live in a charming old farmhouse in the country with a large, shady, securely fenced yard. There are fenced areas adjacent to (but separate from) the dog yard with chickens and sheep providing lots of visual stimulation - We call it "doggie TV". We work from home so there is always someone here with the dogs. Our two well socialized dogs will welcome newcomers into their pack for playtime. Your dogs are welcome to play outside all day, nap inside, or a little of both. We offer daily photo updates via text or email if you like. Your dog(s) will enjoy a vacation here!
We absolutely love all dogs, but we have a few guidelines in place to ensure everyone's safety since our Vacay guests interact closely with our dogs and with other guests. First, large breed intact males will always require a meet-and-greet and may not be a good fit for us. Also it's important that all dogs be up to date on their vaccinations as well as flea and tick preventative before coming. Titer testing in lieu of vaccination will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please make sure this information is filled out on your profile before sending us your booking request! We are always happy to discuss your unique situation with you beforehand, just get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Jay and Nancy S.

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


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 12, 2017


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

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Jay and Nancy's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
56 Reviews
Nancy and Jay were an excellent choice and wonderful hosts to my miniature Dachshund, Gus, during our travel abroad. He was welcomed in and comforted immediately with special attention given to his personality and individual needs. He was allowed to be his usual self, something a boarding facility lacks, and for that I am grateful. Everyday I received an update and picture. I was also quite impressed that he had an additional ID tag on his collar for safety. The home is a very warm environment with a great backyard. There is a lot of love to animals here and I would recommend Nancy and Jay to all. We will be using them again in the future! Cheers!
Jay and Nancy took excellent care of my baby. They are excellent in every way. I trust them implicitly with my pet. Thanks so much!!!
This is the first time my girls have stayed with someone that had other dogs for an extended period, 4 nights. Since it was Thanksgiving there were 4 boarders and their two dogs. At first I think they were a little apprehensive but as the time went on they got more comfortable and started to play and run in the outdoor enclosure. Nancy sent a text with a photo everyday and we were excited to see that they were doing fine and eating well. Even though the girls were a little outside of their element they did seem to enjoy their stay and Nancy and Jay are very nice.
I felt comfortable the minute I met Nancy during the meet and greet. She knew how to introduce her dogs to my puppy and showed me all around to see where my pup was going to be living for the next 5 days. I received daily pictures and updates. I could tell my Sampson was well taken care of. I would definitely use Jay and Nancy again!
Jay and Nancy are fabulous! Our sweet Steffi had a great stay. She even ate while she was there! (Usually she pouts at doggy camp and does not eat.) We got daily updates with photos. She had other animals to play with and lots to explore. We will definitely bring Steffi here again when we are out of town. This was her best boarding experience in the last four years! We are so happy to have found Jay and Nancy!
Chilly had a wonderful time, and Jay and Nancy were excellent at putting my nerves at ease and welcoming my doggie into their home! I appreciate their kindness more than I can say! I highly recommend them and will definitely be bringing Chilly to stay again!
Hank absolutely loved his stay here! Nancy kept me updated with messages and pictures. Knowing he was having fun and safe made my vacation more enjoyable since I didn't have to worry about him. Thank you Nancy for taking such good care of Hank!
Nancy and Jay were great! Their fenced in yard was perfect for our dog who loves to run. They kept us updates each day with texts. Will definitely return!
We were very happy with our experience at the Max Patch Dog Hostle. The property is beautiful, and spacious for lots of puppy play. Nancy was very accommodating to all our special requests, and we recieved photo updates nightly. Our pup Amelie had a great time and made new friends. Upon our arrival home she slept from the moment we walked in the door until the next morning just simply worn out from too much fun! I highly recommend this Dog Vacay to everyone! Thanks Jay and Nancy!
First experience with DogVacay and Nancy made it a pleasant one. Very nice, and very responsive. I'll continue to use dogvacay after this experience.
Nancy was professional, truly cares about animals, sent wonderful photo updates. She put our minds at ease while we left our precious with her during the day. Communication was excellent. Nice fenced in back yard for play time. Quiet country location. Our Gracie B even met a sheep. If we are in this area again, I will not hesitate to contact Nancy and Jay to watch our baby. Thank you again for everything.
great people, great environment, couldn't be happier with the experience. My pup was wore out!! He had a great time and I know he will be excited to go back!
Nancy is awesome! Gabby has been on 2 vacays with her (the first time for 10 days!) and she has been lovingly cared for both times. Nancy even managed to take pictures of camera-shy Gabby during her first stay. I look forward to and appreciate the daily updates from Nancy which always put my mind at ease. She is great to communicate with and very accommodating for drop off and pickup! I highly recommend Nancy -- and Jay and Finnegan and Pancho!
Our German Shepherd Nika is a handful to say the least, so when it came time to seek boarding for her I was more than a little apprehensive. I truly lucked out when I stumbled upon the Max Patch Dog Hostel.. Nancy is such a gracious host that has both a deep understanding of dogs as well as a compassionate and capable way of handling them. She was extremely patient with Nika's severe separation anxiety and was able to soothe both her and my own anxieties. The property is beautiful as well - truly a doggie haven! I really can't recommend Nancy and her dog hostel enough!
I have used Nancy + Jay repeatedly and wanted to give another glowing review. My dog had both a medication side effect issue and a GI/stomach issue while she was staying with them, and Nancy was so wonderful -- she gave me detailed updates about how my dog was doing, fed her rice and probiotics to relieve her symptoms and just took care of her like she was her own dog. Thank you so much again!!
Our small seven year old dog spent one night with Nancy and seemed to be totally happy. We were concerned leaving him as he is a rescue and we are his fourth owners. He is very attached to us now and is with us all day.
He interacted with the other dogs and slept on the couch, and he is going to return for more short "sleep overs" in preparation for a 5 week stay later in the year. Nancy has a wonderful way with dogs which is obvious when you meet her.
What can we say? Jay and Nancy are wonderful! They are so great about updates and Goose had the BEST time. He even whimpered when we drove away! He was able to play with other dogs while he was there and even watch the sheep and chickens (being a city dog, he loved it!). Nancy is so loving and clearly cares about your dog. Such a lovely experience, I'd recommend them to anyone in the Asheville area :) Thanks you guys!
Nancy was great! Our dog was a little shy and overwhelmed at first and Nancy was so smart that she let the other dogs say hello one by one to make it a little less intimidating. We received pictures and messages with updates and our dog looked happy and was having a lot of fun in the backyard with the other dogs. Nancy was very flexible when it came to drop-off and pick-up hours. We felt very much at ease leaving our dog in her care and would definitely recommend her!
Nancy was so wonderful! I would recommend her to any of my friends or family in the Asheville area. I will absolutely be boarding my sweet pup with her again soon!
Jay and Nancy did a great job watching our dog Tucker last weekend. Their two pups, Finn and Pancho, are also amazing hosts :) I highly recommend
Nancy and Jay were very accommodating, quick to respond to all my questions and made me feel comfortable with a new unfamiliar place. Coolie loved playing with her new friends. They were sensitive to her individual needs and were sure to give lots ofbelly rubs as if she were at home! Much better than a boarding kennel.. Almost like home! Thank you!
Bailey and Maggie had a great stay! We greatly appreciated the pics and updates. Will certainly be back. Highly recommended.
Blue had a great time with Jay and Nancy. I plan on using them again.
Jay and Nancy are amazing! They are very quick to respond to inquiries and always give daily updates on how Arwen is doing. Arwen can be a bit skiddish at times, but she was excited to come back for another stay when she noticed the direction that we were driving, which makes us as her parents feel very comfortable.

They are very flexible with most schedules, whether it is frequent potty breaks, early morning medication, or late pickup, which again just reduces our stress as a pet owner.

Jay and Nancy receive our highest recommendation if you are even remotely close to their location. We actually drive nearly 45 minutes out of our way just to use them as our sitters and you should too!
Our girls had a great time with Jay and Nancy! We will be back!
Rosie was in a fantastic mood when I picked her up from Jay and Nancy's. She got so much loving attention. I received regular reports on how she was doing, and know they went above and beyond to make Rosie feel at home. When I had unexpected travel delays, Nancy worked with me to extend my reservation and I knew Rosie was in very good hands. I am so grateful and would happily and highly recommend Jay and Nancy's to all dog owners!
They had such a great time with Jay and Nancy they stayed an extra day!!! :)
Sparky and Angel were so happy to visit with Jay and Nancy again! This time for a whole week! We felt so comfortable leaving them in Jay and Nancy's care. Nancy sent photos every day showing us what a great time they were having, and that they were happy and healthy and having fun:) They are loving, caring people, and have a lot of property where the dogs can safely run and explore.

We would not hesitate to entrust our fur kids to Jay and Nancy, and highly recommend them. Thanks for letting us enjoy a great family vacation.
My dog Georgia had a wonderful time playing with the dogs at Nancy and Jay's! Thanks again...
Nancy and Jay were absolutely amazing. This was our first time using DogVacay and we couldn't be happier. They were very communicative before the visit and sent us update emails with photos every day after we dropped our dog Naga off. They went above and beyond to make sure Naga was comfortable and happy, and they helped her socialize with their other dogs by introducing them slowly. If we're ever in the area again, we wouldn't hesitate to book them again. Thank you so much Nancy and Jay!
Nancy and Jay are the best dog sitters we have ever had! Not only was our dog in heaven running around their property and being in their extra attentive care, they went out of their way to be accomadating to our crazy travel schedule. Can't recommend them enough!
Jay and Nancy are awesome! And Maggie LOVES it at their house! She's happy to see me when I come to pick her up, but then wants to run back inside. It's obvious she feels so at home there, and that Jay and Nancy love her as one of their own. It's so nice to have such a welcoming place for Mags to stay where I know she is safe and loved. So thankful!
Our dog loved his stay with Jay and Nancy. They were very professional in the business part of the interaction and very warm in caring for our dog. We would definitely use them again.
For many years, my dogs stayed home and someone came in to feed them. That was no longer possible, so I went looking for a solution I could live with and found DogVacay and through them, Jay and Nancy. Wow, what a great experience this was. I was really nervous at first, but Nancy gave me updates and photos and I could see that my doggies were having a good time. I took over their toys and food, and a quilt that smelled like me ... And later our bark collars because my little hunters thought the chickens were intruders! Aside from the great care and understanding by Nancy, her photographs were wonderful! She captured them in some great poses! This was a very happy experience for us all, and you can be sure we will be back.
My dog Georgia once again loved staying with Jay and Nancy! I definitely recommend.
This was our first dog vacay experience. It was awesome! Our German shepherd is a newly adopted adult, and this was our first time boarding him. Jay and Nancy did incredibly with him and Addie both. They sent us updates and pictures throughout their stay, which was so nice and reassuring. Very flexible for pick up time. Very great with swift and thorough responses to any questions. Definitely going back!
We are from Florida and decided to take Ginger our Boxer/Lab mix with us. I was looking online for boarding in Cherokee and found DogVacay, I emailed Jay & Nancy and later talked to Nancy on the phone.
Nancy is very pleasant and friendly, never meet Jay, but if he was smart enough to marry Nancy, he is OK in my book.
Nancy emailed us updates and photo's everyday. Ginger had a great vacation playing with her new friends.
You won't regret taking your pet for a vacation with them.

Ginger says Thanks Again for the good memories!!!!
Jay and Nancy were wonderful! They were so
kind and put us at ease leaving our two rescues with them. The dogs were happy and I'm sure had a wonderful time roaming the enclosed yard, seeing the lambs and chickens through the fence, and running around with Finn and Pacho!! Nancy sent pictures every day showing our "kids" having a fun vacation! We were very pleased, and would definitely recommend them! Sparky and Angel also came home with beautiful new reflective collars and leashes! Thanks to Jay and his "Trailhound" business! Very reasonable, and way better than their Walmart specials:)
I am so glad that we found Nancy and Jay online. Our dog Heddy HATES kennel situations, and Max Patch Dog Hostel provides a fantastic alternative. They genuinely treat your dog as part of the family (even letting Heddy take over their couch during her week there), and have a great set up with a really big fenced yard and a separate fenced area with chickens that provide entertaining "dog TV." Our dog has not had a chance to be very well socialized with other canines, so I was a little concerned about how she'd do and whether she'd pick any fights, but the two good-natured dogs who live there full time really help to speed and ease the socializing transition. If you board your dog here, you'll receive regular updates and photos to ease your mind while you're away. Knowing that our girl was being well cared for in a low-stress, home environment by nice people who really understand dogs made it possible to really relax and enjoy our vacation. TWO LARGE THUMBS UP!
Jay and Nancy were incredible! Upon our initial meeting, I knew that Moxy would have a blast and receive lots of love. I was gone for an extended period of time (11 days) and Nancy constantly kept me updated with pics and stories. In addition to that, it was readily noticeable (Jay told me outright too) that Nancy is a bit of a dog whisperer. Moxy will definitely be coming back to stay with her new found friends! Thanks Jay and Nancy!
Excellent caring hosts......would recommend them without hesitation.
Nancy and Jay are the sweetest couple and their love for dogs was quickly apparent when I walked into their home with Butter. This was our first time boarding and I felt great leaving for a week knowing that our dog Butter would be treated like part of the family. Nancy sent me updates and it was clear by the pictures that Butter had a blast playing with the other dogs and lounging around the house. I would highly recommend them and I know Butter will be looking forward to her next visit there!
Spirit had another great overnight experience. We believe he enjoys being in a family setting and that being with other dogs is stimulating for him. Also being in the country with the excitement of nearby chickens and ducks also adds to his enjoyment. Thanks Nancy and Jay for taking good care of him.
I hope the star system worked but if not they are a 10 in my book. Nancy and Jay were amazing and they made the experience wonderful. I felt like I knew daily what my babies were doing and it was such peace of mind. I highly recommend them and their services!!!! Wonderful experience...
Extremely friendly and pleasant! The home is a bit of a drive out in the country, but very pretty to drive to. Our dog Saluda had an absolute blast, and the dogs at the home are friendly and well trained. Plenty of space to run around and enjoy the fresh country air. They were very quick to respond and super flexible with our needs, pickup and drop off times. Highly recommend Nancy and Jay!!
Jay and Nancy were so wonderful with my dog Georgia, who tends to be skittish with other dogs so she doesn't get much social interaction. But Georgia had so much fun playing with their dogs on their property. Jay and Nancy were great with communication, sending me photos of Georgia each day I was away.
I couldn't be more pleased with Eiko's stay with Nancy and Jay. They took excellent care of him and I took home a very happy dog! I highly recommend them.
Jay and Nancy were possibly some of the nicest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting. My boyfriend and I found them last minute, since we decided to stay an extra day in NC while we were on a skiing vacation. They sent pictures update of them playing in their large yard with their two friendly dogs, and even took them on a nice long walk. We had never been in the area, and they gave us directions, advice on where to eat, and offered to show us hiking trails if we ever decide to visit again. I would absolutely bring my dogs here again. I couldn't of asked for better people to take care of my fur babies!
Excellent accommodations. Good service.
Jay and Nancy have created the perfect puppy retreat! Not only were they incredibly warm and welcoming when giving us and our two dogs a tour of their space and land, but it was clear from the moment they met our (somewhat anxious and spastic) dogs that they truly have a special gift with animals. Daily text updates and pictures of our dogs at play and rest throughout the week made for a truly above and beyond boarding experience! Jay and Nancy's homestead is a puppy paradise, and I can't think of a single other place where I would feel more comfortable leaving my anxious and codependent rescue dog than with them. In fact, when we picked the dogs up at the end of their stay, it was as though they didn't want to leave! I can't recommend the Max Patch Dog Hostel highly enough. Thanks for everything, Jay and Nancy!
Jay and Nancy are great people. We are neighbors with them and not only are they great neighbors, they are wonderful with dogs too. So when it came time for our little one (Buddy) to stay with someone for a few days, we knew exactly who to call. I was kept up to date with pictures and messages on how he was. Great service from great people! Definitely 5 stars.
Great experience. No problems. Ideal country setting with plenty of room for Sandy to be out and about. Prompt reassuring texts and emails (with photos) giving me confidence that Sandy was doing well, and in good hands.
Our dog had a great time and we felt very comfortable leaving him with Jay and Nancy.
This was Jack's second stay with Nancy and Jay. When I left him off, he showed no hesitancy and
greeted Nancy like an old friend. I knew immediately that he felt at home and I felt good that I was leaving him in such good hands. He spent most of his stay at Nancy's side or out roaming the large, fenced yard.
Jay and Nancy are great dog lovers who went out of their way to make our dog comfortable. They wanted to know as much as they could about our dog so that our dog would live similarly in their home. They also took him for long walks and included him as they would one of their dogs so that he became one of the pack. We were definitely comfortable leaving our dog with them and would love to use them again.
My twelve year old lab, Jack, spent six days with Nancy and Jay. Because I rarely leave him, I was concerned as to how he would do. I should not have worried. Each day Nancy sent pictures of him in their very large yard or lying by her side. I had a very early flight to catch and Nancy and Jay were up at 4:20 to meet Jack and me. During the first half hour after I left, Nancy reports that he was pacing and nervous. So, she cuddled with him until he fell asleep. When he awoke, he was content. He was never alone and even slept by their bed at night. When I picked Jack up, he was following Nancy around as if he were her dog. He truly made himself at home. Thank you, Nancy and Jay!
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