The Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfast

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Virginia and Jerry W.

49 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 40 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Siberian Husky

Virginia and Jerry's Resident Pets

Jack Russell Terrier
10 yr 4 mo old
9 yr 0 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Virginia and Jerry'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 Virginia and Jerry

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My name is Virginia, my husband is Jerry and we would love to watch your four-legged friend! We are animal lovers to the core! At the Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfast, your pet is treated like a member of our family! Our pets are our children. My husband and I have been boarding dogs and cats for 10 years! We have two dogs of our own, a Jack Russell and a Yorkie-Poo, and four cats we rescued, we have big hearts for the furry citizens; they are our children and our world! We are sorry, but we now are no longer accepting new large breed dogs. Please send us a private note or text us if you are an existing client. As you may tell from our reviews, we are a very busy hosts and one of the very best in town with every customer booking again. The primary reason for our high booking numbers and repeats is the care we give your pets, many cant wait to come back and run right up to the front door. Booking with hosts that also work full-time jobs such as ourselves during the day, your beloved animal is excited and benefits from free reign of our 3000 sq foot house during the day and open play time with the other borders or our resident dogs. Your pet typically will have non-human intervention for 3-4 hours than a happy dog siesta visit at lunch time with lots of love and attention. Then one of us is home again usually around 3-4 pm varying on the day, We would love for new clients to schedule a meet and greet to get to know us and see why we are one of the busiest pawcation spots. . Our favorite part of the stay is to see the joy of returning guests and the smiles from both the pets and the parents at deBARKcation time. Many moms and dads come for pick up at the end of pawcation , and tell us their pet slept for 2 days after they left on the last visit.. We are very accommodating to any and every need of your pets. One of the accommodations we offer is a doggy door that allows each guest access into the fully fenced and locked 1.5 acre backyard as they please. There are lots of places for your purrfect pet to play and explore with the other guests inside with our resident dogs or romp and play outside during the day in our 1.5 acre completely fenced back yard. We have two benches by the front windows and all our past pawcationers love to stare out the window and bark and bark at passers. Your dogs can cool off whenever they like in the in-ground saltwater pool so its soothing to their skin. Every paw is treated equally, meaning one does not get a treat unless everyone can have a treat. Every pawriffic visitor receives daily attention, we love them as much as our own pets and nurtured with the pac!. Please inquire in advance for drop off times or meet and greets. During the weekday times will vary between early am, the mid-afternoon dog siesta, and most evening drop offs after 4:45. On the weekends we provide 24/7 attention. We even all pile on the large couches for evening TV time every day. Our house is all tile, so if there is an accident, it's OK, it can be easily cleaned! We are flexible when it comes to special needs, medications, or other special requests just means we give them extra love and care!! We are experienced with giving medication whether orally or injections, and understand the importance of medication for your loved ones. We have many repeat clients with multiple stays and tell us their beloved pet can't wait to come back to the Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfast! We love seeing their joy and excitement of when them come back to our home to be a part of our lives again. It brings us great joy in knowing that our care and compassion goes a long way with your pet! We also offer services such as bathing and nail trims so their paws can be squeaky clean for their return home from their pawcation. We work hard to reflect your puurfect paws current sleeping conditions in our home based from parents instructions . We have blankets and extra dog beds. We make sure every paw is tucked in each evening either within the humans bedroom around the bed, the doggy cove, couch or wherever your beloved pet may choose to sleep. Some parents prefer crates and we place the crates wherever the pet prefers. Our room rate is $25 per pet per stay. Each stay is based on 24 hour periods from check in time. Need a late check out, please let us know we are flexible. Your pet's luggage should include food, leashes, sleeping blanket/bed or crate (same sleeping conditions as your home) and send any other special comfort needs for their stay to be barktastic. If a late check out (more than 6 hours extra) is required please request a custom quote. Our full service bed and barkfast includes high end all natural foods with no fillers, sleeping attire and leashes at a cost of $35 per 24 hours with a free check out bath. Please notify us of this choice before booking. Book your dog's next barkcation with peace of mind knowing that your kid will be well cared for, spoiled rotten and have a barksalot pawriffic time! Drop off and pick up times will vary depending on our work schedules, they are usually very consistent. Weekends we have full availability for most hours during throughout the day. We have cats that live peacefully with our dogs. We request your pets be cat friendly. All boarders must be current on shots. Thank you so much for considering the busiest and most caring host in Jacksonville with one of the largest number of satisfied reviews from our repeat clients. We care for about your time away as much as we care about your pet while they await your return!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Advanced senior issues

Virginia and Jerry W.

49 Reviews
37 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 40 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 5, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Virginia and Jerry's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$15 /bath
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
49 Reviews
I cannot say enough good things about the experience ! Virginia and Jerry were the BEST substitute pet parents for Buster ! We will not hesitate to use them every time we leave town! Buster was so happy and well cared for, I was almost afraid he wouldn't want to come home! We have found his home away from home. We received many pictures, texts, updates, on our sweet boy! Really took the "stress" of pet worry completely out of our vacation!
LOVE Virginia and Jerry! Could not ask for better sitters. Our dogs love them. Sometimes our dogs mourn them after we take our dogs home. We would highly recommend Jerry and Virginia to anyone looking for someone to watch their dogs.
Virginia and Jerry are the best! They are so good with our old dogs. They are very patient, gentle, and kind with our slow, wobbly lab and pointer. Their yard is a huge wonderland for the pointer.
Fantastic! Very friendly caring couple. Our dog could run and play outside with the other dogs. We never worried about Trevor and his care. They sent pictures and updates each day. We will definitely use them again and again.
Riley and Lola loved their stay with Virginia and Jerry. The puppies are still sleeping from all the fun they had and we got pictures of their stay sporadically, as well as a DVD at the end! Highly recommend them, they love dogs and the dogs had a blast over there.
The dogs seemed happy with Virginia and Jerry. They sent us pictures and it was really nice to get that extra assurance.
Phoebe had a wonderful stay at the Wetzel's! I was very nervous about leaving our shy dog for the first time, but they provided lots of photos, videos, and updates. They even let us come over for a meet and greet beforehand and I could tell immediately that they are true animal lovers and genuinely good people. I really feel like they treated Phoebe like one of their own, and I will be booking them for any future trips we take. I just cannot say enough good things about them! Thank you Virginia and Jerry!!
Our boys felt like they were at home ...maybe better. Smile... Jerry and Virginia constantly provided pictures and updates so I felt comfortable that my dogs were being well taken care of while I was away. They're the best!
Virginia and jerry went above and beyond expectations! I got updates, video and reassurement my pup was doing well while away. They clearly love dogs and I am so grateful!
Virginia and Jerry's home made our Thanksgiving wonderful ! We boarded for the first time, and Braxton can't wait to go back ! They were so very flexible, as we picked him up a few times to experience the beach, and then he ran from the car to go back ! Thanks so much for your hospitality and love and care for Braxton. I would 100% recommend them to anyone vacationing in Atlantic Beach or surrounding areas.
Awesome couple with amazing passion for our furry kids. Thankful for a home away from home for our boys when unable to bring them with us. Thank you thank you thank you!
Virginia and Jerry are uniquely qualified and extremely capable of taking care of our two elderly dogs. We have been blessed to find such competent, kind, attentive people in whom we can trust when we have to travel. It is such a relief not to worry when we are away. They have a wonderful, large, fenced yard and great screened porch that our dogs just love. We could not recommend them more highly - they are the best!
I had a good visit with Virginia and Jerry so they could get to know my dogs, Paddy and Tux before the actual reservation. They stayed a week with them while my wife and I visited our expectant daughter. During the visit, all had to be evacuated because of Hurricane Matthew. Virginia and Jerry took it all in stride and moved to a safe location until the storm passed. Paddy and Tux were almost sad to leave since they had such a good and exciting time!
They did the best job. Worked with me on times and days I needed them to watch my dog. My dog was not on her best behavior and they handled her is a very professional manner. I would recommend them to all my friends.
So happy I came across this app and Virginia and Jerry!! They sent me pictures of my fur ball the entire time I was away and Cooper was exhausted when I picked him up from playing so much. You won't regret bringing your pup here!
Our girls had a wonderful time staying with the Wetzels, and we were able to go on our vacation without the guilt of leaving them at a kennel without their comforts of home. Yes, our girls are spoiled, and Virginia and Jerry continued spoiling them, maybe even more than we do!! We will definitely be scheduling their vacations there in the future!
Virginia and Jerry are so very friendly and super easy to work with. I knew right away - at our "Meet and Greet" appointment - that this was the place for our Bailey. Their yard is awesome for outdoor dogs! Bailey loves to dig, and bark, and run with other dogs...but likes his space, too. Their home and yard made this possible for him. I loved the doggie door to the house - giving Bailey an option to where he'd like to be. It was a great comfort knowing that Bailey was so well cared for, while we were away. They were very good about sending photos/videos and messages from Bailey. It was nice to see pics of him having fun. I'm certain he will miss them all (dogs included)! Bailey will gladly return to Virginia and Jerry's BB next time we have to leave him.
Excellent, they always take great care of Lina, i recommend them highly
Virginia and Jerry were amazing hosts and our boys Trevor and Jake had a great "summer camp" visit. Lots of swimming and chasing lizards in their big, beautiful back yard.
We have found our new pet sitters, and know that the boys will have many great visits in the future!
We have two new greyhounds and this was the first time we have left them anywhere. Virginia and Jerry were better than we could have ever hoped for. We felt Jerry and Virginia were family taking care of our kids. We could not be happier with them and will use them every time we need to go with out our pups. We even recommend them to our friends and family.
Couldn't ask for a more perfect spot for Major to spend his vacation while we were on ours. I was even a little worried he wouldn't want to leave! We found out he LOVES pools, thanks to the beautiful one he got to swim in every day. And, he even trimmed up a bit thanks to the enormous fenced yard he got to run around it. Also, really appreciated the photos and videos we were sent almost every day, and Major's going-home present was such a sweet surprise.
You can tell they genuinely care for the dogs that stay with them. and Charm came back clearly well loved and played with. I will be booking with them again!
Elle and Darla loved their doggie vacay with Virginia. She treated them as family, which really ment a lot to us. I would recommend them to anyone.
Virginia and Jerry are amazing hosts to your pups vacation. We have never left our baby with a stranger and from the moment we met them they, we immediately felt comfortable having them take care of her.
We found out last minute that we needed help for a night and they were able to accommodate our last minute request for a meet-and-greet and then drop off the next morning.
We have used them since the first time and will continue to take our pup to Virginia's place. I would also recommend them to all of my family and friends who are looking for dog care.
Stanley and Ollie had a great stay at Virginia's. I would definitely recommend the Wetzels.
Virginia & Jerry are the pawfect dogsitters! They overextended their maximum amount of dogs to take in the most they've had, 8 (including their 2), and I'm so grateful! We always want our dog to have other dogs to socialize with while we are gone and Gandalf had a blast playing with the others. They have a great yard and the dogs can play on their own. The best thing was when we picked him up, he had a handkerchief and a little goodie bag with a card of all of his photos taken while staying with them. The personal touch is above and beyond and we will definitely return! Gandalf was sad to go and I can see that he had lots of love from Virginia & Jerry along with his fur friends!
I was extremely nervous to drop off my beloved shih tzu, knowing there would be other dogs around and her initial reaction to new situations can manifest as aggression, which is not always safe for small dogs. As anticipated, Chewy was pretty shaken by the new environment, and the other curious dogs coming around to sniff her out. I contemplated taking her with me, thinking I had made a mistake, but Virginia and Jerry were very welcoming, and invited us out into the beautiful backyard to lessen the shock and ease into the situation. One by one, Chewy was able to sniff out the new friends, and eventually was calm enough for me to sneak out. I was still a little apprehensive over the next few hours, but Virginia sent me lots of pictures of Chewy interacting with her new friends. When I picked her up on Sunday, Chewy was exhausted from having so much fun with the other dogs. Virginia even sent home a goodie bag with a letter from Chewy explaining how much fun she had and how much she loved the belly rubs and treats she had.. Along with a postcard full of Chewy pictures. I am so very pleased with the attention they gave Chewy, and how accommodating they were to both of our anxieties. Thank you again for a great weekend!
Virginia and Jerry were awesome to work with. They sent many photos during Ginger's vacay. It made me feel confident that I left her in good hands! The Wetzel's seemed to really love Ginger. I will defintely use them again when I am out of town.
Wow. I can not say enough about how awesome Sebastians stay was at Virginias. They kept us updated with random txt messages and pics. The experience was fantastic. We will definitely be using them again. Highly recommended. The take home letter that our dog wrote to us telling us about his great visit was a cute touch along with the collage of pics from his stay. Very cute. ..Thanks again so much. We will be at ease now whenever we go out of town knowing our boy is in good hands.
This was the first time we had left our 2 year old Aussie with anyone and Virginia and Jerry were very kind and loving toward her. They gave us updates throughout the weekend and couldn't have been more accommodating. Their yard is large, shaded and safely fenced. We would definitely recommend them (already have) and we would use them again.
They have a large, enclosed, shaded backyard with a pool that was comfortable, safe, and inviting. Our two dogs could not have had better care. They settled in and felt right at home immediately. Our dogs are very old and have health issues, but they were extremely well cared for. In fact, our dogs were so happy that they were disappointed that they had to leave. We could not have been happier with the care our dogs received. We recommend them wholeheartedly and plan to use them again in the future.
I came to dogvacay and Virginia after it became clear that my very anxious and active yellow lab did not do well in a typical boarding facility. Needless to say, I was still nervous leaving him despite the environment change. He did great at Virginia's! I received photo updates for my piece of mind and he seemed to love it! I will definitely be back.
Our dog Jax was treated as one of their own and came back happy! Lots of picture updates throughout his stay helped reassure me that he was having a great time. Thanks so much to Virginia for loving on our baby while we were on vacation! The yard is shaded and fenced, so the pups could roam around as they pleased- loved that! Virginia also gave us a goodie bag when we picked him up. Thanks so much, we will definitely use you guys again and refer friends to you.
This was a great place for how her dog to spend a couple days! Lots of room to run in the backyard. Virginia was easy to deal with and seem to genuinely enjoyed having Holly around. I would recommend Virginia for anyone's dog vacation.
Lina had a great time and i do appreciate all the affection and attention given to her i would recommend them and will definitely use leave Lina with them again
Absolutley love the it family and can't wait to use them again! My dogs had an amazing time, they even left wet from having so much fun in the pool! Grateful for awesome people like them! Thanks virginia!
The Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfest is great! I would recommend them to anyone looking for a great stay for their furry friend. Virginia responds very quickly to questions and accommodated my drop off/pick up schedule without hesitation. Jerry was available for a meet and greet the same day. Their house is great for dogs--with a screened porch and doggie door, and large fenced yard with pool. In talking to both Virginia and Jerry it's clear they are knowledgeable and passionate about dogs. Some of my favorite things: pictures (Virginia was great about sending photos throughout the trip!), location (very convenient to Jax Beach), lovely welcome bag (complete with a letter from my pup and a postcard with all his pictures!), piece of mind (these two are great!). I only wish I had seen the 'other services' like bathing, pick up, and drop off--check them out! I would absolutely feel comfortable re-booking with them and hope to soon!
These guys were amazing! I would certainly recommend them, and I will certainly be using them again. They went above and beyond to make my time away from my baby girl went as smooth as possible. In particular, when my flight returning home got delayed, they were extremely generous in holding onto her for another night. Strongly recommend.
We recently picked up our puppy after a 3 night stay with Virginia and Jerry and we could not be more grateful for how they treated our little guy. Trigger had the best time at their house; whether he was running in their large backyard, chewing on sticks, or (attempting) to swim in their pool, he was having a blast the entire time. Though he was happy to see us when we picked him up, i'm not sure he was ready to leave the Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfest. Thanks again, Virginia and Jerry; Trigger can't wait to come back!
Virginia and Jerry were the best hosts to our pup's 1st unfamiliar sleepover that we could ask for. They were able to accommodate our last minute request and went over and beyond our expectations with the care they provided for our little girl. I would recommend the Wetzel Pet Bed & Barkfast to everyone, especially if you want your dog to be treated like a king or queen while away from you.
I am not a reviews freak kind of person. But I find it absolutely mandating to post that review to help other dogs to have such a great stay like the one Cleo had with The Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfast. I contacted Virginia at the last minute due to an urgent biz trip, and WOW it was a completely great choice. All I will say I don't think you will ever find a sitter to watch your lovely kid better than that family. I truly believe that you cannot ask for anything more, its a great experience all around & will definitely be my choice for next sitting if I needed. THANKS a lot Virginia and Jerry for taking great care of Cleo during my absence and keeping me updated with pix throughout my trip....
If dogs could talk, I guarantee Brandy would have told me how much she loved her stay with the Wetzels!
This was Brandy's first overnight trip away from home, and I was nervous. The Wetzels' put those fears to rest within minutes of meeting them. They are obviously dog lovers.
It was so much fun to see Brandy running around and just having a great time with the other dogs. I received photos while away, and I could just see the fun she was having!
She was loved and well taken care of. I cannot thank Virginia and Jerry enough.
We will definitely be taking Brandy again.
Virginia and her husband were fantastic with beau. They documented his whole stay with pictures and a note. I was extremely skeptical about dogvacy, especially because this was ways first time away from me but Viginia quelled all those fears.
Our dogs had a great visit with Virginia, Jerry, Buddy, and Sasha.
We planned a last minute trip to Disney World and found that all the nearby pet boarders were booked. Luckily, we found Virginia.

Lilly is a shy, Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix, who is very apprehensive of people and other dogs. Her favorite place is either on a lap or snuggled up very close to one of us.

We dropped Lilly off for her 3-night stay and the nervousness of leaving her behind set in as we began our drive from Jacksonville to Orlando. It wasn’t long before we received a text with a picture of Lilly looking comfortable. We received regular updates and pictures of Lilly having fun and being happy.

At one point our plans had changed and we had to extend Lilly’s visit. Virginia took care of all the details and everything was set.

Even picking up Lilly turned out to be fun! It was surprising to see our little Lilly running with the pack of other visitors and residents, barking at the sound of the doorbell. She dashed around comfortably with dogs several times her size.

It was obvious that not only was Lilly treated well, but she was loved during her own vacation. We were extremely pleased and should we ever have to vacation without Lilly again, we will certainly call Virginia first.
We absolutely loved Virginia and her husband! They took such great care of our pups! My pups had such a great time there which was obvious through the pictures they sent us while we were away! I highly recommend them and will definitely take my dogs there the next time we are out of town!!!
This was by far the best experience I've ever had leaving my dogs in someone else's care. My dogs spent 4 days at Virginia and her husband's house and during those days I was sent many pictures and updates on how my dogs were settling in. I knew my dogs were cared for and loved and when I picked them up I could tell they didn't want to leave. They were tired from playing with all of the other dogs which made for a nice trip back home. I highly recommend The Wetzel Pet Bed and Barkfast to even the most selective dog owners and I will be sure to seek their services in the future.
We took our puppy to Virginia and Jerry's place for 4 nights. Our puppy is very shy and submissive and this was her very first time away from home. we were somewhat concerned that our puppy will be "bullied around" by other, potentially aggressive dogs, and that we will not be there to protect her. we worried for nothing. Virginia and Jerry took really good care of our dog, and provided us with daily updates on her whereabouts. we were getting frequent updates with photos of our perfectly happy dog! our puppy came back more confident and her today's interactions with other dogs are much more relaxed and happy.

I do highly recommend Virginia's place and we will surely use her services again.
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I cannot thank Virginia enough for the exceptional love and care she provided to our little dog. She kept us updated throughout his stay and even sent us adorable photos. Our dog was able to play outside, and was given lots of love and attention. The Wetzels have two dogs who played great with our little one and they even had a few doggy regulars there who clearly also loved the Wetzels. There is no one I would trust more with our dog than Virginia.
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