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Linda M.

112 Reviews
55 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated

Linda's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
3 yr 4 mo old
Golden Retriever
0 yr 4 mo old

Linda's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Linda

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I can only take repeat customers March 19 through April 11.

Dogs have been vacationing in my home since 1985. My Golden Retriever puppies would return for vacations and holidays. It truly becomes their home away from home and they love coming here. My best compliment is when a dog is very excited to come back again! I enjoy watching dogs play together and I love getting to know their individual and distinct personalities.

In 2011, I was able to move to this home with 4.5 acres and now have a very large fenced grass yard for dog romping and running. My living room is as large as a 2 car garage with tile floors, dog beds, dog couches, bones and toys. There is enough room for romping indoors when the weather is rainy, too hot or too cold.

I am home nearly all the time and the dogs go in and out all day as often as they can get me to open the door! They can spend as much or as little time outdoors as they want. When it is too hot or too cold, I do limit their outdoor time. I keep my home at comfortable temperatures 24 hours per day year round with heat and air conditioning. Dogs are crated for eating, sleeping and when I run errands. Otherwise, they are free just like at your house. Dogs are never alone and can see each other when crated.

My dogs will play with yours or leave them alone, whichever they prefer. Quite a few aloof, non-playing dogs started playing after a couple days here! Watching other dogs run and wrestle, being invited to play, but not pestered, gave them the space and confidence to join in doggy games. Their owners were shocked and delighted! It is almost like therapy for dogs who forget how to romp with others of their own kind.

I currently have a Golden Retriever, Glory. As a Golden Retriever breeder, I understand and have experience with all aspects of dog and puppy care. Many of my dogs have lived into their teen years (one over 17 years), so I also have a lot of years of elder care. I love the old dogs and miss all of mine. I have a ramp out the back door rather than steps which is easier for the seniors. Extra care, special foods, medicines (oral, injected, topical, etc.) are no problem for me and no extra charge.

For over a decade, I assisted a professional dog trainer every week with obedience classes. I still work with her as often as possible. There are always new things to learn!


All dogs MUST be up-to-date on all vaccinations: Rabies, Distemper/Parvo/Para Combination, and Bordatella (Kennel Cough).

Heartworm prevention and flea/tick protection needed.

All dogs under 2 years old must also have a clean fecal test within two weeks of coming here.

I will need a copy from your vet of proof of vaccinations for my records. I will NOT accept a dog without this. This is essential to protect all the dogs in my care.

Dogs just need to bring their own food and, if desired, their bed/blanket. (Medicines also, of course.) I have everything else needed.

Drop off and pick up times are set individually that work for both of us. Evening and very late pick ups are no problem and no extra charge.

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

Linda M.

112 Reviews
55 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
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  • Last updated February 17, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Linda's Home
$22 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in a crate
112 Reviews
It's comforting to see that our dog seems happy to be back each time we drop him off at Linda's. Then, each time we pick him up he's tired and happy. :)
Thanks again Linda for providing exceptional care for Porter while we were out of town. Never any worries when he's in your care. Porter will be back to visit again soon.
Linda is the absolute best. Easy drop off and pick up! Our dog ILO has so-much fun and is treated with the best loving care! Her huge property is great for the dogs to play and get great exercise and socialize!
She is the full package for dog care!
Great. Will use Linda again.
Linda was great with Claire! She sent a few photos during her stay and was flexible with our travel dates! Claire loved playing in her fenced yard!
A++++++ Fantastic experience! Highly recommended.
We are so pleased with the care Linda provided for our Collie!!! Throughout the 10 days that we were gone, Linda sent us lots of photos and updates of our dog. It was a HUGE relief to know that our pup was in great hands. Our Collie received a ton of time outside playing! It was awesome to know that she was not locked up indoors in a kennel!!! Linda is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She responded to all of our questions. I highly recommend Linda and will share this awesome pet vacay to my friends and family. THANK YOU LINDA!!!!!
Linda was so great to work with. She cared for our boxer all summer. Our dog had so much fun playing with the other dogs in her care! It was a blessing to have a "home away from home" for our dog where we knew she was loved on and free to play all the time. We will definitely be calling Linda again for our next vacation!
Linda was easy to communicate with and we truly felt that our pup was in good hands. Pup came home tired and happy :)
Linda was great! Super accommodating and helped out with some training questions! Looking forward to taking another vacation so Cali and go play with more pooches!!
Excellent service my dog love to stay with her.
Finley seemed to enjoy his stay.
Very pleased with Linda. Scout came home tired and happy. Looking forward to our next trip. It's is always more enjoyable when you feel like your pet is safe and happy.
I felt that Linda was a good caretaker for my little dog. The setup of the yard was great for both large and small dogs, especially my little escape artist. She sent pictures of Elsa having a good time with the other dogs there. I would recommend her for Dogvacay, any time.
She's incredible. Both of my dogs have their own little "quirks" that made me nervous to have them watched by others amongst other dogs. Linda really understands it all and takes the time to work with them when she can even when she has many other to watch. She truly cares for them and they are always excited to see her again! I get pictures f on her of my dogs smiling and having a good time and they are sleeping like babies when they get home! Will continue to use Linda every time I go out of town.
Teddy seems to have had a wonderful time and came home very tired.
Linda was very easy to work with. Linda allowed us to tell her when we would be dropping off and picking up our dog. Teddy has found his second home and he will definitely go to Linda's home when he's parents are away.
My golden retriever had a great experience with Linda and the rest of the pack at Vacation Playland. Linda was flexible and responded quickly to communication. She is extremely knowledgable about dogs and I felt very comfortable leaving Izzy, who is a senior. Izzy came back tired, but very happy. This was my first experience working with Linda, but it won't be my last.
Another great stay for Porter at Linda's. She has always been great with our dog and dropping off & picking up has always been worry free. We will look forward to a future visit.
Linda is a great to work with very flexible in scheduling and last minute changes.Louie always has a great time and needs a couple days of rest! Looking forward to booking again!
3rd year we have left our dog with Linda while we vacation. She gives us updates during our vacation as to how our dog is reacting to the environment. Great personality, you can tell she loves animals.
Linda is very friendly and comforting to both humans and dogs! I knew my dog was well taken care of the entire stay by receiving pictures and updates. Will definitely return to Linda's for our next vacation!
It was clear from the moment I met Linda, it was clear how much she loved dogs and loved dog sitting. She was very knowledgable about dog behaviors and had been watching dogs for a very long time. As a first time doggy mama, I was overly protective and crazy worried, but Kinda reassured me throughout the week with pictures and stories of our puppy having fun. It was a very hot week and she even set up a box for him to relax in front of. Also, our little stinker can be picky with sharing water, so she gave him his own bucket and measured the water to make sure he was staying hydrated. When we picked him up, he was so happy and exhausted, I could tell that he too enjoyed his vacation with all his new friends at Linda's house. I'm so grateful that she took such good care of my little guy, and that she kept in such good contact with me throughout the week. Thank you Linda!!
Marlee had a great time! He's still tired 2 days later! I would definitely recommend Linda, she knew exactly about how Huskies are and could handle him, which most of my friends and family wouldn't even take that on! I will definitely keep Linda in my mind for next time, great experience especially since I was so nervous about leaving him for the first time! The picture updates were a great bonus!
Jax came back exhausted, which tells us that he had a great time! Thank you Linda!
Linda was great and she is one of a few people that Zoey gets excited when we pull in her drive to get out and see her. She has taken awesome care of my furbaby and Zoey is always happy and healthy when I pick her up. She takes really good care of the dogs in her charge, and sends pictures as well. Absolutely would recommend your highly to anyone who needs a person that will care for their furbaby like they are her own.
My dog is always so happy to "go on vacation" to Linda's! Lots of dogs to play with, lots of outdoor play time. When I pick her up she is exhausted and happy, and I don't worry about her while I am gone. Thank you Linda!
Linda was so easy to work with! You can tell she runs things well and is very mindful of addressing potential issues before they come up! She helped our anxious dog transition well into group play. Would definitely recommend!
It was very easy to leave our 2 dogs with Linda. They seemed to be very comfortable being there. They did not seemed stressed at all at drop off or pick up. Will definitely be taking our boys back to her!
The experience was better than I ever could have imagined! Linda is fantastic! She was so very generous with her time when I had many questions as I always hate leaving my dog! Teddy was there for a night and he came home so tired! I could tell he was happy and we are already planning our next visit back to Linda!
I took my dog Riley to Vacation Playland because I needed to attend a two-day conference. Riley remembered Linda from a previous visit and left me without even saying goodbye!! Linda sent pictures of Riley playing while he was there. He looked like he was having so much fun. He even looked like he was smiling in one of the pictures. (My mom said I was projecting my feelings onto him). Needless to say, I believe he had a great time, and I will be bringing him to visit Linda and the crew for play dates. Thanks for taking such good care of Riley.

Another awesome stay with Linda. We had no worries when we were out of state on vacation and Porter was in the care of Linda. We received pics of our dog having fun, which is always nice. Drop-off and pick-up is always trouble-free. We will be back again soon!
I have had my dogs at different places and my dog had so much fun at Linda's (Vacation Playland) they get to play with other dogs and Linda is so good with them. She would send pictures that you can see how your dog is doing. A great place to leave your animals without any worrys.

Easy drop off and pick up.
Linda had her hands full for our dogs vacation the last week and a half. As usual our dogs came home happy and tired. Linda was willing to keep our dogs an extra day when a flight was canceled and pushed our return back a day. We also like getting the regular picture updates from Linda during our dogs stay with her. We would recommend Linda to anyone who needs a dog sitter.
We were very happy with Linda. The dogs seemed happy and we appreciated getting a pic and update each day!
Received pictures of his stay which was awesome. Very helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend her to someone and will be using her again if the need comes up
Linda was great with Barkley. He had to be on medication for his upcoming surgery and she was extremely helpful with that. He enjoyed his stay and playing with her Golden.
Linda took excellent care of our dog, Zelda. She even sent photos of her to us while we were on vacation!
Excellent! Loved getting pics of our pup having fun. He is looking forward to his longer stay.
Linda was great! She provided updates with photos showing Roxy enjoying herself with her new friends.
Linda was wonderful with Willow. This was the first time Willow has spent time away from home. Linda sent up pictures and email updates on Willoqs visit. Linda cares very much for her guest.
Our dog had a great time with Linda. He was exhausted when he got home. As we usually bring our dog with us, we are very happy to have had someone with so much experience taking care of him. We appreciate her flexibility and care while we were away.
Linda was a great host whom my dog seemed to enjoy. The fact that Linda had other dogs at the same time was an added bonus as my dog needed some interaction with others. Linda provided pictures and updates every other day to let me know all was well and I appreciated that. Thanks, Linda!
Great updates during Parker's stay. Plenty of mates for him to play with. Easy drop off and pick up.
She was okay with my schedule changes for pick up and drop off but my dog has become really anxious after that one stay.
Tucker stayed with Linda for over 2 weeks. Linda was great about sending a couple of pictures and a quick update every 2 days. We appreciated that. It was easy to communicate with her, and Tucker came home happy and healthy.
Linda was great! She kept me updated with photos and was very accommodating. Lola had a great time playing with the other dogs there!
Linda was an exceptional host for our miniature schnauzer. Our dog is often nervous around strangers and she typically has a miserable time at kennels. (She comes back with pounds lighter and usually with intestinal problems.) None of that happened when she stayed with Linda. She was her normal self on pick up. Additionally, Linda does a great job of communicating with owners. Email responses come back in a matter of an hour or two. Also, our return flight to Grand Rapids was canceled due to freezing rain and we had to come back two days late. But Linda was very accommodating and there was no extra charge. She also sent pictures of our dog to us during the trip which is a nice touch. If you can't leave your dog with friends or relatives, then Linda's place is the next best thing (and maybe just the best thing).
Porter's stay at Linda's was awesome once again. Drop-off and pick-up was seamless (even though I brought bad weather with me each time!). Looking forward to the next visit over spring break. Linda does a fabulous job and I would highly recommend her.
Linda is such a pleasure to work with. I accidentally put the wrong dates down for my dog and she fixed it for me right away! I also got some fun pictures of my dog playing with a couple of other dogs. We will use Linda again when needed.
Monty had a wonderful time. We will take him back to Linda for another vacation!
Linda was very flexible regarding drop off and pick up. She sent some great pictures of my dog romping with others in the back yard. I judge the success of a boarding stay by Kyla's behavior after she gets home: if she's her usual high energy self, I have to wonder (and this has happened in the past). If she's wiped out, I figure she had a good time. She went straight to bed when she got home yesterday--and stayed there. We'll be back.
It's a great feeling to know that my dog is in excellent care when I'm out of town for an extended period of time. Porter had another fun-filled stay with Linda and can't wait to come back soon.
Great service, our dog was happy.
Linda is great! Porter had another awesome stay with her and got to play with some new and old friends. Easy drop-off and pick-up once again. Looking forward to his next vacation in one month. See you then!
They had a great time! Lilly had no diarrhea this time afterward, so I think she is getting used to being away from Mom and Dad. In their pictures they always look so happy.
Our two small dogs had a great stay with Linda! Linda is wonderful! Linda sent us photos of Bentley & Oliver playing with other dogs (beautiful Retrievers) in the play area which was so considerate & reassuring. We truly appreciate the great care from Linda so that we could enjoy important family celebrations! We would highly recommend Linda! Thanks! :)
As always our dog Rascal had a great experience and returned home happy and healthy! Linda does a great job caring for our pet and also communicating with us during the time he is in her care. We really appreciate and enjoy Linda!!
Linda is amazing and Bella and Cole love being there!
My dogs seemed to have a great time. Getting the pictures showing that they were having fun was a great help to ease our minds.
Linda absolutely loves dogs. She is so good with them. Our Cody had never been gone from home before or played with other dogs. He did wonderful and was a happy boy when he came home. Doggy camp is great!
Leaving diva with Linda was very easy and accommodating. Linda send us pictures of diva while she was staying there. Diva seemed to had a great time. We will use her for sure for our future stays.
Linda is lovely- very organized and total dog lover- our golden had a great stay with her. She sent us lots of photos of our dog during his stay.
Ana had a great time at Linda's house playing with big and small dogs and she is only 8 pounds! Her best friend is Tucker now. Linda brushed her for us which isn't easy for a Bichon Poodle and worked with me on pick up times. I recommend Linda and DogVacay to anyone for a stress free vacation.
Linda is great! She emailed us pictures of Bella playing while we were away and moved her bed close so Bella wouldn't be lonely. Bella had a great visit!
Linda does a great job with Betty.
Porter had another awesome visit with Linda this weekend. He will be back again soon. Thanks again Linda for a great stay.
Linda was amazing and our little Rascal had a blast! We could tell because Linda sent us pictures and updates all week and when we went to pick him up has was one very happy doggy!! Thanks you! Linda is our new dog sitter!!
Once again Linda was an excellent host for Porter's stay. He always enjoys himself with the company of Linda and the dogs he meets and plays with during his stay. Porter will definitely be back again soon.
The best endorsement of Linda is how excited our dog is when we pull up her drive- he is always ecstatic to see her! She always sends pictures showing the dogs playing and he comes home happy and exhausted.
Linda is a lovely host who clearly loves her guests!
Thank you Linda! Petey had a great time and came home tired from playing with all his new friends. We appreciated the emails and photos that enabled us to have a great vacation knowing that Petey was also having a blast. We will be back for our next vacation. Highly recommended.
I will definetely use Linda again. She kept in contact with us over our time away and that always makes leaving a pet behind so much easier. The dogs dogs seemed as happy with her as we were.
Linda's is our dog's second home :)
My doggie had a great time with Linda. He get excited in the car on the way there every time!
Another great experience!
Great experience. Love the pictures she sent!
Our dog loves Linda!
Linda was wonderful! We were a bit nervous leaving our puppy with anyone, but our "gut" said "go with Linda". We were not disappointed. Linda cared for our "Maggie" and also for us. Thank you, Linda!
Chloe seems to have had a wonderful time and came home very tired. Linda was very easy to work with. Drop off and pick up was very easy as Linda allowed us to tell her when we would be dropping off and picking up our dog. We will definitely use Linda again if the need arises!
Linda was fantastic! It was our first stay-over for our puppy. (Never mind that she is 70 pounds!) We checked out a number of places first and decided Maggie would do very well with Linda...and she did! Linda even wrote out ideas to help us with her. Maggie will return to Linda's in September and we will leave her with peace of mind.
Thank you, Linda!
Linda did a great job with Betty. Our dog was in good health and a great mood when we picked her up!
Porter stayed with Linda for a week while we were out of town on vacation. It's nice to know we don't have to worry about him while we are gone. He's well taken care of and always enjoys his stays there. He's looking forward to his next stay. Awesome job once again Linda! We will see you again soon.
Linda is so great with our little ones! When we picked them up Linda shared details about each of their personalities and their stay that allowed us to know how much they enjoyed being at Linda's!!!
Linda is fabulous! Bella and Cole enjoyed their meet and greet visit and we knew they were in great hands when we dropped them off a few days later for our trip.
We love Linda! She did a great job with our GSP, Bo. We will definitely use her again. We left him for a weekend and as a protective "dog mom", I was really nervous to leave him with someone I didn't know. However, once I met Linda I knew she was a good person that just loved dogs. We even received photos of our dog while he was with her. He had so much fun. Thank you Linda!!
Meg and J
Porter had a great stay and can't wait to visit again in a few weeks. Linda was great to work with and very accommodating. Drop off and pick up couldn't have been smoother. We'll be back again soon.
Excellant host and very accommodating.
We scheduled a meet and greet a few weeks before our vacation. I knew it was a good sign when Isabella saw Linda and started wagging her tail with excitement. When we picked her up after our vacation she was happy, obviously well cared for and even a bit tired from all the play time. We'll definitely be back!
Always flexible with pick up and drop off times. Our dog loves it at Linda's.
Like our dog's second home :)
Another great stay at Linda's!
No better place for brixton to stay while we were on vacay!
Linda took great care of our dog and kept us informed as to how he was doing. He had a great time and our minds were at ease. Sincere thanks Linda!
My babies loved Linda and I would definitely bring them back to her. She is very caring and loving to your parents, treats them like her own.
Linda was excellent! She was flexible and went above and beyond to help accommodate us. She even went so far as to recommend resources to help us with training which we greatly appreciate. We will definitely look to her for future boarding needs!
Excellent..I never have to worry about our little dog when he is staying w/ Linda, Thank you so much
Thanks again! Glad to have a place for our "furry child" to stay when we are away.
Brixton always has a great time at Linda's!
Linda is truly an angel! She really saved the day by taking my mother's dog, Lexie, on very short notice while my mother was in the hospital. I am so very grateful for the excellent care Lexie received while staying with Linda. She really allowed me to focus on my mum without worrying.
excellent care for my big puppy. i will recommended.
Linda was easy to work with and took great care of our dogs!
Brixton loved staying with Linda!! She made him feel right at home. So glad to find this service.
I felt very comfortable leaving my dog in Linda's home. Linda kept me informed of how my dog was doing each day. This made me enjoy my vacation more. I knew that Linda was giving her special attention that would not be given to her in a kennel situation.
Linda was great, our dog came back happy and exhausted and right when we dropped our dog off our minds were put to rest.

We have a puppy with a lot of energy, Linda showed patience and you could tell she had the experience. She even gave us lots of great tips and advice after picking him up.

We would definitely pick Linda again when we are out of town and cannot bring the dog!
We were so happy to find when we were making a trip to Michigan from North Carolina with the dogs. Mowgli and Luna had a wonderful time with Linda! They were happy campers when we picked them up and we couldn't have been more thrilled with their stay. We will definitely use Linda again when we are back in Michigan.
I was very happy with Linda's service and very comfortable leaving my dogs with her. She is definitely very knowledgeable about dogs and taking care of them. I would not hesitate to do it again.
Thank you Linda, for taking such good care of Shatze. Love getting the emails. Wow...I feel like a proud mama...getting excellent feed back on how my dog helped other dogs learn how to play. at doggy vacay. You are great with him. Kudo's, The Knights.
Linda took great care of my dog! She (my pup) seemed very happy when I picked her up. Linda was extremely knowledgable and caring. I would definitely recommend her!
I felt very comfortable leaving our little Shatze w/ Linda. You can tell she has 30 years experience w/ dogs. Shatze got to play and make friends...just what I had hoped for him. I will bring him to Linda's play land again.
My German Shorthaired Pointer had a great experience with Linda and her clan. He especially loved the chickens. Although he was very happy to see us when we picked him up, he wasn't in any hurry to leave. I will definitely use Linda again.
Linda was a great host for my little guy! He had a great time socializing with her dogs and living the country life for a few days. Turk can be a bit demanding at times, so I appreciate her patience and willingness to treat him well.
Our two GSD had a great time. Very accommodating with times on a tight schedule. Nice area to run in. They had a blast with all of the Golden Retrievers.
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