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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Chihuahua, Dachshund, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Miniature Pinscher, Rottweiler, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

JIM's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
14 yr 0 mo old
8 yr 3 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

JIM's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About JIM

50 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
My wife and I love animals and have had dogs, cats and horses all of our lives. My wife volunteered at our country vet's office for a while but, most importantly, we took in stray/unwanted dogs and cats, puppies and kittens for the small town in Missouri where we lived. We gave all of the animals vet care as needed, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, gave dogs basic training (sit, down, lay down, come, stay and to walk on a leash) and re-homed all the animals with a 100% success rate.

We have now moved back home to Colorado so no longer fill the Missouri town's stray animal needs but we currently take care of family and friends' dogs when asked.

We have a well-mannered senior dog, Semper, a Golden Retriever, and a sweet Collie/Sheltie mix, Dakota. We also have 3 cats; Guest dogs should be somewhat cat friendly.

All of our critters have current vaccinations and all are happy to share their home with others. Our house is pet friendly and activities can be provided as per each pet's needs.

All dogs must be house trained. All dogs must be spayed or neutered. All dogs must have current vaccines - Rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough) and DHLP (Distemper, Parvo and Influenza).

Dogs boarded overnight must be picked up by noon the morning of their departure. If not, a daycare fee will be charged. If picked up after 6pm on the day of their departure, an overnight rate will be applied.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling


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42 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
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  • Last updated January 15, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At JIM's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At JIM's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
1 Testimonial
Jan 2017
Sentence or two review? Won't work. Jim has taken care of our Collie/Sheltie Dakota and our little Sheltie Austen many times in the past year and I would never use anyone else. I'm one of those mamas - I know, sickening - that is terrified of leaving my dogs. But ya know, you just have to get away sometimes and they're too big for the airplane on-board crate. I had a tiny Maltese once.....

So, if you're new to Dog VaCay or just looking around, I really think that you'll like Jim and his wife Jana. Have no fear, your babies are indulged when my patience would have long run out. They have that gorgeous big yard just made for dogs, walks are done far more faithfully for mine than at home. They're also meticulous with vitamins or any extras you might need. I had to lug a crate over for my shy Collie to hide in but he didn't even need it there..... As I said, I tried several situations but Jim's is where my dogs always stay.
42 Reviews
awesome! Skylar loves them!
Our dog Bella was very happy and well cared for on some very snowy days in January.
Amazing as usual!!! Beau just loves Jim & Janna (and so do we:) and all the pictures they share are so appreciated. We've written another review but couldn't resist the chance to put in another plug....they are truly awesome!!!
I have great peace of mind when Darcy is with Jim, knowing that she is getting great care and affection while I am gone. It has become her home away from home. Thank you for taking great care of her even when won't take her medicine.
Arthur Schopenhauer once said, "compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character." We could not have found more compassionate animal lovers to look after our wonderful Beau. Thank you, Jim & Janna!
Didn't worry a bit. Hosts asked a couple question to make certain Gracie was cared for perfectly. She didn't want to leave! Thanks!
Elmo had a great stay with Jim and Janna. He came home tired but happy!
We will definitely have our pup stay at Jim's in the future! We got daily emails, pics and feedback and were very happy with the care he received. Thank you!!
We have a very excitable puppy and were so impressed and happy with the level of care, attention and professionalism we received for her - especially as the booking was as such short notice. Brilliant communication before booking and during her stay. Would highly recommend and will definitely be using them again.
Our experience with Jim and Janna was excellent. They took the time to meet us beforehand and were flexible with arrival and departure times. They even provided pictures and written updates during our dog's boarding. We will definitely use them again!
Our two dogs were able to be together during their time away from us and able to stay in an environment similar to home.....perfect! The presence of other dogs made it a really good fit for our dogs. Excellent care and communication during their stay.
Wonderful experience. I appreciated the opportunity to have a "pre-visit" with our dog. The yard is fenced and it is clear that Jim and Janna take good care of their own pets - as well as others. very responsive and I liked the pictures of our dog having a good time - made me feel comfortable with the whole process. Would definitely use again.
Libra was very happy with Jim and Janet-- They were great at welcoming her and keeping me up-dated with photos and notes about her progress, and being available to give directions. Thanks so much, it seemed seamless and easy. Lili
We are so glad we discovered Doggie Vacay! Our dogs love our hosts - they have a doggie door! Yard! Collie loves the other big dog.... The boys never get upset when we're leaving them there, not even the pouty Sheltie.
We are first time users and were a little nervous. Janna and Jim made us feel very reassured. They gave us many updates and pictures worth framing. Our pups came back healthy and happy and we're looking forward to using them in the future
Wonderful host family, with a big ol' floppy lovable Golden. They are very invested in our Shelties, Dakota is a rescue and he does so much better since staying with Jim and his wife, Jana. He actually comes out of the bedroom so he can be part of things and that almost never happens. We don't worry, we get photo updates and best of all, the dogs love going. I never realized that finding a good place for dogs would be harder than finding one for kids!
Harley loves spending the day with you. We appreciate the pictures and great communication.
We leave our super shy Collie/Sheltie Dakota with Jim, Dakota is absolutely thrilled to go! He has met some very nice other dogs there that he luvs luvs luvs. Our little old Sheltie Austen walks more slowly and is often in pain from arthritis in his feet so he gets a special walk. He observes more than plays but is quite content to be at Jim's place too.

We get lots of updates and photos so we know they are happy and can concentrate on the business at hand. We never worry about them and they are quite frankly perfectly happy to go. Which seems a tad unfair, for sure, when I think about it.
Dakota and Austen love Jim and Co. We had such a wonderful trip not worrying about them. They settled right in to the routine, love the walks.
Thank you so very much for taking care of Darcy while we were gone. We will recommend you to all our friends.
We felt so secure that Darcy had a wonderful place to be while we were on our trip. Thank you for taking such good care of her.
Jim and Janna were absolutely wonderful! They were very flexible with pick-up/drop-off times, and great about posting photos and updates. They are very friendly and obviously love taking care of dogs, which made me feel confident leaving my boy with them. They have a great yard and their dog is very sweet too.
Jigsaw had a great first daycare day experience! They were very understanding and knowledgeable when dealing with his desire to mark inside their house. He seemed to have fun and did well with the other dogs. I can tell they have a great love for dogs and lots of experience handling all kinds of dogs!
Many thanks for the great care you take with Jack. We always feel he's in great hands while he stays with you. We appreciated the extra time you spent with him to make sure he was eating well after we dropped him off. We loved hearing about how Jack was interacting with your other guests - who knew he'd turn out to be such a good influence on others! Thanks as well for replacing his harness that broke during his stay. That was definitely going above and beyond. You made our time away worry-free - can't ask for more!
Both Austen the Sheltie and Dakota, our rescue Collie/Sheltie, were quite happy with Jim's place! When I arrived to pick them up Dakota was lying with his head on the back of another dog, so he as a special buddy there all his own.

We are so grateful to have a good, happy and safe place to be able to leave the dogs when we travel! Boarding kennels aren't like home, but Jim's place is exactly like it.
Jana was very flexible with drop off and pickup times. I appreciated her willingness to learn hand signs to communicate with my deaf dog Lilly. Jana was kind toward me and my Lilly. She sent pics and updates.
The ease and flexibility was a wonderful experience. I couldn't be any happier and Opie seemed happy too
Our big dog, Teddy, just spent 5 days with JIM and Jana and we could not be happier with our choice, and the all the care and attention he received from them! They have a big back yard, and a lot of experience caring for dogs.

They respond promptly to messages, and so setting up the reservation and making changes was easy, and they graciously accommodated some last minute requests from us. Every day we received photos and thoughtful messages about our dog. We feel to fortunate to have found them, and plan to return for future dog care!

This was our first time using Dogvacay and every expectation we had was fulfilled, and more. This was billions of times better than a kennel!
Jim and Jana were wonderful hosts and Barlow fit right in. I loved getting pics and videos and will definitely bring Barlow back for another stay with this friendly couple.
We appreciated Jim's daily updates and photos. We could tell he was making our dog feel at home, and help him make some new friends. Jim was considerate and asked if it would be okay for our dog to join him in certain activities (hiking, etc.) so we were comfortable in how they were spending time together. We are happy to have found Jim and think he's a great host. We'll be sure to see if Jack can stay with him during our next vacation!
Lulu had a fantastic time during her stay. I normally board her at the vet, but because I went out of town last minute and forgot it was spring break, they did not have room for her. I found dogvacay and Jim was very responsive and willing to take Lulu last minute. I first did a meet and greet and Lulu seemed comfortable and happy. When I picked her up, she was in great spirits. I will definitely be bringing her back, since she seemed to do much better than when I board her at the vet, actually! I would highly recommend Jim to others.
Jim and Jana were amazing. Skylar came back healthy and happy. They are my number one sitters from now on. It is wonderful to have piece of mind that your cutie is being well cared for.
Jim and Jana were great! Took great care of Buddy. Lots of walks and photos! Hope they will host Buddy again next month.
Jim and Jana love dogs and take dog sitting very seriously. We have provided them with the challenge of taking care of a ten week old puppy and they simply took it in stride.. They are very communicative and work hard to follow the owner directions. I can't think how they could be better.
I could not be happier with my experience using Jana to take care of my dog! She made him so comfortable, kept in touch with me during our vacation and was very accommodating about making sure he and some exercise and playtime with her dogs. I highly recommend her and plan to use her again! Thanks to her, I feel more at ease about leaving town.l
Jana went above and beyond my expectations in caring for our 2 dogs. She gave us updates every day and made me feel comfortable leaving our dogs with her. She clearly loves dogs and enjoys taking care of them. I couldn't be happier with her!
Jana took great care of my red heeler over Christmas. Great place, big back yard, and great company and care in Jana and her husband. I recommend Jana to anyone. They will have a great stay.
Jana was awesome. She's very loving and caring. I could tell Miss Louie had a good time and was well taken care of.
Jana is great! She is very kind, flexible on scheduling time, and organized. My dog had a very happy time staying with her. She also taught me the tips and tricks to train my dog. I will definitely work with her again when we are on vacation.
I could tell from the time I dropped off Ms. Tiger Louie that she would be well cared for. And I could tell when I picked her up that she was.
Jana is great and took great care of Ladybird! She was happy and exhausted when we got home and i know she will be well taken care of when I have to travel.
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