My girl, Mimzy, is 9 years old and it had taken me 4 years to find a place that I was comfortable enough to even “entertain” the idea of leaving her during my travels. She has led a life of a princess and has always been cared for by immediate family and in my home. My mother has even traveled from Florida to New York just to “babysit” her granddaughter. It’s her world I just live in it. I like to say I saved her but she saves me every day. I tell her daily it’s just her and I against the world. So now that that has been said – that should give you an idea of just how over protective I am of my girl and how special Bed Barks and Beyond is since I entrusted them with her care.
After meeting Michelle, Jeff, Carmine and Luigi my heart and mind were put at ease almost immediately. Mimzy acclimated within a half hour. We also met 5 other fur babies that day as well. She’s never been around so many dogs at once so I was a bit shaky but she loved it. My girl made me proud. She’s never had so much outdoor space to run free in since she’s part beagle so I keep her leashed all the time and living in the city doesn’t allow for all of that space to roam. The freedom she had was overwhelming for both of us to say the least. My girl loved it – it showed in every picture and video that Michele so lovingly and diligently sent to me from the very first overnight trial visit to every day during Mimzy’s stay during my vacation. I was able to fully enjoy my vacation to the fullest and with no concern and every day I looked forward to receiving pictures and videos of Mimzy, Carmine, Luigi and the rest of the crew. By the time I returned I had already arranged for her next 2 stays for this year and next. Mimzy was well taken care of and even appeared a bit sad after her return home. I’m sure that it was because she missed everyone at BBB and all of her new furry friends as well as missing all of the outdoor freedom. We are already looking forward to her next “vacation” there. It’s her vacation too… away from home and surrounded by her furry buddies and taken care of by Michelle and Jeff!!! Now that’s a vacation that is worth every penny!
“We are so excited to have found what we call “Doggie Heaven”! After searching for weeks for a safe and caring place to leave our two puppies (7 months and 9 months), we are thrilled and relieved to have found Michelle and Jeff. They are so warm and loving and their beautiful home is truly doggie heaven. Our pups, Peyton and Theo, LOVE running around their huge fenced in yard with their buddies Carmine, Luigi and friends. As soon as we pull in the driveway, Peyton starts barking and is trying to jump out of the car. They LOVE the time they spend there. It truly is a vacation for them. Michelle and Jeff treat every dog like their own and send us multiple pictures and videos during their stay so we can see how happy and well taken care of they are. It’s like a day at the spa for dogs with homemade treats, lounge chairs in their yard and couch time with Jeff. It’s such a relief to have found a safe and loving home away from home for our dogs while we are away. We would never leave our dogs anywhere else!
“We are probably a little overprotective of our two munchkins, Rubee and Toto. We had given up on taking vacations unless they could come along, which does not exactly make for very
romantic or relaxing trips. By chance, we discovered Bed Barks and Beyond and made an appointment to visit. We were a little worried about how they would fare with being around other dogs – they are both a little timid – but our concerns melted away after seeing them running around Michelle and Jeffrey’s beautiful fenced-in yard with their three friendly pups and two other guests within a few minutes time. Our dogs have stayed at Bed Barks and Beyond twice now and we have nothing but praise. Michelle is the most dedicated and warm caretaker imaginable, ever attentive to our dogs’ (and their anxious parents’) every need. Their home is perfectly suited to their guests – lots of room to play and rest – and they love going in and out to the yard as they please. Michele sends us frequent updates and pictures during the visit and is incredibly responsive to emails, texts, and phone calls. Thank you Michelle and Jeffrey for opening your home and hearts to our little ones!
-Yumi & Arvid
We have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who can be shy at times but is very sweet and loves people. It was the first time we left Duke at Bed, Barks and Beyond so we were a little nervous if he would socialize with the other “guests” that Michelle had for the week. Our worries quickly melted away after receiving the first of many happy pictures and video links of Duke having the time of his life with the other dogs. He loved playing in Michelle’s beautifully fenced-in yard and exploring for toys. By nighttime, he was so exhausted after hours of running and playing with his new friends that he promptly went to sleep without a care in the world. It was a great vacation for Duke and it gave us peace of mind knowing that Duke was in the care of someone who truly loves dogs and makes their visits special. We’ll be back!
-Cecile, Amawalk, NY
I just cannot say enough about the wonderful time our pup, Max, had when he vacationed at Bed, Barks, and Beyond in August! Not only did he have a great time with his new pals Luigi, Primo, and Carmine, we also felt completely at ease on our vacation knowing that Max was so well taken care of. We were especially grateful to receive daily “pupdates” with photos and video of our little guy. We were almost afraid Max wouldn’t want to come home! We have already planned Max’s stay next year. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Michelle and Jeff, for treating Max as one of your own and for showering him with much love and affection. I hope we can come by soon to visit you and your “boys.’
-Linda, White Plains, NY
I was so very nervous about leaving my 2 y/o doxie who is my little boy! and yes, i have become a crazy dog person that used to make me cringe also!!! I have never left him with anyone except his aunt Dimi who would come and house/baby sit for little Franky. However, i had received such gleaming recommendations from some patients of mine about michelle and her house that i just had to investigate. Living in Queens, this was quite a trek and i was a little skeptical. However, from Franky’s first visit to michelle’s house, i knew that i had found the right place. Franky instantly took off into her vast yard as any dog from Queens would. Her little guys were so accommodating as well. I knew that his week there would be ideal. The trip was definitely worth it. And so i brought little Franky the morning i was to get on a plane to Italy – leaving him for the longest time that i had ever been away from him (10 days!!! yikes). He once again took off into the yard and began playing with the other dogs. I left without a hitch knowing that Franky was in great hands. Every day i received a message and photo from my little guy and it made me smile. The week went smooth and his transition home was the same. It was as if i had never left, and he had never been away. I am happy to say that he had probably just as good of a week as i did!! I almost wish that i was going away again so that little Franky would have some friends to play with again for a whole week!!! Thank you Michelle and Jeff ( and the boys) for such a great experience for a nervous mom!! Love to you all and cant wait to stay with you again!!!
-Lots of love, Kathy and Franky, Queens NY
We just left our golden-doodle with Michelle for a week and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was. She is lovely, has a beautiful house with great flat fenced in property and truly loves dogs. She sent me pictures, e-mails and even a video while we were away. Knowing my dog was there having fun and being well cared for, let me have a relaxing, wonderful vacation. Chelsea even came home with a goody bag! I really can’t tell you how clear my head and heart was knowing that she was with her. Thank you for Everything!
-Julie, Irvington NY
A few months ago my husband and I brought home our very first puppy named Bentley. Since then we have morphed into the very people that made us cringe when they talked about their dogs. How true it is when they say that nothing compares to a dogs unconditional love, we have since become completely spellbound. Understandably, being very new to this whole other way of life, we were panic stricken when the realization set in that we would actually have to leave him to go on our annual vacation, somehow the joyous anticipation of this event slowly dissipated as the days and weeks went on. We even went so far as almost canceling our trip, and I know some of you can relate to this, but we knew eventually the time would come to let go for a while. So, after many hours on line searching for that perfect doggy hotel I came to this web-site. There was something very whimsical and calming about it that attracted me so I decided to inquire. Over the course of my many e-mails back and forth with Michelle, all of which she was extremely helpful, caring and understanding, especially with my endless outright ridiculous questions, I immediately decided to take a chance and bring Bentley there. How bad could it be? He has three adorable playmates, an immaculate house complemented by the most beautiful and picturesque yard, but most importantly, a very loving couple to look after him and keep him safe.
Well, judging by his behavior today, I made the right choice. Bentley (as well as my husband) have been snoozing and lounging on the couch for hours now, and they have completely ignored my pleas to do some things around the house. Yes, its back to normal as usual and I could never imagine bringing Bentley anywhere else. Thank You Michelle, Jeff, Primo, Luigi and Carmine.
-Deborah, Mamaroneck, NY
I just wanted to tell you how amazing it was to have met you and your Boys!! My little puppy had a great stay – He was with you for two days and cannot wait for his next sleepover. I had never gone away without taking him along and this little vacation stay was just perfect! I was a little nervous to leave him with anyone but I must say that after meeting you and seeing your place – my mind was at ease. Not only did Bobo (aka Bosco) have heaps of fun playing with the other dogs – he was also safe and happy! I am not a fan of kennels and was just so pleased that you provided a “home” for my little one! I also loved the daily photos and texts! I’m heading out of town in February and as you know he’ll be staying with you for a bit and I am confident he will have a great week – I’ll miss him dreadfully but I know in my heart he’ll have a great stay!
-Wendi, Westchester, NY
We were very concerned about the type of care our puppy, Turbo, would receive while we were away. After visiting Bed, Barks and Beyond and meeting Michelle, Jeff and their dogs, we were sure our puppy would be safe and very happy. With their spacious back yard, where the dogs chase and play like mad, and the homemade doggie treats, we were worried he wouldn’t want to come home!
-Michele, Greenwich, CT
Thank you! Thank You! Thank you, for treating our Pasta as if he were part of your family while we were recently on vacation. All we wanted was a safe haven for him and what we really found was a little heaven on earth. Your boys welcomed him with open arms and he had the time of his life!!! We never worried as we knew there was just not a better place for him to be. Michelle and Jeff are awesome caretakers and we are so thankful that we found them. Thanks again guys!!
-Pat & Joe, NY
I just wanted to thank you again for watching Sid while we were away. It is such a great comfort to know he is in great hands. We loved all the pictures and video you sent us. Sid has been nothing but exhausted since we brought him home. Thanks again!
-Amy, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Michelle and Jeff, thank you so much for taking such great care of our Daisy. We were so worried about leaving her in a traditional kennel and am so happy that we found you. Although I am sure she missed us I can tell she had a great time at your house. She is exhausted and has been napping all day. 🙂 Also thank you for the bag of goodies. I had a woof frame that I have been saving for the perfect picture and today it finally has a photo thanks to you. I can never get her to stand still long enough to get a good picture. Thank you!
-Beth, Mt Vernon, NY
Just wanted to say thank you so much for taking such great care of Bugga and Max. I am so thankful to have found such a wonderful family to take care of my boys while we were away. I know that they enjoyed their time with you so much! Tell Luigi,Carmine and Primo that Bugga and Max say Hi 🙂 Hopefully we can schedule a play date soon 🙂
-Tracey, White Plains, NY
It takes a pretty major distance (or circumstance) for us to travel without our beloved Golden Retriever Clyde. His advanced age and medical history make it especially difficult to have to leave him behind. That said, I can’t emphasize enough how much Michelle set my mind at ease while Clyde was in her care. She provided us with frequent updates – even photos – of our guy, and was thoroughly understanding of just how much he means to us.
Michelle, Jeff and the boys took great care of Clyde. Next time we have to travel somewhere without him, we know we can leave him in their capable hands!
-Beth, Pelham, NY
Thank you so much for Georgia’s movie! Matthias and I got a big kick out of it. And we just love the pictures and the goody bag you sent home! In fact, I want to get one of the pictures framed for our house. Your passion and love for these dogs is so apparent in all of these small, yet meaningful touches. They do add up to make a huge difference. I’m so glad we’ve found you!!
-Jen & Matthais, Cortlandt Manor, NY
We found Bed Barks and Beyond through a web search and what a find ! It is not often that one not only is able to discover a great place like this but also to exceed ones expectations. Our dog loves going there and we actually look forward to him being at Bed Barks and Beyond. The dogs are so well loved and treated in this clean and safe house. One big dog party! Michelle provides lot of cool extras that even add more to the experience like email reports, online videos and still pictures of our dog Sunny. Cannot recommend this place enough!
-Scott, Hartsdale, NY
Michelle is AWESOME!! Sunny LOVES Michelle, Jeff and the dogs. I know he loves it b/c when we come to pick him up, he does not run to the door, he continues playing happily. The movies and emails keep us smiling knowing he is in good hands. We have decided to send Sunny to Camp Michelle at least once every two months since it is such a treat for him. I would love to go myself!!
-Katey, Hartsdale, NY
If you are reading this let me begin by saying you have come to the absolute right place for your dog(s). Michele, Jeff, and their “boys” Primo, Luigi and Carmine go above and “beyond” to make sure your Queen or King is treated with ROYALTY. Our Princess Roxy had a wonderful time and we know she missed everyone when she got home. If you want your family member spoiled and taken care of with the utmost love and affection then hurry up and call Michelle. She will make you feel comfortable as soon as you speak with her. Her home is inviting, immaculately clean and very dog friendly. I could go on and on but I do not want you to wait a moment longer. Make the call. You will not regret it. Roxy gives it a Woof Woof X 10 !!!!
-Roxy’s parents, Putnam County, NY
Thanks so much for taking such good care of Sadie while we were at college orientation. We were sad to be leaving off our oldest girl, so it was especially nice to know our youngest girl was being well cared for, safe, and happy.
It was so nice of you to send home toys and a picture! Sadie loves new toys so she was thrilled to get them. Thank you for everything! We marvel at all you do for the lucky pets that get to spend time with you and your family and we are so happy we found you and Jeff and the boys.
-Jane and Per, Yorktown Heights NY
Thank you so much for taking care of me this past week! I was so-o-o-o thrilled to come back to Bed Barks and Beyond, which I now consider my “home away from home”. I am lucky that my family found out about your beautiful home where you make me feel so loved and welcome. As you know I have also made a special friend with Carmine, and I miss him when I do not see him. I eagerly look forward to my next visit. My family is very appreciative that you keep me safe, loved and well fed (I am hoping they’ll let me come more often so I can play with the boys more). Miss you guys. Woofs and Wags, your friend, Dewey.
-Dewey, Pelham, NY
For over a year I had been searching for the right place to leave our dog. I knew I wanted cageless boarding and although there were many choices out there, none seemed just right to me. Recently my husband and I were called out of town on a family emergency. Just as I was about choose a place I wasn’t totally comfortable with, I came across Bed, Barks and Beyond. From the moment I spoke to Michelle on the phone, I had the sense this was the perfect place. And boy was I right. Michelle and Jeff took great care of our dog Shakira. The photos and videos that were sent to us practically on a daily basis were very comforting. We knew our baby was being taken care of in a loving environment. They definitely go “Beyond” caring for your dog. Shakira had loads of fun playing with Carmine, Luigi, and Primo. She can’t wait for us to plan a real vacation so she can go back to stay there again. Hopefully that will be very soon. Thanks a million!
-Carmen and Ruben, Bronx, NY
There is not enough space on this web page for all the wonderful things we can say about our experience. Bed Barks and Beyond is the only place I would ever recommend. Michelle was loving and incredibly attentive to our puppy Harley. She sent us several videos and pictures of her during her stay. We are able to enjoy our vacation with piece of mind for the first time ever…..Harley loved it so much, we have brought her there for daily playdates to hang with The Boys.
-Eric & Dayna, Westchester, NY
Rosie stayed at Bed Barks and Beyond while we went to Disney World. Well, BB&B is a Disney World for your pets. She met Princess Michelle and stayed in a beautiful castle and had lots of treats. We did not worry about her at all and enjoyed the updates that we were sent via our cell phones and email. Rosie probably didn’t even realize she was being ‘boarded’ and thought she too, was on vacation with some new friends she met. I will definitely send her back!
-Joy, Hartsdale, NY
Bed Barks and Beyond was a lifesaver! We were always very stressed when we had to board Gizmo @ our local kennel. This home setting and the loving attention that he received during his stay was GREAT for our entire family! He had a wonderful time and we were able to completely relax while on vacation. BB&B is simply the best!
-Bart & Gen, Bronx, NY
My dogs love staying at Bed, Barks and Beyond, and we love the peace of mind that we get when we go away, knowing they are in such caring hands. The attention and affection Michelle and Jeffrey give our melodramatic Schnauzer and maniac Yorkie goes above and beyond! I wholeheartedly recommend Bed, Barks and Beyond for your dog’s next vacation!
-Kristen, Yonkers, NY