Whether you need a dog walker for an hour, doggy day care for a day, overnight dog boarding for a month, or daily visits for your cat, there’s a perfect match for you, your animals, and your lifestyle. Gary Barnby is a trusted, dedicated animal lover vetted by Rover.com offering dog boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, doggy day care, animal drop-in visits and house sitting. Located conveniently in a quiet country setting between Vermilion and Amherst, Gary's property features a large main house, a guest house, and a 2 acre dog park. Gary also takes dogs on outings to many nearby parks in Vermilion and Amherst, Ohio.


$20 Off Your First Booking With Promo Code: GARYB49836


Your pets stay overnight in Gary's home. They’ll be treated like part of the family in a comfortable environment.

 House Sitting

Gary takes care of your pets and your home. Your pets will get all the attention they need without leaving home.

 Dog Walking

Your dog gets a walk around your neighborhood. Perfect for busy days and dogs with extra energy to burn.

 Doggy Day Care

Your dog spends the day at Gary's home. Drop them off in the morning and pick up a happy pup in the evening.

 Drop-In Visits

Gary drops by your home to play with your pets, offer food, and give potty breaks or clean the litter box.

Nikki D:

Gary truly is one of the most devoted and caring pet owners I have had the pleasure of knowing. For most of his life, he has made animals his focus; from being an active rescuer/foster parent, to co-running an animal foundation. He has helped countless animals find homes & medical care and has spread awareness and visibility on behalf of many animal friends. As a pet owner, he is active and engaged and patient and easily speaks the language of his animal companions. I highly recommend Gary for your pet sitting needs. He will quickly become your pet's dear friend!

Holden D:

I've known Gary for over 25 years now and he's the only person I trust watching my dog when I'm out of town. He always goes the extra mile making sure my dog is well taken care of in his care. An example of this is when I studied abroad for three months. He made sure my beagle, Shiloh, received three meals a day (treats too :) ) and walked him twice a day. Gary even gave Shiloh appropriate baths when needed. He even took the extra step to buy Shiloh a winter coat when it became winter. Gary always takes the safety and security of his dogs quite seriously. When not home, he watches the dogs through security cameras to make sure they are doing okay. I think it's safe to say, it's hard for my dog to come home after being so well taken care of by Gary. 11/10 would recommend him!

Kasey G:

I have known Gary for many years. His kindness and compass toward animals has shown through every interaction. He has a great passion for caring for every animal he comes across. I would trust him more than anyone else to care for anyone's pet. His work with the World Animal Foundation as well as fostering pets and working with feral animals has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience more than your average person. He will extend all of this to your dog as well. His own dogs are the most loved, cared for, well trained, amazing dogs I've seen. He is kind, caring, and professional. He will be great for you and your bet.

Lorain F:

Gary is the most responsible pet owner you will ever find and has dog sat for me on several occasions over the years. He has the cleanest, most dog friendly environment you will find, full of dog toys and treats, a huge fully fenced in enclosed property for them to safety run, and has a great love for dogs. My pets love having play dates with his dogs as well as they have all become very attached to each other. You can see Gary walking his own dogs every day in our local parks. They are all well cared for and healthy, spoiled and happy. I rate Gary’s care for animals a five star. He is the best!!!!

Katelyn B:

I have known Gary for 27 years. Over those 27 years I have seen him rescue and find homes for many animals in need. I have seen him treat his own dogs (and others) with love and respect just as anyone would treat their children. I am certain that any dog will be happy in his care!

Thomas D:

I have never known anyone more dedicated to animals than Gary. His world revolves around them...both his own animals, and all those he comes in contact with. And all animals. His life has been dedicated to making the world a better place for companion animals, wild animals and farm animals. His volunteer work and business passionately promotes the humane treatment of animals. I would trust him, and his partner, unconditionally to give the best possible care to any animal.

Daniel D:

Gary is a true dog whisperer. He can communicate with, and understand dogs, in ways most people don't know is possible. He treats animals as his equal. They are his passion. Every dog that comes in contact with him quickly makes him a best friend. His entire day, every day, revolves around animals. He takes his dogs with him everywhere he goes, treating them to multiple daily hikes, dining out, shopping, car rides, walks around several nearby towns, trips to the beach, and visits with friends and family. He rarely does anything that isn't dog friendly. And, when he does, he constantly checks on his dogs via a dozen or so doggie cams installed around his house and property. He views animals as his children and best friends all in one. He even has trained his deaf dog to understand sign language. No one will treat your animals with more compassion, respect and dedication that Gary.

Catherine B:

Gary is a Dog Whisperer! He has dedicated his life to better the lives of all animals. I have seen the dogs he has rescued from unimaginable environments ,now living the best life a dog could live. His care to their needs and ability to communicate with them is amazing to me. From cleaning the dog dishes after every meal, treats and toys every Christmas, stairs by the beds and couch so the senior dogs can be comfortable...to a hawk proof jacket for the tiny ones..and walks everyday in nearby parks....there is no better candidate for this position ! And I have used Rover myself here in NC.

Sydney D:

Gary is my uncle and as long as I or anyone else who knows him can possibly remember he has been a caring and adoring pet owner. Gary treats his own pets not as animals but as members of the family. If their is any person I would trust in caring for my pets it would without any thought or hesitation be him. Gary loves all animals unconditionally and would make a fantastic, reliable and trustworthy pet sitter for anyone.

Roberta S:

I’m super glad to have this opportunity to give a testimonial for Gary B. For twenty-five years, Gary has been a dear and valued friend. Our friendship was cemented by our shared love of animals. We’ve seen each other through the joy of welcoming new dogs and cats into our lives and the sorrow of losing them to the passage of time. The animals that find a forever home with Gary are protected, given the very best care and loved unconditionally. He is devoted to his dogs and they adore him. I’m growing older and, like all loving pet parents, I worry about leaving my animals behind. But I have so much faith in Gary as a responsible and loving caregiver that when I can no longer be with them, I’ve left instructions for my own dog and cats to be given to him. Finally, Gary has a key to my home. I trust him to respect my property and my privacy. I know Gary is looking forward to making new dog friends and to helping you keep your dogs exercised, entertained and happy.

About Gary
I have 25 years of experience volunteering and working with animals on a full time basis. Animals are my passion, and I enjoy nothing more than making them happy and content. My animals, and yours, are family and friends. Their needs always come first. I work from home with very flexible hours, as does my partner, so animals are rarely ever left alone. We have created a 2 acre dog park on our property, and have a large home and guest house for animal visitors. I enjoy taking dogs for car rides, to the many nearby parks, for walks around town, and to restaurants and dog friendly businesses.

My life revolves around animals. My partner and I take our animals, and guest animals, most everywhere we go. We visit nearby parks daily with our dogs and guest dogs - rotating visits between over 2 dozen parks so the dogs never get bored. When the weather doesn't cooperate, we take them to indoor dog friendly businesses like Lowes, Petsmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Tractor Supply, etc.

Our home and guest house are animal friendly, with animals having free range of the four bedroom home and/or 3 bedroom guesthouse. We are very clean, neat and organized. Animals that want to interact with our 3 dogs stay in the main house. Animals that are not comfortable with our dogs stay in the guesthouse. Animals are allowed on all furniture, and always sleep with us. Our 2 acre property was planned for dogs, with 1.5 acres fenced as a dog park. Outside of fenced areas, and on doggy outings, all animals are always kept on leash. We have years of experience with all varieties of dogs and cats, and are happy to care for special needs animals.

I work from home operating my own online business. My flexible schedule revolves around my animals and guest animals. Even when working, I am spending quality time with the animals.

Your animals will never be out of my site, and I will interact with them as much as they desire. Our home is a safe, clean and quiet environment.


What Gary would like to know about your pet

Please let me know about your animals' personalities, requirements, special needs, food and treat preferences, and any additional details that will help me keep your animals comfortable while in my care. Please provide me with current vet information, an emergency contact who can make decisions while you are away, and other important care information such as feeding instructions, bathroom routines, and exercise schedules.


Additional Skills
  • Oral Medication Administration
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Special Needs Dog Experience
  • Injected Medication Administration
  • Senior Dog Experience
  • Can provide daily exercise

About Gary's Home
  • Lives in a House
  • Non-Smoking Household
  • No Children Present
  • Has a Fenced Yard
  • Has 3 Dogs, No Other Pets

When Gary watches your pet
I love to interact with animals and will keep your's busy throughout the stay. I take dogs to nearby parks and provide a 1.5 acre dog park on my property. I send multiple daily photos and video updates that show how much fun your animals are having such as playing in the yard, cuddling, and going for hikes. My goal is to give your animals the same experience they get at home, or one that's even better! I try to match their routines and throw in some extra fun to make the stay memorable.


In Gary's Home
  • Dogs Allowed On Bed
  • Potty Breaks Every 0-2 Hours
  • Dogs Allowed On Furniture

$20 Off Your First Booking With Promo Code: GARYB49836


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