The Grey Zone – for Austin area folks


The Grey Zone logo

The Grey Zone Dogsitting was established as a result of recognizing a need within the greyhound community for worry-free dog boarding. As an experienced greyhound owner, I thought it would be a perfect time to offer just that: a “Home-Away-From Home for Your Greyhound”. Soon afterward though, it became apparent that many greyhound households also had other dogs. So as not to separate the family members, I opened up my service to include dog breeds other than the sighthound group.And now all breeds are welcome at the Grey Zone (with the exception of pit bulls,chows, akitas and rottweilers, for insurance reasons).

Dog owners have many things in common, especially the desire to provide the absolute best care possible for their beloved pets. This poses quite a dilemma when out-of-town travel, vacations and overnight trips arise. Most dog owners are simply not comfortable putting their precious pets in a kennel.

The Grey Zone takes all the worry out of traveling for you! In this warm home environment with round-the-clock love and attention, the guest dogs enjoy far more freedom than they would ever experience in a kennel or other boarding facility. Heck, I even allow them up on the couch and in the bed!

Your dogs are also in a safe environment at The Grey Zone. Secure fencing with locked gates assures no doggie escapes! Romping and playing in the spacious backyard is always supervised. For their own protection, when I have to leave the house to run errands, all greyhounds are muzzled and small dogs crated.

The Grey Zone resident hounds are gracious hosts and get along with all sizes and breeds. New customers are welcome, and encouraged, to come by with their dog(s) for a Meet & Greet introduction before committing. References gladly provided upon request.


Top 10 Reasons to Choose the Grey Zone

#10 – Your dog receives excellent care and
a ton of round-the-clock love and affection,
hugs, ear scritches and belly-rubs.

#9 – You can go away and not have any
worries about your dog.

#8 – Plenty of beneficial doggie
socialization with fun playmates. And
resident greyhounds Picasso and Luca
are very gracious hosts!

#7 – An environment that provides all the
comforts of home: lots of soft beds to lounge
on, lots of toys and squeakies to play with
and Animal Planet on the tube!

couch potatoes

couch potatoes

#6 – Large fenced yard with lots of sniffing                                                                           potential for your dog.

#5 – Competitive rates and excellent value
for your money.

#4 – Your dog enjoys free brushing with
favorites such as the Zoom Groom® and the

#3 – Meal time is more fun when your dog
dines with new pals.

#2 – Your dog needs a vacation too….

and the #1 Reason to Choose The Grey Zone:
Because your dogs will love you even more for
boarding them at such a cool place!


TESTIMONIALS                                                                                                           Here’s what a few of the Grey Zone customers have to say about the service:

“We really enjoy the peace of mind that comes
with leaving our dogs with Michele. We know
they will be loved and well cared for — The
only question is whether they’ll want to come
home! Michele offers professional, high
quality service. We are very comfortable with
her caring for our furry family members and
using the Grey Zone makes us much more
relaxed when we travel.”
—Kara & Jay Hartzell

“I’d take my dogs to the Grey Zone anytime
because I know they are treated like family when they are with Michele and her sweet dogs. I can tell they’ve had a good time because they’re not even in too big of a hurry to get back in my car! My Min-Pin can be a handful to take care of and he loves being with Michele. That’s all I need to know to make me comfortable when I leave town.”
—Diella Martinez

“The Grey Zone was recommended to us by a
friend. Our dog has stayed several times and
we’ve always been pleased. Although not a
greyhound, Zeke really enjoys staying there.
It’s easy to see that he is well taken care
of and greatly loved when we are away.”
—Mark and Nancy Guelker

“The Grey Zone has been our trusted home-away- from-home for our two beloved greyhounds. Michele provides a warm, safe, loving environment where you can rest assured that your dogs are well loved and cared for. We wouldn’t think of leaving our dogs anywhere
else!” — Diana & Dan Marcotte

“I always feel so comfortable and at ease
when we leave the dogs at The Grey Zone
while we travel. I never worry. Michele is
just terrific!” —Dawn and Richard Moody

“We have two greyhounds that have been
staying at the Grey Zone since we moved
to Austin. We travel quite a bit and it is so nice to be able to leave and not worry about them. Michele goes above
and beyond with her care and we
appreciate all she does for “our boys.”
– Cathie & Gary Trider

“We are always so sorry to leave our
precious girl behind and more than thrilled
to see her when we get back home.
However, in leaving her with Michele, we
have great confidence that she’ll be well
cared for and having fun in a loving
home.” – Bonnie & Ted Francis

“We are so thankful that a place like the
Grey Zone exists! Michele has kept our
greyhound numerous times and we love that he is in a home setting. Michele is a caring and trustworthy animal lover. Mike is always eager to go to the Grey Zone and we know he is receiving excellent care.”
– Molly & Alan May & Mike the dog


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5 thoughts on “The Grey Zone – for Austin area folks

  1. Your Stories touched me deeply. I am in support of rescue animals and the only reason I don’t venture out more is because I cannot handle the photographs. I have nightmares. Thank you for the information and work you are doing. . . and for visiting me!


    • Thank you so much! I understand about not being able to handle the photographs. I get it. I get all kinds of emails from PETA and other animal welfare organizations and sometimes I just can’t read them. I know that we all need to know what’s going on out there so as to affect change, but some of it is just so horrible, it breaks my heart and kills me inside. Thank you for supporting rescue efforts! And thanks for coming by! I really appreciate your visit. Hope you’ll be back soon. 🙂


  2. Hey, thanks for reading “While It Is Day” on my blog. I have a daughter who adopts greyhounds and would she ever love to have a Grey Zone in Seattle! I think she’d like your blog as much as I do. Good work!


    • Hey Shirley. Wow, you’re not going to believe this: I’m actually wanting to move to Seattle or Portland one of these days! I was wondering if there would be a market for my greyhound sitting there! I’m always interested in connecting with other greyhound folks so feel free to pass me along to your daughter! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. Hope to run into you again…here or at “your place” 🙂


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