I was lucky enough to find a petsitter on Craigslist who lives right down the road from my house. She takes the dogs at her house and keeps them with her family and her dog which is great for their socialization and their comfort. Luckily, both dogs LOVE it there!
We had some problems in the past with kenneling the dogs at a vet's office. We had to go away for a wedding one weekend (which turns into about 4 days for the kennel since we can't pick up on Sundays because they're closed...
Stella, our mix, is not so good with strangers and would bark at anyone who came near her. At one kennel we tried, she came back to us with a cut over her eye because she lunged at the cage door.
At the vet's the last weekend they stayed there, we got Millie (the Saint) back with a urinary tract infection. At a vet's office!