I have to travel for work for 1 week every month.
While I'm gone, the dogs stay home with my family. It would never in a million years occur to me to board my dogs anywhere.
If I did not have family who I trusted to take care of my dogs right there at home, I would board my dogs vs relying on housesitters.
My baby sister and her family had to go down to Mississippi for 2 months. Rather than bring the pets (St. Bernard and 2 cats) with, they made arrangements with their neighbors to watch/feed them + had another family take the St. Bernard home with them.
Everything was OK until the other family had to go on leave and brought the St. Bernard home to leave him in the care of the neighbors.
St. Bernard broke out of the house and was found wandering on base. If he were not chipped, probably would have been much worse.
The window that he broke through was open the whole time (over 12 hours) and my sister lost one of her cats. The cat is still missing. And they have been searching desperately for her for 2 months. The cat is chipped, but has not turned up anywhere.
W/R to boarding - the dangers of boarding is you have to recognize that all of the really bad viruses that have rocked the dog world recently... had their start at boarding kennels. Which is probably a biggest reason to really search around for the most conscientious kennel you can....
Up here in MI there is a golden breeder who just opened up a boarding kennel and it really looks very clean and nice. <= That's probably the direction I'd go if I had no other choice.