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Melissa J E.
Monrovia, CA 91016
21 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
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Melissa J's Resident Pets

8 yr 6 mo old

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About Melissa J

*** Special rates available for long term daycare!

***Discounts may be available for extended stays over 2 weeks long, and multiple-dog families!

***If you are a regular or repeat customer who wants to reserve dates that I have marked as "Booked" or "Unavailable", please ask me about that/those dates directly. In certain cases, there may still be availability.

Brody and I have a beautiful house in Monrovia's historic Old Town. I work from home which allows us to take several walks a day, weather permitting, and we love to walk with our canine guests who are polite on the lead (do not pull) at no extra cost! Dogs who aren't as polite on walks don't have to miss out though. We offer walks for them at an additional cost.

We have a good-sized, well-kept back yard with lots of grass, trees and shade where we lounge and play fetch and chase. Brody has inside/outside access almost all of the time during the day, but he spends much of his time inside. Outside time is monitored after dark. Because we are in the foothills, wildlife is all around us, making flea & tick protection a must.

Evenings are often spent at home snuggling and rejuvenating. While I do work from home and can be home most of the time, I cannot be home 24/7 and will need to leave for short periods of time every now and then.

Brody is very fun-loving, well exercised, well trained, and well mannered although he can get excited when friends, new and old, come over. He settles down quickly once the humans have left, even if they've left their pup with us. Brody was very badly attacked by two large dogs in August of 2010 though, and tends to get picked on by dogs with dominant traits. He does not appreciate the energy of high-strung personalities in humans or dogs. All male dogs staying with us need to be neutered and unfixed females will be decided by Brody at a meet-n-greet. He has a special knack for putting shy and fearful dogs at ease and gets a long with and plays adorably with small dogs too!

**** Drop Off & Pick Up Times are flexible and I will always do my best to accommodate your schedule. Please do your best to arrive at our scheduled time. Other dogs staying here, including my own, are on feeding and walk schedules and the dogs in my care get priority, always. If you are going to be late, please text or call a.s.a.p. to be sure we are still home when you arrive.

***Reservations are first come, first served.

***Puppies and senior dogs needing extra care or attention are subject to additional $5/day fee.

***Check-out for boarding is at noon each day. A discounted daycare rate will be applied for pick-ups after that time. Pick-ups after 7pm will be charged for an overnight stay.

***New dogs staying longer than 3 nights may require an overnight booking prior to their stay as a test run.

***There will be an additional fee of $10 per day, per dog, if your dog's stay falls over a holiday or a holiday weekend, including Thanksgiving weekend (Wed.-Sun.), Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
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Melissa J E.
Monrovia, CA 91016
21 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
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  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated July 21, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa J's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
Daycare At Melissa J's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
Home Visits
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
$30 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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21 Reviews
Melissa and Brody provided a perfect environment for separation-anxiety Kona. Melissa is caring, knowledgeable, pragmatic, and does everything right.
Brody is Melissa's Best Friend and a sweet, gentle dog.
Brody's home is perfect, with a dog door, for 24-hr access to a large and lovely back yard. Plenty of shade for snoozing and lots of green grass to sniff.
Lots of love here from Brody and his Mistress.

Highly recommend Adventures in Dogsitting!
We really appreciate all that Melissa did to care for our dog. It's reassuring to know that my dog is in good hands when I'm away.
We adore Melissa and her dog Brody as well. We feel better knowing our dog is in such good hands while we are away.
We liked Melissa and Brody the minute we met them. You know a dog person when you meet them. We enjoyed the daily pictures,video and texts letting us know how our Zoe was doing. It makes you feel good when you know the person caring for your pet openly welcomes them into their home and enjoys them. We know we have a new friend in Melissa.
I could write a review every week for Melissa and her sweet dog Brody. After spending 8 days with them last summer, Libbey is so smitten that she now spends two days a week in their day care. LIbbey is doing so well physically and emotionally. She needed this socialization and Melissa knew just how to introduce it. And physically Libbey is a 12 year old dog who acts like she is about 5 or 6. This is a dog who never liked to leave the house and now slips into my truck every chance she gets so she can go for a ride, go visit people, just have new adventures. Melissa and Brody have been heaven sent to Libbey and to me.
Libbey spent two wonderful days at Melissa and Brody's house. She had so much fun she is still sleeping it off. I am one of those people who never thought I would take my dog to day care but this has turned into a true blessing. Libbey is 12 now but doesn't know it and loves life and her outings. She jumps right out of the car when we get there. Thank you for an outstanding service.
We recently went out of town for five days and not once did I worry about the well-being of our dog, Belle!! Melissa takes great care of her. Melissa takes Belle and her dog Brodie for long walks and she is really atuned to Belle's personality and needs. Thanks Melissa.
Kirby, our Labradoodle, and I LOVED Melissa and her dog Brody!! Melissa is definitely a "dog person" and has a great way with dogs. I felt so secure knowing Kirby was with Melissa while we were on vacation. We would love to bring Kirby back again!!
Melissa did a great job with our 8 month old Australian Shepherd, Sidney. We got updates and photos of how worn out she made him with the great walks she takes her dog, Brody, and the visiting pups on. I definitely hope he gets a chance to spend more time with Melissa and Brody it was a wonderful experience for him, and reassuring for us.
We are new to the state and reached out to Melissa to care for our 12-year-old dog so that we could celebrate our anniversary. The fact that Libby would be with Brody and one other dog and that a meet-n-greet was recommended for the three prior to our trip, confirmed that Melissa had the group's best interest in mind. We appreciated the daily text and picture to update Libby's visit. Melissa has created a dog-friendly environment in her home and from the photos of Libby's stay, she became very comfortable there. We highly recommend Melissa because it is obvious she knows and loves dogs!
Libbey will soon be twelve and I have never left her alone before. This was very scary for both of us. But I was comfortable with Melissa and sweet Brody as soon as I met them. Melissa made sure I received an update every day and did not hesitate to ask questions. Libbey is a complicated dog with several medical issues but she did fantastic. She went on 2 walks a day, played and played, and was not nearly as happy to see me as I had hoped she would be. She obviously now sees Melissa and Brody as part of her family. She did so well that I am going to have to arrange to let her stay again, soon.
I have boarded Susie with Melissa (and her pooch Brody) a few times, and Susie just loves it. Susie got along with Melissa and Brody immediately, and in no time was running around Melissa's yard, goading Brody to chase her. Melissa will send pictures and video throughout Susie's stays, and it's reassuring to see Susie enjoying herself and reveling in all the attention she gets. Every time Susie comes home, she is so tired from all the play that she sleeps for two or three days straight. Melissa provides a really welcoming and comfortable home-away-from-home for Susie, and at this point I think she has more fun staying with Melissa than she does at home!
Outstanding! Melissa's a dog lover with love in her heart for my four-legged kids. While on vacation I was never concerned about their safety or if they were receiving the proper care. Before I dropped them off she wanted to know their routine to keep things consistent, and the day before their stay started she provided a list of what to bring so nothing would be forgotten. That's not only caring, it's professional. For all my friends with dogs whom need a safe, loving home for their dogs while on vacation I will recommend Melissa to them!
Once again, Moxie had a great time with Melissa and her dog, Brody. I had forgotten to bring along a special mixture I had made for Moxie's dinner, since she didn't eat much the day before. Melissa came to the rescue mixing up a special mixture of her own to mix into her kibble. Moxie loved it! I can't say enough good things about Melissa... she's really terrific! It's so nice to know that we will be able to leave on our trip this Friday and know that Moxie is in good hands and we don't have to worry about anything! On a scale from 1 to 10, Melisa is a 20!!!
I really wanted to give Melissa a score of 10! She was terrific! We have been so anxious.. OK... just me... about finding the right sitter for Moxie while we take a trip in December. We are now sooooo relieved to have found Melissa. She is great with Moxie. I had no hesitation with leaving Moxie in her care. I'm one of those neurotic dog moms who thinks of her dog as her child. So you can imagine... I'm pretty particular. Melissa understood and assuaged all my fears. Her home is very pet friendly with a big backyard for playing. She takes several play breaks during the day too. We couldn't be more confident that we have found the perfect pet sitter for Moxie. Oh... Moxie loves her too!!!
This is the first time that my dog stayed with someone that she didn't previously know. It wasn't a short stay either - 3 weeks. Melissa and Brody were an absolute joy. Welcoming and caring, Melissa sent me emails with photos and videos periodically. It made me so happy to see that they were all having a great time.
On the day I picked my pup she almost didn't recognize me since she was fast asleep on the couch and couldn't be bothered to be woken up.
Melissa will definitely be my go to person when my travels take me out of town.
We will definitly use Melissa to watch our Belle again. Upon meeting Melissa the first time, I felt relieved to know that Belle would be in her safe keeping. When we first arrived and Melissa sensed Belle's insecurity and fearfulness around her larger dog, she quickly arranged our "getting to know you time" in such a way that Belle would feel safe and secure. Before we left our visit, Belle was running around the yard and appeared very relaxed around Melissa's dog Brodie!!

I appreciated her confident and caring manner with our dog.
Melissa was wonderful..we just moved to Monrovia with our 13 year old lab and were looking for a place to take her so we could go out of town.. So excited to find Melissa. Bailey was very comfortable with Melissa and Brody. We will definitely use Melissa again.
Dallas made friends with Brodie right away and he loved romping in the big back yard with his new pal. Melissa was just wonderful and I felt very comfortable leaving Dallas there with her. She is very knowledgeable about our four legged friends and has a very pleasant personality. I will definetly call on her again to help me with Dallas. It was great getting pictures and a little note everyday just to let you know everything was OK.

Elaine, Big Bear Lake, Ca
Melissa is a great host and I very much appreciated the attention and care she gave Molly - my 'special needs' dog. Where we knew she would experience some separation anxiety and the behaviors that accompany it, Melissa was more than patient on this overnight 'trial'. She spent time describing what happened for me the next day and made helpful suggestions that came from knowledge and experience. It won't be a good fit for us at this time for Molly to be there while I'm on an extended vacation, but I recommend Melissa and Brody for any others in the area that are looking for that special home away from home.
Melissa was fantastic! We couldn't have been more pleased with her promptness in communication and care for our dog.

Our little pup has some separation anxiety, and Melissa knew exactly what to do to help her relax and get settled in for a few days. Melissa has studied Cesar Milan's methods and put them into place with our pup. She did better staying with Melissa for a few days than even our closest friends!

Melissa is now our "go to sitter" for Daisy. We can't wait for our next visit to Melissa's house. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!!
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