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Melissa and Henrique K.

92 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Melissa and Henrique's House

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Children at home (Under 5 years old, 13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About Melissa and Henrique

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We've been hosts on DogVacay for a few years now and our biggest takeaway is hearing that our clients have full peace of mind when leaving their dogs with us. We feel truly lucky to be doing this. My husband Henrique and I live in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago with our three kids and would love to watch your dog while you're out of town in our home! We both grew up with dogs --he grew up with basset hounds and I grew up with a Golden Retriever.

We live in a single family home with a large fenced in backyard for your dog to play in! Your dog will get a ton of attention as I am home everyday during the week and and our entire family is here on the weekends so your pet will have 24/7 supervision and attention! We will also enjoy taking walks with your dog! Our kids love taking care of dogs and giving them love, we just ask that your dog is great with kids! We have cared for all types of dogs---from large Great Dane's to babies as young as 7 weeks old! We also love caring for older dogs as well and have experience with dogs that are on medication on a schedule if those are his or her needs! You just need to provide the food and the leash and our family will provide the love!

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Melissa and Henrique K.

92 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 22, 2017


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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa and Henrique's Home
$38 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
92 Reviews
It was a great experience and we can't wait to use Melissa again.
First experience with DogVacay and I am well pleased. Melissa and Henrique were very accommodating with our flight schedules and I felt comfortable leaving my dog with them.
Melissa is so warm, welcoming and easy going! Our dogs had a great time! She was wonderful about dealing with medication and a doggie cone due to one of our dogs having minor stitches right before our trip.

Thanks Melissa! We will see you again soon!
Second time is a charm! Great family+ great communication+ great space = HAPPY DOG! Think Blu settled right in this time- thank you for taking care of all of us! And Christmas treats/pressie for the dog?? AWESOME!
My dog had a wonderful time. Melissa was very responsive and friendly. I felt 100% confident my dog was in good hands. Looking forward to using them again!
Melissa was very kind and gentle with my dog Zoe, a female Yorkie. Melissa has two little girls who had fun with my dog. She made sure that the girls were gentle with Zoe. She has a big back yard, and sent me pictures during the week. I would be very happy for Zoe to stay with them again.
Your pets will be well taken care of with Melissa, Henrique and their family! We left our 2 dogs, a quirky Shar Pei and a chill Cockalier, for 2 weeks. Our Shar Pei needs special supplements, as well as is prone to fevers, and Melissa was right on top of things.
We loved getting pictures daily - piece of mind that our 'kids' were thriving and having fun in a great home.
Thank you for making our vacation more enjoyable, with the comfort that our pets were treated as part of the family!
Melissa is amazing! This was our first dog vacation and she put us at ease. Frequent updates and pictures let us know how our dog was doing. Melissa is warm, kind and sweet with dogs. Highly recommended.
One of his favorite places to go. He's always so excited when he gets to go on vacation!
Face has the best time here! He loves this family and all the space to roam around. He's so happy every time I pick him up.
Melissa is great! My dog Rupert loved staying with her and her family, we will definitely be back next time he needs a vacation:)
We love leaving Rusty in the care of Melissa and Henrique. We know that Rusty is well cared for and loved by everyone in the family through the photos we get regularly. Melissa and Henrique will always be our top choice when it comes to choosing a sitter!
Our pooch had a great time, we received daily pictures of the action!
Thank you for watching Flex. He is always so happy when he comes home!! Also thank yo for sending pictures while we were away.
Melissa sent me pictures of my dog every day, and I was sure that my dog was happy.
What a treat to be able to leave town and know that our Corgi was in excellent hands. Melissa was terrific to work with in all phases: planning, drop-off, sending us photos, and having everything organized for pick-up. The welcome daily photos said it all: Corgi had settled in with the family, including the young kids. Thank you, Melissa, Henrique & kids - if you will have Corgi back, we will use you again in the future!
Karen B.
Very quick to respond and stayed in contact with us all week :) (with pictures during stay). Very warm and understood our basset because of previous ownership. Seemed to really care.
Melissa & Henrique were very responsive and took excellent care of my boy!
Great first experience! I love that they sent me lots of pictures.
Always a great experience! Thanks!
Awesome! Face had a great time. Pictures were great. We definitely be using Melissa again!
What a fantastic experience for both us and our dog! Melissa and Henrique were perfect with communication, even going so far as to send update pictures daily of our pup playing around their house and yard. We would highly recommend booking with them and will be repeat booking with them for any future dog vacays if possible!
Easy peasy! loved the photo updates, as well. Will be back again.
Melissa was so accommodating and I loved seeing my dog chilling with her kids. Took a load off my mind to know my separation anxious puppy was in good hands, thanks again!
This was the first time that I left Jake with someone other than my family for longer than a week. He had an amazing time with Melissa and her family. She sent multiple updates and pictures and I would definitely let her watch Jake again. Thank you so much for taking care of Jake.
As always, a pleasure and a LOT of peace of mind to leave Shelby with this wonderful family!
Melissa was great! Mia really enjoyed her time with her and her family. Thanks for being so flexible with our schedule and for the photo updates!
Awesome as always. We feel really lucky to have found this home for Pet while we travel!
Melissa and Henrique are my regular sitters for my pugs. Both of my pugs are seniors and they are well cared for on every visit that they have with Melissa and Henrique. I had flight issues on this visit and they were very flexible with my pickup time on my return home. Highly recommend!!
Melissa and Henrique were awesome! Our pup had a great vacation and we felt like she was in the best hands possible. Melissa gave us daily picture updates and answered all of our questions very promptly. We would highly recommend Melissa and Henrique and plan on using them again for future vacations!
I've waited to write this review because I'm still not completely sure how I feel about my experience. I met with Melissa and felt reasonably comfortable with her. She was very responsive to my emails.
On the morning that I dropped off my dogs I was met at the door by a man that I assume to be Henrique but he didn't introduce himself and was very abrupt.
Melissa sent pictures/updates 2 of the 3 days that the dogs were with her. The pictures were always of the dogs alone with a bare floor. I sent toys and balls with them and they were not opened or used. I'm not sure what my dogs were doing for 3 days.
The dogs in no way appear to have been mistreated or abused. But like I said, I'm not sure how I feel about the experience.
I may use Dog Vacay again but I am unlikely to use Melissa and Henrique.
Charlie has a wonderful stay with Melissa, Henrique and their children over Christmas! Although I was a little nervous when I dropped him off because there was a lot going on at their home and I wasn't able to remind them of Charlie's preferences and requirements, everything went so well! We were frequently sent pictures and it seems like Charlie was treated like one of the family over the holiday! Some of the pictures we got from them looked professional and we definitely saved them to be printed!! Overall they are very laid back but seem to love dogs and making sure they are well taken care of!
They were so responsive and flexible with us as our needs changed. They were willing to take on our shelter dog with separation anxiety and sent us updates throughout the stay. We had to end our trip early and they offered a refund. Our dog came home healthy and happy. They were beyond accommodating and we would definitely use them again.
Our English Bulldog had a great time and was very well cared for!
It was our time being away from our 8 month old Frenchie, and we were a bit nervous, but Melissa was amazing! She was super flexible with the time we dropped him off/picked him up. Great experience. We were so much more relaxed on vacation knowing our pup was with a great family giving him tons of love (we got daily picture updates that we really looked forward to).
Melissa and Henrique did a great job watching our elderly dog while we were on vacation. They sent photos daily and he looked like he was having a good time and was making some friends.
Thanks Melissa, Henrique and their adorable kids for hosting Tuff this past week. They kept us in the loops and sent multiple pictures of Tuff during our trip. Melissa and Henrique took great care of Tuff and he came back a happy pup! Thank you!
Awesome houshold to host your dog!
Pepper has stayed with Melissa and Henrique multiple times and always comes home happy and healthy. I appreciate the daily pictures and their flexibility about pick up and drop off times. Pepper is looking forward to her next visit!
Thank you to the K Family. We were nervous about leaving our 4-month puppy for the first time, and had such peace of mind after meeting Melissa and dropping him off. When Weggy came home he was happy and seemed totally at ease. Glad to have found a safe, homey place for our little guy.
Rusty had yet another great stay with Melissa and Henrique's family. He had fun hanging out with the kids, and they even involved him in their Halloween party! We appreciate it that Melissa and Henrique takes care of Rusty like he is one of theirs :)
Wonderful as always. I trust Morgan and Fairchild with Melissa and Henrique time and time again
I can't say thank you enough to Melissa and her family for taking care of Rio again. Even this time Rio has to stay with her for a month long, I felt comfortable and knew Melissa will take good care of him. When I returned, Rio was healthy and happy as usual just like I have never left, which made me a little upset though:). Thank you, Melissa.
Our dog had a nice stay. We will be frequent visitors to this lovely family!
I felt very comfortable leaving Chloe with Melissa and Henrique. Flexible with drop off and pick up, sent updates and pictures, and I know Chloe had fun because she came home exhausted! Thank you!
Melissa and the family always take such awesome care of my boys
Melissa and Henrique were wonderful! I was very nervous about leaving our 12 week old puppy for 4 nights, but they sure we're the right people to leave him with! We got daily picture updates, and I could see how happy Kratos was! I was actually able to enjoy my vacation and not worry about our pup.

I am sure we will book again once the opportunity presents itself ! THANK YOU!
Melissa and Henrique are the best hosts we could have for our dog Rusty!
Rusty was not too well during his stay this time. Melissa and Henrique kept us regularly updated about his condition and took special care, including preparing a different diet for him.
It gave us a peace of mind (and relief) knowing our little dog was in good and caring hands!
Dexter had another great time with Melissa and Henrique, and their adorable kids. They made sure that I got a lot of pix of my little guy playing outside with the kids. That's really important to me. I think Dexter feels at home there.
Pepper could not have been happier! Clearly Melissa and Henrique took great care of her. She came home happy and her normal self - a stark contrast to when she spent time at the kennel. I will for sure use Melissa and Henrique again.
Everything about this experience was exactly as I hoped it would be. This was our first time using the service and we were leery. The whole idea seemed a bit strange and not exactly as confidence making as dropping out pup off at the trusted kennel but someone told us about this service and we thought we'd at least check out the site. We were intrigued by the pictures of happy families and their pups and once we read about Melissa's family, we were bought in. Melissa was quick to respond, easy to work with, her family seemed super nice and the meet and greet went very well. The stay itself was amazing. Easy drop off, pics every couple of days, and it was clear our pup was getting the love and attention we hoped for. Pick was easy as well. We can't wait to work with Melissa again!!
Second time we had our dogs stay and it won't be the last! Leaving our dogs while on vacation used to be traumatic for them and for us, but leaving them with Melissa and Henrique allows us to enjoy our vacation knowing they will be loved. We actually felt guilty taking them home this time since we knew the kids would miss them! We have recommended Melissa & Henrique to people we have met in the area and will continue to recommend them. We know we can count on them.
So happy that I found Melissa and Henrique! Wrigley has gone there twice now, and both times have been great experiences! Melissa was happy to accommodate my last minute reservations. She has a beautiful house and yard. I got a lot of pictures updates of Wrigley having fun, and he came home nice and tired from his vacays! Thanks Melissa and Henrique!
Charlie had an great time with Melissa and her family! We loved the pics update and the attention Charlie received while there. Melissa was very flexible with pick up and drop off times. Thanks!
My dog loves their backyard!
We were super happy with our experience with Melissa and Henrique. From our initial meeting, coordinating pick up and drop off details, to the day we picked them up from our vacation. We were sent notes and photos to keep us updated on their adventures and that gave us a lot of comfort. The icing on the cake was seeing how happy and tired the dogs were when we picked them up. I could tell they were given plenty of love and attention and had a good time. We will definitely use Melissa and Henrique again for our dog sitting needs for as long as they'll have Koda and Taffy :)
Great experience! This was my 2nd time using dogvacay and unfortunately my first hosts were unavailable when I needed a sitter quick. I'm so glad I came across Melissa and Henrique's profile. Melissa was very accommodating in scheduling our meet and greet as well as with pickup/drop off times.

Their house has nice open rooms on the main floor perfect for a larger dog to roam around. There are also only a few steps to get in and out of the house which was important having a 15 year old dog.

Melissa was also great with handling her feeding, medication, and walking schedule. I could tell my dog was happy and comfortable when I got my daily updates.
Melissa and Henrique were great! Very accommodating to my schedule. They sent lots of pics of Sadie having a great time with their two kids. Sadie came home happy. I will definitely consider them next time Sadie needs a Dog Vacay!
Excellent time for Dexter with Melissa and Henrique!
Melissa and Henrique were excellent pet hosts! Melissa was very prompt with inquiries and also flexible with scheduling. They met us on time to drop off and pick up our dachshund Rowan. They also provided a multitude of great pictures during our vacation. Highly recommended. Rowan was very happy!
Melissa was terrific. She replied immediately to my inquiry, which I really appreciate. We had no trouble setting up a drop-off and pick-up time. And our dog seemed very content and well cared for. We couldn't ask for more.
Melissa, Henrique and their family were the perfect hosts for our boy Rusty! I think they really liked him and lavished their love on him. It makes us very happy and relieved to know that he's in their good hands. They also gave us regular updates including photos of our boy. We highly recommend them to other dog owners who want a caring family to baby sit their furkids.
I highly recommend Melissa and Henrique. My dog Daemon stayed with them and their family for a week while we went on vacation. They were very flexible with drop off and picking him up. Daemon clearly enjoyed himself and enjoyed having a back yard to run in. He came back very happy. Highly Recommended.
Melissa was very accommodating. She has a bueatiful home and family. We received daily pics and video too! Very comforting especially during a vacation. Melissa was super nice even with our delayed flight. When I picked our pup up, he was happy, clean, definitely well taken care off. I have used a few other boarders before, Melissa will be my first choice from now on. Thanks again!

Melissa and Henrique were great hosts! We felt so comfortable to let them take care of our dog as always. They were very flexible with pick-up and drop-off times, which is greatly appreciated.Thank you both!
Wentworth always seem to love his stays here... And we love the picture updates. Thank you again!
This was Dexter's third visit with Melissa and Henrique, and based on the regular photos I received, he had a great time. His next vacation will definitely be with Melissa and Henrique and family.
Melissa and Henrique's house is our go-to dog vacay spot. We've been happy every visit.
Monstro enjoyed his extended stay with Melissa and Henrique, their family was so great with Monstro and I knew he was well taken care of while we were away! Another great stay.
Melissa and Henrique did a great job taking care of Atlas! They sent us pictures and they were flexible with drop off and pick up times. We felt like Atlas was safe and sound the whole time we were gone! We will definitely use them again! :)
They are always so great with my dogs. So happy to have a new family to watch my family.
We left our dog for the first time ever this past week and found Melissa and Henrique so hospitable. They sent photos throughout our dog's stay, and he seemed happy and healthy when we picked him up. This turned out to be such a better option for pet sitting, especially when compared to boarding him in a cage at a store. We will definitely seek Melissa and Henrique again in the future.
Another great experience with Melissa and Henrique. They were super flexible as we extended our trip and they were willing to take care of Rio for one extra night. Highly recommend them!
Our dog Rio has been with Melissa and Henrique twice so far and recently spent two weeks there. We were a little nervous at first since this was the first time we left him for such a long time, but only after a few hours I received notes and updates about Rio and I knew everything was going well. Melissa and Henrique made us feel comfortable with their constant updates and communication during our trip. They were fantastic, reliable and very communicative. When we came back Rio was very happy and healthy! Drop off and pick up were very flexible which I appreciated a lot. We definitely will be back.
Our first DogVacay booking -- An all-around great experience.

I needed a last minute booking when I discovered I contacted Melissa and Henrique with a reservation request for the following day/night. They accommodated my schedule and met with Wentworth for a "Meet & Greet" the same day, only a few hours later.

I could tell Wentworth was going to get a lot of love and attention from Melissa and her three kids.
When I picked Wentworth up after his overnight stay, I could tell he was happy and worn out after a lot of play time!

While speaking with Melissa, she also agreed to take Wentworth for short-term stays at an hourly rate if he ever needs some extra exercise or playtime. This is a great benefit to me as a condo resident.

I think Wentworth would definitely recommend Melissa and Henrique to others... and we'll be back!
Melissa and her family are awesome! I can tell Mia had a blast! They were great about sending pictures of Mia and the kids playing and having fun. I will definitely be asking Melissa and he family to watch Mia again in the future!
Melissa and her family are really wonderful. I left my 11 year old dog with them for five days with much trepidation due to my dog's health issues. Melissa was more than accommodating when it came to my dog's special diet and restrictions. They took very good care of him and even sent me some pics from time to time while I was away. I will most definitely be using their services for as long as they are offering to care for dogs. Thanks, Melissa and family!
Melissa and Henrique took great care of my Dexter. I got daily photos, which I really appreciated as well as messages on how he was getting along. I could tell that he had been well taken care of!
I was nervous about leaving Radar for such a long time, but he clearly made himself right at home with Melissa and Henrique in their beautiful home with they beautiful kids. Highly recommended.
We could not have been happier with Melissa and Henrique and their lovely family as alternate family for our babies, Archie and Annabelle. They handled everything, including Archie's extensive medication schedule and his epilepsy issues. Also, they sent lots of fun photos while we were away. We have already asked them about their schedule for our next (tentative) vacation! We can tell, our dogs miss their kids. We have already suggested to people we met on vacation that they may want to look into DogVacay as an alternative to a kennel.
Only good things to say, they sent me lots of pictures, which I really like! My dog Monstro was well loved while I was gone and he was very calm when I picked him up. I will be using Melissa and Henrique again!
Delightful family. My dog enjoyed his time there very much.
My 2nd time with Melissa and Henrique and they are great. They send plenty of pictures and are very accommodating to my schedule. I highly recommend them
Melissa and Henrique were great with Morgan and Fairchild. Quick to respond to my initial request for dates to watch my boys and then great throughout the entire trip. I am already booked with them for 2 more visits. Highly recommend
Melissa, Henrique, and the kids were absolutely amazing! My two pugs felt right at home and loved all of the great attention from the family. The kids were so gentle with the dogs and played with them a lot. Melissa and Henrique sent us multiple pictures every day which helped us relax on our trip, knowing they were in great hands. I would recommend them to anyone and hope to use them again in the future!!
Our dog loves going here. Hosts are easy-going, friendly, and will take great care of your pet.
We were very happy to find Melissa and Henrique on short notice and able to come to our rescue! They even managed to handle our crazy dog with ease!
Our dog loves spending time with Melissa and Henrique. They have a great fenced backyard, and we appreciated the fun pictures of him exploring. They have wonderful kids who are very responsible with dogs. We recently spent 10 days out of town and it was clear that our dog felt very at home there when we came to pick him up! They take great care of their guest dogs.
Melissa and Henrique watched Dakota for a week while I was out of town. They live in a very quiet neighborhood with a nice back yard. As an apartment dweller myself, their house was huge and beautiful. Dakota seemed happy as can be when I picked her up!
This was my dog's first stay with Melissa and Henrique (and their kids). They all made Chip and me feel welcome in their home and they I know Chip rapidly felt relaxed and comfortable in his new environment. Melissa kept me up to date during the stay with emails and photos, so I could enjoy my trip knowing all was well with Chip. I'd very much recommend Melissa and Henrique; they are very responsive, friendly and dependable hosts!
Django had a great time with Melissa and Henrique! They were available on short notice and were very accommodating. Their children are sweet and great with dogs.
Melissa and Henrique were great taking Harley last minute and warmly welcomed him into their home. They sent photos and texts to keep us posted on how he was doing through the whole stay. We'll definitely book with them again!
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