Downtown Dog's Secret Garden
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Melissa M.
Toronto, ON M5R 3
38 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

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

Melissa's Resident Pets

8 old

Melissa's House

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Outdoor area

About Melissa

We are currently situated near Dundas and Dufferin. We have an enclosed backyard and studio where we live. It is a gated property where dogs can run and play at ease.
In March Downtown Dog's Secret Garden Vacwill move to the he Annex! We welcome our loyal DogVacay guests to stay with us in our cozy 2brdm home. We are located in the heart of the Annex, with a patio and front yard as well as plenty of parks and doggy friendly spaces to visit nearby. As always our home is a home-away for our guests where they will be treated as a member of the family.
I have an 10yr old malt-chi who is super friendly & loveguestsu Since signing up to be a DogVacay host Jack has made many new friends and repeat visitors. He loves his role as doggie host.
We work in & out of the home so most days dogs spend 3hrs max without supervision.
Due to our work schedules WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT drop offs in the evenings or early mornings during the week. Weekends we are available anytime. Weekday pick-ups must be made before1p 1
Due to the nature of our new home we cannot accept visitors who bark or howl when al. pm.
I have been around animals all of my life and my husband loves hanging with all dogs that share our home with us. We treat all of our Doggie Vacay guests like a member of the family. We try to mimic your daily routine as much as possible to make the vacay comfortable for your pet and transitioning into a strange environment easi We are very patient and understanding as we know that leaving your pet is difficult for both owners and dog er.
We guarantee your pet will be well cared for so you can have a stress free get with plenty of phupdates while awayaway!
Pricing Negotiable with long term stays (1month or more) or guests with more than 1 dog.

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Melissa M.
Toronto, ON M5R 3
38 Reviews
12 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated December 15, 2015


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
38 Reviews
Melissa was great. I booked last minute and didn't have a lot of flexibility with drop-off and pick-up times and she made it work. She kept me updated by sending some pictures which was comforting.

When I picked up Lenny he was playing with the other dogs and was in a good mood when we got home.

I'd definitely feel good about leaving him with Melissa again.

Melissa, is a very caring, host, and treated our dog Stanley, like he was always part of her own family.
Melissa, gave us daily updates, as to our dogs activities, and behaviours, and was followed up by pictures. Stanley , always looked happy and content.
We would defenetley leave our dog with Melissa, again, and never have any concerns, which made our vacation totaly enjoyable.
Another great vacay.
Starting from the meet-and-greet I had a really good vibe about Melissa and her home, which made me feel safe leaving my dog, Lola, with her for almost two weeks. Lola seemed comfortable right away when I brought her. She eats raw, and I brought a tonne of it just in case. Melissa was totally cool with it and I knew Lola certainly wasn't going to go hungry. I left for my vacation with a peace of mind. The update photos I got from Melissa made me feel happy because Lola looked cozy and chill in her temporary home. When I finally came to pick her up, it looked like she's been having a great time and made new friends. Thank you, Melissa. It was a real pleasure and I will definitely contact you next time I'm going out of town.
Another great stay for Simone with Melissa!
Simone stayed with Melissa for over a week and the whole experience was excellent with lots of photos and updates and prompt replies to my queries. Simone was well taken care of and even though I had some last minute changes in scheduling, Melissa was able to accommodate the changes no problem. Simone will definitely be staying with Melissa again.
Easy going, lots of love given and our dog looks like she had an awesome time. Will definitely use mellisa again
Melissa and her husband were extremely kind and attentive, just pick up my dog this afternoon and he looks very happy.... Im definitely booking my dog with them next time :)
Our dog can be a handful and Melissa and Shaun were not put off in the slightest. They made the transition so easy and treated our dog as if she was their own. It was so nice to see pictures of our girl playing with Jack and Charlotte as she sometimes gets aggressive with other dogs. Melissa and Shaun, thank you so much for taking the stress out of leaving our girl behind when we went on vacation. It was such a relief knowing she was in friendly, capable hands during our week away! Marley will definitely be coming to stay with you guys again soon! Have a great honeymoon!
We have never left our dog before and could not have asked for better! Despite our bully being a tad hyper and sometimes not the best with other dogs, Melissa and Shaun were so kind and welcoming. Marley came home and slept all day! It was so nice to know that she was being well taken care of while we were away and we loved the pictures Melissa sent! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for someone to look after their pet. They were more than happy to continue our daily routines and treated Marley as their own, what more could we ask for! Thank you both so much!
Simone's stay with Melissa went well. I really appreciated the mid-day photo update. I'll be happy to use her services again in the future.
Melissa and Shawn were fantastic dog host and very attentive when I had my dog Maddie stay over for an extended stay while we were on vacation. They gave regular photo updates during Maddie's stay and were great about catering to all of his needs. You can tell when your dog is with a terrific dog host after you pick him up from dog vacay. I would definitely have my dog stay with Melissa again. :)
Very friendly folks, and a cozy little place with ample yard for playing fetch. Loved getting photos of him throughout his stay. Melissa accommodated our early drop-off, too, which was so helpful.
My husband and I never like leaving our dog Baxter because he is our pride and joy, however Melissa made it so easy. She kept in regular contact, sending photos of him to us most days. When we collected him, he seemed so happy, not only to see us but also with Melissa and her dog Jack.

We can't thank Melissa enough for looking after our boy and would definitely look to use her again.
Our dog Alice had a great weekend with Melissa. It was the first time we used DogVacay and we were really happy with the experience. At the end of the weekend we picked up a happy dog who came home and immediately fell asleep - so clearly she had an active weekend too. We will definitely leave Alice with Melissa again.
Melissa and Shaun were fantastic hosts to Coco and were able to accommodate an extremely last-minute reservation. With a beautiful outdoor area and lots of cuddle time, Coco enjoyed his weekend away as much as we did ours!

Melissa took the time to send photo updates to keep our minds at ease, and made the whole process a seamless one. Would definitely recommend!
Melissa is a wonderful host, we had to go away for our wedding and honeymoon for a total of 5 weeks! We never left our dogs that long, we were so worried but at the same time we had no choice and chose Melissa after seeing how nice she and Jack are. We made the right decision. She would send us photos every other days and tell us what they did and how they were doing. We were so relieved and happy and looking forward to these pictures during our trip. Fantastic stay for my two dogs, recommend for anyone.
Extremely responsive, accommodating, down-to-earth, nice…
A very quick response on availability, a warm, friendly meet’n greet followed by a scheduled vacation drop-off. Melissa is a true dog-lover, very caring in nature and an absolute pleasure to deal with. With each photo update we could see our pug was having fun while enjoying their fenced, open yard and playing with Jack – and Charlotte. We would highly recommend Melissa to anyone who is looking for a trusting, caring and responsible caregiver to their pooch. One can always tell if their dog enjoyed him/herself and ours definitely did!
We could not have asked for better service and care.
Thank you Melissa – and Shaun.
Cheers to your solstice!!
Very accommodating
We hate leaving Alfred but Melissa sent regular photo updates which gave us peace of mind while we were away. Thanks for welcoming Alfred to your home!
We had Melissa look after our 70 lb Golden Doodle for a week at the beginning of January. Shaggy moved right in to Melissa's and Shaun's great coach house and was welcomed by their little host dog Jack. Melissa had to cope with walking the dogs during the first Polar Vortex, but she managed.
We highly recommend Melissa for her warm care and easy atmosphere. Shaggy will definitely welcome going back again, and we will be return customers for sure. Shaggy missed his buddy Jack for sure!
Big thanks to Melissa for taking good care of Blue in slightly challenging circumstances and being so very understanding and accommodating of his needs. Peace of mind for us, despite all that was going on!
We left our puppy, Tibby with Melissa when we were taking a 8 day vacation. Seemed like we weren't the only ones on vacation! Tibby loved her stay with Melissa, Shawn, and Jack. Melissa kept us updated with adorable pictures every two days. I would definitely recommend Melissa, and would leave Tibby in her care the next time we go on vacation :)
Melissa is a wonderful dog carer. She treats Olivia as if she were her dog, she is mindful of her needs and I cannot think of anyone better to look after my dog. I love Melissa! So does Olivia!
I booked and paid for Sasha to stay with another DV host a few months back. A day before my 13 day trip abroad that booking was cancelled by DV as the host is no longer on this site. DV contacted Melissa directly who took Sasha in on almost no notice. She saved the day by providing a great place for my lil girl, showed her a lot of TLC and sent me plenty of pictures where I can see my doggy had as great of a vacay as I did. I am looking forward to leaving Sasha in Melissa's care in December.
Melissa and Shaun were really great with Milo while I was away -- I'd stash Milo with them again in a heartbeat!
I had already booked for a month's stay with Melissa for September 2013 and so had met her and Shawn in the spring. An emergency trip away in July forced me to contact Melissa in the hope that she could look after Olivia for two weeks, immediately. Melissa was very generous and was happy to help me out.Olivia spent two weeks with Melissa and she seemed very happy and content with them. Almost daily pictures, gave me assurances that Olivia was thriving in her care. I will book with Melissa when ever I need dog care. She and Shawn are clearly "animal people" and their little Jack is a friendly dog who gets along with everyone! Thank you Melissa and Shawn, for helping me out in my emergency. See you in September!
Melissa is very caring and compassionate towards her furry guests, that I am sure of. I feel confident that my dog was well taken care of in my absence.
Thanks for Melissa D taking care Sammy. The place for dogs is friendly. I feel Sammy was happy when he stayed there for 3 days. I will choose Melissa as a Dog Vacay host next time If I go for vacation.
Our D'Argo stayed with Melissa, Shaun, and Jack for 20 days, and my wife and I couldn't be happier with the reservation.
Clio had dogvacay with Mellisa near mid-april of this year. I was slightly worried Clio would have some anxiety being away from home. Turns out my worry was unwarranted since I see Clio happy and content with the people and fellow canine-friend she stayed with. :)

I highly recommend Melissa for dogvacay.


It speaks volumes about this lovely couple that when I went to pick up my dog, she was torn between coming with me and staying on her dog vacay. Shaun and Melissa treated Sadie as though she was part of their family. They were very accommodating about her special needs due to a broken leg. They also responded quickly to emails and sent a photo every two days. I couldn't be happier, and I won't hesitate to leave my dog with them again. Many thanks!
This was the second stay for our dog Pitchou and it was once again a great experience. Melissa really looked after our dog well and we are very thankful to have found her on Dog Vacay!
We left our lil guy with Melissa for 7 days while we were on vacation and she was amazing!!! Kixx loved the open space and the yard to run around in, which is a good change as he lives in a smaller condo. Definitely recommend Melissa to anyone looking for a reliable and trustworthy person to watch your pooch and her prices are very affordable. Thanks again :)
Melissa and her family were amazing hosts for our dog Riley! They welcomed him with open arms and made us feel at ease, answering all our questions and sending us some amazing pics. It was important to us that while we were on vacation we felt that our puppy was having a vacation too, and he certainly did! Their dog Jack was wonderful with Riley, patient and loving, just like Melissa. I would definitely recommend this host to anyone and will certainly be using them again!
Melissa and Saun were wonderful hosts to our Yorkshire terrier - they looked after him very well and we very grateful to have found such great people. Thank you!
It was a pleasure to meet Melissa and Jack in advance of the stay, and we were delighted with the attention and care that Scout rec'd. We were kept informed of Scout's activities and rec'd pictures of her while we were away.
She was treated like a member of the family.
I'd highly recommend this arrangement.
Top-notch service.
Many thanks Melissa -
Bella had a wonderful time at Downtown Dog's Secret Garden. Not only was Bella very safe in their truly secret and safe garden but she had lots of walks and love and a dog buddy to play with. This was our first experience with DogVacay, and it was beyond our expectations. When we got home, she was a little sad, seeming to miss her new second family! We will definitely be bringing Bella back for another visit. Thank you all so much!

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