Former 4-Her (24 hr care)

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Melanie J.

17 Reviews
10 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Akita, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Mastiff, Rottweiler, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Melanie's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Melanie's House

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About Melanie

Hi! I'm Melanie. Please note: due to the new baby, we will only be taking one or two repeat clients on an occasional basis.

I grew up on a dairy farm and I love animals of all kinds. We always had 1-3 dogs on our farm (Golden, English Setter, Labs, Border Collie mix, Cattle Dog, Husky mix, Doberman mix). I have taken animals in every project to the fair but my favorite was dog (10+ yrs). My labs were trained to the highest level. I was also on the dog bowl team, which tests your knowledge. When I was too old to be in 4- H, I would volunteer as a training assistant to help 4-Hers with obedience and showmanship.

I am open to most breeds, but they must be ok around small kids. I have a 3 yr old and a baby and though I wouldn't let them wrestle with your dog, they may have contact through a baby gate. They would never be left alone unsupervised. Also, I prefer that they are ok around our 2 cats but I can separate our cats in the lower level if they don't get along. Dogs that don't get along with other dogs are welcome if I don't have any prior bookings for those days. I would like to know your dog's routine, temperament, vices, vet info etc. They need to be free of parasites and have a copy of current vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies). Bordetella is recommended.

I'm a stay-at-home mom so I will be there for your dog almost 24/7. I may need to go out sometimes for groceries, church, or other errands. They will get 1-2 daily walks, weather permitting and depending on their exercise needs. I love jogging if your dog is higher energy. We live in a quiet neighborhood with trails and parks nearby. My backyard isn't fenced in yet but I will be home to take them out several times a day for potty breaks. They will always be on leash for safety reasons.

Multiple dog and extended stay discounts available.
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Melanie J.

17 Reviews
10 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 2, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melanie's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$15 /bath
17 Reviews
Our dog did great with Melanie! We appreciated getting daily photos while we were gone. Melanie is experienced with dogs and we were quite confident leaving our dog here.
Greatest pet care experience possible-timely responses,meet/greet,updates,social interactions with pet. So MUCH BETTER than using a kennel where pet lays in a small room/big cage except for being let out a couple times a day AND it is cheaper!!
This was our first time using Dog Vacay and we were very pleased with Melanie. She always got back to us very quickly when I contacted her. Our dog seemed happy and was well-taken care of. She sent us updates daily including pictures of him. We went to meet her before we dropped him off. Her prices are reasonable. We will use her again.
Thank you Melanie! Our dog was very well cared for and the daily updates with pictures was great, especially for kids. Awesome experience!
This is the 3rd time we have used Melanie and we could not be happier. It is so nice to know that our dog, Millie, is happy while we are on vacation. Melanie takes Millie on walks and treats her like one of the family.
Melanie is wonderful! It so nice not to have to worry about our dog while we are away.
I don't know how we were so lucky as to find such a great dog sitter for Mocha and Nissa. Melanie was the perfect fit for our dogs. Her house is clean and neat. She sent pictures almost on a daily basis so we could see how our dogs were getting along. She walked the dogs on a regular basis. We would definitely take our dogs again to Melanie. We never worried about them for a second. Plus she has the added benefit of having a darling little girl who also seems to love dogs!
Melanie did a great job with Millie. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of her vacation at Melanie's house.
Melanie's care of my dog, Stella, was the best! She and her family went above and beyond to make Stella feel like part of the family. I received daily emails from Melanie with pictures of Stella looking very comfy and happy. I had no worries about my dog while I was away. I will definitely leave Stella with Melanie next time I travel.
I was pleased with the process. Easy!! It was reassuring to know she was with someone who clearly likes animals!
Melanie was wonderful! Our dogs loved her and she sent photos with updates each night. We've already recommended her to a friend and do not have hesitations to do so again or use her again ourselves!
Melanie and her family were a hit with our dog Woody, will definitely take him there again. It's comforting to know he's in good hands !
Melanie was fantastic to work with as a host for our dog Teddy. She was very responsive during our communications and sent us wonderful pictures and updates during his stay.
We just boarded our dog (Portos) with Melanie for 5 days and had a wonderful experience. Portos is a bit spoiled and used to lot of human contact, so a cannel is not a good idea for him. Melanie and her family provided a great environment for him (very similar to what he is used to) and he came back to us very happy. It was also great to see Portos in the updates that Melanie provided each night. Best experience we've ever had with boarding him. We wouldn't hesitate for a second on boarding him with Melanie again (and will do so in the future) or recommending Melanie to anybody that needs to board their dog!
Melanie was my dog's sitter for almost a month, she'll send you pictures of your pet literally every night with a short review of how he's doing. She'll answer all your questions and pay attention to your recommendations. I know next time I need dog vacay's services I'll ask for Melanie :)
Enjoyed the pictures of Fritz.
Melanie was great. She gave our dog lots of love and attention and took him on frequent walks. We received daily email updates with pictures. We returned home to a happy and content dog!
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