Hang with Sue in Ukrainian Village!

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Melissa D.

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27 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies

Melissa 's Resident Pets

Susie Q
Basset Hound
7 yr 10 mo old

Melissa 's Apartment

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Melissa

7 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi everyone! We're Melissa and Keith, and we share a lovely 2.5 bedroom apartment in Chicago's Ukrainian Village, along with our quirky amateur comedienne basset hound/beagle mix, Susie Q. Sue is a special gal who enjoys spending time with other mellow dogs (which is why we cannot accept puppies, unfortunately) so we thought becoming pet sitters would be a great way to both give her a chance to make friends and have a chance to get our own fix! We are both lifelong passionate dog lovers who shower each dog who vacations at our place with the same love, care and affection we give to our own beloved Sue.

We both work during the week, so babysitting a dog who needs someone around all the time would probably not be ideal, but since we already have our own dog, we spend lots of time with her and never leave her alone too long. We usually enjoy mellow weekends, so if you needed weekend care, we'd likely be around pretty much the whole time!

Our apartment is great and cozy. Susie has the run of the house--she snuggles on the couch and watches tv with us, and we'd love to have yours join in! We have a small, very secure backyard for them to explore in, but we also take Susie on walks, so depending on what you prefer re: potty breaks for your own pup, we can accommodate. I will also send you tons of photos of your dog(s) while they are with us!

Furthermore, I volunteer at Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove, so I spend time with all kinds of dogs and have seen it all! Dogs with emotional and behavioral quirks are not only welcome but embraced :)

We just started Dog Vacay in November of 2015, and are overwhelmed with joy over the number of wonderful dogs (and people!) we've had a chance to know. Having fun with dogs while also giving great people the peace of mind that their pup is being well cared for is so rewarding. We hope to meet you soon!
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Melissa D.

Online Now!
27 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 31, 2017


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Home Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa 's Home
$27 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
27 Reviews
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Melissa would be a wonderful host. When I went to visit her, she already had two dogs staying with her for the weekend in addition to her own dog, SuzieQ.

I could tell how happy Melissa was to be hosting other dogs. She gave them lots of attention, they had the run of her apartment and she had a great fenced in space outside so they all could run around and get some exercise and fresh air. Melissa loves dogs and it is apparent that her host dogs enjoy hanging with her!
Our dog Scout really enjoyed his time with Melissa, Keith, and their pup Sue. We received lots of updates while we were away and felt really comfortable leaving him with them.
Melissa and Keith took great care of my dog and sent me frequent pics which was much appreciated. Very enthusiastic and trustworthy dog lovers. Would recommend to anyone and would leave my dog with them again!
My little guy had suck a blast with Melissa. He was exhausted when he got home from all of the playing.
This was my first time using DogVacay and Melissa could not have put my mind at ease further. Their space is great and it's awesome they have a small fenced yard. I think Moxie enjoyed her stay and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Our pup had such a great weekend! Thank you for taking care of her!
Five stars all the way! Melissa and Keith have a great set up- backyard and all. We couldn't ha e been happier with the love and affection they provided our pup.
Melissa was great! She took great care of our dog while we were away for the weekend. He came back a happy, tired dog from playing with Melissa's dog and the others boarding. Communication with Melissa was easy and she sent lots of good photos. Highly recommended!
Melissa and Keith are AMAZING. I actually wish I could give more than 5 Stars to these two, they took *SUCH* good care of our babies... better than that, they treated our doggers like they were their own. Melissa sent pictures daily, and funny stories of the goings on with our dogs. Normally I am a lunatic worry wart when it comes to the furbabies, but I was totally able to relax and enjoy my vacation. Our Golden snuggled in bed with Melissa (he doesn't even get that privilege at home!) and our Bouvier slept on their couch. I think they might have enjoyed their dogvacay more than we enjoyed our peoplevacay!

Thanks again you two, I'm excited for you to have our babes again real soon!
Melissa and Keith are great! Super friendly and flexible with pickup and drop off. Their home is great and the yard is perfect. They were attentive and responsive and took amazing care of my dog. And Susie their pup is adorable! I will definitely be a repeat customer and can't imagine a more welcoming, comfortable place for my furry friend when I'm out of town.
This was the second time we left Coco with Melissa and Keith, and we couldn't be happier with them. They're the coolest guys, you can tell they love dogs and take good care of them, they sent us pictures, and we're 100% sure they had a great time together.
We'll definitely leave Coco with them the next time as well!
Melissa and Keith were great! Melissa contacted me daily and sent pictures! I will definitely use them again! Diego seemed very happy when I picked him up.
Always always always a great experience! I know Thurston loves staying with them!!
Belle was so tired out from her fun week! Loved all the photos!
Thanks for making Bella feel at home and for being so accommodating to our needs.
Melissa is extremely flexible and communicative. If you send her a message, she generally responds within 10 to 15 minutes (usually much sooner, even!). And while I was away, she sent me daily pictures of my pup - which helped set me at ease while I was missing my Moxie! Melissa and Keith are clearly both dog lovers and aren't afraid of the chaos and joy that they bring :)
Melissa was a wonderful host. It was easy to coordinate everything with her, and she sent daily photos and updates. She was also flexible and accomodating. I felt assured that my pup was in good hands!
Melissa and Keith did an excellent job! They sent regular updates while we were away to let us know how our pet was doing and were flexible with pick-up times, etc. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Melissa and her boyfriend are great. Highly recommend!
I have such gratitude to Melissa for taking wonderful care of my dog. She has been wonderfully open, communicative, friendly, and loving towards Lois, and I simply cannot sing her praises enough. If your puppy stays here, you'll be glad they did.
Melissa was great! Our dog had a great time spending the weekend there and we received lots of pictures, so we knew he was doing well! Would definitely use Melissa again!
I cannot say enough great things about Melissa! My pup Parker just spent the weekend and had an absolute blast. Melissa was incredibly accommodating and kept me up to date. She was quick to respond to any question I had and you can tell she adores the dogs, and loves what she does. Next time I'm out of town, Parker will be going back for certain. Thank you Melissa!
Melissa was AWESOME!! Floyd and Willie both had a great time!
Poe was so happy with Sue and Melissa! I got so many pics, and he can't wait to go back. Will def use again. Thanks for being great Melissa!
Melissa and her boyfriend, Keith, were so great. You can tell they love dogs and Killian was well taken care of. Will definitely use them again!
Melissa has been watching Rylo and Pup twice a month since November 15! They love her and her space! She keeps a very comfortable home to the point where our dogs are excited for a visit! She updates with photos and text messages and was trooper when we departed in December and Rylo had some tummy issues. She was kind and took such good card of him until he was better. If you want to be able to trust your dogs with a good person - check her out. Her space is home and her love is infectious. Strong strong strongly recommend her!
Melissa is fantastic. Our dog, Eli, stayed with them for about a week while we were out of the country. She sent us many updates which is always appreciated. Eli had gotten sick and she made sure to give him rice until he was feeling better. Having a back yard is also a huge plus for our dog who loves to run around!
Melissa and her husband were great hosts! They were very attentive to Sadie. Communication was a piece of cake. Flexible timing for drop off and pick up. Great fenced in backyard was a huge bonus. Their pup Sue was also great!
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