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Melissa R.

96 Reviews
51 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
No Male Dogs
Must Be Vaccinated

Melissa's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Melissa's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Melissa

12 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are no longer accepting new dogs! We have a few meet'n'greets coming up and then we are making sure our schedule is open enough during the busy summer to accommodate our existing repeat guests. I will update our profile when we start accepting new dogs!

Just 10 min from I-91 & 15 min from the MA Pike. A family with lots of time, attention, & love for our guests! Homeschooling means that our guests have plenty of company & care - day & night.

After such a mild winter, please make sure your dogs are up to date on flea/tick treatments when they come to spend time with us.

Check our our unique reviews & repeat guests! We feel lucky to have had the honor of representing DogVacay in an interview with ABC40 news last summer, and to have been a "Host of the Day" in June 2015.

Right now we are only accepting smaller dogs (under 20lbs). If your larger dog has been a guest here before, we are happy to have gotten to know you and will accommodate your family any time!

We officially became DogVacay hosts in May 2014, and we have cared for 100+ dogs since we started.

When we started out, I figured we'd keep going as long as we were enjoying it and doing a good job of it. After a year and a half, I still get excited about every dog that walks through our door and I'm proud of how well we are able to care for each one of them. I also feel lucky to be able to get to know the wonderful owners of all these sweet dogs.

I have completed a Pet CPR/First Aid course & am certified.

My husband and I are especially patient/gentle people - with 3 kids plus pets, this has been tested & proven frequently, so I can claim that with confidence. We are happy to send frequent photos and updates, and answer any questions you may have - now, or during your dog's stay.

My husband, Danny, is a Civil Engineer who comes home from work ready to play with the kids, and who helps me orchestrate our adventures on the weekends.

All 3 of our boys are extremely gentle & respectful when it comes to animals. They have learned a lot about dogs since we started caring for them, and they are very helpful in terms of extra eyes and ears.

Our house is very pet-friendly & relaxed, and we really enjoy getting the chance to babysit our friends' dogs. I grew up with dogs & love having them around.

I love to take pictures and would be happy to have your dog as a subject. The photos here are good examples of how I like to play with my camera. While your pup is here, I will do my best to get at least one really great portrait-y photo mixed in with all the cell phone pics I take/send.

Our house has been baby-proofed quite a bit over the past 12 years. Because of that, it is very easy for us to make sure our house is "dog-proofed" & set up for a stress-free stay when we have visitors. We still have baby gates and fences, so we can strategically use different parts of the house depending on the needs of our dog visitors and our kids, like when the Legos get pulled out, when we're caring for multiple dogs who need their own space, etc. If a piece of our furniture is looking like a tasty chew toy, no worries, we have lots of ways of blocking things off and covering them up. If there are indoor accident concerns, our floors are all hardwood & tile so we don't worry about that too much! Also, in terms of our cats, it is very easy for us to have them out of sight & out of mind if we need to.

We have a small yard, but it is very pet-friendly, with a naturally cared-for lawn (no chemicals), and it is entirely fenced in. There is room for kids and dogs to play while I either follow them around with my camera or sit back and keep watch. We are close to a huge park, so if your dog likes going for walks, we have a really nice space for that.

During the nicer weather, our family is likely to leave the house daily, but never for too long. We know that every dog has different needs, and we will only leave a dog at home if we know that it is a safe & comfortable thing to do. I text owners about our comings and goings so that they have a clear picture of how their dog's stay is going!

During the week, we are flexible with dropoff/pickup times. On the weekends, because of the number of dogs that are potentially coming and going, we prefer dropoffs/pickups to be before noon or after 5pm. When you make a reservation with us, please let us know what you are aiming for in terms of dropoff and pickup times. I know sometimes plans are not firm yet, but even an estimate (early morning, afternoon, late evening, etc.) is appreciated!

We are still waiting for the right time to adopt our own dog to love, but we would be honored to be considered to care for your dog while you are away!

**5 essentials to bring for a stay with us**
- a leash. Even if we don't go for walks, we will want a leash for "just in case" purposes.
- enough food (and meds, if needed) for the stay.
- general care info (feeding times/amounts, med info, etc.). If you have something typed up or written out for me, that is helpful, but I will take notes during the dropoff to get that info otherwise.
- something that smells like home, whether it's a blanket, a t-shirt, or a dog bed.
- some sort of verification from your vet that your dog is healthy and up to date on the important stuff! You can bring a print out or even email me an attachment. If the visit is last-minute, I am also happy to at least have your vet's name & number. Please also make sure your dog is up to date on flea and tick treatments for their stay!

**a few more things that are welcome but not essential**
- coat/sweater. I do have extras in a few sizes if your dog needs one.
- treats. I like to be able to spoil them when I can.
- brush. If your dog enjoys being brushed, I like to be able to do that!
- bowls/dishes. I have extras here if you don't bring them.
- crate. If your dog is used to a crate and sees it as a comfy/safe/calming place, it is a nice tool to have just in case.
- toys. Toys will only be taken out to play with when dogs are in their separate spaces (like they are during feeding times) to prevent any possessiveness or stress surrounding sharing.


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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Melissa R.

96 Reviews
51 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 30, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Disaster Relief
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa's Home
$35 /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
Daycare At Melissa's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
96 Reviews
Whenever my dog, Tucker, goes to stay with Melissa and her family, he is very excited when he sees where we are. His busily wagging tail, his little happy yelps, and his bouncing body all show how eager he is to get inside and start playing with the other dogs. Melissa always sends me photos to keep me informed about how Tucker is doing, and I have come to totally trust that my dog is in just the right "home away from home" every time he is there!
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Always a delight to work with Melissa!
Happy puppy!
Tucker gets very happy and excited when we drive up to the curb in front of Melissa's house. He loves being there and I am always reassured that he will be loved and cared for.
Always a great experience!
Melissa always provides a wonderful place for my dog Tucker to play and stay. As my car pulls up to the curb at Melissa's house, Tucker gets very excited when he sees where we are. He loves going there, and it gives me great peace of mind knowing that Melissa is taking such good care of him.
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Melissa is the best ! Very loving, caring and gets information about your pet quickly and also send some awesome pictures. She is so personable and I wouldn't go anywhere else! Diane
Melissa is fantastc! She made me and Munchkin feel like we had been friends forever. She took great care of Munchkin...........even going the extra mile feeding her by hand when she wasn't eating. I was kept up to date constantly regarding Munchkin's day to day activity. I couldn't have been more pleased and look forward to my next vacation knowing Munchkin will be loved and well cared for. I'm a lucky girl now that I found Melissa.
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Melissa and her family are awesome! Magnolia is always super excited when she notices that she is going there and always comes back exhausted from all the play time. Melissa is very knowledgable about different temperaments of the dogs and keeps everything safe. She is also very flexible with drop off and pick up times. Thank you so much for taking amazing care of my little furbaby!
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My dogs love Melissa and her family. They are al wonderful
Melissa does a great job of greeting new arrivals so they are excited to stay. She sends terrific pictures and updates so there is never any worry about how things are going. Upon pick up, my dog is always happy, healthy, and tired. It's like picking up a kid from summer camp, happy and tired from play. It doesn't get better than that. Perfect!
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When we entered Melissa's home Princeton felt at home; running to play with another dog! He stopped for a minute to let me know he was ready for his DogVacay and ran off again... I'm so lucky to have found such a caring family to leave my furry companion with while I'm away from home.
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My little morkie, Tucker, had several very successful day stays with Melissa and her dog friends in the past few months, but last week was the first time we left him for a whole week, and I was very worried that he would become depressed. Well, that worry totally dissipated when Melissa sent many photos showing Tucker happily at play with his friends, and told me that she and my dog had formed a bond and he was following her around the house. Now I feel totally comfortable leaving Tucker with Melissa. Maybe my husband and I can now consider another vacation!
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Great dog sitter
I'm very pleased with Melissa! I can leave Princeton in her care and feel very relaxed to enjoy my trip. Whenever I pick him up after his DogVacay he's excited to go home; but, he runs back to Melissa for his goodbye hugs & cuddles...terrific host!
She made me feel at ease leaving my dogs for the first time. Thank you so much!!!
Melissa is awesome! She kept our very energetic pup very busy all week (3 days later and still pooped!). Melissa sent me updates daily with pictures to keep my mind at ease. Highly highly recommend!
Always great service
Melissa is the Best! Side note, she took our engagement photos and did an excellent job! She is super talented and amazing with pups!
Mel & Dan's Dog Boarding surpassed my expectations in every way. It was immediately apparent that the "in home" setting was not just by circumstance, but that a family was welcoming my dog into their home. A kind and clam energy was reassuring to me and more importantly to my pet.

Throughout the course of my dogs stay no effort was spared to make her comfortable and cared for, a value worth 10 times the price. I will deffinately use their service again.
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Ginnie had a blast. She came home exhausted but happy. I had her stay in a kennel in the past and she came home so stressed out that she had GI issues for weeks afterwards. None of that this time.
Amazing family!! Amazing vacations for our 2 girls!! The girls had a lot of fun and they are very happy. Melissa took beautiful photos!! She always sent texts to me and my husband about the girls. Excellent!! We love it!

Excelente familia! Fueron unas vacaciones buenísimas para nuestras 2 niñas!! Se divirtieron mucho y estan felices. Melissa tomó unas fotos hermosas. Siempre nos envió textos a mi esposo y a mí para dejarnos saber sobre las niñas! Excelente! Nos encantó!
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Lola had a lovely vaca with Melissa and her family! It makes going away easy when I know my little girl is in such good hands!
My husband and I are first-time dog owners and after only a few months of living with our 1 yr. old, Reba, we needed to find a sitter for an upcoming 9 day vacation. We had only left her in the care of others once before (immediate family). Needless to say, as new "parents" we were EXTREMELY cautious about who we would trust with our Reba.

For those of you out there looking for a "sign" or a comforting review that will help you make the right decision about who to leave your dog with, consider this to be it.

I had spent WEEKS on end stressing about leaving our dog. Reba was basically a timid little mush - how would she fair in a new environment? With new people? With other dogs?

I found Melissa's highly-rated profile on DogVacay and knew that, if nothing else, she was absolutely worth meeting. Little did I know, Melissa and her family were the answer to our prayers (literally).

Melissa and her family are so incredibly gracious, compassionate, understanding, loving, considerate...the list goes on.They welcomed Reba with open arms (again, literally).

Reba, to me, is everything; and I am sure that most dog owners out there could say the same thing about their pets, too. Please believe me when I tell you that I can confidently give my HIGHEST recommendation to Melissa. I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone else out there who TRULY loves and cares for our dog JUST the way that we would.
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The best
Melissa and her family are wonderful! It is always easy to book a vacay and she is quick to respond! She keeps us up to date with photos and texts! My pups love spending time with Melissa and always have a good time.
I had to find another host in a week's time since my last host was unavailable...needless to say I was stressing when I met up with Melissa. Princeton was unsure at the meet and greet; but, he sooner warmed to Melissa and her family. The pictures she sent were amazing and soon put me at ease able to stay focused on my studies. When I picked him up from his DogVacay he was excited; but, several times he ran to Melissa and Danny giving them love...they are now our go to host! If you are looking for a loving host look no further...
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Molly has a great deal of separation anxiety and I was concerned about her first few days away from me. Melissa did a great job not only making Molly feel comfortable, but also daddy. I received pictures each day with an update on her behavior. I will use Melissa as often as necessary in the future.
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Melissa and her family are wonderful... we've used them multiple times and will keep coming back! She's super flexible with my crazy schedule, and I LOVE her updates throughout the day. She often sends messages and pictures to let us know what she's up to with our 2 pups. Looking forward to the next time our pups go for a visit!
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Melissa is a great host - incredibly accommodating and communicative. So happy to have them around the corner. It's also a great set-up for our dog Patsy as she loves playing with the the large rotating cast of dogs that they host.
Amazing amazing amazing! Melissa took tons of photos and even printed up a beautiful portrait of Leia that she took (seriously amazing dog photographer). He took Leia on tons of walks and let her raump in the back yard. Melissa and her family are great people and obviously love animals. I don't think there is anyone as great as these guys!
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Our Zoe had a great time with Melissa. She kept us updated about our puppy's days and how she was making new doggie friends. What a great experience for both of us. We will definitely be returning in the future. Woof, Diane , Ray and Zoe
I cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Melissa and her family. Our beloved Archie has had 4 visits (1-7 nights) with Melissa and we have 0 complaints. She has been so accommodating with us with a last-minute booking and late/delayed travel. Archie runs right into her home and makes himself comfortable which puts our mind at ease each time we drop him off. Melissa sends much appreciated frequent text/email updates including pictures to let us know how he is doing. We know he is in great hands with her and we feel so luck to have found such a reliable and kind dog sitter in the area.
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I am uncomfortable housing my dog in a kennel and was looking for other options. Finding DogVacay and especially Melissa R was incredible. We met with Melissa and her family ahead of time and we were immediately made comfortable with their positive attitudes. Oreo was able to "check out" their home too and didn't hesitate to move around. Melissa sent me pictures daily which not only put me at ease but also made me chuckle. She and her family were very focused on making Oreo comfortable and happy. By sharing so much with me, I could visibly see that he was having a good time . . . I was actually starting to wonder if he'd want to come home he looked so happy!

Oreo loves to be around people and this was the perfect option for him. Thanks to Melissa and her family for their open hearts and home.
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This was my first time leaving our puppy with anyone so needless to say I was a little nervous. I did meet with Melissa prior to the drop off date. I really felt comfortable in her home with her husband and boys. They were all so friendly. I knew if I felt good that Daisy would be just fine. While we were out of town Melissa sent photos of Daisy and let me know how she was getting along. I would highly recommend Melissa.
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So thankful for this amazing dog care provider and her wonderful family. I felt completely at ease while away from my 7 month old Golden Doodle on a 3 day weekend getaway. Melissa really knows how to create a welcome doggie family setting! Lily cam home pleasantly tired and happy. It takes a village to care for a dog sometimes and the Rebelo Village is the BEST!!!
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Melissa has been a wonderful doggy host to Daisy on several occasions. As someone new to the area, it has been a huge relief to find dog care with someone like Melissa. She and her family have been kind and flexible each visit and she always keeps me updated on Daisy's vacay while I'm away. Daisy and I are grateful and couldn't ask for a better dog-vacay experience!
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I was nervous about having my 11 month old lab away for the night especially because she has separation anxiety. But Melissa and her husband took really good care of her. Ivy did awesome and can't wait to go back!
Lily Belle had a wonderful weekend with the Rebelo family. Their three boys are great, sweet and calm when interacting with the dogs. Melissa stays in touch and I felt secure and happy knowing that my six month old Golden Doodle was in such loving hands. Booking another weekend stay right now!!
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Finding a place for my two large dogs to go has always been a source of stress for me, until finding Melissa. They are wonderful dogs but have a high level of anxiety when I am gone. With Melissa they settled in quickly and had a great time. Melissa was great about sending me pictures and texts throughout my time away filling me in on their day and how they had been. She made time for a meet and greet with me and the dogs and I know that made a big difference for the comfort levels of us all. I needed to leave town last minute and Melissa was able to coordinate the care for my dogs in no time. It made what could have been a stressful situation simple and easy for me. I highly recommend Melissa when you need someone to care for your four legged family.
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What a great place! Lily Belle really enjoyed her stay. Melissa is super organized and the space is great. Lily can't wait to go back
Spencer and Sebastian really have a good time and make themselves right at home now.
We've gone to Melissa and family a few times already (unfortunately more often than not they're very short notice drop offs!) but they've been more than accommodating with the multiple appointments we've made with her so far. The whole process of scheduling an appointment until drop off and through the day is incredibly easy! The entire family makes you feel at ease and very comfortable leaving your pet with them! I'm so so happy to have someone we can count on to take care of Mia so we're able to have a worry free day!!
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This was our first experience in leaving our dog with anyone. It turned out to be a great experience for both our falmily and our dog Khloe. Melissa and her family were fanatastic host to our little dog and the multiple pictures of her provided us with a snapshot everyday of her experience. We are grateful for the care they provided and the piece of mind we had knowing she was in loving hands, I would recommend Melissa to anyone who wants to feel confident that their dog will have a great experience and be with a loving and caring family . Many Thanks to Melissa and her family!
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Visiting in the area for the day (6 Flags)and needed a place for our 10 month Maltese to stay. We couldn't have even dreamed for a better place for our Babette. Melissa was so attentive to her needs and ours. She sent text about, and pictures of her throughout the day. Giving us the peace we needed so we could enjoy our time with our family. 5 stars just isn't enough. When our grand kids would get off a ride they immediately wanted to see what Babette Was Doing Now... Highly Highly Recommend. .. just wish we lived in the area so Melissa and family could be her home away from home.
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Melissa was a great Dog Vacay host-- she took care of our dog Basho with the same love, gentleness and attention that we give him as our family member. She was highly communicative, which we appreciated, and made sure to share daily photos of Basho while we were away so that we would know he was doing well. We are so grateful for Melissa's care, and know that we wouldn't have been able to have a relaxing vacation without her excellent help!
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Melissa was AWESOME!! I can not say enough good things about her! This was our first time on vacation without Princess and Melissa made us feel very comfortable from our very first meeting. Throughout our vacation she was in constant contact with us reassuring that Princess was in good hands and having so much fun with text and picture messages. I would recommend Melissa to everyone. We are looking forward to our next vacation knowing Princess had such a great time making new friends and was well taken care of! Thanks Melissa!

Keri, Chooch and Princess
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We just picked Archie up from his second stay with Melissa and her family and we were again so happy with the whole experience. Melissa takes wonderful care of Archie and keeps us updated on how he is doing and takes adorable pictures throughout his stay. She even printed out one of the photos to give to us which was so thoughtful. It is so nice knowing we have someone who takes care of Archie as we would. I would 100% recommend Melissa to anyone who is looking for someone to care for their furry friends.
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Our dog Ruby has stayed with Melissa several times now. With each visit, we are more and more pleased that we have found such a wonderful person to take care of our Ruby. Melissa is extremely professional, knowledgable, honest, reliable, and very responsive. And while we're away, and she has Ruby, she keeps us up-to-date throughout the visit. We look forward to working with Melissa many more times.
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I felt completely comfortable leaving my sweet pup with Melissa and her family. The daily updates and pictures she sent put us at ease and we were able to enjoy our time away knowing he was well taken care of.
Melissa was excellent and provide frequent updates on how things were going. I would recommend Melissa to anyone looking for day or overnight care for their pet.
Kobe had the best time staying with melissa and Danny! I'm surprised he wanted to come home after having such a great time and getting so much attention! We will continue to have Kobe stay with them in the future!
Our greyhound has very thin skin and lacerated his leg the week before our week-long vacation. He needed a few stitches to close it and that resulted in Melissa having to monitor the wound, change the bandage, apply antibiotic cream, and think of creative ways to let it have some "air" time but also keep it clean and dry while the bandage was off. She fashioned a wonderful "Elizabethan collar" for his leg and sent me pictures of his leg every day as it healed. I wasn't expecting Riley to be such a high-maintenance dog when I made the reservation weeks before our trip, but I'm so glad he was with Melissa and able to receive the detailed attention his wound required on top of his normal everyday care. I have no doubt that Riley was well cared for and loved while he was in her care.
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This was Spencer & Sebastian's second stay with Melissa. When I dropped the boys off they walked right into the house like they belonged. This was an indicator to me that they felt right at home with Melissa. I am very pleased with her services and her attentiveness to the pets in her care.
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They take such good care of our Kobe! We've used.them. Twice and will continue to. Thank you melissa and. Dan!!
Riley had a wonderful time with Melissa and her family! I know he felt better being in a family home with people instead of a kennel while we were away. Thank you Melissa!
I was very pleased with the service. Spencer and Sebastian were well taken care of while under Melissa's care. I was able to be away without worry.
Melissa amazes with her patience, enthusiasm, and photography skills. She gives my dog love and attention, and has picked up on my dog's behavior patterns around other dogs and can accommodate them. She sends text updates on what's happening, asks questions, and includes photos to reassure that all's well! There is little more you could ask for, especially when you're gone for 10 days. The whole family experience at Melissa's house is a special one; her kids and husband are awesome, too!
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Melissa was very friendly and wonderful with my dog Molly I would definitely recommend Her and use her again'
Melissa and her family were absolutely wonderful. They cared for kobe as if he were part of their family. I will definitely book with them again. Highly recommend. :)
Wow! I don't know where to start. Melissa is the sweetest, most accommodating and conscientious business person I have ever encountered. Her dealing with me and our grand dog (yellow lab) was extremely personal and reassuring. We had a difficult situation with a health issue that necessitated a number of adjustments to our original reservation. She went above and beyond to help us reach our eventual travel plan. She and her husband and lovely 3 boys took Rowdy on a hike and picnic which he loved. She sent pictures while we were away that showed him having a good time and looking relaxed and at home. We couldn't have asked for a better first time experience. We will call on Melissa again when we have the need for a dog sitter. Also, she does dog portraits and sells them at a very reasonable price. So happy I found her.
Susie
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This is Majik's second visit to Melissa's home - we couldn't have been happier. We got pictures and text messages the entire time we were away, letting us not only know he was ok, but SEE it for ourselves.
Majik is, of course, always happy when it's time to come home, but he's also happy when he's there! Melissa is amazing and I couldn't recommend her more :)
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Melissa is awesome! Very accommodating working with our zany 3-dog family. She definitely has some special dog intuition and could handle all the challenges our three threw her way. She sent multiple texts with pictures every day for the entire week, giving us peace of mind that our babies were having a good time at "camp" while we were out of state. She responded to my texts and queries promptly and was a joy to work with. I definitely recommend her and will tell all my dog loving friends about her services!
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As always, Melissa was great. We've used here multiple times, and our dogs are always treated like family. Thanks!
Ariel is still there, having another nice day with Melissa. When I dropped her off this morning, she was so happy to be there and didn't have any worries about me leaving. This was such a comfort to me as Ariel has a little bit of separation anxiety but today when I was leaving, she sure didn't seem to care - went right into Melissa's home happy as a clam!
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Ariel has been to Melissa's twice for 'day care'. Melissa takes her out in the backyard which Ariel loves - she loves to be outside. Melissa sends me photos throughout the day and updates on what Ariel and she are doing which is really nice. I am holding off giving 5 stars until Melissa has had a chance to take Ariel for a walk (which Ariel also loves!). Melissa told me she would wait to do this when her husband is with her because Ariel is somewhat leash aggressive and Melissa wants to be certain all are safe. So far I am very happy with Melissa's care of Ariel.
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Excellent! This was our second time w/Melissa, and it was as wonderful as the first. Melissa is professional and caring. She kept us updated w/texts and photos on how Ruby was doing. We knew Ruby was happy and loved!
Just a great time for Darla and no worries for us. Melissa was very caring and sent us numerous pictures and updates. Darla was exhausted from the weekend and slept the whole way home.
We can't say enough good things about Melissa. She is professional, compassionate, easy to work with, and a great communicator. She sent frequent texts and pictures, keeping us informed about Ruby throughout her stay. For us, it was like Ruby was staying w/family at home. We are very, very happy and will book again w/Melissa many mote times.
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Melissa's fantastic. Her home is optimal for the needs of any well-behaved dog I can imagine. I got regular photos on my phone and every time I saw one I knew my Penny was having a terrific time and being well cared for. She's almost depressed to be home!

Thanks for everything Melissa, I'll be back. Penny misses you.
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This was a fantastic family! We felt comfortable leaving our dog from the very start. Even before meeting him, Melissa asked many questions to ensure he would be comfortable and happy there which shows how caring she is. During our trip, we received many updates and pictures. She was so understanding when we had to unexpectedly extend our stay. I *definitely* recommend her to anyone. You will have peace of mind and your dog will have a blast!
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Melissa and Danny are the best.. I received updates and pictures every day. My dog was very happy there. Excellent service. Will definitely go back to them.
Melissa and her family are great with Molly. Loving, delighted to see her, willing to give her time to expend energy outside, even when it's really cold! What a joy to have someone so reliable, flexible, and caring available when we can't be around!
Melissa was amazing. Majik was so happy and had so much fun!!
I loved the pictures we received all weekend to show that Maj was happy and having a blast playing in the snow - it gave us peace of mind knowing he was doing great and was being loved and cared for as if we was home with us.
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I use Melissa pretty much any time I'm headed up North. She takes great care of my 2 dogs, and is great about sending out photo updates. Will definitely use her again!
We had a great experience with Melissa and her family. Melissa was extremely reliable and flexible with our schedule. Tobi was in good hands and we were able to enjoy our time away without worrying. Melissa sent us amazing pictures and kept in touch the entire weekend. Thanks Melissa!
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Melissa did a great job keeping us updated with messages and photos throughout the stay.
Melissa and her family are wonderful..Our boys come home very happy. She keeps us updated everyday with pictures ect..
I've never done anything like this before, my friend and I were rather nervous but we were stuck in a bind and needed an overnight sitter.

Up until the moment we knocked on her door we were nearly trembling! But the second after meeting Melissa and her lovely family we felt much much better. She could not have been nicer.

Her house was wonderful, the yard was gorgeous and very well fenced in. She was taking care of another dog at the time and our dog *Mia* doesn't do doggy first impressions very well but when the two met there were NO issues! Probably because Melissa was so calm! Mia took to her right away.

Mia had some very minor skin issues, just dry skin and needed supplements added to her food and Melissa agreed with no issue about that again, very very accommodating!

Mia still being a puppy has tons and tons of energy but when we picked her up on the last day (late mind you as our friends flight was delayed going home so we were stuck at Logan for a little bit and she was so accommodating about that) Melissa was out back playing fetch with her! Mia didn't want to leave!

During our mini-vacation in Salem she updated us regularly and sent us gorgeous pictures, two of which I plan on purchasing from her. They look professional!

All in all I HIGHLY recommend Melissa and her family for a worry free vacation for you AND your dog. I will be coming back there once more in the future if she'll have us.

Thank you!
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This was our second trip to visit Melissa and her family. Melissa sends updates and photos, which is a great reliever of anxiety for this human, and she is sweet and patient with a beloved dog. Her home offers my Molly the opportunity to play with other dogs and build positive social skills with all kinds of creatures! I can't say enough good things about Melissa and her family's care!
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Our dog, Cocoa, had a wonderful stay with Melissa and her family. Cocoa is a bit nervous around other dogs, and can sometimes be unpredictable when he gets spooked. Despite his "special needs", Melissa was more than willing to accommodate him for the weekend, so we could enjoy our family vacation out of state. Melissa sent me frequent texts and emailed adorable photos of Cocoa so we could see he was doing well and was being well taken care of. We will definitely be contacting Melissa if we ever need care for Cocoa again!
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Our 2 yo whippet stayed with Melissa for 2 nights and 2 days. Melissa was very responsible and reliable. I felt very confident in her care, and Arrow had a great time. Highly recommend.
Melissa & Family were awesome! We have had our dog for 8 months and this was the first time we left him so I was very nervous but Melissa was great! She sent us pictures of our pup every day so we knew he was having fun and I could tell that the whole family treated him with love! This was so much better than leaving our "baby" at a kennel and I would recommend Melissa as a great person to leave your furriest family member with!
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This was the first time I ever left my puppy and Melissa made the transition so easy. After the meet and greet I already knew Benjamin's vacation would be as awesome as ours. Melissa made sure I knew how things were going daily and even sent daily pictures of my Benjamin. I was almost afraid he wouldn't want to come home as they treated him like one of the family. I have never felt more reassured that things would be wonderful for my pet. Thank you so much for connecting me with Melissa. Not only will I want her if I need another caregiver, but I will also recommend her highly to anyone looking for a home away from home for their darling dog! Too bad you can only give 5 stars. She deserves so much more!
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Melissa and her family are the best. They gave Molly hiking, running around like crazy, and walking opportunities just as I would, sent updates every evening, and photos of my sweet pup. They're sweet and patient people doing great work for local dogs!
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Our dog, Sonja has been kind of shuffled around a bit this summer due to some unexpected travel. When our usual place fell through just before our long-planned planned trip to the Berkshires, we had to scramble to find her a safe weekend home. We were pretty nervous that a new place might do her in! Melissa put our anxiety to rest and Sonja is now back home, happy and relaxed. Melissa sent us daily photos and email updates on the doggy antics and we were able to enjoy our weekend. Highly recommend. Thank you, Melissa and family.
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Melissa was very welcoming. She was very quick to respond to my quote and didn't hesitate to help in any way she could.
Melissa was awesome! She took great care of my two dogs, and sent many wonderful updates. I felt at ease my whole trip. The dogs were so tired from playing outside and with her children that they fell asleep almost as soon as they were in the care. As an aside, she's a great photographer, and I absolutely loved the pictures she sent of them! I will definitely be using her the next time I travel!
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Took great care of my dog while I was on vacation!
Melissa and her family were friendly and welcoming during our dog's daycare stay. I felt confident that the dog would be cared for attentively and affectionately. She takes her responsibility seriously -- from how to handle multiple dogs effectively, to posting signs on the doors to not open before checking for dogs, to the configuration of her backyard. She also sent pictures and texted us during our dog's stay. I will definitely be a return customer.
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My Mocha and Princess had a great time with Melissa and her family during the holiday weekend. I felt completely comfortable dropping them off and because they stayed one night before, they seemed to "know" where they were and settled relatively quickly. Melissa and I kept in contact as much as possible (it was a little challenging for me since I was in Canada) with photos and updates on how the dogs were doing (eating, pooping, everything!) and I felt like I really didn't have to worry about them at all. Melissa notified me of anything that might have been a little concerning (Princess' poop, for example) but was not alarmed as to worry me and I trusted she would keep a good eye on my girl (which she did!). When my boyfriend and I picked them up they were very happy pups and I could tell that they enjoyed their stay. They showed no anxiety and weren't running out the door! I think they could have stayed a couple extra days! lol.
What an awesome experience for the doggies and for me and my boyfriend.
I already told Melissa that we will absolutely call her in the future without hesitation if we need someone to care for Mochs and Princess.
TY so much!! :D
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My pups and my family had a fantastic experience with Melissa and her family. Right from the start I could tell just how genuine and caring she is.. our online communications were always friendly, honest, and sincere. Once we had our first "meet," I knew that Melissa would do well with Mocha and Princess and that they would do great in her home. She was very interested in the details and told us that she would be flexible and do whatever needed to make the dogs feel comfortable.
I was so at ease when we all came over this weekend for an overnight. Melissa gave me updates, both photos and emails, and was very responsive when I reached out to check in. The dogs did really well and when we picked them up, I could see that although they missed us, they indeed were comfortable and taken care of! :) It is SO difficult to find a trustworthy person, or people, to take care of your pups (esp when they are basically like your children) and I feel a true sense of RELIEF that we found wonderful people to help us when we need it!!
So so happy that we found Dogvacay, Melissa, and her family and look forward to making more reservations in the near future! :D
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Riley enjoyed his stay! I received pictures throughout the visit, and a lot of them were "action" shots of him having fun! He really had a ball with Melissa's three boys and they were very nice host. Thank you for taking care of my little guy.
Melissa and her family were perfect hosts for Keira, we couldn't have found anyone better! Right from our initial conversation I could tell it would be a good fit, as it turned out, that proved more than accurate. We will most definately be bringing Keira back to vacay with them again.
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Melissa took fantastic care of my dog Penny. I couldn't be happier with how this worked out.
We dropped off our 2 dogs, charm & Hershey with Melissa and her family for 2 days while we went to the brimfield antique show. Melissa and her husband were really great, down to earth people and the dogs had an excellent time playing with their well behaved boys. Melissa sent me really nice pics of the dogs during the day. My dogs were definitely in good hands and Can't wait to see them all again in the future!
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