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Melissa C.

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32 Reviews
22 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
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated

Melissa's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds or Reptiles

Melissa's Townhome

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Small Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Melissa

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am an active animal lover. I have been around dogs since the day I was born. My mom used to sit me between our two huge golden retrievers while she cleaned and cooked! Crazy-but I loved it. I work a mile up the road and come home on lunch break to let the pups out. I live in a town-home that is located right on the greenbelt. Steps away from walking trails, parks, and right next to a dog park!

While you are on vacation your dog will be too! Your dog will be playing in the dog park, going on long walks, and of course have a relaxing, stress free stay! I look forward to being a friendly and fun resort for your pets :)

Additional information:
Drop off times: 630am-6:30pm I prefer morning drop offs for first timers so dogs can get used to my home.
Pick up times: must be picked up before 9pm
New bookings: dogs must be crate trained.
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Melissa C.

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


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in a crate
$15 /visit
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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32 Reviews
I'm new at Arizona, and I had to travel around for business. It was my first time leaving Charlie with anyone who's not family. I didn't want to leave him in a dog hotel. He doesn't do well on crates or "rooms". Melissa is a warm loving person. She was able to accommodate Charlie's neediness and my travel schedule. She sent daily updates of how Charlie was doing. Also, She's quick to respond to any questions you have.
Melissa was very responsive and flexible about drop off and pick up times for my dog. I definitely trust her with my dog again in the future.
Our pug, Buddha, has stayed with Melissa a few times now and we can tell he absolutely just loves her! Every time Melissa sends a picture of Buddha he looks as happy as can be. My husband and I joke about him not wanting to come back home with us. Melissa is very accommodating to our needs and will give Buddha his medications and keep his routine as normal as possible. When I think back to when we used to drop Buddha off at 'pet hotels', I can't believe that that was our go-to. Who wants to spend a ton of money to keep their dog in a 4x4 ft cell with limited play when they can hang out in the comfort of someone else's home where you know they will be taken care of with great care? With Melissa, we know that Buddha is happier than ever. It truly is his own little vacation. :)
Melissa was great! She sent us daily photos and updates on our dogs. Nice close location to us and the pups returned home health and healthy. Will most definitely be using Melissa again in the future.
I know this review is late but I wanted to take a minute to review Melissa, AGAIN. She's awesome. My dog always comes home relaxed and exhausted, and Melissa is always so communicative while I'm gone with pictures, or any questions or concerns she might have. On this trip that made me feel completely at ease, as this was the first time my dog has ever stayed with someone other than a family member for a whole week. Also, Melissa had a family emergency in the week leading up to my departure, but she handled it like a pro and was flexible and creative in her solution to continue to keep Roxy for the reserved time, knowing it would be almost impossible to find another sitter for part of an upcoming holiday weekend. I will continue to ask Melissa to keep Roxy, and in fact already have my next vacay booked with her.
Melissa is a responsible, reliable, and hardworking person who is eager to bring happiness to dogs and their owners. While my husband and I were out of town, she stayed in touch with me all the time.
We will definitely ask Melissa to stay with our dogs again.
Daisy my toy poodle had a great time. Would book again!
Melissa was a great help while we were away on vacation and took great care of our dog. We will definitely be contacting her again if needed, and I'd highly recommend her to anyone else looking for a dog sitter. Thanks, Melissa!
Melissa was awesome! A real dog lover. She was prompt at all our pre planned meetings, sent us photos periodically and even gave Coco a wash before we picked her up! Thank you, Melissa!
Melissa does an outstanding job keeping me informed about my lab. She sends pictures and videos. I hope my dog will want to come home!
My yellow lab had a great stay with Melissa. We did a meet & greet first; so my dog was comfortable with Melissa. I got to see pictures daily of her fun. Melissa is super, she's flexible, and I felt very comfortable my dog was in good hands.
Melissa was great! She was friendly, professional and flexible with our schedule. I would recommend her to others.
Chewey had another great dogvacay stay with Melissa! She kept me up-to-date with photos and text messages about my pampered pooch. I would highly recommend her to any one looking for a dog sitter! Thank you Melissa, From Chewbacca and Alyssa
This was my first experience with Dog Vacay and Melissa and I was more than impressed! Melissa sent some of the cutest pictures of Roxy while I was gone (still want to know her secret to getting Roxy to look at the camera!) and kept in touch the whole time, which made me feel so much better about traveling 1500 miles away and leaving Roxy for the first time since moving to the Phoenix area. Roxy came home happy, tired, and not stressed out like she has when she's boarded at daycare places, so that's a win all around. Melissa definitely lives up to her great reviews, an I would not hesitate to leave Roxy with her again (and plan to!) or recommend her to other people.
Melissa always has a warm welcome for my dogs, and sends awesome update pictures!
Chewbacca absolutely love his stay with Melissa! Melissa was amazing! She was very accommodating with my last minute booking. She is kind, sweet, and answered all my questions I had concerning Chewey's stay. There was not one moment where I doubted her taking care of my pup. She told me of her experiences with dogs and how long she has been with Dog Vacay. At the end of our meet and greet, I knew I left him in the best hands capable.

Melissa kept me informed every day with texts and pictures. She kept me up-to-date with any concerns (if any) and would even let me know when he did something that made her laugh. Through pictures, I could tell that my pooch made himself right at home. I felt that my dog was safe and completely comfortable while I was away. I would highly recommend Melissa for all my stays!

Thank you Melissa!

Alyssa and Chewbacca.
Great experience
Melissa was great with our Havanese, Bentley. She sent us a cute picture the day we left and when we returned he was very affectionate towards her so we know he was well cared for!
Melissa was great! Zeus looked happy and healthy when we picked him up. She sent us multiple pictures throughout his stay which we really appreciated. She played with him using his favorite toy and gave him treats and took him for walks. We would definitely use her again!
Once again another PAWSOME experience with Melissa watching our little Chowder. We appreciate her always giving him the royal treatment and treating him like a member of their family. THANK YOU!
During our week long vacation Melissa provided us with exactly what we asked, a vacation for our Zoey. We asked her to just post some photos on Instagram showing us how she was doing, and she did, each and every day. I am sure Zoey had a great time and looked very happy when we picked her up. We will be using Melissa again in the future, thanks again!
This was our first time using DogVacay and Melissa was great! She was very flexible with drop off and pick-up times. We had a problem with our return flight being delayed and Melissa was very helpful in scheduling a new pick up time.

Melissa kept us up to date on Sabra with photos of her at the dog park and in her house. When we picked Sabra up, she was a happy and healthy dog.

Thank you Melissa! This was a wonderful first experience with DogVacay and with you. We hope to have Sabra stay with you next time we go somewhere.
Another great DogVacay for our little guy with Melissa! They really treat Chowder like he's part of the family. Couldn't be happier!!
It was such a great and easy experience booking with Melissa and DogVacay! We were nervous in allowing a stranger to watch our pooch, but the whole process was easy breezy. We were able to book a meet up with Melissa right away, and then booked a stay immediately after. Melissa always responds quickly to messages and sent lots of great pics of our dog while we were away. Chowder definitely loves hanging out with other dogs and the extra attention.

Boarding your dog or taking them to a pet hotel is way more costly and then the are alone all day, confined to a little cell. You can't beat Melissa's prices and level of service. We are so appreciative to have made this connection and will definitely book with Melissa again in the near future!
Loved Melissa taking care of Emo. He looked so rejuvenated when I picked him up, I almost thought that he had a better vacation than we did.
Melissa took great care of our two young dogs overnight, and they came home happy and tired. She sent a couple pictures and took them to the dog park, which they always love. Thank you for making it so easy for us and them :)
Melissa was great! She kept Sadie happy and healthy!!
- was willing to have ONLY Sadie and not take any other appointments
- was great at keeping her schedule
- took lots of great pictures and kept in touch while I was away!

My return flight also got really delayed and so Melissa kept Sadie for another night, with no issues or hesitation! Life saver!
Melissa was absolutely awesome from the quick response to my request (responded within minutes), to the meet and greet and then finally the actual care of my lil diva Ce Ce. Melissa went above and beyond posting many pics of my dog (which showed me Ce Ce was loving her stay) and left me messages with how things were going. I was so at ease knowing my baby girl was in the BEST hands. I will definitely be using Melissa for ALL of my care needs for my dog...
Melissa was wonderful! She stayed with our 4 yorkies for the weekend. We loved the pictures she posted of our fur babies. Thank you! :-)
Melissa helped me out on short notice, was flexible and scheduled a meet and greet to make my dogs comfortable. She took time to ask about their routines and I felt great leaving my dogs with her! When I picked them up they were 100% themselves and crashed from all the play time when we got home!

Melissa also sent me picture updates of the dogs at the park and playing while I was away! Will definitely recommend to friends and have max and mollie stay again sometime!
Melissa has been so nice with my chihuahua, they went to the dog park and it seems like they had fun over the weekend for the pics she sent me on my phone. Super professional and reliable!
Melissa was wonderful with Boone, I picked Boone up and he was as happy as I left him. Page took him for walks, to the pool, and sent updated pics while I was on vacation. 5 stars for sure!
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