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Melissa K.

21 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

Melissa's Resident Pets

Athena
Shiba Inu
Male
0 yr 9 mo old
Natsumi
Shiba Inu
Male
0 yr 3 mo old

Melissa's House

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

About Melissa

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hello! Melissa here.

Ever since I was little I have had a passion for taking care of animals. I grew up on a farm so I had every animal I could talk my parents into letting me have. I showed dogs in 4-H through obedience classes, so I have ample experience taking care of dogs and working with their behaviors. I would love to watch your dog for you, and I am sure we will have lots of fun together. My home is quiet and spacious with lots of room to play. I work during the day, but with a flexible schedule, so your pet will still get plenty of attention and care!

The pups in my pictures are from the amazing dogs I have watched, having fun and relaxing!!

I'm looking forward to watching your fur baby!! :)
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained

Melissa K.

21 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 45 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated March 7, 2017

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Melissa's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Baths
$20 /bath
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21 Reviews
We boarded a senior dog and a middle aged dog for a week, and I think it was just too much for Melissa to handle. Our senior dog wears a belly band due to incontenence, and so, in addition to taking him out the usual number of times, you need to due to incontenence, and so, in addition to taking him out the usual number of times, you need to change his belly band. When I picked up our dog in the morning, he was soaked in urine, and the belly band hadn't been changed. That only would happen to him if he was put to bed without being taken out, and without a change to his band.
In addition, she texted three times during the week to say that he needed a bath that would cost an additional $15/apiece, and asked I pay for these three baths in cash. She never sent photos of the dogs, and only texted to tell me how they were doing when I texted first to ask how they were handling. To top it off, when I brought my dogs back home, they frantically finished a bowl and a half of water, as if they had not had easy access to a water bowl during their stay.
On the positive side, my dogs came back alive and didn't seem hungry.
In general, it just seemed like the kind of care I could get if I kenneled my dogs at a cheap vet, and not the kind of attentive care I've come to expect from DogVacay. The previous sitter I used, for example, had none of these issues and did a fantastic job.
I definitely wouldn't use her again, but given the other reviews I've seen for her, I can only assume it was because handling a senior dog with needs was just a bit more than she could handle.
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Melissa was great with Lola she had a great time! She played with her two puppies she was very worn out when I got her home. We will definitely be using her again.
Melissa was very easy to work with and did a great job! Our dog had a good stay and enjoyed playing with her puppy. He was extremely tired when he came home so it was obvious that there was plenty of play time.
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