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Melissa K.

31 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • 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

Shih Tzu
10 yr 6 mo old
Shih Tzu
12 yr 11 mo old
Bichon Frise
8 yr 6 mo old
Shih Tzu
4 yr 11 mo old
12 yr 7 mo old
Yorkshire Terrier
7 yr 4 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Melissa's House

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

About Melissa

7 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Dogs are our life and our pack welcomes new dogs all the time!
I have had a love for animals all my life but living in apartments kinda prevented us from ever adding a pup to our family. In 2010, we moved into a house and our first little boy (Dawson) joined our family! Over the next few years, we have adopted 5 others (YaYa, Charlie, Chewy, Mitsy & Lillie). But we felt like we needed to do more.
Early 2012, we started fostering small breed dogs for our local Humane Society. We cared for and found forever homes for almost 100 pups! During that time, we have done it all! We have taken care of dogs with skin issues, eye issues, epilepsy, giving medication in pill/liquid/inhaler form, aggressive, incontinent, tri-pods, recovery from countless surgeries. You name it, we most likely have experience with it. We received compliments all the time from the families that adopted our foster dogs. We have several past foster dogs that we still babysit when their owners go away on vacation.
Then someone told me about DogVacay...
I have been with DogVacay since Dec 2015 and absolutely love it! Every pup has their own personality (like lil' humans). And even though I am not old enough to have grand-children, I like to think of them as my grand-pups. I get to love and spoil them while they are here! Then they get to go home when Mom & Dad come pick them up and look forward to the next time they come to visit me :)
We would love to open our home to your babies! We promise to love and care for them just as they were our own!

For my clients...
If my calendar shows that I am Booked or Unavailable. Don't freak out yet (lol) ... PLEASE message me from DogVacay or most of you have my cell number as well. We will figure something out :)
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Melissa K.

31 Reviews
18 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 23, 2017


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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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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 2 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
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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31 Reviews
We will only leave Juliet with Melissa!
Everything was great and rusty had a great time playing with the other dogs. I will never have to worry about where rusty will go when we travel. RCV
My 4 month old pomeranian- Coco thoroughly enjoyed her daycare stay with Melissa and her pups! I appreciate how flexible she is and how she sends me updates throughout the day along with photos. Her house is very clean, pristine and doggy-proofed. Melissa is a type of person you can trust with your puppy, and we will definitely be seeing her again in the future.
Melissa is always awesome and Roxie loves her and her family!
Another Pawsome experience
Being a host myself I'm very picky about my fur babies care and Melissa is PAWSOME my fur kids love her and she brings my shy baby EJ our of his shell. When Im unavailable I refer my fur kids parents to Melissa. Highly recommend and your babies will love her!!
Thank Melissa we Love You
Melissa was great. She even posted a video of my dog playing with one of hers. I would definitely use her service again and highly recommend her. Thanks.
My experience with Melissa was wonderful. She came by early to meet Bailey and Jax so she could get a feel for them and us. She wanted to make sure she knew where everything was. She sent us photos of her visit whice made us feel much more relaxed as this was the first time we had left Bailey with someone. We look forward to using Melissa in the future and feel very comfortable we have someone who we feel very comfortable leaving our babies in he care.
Our little Sadie loves Melissa so much that she gets excited even before we’ve pulled on to her street! She is not only a natural with dogs, but her resident dogs are fun playmates too. Melissa is warm and easy going, quick to respond to questions/requests, and her home is very dog friendly. She walks the dogs outside and her backyard has lots of space for them to explore – which Sadie absolutely loves. She is also great at keeping us connected with texts & photos while we’re away. We’re so happy to have found someone we can trust to take great care of our pup!
We chose Melissa from her excellent reviews to take care of our two boys while we were on a cruise. We were not disappointed beginning with the minute I met her at her door. She very much loves what she does and loves the doggies. Her home is like a 5-star resort for pets with a huge selection of toys and beds as you first enter. She was great to send photos and updates of the boys which definitely let us know they were very happy with our selection of host. When we picked the boys up they were in no hurry to leave which is another wonderful site. When they got home, they were so tired (just like us!) they took a long nap and had to be awaken to go to bed. We will definitely be asking Melissa and her family to host our boys again and highly reccommend her to take excellent care of your doggy. Again, Thanks Melissa!
I'm also a DogVacay Host and I NEVER LEAVE MY KIDS WITH ANYONE!! But this vacation would not allow my kids to come so I booked Mellissa she reminded me of myself and it was a SUPBERB SELECTION. She will be my care provider whenever I need a fur baby sitter
This was the 3rd or 4th time we have used Melissa for both of our dogs. This time we barely thought of our dogs as we knew they were in good hands having a good time playing with Melissa's dogs. We are so glad we found somebody to take them for our vacations. I recommended a friend to Melissa and she used her and now has her booked for two more trips in the coming months. Can't recommend her enough.
Melissa took great care of my two Italian Greyhounds. I received pictures of them, updates and it was a wonderful feeling knowing that my dogs were being taken care of while I was away. it was my first time leaving my dogs with someone not family, and being that their 9 & 8, that's saying something, so I was very nervous. But they were happy and Melissa made me feel very secure in my decision. I will definitely use Melissa again the future.
We were apprehensive about leaving our two very loved (spoiled) dogs. We took them to meet Melissa prior to her keeping them. She has several small dogs who greeted our girls and they all got along from that encounter. We went inside and were impressed with how clean and good smelling her home was! Our dogs made themselves at home while we talked. One hopped up and perched on the back of the sofa and they both helped themselves to the water and explored her home. Mellissa kept them for four days and sent me updates and pictures each day. She said they slept in her room in their beds at night with no fuss. This impressed me since they both sleep with us and we worried they would cry and bug her to get in her bed. When we picked them up they were happy to see us and were clean and smelled good. But as we walked to the car they cried and pulled back toward her house. I think that is the best review we could give her! We will use her again in August and then September.
Holly received awesome care while we were on vacation. Melissa sent me updates and pictures while we were away so I didn't have to worry about her at all. She was very responsive and easy to work with. We will definitely let Holly visit again!
My Zoe enjoyed her stay with Melissa. She rarely cuddles with strangers and felt right at home with Melissa. I could tell she enjoyed her stay - she slept so well when she returned home.

Melissa sent photos and kept me posted on how Zoe was doing.

We will book with Melissa again.
Our pet was well cared for. I appreciated the email update on his stay.
Melissa was wonderful with my dog Opie. I was a little worried about him staying somewhere new, but Melissa reassured me multiple times while I was gone that he was doing great. She sent me some cute pics too! I could tell she was treating him like one of her own. She's very flexible and easy to communicate with. He must have had a good time because he didn't seem all that ready to go when I picked him up! I've already booked another vacay with Melissa for next month, so I'd definitely recommend her.
I was so thankful when my husband found Melissa on DogVacay! We recently adopted our dog from the shelter, and with his timid, fearful nature, it was breaking my heart to have to put him in a kennel environment. But having him stay with Melissa not only gives him personal attention and 24/7 care, it also gives him a chance to learn how to socialize safely with her pack of small dogs. Thank you, Melissa!!!
Melissa was awesome! She took our dog in last minute, drove to meet me, and kept us informed as to how Lexi was doing and how he was getting along with the other dogs. I will use her service again and strongly recommend Melissa and Doggy Vacay!
Teddy had such a great time at Melissa's home! It was a great feeling knowing that he was well loved and happy while we were out of town. From our first visit I knew that Teddy felt very comfortable in her home. He will definitely be returning!!
Our pup Lucas stayed with Melissa for 5 days recently. She took great care of him and we were able to enjoy our getaway and not worry about his wellbeing. She worked with our schedule and made the whole experience a pleasure, we will not hesitate to send Lucas to her again.
I know Roxie's always in good hands!
Always awesome! Melissa and Roxie love each other!
Melissa took such great care of our dog while we were on vacation. She sent us photos of him while we were gone. She answered texts right away. And she's incredibly flexible with pick up/drop off times. Thank you, Melissa, for taking care of Jack at his new home away from home. :)
We left our 2 puppies for 2 nights with Melissa and everything went very smooth. She would send us pics and updates. They went on plenty of walks and started to learn how to socialize with Melissa's 3 dogs. It was our first time leaving them as they are just under 5 months old so we were apprehensive. We plan on leaving them for a week for our family vacation when school gets out. I will feel much better leaving them with Melissa than them sitting in a kennel for a week at a Vet. The price is better too.
Roxie loves Melissa and her family! And she's so good about keeping me informed about what's going on.
Roxie was very happy at Melissa's. Melissa kept in touch-I knew she was in good hands! I am using her again this week!
Melissa helped administer medicine for our 13-year old shih tzu while we were away. She also checked in and was friendly with our grandmother(who had stayed home but was unfamiliar with giving our deog her medication). Melissa definitely helped us rest a little easier on vacation, knowing that our old pup was getting the medications she needed.
Melissa was absolutely wonderful with my baby. I immediately knew that Mama was going to be in good hands at our initial meet n greet. Melissa is very professional and has a lot of experience. Melissa sent regular updates via text which was comforting. She also responds promptly to any questions. If you are looking for a safe, clean, and loving environment for your pet, Melissa is the way to go!
My 2 dogs were happy and well taken care of, she was also able to accept them at the last minute. I will use her in the future
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