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Merika and Austin W.

9 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

About Merika and Austin

Hello! I am a current PhD student at UMass-Amherst. Before moving to the Pioneer Valley I was a pet sitter at a professional cage-free dog daycare in Buffalo, NY for two years. During that time I did home visits (check-ins and 30-60 minute walks), overnight stays at clients homes, and hosted pets at my own home. I have decided to currently only host at clients homes because I believe it's easier on your pets to stay in a familiar location while their pet parents are away. Additionally, I include some house sitting services while staying in your home.

My partner Austin has recently moved to the Pioneer Valley after completing his Masters in Buffalo, NY. He has assisted me in the past when I hosted in my home and is comfortable caring for dogs after growing up with two of his own. Although it can be easier to have us both caring for your pet, we understand that some animals may be uncomfortable with men they have not met before. In these cases, we've decided to leave it up to the pet owner's preference whether both of us help out during the vacation and believe meet-n-greets help with introductions.

If you think that your own home is the best place for your pets while you're away, please contact us!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine

Merika and Austin W.

9 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 27, 2017

Credentials

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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
9 Reviews
Merika and Austin were great! When they came over for the meet-and-greet, they asked a ton of questions and seemed genuinely interested in our dog's behavior and needs. This immediately put us at ease, especially considering even the most behavior and needs. This immediately put us at ease, especially considering even the most experienced and high-rated dogsitters sometimes do not ask any questions.

Throughout our trip, they sent us a few updates and were very responsive. They kept an eye on Fonzie's itching and administered a steroid spray on him which he *hates*, so it's great that they were willing and able to do this.

We just got back yesterday and Fonzie seemed happy and fairly CALM, which is a great sign. Our apartment is very neat and clean, too. Overall I would highly recommend Merika and Austin and we will definitely book with them again!
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They were both great - during the initial visit and when they stayed over!
Merika and Austin were a godsend. It was our first experience leaving our dog and house in the care of a stranger and we were apprehensive at first. After meeting with them we could not have felt more comfortable. They are professional, kind, and After meeting with them we could not have felt more comfortable. They are professional, kind, and put us at ease. Charlie, our dog, took an immediate liking to them. Throughout the dogvacay they sent us updates and even kept our newly planted bushes and lawn alive. It was a wonderful experience and we will certainly use their services again.
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