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Merika and Austin W.

9 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 hours
  • 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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Merika and Austin W.

9 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 15 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 10, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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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
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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 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 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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Merika and Austin were wonderful. They clearly dealt well with Scarlett's anxiety at our leaving, and she was in good shape when we returned, including having eaten all of her dinner (with her meds) without coaxing.

We were away from noon until nearly midnight. Merika texted me in the afternoon to let me know how everything was going, with details that I appreciated.

We will certainly hope to have them stay with Scarlett again. We were able to relax and have a good time, knowing that Scarlett was being taken good care of, both emotionally and physically.
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We felt very comfortable having Merika and Austin stay at our house - they asked lots of questions ahead of time, which reassured us that they'd be well prepared to take care of Peanut and our home. It was hard to tell they'd been here when we got home - everything was so neat.

They'll be staying here for a week starting later this week, rather than just an overnight. And we won't worry about our garden going dry or our dog not getting enough love.
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As before, our boys seemed to hardly miss us- which for us means they have been happy while we were away! Merika and Austin are wonderful, and we are grateful for the piece of mind we have when they are here with our dogs. Thank you!!
Merika and Austin were kind, caring and patient with my stubborn old man. They showed up promptly when they said they would, asked good questions to get to know me and Oliver, and were very conscientious about keeping me updated. I would definitely recommend them again.
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We could not have asked for better caregivers for our pups than Merika and Austin! It can feel daunting leaving your furry children (and home) with "strangers" but we absolutely felt both were safe and trustworthy from the first meeting. One of our dogs, Jake, is a rescue and can act unpredictably with men but he took to Austin immediately.

Merika and Austin are not only kind people but thorough and thoughtful. Both have a very calm energy which to us is important when caring for animals. In fact, we were so excited to see the dogs when we returned but both dogs were incredibly subdued. It was kind of a let down on our end (which is actually a GREAT thing!) It was a clear indication to us they were loved on, were provided a calm environment and exercised well during our absence.

Knowing we would have a very long journey home, Merika and Austin knew we would be exhausted and took it upon themselves to provide us with clean bedding, fresh towels and a spotless home. They even took out the garbage and recycling to be picked up the next morning so we could sleep in!

We can't thank Merika and Austin enough for being amazing caregivers of both dogs and home.
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Merika was fantastic with our dog Huey and we appreciated all the pictures and updates she provided! We would definitely recommend her and are glad we have found someone we can trust with our pup when we travel in the future.
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