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Merika and Austin W.

11 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 1 day
  • 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.

11 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
$45/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 1 day
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated April 12, 2017

Credentials

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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
11 Reviews
It was a pleasure to have Merika and Austin stay with our dogs (and cats, when they showed up). The initial Meet and Greet was reassuring and Lola and Javy seemed entirely happy when I got home (and the house hardly looked touched). I wouldn't hesitate to have them stay again, and I'm sure the beasts wouldn't mind either!
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We really can't say enough great things about Merika and Austin. We completely trust them with our dogs and our home, and so appreciate their willingness to be of help, even in a pinch. They're awesome!
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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