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Merrisa M.

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78 Reviews
59 Repeat Guests
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  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish

Merrisa's Resident Pets

10 yr 1 mo old
5 yr 1 mo old
Catahoula Leopard Dog
6 yr 6 mo old
Mixed Breed
5 yr 2 mo old

Merrisa's House

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

About Merrisa

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Thanks to all of my great clients, I have been voted in the top 15 best caregivers of Baton Rouge by!

Current Schedule 2017

Drop Offs & Pickups/Daycare Hours
Monday - Friday 7AM - 5PM
Saturday 7AM-12PM
Sunday 5PM-6PM

No Drop offs or Pickups on the following dates in 2017. Your pup's stay can still be schedule during these dates but pickups & drop offs will have to be made before or after the dates listed.

February 18-28 CLOSED
July 4
October 31
November 23 & 24
December 19
December 24 & 25
December 31 & January 1, 2018

Please take these into consideration when booking your stays. These time frames are in order that I can have time with my family. As well, it gives the dogs designsted times that they can relax. Thank you for understanding.

I've always hated leaving my pets behind when I have to go out of town. I've worked in veterinary kennels & I know the animals just don't get the attention they deserve. This is the reason I decided to start offering a different kind of pet sitting service.

I don't want to take my fur babies somewhere that they have to sit in a kennel all day & receive minimal attention from their caregivers. I want a place where they can play and lounge on the couch. Where they have a warm lap to snuggle on & friends to play with.

I offer these exact services. Guests are never kenneled unless they can't be supervised. Caring for pets is my full time job. At night, guests can sleep in their kennel, in my bed or on one of many fluffy warm dog beds. I also provide aromatherapy & classic music specifically designed to help relax canines & humans throughout the day.

I pride myself in being different from other pet sitters or boarding facilities. Your furry friend will always be taken care of like my own.

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***All pets must be friendly & cannot be aggressive. All pets must be spayed or neutered.***
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Merrisa M.

Online Now!
78 Reviews
59 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 5 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 6, 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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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Merrisa's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$80 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Daycare At Merrisa's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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78 Reviews
We wouldn't want to let our dogs vacation with anyone else! Merrisa always takes very good care of our two Lab mixes. They usually leave us excited and come back ready to sleep!! They get plenty of exercise playing with friends! Merrisa is great at communicating with us and answering any questions we have on how the dogs are doing. We love taking our dogs to Merrisa because she treats them like they are her own and she keeps them on a tight schedule and helps keep the dogs disciplined (which is extremely important when you have puppies)!
Merrisa was great! My lab nugget stayed with her over Christmas and he had the best time. She is a great sitter and I will definitely request her again for a dog vacay!
Very good!!! My dog enjoyed her time by the videos posted! I believe that my dog had more fun than at other places including Camp Bow Wow, less dogs and a home environment she's comfortable with. Mina (my dog) had a lot of fun and was very well excercised when she got home. She was ready to leave me and go to Marissa no problem and was no problem when leaving. I highly recommmed this place!!!
We contacted Merrisa about day care for our 4 dogs with somewhat short notice. She was very receptive and willing to accommodate us in every way. She has a great yard for the dogs to run and explore and is very knowledgeable and competent about the world of dogs. We would definitely use her again and highly recommend her to anyone needing a dog vacay in the Baton Rouge area. Thanks for helping us out Merrisa!
Merrisa took such good care of my George! He's a terrier mix and very needy but Merrisa put my mind at ease right away at the "meet & greet". I was out of the country for a 10 day vacation and had no doubt that he was being well cared for. Merrisa sent me a picture of George and posted a video on her Facebook page which I enjoyed! She responded very quickly to my emails. I hope Merrisa stays in the dog sitting business for a long time because I can't imagine leaving my George with anyone else. Thank you so much Merrisa!
This was my first time using a doggy sitter. Merrisa did awesome with my fur baby! I brought boss my lab/mix over as she advised me to do. She wanted to see how he would do with other dogs. Her house is amazing. Her yard is big and fenced in. She answered all my questions. Merrisa is Very informative, she gives so much love to all the dogs. I can't thank her enjough. I'm beyond happy with having her watch my baby while we we was out of town. I had no stress when I left her house. I went to pick him up. He was clean and happy! I will definitely use her again! Thank you Merrisa you nailed it!!!!!
Merrisa has been incredible! She cares about the two dogs we have with her and even sends us photos and videos. She adapts to their needs and it's obvious how much she cares about them both. They couldn't be in better hands!
Merrisa is the best! Her passion and love for dogs ensures me that my pups are safe and well cared for when I am away. She is very accommodating and has been nothing but great with my pups. We will never settle for anyone else!
Merrisa is a kind and animal loving person. She is sincere in the way she cares for our four legged family members. I felt at ease since Bella (our 85lb chocolate lab) seemed to take to her instantly. I would recommend her highly.
Babies always happy when I pick them up
Dogs love it there
I have no worries when I leave my pups with Merissa! I'm a repeat customer and I can't imagine bringing my dogs to stay anywhere else.
Our lab Charlie has stayed with Merrisa several times, and we have had a great experience each time! Merrisa has sent pictures and even video so we can see him playing and enjoying himself. She also responds quickly to any texts we send. Charlie really enjoys going there!
Merrisa was great about meeting me up for a tour prior to sending my dog to her sitting services. She chatted with me about the dogs daily routine, household cleaning habits, and let me walk through the outside and inside spaces. I was nervous about dropping my dog off simply because she is very hyper but Merrisa reassured me it would be alright. When I picked my dog up after her 5 night stay, she was very happy and Merrisa told me all about how much fun she had -- there was even a video she sent me! She's great and I'll definitely be a returning customer!
Miller was clean and happy when we picked him up. We enjoyed seeing pictures and video of him playing while we were away. Merrisa has been very easy to work with, in accommodating our travel schedule.
We were totally able to enjoy our time away, knowing that our dog was very well looked after. Merissa is attentive to detail and down to earth. We have not had this dog long, and this was his first boarding experience - a very positive one.
Merrisa did an awesome job. We had updates when our pup first arrived and saw many videos online of her playing. Great place to take care of our pup.
Great service and home with a large back yard. She was very flexible with pick up/ drop off time. Daily videos/pictures/updates as well. Highly recommended!
Merrrisa did a great job with Alfie. He had lots of company and lots of play time. She met with us before, showed us where he would be kept, and explained what she would do if an emergency arose. We got to see several videos of Alfie while we were away. She returned him freshly bathed!! Awesome service!
Merrisa is great! If you want to make sure your fur baby is around other dogs and had time to play, this is the place to go!
Merrisa is wonderful with our pets. She has been keeping them when we go out of town for more than a year: at least 5 stays, one of which was 5 weeks. We have three toys from 5 years to 14 years and I do not hesitate to take them to her, They always run right up to her door!
Merissa was very accommodating and and I know my little girls were very happy there. Thanks Merissa.
Our two dogs are always so excited to go to Merissa's! She takes such good care of them. We use her exclusively.
Our Molly stayed with Merrisa for 8 nights while we were out of the country. She was happy tho see us, but seemed to be perfectly content. Sometimes you can tell when your dog is Matt at you for leaving them...Not this time!
Merrisa was very prompt with communication and east to work with. We will use her in the future.
Merrisa is the best. My dogs loved her instantly. She truly cares about pets and also understands that pet owners need reassurance that all is well with their fur babies. Merrisa is a winner, and you will be glad you booked with her. We will definitely use her again. All three of our dogs received baths right before I picked them up. She even followed up the day after I brought them home. Book with total confidence that your pets will be safe and well loved.
Merissa always takes great care of Solomon and treats him like one of her own. I get to see videos of him that show me he's enjoying himself, and she's great about communicating with me. I recommend her for a dog sitter any time!
Easy and pleasant, as always. Our dogs are so excited t visit Merrisa and she is so accommodating.
Maley had a great time as usual. Appreciate Merissa's flexibility with drop off and pick up times.
I left my dog Missy with Merrisa for a week & a half over xmas and never regretted a minute. I'd check her paws of love Facebook page everyday to see pictures and videos of Missy playing with other dogs.

Also, since it Missy was passing the holiday with a new family, she got a Xmas gift of her own: a paw print mold made into a tree ornament. It's my favorite.

Would definitely recommend.
This was my first time using this kind of service. Merrisa is the best! She went above and beyond my expectations. She is a very loving caregiver. I will forever be grateful to her for taking such good care of my baby. Will definitely use again if the need arises.
Merissa is a great host. Nola had a great time. Will definitely ask her to keep Nola again and wil definitely recommend to friends.
Nefe was tired when I got her back. That means she had a good time playing with the other dogs. Unfortunately Cleo is on cage rest so she couldn't folic.
Our rescue beagles aren't just pets but members of the family, so I'm always nervous leaving them behind, especially when it's someone new. I can't say ENOUGH good things about Merrisa! From the security measures in place to make sure no dogs get out the front door, to the way she keeps big and little dogs separated (for everyone's protection and peace of mind), to the obvious love she has for dogs. I got daily pics and updates, and that made relaxing and enjoying our time at the camp so much easier. We did a meet-and-greet, and Merrisa asked and answered questions that have never occurred to other dogsitters, like what her plan of action is in the event of an emergency, how she separates dogs when she feeds them to prevent aggressive behavior, and how she puts all the visiting dogs in the back yard before opening the front door, even though she has double gate protection at the front. My dogs were not only secure, they were loved. They were happy to see me, weren't at all stressed, and then slept hours after I picked them up, and I'm so happy they weren't kenneled and got great socialization with other furry friends. I will definitely call Merrisa next time I need a dogsitter.
My boys took an instant liking to Merrisa from the second we walked through her door. They were well cared for and even groomed when I came to pick the up. We can't wait for our next visit!
Shelby had quite a long stay so that I could vacation with a friend. I am not sure who had a better time. Merrisa competes well with Carnival Cruise Line! Shelby will definitely be back. Merrisa makes me feel like Shelby will be well taken care of and fondly treated. I tell people at the dog park about her services every chance I get.
Another great visit!
We had another wonderful experience with Merissa this weekend. Bella had so much fun again ! We will be booking again soon! Thanks again for making our vacation even better knowing our puppy is being taken such good care of !
My two small dogs love their vacations with Merissa. When we arrive, they run to her door. I always feel comfortable leaving them there and she keeps me informed of how they are doing. The best recommendation I have is that we keep going back and I have referred my friends to her!
I was impressed with Merissa the first time I walked in her house. She treated Bella as one of her own! It was safety first with a gate at the front door. The house was so clean and organized. I immediately felt comfortable and knew she would take care of Bella just as I would at home. We checked in everyday and Merissa let us know how Bella was doing. We will be booking another dog vacay with her in October !! More than 5 stars!!
We left our dog with Merissa for two weeks while we traveled out of the country. We received a video and a few pictures during her stay which always made us feel that she was being well cared for. She cheerfully answered all of our questions and made our dog feel welcomed. We will be using Merissa again!
This is the second time we've used Merissa for our chocolate lab, Boots, and we couldn't be happier. She took great care of our non human family member and he always came home happy and healthy. She even sent us daily video updates while we were away! We will definitely be using her again.
Merissa is wonderful. This was my dogs' second stay with her, and they ran up to the door, excited to arrive. They are going back today to stay for 3 weeks, and I am not worried at all about how they'll do. I have referred others to her.
We have used Merissa before. She is fantastic and I can leave my babies knowing they are safe in her home. She sends me videos and updates, and my dogs really enjoy being with her. I will use her again at least twice this year.

We love Merissa and the love and care she provides to our Abby and Kali. Thanks so much!
I was very pleased to see that we can not enter Merissa's house until all of the dogs are in the back yard. That way, safety is ensured. Our pups were very well cared for and we received a video and update while we were gone. On our next visit, they entered Merissa's house like they were old friends. That made us very comfortable!
Ray had a ball and Merrisa was great about sending us videos and pictures to prove it.
Merrissa is awesome! She's very flexible and understanding with my hectic work schedule and Venom loves her! After his first night, my baby boy didn't want to leave when I picked him up the next day.
Merrisa watched my 2 pugs for a week while I was on vacation. The dogs did great there and she kept us updated on them by sending pictures and videos. I could tell from the videos that they had a great time there and received lots of love from her. She let my little shadow pug (that won't ever leave my side) follow her around everywhere. I have already recommended her to friends and will definitely use her again in the future!
My baby Codi as usual, had a great time with Merrisa. I love that he gets to socialize with his furry friends. He gets super excited when we pull in the neighborhood and sees where he's going. He also comes back home and gives tons of love and kisses. We love Merrisa!
Codi always has a great time with Merrisa and his friends!
Rockee loves going to play with all of her puppy friends. We gladly make the 1.5 hour drive to ensure that she is cared for during trips! Merrisa definitely exceeds your expectations! :)
Marissa was very friendly. Jojo seemed very happy staying with her. She gave him a bath and he smelled great for about 5 days. Loved it! I will certainly use her again.
Great job! Very flexible. Would use again.
Merrisa is great! Cash has stayed with her twice now. She is very flexible and sends lots of moment-capturing pictures and videos.
Rockee gives this two paws up!
Perfect!! Very caring and loving to my baby.
Merissa is fantastic! She took care of my princess just as if she was one of her own! I received videos of her playtime and was updated on her daily activities. Definitely will be letting Rockee have more play dates!
We did a test day visit with her to make sure our 2 pugs would be ok there for a week long vacation at the end of the month. Merrisa is awesome and the dogs did great there. She sent me text updates with video and picture, they looked like they had a lot of fun. I know my dogs will be well taken care of while I am on vacation and have already referred her to a friend. So glad I found her! SO much better than keeping them locked in a kennel at a vet for a week.
I'm very protective of my pup OZ. He was more loving and sweet when I picked him up. That says a lot to me, because Merrisa had to show him so much love and attention since he was staying with her for a week.. I would highly recommend Merrisa place for your pup(s) care. The resident is very clean and neat and smells wonderful to say she boards or daycare several pups at any given time. I'm very pleased and looking forward in asking Merrisa for help again..
We have never boarded our 2 dogs. They are 7 and 1 and have never been away from us. We did a get acquainted visit 2 weeks before leaving. The house and yard are amazingly similar to our own with ceramic tile and a wooden privacy fence. Merissa is all about dog's safety and does not open the door until the dog's are in the back yard so no one can escape out the door. The house and yard are very clean and totally geared for dogs comfort with beds, blankets, toys and a nice big lounger. On our visit our dogs sniffed and explored the yard and left their own samples as well. We dropped our babies off at 8 am on Wed. We brought their bed, blanket and food. We received daily, sometimes 2 times a day updates on our babies. When they did not want to eat, Merissa made them some chicken and rice and steak and rice that they gobbled up like starving beasts. They snuggled with her and slept with her just like they do with us at home. When we picked them up 4 days later, they had been bathed and groomed. I am very happy that I found Merissa and will be bringing my dogs to her again. She treated our dogs like they were her own, and she checked on them the day after they left and said she missed them. That is priceless!
Always an amazing experience for my two fuzzy babies!!! They return home happy and healthy. Would recommend Merissa to everyone who has to leave their fuzzy babies and wants to do so without having to worry about then at all.
Codi always has the best time with Merrisa!
Thank you very much for taking care of my Joy! You are the most dependable caregiver!
I have used Merissa multiple times and I could not possibly ask for a better sitter. She is one of a few people that I trust completely with my fur babies. Absolutely amazing!!!!
We absolutely loved Merrisa - Our dog did too! It's hard to leave our dog, who is definitely part of our family. This was our first time using DogVacay and Merrisa, and we are definitely glad we did!

Merrisa would send us daily updates, including pictures, and even a video!

We've already booked our next vacation with her, knowing our family member will be safe and comfortable in Merrisa's home.
Codi loves when he goes to see Merrisa and his friends! I'm so happy I found a second home for my baby boy. I feel so much better when I have to travel for work, knowing that he is in great care!
Merrisa was great with my Codi! I got picture and video updates that made me feel less anxious about leaving him for the first time. I came back to a happy doggy! Awesome host!
Wonderful! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Look forward to the pups next weekend at "camp". " :)
Another visit to Merrisa...another wonderful experience! Merrisa welcomed my "Sugar" with open arms and I could tell by Sugar's wagging tail, she was happy to see Merrisa again! Thank you, Merrisa, for taking such good care of my baby girl!
We had took a last-minute day trip out-of-state to visit a sick family member. Merrisa took exceptional care of our elderly (and often anxious) dachshunds, who are littermates. They had their own area away from the other dogs, where they could sleep in their familiar doggie bed, which we provided. Merrisa soothed them with calming music and aromatherapy and kept us updated with pictures throughout their stay. We thought the dogs would sleep most of the time, but they actually felt so comfortable that they enjoyed some play time outside. They also ate very well, which they don't usually do in unfamiliar surroundings. Thank you, DocVacay and Merrisa. You sure gave us one less thing to worry about!
This was my first time using DogVacay and I must say it was a wonderful experience. Merrisa S. made me feel so comfortable from the very first meeting. She & her husband were so nice and welcoming and her house was immaculate! She answered all of my questions and there was no doubt my "kiddo" would be well taken care of. I received a minimum of 2 pictures/videos of my "Sugar" every day I was away, along with text messages letting me know what was happening each day. When I picked Sugar up, she had been freshly bathed and brushed and all of her bedding and blankets were washed. She even sent Sugar home with a special gift basket!! The best part about it was Sugar was not traumatized as she had been in the past when left at a kennel. Since I travel quite a bit for business, I will not hesitate to call on Merrisa again to keep Sugar! I will be able to travel with a happy heart knowing my baby is safe and loved!
Merrisa was amazing! She took such great care of our two dogs and spoiled them with walks, baths, nail trims, goodies, and lots of love and playtime! She sent me messages, videos, and pictures to keep me updated about how they were doing. I could tell that they were having a great time! It made me relax and feel better, knowing that they were in such good hands. I highly recommend Merrisa. She will take excellent care of your fur babies.
Merrisa and family were awesome with Pete. He had a great time, Merrisa even washed Pete's bed, made him a nice gift basket of toys and sent updates and photos daily. Thanks so much Merrisa for taking care of my little buddy. Jim
My boys had a blast with Merrisa!! She and her husband were great about welcoming my two crazy beagles into their home and making them very comfortable. They got to run in the yard, went on walks through the neighborhood, and got to spend time in the park. She sent me text messages and pictures throughout the day so I could see shat they were up to. They even got to cuddle on the couch with her and had plenty of new toys to play with. She also washed their blankets, bathed them and cut their nails before they came home. That was a pleasant surprise! Loved it. Great experience.
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