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Melissa S.

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25 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Melissa's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
3 yr 3 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Melissa's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
Partially fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Melissa

27 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Our adorable rescue dog, Lady, loves to share her bed! We began hosting on DogVacay because Lady loves having dogs stay with us and we love getting to know different pups!
I have two teenaged children (16 and 14) that are very sensitive dog lovers and very involved with the dogs in our care. All of us understand how stressful leaving your pet can be. We take the care and love of your pup very seriously and will do all we can to make you and your pet happy and comfortable, We are a friendly, fun, and very caring home and will give your dog lots of attention, love, and play while you're gone, while still keeping as close as possible to the routine and rules you've instilled. We have lots of toys, a deck, a two level backyard that is almost all fenced in, and we live a five minute walk away from a great bike path and lots of parks! Our guests have lots of fun exploring new places on their vacation!
We have experience with many different breeds and lots of different doggie personalities, and we have extra special love for senior dogs and those that are anxious or have medical issues. We generally only take two guests at a time. And since there are three of us, our dogs are rarely left alone for any length of time. We are very committed to our guests. :)

***Holiday rates apply (Thursday-Monday of a holiday weekend).
(New Years, MLK Day, President's Day, Patriot's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving (Sun-Sun) and Christmas (12/22-1/2)

If my calendar is marked "booked" for a date you need, please contact me. If I have a pup leaving on that day, the calendar will still say booked even though we actually may be available.

Rates are for 24 hour periods. If you need to pick up your pup more than one hour after the allotted time, please let me know so we can work out a plan together.

We look forward to hosting your pup, and working with you to make your trip stress free and comfortable!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Melissa S.

Online Now!
25 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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
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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Web Training Complete
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melissa's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
25 Reviews
We are so happy to have found Melissa for our dog Ruby. Ruby requires some special attention, and Melissa was so careful to get everything right. She updated us often on Ruby's status and sent pictures. Ruby quickly became friends with Melissa's dog Lady and had a wonderful time on her vacation. Thank you, Melissa!
I thought I had posted a review earlier, but must have not done it, so sorry for the delay... Anyway, our beagle had a great overnight experience with Melissa and her daughter, and I would 100% recommend her.
This was our first time using DogVacay and we were thrilled with Melissa. It was clear from the regular pictures/updates throughout the stay that Luka was having a great stay. We've already booked Luka's next vacay with Melissa! ??????????
I had a good feeling about Melissa when I saw her profile, and my hunch was right. She is a lovely, warm, and caring person! My dog didn't even realize I was leaving when I dropped him off - he just followed her inside! She sent so many updates with photos - my little furbaby seemed right at home with her entire family and their dog Lady.

Thank you Melissa!
Melissa was awesome - Buddy had a great time on his overnight stay. Lots of walks and playtime with other pups. Super flexible, too. Melissa sent pics and updates, which are so appreciated. We will definitely use her again!
Teddy (a Welsh Corgi) and I were very happy with his stay with Melissa and her family. I think it was a plus that there are two teenagers in the family as it meant for good play time for Teddy.

Melissa was responsive to my enqueries and clearly enthusiastic about Teddy.

Thank you Melissa!
I could have not asked for a better dog sitting experience. Melissa met with us before hand and really got to know my dogs needs and my needs and worries about traveling and leaving Jax behind. She sent multiple pictures and messages a day to show what a great time Jax was having and it really put me at ease. I highly recommend Melissa and wouldnt want Jax with anyone else for dog sits in the future!
We were first-time dog boarders. Melissa was terrific and very communicative while we were away. Our dog, Bella, fell in love. I would definitely call on Melissa again.
Melissa and family were WONDERFUL pet sitters for our 5 month old Maltese, Bella. Although we were very anxious about leaving Bella for an overnight for the first time, once I connected with Melissa, I could tell that Bella would be in very good hands. Melissa asked a number of questions beforehand to learn about Bella's eating, sleeping, and exercise habits. When we dropped Bella off, Melissa came across very warm and caring. She proactively sent several pictures and updates showing Bella safe, happy, and getting loving attention from her teenage children. We had a truly FANTASTIC experience and I HIGHLY recommend this family!
Sugar - again - had lot's of fun playing with Lady and seemed to be totally desinterested as we came back to pick her up! At the same time we didn't have to worry at all as we got lot's of pictures from Melissa. Sugar missed her play mate as we came home. Will come back to leave Sugar with you. Thanks Melissa!!
10 STARS... We could not have asked for a better caregiver. Melissa was caring, responsive, and very thoughtful--sending pictures of my dog each day that we were away.
Melissa was the perfect sitter for my pup. My pup usually gets nervous when we leave her, but Melissa and her dog Lady made her feel at home. I was able to see pictures of my dog having a great time with Lady throughout her entire stay which made me feel comfortable that my dog was in great hands! I will certainly be using Melissa again!
Melissa and her family are wonderful sitters! I could not have found a better place for my dog. Melissa is prompt in her communications, reliable, responsible - but most of all, a true dog lover. I will definitely use her in the future and recommend her enthusiastically to anyone looking for a great home for their dog.
Melissa did a great job with Murphy. She was responsive and flexible with our schedule. I felt very comfortable leaving Murph with her and would happily have her watch him again.
Melissa is a great host. I always look for someone who will leave my dog alone for a minimal amount of time and who allows him to sleep in a room with people, and Melissa and her family fit the bill.

I was pleased with how calm Oliver was once I got him home. This lets me know that his stay was not stressful for him.

I recommend Melissa highly.
Very comfortable experience. Prompt, attentive and warm. Melissa tried to keep Honey's life as normal as possible regarding schedule, boundaries and food. She was very accommodating when I requested more time and arranged it quickly. Seemed to enjoy my dog. I like that.
Melissa and her family are wonderful! Our small dog clearly had a fabulous time. Melissa kept us posted with photos and we were confident that our pet was safe and happy - as, indeed, she was. We'd recommend Melissa any time!
This was our first experience with DogVacay and we could not be happier. Melissa took amazing care of our dog, Lou, and I would highly recommend her to anyone! She sent lots of picture updates and was extremely responsive with any questions we had.
A wonderful first experience with Dogvacay. Melissa was wonderful to work with and provided much love and care for Fenway! We will definitely call her again.
I can't recommend Melissa enough! It's clear that she is a dog lover, and she took excellent care of our dog Tucker while we were away for a week. She was very flexible with our booking - our plans were up in the air until a week before we went away, and she was very accommodating. She is an excellent communicator, and responded quickly to all messages and inquiries. While we were away, she sent us photo updates every day, which made it much easier for us to not worry about him. It was clear she made Tucker part of her family for the week, which really helped us to feel comfortable knowing he was in good hands. We would definitely book with her again. Thank you, Melissa!
Even though the reservation was very short term Melissa didn't have a problem meeting and accepting Sugar-Pie for the days we were away. We had lots of pictures and updates and Sugar had lots of fun! Sugar will be back next time we're away! Thanks Melissa!
Melissa and her kids were just awesome with my dog, a rescue who can become anxious. As soon as we pulled into the driveway she was incredibly sweet and welcoming and made Nesta feel at ease. Although he normally isn't the best with other dogs, he was so comfortable in Melissa's home that by the time I picked him up, he had made two little buddies; this was pretty much ground-breaking for him. Melissa also sent tons of pictures of Nesta enjoying his time there as I'm pretty sure she understood that we were a bit nervous leaving him with someone else for the weekend.

I will definitely have Melissa look after my little guy again in the future if she'll have him.
Awesome! My experience with Melissa was incredible! Melissa was accommodating, competent, and a true dog lover. Her pup, Lady, is a sweetheart and became my Bean's new best friend. I am so happy I have found a home away from home for my 1 yr old, full of energy, shiz-tzu/terrier mix.
This is the first time my pets have been boarded out, ever due to surgery. Mellisa communicated with me daily and sent pictures of my dogs sleeping and being held by her family. They came home today and settled right in. I would not hesitate for an instant to call Melissa again if needed. She is wonderful, caring, animal lover for sure!
Melissa is wonderful. She took care of our crazy adolescent Lab for a week and treated him like a member of her family. She sent me pictures every day of his adventures, from going for walks with her dog Lady to cuddling with her son on the couch during Red Sox games. I think he had a better time at Melissa's house than he does at home!

She also stepped in at the very last minute when our reservation at a boarding facility fell through. I was completely panicked, and Melissa was immediately available via email and we were able to book with her within an hour. She truly saved our vacation by being so responsive and flexible about taking a last minute guest.

I highly recommend her as a dog sitter and will definitely use her again for future vacations.
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