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Mel T.

35 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • 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
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Mel's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
1 yr 1 mo old
Golden Retriever
7 yr 1 mo old
1 yr 0 mo old

Mel's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Mel

18 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We are Certified Pet Sitters! Licensed and bonded. We are first aid and CPR trained. That means we have taken a course and gone through extensive testing! We can go 'Mouth to Snout' if necessary! We have over 14 years of caring for other people's animals. And ALL types of animals too!

Our repeat parents tell us that as soon as they turn the corner, their 'furbabies' become animated. They eagerly jump out of the car and exhibit no anxiety when Mom/Dad leave. Large back yard with pool that we encourage those who like to swim, to do so. We are out there with them-they are never by themselves. We have a bit under 1/4 acre that is well maintained and dog friendly. WE do not kennel unless you request it. They have the run of the back yard and the first floor-always supervised.

Walking path in the neighborhood that we utilize for daily AM & PM walks and ball playing. On average-we do a mile, based on the dogs ability, two times a day, per dog. We have scheduled play time. All the activity insures that the guests feel happy and safe.

We make our own wet dog food and with permission, gladly share with our guests!
WE ONLY TAKE DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN 'FIXED'. We do take puppies-with a special charge, and we love large dogs!

WE HAVE A HOLIDAY FEE, CHRISTMAS EVE, DAY, NEW YEARS EVE AND DAY THANKSGIVING ETC, ask before you book so you are not surprised. And we charge by the day, not the night. The exception is if you pick up your pet before 9AM on the last day of the scheduled sit. For example, If you leave 1-1-16 and return 1-7-16 we consider that 7 days UNLESS on the 7th, you pick your 'babies' up before 9am on the 7th.

We ONLY consider last minute reservations under these conditions, (1) you must come for a meet-n-greet and, (2)you must bring your buddy for an hour sit-no charge.

We have a gal that works with us to do our home visits, like care of cats and other pets-in your home. She is also background checked and bonded.
Talk to us about a custom quote if you have the need for this special service. As a rule it is $20 per visit, not per day.

Our philosophy is, "We attempt to replicate what your individual dog is used to in their own home. So, if your little one sleeps with you-they will sleep with us."

So, while you are on vacation-so is your pet! If we were dogs-we would want to be at WAGGSNPURRS!
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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
  • Advanced senior issues

Mel T.

35 Reviews
13 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:


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


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Course 101 Graduate
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mel's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Mel's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$20 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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35 Reviews
Very professional - simply great people. Experienced and truly compassionate about caring for pets. Abby had a blast, made new friends and loves Mel & Jim! She was so tired after her weekend of constant play! Great socialization for Abby and she will be back. I'm highly satisfied and will return. Thanks so much!!!
I felt totally at ease leaving our dog Luna with Jim & Mel. They answered all of our questions during our meet & greet. Luna had not had much experience with other dogs. We were able to drop her off for 1 hour by herself to see how she would do. This took a lot of my worries away. During our vacation, we received daily texts and pictures letting us know how Luna was doing. My son looked forward to this. For a couple of days after we picked Luna up, she seemed a little sad. I think she missed Jim, Mel, & the other dogs. Leaving your pets to go on vacation is hard to do. It is no longer a worry for me, as I know I have a great place for Luna to have her very own vacation.
Lucke was happy and exhausted!! Wonderful experience for him! Thank you Mel and Jim for loving my furbaby and taking such wonderful care of him!
Mel and Marilyn were both extremely professional. I felt very comfortable leaving our dogs in their hands!
Our sweet Charlee had a wonderful time staying with Mel and Jim at their home. She was treated as one of their own, yes, even letting her sleep on the bed. She really enjoyed walking every day too. We will not hesitate to use them for our next trip!
Jim & Mel are great hosts. Mel set up a meet and greet and after that I felt comfortable about leaving my dog at their home. It was very dog friendly and clean. I received pictures during the dogs stay and updates on how my dog was doing. They treated my dog as if it was one of their own. I will definitely use them again.
As always Gypsie was well taken care of and enjoyed her stay. We highly recommend them.
Jim and Mel are AMazing at taking care of our dog! Flynn gets to go on walks everyday with Mel and plays a ton in their beautiful backyard! Mel really cares about the dogs and keeps them nice and clean! Flynn always comes home smelling good and exhausted from all the activity and playing! We love Mel and Jim!
Gypsie came home happy and tired. She was well taken care of without being crated. I highly recommend Mel ane Jim.
Our dog had wonderful time at Jim and Mel's place. She was well taken care and happy. Communication was great and we received a lot of pictures during our trip, which we were grateful for, knowing that our dog happy made us feel at peace. They do not use kennels, great plus and cook food for dogs, another plus. Thank you for excellent service.
"Surrogate Doggie Grandparents" would be an apropos moniker for Mel and Jim. Our "little man" always comes home tired and happy (fortunately he still wants to come home!). Thanks for taking care of him as if he were your own family!
Jim and Mel are the absolute best doggie sitters! They sent us multiple pictures of Flynn playing and eating and were so flexible with the time we needed to drop him off and pick him up. We know Flynn had a great time because he was tired out from all the fun he had. This was our third time to use Jim and Mel and we will of course be using them again and again!
We have used Jim and Mel for daycare and one overnight trip prior to this 7 night boarding. They provided many photos during our trip making us want to cut it short as we were concerned Aureus wouldn't want to leave their company upon our return! We will always use Jim and Mel as our first option for boarding Aureus and couldn't be happier knowing he is with a loving, caring couple when we are away.
Thanks so much for taking care of my dogboyz. I really appreciated the pictures and the note saying that they didn't behave badly (...even if it was probably just being kind....). Very professional and super-helpful. Highly recommend ++++
I can't thank Mel and Jim enough for taking care of Bailey. They treated him with love as if he was their own. We could tell when we picked him up how happy he was. He loved the walks and had a great time with his new doggie friends. We especially appreciate that they were willing to give him his medications. The updated pictures were really an added bonus. He was so exhausted when he got home that he just slept the rest of the day. We will definitely be back. Thank you again Mel and Jim.
Penny had a good time playing with the other dogs and with Jim & Mel. I think she wants to go back! They cared for her as if she was their own. It is a pretty far drive for us but it is worth it!
When we went to pick Izzy up, the look on her face told us everything we needed to know..she was happy and had been well taken care of !!! It was comforting to receive frequent updates of pictures of Izzy considering this was her first time with Dog Vacay.
We enjoyed our vacation knowing Izzy was having a vacation of her own. Thank you Mel and Jim.
Mel and Jim have a great place and are real dog-lovers!
Shasta was happy and well cared for. She has lots of dog buddies to play with at Mel & Jim's. Shasta is going to spend her vacation with them!
Such a wonderful couple. Their love of dogs really show. Their attentiveness with our dog and the feedback they gave when we picked him up was wonderful. We will definitely be booking with them when we go on vacation again and can't take our dog with us. Their home and neighborhood is wonderful and dog friendly. They have 2 dogs of their own that are just so wonderful. I actually think that our dog misses them the way he has been acting since we been home.
Flynn had fun running in their beautiful backyard. He was very tired when we got home. Jim and Mel are always very attentive and sweet to the dogs at their place. I was very happy Mel sent me a picture of how Flynn was doing while we were away!
Dimsum had an awesome time . Mel sent me pictures of him sleeping in the couch and on the bed . He looked like he had no worries . He played a lot and had a lot of fun ..he likes to be at Mel's .
Shiju had lots of fun during his stay . There was also some bad weather thunder and rain which bothers him a lot .But Mel was able to comfort him and keep him calm . He likes Mel a lot and followed her like a tail .
This was a first boarding experience for Izzy and us. Mel and Jim were very patient and loving with her and Izzy came home happy. I definitely plan on using them again.
Mel and Jim took such good care of my baby! From the time I met them at our meet and greet, I was COMPLETELY comfortable leaving Paisley in their beautiful, dog friendly home! I knew I found the right people when I told them she likes to sleep in the bed and they were totally OK with it! Love the fact that Jim makes food for the dogs - which for my picky eater is just what she needed! Loved receiving the updates via text that she was doing ok - and the pictures were definitely a plus as well. I highly recommend them if you want your doggie to stay in a loving home!!! Thank y'all SO much for your care!
I was very scared to leave my sweet lil boy with anyone because of bad experience in past but after meeting with Mel and Jim, I felt better about leaving him. After returning and picking him up, I was very happy with the care and love they gave to Oakley and very thankful I found them. Thank you!
I can't say enough about the care and attention Mel and Jim provided while my Shih Tzu's were in their home. It was so comforting to know that my boys were in a loving home environment and I loved receiving the texts and photos while I was away. I will definitely being using them in the future and highly recommend their services.
Can't say enough wonderful things about Mel and Jim! They took our "big boy" on very short notice, and took excellent care of him. He was immediately at ease with them and the dogs in their home. It was easy to leave without worry because I could see they are very experienced dog parents, and he was in a clean, happy place. I live out of state and had hoped to find someone near to my own town, but decided someone along the route we were traveling would be good. When I saw their profile, I knew I would rather take him to them than to someone I wasn't sure about a little closer to home--definitely the right choice!
Mel&Jim did an excellent job sitting Harley. Harley felt like he was home. Mel & Jim treated Harley like he was their own pet.
Thank you so much for taking such good care of the girls. They came home happy, although I think they miss you! We missed them while we were gone, but we never worried about them and that makes for a very nice vacation. There is no question we will bring the girls back whenever we plan a vacation where we can't take them with us.

Thank you again!

David, Tina, Casey, Macey and Kaycee Too
It was a great experience and I know my puppy was in great hands with Jim & Mel. I really appreciated the pictures and text I received while on my vacation. I would recommend them and will definitely use them again on my next vacation. They really spoiled her and it made my vacation much more enjoyable especially since it was my first time away from my puppy Laila. Thanks so much Mel & Jim.
I could go on and on about how wonderful Mel is. But I will sum it up and say she is just AMAZING. I can not thank you enough Mel.
Jim and mel were great and I felt 100% comfortable leaving my 2 dogs with them for 5 days. They have a very dog friendly home and great backyard with a pool. They love dogs and it shows. They let us know how our dogs did and sent a couple photos while we were gone. We will be using them again! A million times better than a kennel or elsewhere .
Jim and Mel are wonderful! They took a sincere interest in me and my dog (Murry) on our initial visit. I felt very connected to them and confident to leave Murry with them. While I was out of town, they sent photos, texts, and emails telling me what Murry was doing - so cute! I love the personal touch, knowing Murry was in a family environment and not a kennel. They are wonderful hosts and I highly recommend them!!
Jim & Mel took wonderful care of Flynn. They sent us pictures and gave Flynn a bath before we picked him up. Their home and backyard was very dog friendly.
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