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Melanie M.

31 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • 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 Breeds Not Accepted
Akita, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog, Shih Tzu, Stabyhoun, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Xoloitzcuintli, Yorkshire Terrier
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Melanie's Resident Pets

Duke Ellington
Mixed Breed
1 yr 3 mo old

Melanie's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Melanie

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
***Be sure to check my availability on my calendar before proceeding***

I am a full time dog walker and pet sitter who absolutely adores animals of all kinds! Having grown up with an array of pets, it was only natural that I've found myself working with them. At our home, my husband, 2 girls, and pup Duke also love being surrounded by furry friends. We will only board up to 3 dogs (depending on the size) at a time so a ton of one on one attention! Bonus - large enclosed backyard for your pups to run around all day.

The only things we ask is that your dog is kid friendly and they are 100% house trained.




*Please note boarding is based on a 24hour period.*
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Melanie M.

31 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 7 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Melanie's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$75 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Daycare At Melanie's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$18 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$18 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$15 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
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31 Reviews
the best word to describe melanie is unflappable, which is exactly what you want in someone you're entrusting your dog to. she exudes confidence and calm, leaving you with the feeling that everything will be "okay" -- actually perfect! -- as you walk out her door. she sent some pictures along the way, which were great to see. it was awesome to know our dog was in such good hands, hers and her family's. her daughters are so cute and very dog friendly and immediately took to sonny, which, again, is just what you want!!
i can't say enough how great this experience was and i look forward to booking melanie again soon!
Our dog was more nervous and took more time to settle in. It didn't quite work out for long term but I would definitely recommend her. She kept me updated and did MORE than necessary.
So pleased to have found Melanie to care for my elderly Bichon. The experience couldn't have been better. Absolutely seamless. And my husband and I were able to enjoy a 10 day vacation! Highly recommended!!!
Melanie and her family are wonderful dog sitters. They have a lovely home and great fenced in backyard. My dog had an issue going to the bathroom inside her house, which she never does so it was a surprise when I picked her up. Melanie was very understanding and still tried to make it through the day, but unfortunately my dog couldn't be allowed back again. I completely understand and agree, this was very odd behavior for my dog either way and I would hate to ruin her lovely home. They were all very kind, and Roxy had fun playing with their dog Duke so I was sad it didn't work out. I would definitely suggest them to anyone looking for a dog sitter either way.
Kept our 6yr old GBGV with her and her family for our summer vacation and would definitely do the same again. Lovely host with a great family, kept us updated all the time with little piccies and an accompanying note. Our hound also made new friends with the other dogs she boarded and had no problems with his new home for the duration. I would have no problems in recommending Melanie as a host, and understand why she has a good rating on here.....Thanks Melanie.....will be booking again:)
i can't say enough how awesome melanie (and her whole family!) were with our dog's first time visit there. she, melanie, has such a relaxed-can-handle-anything attitude that we couldn't help but feel comfortable with Sonny's stay there. really, we couldn't be happier:)
Maya and Ollie spent the whole day with Melanie and had a great time. She is very professional and makes sure she knows how you want your dogs handled. When we picked the pups up, we could see that they liked her and she was very sweet with them. Melanie even sent us a pic in the middle of the day! We will definitely use her again! Highly recommended.
Our mini dachshund Bruce absolutely loved his stay with Melanie and her family! We felt very comfortable immediately after our meet and greet, and could tell Bruce was as well. Being a mini dachshund we have specific rules for him jumping, being picked up etc, and Melanie was very attentive to our requests and also very knowledgeable. Melanie sent us wonderful updates while we were away - photos, videos and texts. We picked Bruce up after 7 days away, and knew he was happy and healthy - and a little sad to leave! Would recommend highly and we will definitely be booking with Melanie again!
I feel bad it didn't work out. Melanie was very friendly and lovely home. My pup eliminated in her house a few times. I live in a condo and walk my dog frequent through out the day. This hasn't happen in my house since she was younger. Melanie advised she kept the door open for my dog to go out. Not sure if my dog was confused as that's not the normal routine. I can read my dogs body language when she needs to go and as she is still only a little over a year I keep an eye on her where abouts in the house. But maybe she was nervous or scent of other dogs. Hard to tell.
Melanie and her family were so welcoming to Riley and us again. I enjoy my vacation knowing Riley is also having a great vacation too. She sends us updates through pictures and messages. We will continue to us her services. Thank you so much Melanie.
Melanie and her family were warm and inviting to the dogs and us, the owners. We were comfortable and happy with Melanie's experience on how she greeted our dogs and welcomed them into her lovely home. Caring for dogs seems to be second nature to Melanie. Thank you Melanie!
Melanie and family a fantastic. She will even cook my dog's favorite steak to add to his kibble! Her girls and hubby and a terrific addition to her service. We love her...and so does Cooper!
Our dog stayed with Melanie again and we were very pleased with everything. Melanie sent us pictures and notes during our dogs stay. We looked forward to these and we were able to relax knowing that our dog was enjoying her vacay. Thanks again Melanie!
Great stay for our pampered Havanese. He is a little neurotic and 9 years old. Melanie and family were fantastic! Warm, solicitous, kind and clearly made him feel at home, loved and cared for. I don't think he missed us very much after the first night
Melanie was a great sitter for our dog Bowser!! She discussed everything with us during our meet and greet and made us feel so comfortable leaving him with her and her family. Our dog took affection to her youngest daughter and they were attached at the hip! Melanie sent pictures and updates throughout the weekend to let us know how he was doing. We definitely recommend Melanie and will be booking with her again!
Melanie took care of Sophie our 10 pound Maltese while my wife and I explored London and Paris. After we got through our nerves on day one we never looked back. Melanie took care of our baby and sent us pictures during the week to make us feel comfortable. Melanie is a must use!
This was our third time booking with Melanie and we couldn't feel more comfortable leaving our pup with her! Knowing that our dog is in good such good hands, really helps me and my husband enjoy our time more whenever we are away. She even sends us update pics and it's like Pepsi (our dog) is part of the family! Whenever Pepsi comes home it's like she truly is coming back from a doggy vacay. Thank you Melanie!
From our meet and greet I knew Melanie's home would be the perfect place for our 8,yr, old Brittany. It's a wonderful relaxed environment. Yet it is quite obvious that Melanie and her family are more than ready, happy, and capable of having a four legged guest. The text messages along with photos made us even more comfortable with our decision to leave Cooper with Melanie. I would not hesitate to recommend Melanie to watch your pet. You will feel completely relaxed leaving your best friend with Melanie and Family.
Melanie and her family were so caring, loving and sweet towards Riley. Through the pictures she sent me, I saw how much fun Riley was having. That made me feel better knowing he was in good hands. I feel comfortable planning my upcoming vacations now.
Melanie's home was a loving, caring environment for Bentley. Melanie kept me posted on how Bentley was doing during his stay.
Melanie was great sitter! I would recommend her to other families looking for a trustworthy sitter for their pets!
Melanie is an outstanding person doing a wonderful job caring for her dog visitors.

Unfortunately, my dog Penny bit Melanie's little daughter. I feel terrible about that having happened and we now know that any future household we apply to must have no children living in the home.

I can't thank Melanie enough for all she did for our Penny, who is a 6 year old rescue we've had for 1 year who was a stray in the Bronx. Clearly Penny carries negative experiences.

I will definitely try DogVacay again and look for a household with no other animals and no children.

Shelley Raynault
Melanie and her family have been wonderful with our two pups! After one weekend with Melanie, both dogs now run into her house, tails wagging and don't look back! We feel totally comfortable and at ease leaving them in such wonderful hands. We would definitely recommend this family to anyone looking for a loving sitter.
Melanie was terrific - no different than all the amazing reviews she already has.

Things we loved:
1. She has a wonderful place with lots of outdoor space
2. She doesn't leave the dog unattended for more than 3-4 hrs at most
3. Her entire family (and 2 kids) love dogs and Hazel enjoyed spending time with them
4. She is flexible and kind in making things works around your schedules (for meet-greet, pick up, drop off etc.)
5. She is a professional pet sitter/dog walker and takes dogs out on walks a lot - Hazel got sufficient walks as a result
6. She only takes one (or two if you have two dogs, never dogs from two separate families) at a time - so lots of attention for the pup
7. Our dog had a couple of accidents in the beginning - and she didn't make a fuss about it. She was kind and understanding
8. She sent us regular photo updates while we were away
I forgot to leave my review before, so here it is! I left my 2 babies with Melanie. From the moment I walked in, I felt comfortable. Well my instinct was right! She kept in contact and even slept on the couch with them one night. I would definitely use her again! Thank you!!
Melanie is an amazing DogVacay host. She kept me informed consistantly via email with both pictures and stories of the great time that Ginger had there. Her warm demeanor combined with her knowledge and caring of my Ginger were second to none. I would definately bring my Ginger to her in the future and give her the highest compliments possible!
Our dog, Corky, was well taken care of with his walks and daily eye medications. Melanie gave us regular updates on how Corky was doing while we were away. The photo updates she sent us also assured us that our dog was doing well with her. We wouldn't hesitate to have Corky stay with her again.
Our pup enjoyed her stay, and we could relax knowing she was in good hands with Melanie and her family. She got plenty of playtime in the backyard and attention was she was indoors. We looked forward to the daily updates and pictures. Our pup is looking forward to her next dog vacation.
From meet n greet I felt comfortable and at ease leaving my 2 precious frenchies with Melanie. Was thorough in asking about my dogs habits n care. She kept me updated on their daily activities including pics. Her home w large fenced yard was perfect for my dogs. Her daughter was great w my dogs as well. My dogs were comfortable and happy in her home. I believe she did an awesome job taking care of my dogs while I was away including giving one of my dogs antibiotics. Thanks again Melanie!!! would definitely use her services again.
We could not have asked for more. Melanie was very gracious and accomodating during our meet and greet with her, and was able to take our pup for an overnight stay on short notice. She updated us with texts and pics to assure us that our dog was in good hands. Based on this experience I would highly recommend her, and our pup will be staying with her for a longer "dog vacay" in the very near future.

Thanks again Melanie!
I just picked up my dog, Doris from Melanie and Doris had a really good time!

Melanie cared a lot about making me feel comfortable and showed a lot of flexibility! She even slept on the sofa with Doris when she was anxious the first night. It was much appreciated! I`ve already booked Melanie for my next vacation!

If your dog likes children this is the perfect host!
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