Dog Boarding

$33
in the sitter's home
per night

Drop-In Visits

$15
30-minute check-ins
per visit

Doggy Day Care

$25
in the sitter's home
per day

Dog Walking

$15
30-minute walks
per walk
Response Rate
100%
Response Time
A few minutes

Hosting Preferences

0-15
lbs
16-40
lbs
41-100
lbs
101+
lbs
Additional Preferences
  • No Females in Heat

Traveling Preferences

0-15
lbs
16-40
lbs
41-100
lbs
101+
lbs

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
Mel can host up to 3 dogs per night.
Mel can host 1 dog per day for day care.
Dog Boarding Cancellation Policy:
Drop-In Visits Cancellation Policy:
Doggy Day Care Cancellation Policy:
Dog Walking Cancellation Policy:

Reviews

11
repeat clients
20 Reviews

Mary Beth D.
Mary Beth D.
Oct 29, 2018
Verified Stay

This is our dog Dugan’s third multiple night stay with Mel while we needed to head out of town. I can’t say enough about how how comfortable we feel leaving him with Mel. Dugan who is a 12 year old larger dog with some senior needs is so excited when he arrives and when we pick him up, I know he looks back to say Thankyou!!

Mel is great at listening to our ...

Mel A.
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Jordan P.
Jordan P.
Oct 25, 2018
Verified Stay

I recently moved to The Gresham area, which meant I needed to once again go through the dreaded process of finding somebody with whom I’m comfortable leaving my most precious commodity.

As always, I was nervous leaving my boy in the care of somebody else. Like with my previous Portland-based sitter, my fears were completely unfounded.

Mel is highly organized, works from home, is extremely knowledgeable in animal behavior, has a nice big yard ...

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Debora M.
Debora M.
Sep 7, 2018
Verified Stay

We had a wonderful experience with Mel. This was my first time using Rover.com and it went very well. I was thankful that we had a "meet and greet" before the actual stay. My golden is a senior dog with health issues, multiple medications and activity restrictions. Mel handled it all with no problems. She sent me photos and updates which I really appreciated. The communication was great. Mel and her family spoiled my ...

Mel A.
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About Mel

4
years of experience
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Verified Background Check
  • Rover 101

Home Full Time - Play and Snuggle

I'm dog people. I love to play in the yard, go for walks/hikes, roll around on the floor and be silly, and have a good snuggle. Dogs know how to live the good life and I'm right there with them. I worked 4 years at a local high-end boarding kennel, as well as volunteering for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and have adopted and/or fostered numerous dogs. When your dog stays with me ...

What Mel would like to know about your dog

I like to be straightforward and honest with my clients and request the same. If your dog has any challenges in socialization, potty training, chewing/destroying items that are not toys, escaping, getting along with other dogs and/or cats, or any other behavioral concerns, please be up front and let me know. In many cases I am able accommodate the issue if I know in advance. This keeps your dog safe and well cared for, as well as respecting my own pets and home. Very elderly dogs, special needs dogs, dogs that are not fully potty trained, or females that go into heat during their stay may be charged additional fees for the extra time and supplies they require and these would be discussed at our Meet & Greet and agreed upon by both of us before proceeding. I’d love to know your dog's play style, tricks they know, favorite games and toys, love/comfort objects, feeding schedule, medications/allergies (if any), quirks, and what they like and don't like. If your dog is afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks, please let me know, as well. I am a big fan of Meet & Greets and am happy to set those up at my home so everyone can get introduced and make sure we're a good fit. Proof of current vaccines including parvovirus, distemper, rabies and bordatella (kennel cough) is required, as well as an effective flea prevention.

I offer flexible pickup and drop off times between 7am and 8pm. Doggy Day Care hours are 7am - 6pm Tuesday - Saturday.

I do not watch Huskies, Chow Chows, or Shar Peis.

Additional Skills
Oral Medication Administration
First Aid/CPR
Special Needs Dog Experience
Injected Medication Administration
Senior Dog Experience
Can provide daily exercise

About Mel's Home

Lives in a House
Non-Smoking Household
Has 1 Dog
Has a Fenced Yard
Has Cats
No Children Present
Mel's Pets

Flynn

Golden Retriever
2 years, 3 mo. old, 70 lbs.

When Mel watches your pet

As we move into Oregon's colder, rainier months, I am transitioning from play in the yard and daily outdoor walks to warm cuddles by the wood stove and play in the outdoor covered area we just finished building. On days that aren't too wet or cold, we take outdoor walks as well. Impromptu games of fetch happen whenever someone brings me a ball. We do trick and treat time each evening after dinner, where dogs show off tricks they know (or learn a new one) and earn a grain-free treat. An hour or two before bedtime, we all cuddle up in front of the TV for some funny animal videos, TV, or a good book to wind down and get cozy. Each dog sleeps in its own pen in my great room, adjacent to my bedroom, so I can keep an ear open for any night time needs. During the day, dogs are taken outside every 2 hours for potty breaks and I'm happy to take them in between if they let me know they have to go. If your dog has special needs, is elderly, or otherwise unable to go on walks/outings, I am happy to provide less physical activity and cuddles as an alternative. I provide daily photos of fun,, and will send you updates on your furry family. If your dog gets dirty during their stay, I bathe with all natural shampoo that I make myself. My priority is that you are worry free about your dog being in my care and that they love being in my home.

In Mel's Home

Dogs Not Allowed On Bed
Potty Breaks Every 0-2 Hours
Dogs Allowed On Furniture

Mel's Neighborhood

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