Great sitter! Melanie spent lots of time with my dog, sent lots of pictures and updates, kept my house clean and picked up the mail every day. Would highly recommend! ?
Melanie was the ideal sitter for our dog, Joanna. Joanna is an older dog with lots of anxieties, and Melanie took the time for a long meet and greet in which she paid careful attention as I detailed Joanna's various idiosyncrasies. Throughout the stay, Melanie was consistent about posting updates, which gave us peace of mind and helped us have an even more relaxing weekend away. I wholeheartedly recommend Melanie to anyone considering hiring her ...
Melanie is the BEST! My husband and I hired Melanie, after a recommendation from a mutual friend, to dog/house sit for our two dogs (a silky terrier & a maltese mix) while we were away on vacation for a week. This was our first experience with a dog sitter.
Our dogs, though small, can be a bit needy as they are both rescue dogs and are a bit shy and fearful. One of them ...
UVA grad student | I love shy dogs!
My professional work history includes a year as a "social worker" at a nonprofit rescue organization. (Having just finished my Master of Social Work [MSW] program with an interest in animal-assisted therapy and veterinary social work, this job was a perfect fit!)
I specialize in shy, quiet dogs, though I'd love to spend time with your happy-go-lucky pup as well. My experience working in shelters has honed my skills for helping anxious pups feel safe ...
What Melanie would like to know about your dog
Personality, favorite treats & activities, likes/dislikes, history with previous sitters, special needs (medical, etc.)