Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Around an hour


Dog Boarding

in the sitter's home
per night
Cat care, pick-up & drop-off, bathing / grooming

Hosting Preferences

Additional Preferences
  • Dogs Over 1 Year Old
  • Spayed and Neutered Dogs
  • No Females in Heat


  • Available
  • Unavailable
Melissa can host 1 dog per night.
Dog Boarding Cancellation Policy:


repeat clients
51 Reviews

Erin U.
Erin U.
Oct 29, 2018
Verified Stay

Flo has a great time with Porter and her people! Melissa was also super flexible with our pick up and drop off which was so helpful.

Melissa B.
Melissa B.
Luz P.
Luz P.
Sep 24, 2018
Verified Stay

Melissa and her family took very good care of my Holly. I received pictures and videos of Holly everyday and clearly she was having a wonderful time playing with Porter, Melissa’s dog. While Holly was happy to see me when I picked her up, I believe she misses Porter and Melissa’s little boy as they were her playmates for 8 days. It was wonderful to see Holly tired but happy, after a week ...

Melissa B.
Melissa B.
Kathleen A.
Kathleen A.
May 20, 2018
Verified Stay

Mente’s stay w/Melissa was a very good one. I was kept updated daily with comments and great pics of Mente. In spite of the rain, Melissa was able to get Mente out for his walks.(he does not like rain) I will definitely send Mente back for more stays.

Melissa B.
Melissa B.

About Melissa

years of experience
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Lucky Dog Donor (Washington, D.C.)
  • Verified Background Check
  • Rover 101

Relaxing Staycation for your Pup!

We are a young, down to earth family in Alexandria who love dogs of all breeds and sizes! Your pup will always have a morning, an early afternoon, evening and pre bedtime walk. We live in the very walkable and dog-friendly neighborhood of Parkfairfax near Shirlington Dog Park for our daily adventures.

Our six year old Lab mix, Porter, has an easygoing personality and is a very compatible playmate. He is perfectly happy tugging on ...

What Melissa would like to know about your dog

Although our dog gets along with almost any pup, he tends to be submissive and he won't do well with overly aggressive or energetic dogs. Also, we can only take dogs who are completely housebroken. We would also like to know any personality traits that make your dog unique and will help us give them the very best care.

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

About Melissa's Home

Lives in an Apartment
Non-Smoking Household
Children 0-5 Years Old
Has an Unfenced Yard
Has 1 Dog, No Other Pets
Melissa's Pets


Labrador Retriever and Mixed
7 years, 3 mo. old, 40 lbs.

When Melissa watches your pet

We live in a great walkable neighborhood with lots of sidewalks and green space to run around and play. We frequent the Shirlington Dog Park where your dog will get to meet other dogs and get lots of fresh air and exercise!

Your dog's sleeping arrangement
We have plenty of space for your dog's bed or crate and of course they are always welcome to cuddle in our bed :-)

In Melissa's Home

Dogs Allowed On Bed
Potty Breaks Every 4-8 Hours
Dogs Allowed On Furniture

Melissa's Neighborhood

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