House Sitting

in your home

Drop-In Visits

30-minute check-ins

Dog Walking

30-minute walks
Cat care, pick-up & drop-off, bathing / grooming

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3 Reviews
Lindsey M.
Lindsey M.
Jun 20, 2018

Melissa K. Has watched my dog Riley(12 year old toy poodle) for nearly every vacation I’ve ever been on. Melissa is very knowledgeable about all pets. She has treated Riley like one of her own, and has even given him back to me with healthy treats. Riley is older and I wouldn’t just trust him with anyone. She even sent me pictures of him while I was away with cute captions, like “hey mom” and ...

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Kathy M.
Kathy M.
Jun 18, 2018

With total confidence I recommend Melissa .She is extremely capable& reliable.She has a unique quality of connecting with animals.She also has a great deal of knowledge regarding nutrition& general health of our pets.Anyone entrusting Melissa with the care of their family member will be making a good choice.

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Avner L.
Avner L.
Jun 17, 2018

Melissa is the ultimate dog sitter you can expect. She is professional, responsible and trustworthy. We have used Melissa for the last 2.5 years for our two dogs and she is the BEST dog sitter we had (by far). Needless to say that our dogs love her and we know that they are in very good hands while we are away.

Melissa K.

About Melissa

years of experience
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Verified Background Check

My life has always been about dogs.

I started petsitting when I was 9, I trained my 1st dog when I was 10 years old.
I managed 2 kennels/grooming facilities (1 traditional & 1 open-play,) for 7 years total. (One from opening day, I knew all of our 1,500 dogs by name.)
I have no problem clipping/dremelling nails or cleaning ears. I can trim paw pads/ears/tails (assuming your dog is cooperative- I don't have a grooming table.)
I was the assistant manager ...

What Melissa would like to know about your dog

No breed preferences, per say. I love herding dogs (as mixed breeds, personally.)
I’d like to come over and meet your dog, (regardless if it’s a walk dog, hang out dog, or sitting dog.) I don’t want your dog(s) to become awfully confused/frightened if I was to just show up when you're not home; me being a random stranger invading their territory. Also, I want you to be comfortable enough around me that you feel okay leaving you pet my care. I feel like that just can't happen without actually meeting beforehand. I like to see where the leash, poop bags, food, bowls, treats, etc are kept. Ask about any allergies, medications, feeding schedule/amounts, if they have any major fears (like fireworks,) or triggers (like squirrels,) and what they like best (like belly rubs or peanut butter.)
This is not necessarily important for walk dogs or home visits, but if I'm petsitting (definitely if it's longer than a night or two,) I would need to bring my dog with me. Not the one pictured, (I feel as though I should mention that. Onyx is my soulmate, and was my ESD, but passed away in Dec 2017.) I have an Aussie/ Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Ret. Mix, named Copper, (he's in a couple other photos.) My wife works a full-time and a part-time job, and the days when she works both, she's not home from 8:30AM-9:30PM at the earliest, but she can be working as late as 1:30AM depending on the night. If she worked just a 9-5 it wouldn't be a big deal. Another reason for us to meet beforehand, Copper.

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

When Melissa watches your pet

The walking area depends on where you live. I have multiple chuck-its (indoor & outdoor) depending on if you have a fence or not.
I’m willing to take your dog somewhere; a local dog park, if they’re into that. (I used to be solely in charge of watching up to 50 dogs in a play yard at once, so I can tell the difference between playing, rowdy/vocal playing, and when someone isn’t playing anymore.)
I've taken dogs of "mine" to Princeton, to the beach, to a 9 acre fenced in dog park (Timber Creek Dog Park, NJ), to New Hope & Lambertville.
If your dog is food motivated, but maybe also a little shy or not quite sure of themselves yet, we could do “nose work” around your house. Using kibble, or small pieces of a stronger smelling treat (like a jerky.) I would put your dog away (in another room,) while I “hide” the treats. Starting in 1 or 2 rooms, placing them in visible, but not just on the floor types of places. I like to use stool legs, TV consoles, a fan base, and things that dogs avoid- like a vacuum, or having to go under something/in a tighter space than they normally would to get it. They really have fun with it, tails wagging the whole time, and when they face their fear(s), and I tell them how great they did, they get so excited. (Like a kid riding a bike without training wheels for the first time.)
If they still like food, maybe too much? I have several treat balls I can put their kibble in, to make meal time last longer, (which is not only good for the brain, but also good for the gut, as slow eaters have less chance of bloating.)
Cuddling is always an option- some dogs are perfectly content just hanging out, and that’s ok.

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