We recently went on a 3-week overseas trip. We haven’t left our dogs for any extended time and were very concerned with how they would cope without us. In the past we have used kennels and not been really happy with the results. The concept of them being looked after in their own surroundings really appealed.

Our Beagle also requires daily medication for Cancer and it had to be someone that could be relied on to maintain his treatment. However I knew it had to be the right person. I don’t trust many people to look after my fur kids, so I did some very thorough research before making my choice.

Melissa was everything that anyone else has written in the reviews. She came a couple of times before we went away to introduce herself to us and the dogs and to make sure that she was familiar with what was required. She was not fazed on the first visit when our 65kg Mastiff bailed her up at the gate. She sent me daily updates at a regular time, to the point that I would be waiting by my phone for her message she was so punctual. Seeing video and pictures and receiving regular updates was very reassuring and made our holiday that much more enjoyable knowing and being able to see for ourselves that they were happy and healthy. If she had any concerns she kept us up to date, and made sure we were in the loop.

It is a credit to her that that same mastiff Yogi now counts her as one of his best friends and loves his Aunty Mel. Dodger the Beagle says where’s the food?