Testimonials

“I recently moved to the Boston area, and I was initially concerned with finding another reliable caretaker for my 10 lb Beagle/Chihuahua mix, Baylee. I knew with a longer commute that I needed to find someone who could be flexible, reliable, affordable, friendly, and most importantly, a person Baylee would love to see everyday she went for a play group session or for an overnight stay. I had interviewed a few different people but found Melissa to be very genuine, a total animal person. I have never worried about leaving Baylee with Melissa during a long weekend or getaway, and I know Baylee enjoys her play group sessions during the week. Melissa is very flexible, sometimes I text her last minute asking for a reschedule, and she is always willing to rearrange to the best of her ability. I am so happy that we found her!”
Jennifer Del Rossi in Waltham, MA
“Parade of Pets has always been reliable, responsible, and responsive. My dog, Nellie, always returns home from daycare tired and content. When Nellie sees the owner, Melissa, she gets excited and greets her very enthusiastically. Nellie and I highly recommend Parade of Pets!”
June Atkind in Waltham, MA

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“Melissa of Parade of Pets has been caring for my 6 year Pom mix, Tornado, since he was a year old. He loves his weekly play dates with other pups. He also stays with Melissa when I need to travel for work, and it’s a relief to know he’s in loving hands. The owner is easy to work with, responsive, and reliable. Parade of Pets is great!”

Cathy Olofson in Belmont
“Melissa has been caring for my dog, Buffy, for 3.5 years. Buffy is generally a little nervous of strangers but she accepted Melissa very quickly, and loves and respects her. Melissa usually takes Buffy for midday play dates with other dogs, or sometimes walks on her own, every day of the work week. Melissa is reliable, caring, and totally trustworthy with Buffy, caring for her through freezing, wet or steamy weather. She is very professional, capable, experienced with animals, and never calls in sick or let’s me down. Parade of Pets also provides overnight care when I have long distance travel or family vacations. I can relax, knowing that Buffy is happy and well cared for while I’m away. Buffy loves her time with Melissa – she is a great person, and Buffy is a lucky dog!”
Laura Bartle in Arlington, MA
“For the past two years, Parade of Pets has been our Darsi’s home away from home. We travel a great deal, and each time we pull into Melissa’s driveway, our normally timid girl, leaps out of the car to greet her. She is relaxed and happy when we pick her up, clearly having had a wonderful time. It’s a relief to leave her in such capable hands, and know she’s secure in an attentive environment rather than a kennel. The other dogs are selected carefully, and all get along well. We also receive texts on how Darsi’s doing while we’re away. It is with pleasure that my husband and I highly recommend Parade of Pets.”
Channing P. in Newton, MA

 

orange-cat-standing“Melissa of Parade of Pets has been taking care of our various cats for more than twenty one years. From the very first time we hired her, we found her to be thoroughly responsible, and established an almost immediate rapport with our furry friends. She is attentive of any changes in the cat’s health and behavior, and notifies us immediately if there are any concerns. We have never hesitated to use her for every vacation or other trip away from home, and have never considered looking for another cat sitter. She is the best!”
Ben & Ginger in Arlington, MA
“What I appreciate most about Melissa is not just her obvious love for animals but her professional approach. Pet sitting is not Melissa’s side job – it is her mission and passion. Melissa has always gone above and beyond in caring for my dogs, treating them with the same level of affection and concern as her own companion animals. I always knew my dogs were in the safest of hands when I was at work due to the total devotion of Melissa and her attentive staff. I couldn’t ask for a better pet sitting service. I have recommended Parade of Pets to my friends and business associates, and will continue to do so.”
Paul Y. in Waltham, MA
“When I came to Boston with my dog Dylan, I was lucky to find Melissa and Parade of Pets. I had less than three days to get Dylan settled before I started work. She is terrific with him. He goes to daycare every work day, and spends time with other dogs under her watchful supervision. To me, the best review of any person who takes care of your dog, comes from the dog, and Dylan loves Melissa. Every morning he showers her with kisses. She is responsive to my questions, and I trust her completely with Dylan. Both Dylan and I give her our highest praise. Thanks Melissa!”
Joanneke Brentjens in Waltham, MA
“Parade of Pets has provided excellent coverage for our Labrador for 8 years! Always reliable and accommodating. Our dog loves play group and Melissa.”
Susan Weir in Cambridge, MA
“Melissa of Parade of Pets is terrific. She has cared for my dogs over the past 16 years. Melissa is reliable, caring and totally understands the specific needs of the pet and owner. Most important, I trust her 100%, and my dog Sophie loves her!”
Maria Feicht in Belmont, MA
“Melissa has provided safe and loving pet care for me throughout many years, and for 4 different family dogs, in addition to dogs of my friends and neighbors. She always goes the extra mile. All the dogs that I’ve had in my life, adored her. I have most appreciated Melissa’s conscientious approach, responsive style and reliability, plus the dogs get what they need in a timely, caring manner. I’m a long time client of Parade of Pets.”
Kathleen L. in Lincoln, MA
“I have known Melissa of Parade of Pets for more than twelve years, and during that time she has shown herself to be exceptionally efficient and responsive, and always a pleasure to do business with. She walks my dogs, takes them to play groups, and in a pinch will provide overnight care. She can also be counted on to feed the cat while I’m away. She clearly loves animals, and probably the best thing I can say about her is that my animals love her!”
Anne Hodgsdon in Cambridge, MA
“I have been using Parade of Pets since 1996 when we first moved to Cambridge. Melissa took the most loving care of Firenza when she was very sick, and near the end of her life. We got Jake in 2003 and then Lucy in 2011, both high energy Border Collies. Melissa is reliable, trustworthy, and generous with her time. I never have to worry about anything when it comes to their care with her. I’d give Parade of Pets an A+.”
Elissa Warner in Cambridge, MA