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“I have referred Melanie Starke numerous times for pet sitting and have gotten positive feedback on her performance 100% of the time.  She is trustworthy, dependable and great with pets.   I have no reservations in continuing to refer her for pet sitting in the future.”

Kent Davis, D.V.M.
Animal Hospital At The Crossing
Champaign, IL

“I have known Melanie since 2000 as a neighbor and a friend; and also as an employee.  She has helped out in my grooming salon as a bather and on the sales floor.  I can leave town and be confident that my salon, an more importantly, my pets, are in good, responsible and loving hands.   I recommend her to all my clients.”

Janice Kleiss-Small, Owner
Bark Avenue Caninc Coiffure
Champaign, IL

“When we are away, our dogs are happiest to be at home.  We have had Melanie come and stay many times while we are traveling and we are pleased with the arrangement.   The dogs are content and well-cared for, the house is occupied in case of any emergency and we are comfortable knowing that Melanie is there.   We highly recommend Melanie’s house/pet sitting service.”

Tim and Maggie Roberts

“I got to know Melanie when she was a caregiver for my 88 year-old father-in-law.  Naturally when she started her pet care business I was sure her care-giving spirit would be perfect for this profession.  My three girls - Destin, Honey and Lucy - can testify to that fact.  The joy they exhibit when Melanie walks in the door is a sight to behold!  Thank you, Melanie, for being dependable, flexible, cheerful and loving!””

Kathy Erickson

“It is very nice to know that we can go away and know that our kitties (Lola and Bella) are well taken care of and they can stay in their familiar environment.  Melanie does more than check on the kitties, she makes sure that everything is okay in our home while we are gone.  I don’t worry about the kitties knowing they are in Melanie’s care.”

Ellen Schmidt

“Auntie Melanie has walked us since November 2005.  We love her a lot.  She is always on time, she is kind and gentle with us, our Mom says she always feels safe when Auntie Melanie is watching us and she gives us treats.  She is part of our family.”

Milly-Fay and Andy Wright
dictated to their mommy
Margaret Wright

“Melanie Starke is the BEST pet sitter we have ever had!   Before scheduling any flights or vacation plans, I ALWAYS check datest to be sure Melanie is available to stay with Heidi.  Melanie goes above and behond the call of duty ... And the animals LOVE her!!!!   Her honesty and integrity are above reproach.”

Barbara Mueller
Champaign, IL

“We have had Melanie Starke sit with our pets during our vacations since 2005.  With an older dog and then new puppies, it was very important to have someone who could spend the extra time to give each pet what they needed.  Melanie is kind, caring, extremely trustworthy and great with our four-legged family members.  It is comforting to know that my pets do not really care if we’re gone from home!”

Steve and Melanie Hertel
Champaign, IL

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