Testimonials — See what our clients are saying about their experience with our service.


Melissa watched my dog Lucy for three weeks during the summer of 2010. Lucy is a 17-year-old Beagle/Cocker mix who requires much attention, daily care, and medication. Melissa took extremely good care of Lucy by walking her daily, feeding and medicating her at the appropriate times, and tending to her as was needed. I checked on Lucy by calling every few days, and Melissa kept me up-to-date on Lucy’s activities, moods, and overall welfare. Melissa even sent me pictures of Lucy from time to time! I truly believe that Lucy enjoyed her stay, and I felt very comfortable knowing that she was in good, caring hands. I highly recommend Melissa and will surely allow her to take care of Lucy again.
— Jay Disandro, 401-527-6188
 
Oh, what a delight to get home after a 5 day trip to find the house in order, our dear buddy, Bandit fed and happy along with his buddies , Tasha and Precious! (the cats of the household). Melissa is a responsible caring young woman who gives us texts to let us know all is well while we are away and can be trusted with both our animals and our home. I recommend her highly, feel free to contact me......my husband and I are fussy and do not praise easily..we love the peace of mind she brings!
— Robin Peiczarka, 860-779-6399
We’ve been fortunate to have had great house- and petsitters for our two Shelties, two horses, four barn cats and house/farm, so when we needed a new petsitter and our dogs’ vet recommended Melissa, we decided to give her a try – and we’re super glad we did! We’re very particular about our animals care, and Melissa was knowledgeable, professional, and attentive to everyone in her care. All the animals love her! And it gives us enormous peace-of-mind to know Melissa is taking care of everything. We greatly appreciate the time she takes to come for a meet-and-greet and to learn the farm’s routine (even follow-up visits when routines change ;-), and we love the text updates that all is well and thoroughly enjoy seeing the FB pix of our gang while we’re away – everyone always looks so happy! We’d be glad to talk to new clients if you wanted more specific info, just ask Melissa for our number.
— The gang at Rolling Meadows Farm
 
Melissa cares for my two, 2 year old Standard Poodles Leo & Henry when I travel. She is kind and loving and my dogs love her. She is very responsible and trustworthy. Having her stay at my house gives me priceless piece of mind knowing that my boys are happy to be home with someone that is attentive and caring which reduces their anxiety while I’m away. I also get to relax knowing my house is safe as well. I boarded them once in the past and I paid more for my dogs to sleep in a cage than I do now for them to be at home with a person that cares for them as I do. Melissa also makes sure I come home to a neat tidy house which is so nice after a trip to not have to deal with the mess my hooligans make! I am so thankful to have Melissa in our lives!
— Cindy Russo, 401-374-3529
Really enjoyed having Leah dog sit for our golden retriever, Dugan! She has had some overnight stays and day visits for us and we couldn’t have been happier! She was trustworthy, professional, and most of all loves all animals, and knows quite a bit about them! I would definitely recommend her to care for your furry family members!
— Sarah D., West Hartford, CT
 
We love our 2 year old Vizla, Lucy. We have never been separated from her, since we brought her home at 7 weeks old, for more than a few hours. We were nervous about Lucy’s care while we were attending a family wedding out of town and wanted to make the best choice for her. We wanted personal care for her, someone who would treat her like she was their own, be sensitive and attentive to her. Melissa delivered all that and more! From the first meet and greet, to the pictures of Lucy and updates, Melissa demonstrated not only professionalism but genuine sensitiity to us as “parents” and in caring for Lucy. Because Melissa stayed in our home, Lucy could enjoy her familiar surroundings and we had the peace of mind that our home was secure while Lucy received high quality care. We feel we made the best choice in utilizing Melissa’s services for her genuine love of animals and her credentials and experience, If, for some reason, Lucy required medical care while we were away, we knew she couldn’t be in better hands than with Melissa. Thank you, Melissa!! We are grateful for the outstanding care and atttention you gave our “baby”. We will definately use your services again.
— Susan and John, 508-277-6074
Melissa, you were amazing. You handled situations calmly and professionally. It felt good knowing that my crew (dogs, cats, potbelly pig, and guinea pigs) were all comfi-cozy in their own home while my family was away. I have to admit I was hesitant at first as we had just met, but you were very highly recommended. I soon found out why! The daily text messages and pictures that you always sent made me feel even more secure while I was 1000’s of miles away. It was great knowing that not only were my pets being taking care of but that my house was too. I’d highly recommend Melissa and her staff at Backyard’s to Barnyard’s Pet Sitting Services to anyone. Next time our family goes away I will be calling Melissa again to do overnights. Thank you, Melissa, for everything! My pets were so happy to see us when we got home and I can’t thank you enough for that! My name is Richele and my family, myself, and my pet crew highly recommend Melissa and all the staff at Backyard’s to Barnyard’s Pet Sitting Services.
— Richele Souza, Chepatchet, RI
 
Melissa took care of our elderly and beloved cat, Dudley, allowing us to go on vacation worry free. She bonded with him, treated him like her own, and took extra measures to make sure all was right with him and our house while she was tending him. And our kids loved getting to know her too (too bad she doesn’t babysit!!!). We will not hesitate to contact Melissa in the future for any of our pet sitting needs and I would be happy to provide a reference to anyone who is interested.
— Kate Salop, 860-821-0289
Leah is great with our dog. We have a puggle, who can be very high energy, and Leah always keeps her calm and remains professional with her. On top of being professional, Leah has a vast amount knowledge and experience working with dogs. Hiring her is a win-win!
— Mike and Kristan Lyon, Norwich CT
 
Melissa is providing an excellent service, we were absolutely comfortable leaving our cat in her care. We were able to truly enjoy our vacation , knowing our pets needs were being taken care of.
— Kristin J, Danielson, CT.
Leah has watched my dogs for me several times and has done a wonderful job. My dogs tend to be a bit high maintenance - they don’t all get along and need to be taken out in shifts. Some of them have health issues and need special medication. They are all super high energy dogs. She did a great job of managing all of these challenges! I knew my dogs were in great hands with Leah and that let me enjoy my vacation in peace! Thanks Leah!
— Evelyn N. Glastonbury CT
Melissa,
Thanks for doing such a great job taking care of my horses. I’m sure they hardly missed me.
— Lynne, Foster RI
Melissa & Backyards to Barnyards was highly recommended to me by our vet for a great, reliable pet sitting service. Melissa came out to our house and learned about all our pets and house procedures. While we were gone, she sent texts and updates about our furry kids that I really appreciated. When we returned home, everything was just as we left it — and best of all, our dog was happy and relaxed from staying in her own home, our cats were not stressed and were well cared for, and our house had been watched over in our absence. I would highly recommend Melissa and Backyards to Barnyards and will definitely call again the next time we need to have someone care for our pets and house!
— Amy R.