I am a dog lover and fiber artist who works from our currently petless home. Our beloved Chu-chan who I often used as a model for my tapestries passed a few years ago. My high school teacher husband, Dennis, and I miss her dearly and would be happy to care for your dear house trained over 2 year old pup while you are away. Doggies must be up to date on their shots and on a flea prevention regimen and able to sleep on their own in the living room. We prefer dogs under 40 pounds but larger, mellow dogs might also be workable. Pup can hang with me as I weave in my studio or have free rein of the fenced back yard. I'm also happy to take breaks during the day for puppy walks. We are conveniently located in Walnut Creek near the Iron Horse Trail and can walk or drive to the Heather Farm Dog Park. Various open space trails are also a short drive away. Currently we do not have any animals living with us- just my husband and I- and are happy to host yours. The fee per 24 hrs. is $35 if your dog can be with other dogs- we like to have 2 to 3 dogs at a time. If your pup does not get on well with other dogs and needs to be the only 4 legger around the fee is $90 per 24 hours. In addition to overnight boarding we accept dogs for daycare in our home. For daycare during the daytime in our home and for time over the 24 hr boarding day the rates are as follows: up to 2 hrs $20, 2-4 hrs. $25, 4-8 hrs. $30, over 8 hrs $35. Evening care after 6 pm to 10 pm latest is $30. Please check the calendar for availability as I am away leading trips to Guatemala to explore the Mayan Textile Culture several times a year. I also speak Japanese and Spanish
***Policy change notice: Dec.6, 2014
We have been hosting for a few months now and have made lots of new friends of both the 2 legged and four legged variety. We have greatly enjoyed the experience to date with one exception. Recently we made the mistake of saying yes to the owners of a super hyperactive 1 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel who did not fully describe their dog to us. Couldn't meet the dog first because it was coming up from LA. We went out on a limb a bit to do the owners a favor. The limb crashed to the ground and the house was total bedlam for the remainder of the dog's stay. The dog took to jumping from couch to couch, nevermind the floor, and terrorizing the other dogs. Damaged our screens. Almost broke the sliding glass door. No one slept at all. And then it started raining. Hard. As a dog owner you probably get the picture. It's a scenario we don't want to repeat.
We're learning as we go along and what we learned from this experience has resulted in the following policy change:
1- We MUST meet prospective guests before we will host them and
2- We no longer accept dogs under the age of 2 years or out of control/ hyperactive dogs of any age (normal active doggie behavior is fine and welcome)
Happy Holidays to all!
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