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Ann S.

42 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 58 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
German Shepherd Dog

Ann's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Ann's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Smoke-free home

About Ann

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I've owned several dogs in my lifetime (I currently have 4 cats), and I'm very interested in their psychology. Giving them consistent commands, consistently, is the key to getting them to listen to people; I've had extensive experience working with rescue dogs; I helped organize and run the dog adoption program for the New Albany, IN animal shelter.
I am now instituting a moratorium on German Shepherds, due to problems I've been having with Shepherds going after my smaller guests. Most of my guests are smaller pooches, and since I've got quite a few regulars now, I don't want to put them in any unnecessary danger. My exceptions will be German Shepherds that I've watched in the past and that I know are even-tempered with all other guests. I'm also temporarily not accepting large pooches (except for prior guests), due to large portions of my backyard being dug up, and I need to get grass growing again to cut down on the dirt and mud.
. I live alone in a modest but orderly 3BR/2 BA home. Except for carpet in the master bedroom, it's tile throughout.. My cats are all out on the lanai, so unexpected run-ins with them isn't an issue (plus, they're good with dogs anyway).
Safety is my number one priority. My backyard is completely fenced with chain-link, and I have all dogs leashed unless they're inside the fence or inside the house. I will not open the fence gate if a dog is in the backyard unless I'm absolutely positive he won't have time to make it to the gate before I'm able to get it closed again. I'm also careful about introducing dogs to each other; I'm pretty good about reading their body language to tell whether or not they're going to fight so I can separate them and/or keep a closer eye on them.
I will care for up to 5 or 6 dogs at a time. That may sound like a lot, but I started out looking after 3 at a time, and I've worked my way up; I feel totally comfortable with that many. No matter how many pups I have, they all get individualized attention; I might be cuddling on the couch with a couple of small pooches and throwing a ball for another pup at the same time. I also supervise all feedings so that the larger pups aren't stealing food from the smaller ones.
A typical day would be waking up at 6:30 a.m., getting breakfast for the four kitties and then ourselves, and going for a nice long walk. My neighborhood is very quiet, and I live 5 streets over from the busiest road, so there's not much traffic. Walking the pooches gives me as much enjoyment as it does them. I'll be spending a lot of time on-line attempting to sell various items, so that will allow for some relaxation in my office.. Lunch is at 12:00, and then we can for another walk and take a nap. If the weather is warm enough, we can even go for a swim in my father-in-law's in-ground pool across the street.. If your dog enjoys riding in the car, then he'll be going with me on errands. (I really miss that part about having my own dog!) Dinner is at 6:00, and we can burn it off by playing frisbee in my fenced backyard,. After dark we can cuddle up on the couch together to watch TV and get the brush out for a relaxing grooming. Bedtime is at 11:00, and there's plenty of room for both of us in my queen bed.
The most rewarding part of this job is seeing the pups play together. By hosting pooches from different families, I feel that the dogs have a lot more fun
because they can play and interact with each other. All of the pictures I've got of dogs playing together are of dogs from different families. I encourage my guests to play with each other as much as possible. I want them to have as much fun or more fun with me than they have at home; after all, this IS DogVACAY!
Loving a dog is very rewarding for me' I like to talk them and cuddle them to make them feel like part of the family. Your best friend will have a great time with me and my kitties while you"re away.
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Can administer oral medicine
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Separation anxiety
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues
  • Aggressive behavior

Ann S.

42 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 58 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated May 15, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ann's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ann's Home
$15 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
42 Reviews
Ann took wonderful care of my two dogs, Milo (bichon) and Lucy (poodle mix) while I was away for two weeks. Both dogs are rescues and each have their own issues. Ann was terrific with the dogs. She sent me pictures and updates that showed me what a great time they were having! They were able to play with other dogs, sleep in Ann's bed and have their own vacation. Ann clearly is a pet lover and I recommend her highly. I will use Ann again whenever I need someone to
care for my pets.
Ann did a great job with our Zoey! She sent photos and sent them to us, which helped to reassure us. We will definitely use Ann again.
Ann is amazing! Bella has so much fun and is learning to socialize with other people and dogs. We are so fortunate to have Ann.
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