Ann's Loving Arms Dog Sitting

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Ann S.

26 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
$20/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 21 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Ann's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Ann's House

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

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 believe that ALL dogs are inherently good, and they just want to be loved, so I"m willing to look after all breeds. 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 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. So far, the only problem I've had is with a larger dog (70 lbs.) going after small dogs like they were squirrels or rabbits, and that was a dog that I hadn't done a meet and greet with. Lesson learned!
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. I prefer to only have 2 large dogs at the same time, to minimize aggression issues between large dogs who don't know each other. 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 a larger 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
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Ann S.

26 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
$20/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 21 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 28, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ann's Home
$20 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ann's Home
$15 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
26 Reviews
Ann was fabulous with my 2 Bichons! She even socialized one of my dogs with the others - something I was never able to do! Ann loves her doggy visitors & treats them just like her own. I would highly recommend her without hesitation for anyone looking for a "home away from home" for your special pet. Thanks Ann! We will be back!
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Next best thing to home :)
Toby loved staying with Ann. He came home happy, healthy and needing a rest from his vacation..... He had so much fun....as the daily picture updates showed! Will definitely use Ann again. It's nice to know our boy is in good hands when we're away.
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Ann was very pleasant and obviously likes pets. She provides a good home and has a nice fenced backyard for our POM to roam around. Ann also gave us nice updates on our pet while we were away. Never would get that kind of service from a kennel. She is accountable and very fair!
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Ann was amazing! I took my 10w old puppy to stay at her house for the day and he had such a good time. She kept great communication with me and sent me updates and pictures of him throughout the day. I would highly recommend.
My dog Rory had the best time with Ann she didn't want to leave! Ann has a great fenced in backyard for the dogs to run around in. Ann herself is sweet and updated me with photos and e-mails daily. We will 100% go back!
Ann was absolutely amazing. Simba loved his vacay and made lots of new friends. Ann sends several updates throughout the day and lots of pictures. I loved the fact that she walks him 3 times a day and gives him a lot of play time. Simba has a lot of energy so this setting is ideal for him. Thank you for taking such great care of our baby while we were away
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Ann is amazing! We are new to the area and she has made it so easy for us to get away for vacations. The dogs were so happy while they were in her care. I can't thank her enough for doing this service.
I can't express how wonderful Ann has been! She is such a caring and loving pet sitter! I believe Bentley had a great time with her. He slept the entire day when we brought him home! She is very dependable!
Thanks so much for taking care of my babies....this was the first time I have used this service and it could not have gone more smoothly. Cody and Sadie can't wait for the next time, they were very well taken care of.
Ann was amazing! Tito the chihuahua had so much fun with her and got lots of love and attention. He can't wait to go back for another doggie vacation!
Thank you Ann for taking good care of Riley. He loved his new friends he played with.
Ann did a great job....daily photo and messaging updates...kept my little buddy entertained and happy the entire time I was gone. You can tell she is a true animal lover...house is clean as can be...super experience for my little guy. I have never left him with a stranger before, now I have a personal sitter for him so I can travel worry free.
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My boy had a great time and Ann was very thoughtful in giving me updates and photos during his visit with her. She is great with animals and I would recommend her to anyone.
Ann was great with my dog, he had a blast playing with the other Dogcationer! Will definitely have Ann look after my dog again.
Ann was wonderful. My dogs had a great vacation and got lots of love from her. She wrote me emails and sent me pictures of my dogs everyday. I highly recommend her and will use her again for my next vacation.
Ann kept in constant contact and provided a loving and playful environment for our cuddle bug.
I was very hesitant about leaving my 2 large senior dogs with Ann, a total stranger. When I walked in her home you can tell she adores animals. After I got the first pics of my girls, I was totally confident I choose the best option for them. I highly recommend her for caring for fur-babies! We will be using her again soon!
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We left our 6 month old Golden doodle. Ann was great, kept in constant contact, as I was anxious being away from my baby. She sent pics daily and reassured me our pup was doing great. I would absolutely use her again.
Thanks so much for caring for our baby!!
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My big boy had a blast! He was tired from all the swimming and playing. Ann was great!
Ann was a Doll. It was the first time we've left Abby since we rescued her 6 months ago.Abby was nervous upon arrival first few minutes upon but within minutes she was calm and we felt it was okay to leave. Ann was sitting for a Great Dane at the time as well. Abby had so much fun with her playmate for the two days with Ann that she slept like a baby for the rest of the day and a half of the next..I believe she misses Miss Ann and her Great Dane playmate. I know where Abby's vaycay will be from here on out...with Miss Ann. Thank you so much Ann for taking such good care of our Abby Girl !!!
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Ann was wonderful with our Puggle. She was quick to reply to any correspondence, sent pictures daily, and obviously loves animals! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a caring person to take care of their pet!
Ann was wonderful with our Lab! She sent us pictures daily and even took him swimming!
Ann was very hospitable to both us & our dogs. She kept us informed with pictures/emails about their well being that we were worry free!
Very warm and welcoming. Posted pics during the day for updates. We like that Maggie had fun with the other dogs there. We will be back !! Thanks , Ann :)
Great experience, felt very comfortable with pups being cared for.
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