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Mike S.

3 Testimonials
1 Repeat Guest
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 17 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Mike's Resident Pets

Australian Shepherd
14 yr 6 mo old

About Mike

27 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

>^..^< CATS WELCOME TOO! >^..^<

Senior, special-needs, or hard to handle dogs?
No problem!

* HOUSE SITTING/IN-HOME BOARDING/DROP INS - multiple visits from 6AM - 11PM, where your pet stays safe & happy in your home - overnight, a weekend, or longer! "How many?" or "How long?"
You tell me - this is all about what works best for you and your pets.

* DAILY WALKS & DROP-IN HOME VISITS - both regularly scheduled daily walks & breaks,and last minute/day of/on demand (always welcome, never an extra fee!)

* MORNING RUSH SERVICE (and other times too!) - "How do you get kids dressed & fed & off to school, yourself ready for work AND your furry monster walked, fed and settled in for the day?" Easy. You call Mike.

Home monitoring (mail collection, plant care, security lights, sump check, etc) is always included with my visits.

You love to travel, but that doesn't mean your dog (or cat, or bird, or reptile, or fish) does...

I offer the kind of in-home boarding, home visits, walks, and pet care I originally sought for my own dogs. I volunteer with a national breed specific rescue, and only adopt special-needs dogs. My blind dog and puppymill rescue could not tolerate the stress and change of a kennel or other boarding situation, and were happiest at home in a familiar environment. Routine and environment are important for dogs sensitive to noise and change, nervous in new places, or just overall less confident and happier without changes to their worlds. Your high expectations will be met by my own attention to detail, standard of care, and overall welfare of your pet (as well as security of your home).

My professional background is in high end commercial and residential property management, operations, and event/brand marketing. I bring the same professionalism and accountability to every client (and their owner!).

I tailor any number of visits, of any duration, to best meet your pet's (and your) routine and needs. From Malteses to Mastiffs, I can handle any size dog (and cats too!), including walks, feeding, bathroom breaks, "environmental enrichment"(which includes cuddles and attention), and some at-home medical care (Pills, iv fluids, etc). My background is training using only positive reinforcement methods; including these elements in my visits are part of the package, never extra!

ONE NOTE - "Typically, how long will dogs in your care have to wait between potty breaks? "
That's really up to you...
Depending on your dog and what they're used to, the number of visits and duration of those can be adjusted to meet any preference.

Longer visits or walks can be easily arranged, and there are other possibilities based on your pet's size, age, and needs. Think of this as a concierge service to best accommodate you, rather than a one-size-fits-most solution.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW - while this site is clearly dog-centric, I offer excellent care for cats, rodents, birds, reptiles and fish as well!

Short notice requests and open ended reservations are welcome, and will always be accommodated if possible ( and for no extra fee - don't you hate when that happens!?! I do!)

LAST - a meet-and-greet with me the sitter, you the owner, and your pet the sittee is required. Its a free consultation and I consider it an essential part of the service of helping you and your pets maintain peace of mind while you're away and to be sure I'm the best fit to meet your expectations.

I look forward to meeting you!

I have 25+ years in operations and property management, and offer the sincere assurance that you'll find my looking after your furball and home is second only to your own.

I am a lifelong dog owner, and have volunteered in dog and cat rescue for the past 20+ years. My specific interests are evaluating and retraining animals with behavioral and emotional issues that limit their adoptability, and animals with special needs (both physical, emotional, and health).

I am a strong proponent of positive training methods, as well as alternative/complementary approaches in the animal health community (i.e. t-touch, dietary changes, and calming signals). I work both ends of rescue - evaluating dogs available for adoption as well as the homes applying to adopt.

I schedule walks and visits 7 days a week, usually between the hours of 6 AM and 10 PM. There's no extra charge for weekends or evenings. Visits are scheduled around a 2 hour window (so a noon visit would occur between 11 and 1). During some peak periods, that window and those hours might be extended at my discretion, but your pet's safety and well being is always a top consideration.
If you require more precise scheduling (i.e. at 7 AM sharp for medication) there is a $10 charge.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Post-surgical pets
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Separation anxiety
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues
  • Aggressive behavior

Mike S.

3 Testimonials
1 Repeat Guest
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 17 mins
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated April 11, 2017


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Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$56 /night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$32 /hour
  • Willing to travel 9 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 9 miles
$32 /hour
$14 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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3 Testimonials
Oct 2016
Mike sits for our blind shepherd Millie. He's patient and gentle with her,which makes us feel better about leaving her. We highly recommend Mike for both daily dog walks and longer term sitting.
Oct 2016
Mike was the absolute perfect person to watch my dogs. From the moment I first contacted him he was prompt, reliable, responsible, and just an absolute pleasure to talk to and get to know. My two dogs were in the absolute best hands while I was away on vacation. I received updates from every visit with pictures. During my vacation, one of my dogs harnesses broke and Mike rushed out (on a holiday no less!) and purchased a replacement one to ensure that my dogs could get their walk. There is no doubt I will be calling on him again. Thanks Mike!
Oct 2016
Best sitter ever! our two little ones are extremely picky about being around strangers but they LOVE Mike! We worry that they might even be sad when we return home because they miss Mike looking after them. Mike is the perfect mix of dog-smart and dog-silly; he sends us digital postcards of what our furbabies are up to when we're away.
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