I've been a dog owner my whole life, and I've been affiliated with DogVacay for about two years now. I work at home and my office is in the sunroom, which is also where the dogs hang out, so I am with them most of the time. Dogs have nearly unlimited potty breaks. In fact, when the weather is nice, I keep the door from the sunroom to the backyard open so they can come and go as they please. If I leave the home to run an errand, however, dogs are kept inside. I have 2 teenagers who are with me half-time, and while they both like dogs, I am solely responsible for the care of your dog. Every dog gets one long walk each day in the woods along Pimmit Run (mud permitting) near my home and I have a large fenced in yard so exercise will not be a problem. There are no hidden fees or extras in my rate, unlike some commercial services. I'm a serious night owl so late pickups are not a problem, though I don't do early mornings very well :) Please check out my many positive reviews and have confidence your dog will be well taken care of in my home.
And now a few business matters: I've been doing this for a while now and I know a whole lot more than I did when I started two years ago, so I thought I would put in some straight talk about a few issues that keep coming up so hopefully we can all come to an early understanding.
1. Doorbells are my mortal enemy :-) Whenever you come to the house, whether it's for a meet and greet, pick up, or drop off, please text me and I will come out and meet you. If you've ever heard a barking frenzy, you'll know what I'm talking about.
2. I only take well-behaved dogs that get along well with others. We've got a really nice setup here, it's a popular spot, and we all get along very nicely because we don't accept troublemakers. Between you and me, when you have good dogs, it's a pretty easy gig, and when you have problem dogs, it's totally not worth it. So if you're pretty sure your dog is going to be a pain, please look for another option.
3. Each "night" that you book is for a 24 hour period. If you drop off at 10am, your one night stay is over at 10am the next day. If you go over by an hour or so, it's on me, but if you want to pick up at 6pm, there will be a day boarding fee. Seems fair to me.
4. There's only one employee at this company (me). I work at home, but I have two teenagers to drive around and I do occasionally like to pursue a life outside of dog sitting. "Ballpark" pick up and drop off times don't work. I'll do my best to work my schedule around yours, if you will do your best to be as specific as possible about when you're coming to my home, and stick to that time. I know things happen when you're traveling and with traffic.......I get it, and I'm flexible, but please do your best and communicate when you're going to be delayed. I've had to change many a dinner reservation over the years :-(
That's it! If you've got a good pup, this is a great spot, and I'd be happy to welcome him/her into my home.
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