I currently have 4 cats, who I rescued (three from the street and the other was abandoned as a small kitten in a laundry room). I grew up with dogs and have had cats for many years. When I was old enough, I was the one in our family to walk our miniature schnauzer, Ajax, and feed him. I took him for long walks; he was always considered as part of the family, and I always loved animals. I take good care of my pets, as well as others' pets. I become attached to them in the process. I have rescued quite a few cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, a ferret, some domestic and wild birds, a hen, mice. I advocate for animals, as well as don't eat or wear animals or use products tested on animals. I enjoy pets' company, and find it satisfying to give them their exercise, do basic training and take care of their needs while their guardians are away or at work.
I keep clients posted as to how theirr pet is doing, and send photos, if desired. (I can take care of other types of pets as well - cats, birds, fish, gerbils..). I can walk your dog 2-4 times a day while you're on vacation. I am reliable, trustworthy and honest; I have many good reviews. The pets are glad I stayed with them. (I also keep your home cleaner than when you left it.) I can medicate (topical or oral), and groom your pet (brushing, trim nails, clean ears, bathe, dematting). I have some experience with minor wound care, and administering subcutaneous fluids, and have recently become certified in Pet First Aid. I will let you know any observations I've made, to make your pet happier or healthier, from my valuable experience, and give advice and/or referrals.
When my own cats were/are sick and/or aging, I give them homeopathic gentle treatment and supplements, good quality food and homemade food, and whatever care they need, to help them feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible. I provide a quiet, safe, loving place for them to freely live their lives.
I have experience with young puppies to senior dogs, dogs of varied sizes and breeds, even ill dogs.
I have been professionally walking and pet-sitting for almost five years now, in different situations, some after surgery, in my home (can no longer) and in their home. I've taken dogs to the vet, to rehab or boarding or groomer. I play with them in the home or out in the park/dog run. I take dogs on varied walk routes to make it interesting for them. When sitting cats, I clean the litter box (and even wash the box if needed), play with the cats, talk to them, brush them - I don't just come to feed cats and leave; cats are sensitive and need companionship as well as dogs. I have a knack with shy pets - for example, when informed that a cat won't come out of hiding when I come to feed him or her, most in fact do and even let me pet them and play with them. I do basic training with dogs, such as not pulling on the leash and sitting at street corners. I can reasonably predict if dogs are going to have a scuffle or fight, and prevent it.
On one dog-sitting job, I took Aiden, a small dog, to Van Cortlandt Park on public transportation, where they have a great dog run, and horses, and trails in the woods. Needless to say, he enjoyed it immensely.
I would need to know if your dog has resource guarding issues - food aggression, or toy aggression, or with certain dogs or with cats, before the sitting job. Of course, any medical or health-related issues, as well as house-training or incontinence, and whether the dog is spayed/neutered.
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