We are a family with children who have been caring for dogs their entire lives.
At our home your furbaby is given tons of affection & recreated daily multiple times with walks in our 30-acre greenbelt. Depending on the dog we take him or her hiking to our favorite spots around the Northwest. To share your pet's experience with us we send you pictures of your dog enjoying family time with us!
I have a long history taking care of animals, in particular dogs. I foster care rescue labs as part of our community service & have worked with the local humane society rehabilitating dogs scheduled to be euthanized. I have helped train dogs for winter mountain rescue in Norway.
I have completed Pet CPR & First Aid at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Portland.
We don't believe in kennels since dogs are social creatures. Some dogs sleep in their kennels, which is fine, but as a rule we don't use kenneling as a way to manage our furry companions. We believe in positive reinforcement, tons of exercise and canine & human social interactions galore! We have tons of toys & a water play area set up in the yard to cool off hot dogs!
A TYPICAL DAY is a morning walk in the greenbelt to explore the walnut & hazelnut trees as well as the mysteries of blackberry brambles! Usually a playgroup forms in the back yard running circles around the trampoline. After lunch our younger & older guests may take naps. In the afternoon we either go to Salmon Creek greenbelt or the river and run a little if we have high energy guests. If we have older fur babies we may walk to the park about 200 feet from my yard (just beyond the greenbelt)! In the afternoon my children return from school and play with the dogs. In summer we have connected water toys set up for waterplay depending on our guests' preferences as well as a wading pool in hot weather. In the evenings we do relax by the fireplace, do homework or watch a movie.
On Mondays we have a special playgroup called "Mini Mutt Mondays" for our smaller four-legged VIPs. So while you are at work your furbaby meets with his or her best buddies to wrestle, play & romp! We have a 35-pound weight limit on this playgroup only.
Due to our children we do ask for an initial consultation prior to ensure compatibility (more on that later). Our beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback recently died so we are absolutely starving to love on your four-legged friend.
If you have other animals we can arrange for pet sitting in your home (charge for travel) but we generally find that the dogs love being in our home playing with children & with other dogs.
Even thought we've been in the dog-sitting business for more than three decades we joined this website but here is what we know:
1. We will not just feed, water & walk your dog. We love & nurture your pet in all ways. Dogs love playtime & I have two children who play every day. Put them together & it's pure magic. We'll send you pictures just to prove my point!
2. If you have a small dog you NEED NOT WORRY that it will be left alone with larger dogs. We know all the dogs we sit very well as they are ALL repeat customers. If we take a Yorkie for a weekend then we will not be taking a larger breed unless we know both dogs will be compatible. First come, first serve.
3. We love dogs of all sizes and breeds. We can take puppies and special-needs dogs, including elderly arthritic dogs. For dogs who love outings we plan family adventures that usually involve hiking and waterways. If your furry friend is more sedentary we can accommodate that too. Just like their human counterparts all dogs are unique and have different needs.
4. We do ask for a meet & greet prior to the actual stay. It's very rare that we turn an animal away but sometimes we might not be the right fit. If we do invite your pet to stay with us we ask that you bring an unwashed article of clothing that you've worn recently. Shirts work the best. This may sound weird but we've learned over the years that going to sleep with the scent of your best friend lingering is very comforting to our canine companions when they are adjusting to a new environment.
5. This is fair warning that most dogs are very reluctant to go home after staying with us. I cannot tell you how many times we've had to coax furry friends into their owner's cars in our driveway. While endearing for us it's always a little awkward. However, please remember that we pride ourselves on being canine charmers & their reluctance is proof that they were loved & adored whilst in our care.
6. Holidays are our busiest time of year so please book early. This year (2016) we are taking Thanksgiving off but we will be working Christmas & New Year's!
7. Checklist! There will be a list of necessary items for overnight stays but three things stand out:
First, please bring food in a hard plastic container with a locking lid, clearly marked with the dog’s name. No extra large containers, bags, glass or metal. You might bring a little extra as your furbaby will likely expend more calories in our care.
Also please let us know if your dog has food or contact allergies.
Please DO NOT bring a food dish.
Second, please bring your dog's bed, harness & leash. The leash needs his or her name on it.
Third, please bring us your vet's contact information and a release form that you've filled out authorizing us to seek medical care should a need arise.
8. REFERENCES. We have hundreds of satisfied clientele and we would ask that you contact one or more to ease your mind about the incredible care, love & adventure we give your dog.
If you still are reading and still have questions I'm sure we can address them during a meet and greet. I am available most afternoons.
Thanks for listening!
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