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Shell M.

14 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • 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

Shell's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old, 13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Shell

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
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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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety

Shell M.

14 Reviews
5 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Shell's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$80 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Daycare At Shell's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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14 Reviews
Shell was available to care for Bailey on short notice. She took her to play outside all afternoon and sent us lots of photos. Bailey had a fabulous time.
This is a real review! Shell was great with me and my dog. I will be coming back to her when I visit again. To all dog owners that are looking to board or need a pet sitter. Your only stop is here with Shell and her family. Dianna Reno, NV
Shell and her family took great care of our Bradley for the weekend! She was very communicative, caring, knowledgable, and really treated our Bradley as if he were her own. There is a great yard and plenty of space for bigger dogs. He transitioned so well, that even during our meet n' greet, Bradley decided to take a nap in front of the fire within minutes. He clearly felt comfortable and I know Shell worked hard to make him comfortable. We would definitely recommend her family to our friends !!!
This was Oscar's first stay with Shell, but certainly not the last. She is very knowledgeable and experienced with dogs and makes effort to make the transition into the new place easy. Shell took Oscar swimming and a play date with a couple other dogs, and I can see that he has already bonded with her even after a short stay. And - she does a great job keeping the owners updated on the activities with photos and videos.
Maggie's has been attending the Mini Mutt Mondays at Shell's and comes home and a very happy and content dog! Thank you Shell:)
Shell was so wonderful with our two puppies, she constantly updated me on the pups with pictures and messages! She took them on walks and several mini-trips (including the pumpkin patch!) I felt totally comfortable leaning the dogs with Shell, she's very knowledgeable with dogs and the perfect place for your pup to have a getaway!
Shell is very quick to respond and very kind. Our dog Miles was safe and well-cared for during our recent trip home to visit ailing family members. She responded to our inquiries very fast and was highly communicative. Shell was very kind in setting up a breakfast meet-and-greet with me and the pup at her house to kick things off. We agreed to follow that up with a short daycare session to confirm Miles' temperament with other dogs. Shell has regular doggie daycare groups for big and small dogs that we brought him to.

Our pup, Miles, is ball-obsessed, food-driven, crate-trained, cuddly and (usually) mellow labrador. He has been to lots of day cares and lived with other dogs, but he still needs some work socializing and he resource guards. We were very clear and thorough about everything with Shell during and before the meet and greet and were very happy to find her knowledgeable and understanding of behavioral training. Miles did come home a little "cuddlier" than we left him, but Shell was also clear that she prefers her guests well fed and happy. We are okay with that too because he was very well cared for, got a good amount of exercise daily, and received an insane amount of love, attention, and care from Shell and her family. She kept us regularly updated as well, which is always nice.
Shell is awesome! Her knowledge and expertise about dogs is outstanding. We are so happy to have found her!
Another great visit for our dog Maggie! Lots of healthy play time with other dogs and loving care from Shell for our little girl. We'll be visiting again soon. Shell's Mini Mutt Mondays are great fun for Maggie.
Our dog Maggie had a wonderful day with Shell and her family. She had play time with another dog and a hike in the woods which is great for her Springer nose!!! She came home pleasantly tired and very content! Thank you Shell
Shell was very experienced and her knowledge of Dogs is incredible. She was so friendly and inviting. My dog loved her and seemed to enjoy her stay with Shell and her family very much. Shell kept me updated daily and sent pictures while I was away. I was very pleased with the service provided and would definitely have Bella stay with Shell again.
I felt comfortable leaving my dog with Shell, a good communicator, and she sent videos and pics frequently.
Our pup had a great time with Shell & her family. It was our first time leaving him and I'm so glad we were able to leave him in such good hands. He went on outings and got to have play dates with other dogs. I think it was a great experience for him. Thanks so much!!
Shell was great with our dog Maggie and with us, her parents:) She is still a puppy and this was her first stay away from us and she was very happy. Shell sent us pictures and gave us some tips on how to prevent jumping up and it's working! We will be booking with Shell again!
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