I am an active widow with an online business which I have conducted from home for over 15 years (I am a digital artist) and I have a home in the Proctor district of Tacoma. I have four dogs now: 3 Chihuahuas and a Jack Russell Terrier - but have had as many as six dogs in our home. We often dog sit for our friends and always enjoy it. Our home is fully fenced and secure, with multiple "fail-safe" mechanisms to protect the dogs. Our entire property is enclosed in a 6-8 foot fence with security cameras in many locations. The front and side gates are tall, sturdy, and always locked. I also have a very large dog run which is a kind of jungle gym for our Jack Russell. I've been doing home dogsitting for over 2 years but have additional experience working with a Chihuahua rescue organization rehabilitating and fostering Chihuahuas. My dogs are very accustomed to having new/strange dogs come into their space and are welcoming towards other dogs.
We have had large dogs and small dogs and we like them all. But at this time I will only take small dogs (under 40 pounds) for dogsitting.
We are happy to accept your dog for an overnight stay, however I do need to have a meet and greet for the safety of your dog before the overnight stay. We have 4 dogs and your dog has to get along with all of them, and all of ours with yours. We cannot accept a dog without a meet and greet first. I do a 10-15 minute meet-and-greet in my house/yard, at which time I introduce our own dogs and observe their meeting and do a small temperament assessment for defensive behaviors. I find this really helps avert minor problems and major problems when a dog comes for a longer stay.
I do my own online business from a studio in my own home. I do not have a shortage of attention and affection and practical care that I can lavish on my dog boarders. My goal is to (1) enable the dogparents to leave their dog with complete comfort and not have any anxiety about their trip and (2) provide the visiting dog with the same level of affectionate and attentive care I give my own dogs. What I promise is an environment in which the visiting dog can relax and trust the environment and the human attention so that they are happy every time they visit here.
I want the dog and the human not to experience anxiety from their separation . . . to the extent that is possible. For that purpose, I provide a very personal level of care which includes emotional attention and physical affection and play. I love dogs and give very individual attention to the needs of my boarders.
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