My family and I love dogs and have owned and fostered a variety of rescues over the years. I became certified in pet first aid back in 2008 and I'm familiar with a variety of breeds and their traits.
We own a 3 bedroom home on a quiet, dead end street and can offer a fenced in yard, free roam of the house, cozy furniture to rest on and the companionship of two female rescue hounds.
My twelve year old granddaughter loves animals and offers plenty of attention and playtime for those who enjoy it. She would never be left in charge of your dog.
I will decide on a case by case basis whether or not I'm comfortable leaving a visiting dog (and my dog) alone while I run out for groceries or local errands. A high strung dog with separation anxiety has different needs than a mellow dog who likes to sleep a lot. Your dog won't be left unsupervised unless I'm completely comfortable doing so and then it would be brief.
We are open to caring for dogs of any breed or size providing they are housebroken and non-aggressive. We like the idea of a dog having a great vacation while their people are away. We're ok with dogs who are post-surgical or have special needs.
We have lived in West Haven for 25 years and in our present home for nearly 15 years. We offer stability, a reasonably neat environment, a mellow, low-traffic household and lots of love and attention.
More about our home: There are no doors that open directly onto a public street. Our back door opens into a fenced-in yard and our front door opens into an enclosed porch with a second front door. While no home is 100% escape proof the set-up of our house provides an extra layer of protection against a dog bolting and running off.
Please note: Our two dogs can seem overwhelming when a new dog first arrives. They want to sniff and check out the new arrival. They have never bitten anyone but, as I said, it can seem overwhelming at first. I will sometimes crate one to introduce slowly. If your dog is timid or quick to interpret curiousity as aggression then they would nor be a good fit here.
The best match for our house are the playful hunting breeds and small dogs. We will accept ANY dog who is friendly and playful.
At one time we owned three dogs and when we went on vacation we almost always ended up either separating them with different sitters or boarding them at a kennel. We'd like to offer people the option to keep their pets together while they're away.
Let's chat and see if our household would be a good fit for your dog(s).
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