I love animals and am available to pet sit (daytime or overnight), play, or walk your pet(s). I have experience providing care for pet pigs, ferrets, dogs, ducks, birds, cats, rabbits, lizards, hedgehogs, hamsters, fish, and a few strays that sometimes come and go. I grew up in a rural area in Indiana where my parents converted their farmland to a home for multiple rescue animals. During high school & college, I volunteered part-time at the local animal shelters helping to feed, play, groom, and walk the animals. My husband and I adopted a rescue dog when she was a wee little pup. We moved her from the country fields where she could run and play to the city neighborhoods of San Francisco, CA. We helped her work through some initial anxiety concerns until she adapted to her new environment. We took her on multiple daily walks and enjoyed spending a majority of our time outside. She quickly learned that life in the city is just as fun and made multiple puppy friendships in the area. Her favorite places involved running on the beach and chasing the ocean waves. We started caring for her friends both in our home and in their homes. It was so fun to have puppy sleep overs and get to know the personalities of her puppy friends. I gained experience working with animals needing medication and special care while working in the shelters so I was at ease assisting with her medication when needed. We quickly learned many new tricks to administer medication to a pup that could be very sneaky at times. My husband and I continued to pet sit for family & friends in the Bay Area. We moved to the NOVA area May 2014. My passion to continue to help other families care for their sweet pets has grown. I truly enjoy it and care for them as if they were my own. My current schedule is very flexible. I am available day/evening/night. I am also available short notice if needed.
While I love to foster a very playful experience when your pup is in my care, I also take his/her safety very seriously. I would like to know what the typical day looks like for your pet. I try to stick to the routine as much as possible. Does your pet have a history of allergies? Are there any special needs or medications to be aware of? Is there a history of aggressive behavior and if so, what triggered the event? How does he/she interact with other dogs? What type of play does he/she enjoy? Are there any special treats that I could offer?
I am open to visiting daily with one or multiple visits and overnight care in your home. I often stay longer than a usual visit if my schedule allows. I do treat them as if they were my own and love the bond/friendship that is formed. I will send you daily updates about your pet while you are away to share his/her day with you. I love to hear how he/she is doing between my booked visits as well.
I have been told by many of the families that I work with that I have a very calming nature. I grew up around many different types of animals. I learned at a very early age that trust is earned. While many pets immediately run to me and sit on me when they get the chance, not all pets immediately take to me. Some may be shy or anxious and need more time to get to know me so I know to give them the chance to initiate the friendship. I have experience working with animals that have had little to no human contact. Patience is key. After a few days of caring for this personality type, I am usually welcomed and this is the most rewarding part of the job. I also enjoy the smiles on the faces of the pet parents when they see their normally shy pal is relaxed and comfortable in my care.
I also have a sweet & caring 3 year old son. I like to bring him with me when possible to share my love for animals with him. I only bring him to meet pets I have already met in person and with the permission of the pet parent. He is never out of my sight when he is with me. He is also very patient and loves to play catch, Frisbee, and any other type of active exercise. We are a very active family and love to spend time outdoors.
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