Note to current and potential owners: Due to a major (but very happy) change in my life, I will not be dog sitting any longer after August 2017. I will be hosting dogs from now until then on a very limited basis.
*** IMPORTANT: I do not take in large dogs, young puppies, dogs who are aggressive or destructive, bark incessantly or who are not housebroken.
I have over 30 years experience with animals of all types including cats, dogs, bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters. I worked for numerous years as a kennel attendant while in college. Animals love me and I love them :) I'm meant to be a care taker to animals and have been doing it since I can remember. Your pet will come back to you happy- I anticipate what they will need to avoid giving them any anxiety. You will also receive as many texts with pictures as you would like each day on how your pet is doing. Don't use boarding kennels!!! please don't! Many in the suburbs are just awful!!! They don't give them the blankets and toys you think you are leaving and they have to hear piercing barking all day with little human interaction. They are in a cage for most of the day miserable and stressed, PLUS you have no clue what aggressive dogs they may have a run-in with! At my house your dog won't be stolen and will be evacuated in case of an emergency. At my house, your dog/s will not hear that piercing barking of nervous dogs and they will not have any run-ins with aggressive dogs. My dogs are mellow ( a little hyper at first but they calm down) and do not get visiting dogs all worked up, they actually seem to have the opposite effect on visitors. Your doggie/s will be fed and let outside regularly like mine are. Your dogs are not confined to a crate unless you tell me they are used to it. I am able to confine your dog to my large kitchen if needed. I'm confident in the service I offer and I have high standards of care for my pets and yours. Also, unable to open my home to pitbulls or other breeds that I am not as confident trusting around smaller dogs. I am also unable to take young puppies who are not done with their usual meds. and elderly dogs who are prone to things like diarrhea.
I can normally keep your pet on the same schedule you have :)
Why do I only charge $20? Because pets I care for are so easy, well behaved and fit in with my own dogs. If your dog requires anything in addition to regular care, we may have to consider a little higher charge per day. My dogs go out regularly, don't chew furniture and are content to play in the yard with me or cuddle on the couch. Please make sure your dogs are free from fleas, worms and diseases before our meet and greet. I will not be able to care for pets whom have transmittable diseases etc. If your dog is aggressive, I will not be able to care for them.
Why I love dog sitting
I love pet sitting for numerous reasons. First, I'm happy to be keeping your sweetie pie/s from being subjected to a kennel stay. I also get to meet the best clients who love pets as much as me! My dogs are the most lovable and social dogs I know. I really think the more positive interactions they have with others the better their personalities and confidence become. My dogs gladly accept new pack members and your dog will benefit from that.
Meet my pets
I have a small Morkie and 2 Corgis. I know what it is like to leave your pet with a stranger. I worry about the same things. I don't want kids to hit my dogs, I want my dogs to be let out and fed, I don't want them attacked by other pets. Rest assured, I get it. Your pets will be treated as well as my prince and princesses are.
About my yard and house
I have a huge, private acre surrounded by woods. I have an enclosure for pets in lieu of a fenced in yard :) My dogs are trained to be off leashes. I can keep yours on a leash as my hands aren't busy with my own dogs :) I also pick up poop regularly as nothing grosses me out more than seeing a dog eat poop! I vacuum, mop and dust like it is a part-time job. I have a spacious living room and kitchen that I prefer to keep visiting dogs in. I can easily watch everyone with this layout. I also have doggie proofed these areas. There's nothing they can get into that I'd be worried about :)
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