I have years of experience dog sitting. My home is dog friendly, warm and comfy, and in a calm quiet neighborhood. My interest is for the love of animals and their welfare. I will only book one pet at one time. Your pet family member will receive individual undivided attention as a member of our family. I am retired, have no obligations, and will provide personal attention to your pet loved one. I charge a little more for my services because we will only take one pet for each date. We can provide superior service compared to boarding facilities which put your pet loved one in a cage for most of their stay. At our discretion, with your approval, we may opt to allow your pet loved one to sleep in a crate during the night. Some pets just rest better in a crate during the overnight boarding of dogs in a strange place.
We specialize in anxiety cases while pet parents are away from their pet loved ones. For extended periods pets will smell their owners for several days until the scent disappears. During the first several days of separation these anxious moments can usually be mitigated with personal attention from their sitter. Requiring the dog to move from where they smell your scent to another location such as a coach or bed where they can received personal hugs and relax close to the sitter usually dissipates the anxious feelings. From experience I know that over a few days these feelings can be replaced with good care, loads of affection, and frequent play. Then your pets will certainly smell and hear your return and be just as excited to see you as they would in your own home. It is actually amazing that dogs can smell and hear you for the first time upon your return.
We accept dogs for extended periods, provide personal attention to your pet (we only accept one dog per appointment period), just as if your pet was always a member of our family. During your vacation, trip, or time away we will provide bathing services at the extra rate per bath. We don't want smelly animals in our home so this is a requirement. We also require shots be current along with insect treatment for your pet be within accepted limits to prevent infestation of insects from your pet. At least one bath per 5 day period is usually necessary to keep your dog smelling clean and our home smelling fresh.
Our home does have two stories along with the associated steps. If your pet isn't comfortable with these features please don't assume every pet can navigate a staircase safely. Our family does spend time relaxing in our home loft and home office. These areas are carpeted and your pets are welcome in these areas. Several bedrooms will be closed to allow our guest to frequent other areas where we spend more time. Over an extended stay pets become comfortable having free access where their sitters live which also helps to dissipate separation anxiety.
Give us a try, get to know us, and you will find the same level of care for your pet family member as we would give to our own children. We are empty-nesters, retired, and have complete availability by appointment only.
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