I used to travel a great deal for business and the worst was leaving my dogs. I always wanted people to send me pictures, texts, updates, etc. but rarely could get them so I GET IT!!! I probably go a bit overboard since I know how much it means to people who travel but I'm willing to text often, a lot of pictures, and even video conference with you so you can see your fur babies. I'll do everything that I used to want when I traveled!!!
I grew up on a farm with all sorts of animals and have never been without at least one dog. I'm a dog lover and if I could, I would have 100 dogs. However, instead of that, I want to help out anyone who needs to travel and wants to make sure their dogs are safe, cared for, and loved!
I'm at home a great deal (though not 24/7), have a well-fenced in property (back yard has 6 foot fence, front yard is fenced separately and has 4 foot fence). Yard is very shaded, and your dog will have some doggie companions that love to play so your dog will also get exercise.
As a Sign Language interpreter and having trained my own dogs my entire life, I can teach your dog some basic Sign Language commands (and teach you) so you will be on your way to silently requesting your dog to sit, stay, down, etc.
My favorite dogs (and humans) are those with shelter/rescue pups. Since I would love to take them all in is not feasible, this is my next best way to give them the life they deserve (while you are traveling and can't!) If you are an owner with a lot of rules, odd feeding needs, an untrained dog (barking, jumping, not leash or house trained, etc.) and if you have requirements that have little to do with just giving the your furbaby love, keeping him/her safe, and making sure he/she is nourished, I may not be the best fit.
I prefer NOT to have pure bred dogs at my house (other than those who are rescued pure bred.) I only want dogs who are rescued by being found, fostered, or shelters! If you purchased your dog, please find another sitter.
If your dog can go off-leash, we can all take a walk to the nearby park. If you want your dog to stay inside, that's ok too!!! I'm not picky with dogs but if you are and have many rules, my place might not be the best place. I know dogs and they'll have fun here.
The best fit here will be a dog that is not a barker or whiner, will play well with other dogs and can go off leash. If your dog is not house trained, I prefer not because with a new place, they will get confused and may go inside. If your dog tries everything to get out of the fence, I need to know that. While I have crates (usually for feeding separately) and you require your dog to be crated, it's not my preference but I can do that UNLESS your dog whines or barks to get out for more than a few minutes. If your dog does bark, I will use a humane bark collar (beeps only, not shocks!) If you are not ok with that, then it is best to find another sitter. As dogs are in and out of the house, I need to make sure they are not a nuisance to my neighbors.
If your dog has quirks, please tell me. I'd rather know than to be surprised. I will do my best to accommodate your wishes but you can think of their stay here as a stay at grandmas house - they will be safe, loved, and fed but maybe not exactly like you would do it. If that's not what you want, I respect that and suggest that another place may be a better fit.
I would be honored to care for your babies and will treat them as good as I treat my own (some say better!) I have many repeats which is my favorite since they start to feel as if it's their second home and we develop a bond that their owners appreciate. When they arrive at my home, they don't even look back, just bound for the backyard to play!
Also, my niece is a veterinary technician so I have those bases covered and all the love and attention they could need. She's my go-to person for questions about my pups.
I don't smoke, have a lot of various spaces for animals to stay and have fun with my 2 outdoor dogs or inside or on the enclosed deck, a small pond, and even have two crates: one very large (6'x6' x 12' high), another giant 48" plus a screened deck to keep pups contained if needed or if someone prefers that.
I live very central (on the east side) and look forward to pampering your loved ones and providing them with a ton of exercise and companionship!
Top 10 things I prefer not to have:
1. Dogs that are overly needy and bark/whine incessantly especially if they need me around 24/7 - my nerves and neighbors won't like that! I spend a lot of time at home but I do have a life and can't spend every waking moment - if your dog doesn't get beyond the typical acclimation time and still whines or barks when I leave his/her sight, a better placement might be somewhere with someone who literally has nothing else to do. My dogs keep all guests company but if your dog is in need of constant human interaction and whines or barks otherwise, this won't be the best placement.
2. Dogs that hate cats and would kill them - I can deal with it but the neighbor has many that roam and if a dog hates cats and barks at them, then it will end up barking a LOT!
3. Any animal that needs a lot of medical attention. I don't mind giving a vitamin or pill daily (as long as it isn't a battle!) but if an animal is very medically challenged, I may not be the best fit.
4. Aggressive dogs - my dogs have zero aggression and are all about play. If your dog has any aggressive tendencies (apart from the normal growling to jockey for alpha position), this would not be the best place. Any aggression toward one of my dogs or me will result in my calling you to come get him/her.
5. Dogs that mark or pee in the house. If your dog is not house trained then I won't keep your dog in the house. If that's ok and as long as your dog won't jump or dig, then I can keep dogs outside in my safe yard with my dogs! This happens more when dogs are not fixed, I do require your dogs are fixed (over the appropriate age for that.)
6. Dogs that need to be crated. Worse, dogs that owners want crated but then they whine and bark while in the crate.
7. Dogs that chew and destroy things (fences, pillows, shoes, etc.) If I know about some things, I can proof the area but if I don't and your dog destroys something, you'll be responsible.
8. Dogs are difficult to walk and that can't go off leash (we go to the park down the road and if your dog can't go off leash, he/she won't be able to go with us.)
9. Dogs that are generally hard to control (especially if they are very large and untrained). I'm fine with high energy, I'm fine with large, I'm not fine with unruly and difficult to manage.
10. Last but not least, owners with many rules or requirements or don't honor the times agreed for drop off/pick up (I understand travel and extreme weather issues.) I make plans around those times and ask that you honor the times agreed upon for drop off and pick up within 15 minutes at the most, otherwise, I might not be able to keep the commitment. I'll respect your time and ask that you respect mine as well.
I also prefer dogs that are spayed/neutered and on heartworm & flea treatment. My home is on a small creek and though I treat the yard, it's impossible to curtail all pests. Dogs who are not flea treated may not be able to prevent fleas anywhere.
I've been a successful sitter for a while and this list is the result of only a few very bad experiences. However, by and large, a very high % of dogs are joys to have here, have a great time, and are repeat stays. If you think we're a good fit, if your dog is pretty chill and loving, I look forward to meeting your animal babies. Last minute bookings are usually ok too!!!
Meet my pets
I have two very sweet and playful pups, both strays, and neither with an aggressive bone in their bodies. Many people with dogs who initially nip, growl, or show any type of aggression are always pleased that my dogs simply ignore them and avoiding potential situations leading to a fight. All have commented on how it ultimately helps their dogs to be better socialized to be around my dogs because it teaches their dogs tolerance and acceptance in a safe and patient way.
I also have one cat that is mostly outdoor. She's very dog savvy. I can keep them separate but prefer pups here get along with cats.
What to do to prepare for a stay:
No need to bring anything but food and treats (in a bag, not in a big container if possible) - I have leashes, bowls, beds, crates and everything else. The less you bring, the less to keep track of. If you have a long-term stay, you can bring a shirt with your scent, a favorite toy, etc. If your dog is a ball fiend, bring some balls! It's easiest to put all of your pup's things in a bag with your/pup's name on it. It's best if you include a note with any special instructions as well as feeding instructions or write it directly on the bag.
After you confirm, please text when you are on your way (to give me about 15 minutes notice since I kennel my pups so they don't overwhelm with excitement at first and I don't want to kennel them longer than necessary). Please text again when you get close (when you turn on my street) and I'll come out to the road to meet you. My house is sage green/mustard with a matching mailbox and a HUGE wine bottle tree in the yard. Make sure and park right in front of my house, not the neighbor's.
PLEASE try to stick to the times you give me for drop off and pick up. I plan around what you tell me (in some cases we have to figure out other times depending on what's on my schedule.) But if you give me a time for drop off, please stick to that time. I have had stays as long as 1 hour late when dropping off. Please respect my time and I'll respect yours! I understand about flight delays and travel woes that can't be helped but in the case of inclement weather, please plan a drive back accordingly to shoot for the time we agree for pick-up. I make other plans, I have other dogs being dropped off, etc. I appreciate that.
If your travel plans have you leaving or arriving before 7:30 a.m. or after 8:30 p.m., please book one more day. My own dogs have feeding/walking routines which will allow me to get that done before you drop off and I'm not a night person so prefer not to stay up waiting too late. Thanks for your understanding.
If your criteria doesn't match what I have listed, no hard feelings. There are many sitters and someone will better meet your needs as I meet the needs of those who are mostly shelter/rescue dog lovers, who understand dog behavior and are looking for a great home for their dog to get a ton of TLC, get a ton of pictures and videos, and someone who loves dogs - then I'd love to have your fur baby/ies as a guest!
Rates are based on a 24-hour period. If your stay requires much more than that 24-hour stay, I'll adjust it accordingly during the booking process. Also, first stays will be charged $40 per 24 hours for the first stay. After it has been determined we are all a good match, that cost will be reduced for $30 per 24 hours for all subsequent stays other than holidays. Holiday rates are $10 more per hour since I limit the numbers of dogs at my house to 4 and they are sometimes very competitive slots with my regulars. When you book, I'll change that rate accordingly.
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