Hello! My name is Julia, and I'm a 20 year old BSc. Nursing student at McMaster University. I love dogs so so much, and have owned & cared for my own pets for over 13 years!
Back in my hometown of Uxbridge, Ontario, I am the proud owner of a 13-year-old Cockapoo named Suzy. Caring for Suzy for so long has provided me with lots of experience, including puppy care, post-operative pet care, emergency vet visits, medication administration, and senior dog care (Suzy, in her old age, is incontinent and has a bit of dementia). I also have experience caring for my father's 3-year-old Bouvier des Flandres named Chelsey, as well as several other people's dogs. Thus, I am able to care for any dog of any age, large or small!
I currently live in a secure, dog-friendly student home in Westdale Village, a quiet neighbourhood situated around McMaster University. I do not have any pets in this home, making it the perfect hotel for dogs that are not comfortable sharing spaces with other pets. I live with three other girls (all 19+) that also own/love dogs and will often be around to hang out with your pet while I attend my classes. That being said, my class schedule is quite light - your pet would be left unattended in my home for a maximum of only 2-4 hours on any given day.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to my busy student lifestyle (and my full house), I cannot care for dogs that are prone to excessive barking, whining, scratching, or other noisy behaviours! Myself and my housemates spend the majority of our time at home studying and sleeping, and prefer quiet, calm pups :)
I live approximately 10 minutes (on foot) from the Cootes Paradise Conservation Area, a large and beautiful forest that features an extensive network of dog-friendly trails. I also live close to Churchill Park, which consists of several open fields that are perfect to run around and play fetch in. Cootes Paradise and Churchill Park are where I would take your furry friend(s) for as many as 3 walks per day (a morning, mid-day, and evening walk).
I love to walk dogs at a pace ranging anywhere from a leisurely stroll to an active hike/run. I enjoy going on adventures and letting them have fun - I don't mind cleaning them up if they get a little wet and muddy! My walks are generally about 30 minutes each, but I don't mind lessening or extending that time depending on what the dog feels like doing that day. I am comfortable walking both big and small dogs, and I don't mind walking them solo or in small groups. Finally, I have my own car and am more than willing to drive your pup to and from their favourite walking spot. :)
While staying in my home, your pup will have the run of the place! I have no problem with your dog being on my furniture or exploring all the rooms in my house. However, if you would like your dog to remain in a secure area while being left unattended, it is possible for me to keep it in my living room (it has a door that closes tightly & a hardwood floor that is easy to clean).
I also want to mention that I am extremely affectionate and will give your dog LOTS of snuggles, pats, and hugs.
Finally, it is important to note that I have my own vehicle and, if need be, will be able to drive your pet to and from the nearest vet/animal hospital at a moment's notice.
Please contact me if you have any questions at all! I can't wait to meet you & your lovely dog(s).
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