Hello! My name is Julia, and I'm a 20 year old BSc. Nursing student at McMaster University. I love dogs beyond words, 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, at this point, is incontinent and has a touch 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 be available to look after 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.
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 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 when 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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