I’m a 54 year old retiree who has been a responsible pet owner since I was 14 years old. I volunteer twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, I can be flexible with the hours for those days. I’m very energetic and love the outdoors. Since I was young I’ve been passionate about nature, animals and all gods’ creatures. Now that I’m older nothing has changed.
I have owned a Samoyed and a mix Collie/German Sheppard both very different dogs with unique personalities and I loved them both equally. I’ve looked after a Stafford terrier for 8 weeks while the owner searched for new accommodations for himself and his dog. This dog was not kid friendly and it was a challenge at first since I had a 9 year old son living with me at the time. It took half a day for the dog to feel at home. It took a few days for the dog and I to come to an understanding regarding my son’s place in the home and vice versa for my son. I’m happy to say there were no incidents. I gave the dog what he needed a good run twice a day. He loved those runs so much and so did I. It awed my heart to watch this dog run as fast as he could with his tongue flapping at the side of his face. He would race to the creek then turn around and race back to me. I had a nice secluded spot close to home where I would take him for a 2 hour run until we got there he was kept on a leash and at a distance from any children.
I could go on and on about my experiences with dogs and I could start a novel. The thing is I love walking dogs. Any of my friends that have dogs can vouch that when I come to visit I always insist on taking their dog for a walk. I have never trained other people’s dogs. I usual adapt myself and the walk to the dog’s behavior.
We have a large pet friendly yard with lots of trees with plenty of running space close to an acre in size. The yard is completely fenced with two gates, one on my side and the other gate on the attached duplex side. Both gates lock securely. Panda is Andrews’s dog and she resides in the duplex next door. We share the backyard. This is Panda’s playground and she loves sharing it. She’s very good with other dogs, very socialized. There have been days when the backyard will have several dogs running freely and playing together. The people living next door are extremely good with dogs. I bring my neighbors dog over and her and Panda play fetch with me.
I have two enclosed decks, the upper deck I use for a feeding area. In the summer it makes a cool sleeping area due to being shaded most of the day. I prefer the upper deck over the lower due to being able to access my kitchen while having my fuzzy friends close to me. In the winter we have the fireplace which provides a very cozy warm place to retreat to for me and my fuzzy friends.
I get up around 8am sometimes 9am sit and have my coffee. Then the cats wake up and I feed them and let them outside. Sometimes Arbie (our neighbor’s dog) is waiting by the fence with her tail wagging so I put my showering off to the side and go and play fetch with her for half an hour.
After showering, I usually spend my daytime outdoors occupying my time with projects and the cats (for now) unless I’m volunteering then I reserve any outdoor activities to the evenings. This includes playing fetch with Arbie.
We have one rescue cat (Charlotte) and a neighbor’s cat that has seeked refuge at our house. Right now we have no dogs so the cats are free to roam our house however they seem to be content with my room. I have reserved my room for them so they can feel safe and eat in peace also my room has a sliding door leading to a balcony where the cats have access to outside without running into any dogs (when we have dogs in the house). Both cats are exposed to dogs and have lived with dogs. They just prefer to avoid dogs. I have a spare room that is available for any dogs staying with us. I want your dogs stay to be a happy one and I will do all I can to make sure I deliver this to your pet. All animals that come into my home are treated with respect and compassion. My home is a safe place and keeping your pet safe from harm is my number one commitment then lots of love and fun. I understand every dog or cat has different needs and phobia and I will implement this into their stay. My place has always been a safe haven for animals and this is what I want to provide for your pet when they stay with me. When you’re on vacation a want your pet to feel they too are on vacation. I also believe that Communication with the pet owners is essential in understanding and in providing a positive stay for dogs. I have a questionnaire that I require dog owners to fill out asking such questions as what are their routines, likes, dislikes, fears, bathroom routines, how often do they go for walks and are they good with being on a leash. For those dogs that have limited walking ability, I have strollers. After all they shouldn’t be deprived of the outdoors and the scenery. I don’t believe in shared bedding.
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