Hi, thank you for considering me to care for your fur-baby while you are away! I have had dogs and cats (and once a chinchilla!) my entire life and cannot imagine life without pets in it.
I am happiest when I am surrounded by wagging tails and I love canine kisses and cuddles. I am happy to watch any breed and age as long as he/she is house trained and non-aggressive. My only exception is very small dogs, as I noted in the Sizes Accepted area, only because I have two larger dogs of my own.
At my home, dogs are allowed on most of the furniture (there is one couch that is off limits) and in most of the rooms – in fact I prefer it if they like to cuddle on my bed at night! I always have treats available if your dog is allowed to have them, and I often make my own sweet-potato based crunchies.
I have a large yard, though it is NOT fenced in. I do have a PetSafe invisible fence, so if your dog is trained on this sort of fencing and his/her collar is compatible with mine, I will happily put those white flags up along the boundary so your pup can play without a tie-out. Whether tethered or not, I will always supervise outdoor playtime. I have two large (almost 70 pounds each) rescue dogs of my own (a Lab mix named “Jackson” - and an Irish Terrier mix named “Annie”), so your dog will never be lonely, even if I have to run out for a bit.
I do have a crate if you prefer your dog stay in there overnight, or during any time I won’t be home.
I also have a cat named “Ikey.” He has a cat door to our basement and generally chooses to hang out down there, especially when there is company. However, I prefer to watch dogs that are cat friendly – or those who just ignore cats.
I do require a meet and greet before committing – for at least 20 minutes. While both my dogs completely enjoy playing with others, my terrier can seem intimidating when first getting acquainted. So it’s important that all of the dogs meet each other first and get comfortable prior to drop off.
Annie is very protective when it comes to strangers, and her bark is loud and scary – her completely happy “please play with me bark” can sound intimidating if you aren’t used to it. She does not like to meet other dogs when one or both of them are on a leash, but once they are off leash and playing, all is great. Therefore, I need to confirm that your dog is not aggressive, and I also want you to meet everyone so you feel comfortable and know that your pet is in a safe and happy environment.
While I marked zero walks per day, please know your dog will get plenty of exercise both inside and outside. If I find I feel completely comfortable with how all three dogs will behave together on a walk, I will take them for one. This is more likely to occur during subsequent visits rather than the first, unless the first visit is for more than one night.
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