Leaving your children or pets with a stranger can be a difficult decision, so it's my job to make sure that you and your dog feel as comfortable and at home as possible. I want you to have the best day at work or vacation possible, just being able to focus on yourself :) The last thing any mom or dad wants to think about is if their "baby" is safe and happy without you there.
My husband and I treat our dogs better than most people treat their children, because to us they aren't just "pets", they are apart of our family. And because they are your babies, we want you and them to feel at home and apart of our family as well :)
I work from home, so your dogs will have a constant companion :) I imagine you'll want to be updated on how and what they are doing, which is why I'm here! Sending pictures and FaceTime can happen whenever you'd like updates or to just say hello! Of course, if you're at work and only want to be contacted in a case of an emergency, then that can happen as well. No matter how much or how little of communication you want, through whatever media (text, FaceTime, call, email) I will do, so that you have the best piece of mind while you're away from your little one (or if your dogs are like mine, big ones :) ).
I know a big concern for parents when they leave their dogs at a stranger's house is all of the possible variables that "can go wrong" that you don't have control over. Here, it's just my husband, me, and our 2 dogs. We don't have children and rarely have houseguests, but if that did occur, we would tell you ahead of time and answer any questions you have about them, you could even meet them! All of our friends and family are pet lovers, and to be quite honest, if they weren't, they wouldn't be spending time at our house.
My husband and I are both fit and in our late 20s. We both played sports growing up and I actually continued on throughout college. We have the energy for as much play as your dog(s) need, but also the maturity to provide the best care and safety of your dog(s) as well. We know the signs of territory or object aggression/resource guarding and having experience in dealing with them. I have dealt with barking, marking, shyness, overweight, underweight, injured, old, young.... I've experienced a lot of different types and traits in dogs...and just like my opinion with humans, it's a judgement free zone; I just want to make sure your dogs are taken care of to the best of my ability and done just how you would if you were here!
I have 2 awesome (neutered) dogs named Hogan and Big Fudge :) You can see their little profiles on my page :) I love my dogs so much, like any parent I think they are the greatest things in the whole world. But I think it's important to state that I don't have rose colored glasses/blinders on. If my dog does something or is in the wrong, and I sense they are making your dog(s) uncomfortable, I will separate them. Your dogs happiness and safety will always be a priority, my boys are happy hanging out anywhere :) Now, I don't foresee anything happening since both of my boys are not territorial and LOVE making new friends, but we want you as dog parents to have the most information possible! They love running and playing in the backyard and lounging around the house with everyone, dog or human!
As far as my house goes, we have a pretty normal sized Rancher-style 3 bed 2 bath. We have both carpet and tile throughout. Dogs usually like to spend their time in my room on my bed and/or in either living room, but their favorite tends to be outside. I have a big fenced in yard and live in a great neighborhood (filled with seriously the nicest people) for plenty of walks and exercise. Even though my yard is fenced in, I always go outside with the dogs, just to make sure everyone is safe and happy :) Plus, if I'm not there, who will throw the ball?? ;)
I can work with any feeding/walking schedule that you and your dog have. I am very flexible and obviously want your dogs to have as much consistency in their day to day as possible! Just let me know if there are any food allergies, so that I can make sure your pup is safe and healthy!
I know that just like people, dogs have their own personalities... so if before deciding to stay with us, you'd like to come over with your dog(s), to meet me and my boys and check out the place, just let me know! Whether it's for a few hours a day or the whole weekend, I want everyone to be confident and comfortable!
I hope whomever you choose, is a perfect fit for you and your pups, and if it's me, I can't wait to meet you all! :)
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