Hi! My name's Melissa and after a car accident I was forced to completely change my career path. I am now working as an artist and children's book illustrator. That means I work from home all day, every day. I got my first dog when I was eleven years old. Together we went to multiple training classes, we did junior showmanship, and competed in obedience competitions. I also began doing in home dog sitting, and dog walking during high school, so I got an early start at this.
I now own a dog friendly house and have two dogs, Hank and Charlie, that love when they can have other friends over to stay and enjoy the dog room. That's right, they have their own bedroom filled with dog beds, a giant bean bag, toys, and water. The door to the room is always open and with a cushioned seat to watch out the window, your dog will enjoy spending their time there too. Then there is the fenced in yard. In the summer there's a small kiddie pool outside for cooling off, a shaded deck, and plenty of grass for running in.
As for me, I have an art studio in the upstairs of my house where I do my artwork. Half of the room has my studio, the other half has a large couch where dogs enjoy napping while I paint, and visiting me to get lots of scratches and belly rubs. Since I have lingering neck pain from the accident I have to take frequent breaks where I need to get up and move. That means after one to two hour of work your dog with be with us heading outside to play. We play fetch in the yard and enjoy the fresh air, before we head back inside and I get to work again, while they nap on the couch upstairs with me or enjoy the dog room. We repeat this all through the day! I also live in the Weber-Camden neighborhood, meaning I am within walking distance of Weber park and the Weber Parkway, for daily exercise and walks if that's what your dog would enjoy. There is also the St. Anthony parkway and dog park just over the Camden bridge that my dogs love.
I have experience with an albino cocker spaniel who was born deaf and is now mostly blind, but enjoys every stay with us. I have also had dogs with back problems, arthritis, that require multiple medications, diapers, or special trips up and down the steps on the deck. I am very experienced with separation anxiety (Charlie has it) and have become an expert at making the house anxiety proof and calming anxious dogs. Those dogs fit in fine with us here!
With my new career working from home Hank, Charlie, and I are so lucky to be able to help other dogs enjoy their days, like we get to. This is a welcoming, open place, and we would love to have your dog join us in all the fun.
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