We're located just a short drive from IAH (Bush Airport) and would love to take care of your babies!
**profile recently updated: we aren't able to accept puppies anymore. If you have a puppy aged 18m+ we may consider boarding (after meet-n-greet) if it's a short visit. My older dogs just aren't up to the challenges and hyperactivity of a puppy. Also, we aren't able to accept large dogs, our house, we've found, just can't accommodate a big dog. If your dog is 60lbs and under, we would consider watching him after meet-n-greet and barring we don't have any other dogs staying with us.***
I am mostly a stay at home mom & I have 2 school-aged children (5 & 6) and 2 mutts. We don't smoke. I work out of the home doing freelance graphic design and I work part time (3-12 hrs/week) at my daughter's preschool as a substitute teacher.
Our days are pretty easy because we are homebodies and love to hang out around the house. When my kids are home from school typically they are outside in the yard, if it's not too hot, or they are upstairs in their playroom. They are very good with dogs, especially since we've been doing this for 3 years now, but we do not leave them alone with your fur babies. If your dog loves to play catch or runaround, they will have plenty of opportunity to get great exercise with my very active son - I promise they will sleep for a WEEK. But if your dog is like mine, they have plenty of space to avoid children. Your pup will likely spend most of the day playing with my dog, Jack, or with my kids, running around the yard or relaxing on a couch in the living room.
While your fur baby is with me they will have free range of the first floor, patio, and yard. Most weekdays I am home all day with the exception of school drop offs/pick-ups which are usually 15-30 minutes. My kids do have activities occasionally which sometime require me to be away from the home for a couple of hours and I also get called in to substitute, but I am hardly ever more than 15 minutes away from the home.
If you are scheduling your booking more than a few days in advance we will try to make sure that we don't schedule anything that requires us to be gone more than a couple of hours. Also, I feel it's important to note: I try to only take one boarder family at time, so if you see I'm unavailable on my calendar it probably means I've already got a boarder and generally won't take any more. This means if you book with me, your dog(s) is the only other guest in my house! It's nice to know that you don't have to worry any other variables, just my dogs and kids, which you will meet in advance.*
I'm very happy to cater to your dog's needs as long as they are potty trained- if you have a pet that loves to be outside, we have plenty of room and options. If your dog loves to be inside - that's great too, we have dog friendly furniture!
My yard is a pretty decent size - we have a 2 story house so we have more yard than others in our neighborhood. We have a 20x10 covered/screened in patio with ceiling fans & dog door plus we just installed a 12ftx25ft shade sail to make the backyard a little cooler for the dogs.
My husband and I love dogs and since we have 2 of our own (and two small children) there's not much in our house that isn't dog friendly. We have a loveseat in the living room and you'll see in one pic that it's completely covered with sheets = dog and toddler friendly! It's the best thing since I can just throw the sheets in the wash and put on new ones if they get dirty.
We have recently renovated and no longer have a sofa in our bedroom for our boys as you may have seen in some older dog pics. Depending on the size of your baby (and your preference), it's very likely that they will end up in bed, snuggled with my dogs and husband. We also have extra crates, dog beds, sheets, etc. and a lovely, large laundry room that makes an excellent spot for those pups who prefer to sleep in their crate or by themselves.
We've never had fleas and both of our boys go 2x yearly for their shots, check-ups, and dental work.
I have A LOT of experience with rescue dogs - every dog I've owned since childhood has been a rescue. That's 10 dogs over about 25 years. Plus I've fostered 3 dogs. I have a habit of finding dogs so it's good we have space!
My younger dog, a lab/shepherd mix, Jack, is nearly 9- he is a rescue. He's skittish around people but plays well with other dogs; he actually surprised us with how well he adjusts to each dog that visits. And he is very good with my 6 yo son and 4 yo daughter.
My older dog, Buddy, is 12 going on 80 - he is also a rescue. He is very cat like - he is friendly when meeting new people but once he's met you he's content to curl back up on the couch. He doesn't care for the kids too much, since he has arthritis, so he avoids them...and they know to leave him be. He also has idiopathic seizures and takes an oral medication 2x daily. If he has a seizure we also administer a rectal medication - so we have a little bit of experience with a special needs dog. He doesn't "play" with other dogs or with kids - he has never been "playful" - he usually grumbles and walks away to his couch where he sleeps all day.
*I might make an exception if there is only one or two days overlap. And, sometimes, over the holidays I will take 2 boarders at a time, as long as both parties are comfortable with that arrangement - first guest to book has final decision.
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