Yes, we are expensive, probably the highest in our area. So why use us? Two reasons: your peace of mind and your dog's comfort.
A typical "dog day" in our house goes like this: Wake up around 7, out for a short bathroom break. After breakfast, a longer bathroom break...which, depending on the day and the dog, may end up being a 30 minute walk or more. Later, usually between 11 and 2 we leave for our major outing. This may last anywhere from 1 to 5 hours...and could include a long hike in a state of country park, a walk in Rockefeller Preserve, and/or a visit to a dog park. (There is an especially good one near us.)
After dinner, another brief bathroom break, and at least one more before going to bed. Your dog sleeps in our bedroom, either in a dog bed or in bed with us, depending on his (and your) choice. If your dog has an "emergency" during the night, he only need wake us up and we'll take him out.
It is our preference to only care for one dog at a time. The only exception would be if one of our well-behaved "regulars" was staying over, in which case we'd have two dogs. If you have two dogs, please ask.
I'm retired and Joan works at home many days. So basically, your dog is with one or both of us nearly 24/7. If we need to pick something up at the store, the dog has the choice of hanging out at home or coming for the ride (they almost always pick the latter.)
Since I'm retired, I hike a great deal, and when not hiking go for long walks in local parks...so our service is ideal for active dogs. It is especially appropriate for dogs who can reliably hike off-leash. (Of course, we only let dogs off leash with your permission.) With dogs that must be kept on leash, we generally limit the length of stay we'll accept.
Joan is more sedentary and loves to hang out with the couch potatoes. She has years of experience as a shelter volunteer, animal-advocate, and ran her own dog-walking service, Happy Pets of Manhattan. We both have had training in dog-training, as well as pet first-aid. Our own sweet mutt, Zoey, passed on not so long ago and while she was alive it was very difficult for us to travel because we could not find the kind of deeply caring and highly responsible people we wanted to look after her. (A kennel was out and I don't think DogVacay even existed!) In time we will get another dog of our own, but in the meantime we've decided to provide to others exactly the kind of siutationn we would have liked to find for our baby.
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