I am a dog-loving young professional who grew up with a dog in the home (Buster, the shaggy black dog by a water fountain in a photo), worked at doggy daycare for three years and now volunteer with dogs and other animals at the Washington Humane Society. On each walk I take with your dog, I use ResQwalk, an app that tracks my distance and donates money to a local animal shelter for every mile I walk. I work 8:30-5 in DC, so I ask that all dogs are comfortable staying home alone during the work day. I am happy to travel by metro, bus or bikeshare to sit for your dog!
With my basic boarding and sitting rates, I offer up to 3 walks or a walk and a dog park run each day, and treats and toys from Barkbox to play with if your dog stays at my home. When possible, I will take guest dogs for (on-leash) romps in nearby Rock Creek Park, and former guests have joined me on daytrips to dog-friendly pumpkin patches and wineries. Pups sleep in the main room or bedroom, and they are welcome on the furniture (as long as that's OK with you). I am also happy to help work to reinforce good behavior and training with your dog during their time with me.
If your dog is staying at my home please bring:
- a crate (if your dog is crated when home alone), a bed, or both
- food for the entire stay plus 2 days (just in case)
- food and water bowls
- any special toys/treats your dog loves
- medication (if needed)
I am not able to care for puppies under two years old because my home is not puppy proof. I travel mostly by transit so my sitting locations are constrained by the transit system in DC.
If you're hoping to have a dog-sitter for the holidays or have other pets at home, please send me a message about my holiday, weekend daycare in your home (perfect for daytrips!) and other pet rates (cats, birds, small rodents, fish, etc.). I also have experience assisting with engagement photos as a dog handler, and would be happy to work with you to include your furry family member in your special event.
Note: My daycare and walking rates are for weekends, holidays and evenings only, because of my 8:30-5 work schedule.
If I'm not available on your preferred dates, I highly encourage you to board with my boyfriend and fellow DogVacay Sitter, Marcus G. at Reliable Dog-Sitter with Car. Marcus and I live together so if I am unable to care for your pup at my place he may also be unavailable.
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