I'm Rachel, and I am an extremely responsible and caring animal lover that would love to help you and your pets out! I am very flexible and communicative, and would love to provide the service that you need - whether it be picking up your pup for some exercise, or hosting them for a week, I'm here! I offer the following services: dog boarding at my home, walks and home visits/check-ups within 10 miles, dog chauffeuring to and from the ReTreat, and bathing. Please note that I do not offer daycare services.
***Important: Please take a few moments to review my entire profile, my calendar to check service availability, and to ensure my home will be the best fit for your buddy(s)!
---What you can expect from me:
I would simply treat yours as my own! My work schedule allows me the flexibility to be with the dogs for the majority of the day! We are away from the home for work on Mondays and Wednesdays until about 3pm, but are still able to provide the pups with ample play and walk time in the afternoons and evenings on those days! Every other day we are home with the pups! I have a spacious two-story, split-level home with a combo of hardwood and tile flooring, as well as a large, shady, fenced-in backyard! (Please note that the uncarpeted flooring and multiple staircases may be taxing for elderly dogs or dogs with injuries.) The dogs are welcome to make themselves comfortable on any of the couches, and we have their beds set up in our bedroom overnight so nobody feels lonely! I occasionally visit parks like Lake Johnson with the dogs, and will take them for daily walks (sometimes runs!) around the neighborhood. I frequently have more than one guest dog at a time, which means lots of opportunities for play time!
My own animals (one small cat and one medium Shar-Pei/Lab mix, both females) are friendly and enjoy having company. My animals are both completely up to date on vaccinations, fixed, and on flea preventative. My husband, Trey, is a huge dog lover as well, and frequently assists with dog snuggles and walks! I send daily photo updates of your pets so you can rest easy when you're away. If you are an Instagram user, be sure to follow my account, @rachelsretreatforallpets, to view photos and video clips of all my guests! Please feel free to browse through my photos here, as well!
***If your pet has any restrictions or needs extra attention in any area, please review the additional notes and rates at the bottom of my profile.
---A little about my pet care background:
I have several years of experience caring for animals including dogs, cats, and many types of tiny critters. I come from a family that has worked in pet stores, devoted themselves to caring for animals, and raised me to respect and properly care for animals. I have a lot of experience going to dog parks, running/walking with dogs, working with leash pullers, going over basic commands, etc. I also have a lot of experience working with animals' dietary restrictions, post-surgery recovery periods, leash pulling, etc. Caring for animals is truly rewarding!
***Important: Regarding drop-off and pick-up times for boarding:
Please note your preferred drop-off and pick-up times when submitting your boarding request! Overnight stays are good for 24 hours of care per night booked. If your pick-up time is later than your drop-off time, the daycare rate ($20) is charged for the end date of the reservation for any additional time you are booking.
If you have a last minute change in schedule and end up picking up your pup later than initially planned, I am more than happy to accommodate you as much as possible. Please just keep in mind that I may need to send you a separate or revised quote to charge the daycare rate ($20) if so. Additionally, DogVacay may charge you administrative fees that are not visible to or paid out to me but are discussed in detail in their FAQ if you have any questions.
***Special: I offer dog chauffeuring services ($10/each way) if you would like me to save you some time and drive your pup to and from the ReTreat!
---Info regarding home visits/check-ups and walks:
Home visits/check-ups: I cannot guarantee availability for home visits/check-ups, but I will absolutely accommodate them as much as possible! I am happy to bring my pet care services to your pup while in the comfort of their own home! When submitting your request, please note your preferred 2-hour time window in which you'd like each home visit to take place. Please note that I am unavailable between 7-3 on MWF for home visits. Each home visit/check-up is 45-minutes long and includes ample play time and affection, potty breaks, food/water refills, medicine administration (if needed), a short walk (if needed), a photo update for mom/dad, and light clean-up. If this is your first time requesting a home visit/check-up, please let me know what you're looking for and we can come up with something that is tailored to your dog's needs. Please also include your availability for a meet-and-greet.
Walks: Walks can vary in length depending on your dog's needs (30, 45, and 60-minutes). They are typically only offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but may be offered on other days of the week depending on my schedule. I will be sure to refill water as needed after the walk, and send a photo update to mom/dad! Please make note of your preferred 2-hour time window in which you'd like the walk to take place when submitting your request.
---Some info regarding my calendar:
Days marked in red on my calendar signify that two dogs have already reserved the date(s) for overnight stays, which would mean I am already fully booked for boarding those days. However, feel free to submit your reservation requests for other services such as walks and home visits regardless. Days marked in grey on my calendar signify that I am unavailable for any services (typically due to being out of town).
***I am now boarding through April 2017! Please reserve your spot quickly, as I can only board up to 2 guests each night.
---Additional Rates & Notes:
Depending on the age, size, or special needs of the dog, the boarding rate may include an additional charge of $5-10 daily for extra care, attention, and/or exercise. If you are interested in a private vacay for your dog, meaning no other guest dog vacays will be overlapping, there is an additional charge of $15/night.
***Important: I love having all types of dogs at the ReTreat, but there are a few things I am unfortunately unable to accommodate to ensure a happy household and a safe environment for my family, visitors, and all pets involved. I do not host dogs that: have any history of aggression or separation anxiety, are not housebroken, are obsessive or aggressive with cats, or dogs with any chewing/destructive tendencies.
Thank you for taking the time to browse my profile, and I hope to set up a meet-and-greet with you and your furry companion soon!
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