I recently moved from Seattle to the Pioneer Valley, and I am searching for dog-sitting opportunities simply to bring dogs back into my life and form new relationships with families. In Seattle, I fostered dogs for almost two years, and dog-sitting was a regular part of my life.
I have ample experience with dog care, as I grew up with 3 dogs in my household at a time, including a range of breeds and mixed breeds. With this experience comes a developed sense of comfort around dogs as well as keenness on each dog's needs as they grow and age. I have learned to deal with a variety of health scenarios, from caring for diabetic dogs, dogs with cataracts, dogs with parasites, ear infections, and more. With that said, I have experience giving dogs medicine.
Aside from developing knowledge on dog-care via my upbringing, I have 5+ years in paid dog-sitting experience, as well as volunteer experience through 1 1/2 years of fostering. My house- and dog-sitting experience includes consistent care for families, with dogs including a border collie, pitbull-boxer mix, golden retriever, and more. I fostered dogs for 1 1/2 years for a Seattle-based organization named Saving Great Animals. My foster experience included care for a number dogs of various breeds (Chihuahua, Mountain Dog, Terrier, Shepherd, Shiba Inu, and more).
Though not directly related to the care of dogs, I have 2+ years experience nannying infants, which does require the same practices and skill set: staying within the family's home for long periods of time, while also exhibiting a great sense of responsibility & judgement.
I have a fairly flexible schedule as a graduate student. I am available for a range of services, whether it is a brief dog walk or caring for your pet for multiple nights. I am unable to keep dogs at my apartment; so, my service includes visiting the pet at the family's home, and staying at that home should there be an overnight request.
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