The Canine Cottage on McCaulley

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Joseph J M.

87 Reviews
38 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 9 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Doberman Pinscher, Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, German Shepherd Dog

Joseph J's Resident Pets

Fergus MacDougall (aka Gus)
Shetland Sheepdog
Male
8 yr 0 mo old
Ted
Mixed Breed
Male
3 yr 6 mo old
Ozzie
Mixed Breed
Male
3 yr 6 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Joseph J's House

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About Joseph J

I'm a retired college professor who has owned dogs and cats for more than 40 years. I own a small historic cottage with a large fenced-in back yard in a quiet area right off the major routes to the Delaware resorts (Lewes, Rehoboth, Bethany and other southern Delaware attractions). I've been dog-sitting for friends and relatives for many years.

Since I'm home all day, I can pay special attention to your pet's needs. I would be happy to accommodate any special dietary requests, administer medications and handle basic grooming and bathing. I adhere to your requested schedule for feedings and treats. I have a number of "special needs" guests (older or fragile canines, those who need constant supervision or have physical limitations) and I make every effort to assure their comfort and safety. In some cases, I may limit boarding availability to them only during their stay so I can provide one-on-one care.

All of my guests have free-range of the house unless crating is requested by the owner (e.g. puppies in training). Sleeping accommodations are whatever makes your pet comfortable: his own bed, his crate or my bed!

I provide regular check-ins and updates throughout your pet's stay via text or email. These include brief comments about your pup's feeding habits, play activity, any behavioral issues, etc.

"Meet & Greet" visits for new guests are highly recommended. These short visits allow us and your pet to get acquainted and provide an opportunity to discuss any specific needs prior to your first reservation.

Daycare here at the cottage is offered on a half or full day basis--great for when you plan a day trip and need short-term care. The daycare rate is for 12 hours, but drop-off and pick-up times are very flexible. Please note that the nightly rate indicated is for a 24-hour period e.g. 10:00 am to 10:00 am the next day. Additional charges may apply for delayed/late pick-ups or extensions. Custom quotes are available for these situations and for returning guests, long-term stays and multiple pets.

I focus on small to medium breeds and try to limit guests to two at a time. I will consider larger dogs, but will need to discuss before booking.

Regarding calendar availability: send me an email with your requested dates even if the calendar shows "Unavailable" or "Booked." I may still be able to accommodate your pet!

Finally, please make sure your pet is using a Flea and Tick medication. Our location here in Sussex county is known for heavy concentrations of these pests and I want to make your pet's stay as comfortable and worry-free as possible.

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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets that require medicine
  • Advanced senior issues

Joseph J M.

87 Reviews
38 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 9 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated March 11, 2017

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joseph J's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
Daycare At Joseph J's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
87 Reviews
Used joe twice now both times my pups came home tired and happy :)
Very good visit with Joe! Finn was very happy! Highly recommend!
Great visit! Finn was exhausted from so much fun! Joe was great, flexible and communicative! Highly recommend!
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