I have been working in veterinary medicine since 2006, animal rescue since 2004, and offer a very specialized service. I'm able to watch small, low-key dogs at my 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home. I consider this service to be a hobby that I've been fortunate enough to monetize, rather than a business venture. As such, I see each dog as a temporary family member and generally only watch one at a time.
I have a collection of dwarf hamsters, mice, and cats, all of whom prefer to keep to themselves, though one is a former alley cat and he prefers to live on the front porch. The cats are all more than 10 years old and tend to just ignore the dogs. The house is partitioned so that everyone can have their own space if needed. My rodents are high enough so that the cats and dogs can't bother them.
I work graveyard shift at an emergency animal hospital and I usually bring the dog with me. They have free access to the kennel half of the hospital, so long as they get along with the very easy going, 3 year old cat that lives there. I don't allow the dog to go to the medical side by use of a baby gate, so I can monitor them even when emergencies come in. If I have free time, I sit in the kennel area and let other small dogs (only ones who board frequently enough that I know their personality) out of the kennels to socialize.
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