Hi. I'm a licensed massage therapist and Reiki Master Teacher who loves dogs (especially large breeds!) but have none of my own. Living in Center City hasn't fit my lifestyle to make a full-time commitment to a dog, so pet sitting is a great way for me to experience the joy of animal companionship.
I prefer to keep one dog at a time and enjoy large breeds. My setup is ideal for dogs who like people, but aren't compatible with other dogs. Since I have a small outdoor space, it is possible to keep a dog without lots of city walks; although I like walking my guests who aren't too much trouble on the sidewalks. There are dog parks around the city... I am closest to the one at 11th and Lombard... and I am fit and active (also a Certified Yoga Teacher), and am confident walking highly spirited dogs when necessary.
I'm always happy and excited to share massage and Reiki with my pet guests. It helps them relax, creates trust between us, and feels great! For an additional fee I love teaching owners how to confidently massage their own dogs and cats. My son had pet rats growing up, and I used to massage them too! Of course I provide these services for humans as well, and offer a discount to DogVacay clients. Let's discuss if you are interested.
I have owned dogs and cats my entire life, and have lots of experience with leash and behavior training. My last three dogs were a semi-aggressive lab/pit bull mix, a chow/shepherd mix, and a great pyrenees mix. All were over 65 pounds. I'm not intimidated by big bully breeds!
I do live in a small building and care about my neighbors, so cannot accommodate uncontrollable barking from my pet care clients, or marking/spraying in my home. If your pet has serious separation anxiety, please discuss with me before you book.
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