I am a fulltime writer/editor and work from home, which gives me a flexible schedule for hanging with your pooch.
Currently, due to changes in the lease at my condo, I am unable to offer overnight boarding in my own home. I am looking to move soon, and am excited to get back to having dogs over for vacay with my own mix breed buddy Somewhere! I can, however, have dogs over for daycare. So if you just need a place for your pup to hang for the day, we can arrange that!
I also offer dog sitting on a daily and/or nightly basis at the owners home, along with dog walking, hiking and trips to the park. I can pick your dog up, take them on a long hike or to the dog park, or just hang with them at your house, whether for the afternoon or overnight! I find that this scenario is a better one anyway for most dogs, as they're able to keep their routine and sense of place intact. You can tell me about their schedule and show me a little of their world on the meet and greet, and I'll stay with them while you're gone, keeping their routine.
I don't have to bring my own dog with me when I do this. Different things work better for different dogs, but usually the people who hire me to do in-home care are doing so because their pups want to stay in their own environment, exactly as they're used to. I have two awesome roommates who watch my dog when I'm away. That being said, if your pup would be happier with a friend, I obviously *can* bring Somewhere with me!
A little more about me: I moved to LA from NYC in August of 2012, where I ran a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn. In my last year there, I helped save over 400 dogs from high kill shelters in the South and thus have tons of dog experience! I have been working in dog shelters and rescuing dogs my entire life (it's a family thing) and I now do work for several rescues in LA and spend time with pups at LA city and county shelters doing temp testing. I have personally cared for 9 dogs throughout my life and have additionally fostered over 50. I "specialize" in large dog breeds and have a soft spot for "issue" dogs and discriminated breeds but I do love all shapes and sizes. So, bring on the toy poodles too :)
I can deliver medication, make vet visits, bathe, run and cuddle your dog - whatever you need. I am fine with dogs who have certain "ticks," as long as we talk them out beforehand and work through how to handle. No breeds are off-limits and size doesn't matter. I have been through everything with my clients and adopters and while I guess I'm not quite a dog professional technically, I'm as close as you can get amongst dog lovers!
(The photos above are of dogs I have solely parented or fostered for a long time pre-adoption.)
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