I have been a DogVacay host since January 2016 and love meeting new dog guests! I just moved from Vandalia, OH (Dayton area) to Cincinnati, in the historic Sayler Park area, and am now a ferry ride away from the CVG airport - very convenient for drop off's and pick up's when heading away for business or pleasure. Although my yellow lab passed away in September 2015, I am not yet ready to have a dog of my own full-time, so I am enjoying taking care of my guests' babies while they are away. I am a huge dog lover and was a dog owner for 25 years (and only having 3 dogs during that period). I always had a hard time boarding my pups at a kennel or a vet, because my dogs preferred the company of their humans and emotionally did much better being in a home environment. My love for dogs even included attending the 2015 Westminster Dog Show and driving last summer from Ohio to Colorado and back to rescue a special needs Great Dane/lab mix.
I have the perfect home/work life to benefit a dog's needs, since I work from home and control my schedule when I need to be away from my home office. I have a fully fenced, medium-sized backyard with a 4-foot high, locking privacy fence. I do have a two-story home with wood floors in the common areas (with carpet in the bedrooms) and concrete in the basement, in case your fur-baby has aversion to stairs or smooth floors. I have a brand new "baby" gate, which will help to keep a dog on the same level of the house as I am, but only if needed. Otherwise, dogs are allowed free reign of the house. I am very familiar with giving oral medications, handling special diets, administering eye drops, taking long walks, taking short walks, helping dogs with vision impairments and arthritis/joint issues. All in all, I will make sure your pup has a safe and loving second home while you are away. Dog owners will need to provide their own food/treats, leashes and/or harnesses, vests/clothing/thunder shirts (if used), beds and/or crates (only per the owner's preferences: if they prefer to crate their pet at night or when the pet owner is out of the house). I do have a SMALL crate for transport purposes or for crating when running errands, but for small dogs only. Dogs should be housebroken and up to date on all immunizations and licenses.
If you are new to DogVacay, I always recommend guests to do three easy steps to ensure everything flows easily:
First, I recommend that guests check out the host's availability on their calendar to make sure the dates for which you need care are available with your preferred host. The next step would be to schedule a Meet & Greet so that you can determine that your host and their home are the right fit for you and your pets.
Lastly, I recommend that you make a reservation request for your dates of care, which you can cancel before your stay, just to ensure you don't lose the dates you were hoping for to someone else who made a booking before you. It has happened and it can be frustrating as a pet owner; and the last thing I want is to disappoint someone and their pets!
Thank you very much for considering us and we look forward to hearing from you! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
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