Hello fellow pet owners! My name is Kara and I am an active and compassionate 24 year old graduate student living in the Southwest Philly area. I have been quite obsessed with dogs ever since I learned what they were and am therefore an avid socializer of any dog I happen to run into. I have been pet sitting and dog walking since I was a young teen and recently adopted my own pup! I have been to many professional training classes and have experience with a vast range of dog breeds, ages, sizes, and temperaments. I'm healthy and quite athletic so I will be able to provide your dog(s) with the appropriate level of exercise, play, and mental stimulation that they require. I have had prior roommates with dogs and I helped their owners care for them and watch them whenever they needed me to. Because of my living situation (current roommate has a cat and is allergic), I would prefer to come to your residence to pet-sit and do whatever else you would like me to do for your pet(s)! Unfortunately, I had to leave my dog at home with my parents for the first half of my grad school career so I am really missing spending quality time with her, which is why I am so excited to be joining this community!
I have my internship and classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8am-5pm, but am usually available any time in the evening. I really enjoy taking dogs on lengthy walks throughout the city and I LOVE going to parks (especially dog parks). If your dog likes swimming as much as mine does, I would be happy to take yours to a safe place for them to get in the water. I typically like to play with a variety of toys (squeakers, ropes, chew toys, balls, etc.) while mixing in some basic commands and/or training and mind-stimulating games.
I am not allergic to any animals or dander, and am able to give oral medications as needed. I have experience with bathing, brushing, socializing, and various types of leash-training. (My dog is quite crazy and pulls a lot still so I can handle stronger and more energetic dogs.) I am very reachable by cellphone and e-mail and am more than willing to meet with you beforehand if you prefer.
I truly love animals, but dogs have my heart. I know how anxiety-producing it can be to hand over your beloved pet to a stranger and expect them to provide the quality of care that you, yourself, provide. I am dedicated to giving your pet my full attention and care and I aim to give your dog(s) the best time they could possibly have when they are with me!
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