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Andrew B. - Safe happy dog-spot right next to the dog park!

Belltown, Seattle, WA

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$45 per night
80% response rate Sitter responds to most requests within 24 hours
Under 12 hours Sitter responds in under 12 hours
40% of stays Sitter sends photos through Rover on some stays
About Andrew B.:

My place is a safe, fun area that dogs can truly call their own "home away from home". My back door opens onto a giant enclosed patio and I am literally 20 feet away from the dog park. There are no kennels and the dogs sleep wherever they like; on the bed, on the floor, on the couch or all three! I walk other dogs through-out the day and I usually walk many dogs together as a pack. This creates balance, structure and healthy social inter-action between all dogs and allows for each dog to get the maximum amount of stimulation and socialization. I am in a prime location for access to parks, pleasant walking routes and lots of friendly dogs and people for your dog to inter-act with so trust me when I say that your dog will be happy when he/she spends time with me. My apartment is clean, cozy and dog-safe, with lots of toys and bones. With me, when we are at the apartment your dog will always have fresh air and the option of being indoors or outdoors.

About this sitter:
My apartment is clean and dog friendly/safe with bones & toys. My back door opens onto a giant enclosed patio and I am literally 20 feet away from the dog park. There are no kennels and the dogs sleep wherever they like; on the bed, on the floor, on the couch or all three!

How long have you been a dog lover? Tell us about your history with dogs.

Since I was born, maybe before that, lol... I was raised in a big house with a Shepherd & Cattle Dog mix named Schivous. He was the first of many dogs that I lived with & shared my life with. I have always had a natural affinity for all animals, especially dogs. One time when I was about 12 years old I was taking a bus from school to my Aikido class when I saw a Shepherd mix dog darting in & out off traffic lanes. I immediately pulled for the next stop & jumped off the bus in a hurry; running to where I last saw the dog. There he was; emaciated, mangy, dirty & emotionally distraught (wouldn't you be?). I called him out of traffic & he actually responded enough for me to get him into the enclosed parking lot for Bank of America right off the busy street he was just in the middle of. I ran two blocks down to McDonalds & used my last five dollars to purchase a bag full of hamburgers & returned to the parking lot to feed the dog. He followed me with the bag to sit down at a curb & I proceeded to feed him one burger after another which he sucked down effortlessly. I sat with him & called my mother in tears from a pay phone begging her to pick me up with the dog so that I could take him home & take care of him. My mother said no for the right reasons & told me to be proud of myself for doing more than what most people would do. She called animal control so the dog could be taken off the streets & hope-fully find a loving home at some point. I sobbed and cried all night then but now I understand why my mom said "no". That dog needed professional medical attention & there was no way I could help him as much as he needed. That's my sad but happy dog story... the one that comes to mind first anyways. When I was about 15 years old I started volunteering at the Olympia/Lacey animal shelter & have worked at 2 Downtown dog lounge locations, Wags 2 Whiskers dog daycare & Fetch dog daycare before attending the Seattle school of canine studies & starting my own business as a dog-walker, where I am committed to consistent loving & reliable daily care for any & every dog. Please feel free to ask me anything.

What would you like to know about a dog before sitting him or her? Do you have any breed preferences?

I only really need to know about the dog's specific behavioral quirks or issues (if there are any) or if he has any medical conditions or food allergies/dietary restrictions. Other than that I will learn by observation. Chances are; your pooch will act at least a little different when you are not around. New environments & experiences change the behavior & this is a good & healthy aspect of your dog taking a break from you & vice versa. As for breed preferences... are you kidding? That's what I call discrimination & it's not acceptable for people or dogs. Any breed of dog can be aggressive or loving & that is mainly the parent's of the dog, the owner & the environment the dog is raised in.

Do you have reliable transportation in the event of an emergency?

Not at the moment.

Are you comfortable administering medication?

Absolutely.

How much time do you plan on spending with my dog each day?

Almost all of it.

If you have a backyard, please describe it.

My back-yard is a nice size dog park. My back door opens up onto a nice big enclosed & safe patio with stairs that lead almost directly to the dog park. This particular dog park is in such an area where there is always a rotating variety of friendly, social & playful dogs of all different sizes & breeds. This is really important not just for daily stimulation & off-leash exercise but also to maintain healthy social behavior.

Where will my dog sleep?

Any-where he or she chooses. There is a comfortable Suede couch with blankets & pillows, a soft hassock-style round chair, the floor or my futon bed which is at ground level so dogs can sleep on it with ease. All dogs are a little different & each one has a particular preference for the area(s) he or she sleeps in so I let them decide for them-selves. My style is to be casual & comfortable so the dog feels more like he's at home or at a friend's house then at a sterile kennel with cold metal sleeping areas. My true intention for every dog that stays with me is to provide a safe, loving & anxiety free home for them while their parents are away. My dogs & clients speak for how happy dogs are in my presence.

Where will you take my dog on walks? Tell me about it.

Depending on the amount of time & what the weather permits, I go as far as Mt. Baker & National forests. Most of the time how-ever my regular spots to take dogs are Regrade dog-park, Myrtle Edwards sculpture park, Trolley-hill park, Kinnear park, & the Arboretum dog park.

Additional Information
Location: Seattle, WA 98121
Home Type: Apartment
Children at location?: No
Num. of Spaces: 3
Cancellation Policy: Moderate
Acceptable Dog Sizes:
  • Small (0 - 15lbs)
  • Medium (15 - 40lbs)
  • Large (40 - 100lbs)
  • Giant (100lbs and above)

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Gira and Name

Age: 12 years old
Weight: 70 lbs.
Breed: Chow Chow & German Shepherd Dog

I rescued my 2 Chow/Shepherd mix dogs when they were about 3 months old and have raised them like my own 2 children. They are a big part of my daily life as well as the daily live's of many of the animals I care for. They love to run in out-door areas and get in touch with their "pack nature" by hunting, exploring and running with other dogs. They live with 2 cats and have been integral in my training under-socialized dogs.

41 Reviews

Marie M.

September 19

Lori S.

September 14

Andrew is a very friendly pup lover. He is located next to a great little dog park. He is very flexible and laid back and our pup really likes him. We had something come up and we needed Andrew to watch our pup for one more night and he replied quickly and agreed to watch him. (Saved the day) We will definitely be contacting Andrew for our future dog sitting needs.

Brad P.

August 7

Got a bunch of pictures and a happy dog back at the end of the stay.

Cody C.

August 6

Wow. I am so pleased with my first experience boarding my dogs with Andrew. My dogs had so much fun on all their adventures he took them on that I think they are a little disappointed to be home again. I will be using Andrew for all of my boarding needs. Thank you

Trey B.

July 16

Mike C.

July 15

I would recommend this guy again! He was always there with a quick response back with any questions I had and really knew about dogs. He always kept me updated with my dogs progress there and sent me some great pictures of his stay. Would use again! 5 stars.

Judy L.

July 8

We have a rescue dog with anxiety and a 15yo pup who is mostly deaf. They're sweetie pies, but can be challenging at times. They were right at home with Andy and Elijah. We got pictures of their stay-cation while we were away, and they looked so happy! Our little ladies were well taken care of!

Brett K.

July 8

Andy was a great sitter. We would definitely use him again if we needed to find one in Seattle. We had never met him before this, but we were very comfortable leaving the dogs in his care. Highly recommended.

Ben C.

July 7

Testimonials

Elizabeth L.

October 11

Alfi D.

October 16

Cristina N.

October 17

Jeff R.

October 30
Andy has not only helped me with my dog's behavior problems but has helped me learn how to interact with my dog more properly. He lives and breathes dogs. There is not another person in the area that I would trust taking care of my pooch.

Deborah C.

October 30
Andrew first started walking my dog, Shadow, for me six years ago. Whenever Shadow is with Andrew I know he's in excellent hands and is having a great time. Andew is experienced, knowledgable, and super dog friendly. I personally have never seen another dog walker with such a playful attitude! I would highly recommend Andy's Dog Buddies service. Please feel free to call me anytime.

Sean H.

October 31
Upon moving to downtown Seattle a few years ago I started asking folks in the neighborhood about private care and dog walking for my shiba inu. At every stop I was referred to Andrew. He seemed like the obvious choice and in hindsight, the best choice. His connection with all breeds and genuine love of dogs is equally paired with his knowledge and credentials. Once again, the best choice in the area!

Veronica N.

November 14
Andy is great! He is the nicest guy, really cares of the dogs and I always know my puppy is in good hands with him.

Bliss D.

November 23

tiffany d.

December 1

Rich F.

February 16
Andy is fantastic and my beagle Josie absolutely loves him. He is incredible with dogs and knows a lot about them. He took great care of her and I feel very comfortable knowing she is in great hands when staying with Andy. His location right next to the dog park is super as well.

Amy Z.

April 2

William C.

April 3
Andy has been great with my dog Lex. Lex is always happy to see him, and always comes back worn out from lots of doggy playtime. I also love that Andy walks many other dogs - meaning that Lex gets great socialization in addition to playtime. Lex highly recommends him.
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