We have a fenced in back yard with plenty of room for dogs to chase and play. During nice weather we often leave door open so they can come and go as they please. Inside, dogs have free roam of all rooms in the house and are allowed on furniture (if you allow them at home). There are doggie beds around the house so they can lay down on something soft wherever they want.
My wife and I both work full time during the week. Our dogs entertain themselves during the day with toys and watching the world go by. However, because we work your dog should be comfortable without a human companion during the workday. It’s up to you if they should be in their crate or not. Our dogs roam the house during the day with the radio on for some background noise.
We can handle up to 2 additional dogs but if you only have one dog, we won't have dogs another person’s dog here at the same time. Therefore, you won’t have to wonder how your pup will get along with other strange dogs.
About this sitter:
My wife and I are both professionals - I'm a computer geek and Kathy does Physical Therapy. It's just us and our 2 dogs in our home. We've only had 3 dogs in the 16 years we've been together. Bear was my first dog and Kathy married into "our little family". We then adopted iDEN. Fritz came along after Bear passed away. All three dogs have been strays of some type - either from the pound, a farmers yard, or found on the side of the highway.
As a kid, my family would take care of other people's pets. When I was in college I got my first dog, Bear. He and I were great buds. After my wife and I got married she asked me what I would do if she discovered a dog allergy when we were dating. I told her (with a smile) it would be her or the dog and I doubt she'd like the answer. Since then we've had 3 family dogs. We've also given short term homes to stray dogs, helped find homes for pets, supported dog shelters, and volunteered time and equipment to help transport thousands of pounds of dog food to various shelters in need. We've had and taken care of all types of dogs - young, old, elderly, ill, dogs recovering from surgery, and dogs that needed extra special love or attention.
We have no breed preferences. Before booking your first stay with us, we'd like to meet your dogs and ensure they get along with Fritz and iDEN. The only traits that bothers them is if a dog continually shows dominance or can't figure out that iDEN doesn't like to play (she's an elderly dog - 16 years old!).
Yes - we have an SUV with plenty of room.
Yes. My first dog had kidney failure and we had to do occasional shots and fluid administration. Another one of our dogs had bowel problems and required special attention. We've also had a dog that required daily medicine (pills).
My wife and I work and are generally gone from 9:00a to 6:00p on weekdays. Weekends are are around (expect when we're running errands). We like to go for a walk in the evening and then play or relax in the living room. Weekends and days off we spend relaxing and playing in the yard.
The backyard is mostly flat and is approximately 50 feet by 50 feet. It is fenced in with a 6 foot privacy fence. I've officially deemed it "Fritz-proof" as our shepherd has not been able to escape (and he's a bit of a Houdini!). It's solid and has no holes or escape routes for smaller dogs either.
Your dog can sleep wherever it wants to. One of our dogs generally sleeps beside the bed and the other on the bed at our feet. Many of our visiting dogs choose to sleep on the couch or in their bed that we put in our room. Some visitors even decide they are more comfortable in our bed at night.
Your dog will go for walks around the neighborhood. We generally do one walk a day in the evening but can do more if your pooch prefers additional walks.