My name is Genevieve and my husband Deven and I have a mellow and social Bernese Mountain Dog named Regen who loves having friends come to stay. We live in Hood River down the street from the Indian Creek Trail. Dogs that stay with us get walks on the trail, around the neighborhood, down to the river or the sandbar, rides in the car, cuddles on the dog couch, friendly visitors who pet them, biscuits and snacks, and trips snowshoeing, skiing or camping. My husband works in the wine industry and I work in marketing and design. In the spring and summer your dog will be running errands with us, helping us around the house, maybe taking a hike or a trip to the park, hanging out in the kitchen while we cook, and napping on the patio around the outdoor fireplace. In the winter they will be snowshoeing or cross country skiing with us, sleeping by the fireplace, or begging for tasty bits in the kitchen. All our friends and family are animal lovers, so there's no shortage of love around here.
I am an animal lover and a northwest native. Pets have always been treated like members of our family! We used to joke that my parents loved the animals more than the kids. My husband Deven also loves dogs. He works in the Oregon wine industry, so he has a flexible schedule and between the two of us we have a lot of time to spend with our dog Regen and our cat Annabelle Mitten.
Regen is a very mellow and well behaved Bernese Mountain Dog. She likes to hang out with other dogs, and loves the occasional romp and wrestle. But her real skill is laying around. She's always the most popular dog at the park and parties, she's not very dominant, and is very easy going and sociable. She has no problem sharing her toys and treats.
My whole life. We have always had dogs in the family.
Temperment is most important. It is important that the dog be comfortable with us and comfortable with my dog. I don't have a breed preference, we have friends with all different breeds of dogs. I am not a professional dog sitter, I just enjoy dogs and very much appreciate it when others can watch my dog for me, so I like to return the favor. Overly hyper or wild dogs, aggressive dogs, or dogs with behavioral issues are probably not the best fit for us.
I am fine with giving pills, but probably not shots.
Depending on my schedule that week, your dog will be with either myself or my husband most of the day. If it's the weekend, they'll be with us all day. If your dog is well tempered, I can bring your dog to work with me (my office is very dog friendly). If the dog is at home unattended, your dog would be with my dog and it would only be for a few hours max, maybe for the afternoon until I get home, or if I'm out at the grocery store or running some errands and it's not safe for them to wait in the car (like in summertime).
We live in Hood River down the street from a hiking trail. We don't have our own fenced yard, we have a patio with an outdoor fire pit that overlooks the Hood River (the actual river). Out front there is plenty of space for potty breaks, but they don't go out front unsupervised.
Wherever it wants to, doggy bed, couch, kitchen floor, foot of the bed. Regen usually rotates throughout the night.
Our neighborhood is great for a quick jaunt, and the town is very dog friendly. There's lots of friends and good stuff to sniff. The regular walk here is the Indian Creek Trail, down to the River, or to the sandbar to chase kiteboarders. At the office, dogs get lots of walks (mostly a good excuse for me to leave my desk and take a walk!). If your dog is lucky and catches us on a good weekend, it might come skiing, snowshoeing or camping with us.