I love dogs! I have 7 years of experience dog-sitting and dog walking. I have always owned dogs, and with each dog I own or work with, I learn something new. Each experience has made me a better handler. I have many years of experience handling and showing livestock, and I think that also contributes to my ability to connect with animals.
I've owned a diverse array of animals, from baby field mice to a 1000 pound Angus bull. I've turned gentle lambs into showmanship champions, and I groomed and showed that %^&@$ bull. However, I love dogs the most, and it shows in the care I give them. I strive to create as normal an environment for your pets as possible.
I have had dogs my whole life. My first was a Scottish Terrier, followed by a Shetland Sheep Dog. We had a Blue Heeler (aka Australian Cattle dog or Queensland) and a miniature poodle. Next, we had a little terrier mix named Terry. In college I had my first dog which was all mine. She was a pit bull mix, and I loved her dearly, but I had to put her down at age 12 when she stopped being able to walk. Patch, who was left behind when a roommate moved out, turned out to be an outstanding dog. She was a border collie/black lab mix, and she was the epitome of patience. My little nieces climbed on her, brushed her with kitchen utensils, vacuumed her, and caused her to suffer many other indignities. She never bit, never ran off down the street, and she became an outstanding companion to Max. Max was my mom's dog. When my mom died, Max became mine. He is my only dog now. He is a 14 year old German Shorthaired Pointer.
In general, I do not work with dogs who are biters -- but read on. Now, I have been nipped several times. One of my clients had a cranky girl who would sometimes try to nip you (she was a Heeler, fittingly). She was a sweet ol' snuggler, and she didn't bite because she was protective, scared, or aggressive. That I could handle. However, I do not work with dogs who do bite for those reasons. I'm willing to check out the situation and talk to you further, though.
Should an emergency arise, I will whisk your pet to her veterinarian or animal hospital right away. I will make every effort to contact you before your pet receives care. I have all my clients sign a contract about reimbursement for vet costs. The contract is really informal, but it helps us both to be clear on what we expect from each other. The real benefit of the contract to me is that I made sections for specific info I need from you -- it's an easy checklist for you. It includes feeding instructions, vet information, local contacts should a water pipe break while you're gone, etc.
If your pet needs to take medication, I can do that also. However, I am not qualified to give injections.