Your dog won't know you're gone!
I'm Lisa, 25, and I've spent my whole life around animals. I grew up in Bunker Hill, IL and my family adopted/cared for 9 different dogs (but not all at once, though that would've been awesome), as well as a couple birds, a hamster, LOTS of fish, and one cat. Dogs really are extended family and I give them plenty of love and affection and energy. Every dog is different and you know yours better than anyone; I will give careful attention to any and all special requests you have and will make sure your dog is comfortable, happy, and safe.
I work at an office during the day, but am free to stay with or check up on your precious pup as often and as long as needed. I'm the perfect option if you're going to be traveling for any length of time, and while my landlady doesn't allow dogs, I would be more than happy to house your cat, bird, hamster, rat, rabbit or plant for as long as you need.
I enjoy taking walks and entertaining energetic dogs, and am incredibly patient with cats who aren't accustomed to strangers.
Please don't hesitate to send any and all questions my way. I look forward to hearing from you!j
((As a side note, please don't let my official "Response Rate" doesn't deter you. I was out of the country for almost a month earlier this year and received a handful of requests while abroad, which meant a delayed response.))
I have done pet-sitting for a number of friends in Illinois while I was growing up, and I spent the first year after college living in the Quad Cities with a college friend and her cat, Bo, and we got along splendidly. I secretly think he was part dog anyway. Does your cat come when you call?
I live in St. Louis now and spent my first year here with 2 roommates and their two-year old boxer who is fond of jumping, cuddling, and running into everything. I've had many clients over the last two years (including one in Illinois with 6 dogs - let me tell you about that adventure some time), but my most recent and longest-lasting is a family in Kirkwood that has an elderly black lab, a cat, a fish tank and 6 six chickens. It's a party every time.
Our first dog was a black lab named Toby, but we lived in Tower Grove South and he didn't have a lot of room, so we gave him to our cousins in Illinois. We briefly had a gorgeous Siberian Husky puppy (Max) that ended up being too energetic for our mom to handle, so he was given away as well. But once we moved to Illinois in 2000, we had over nine acres to work with. Over the last 14 years we adopted a lab/afghan mix (Becca), a mutt with copper Akita fur (Penny), two puppies from a litter of mutts our neighbor had, an old Golden Retriever (Buddy) and an even older black lab (Tigger).
After that grand saga, I went to college and my first post-college roommates had a 2-year old boxer (Covy). We are still madly in love to this day and I visit him as often as I can.
I like to know if a dog is nippy, just so I know what to expect come play time. And if your dog is a yapper, I would love to get any and all tricks you use to get them to calm down; every dog is different.
Yes - I have a car with a roomy backseat, plenty of room for a kennel or for the dog to lie down and be strapped in, if need be.
As much time is needed, I'd be more than happy to spend an hour or more at a time walking or playing with your dog.