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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.