Dogs Over 1 Year Old
We made written arrangements with Barbara about six weeks in advance to watch our dog with at most one additional dog in her small apartment.
Three days before our vacation, Barbara contacted me and reneged on our agreement. She told me that a long standing client wanted her to watch their dog. She told me I'd have to agree to the three dogs being together or else find another last minute sitter.
Additionally, when we ...
Barbara did a wonderful job boarding our lab mix, Bugsy! My wife and I left him with Barbara for 2 weeks. While we were away, she sent us detailed updates on how Bugsy was doing and described activities she planned with him. Barbara took all the worry out of leaving our beloved dog, especially since we've never been away from him for so long. She provided a wonderful, clean, dog-friendly home for Bugsy and allowed ...
Barbara was awesome! She is so caring, kind and accommodating. She went above and beyond to make sure our pup was happy & comfortable. She also sent great updates. I wouldn't hesitate in using Barbara again or in reccomending her to others. Thanks a million, Barbara!
Lots of cuddling, lots of love!
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ---Anatole France
About this sitter:
I returned to the Chicago area ten years ago from a long time in Berkeley and three years ago moved to a lovely apartment in Evanston. (It's late September 2016 as I edit this). It's in a dog-friendly building, in a beautiful dog-friendly neighborhood that's just made for lovely walks down tree-lined residential streets.
I studied ...
What Barbara would like to know about your dog
I'd mostly like to know all the special little things that make him or her feel happy; all those little rituals that dogs like so much; all the places they especially like to be scratched or petted; all the quirky little things that make each of our pets so special. As for me, I've had and loved dogs with wildly varying temperaments. And as for my dogs, Scout is a good-hearted little guy who's very adaptable and friendly. And Digger, the senior dog I just adopted, is gentle, sweet, always content, and likes everybody -- dogs and humans alike.
The breed of your dog doesn't matter to me at all. We had a miniature poodle when I was little, but all my dogs (until Scout, that is) have been large mixed breed dogs who were from shelters or were homeless. Scout, Digger and I welcome your best friend, whatever he or she looks like!
Also, I want to mention that senior doggies are very, very welcome. I know you might hesitate to leave your very old dog, but I have cared for three of my own dogs in their senior years -- and that's not counting my Digger, who's 13 or 14 and whom I adopted from Petfinder nearly two years ago.
And two "guests" would be welcome, too, if everybody gets along.