Dogs Over 1 Year Old
We have never left Nellie with a stranger before and I was very nervous about how she would handle being left for 17 days. We rarely leave her, and had never been gone for even a full week. Nellie and I went to meet Barbara and I immediately felt much calmer about everything. She took to Barbara right away, and we even went with Barbara to meet 2 other dogs that would be there for ...
Barbara was great, even my dog didn't want to leave! She is very kind and loving.
Barbara took care of our sweet little Toby. He is a lap dog and Barbara definitely gave him a lot of attention and snuggles while we were away. Barbara clearly loves dogs and enjoys their company. We felt comfortable leaving our little guy with her & that he would get plenty of attention while we were gone.
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.