I had a wonderfully eccentric and complicated pitbull, Doofus, that I raised from 5wks old to 11 years old. I loved him more than anything, and had an impossible time finding suitable kenneling/sitter situations for him that didn't cost a fortune thanks to his size (he was 110lbs), his breed, and his temperament (not always dog friendly). I also always worried about him being neglected, not getting enough exorcise, having his routine interrupted, and care takers not heeding my instructions to the letter. Every time I had to leave him over the years it was a sad, anxiety ridden experience for both of us.... so I want to provide the kind of dog care that I struggled to find: loving; safe; dependable; individually tailored; affordable.
*When your dog is here they are family:
-They can snuggle on the couch
-They can sleep in our bed
-They can sit on my feet while I make breakfast
-They can help me dig holes in the garden
-They can go on outings to home Depot with my husband.
-They can go hiking with us at Pedernales Falls
-They can go to Jester King for a pint and pizza
....basically, they will just be part of our lives....at the very center.
*They are guaranteed exorcise, outdoor adventure, play time (dog and human), treats, snuggles, and way more human companionship than any kennel and most dog sitters can usually provide. We can also provide routine and reinforcement for training commands and behaviors that you guys work on at home.
*No breed or size restriction:
-In fact, I'm a sucker for giant dairy cow, meat head dogs :)
-We love and have experience in some capacity with bully breeds, Rotts, Shepherds, Mastiffs, Dobies, Danes, Pyranese, etc.
-And I love the littles and everyone in-between! I grew up with Dachsunds, and have Beagle, Aussie, Westie, Frenchie, Boston, and mini poodle nieces and nephews!
-The only condition is that they be able to get along with, or at least tolerate, our 3.
***The biggest factor is that you guys come out for a meet and greet before your dog's visit. This way we can ensure that everyone is a good fit. If you can't make it out for a meet and greet before hand, your dog must truly be dog friendly. We charge an additional daily fee for dogs that don't come meet us before hand.
*We will accommodate any special needs, rules, routines, and instructions:
-If your dog gets medicine 3xs a day, no problem
-If your dog must always be leashed when outside, no problem.
-If your dog is friendly off leash but can't meet dogs on leash, no problem
-If your dog is super friendly but gets weird about sharing toys, bones, etc., no problem
-If your dog needs to eat separately, no problem
-If your dog needs to be kenneled when left alone, or likes to kennel at bed time, no problem
-If your dog gets a chewie at breakfast or bedtime, no problem.
-If your dog likes belly rubs but hates his ears touched, no problem.
....you probably get the point.
*As for food:
-We recommend/welcome you to bring your own food, treats, chews, kennel, bed, dog bowls, etc.
-Or we will provide food for an additional daily fee.
-We buy Taste of the Wild grain-free kibble, and mix with a heaping spoonful of Taste of the Wild grain-free canned wet food and a little warm water.
*As for truly special needs, like deaf, blind, injured, arthritic, ancient...
-We're willing to accommodate them if we can, and if they will be happy, safe, and comfortable in our house with our trio.
*We're also willing to accommodate more than one dog, again, as long as they will be happy, safe, and comfortable in our house with our dogs.
BASICALLY, contact me and we can figure just about anything out!
*Currently only offering dog care to one dog family at a time. Unless, I know the dogs involved well, and have discussed/cleared overlapping visits with all parties involved ahead of time.
*No major time constraints on pick-up and drop-off as long as we agree on a time in advance.
***We charge by the day, but don't charge for the final day if you pick up by noon. If your dog needs to stay beyond noon we will charge for the final day...
*********************************** WEDDINGS *******************************
We love folks who want to include their beloved fur-balls in their wedding ceremony and photos! And Dripping Springs is the wedding capital of Texas... In fact, a few popular venues are just minutes from our doorstep!
We do offer boarding and escort services for wedding party dogs in the Dripping area. This means that your dog can board with us as a Rover guest, and either Tom, Chris, or myself will escort them to the venue on your wedding day and hang with them (up to 2hrs) while they participate in your ceremony and/or photos. Afterwards, we'll bring them back home for the remainder of their stay.
--Wedding day escort is a flat $100; if you have your own escort person they are welcome to pick up your pooch for ceremony/photos and drop them off later at no charge.
--Boarding prices are our standard fees, AS LONG AS YOUR DOG COMES FOR A MEET AND GREET BEFORE YOUR WEDDING WEEKEND. If you live outside of the Austin area and cannot make a meet and greet happen before your wedding weekend, then your daily rate is $75/day. It is way harder for your dog, our dogs, and us to settle in together without a meet and greet. It's also paramount that your dog (MUST) be dog friendly! We've had a couple of challenging experiences where we received Rover guests who were not compatible with our guys and had to be managed/separated all weekend to keep everyone safe :/ Not ideal for anyone!
--So: No meet and greet + Boarding Friday-Sunday + Wedding Escort = $250
Meet and greet + Boarding Friday-Sunday + Wedding Escort = $190
Meet and greet + Boarding Friday-Sunday + No wedding escort = $90