Fantastic! The dogs loved her and loved playing ball with her. We’ll definitely use Lauren next time we go out of town and will recommend her to our friends!
Lauren was great! She bonded quickly with our corgis and took great care of them and our house, providing daily updates and ensuring there were no issues even with the recent cold weather. I would recommend her highly, and expect to call her the next time we are out of town for any period of time.
Great visit once again!!! Cannot say enough good things about Lauren and would recommend her with any animal!! Great person, trustworthy, and my boys love her!!!
Experienced Care, In Your Own Home
My name is Lauren, I'm a 20yo animal lover born and raised here in Warrenton, Va. where I continue to live and work! I'm a rising junior in college majoring in Business. I spend my free time away from work and school obsessively checking plane ticket prices and planning my future adventures– I just returned from a 2 week trip to Iceland in May, but South Korea and Japan, as well as Thailand, Vietnam ...
What Lauren would like to know about your dog
I appreciate any and all information given as a caretaker. I request that owners tell me of any medications, vices, etc. ahead of time and review the administration of meds/feeding/walking routines with me prior to your depart date. The more I know, the better, communication is essential and there is no such thing as too much information!
I will not care for blatantly dangerous or unpredictable animals. Rescue animals, dogs with quirks, as well as animals that need some time to warm up to new people and are uncertain are absolutely okay, I only ask that you let me know ahead of time of your dog's "issues" so I am prepared to handle them correctly! I will never judge a book by its cover, don't rule your dog or me out until we have had a Meet-N-Greet, your difficult dog may be well within my comfort zone. The only way for me to know if they will be a good fit, is for me to interact with them, but please do me the courtesy of a heads up prior to the Meet-N-Greet. I have yet to turn away a family and their pet(s), so the odds are with you here!
I have a mandatory "Meet-N-Greet" Policy when it comes to new clients. You must set aside a bit of time for me to pop over and meet your dog(s) before departing on vacation. This ensures you, your animals, and I have all met before you leave and I get to see the routine first hand and can ask questions in person! In my experience, everyone is more comfortable after meeting in person, animals included. Comfort and peace of mind for everyone involved is my #1 goal and that is the only reason I enforce this. If I know your dog very well, have cared for them multiple times, and their routine hasn't changed, I won't require a Meet-N-Greet, but will be happy to stop by nonetheless!
I appreciate when clients write or type out daily instructions for each pet including food/medication amounts, special routines, whether they go in the crate at night/when I'm not there, "house rules", and anything else important. I don't want to forget anything and having a list there on the table/counter to double check helps me stay on their schedule.
When you leave, I also ask that you attach several other bits of info to the aforementioned lists:
-You/Spouse/Someone on the trip's phone number and where you will be going/staying.
-Emergency contact or two's number who know your pet(s) (a neighbor or friend will do) that you would trust to give me advice, or make important/medical decisions if you cannot be reached.
-Name/number of your pet's regular veterinarian/clinic, an emergency clinic, as well as its address and any medical info I might need (allergies, etc. if not on file)
I hope to never have to use ANY of this information, but in case of an emergency, it is better to be prepared and never need this info, than need it and not have it handy!
I am in the process of designing a filing system with a simple form for all clients to fill out that details all medical information, emergency contacts, house rules, etc. in hopes that this simplifies not only my access to this information, but your trip. It's much easier to be able to look over your form and double check that nothing has changed and add on the trip specific info than to rewrite/type it for me every time! I hope to have this system in place soon!