Has 4 Dogs
Your pooch will be well loved and cared for in my modest single family home. (Sorry, because of the pets already in my home, I can only accommodate 1 dog.) Please be aware that I have a 10 year old Pit Bull/German Shepherd mix (adopted as a puppy from an animal shelter, and super sweet) and 3 adopted cats in my home. If your pooch is not dog AND cat friendly, I also offer in home care for the same price.
We live in a single family home in a nice family and pet friendly neighborhood. We have a small fenced-in back yard that your pooch and mine can play in. Hemi likes to play fetch and has been raised to share his toys. There is also a fenced in dog park in our neighborhood, at the end of our street.
If you would like, I can take your pup to Town Lake for a run, a swim and/or playtime at the open or fenced dog park. If you have a favorite spot to take your pooch, let me know and I will be glad to take him or her there.
About this sitter:
(Note: Before committing to any services with a new client, a meet and greet is required. This is for the safety and protection of everyone involved.)
As a proud fur mommy, I know its hard to leave the "kids" behind. Kennels work, but there is limited one-on-one interaction with your pet. Or they want to charge you an extra fee for play time. So not cool!
A little more about me...I am in my mid-30s. I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in Graphic Design and Publications Design (respectively). Additionally, I have been a member of the Air Force for 12 years, so you can bank on the fact that I am dedicated, hard-working and trustworthy.
Previously, I was a staff member at Austin Pets Alive!, working in the neonatal ward, bottle feeding the unweaned kittens (too little to be vaccinated or adopted). Now I am trainer and I volunteer in the nursery weekly. I also have the pleasure of fostering some of the kittens from the nursery. I love helping the 4-leggers get ready for adoption! (If you are interested in being a volunteer and/or animal foster, ask me how!)
Occasionally, I am also an RuffTail Runner through Austin Pets Alive! and Team Spiridon. If you are unfamiliar with the program, it means I am trusted to take one of the shelter dogs out for a run around Town Lake. Good for them and good for me!
If there is anything else you would like to know, please feel free to contact to me. I would like you to feel as comfortable as possible with me while caring for your pet(s).
I have lived with pets of all kinds since I was in diapers. Small dogs, large puppies/dogs, kittens/cats, hamsters, a large rabbit, a lizard and parrots have all been in my care at one time or another. Some were my own pets and some were pets I looked after while their pet parents were away.
Why I love dog sitting
For as long as I can remember I have had a dog in my life. A poodle when I was young, a German Shepherd/Chow mix when I was in high school and college, and my current pup, Hemi, since he was just a little guy. And there are the countless neighborhood dogs I used to walk for a little spending money in middle school. A life without dogs is just plain silly!
About my yard
We do have a small fenced-in back yard. There is a tall, fairly new fence so there are no holes for small ones to squeeze through. It is mostly grass with patches of dirt. There is an equally new small porch that the pooches can lounge on, or hide under. The yard is a relatively flat surface and partially shaded by trees.
My experience administering medication
Yes. Pill, dropper or needle...I can do it all.
My biggest concern is you dog's experience with cats, and other dogs. I have 3 cats in my home. They are obviously used to dogs, but not used to being chased by them. If your dog has never met a cat before, out of respect for my cats, I will not be able to watch your dog in my home. But I do also offer traveling dog sitting.
Being breed specific is akin to being racist and I do not believe in it. The only dog I do not like to work with is one that is overly aggressive.
I am also not species specific. Well, I prefer not to deal with spiders. Snakes, lizards, birds, small woodland creatures, etc. on the other hand, are right up my alley.
Here's where we'll take our walks
There is a fenced-in dog park at the end of our street, and our neighborhood is big, with lots of sidewalks and grass. I can also take the pups to Town Lake for a run, a swim and/or playtime at the dog parks. If you have a favorite spot to take your pooch, let me know.
Your dog's sleeping arrangement
We allow our dog, Hemi, to sleep in the room with us. He has a dog bed, our bed or the floor to choose from. There is a baby gate up to prevent him from roaming the house unattended. Hemi also has his own room, with a loveseat under the window, that he stays in when we are not home. Your pooch is welcome in our room or Hemi's room. If you prefer a different arrangement, please let me know.
Time I'll spend with your dog
As much as you prefer, depending on my schedule that day. I do have a part time retail job, so I do not always know my schedule way in advance. If you would like me to spend a lot of time with your pet(s) and you book 2 weeks in advance, I can request off so that I can dedicate that time to your pet(s).
Time I'll spend with your dog
As much as you prefer, depending on my schedule that day. I do have a part time retail job, so I do not always know my schedule way in advance. If you would like me to spend a lot of time with your pet(s) and you book 2 weeks in advance, I can request off so that I can dedicate that time to your pet(s). My husband has also been able to help if something comes up at work.
As I have done with my pets on occasion, I can also just stop by a few times a day to play with your pooch and take him or her for a much deserved walk. Since I want you to feel comfortable with the care your "kids" get, I can tailor my services to your needs.
Do you need me to stay the night? Stop by 4 or 5 times a day? If you would like, I can take your pup to Town Lake for a run, a swim and/or playtime at the open or fenced dog park. If you have a favorite spot to take your pooch, let me know.
Extra house-sitting services
If you would like me to pick up the mail or water the plants, no worries, I have you covered. If you would like me to take care of additional duties, like feeding the cats or cleaning the litter box, just let me know. I can do that too!