Tom is amazing. He exceeded all expectations and made our Rover experience perfect, seamless, amazing. Tom is responsible, communicative, loving toward dogs (and cats) and just a great guy. We can hardly wait to go out of town again just so that our pets get Tom time. We thought about extending our trip because Tom was doing such a good job living at our house with our pets.
Tom is a very caring and considerate sitter!
Tom was great with Shelby, and communicated very well. He thought of Shelby’s well-being and our convenience before and dutinfythe stay. It was a great experience!
30 years of experience w dogs/cats
I have over 30 years of experience with dogs and cats, both my own pets and those of others. I've been sitting for several dogs of one friend when he travels for over 25 years -- in fact, since he moved to Seattle ten years ago, he still prefers to fly me (and sometimes my family) out to take care of his house and two Samoyeds and two cats. They've been here to visit us and ...
What Tom would like to know about your dog
I'm fine with pretty much any size or shape of dog -- I'm not unwilling to walk or sit a dog up to my own weight (about 200 lbs.) as long as he or she isn't too aggressive or playful. In short, I just don't want to lose a dog I'm supposed to be responsible for to a squirrel or a bunny.
Does your dog like (or hate) the car? I'm glad to pop him or her into the car and take them somewhere new, but only if it won't be traumatic or strange for them. My dog isn't a big car dog, though she'll tolerate it -- if yours loves to flap his or her tongue out a car window, I'm very comfortable taking them for a spin.
I would also like to know the little things. If your pet likes a particular treat or a particular order of games, or does certain things when he or she is happy, sad, anxious, or whatever else, I'll want to know that so I can respond to it in the best way I can.
At risk of being a little indelicate, I also would want to know his or her bathroom habits as well as the general state of his or her stomach. For example, if your pet is prone to vomiting, urinating, defecating, overeating, or undereating when he or she gets very excited or anxious, I will want to a) try to avoid the problem, and b) know whether such behavior is par for the course or something that is unusual enough that I should get you or a vet involved immediately.
Finally, I would like to know how assertive/aggressive your dog or cat is if I need to administer medication. My dog is very soft-mouthed, as have (mostly) been the other dogs I've cared for who required pills or serums. I'm not unwilling to get in there and get assertive, but of course I want to do as little as is necessary to administer medications -- both for my fingers and for your pet's experience with me. I want to be someone they're excited to see when I arrive, not the Mean Pill Guy (unless that's my primary job).
In general, I haven't yet been told too much information about a cat or dog. I'm very glad to roll with things and establish my own relationship with your animals, but if there's anything they like that will get me in as a VIP with them, I'd love to know that. They'll be happier, you'll be happier, and I'll be happier.