Spayed and Neutered Dogs
No Females in Heat
Very flexible and honest. Great!
Valerie and her whole family were such great hosts to Parker. It was so much better than my last Rover experience. Parker spent a week with them and everyday Valerie took him and other dogs out for a lot of exercises. She also sent me many updates a day and very responsive with my questions all the time. Thank you Valerie!
Valerie and her daughter were the perfect hosts to my two dogs. Before I had even got on my flight I had received a text and picture updates. This made me and my children so happy. One of my dogs can be a little highly strung if handled the wrong way but I needn’t have worried, he had the best time. I would highly recommend Valerie to anyone with dogs.
Home Full-Time/Large Fenced Yard
LIFETIME ANIMAL LOVER! I have never not had a companion animal for 35 years. We are a homeschooling family; we are home most of the time to care for your babes unless my children have an extra-curricular sporting activity. Over the years, I’ve adopted sick animals who nobody wanted and nursed them back to glowing health. Several times, I've gone into animal shelters and ask who has been there the longest...which animal keeps ...
What Valerie would like to know about your dog
We’d always like to know as much as possible about any dog we are caring for including likes and dislikes. What makes your dog happy? Sad? Fearful? We encourage families to write things down so we can follow how you care for your babe! Your pet will be missing you; we want to help ease any stress by keeping them on the schedule you maintain at home. Temperament is an important consideration as we have an older dog as well as children.
WE LOVE ALL ANIMALS, BUT DUE TO HAVING YOUNG CHILDREN IN OUR HOME WE CAN'T TAKE DOGS THAT JUMP UP ON PEOPLE. If you allow/encourage your dog to do this at your home, your dog WILL do this at ours and knock down the kiddos. We understand if a dog is very young and super excited at first and jumps up a bit however, we establish boundaries from the start by saying OFF or DOWN. Ideally, your pup should be trained to not jump up on people; training your dog to not exhibit this behavior is beneficial for every human they encounter. We have had dogs who constantly jump up throughout their entire stay. This can't continue. I don't like having to include this in my profile but it is really, really common that families allow their pups to do this, which has created a need to place this info publicly before a booking takes place. Also, if your dog pulls on walks this makes walking your dog very difficult, especially if we are walking our own pup alongside or perhaps another dog who may be staying with us. What we envision as a lovely neighborhood walk can turn into a chaotic mess with pulling pups. A fantastic solution we HIGHLY recommend over using a only a collar and/or harness is using a Gentle Leader or Halti. These are available from any good pet store in various size for your particular breed - your local pet store staff will be happy to help fit your pup with the right size before purchasing. Training your dog to walk with these types of leads instantly transforms a former puller into a calm, well-behaved and enjoyable pup to walk. Your pup will be able to eat, drink, pant as they normally would - the lead is not restrictive whatsoever in those regards. The Gentle Leader/Halti simply addresses the pulling problem and we can't be grateful enough for its invention!! Thank you for taking the time to read some of our main concerns. Pet and people safety is our top priority when caring for your furry loved one!