House Sitting in South Side, Toledo, OH
Find a loving dog sitter to watch your dog overnight in your home.
About: **NEW PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS: Before requesting a booking, please note my scheduling availability outlined below!** Hi! I'm Allyson. I love animals of ALL kinds! I grew up with dogs and cats, and don't consider myself a dog or cat person...I'm a "both" person. :) I was totally the weird kid that was invited to birthday parties and ignored the games and cake to play with the family pet. Not much has changed, to be honest... Since graduating college in 2008, I've cared for my own, my family's, and my friends' pets when duty has called. I adopted my first cat (of my own) in 2006 and he just passed in 2020 due to old age and congestive heart failure. I have experience with puppies, having raised my rescue dog Jenna from a very small 8 weeks old. She is now 10 years old and has one eye due to developing a melanoma 2 years ago, requiring the eye to be removed. (We love her just the same and she doesn't realize she is 10!) I groom her myself due to her anxiety, and don't do a half bad job. :) My in-laws own a senior shih tzu that I drop in to visit with/let out/feed when they are out of town. She has vision and hearing loss, and we take things slow. I have actually groomed her as well, working around her various skin and eye issues. My two cats are both rescues - Titus (1 yr) and Rue (2 yrs) - Titus was adopted from Lucas County Pit Crew after being found with his mom and brother dumped at Cullen Park. Rue was saved by a good samaritan back in 2020, and was very much a "free kitten" situation. I had just lost my cat and am a sucker...so we got her fixed up and she became part of the family. Most recently, my husband and I adopted Rosie, a 2 year old retired racing greyhound with a ton of energy to spare! She keeps us on our toes (and sometimes steps on them)! It is definitely worth mentioning that I keep reptiles (snakes, geckos) and fish as well, and have experience keeping small mammals (gerbils, hamsters). I am not adverse to frozen rodents or insect feeders, so if you have a scaly member of the family, I'd be more than happy to help out with them! Today, I am on the board of directors for a retired racing greyhound adoption group (going into my 7th year of involvement). I would love to talk to you about retired racers, if you'd like to hear about how awesome they are! Thanks for considering me in the very important decision of who to entrust with your non-human family members. **MY AVAILABILITY** I am usually completely open on weekends, and only BEFORE 8am / AFTER 4pm on weekdays. I do have a full-time job. This is a passion side project for me to make connections with people and their pets in my community! I always ask what treats are okay for new animals I meet. Food is love, in most situations! This is usually a quick and positive way to build trust. Then, I gauge the animals' personality and mood and take things at their pace. If they're having a bad day, I'm not going to force any interactions that might be too much--this always helps the relationship in the long run. If your animal is ready and raring to go, it's playtime, pets time, snuggle time, walkies time...whatever we can do to make the most of our visit!
“Rebecca went above and beyond taking care of my small zoo while I was away visiting family. She has so much experience with so many different types of animals. Lots of interesting stories. She is a very kind, compassionate and intelligent person. I have 3 dogs ,3 cats and freshwater aquariums that she was able to take care without skipping a beat with their daily routines. I have some challenging personalities in my pack, and she handled them with ease. She provided updates with beautiful pictures while she stayed in my home. She gave me peace of mind that my crew was in good hands so I could focus on my family during a difficult time. Coming home to happy wagging tails and fins, and a clean home was the cherry on top. 10 out of 10 recommend. I will certainly book with her again in the future and refer her to anyone who is looking for a dependable experienced sitter.”
“My Willow has a new friend that she loves and feels totally comfortable with - Chelsie. She is a true dog lover in every way. And that makes me very happy knowing that I can leave and Willow is in great hands. I received photos, updates. My home was spotless when I returned and most importantly, Willow was a happy dog! Chelsie is everything I hoped for and more in a dog sitter. I can’t say enough about her personality, professionalism and the care Willow received. I would highly recommend!!”
“Patricia was amazing! She did an wonderful job looking after my doggos!!! Magnus and Leah absolutely loved her. She provided pictures and updates in a timely manner. Will definitely book again!”
“Whitney is one of the most reliable and compassionate pet sitters I have ever known. She truly shows my dog Molly so much love when she watches her. It has been wonderful to find someone that I can trust so completely to care and love on my pets.”
“Returned to very happy and well cared for dogs. Could not be happier!!!”
“Jordyn did an amazing job watching our needy cat. Our cat was happy when we returned from a full week of travel. I received regular updates and photos of Lucy. Our home was neat and tidy as well. Thanks!”
“Chloe has been pet sitting for family and friends for over 10 years. Everyone she pet sits for gives her shining reviews and she has many loyal families she has sat for multiple times over the years. She is dependable, loving, and cares for every pet as her own. I highly recommend Chloe for pet sitting of any kind. She has experience with dog and cat rescues, complex behavioral issues, pets with multiple daily medication needs, etc., she never backs down from a challenge! You will love Chloe as much as your pets does.”
“This was our first time using Rover, Kellie did a great job with our 3 dogs. This made us feel comfortable and we were able to enjoy our trip knowing that we left them in good hands. I would recommend Kelley and definitely will use her again.”
“She was so good. On time. Took our Rocky for a walk and played with him. Thank you. Will have her agaun”
“It is so wonderful to know that our cats and our home are safe when my husband and I are away. Evie goes above and beyond to send frequent updates as well as photos and videos. Hands down, she does an amazing job and we will continue to book her services.”
“She was so great and accommodating. She sent so many pics of my puppy it was amazing! She took great care and I felt so comfortable leaving for the evening. Would book again!”
“Caroline has been a huge animal lover her entire life! She loves to play with dogs whenever she has a chance. She has watched my dogs before, and she is very good and responsible with them.”
“Dawn did a great job taking care of our dog Lui. She kept us updated with pics and texts. She stayed with him at our house abd our house was in perfect condition when we returned . It was so nice coming home to a happy dog and clean house! Would definitely use her again.”
“Ellen house sat for our 4 year old dog for 2 nights. She went above and beyond offering to come early and to stay with our dog until we got home even though we didn’t require her to. Our dog has extreme separation anxiety so her staying with him the entire time we were away was so appreciated and hard to find. She took such great care of our dog and our home. She communicated with us through out our trip and made us feel very comfortable and assured. We highly recommend Ellen if you are looking for a sitter!”
“We so appreciated Letty's care of our home, dog, and cat while we were away. She even sent photos of our neighbor's cat (who visits frequently) because our kids missed her. Thank you so much!”
“Kara sits my cats whenever we’re gone and she does an amazing job. They are pretty shy and like to hide from people, but they love to cuddle and play with her. I have four cats, two of which that are very picky about the consistency of their food and eating location. She had no problem executing this with ease. I have another cat who takes oral medication and eats prescription food and is on a very strict diet. He’s also a “foodie” and very sneaky and she was able to make sure he got everything he needed while also keeping him away from the other cats food.”
About: Thanks for visiting my profile! I've been dog sitting for family and friends, caring for their pets, since I was a kid. I worked in an animal hospital, giving me insight into what medical issues and concerns to look out for. Currently I have 2 rescue dogs of my own, one of which I raised from a puppy! I love caring for and playing with dogs and cats, keeping them active or meeting them at their activity level or needs. My husband has worked with dogs his whole life, even working for a training facility and managing the kennel operations for 3 years. Together we have watched over many fur babies for our friends and family. I walk my 2 dogs (Benny and Red) around our neighborhood regularly and have experienced almost every possible interaction with other dogs in the neighborhood. Learning the cues of potential aggression, or stress from other dogs, learning how to control my own dogs in those scenarios, and how to remain calm, while keeping my dogs calm. I'm currently not working a job with rigid hours, which means I am free to care for your pets, working around your schedule. Caring for my 2 dogs now requires me to be accustom with daily pet care, and meeting their needs. I have a 6ft fenced in backyard and two friendly dogs that can keep your furry loved one entertained. My dogs are also accustom to being around dogs with stronger or more timid personalities, and with a simple command my dogs can play independently, allowing your pet to warm up to them on their terms. I am comfortable crating your dog if desired.
“Absolute best. Has the most patience ever with the dogs and is so sweet and accommodating. Was able to help me out in a pinch and my dogs were so spoiled and happy they didn’t even miss me. Thank you again and will absolutely be rebooking in the future!!”
“Amazing communication and followed all instructions left to her to the T. We got pictures and videos of our cats during her stay. She also was ready and prepared to give any meds that our one cat needed( thankfully he didn't). Will be using her again!!!”