I have been the proud owner of poodles, and have taken care of other people's dogs (OPD) for years. I love nurturing and caring for my furry friends. I am a freelance writer and work from home, so it's a win-win for my buddies and me. I am also a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI) and am insured through the association. I only take non-shedding dogs due to allergies. I also am the only sitter I know who has a transition plan for new boarders and daycare clients. So book early because we need time for a meet-n-greet, one daycare day, and one overnight before your multi-day stay. This transition plan serves as an assessment, to make sure your dog is a good fit. It also helps your dog become familiar with me, my place and our routine, so when he/she comes to stay, they can hit the ground playing!
I care for dogs in my home, and they have the run of the place! I have a fenced-in yard, but most of their exercise comes from running at Millenium Park in the morning, yard play, leashed walk and another park run. They do have indoor time including play and a nap.
For the "pack" to feel safe, I take dogs who play well with others, can chill, understand other dogs' social cues, and don't have serious separation anxiety. This allows all dogs to feel comfortable.
II have taken care of dogs who require medication, have special needs regarding mobility and am cognizant that each dog is different. I love learning about their unique personalities.
Dogs let you know how they feel if you listen, and I'm a good listener. I'm good at tuning in and I develop a bonding relationship with your dog. I believe that dogs need a lot of exercise (some dogs have limitations which I can incorporate). They also need play time and down time. Without some down time during the day, dogs can become overstimulated. I regulate their energy if necessary.
This is how I take care of my pet pals:
I let my visiting buddies on the furniture and the bed.
I like to have owners bring their dog's bed, food and treats. Familiarity is important.
I do not let dogs off leash unless I am in an enclosed area, they have total recall, and I have received your permission.
I have a fenced-in yard, but your dog will be well exercised at nearby green spaces such as Millenium Park and other parks.
There are various places for your dog to hang out or nap: his/her bed, my couch, rugs, floor - and I have some dog beds lying around.
Most of all, I give my clients a LOT of attention and companionship! I earn their trust. We develop a relationship.
I am in contact with you during the whole stay - pics/videos/updates and let you know if I have questions or if there are issues. I believe in total transparency and teamwork with you.