Taito

Pet Enthusiast

Erskineville
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Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
15 AUD for each additional pet
50 AUD
/day
All services and rates

About Taito

I am an ex-builder and handyman retired from my own small renovation and building business. I am originally from Finland but have been living in Australia for over 25 years and call it my home. I am reliable and responsible, house-tidy and a non-smoker. I love animals and spend much of my retirement time reading, online learning, cooking and catching up with friends and relatives online. Being an animal lover through and through, I really miss their company. Hence the pet-sitting seems like a perfect solution – hopefully for you too! 

I have had several pets throughout the years, the latest being two gorgeous Jack Russel terriers who were with me from tiny pups to great old dames, for absolutely great 15 and 16 years. My eldest suffered from various ailments especially towards the end, including blindness, so I became proficient with various medications, treatments and special diets she needed for her conditions. I also became practised in dealing with her limited mobility with extra attention and patience – so taking care of an older pet with special needs is absolutely not a problem. Although I have more experience with dogs, I have also lived with cats and happily look after them, too. 

I welcome pets to my home, where I live with my wife of > 30 years, Teija. She still works, but since the pandemic has been working mostly at home and is as much involved in looking after the dogs as I am, walking, feeding and playing with them and enjoying their company as much as I do. She is also happy to look after the pets on her own if I happen to be away house-sitting and one of our regular visitors wants to come around. 

Our place is an apartment in an inner-city complex with a balcony overlooking a quiet street and a fully enclosed inner courtyard with grass and plants for the residents and their pets. It is fully pet-friendly and nearby quiet streets with old terrace houses and an odd small park here and there provide a nice, relaxed environment for pet walking, not to mention Sydney Park with its vast expanses just a few blocks away. 

I am retired so am at home every day and even without a pet, take several walks around the neighbourhood each day. I am happy to tailor the walks to your pet’s needs, as short or as long as they are used to, but a usual minimum is at least three to four 20-min-walks per day. Knowing that for dogs these walks are not only about exercise but about socialising, reading the latest ‘pee-mails’ and meeting neighbours, I always have patience for their interests, their wellbeing being my highest priority.  

Dogs are more than welcome to sleep in the bed (that’s where our dogs graciously allowed us to sleep too) or can sleep in their own bed, as they prefer. I am also happy to look after more than one pet at a time, provided they are friendly with other dogs and get along. 

I prefer pets to be vaccinated and house-trained, and ideally get along with other dogs - there are a lot of dogs in the neighbourhood so coming across other dogs in our walks is inevitable, and many of them are curious to meet the "new kid on the block".

I am also happy to discuss looking after your pets in their own home if preferred, as that’s what I found to be the best solution for my own too – and look after the house and plants and garden too. For house sitting, I prefer an inner-city location in Sydney, but as I have a car, I can travel further as needed. The car I can take with me or leave behind as needed, depending on the parking situation. 

Taito's services

At the sitter's home

Doggy Day Care
Doggy Day Care
Daytime care for your dog at the sitter's home.
15 AUD for each additional pet
50 AUD
/day
Dog Boarding
Dog Boarding
Overnight stay at the sitter's home
19.99 AUD for each additional pet
60 AUD
/night

At your home

House Sitting
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
70 AUD
/night

Taito also offers

Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

Doggy day care and Dog walks always have a flexible cancellation policy:

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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Dog Boarding
May, 2024-02-24

Taito took such wonderful care of my two dogs and sent me photos and updates of their overnight stay. This is my first time using Pawshake and the experience with Taito has been wonderful and assuring. I will definitely be booking Taito again in the future.

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Dog Boarding
Margaret, 2024-02-02

We were very lucky to have found Taito for our 1yo Millie during the 2.5 weeks that we were away. He is very genuine and is a real natural with dogs; he got to know Millie's personality very well within days and Millie loved him and was clearly having a great time, judging from the photos and videos we were constantly receiving. We couldn't have found a better carer for Millie and we couldn't thank Taito enough for treating Millie as family. We love you Taito!

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About Taito's Home

Accepted pets

Dog sizes
0-20 kg
Dog ages
1-20 years
Dog sex
Female & Male
Cats
all kinds

Taito's home

An apartment
Has no kids
24/7 supervision
Emergency transport

Walking areas

Nearby off-leash dog area
Urban & City park

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & Finnish
+10 years of experience

I have experience in looking after old dogs with special needs and diets, including giving medications, dealing with a blind pet and the patience to deal with limited mobility and a need to carry a pet around during walks. I can also provide a National Police Certificate at the request, as well as several written references from pet owners whose pets I have looked after.

Can Administer

Oral medications
Injected medications

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Taito

Taito

Pet Enthusiast

Erskineville
Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
15 AUD for each additional pet
50 AUD
/day
All services and rates
Contact Taito

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

Doggy day care and Dog walks always have a flexible cancellation policy:

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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