Hello. My name is Darren. I have been practising and teaching Zen Buddhism, yoga, philosophy, and education for 20 years. I have a love for animals, and enjoy meditation, play, yoga, listening to music, and spending time in nature. Very happy to share my lifestyle activities with your pet, or just enjoy down time. I generally lead a fairly minimalist lifestyle, looking to appreciate nature, animals, and healthy activities. I offer check in's for food and company once or twice a day as needed, longer stays (2-4 hours as short-term), or overnight stays. My general availability is indicated. I am mostly experienced with dogs and cats, and very happy to look after, or in on, multiple pets as needed.
I'm very open about what I can and can't do, so happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you have. I am quite content to be inside and be relaxed company, or happy to spend time outdoors. I believe in quality over quantity all the time, and enjoy being able to provide company, and care, for pets, and their household if needed, for when people are away from their home. Walks and even outdoor excursions are easily facilitated. If your pet needs a short 15 minutes, or even a couple of hours outside, I am happy to make it work. It is important for me that your pet, and you yourself, are happy.
When going away, it isn't just the pets, but the owners as well who experience the absence of their loved one. I'm happy to check in, post updates, and photos so you are content. I grew up with a variety of pets. A number of dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, a duck. My parents have always had rescue dogs, so pets have always been a part of my life. I have cared for horses as well, at times, and enjoyed visiting my uncle's farm on occasion. I enjoy spending time with animals, especially in the evenings where they would like to relax and have the company of a human. Exploring local parks (if for dogs) as well as walking paths can also be great. I'm very happy to be flexible in arrangements, and also happy to house-sit even if not caring for pets as added security and general maintenance. Personally,
I'm not comfortable staying in a house that has smokers living there, but other than that, I am fairly easy going. Short or long arrangements.
We came home to 4 happy and well looked after animals. I think Angus was even was a little sad to see us back and lose Darren. Excellent service will use again. Thanks Darren and when Molly sits on your knee you know you are part of the pack now.
Darren is my goto sitter, he goes out of his way to look after my dog and I appreciate his care when work, holidays or emergencies arise. If i couldnt book him for any reason, I wouldnt leave my boy with anyone else.
I am a school teacher (P.E., Philosophy, and general classroom). I have had experience in training dogs. I am a qualified Lifestyle Coach, Zen Philosophy teacher, Personal Trainer, and Martial Arts instructor.
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