Hi there! I'm Richard, an active, well-educated, 40-something dog sitter servicing the Greater Hobart area and the East Coast. I am reliable, responsible, conscientious and caring and I will take care of your doggie as my own.
ABOUT ME: I am originally from the UK and came to Australia in 2005 for a new challenge. I lived in Melbourne for 8 years, then moved to Hobart 7 years ago for a change of pace. I love it here.
I am a degree-qualified IT consultant and worked very hard in my 20s and 30s but have now tired of the corporate world, hence the move to the Apple Isle.
While I have waited for that light-bulb moment, I have tried many things. I have gone back to uni to do a Master of Teaching; I have studied here as an Adventure Tour Guide; I have volunteered for Camp Quality; I have even trained as a venomous snake catcher!
My motivation then, to be a dog sitter, is to make some pocket money while doing something I genuinely love - enjoying the company of man's (and woman's) best friend and bringing as much joy to them as they do to me. I have all the time in the world and I am totally flexible.
MY EXPERIENCE: I have owned and looked after dogs, cats and fish. Dogs are my true love. I have loved dogs all my life and have always had an affinity with them. (Dogs know dog lovers.) I have ample experience in dog sitting, helping out friends in both Melbourne and here in Hobart.
I have been on Pawshake for over two years now and I have loved every minute of it. (Thank you to Florence, Badger and Tarn, Maggie and Mr. Puss, Lumpy, Dexter and Millie, Dingo Biscuit, Titan and Zami, Dory and Pearl, Moritz, Gloria, Dottie Mae, Copper, Henry and Jake and Bear and Samson, Mila and Coco, Riley, Tigon and Lau, Tate and Filou and Yarrow, Jeffrey, Archie, Eli, Sally and Baci, Chilli and Suzie and Coco and Charlie, Max, Douggie and Daphne, Shadow and Angus, Maggie, Rory and Lola and Chooki, Boss and Hugo, Winifred, Kona and Bomber, Sarah and Sallee and Alfonso and Ali, Sarcha, Frankie and Maggie ii, and Brian the cat for entrusting yourselves into my care.)
MY PETS: I first set eyes on our bundle of joy in a carry case at Hobart Airport, our Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier pup, Roy! We toilet trained him, we socialised him, we puppy schooled him and raised him to be the beautiful 6 year old boy that he is now. Then a break up took Roy! back to Melbourne. (All the pics of Roy! and I were taken on our last run together on Nutgrove Beach.)
I miss Roy! the dog very much. I can't wait to get a doggie of my own but the time is not quite right. So until it is I can at least enjoy canine company by offering my services as a dog carer.
SERVICES I OFFER: I offer house sitting (at yours) which includes everything really - feeds, walks and near 24/7 undivided attention. Plus care of your house of course.
WHY BOOK WITH ME: I bring a raft of experience with a friendly and personal service that offers great value over traditional kenneling. Your doggie will be in good and safe hands with no need to take them out of their routine and comfy home. Your home will be similarly looked after while you're away. I am incessantly clean and tidy. I'll even put your bins out, collect your mail and water your plants if you would like me to :-)
I look forward to hearing from you!
We were so pleased with Richard's care of our three dogs and house while we were away! He was keen to make sure our dogs were comfortable, relaxed, and loved - he sent regular updates and photos of our dogs that helped us relax and know they were in good safe hands. We would highly recommend Richard to anyone and can't wait to book his services regularly.
Richard was really good at accomodating our last mimute booking. My dogs are anxious and the introductions are always hard work, but Richard made sure he came in earlier to get that hard part out of the way. Once we are gone they always become best friends and they are always sad to see Richard go.
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