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Hi! I'm 28, from the US, and have lived in Australia for three years. I love ALL pets and animals with my entire soul, and I will definitely treat your beloved companion like family. I've been working as a dog-sitter, dog-walker and cat-sitter for the past six years (for many months, even, as a dog au pair!!). Before that, I was a deeply devoted dog- and cat-owner myself. I started pet-sitting and dog walking after my best (doggo) friend, Alice, passed away. Now it's how I get my pet fix! I LOVE this work and I love that it gives me the opportunity to care for dogs, cats and vertebrates of all kinds while I can't adopt another pet myself.
I love bushwalking, so wherever possible, I like to take dogs out into any natural area - like the beach, large parks, lakes, rivers and creeks - for long walks. I will gladly accept the challenge of a high-energy pup! (Really! Dogs make me so happy.) And if your dog likes to snuggle instead, bring on the fur!! :)
I've also had cats for most of my life and frequently care for them as a pet-sitter. I have a great deal of appreciation for the level of care that goes in to looking after a cat and ensuring they are happy while their parents are away; I will gladly play and cuddle all day with your furry feline friends!
Over the past few years, I've gained a significant amount of experience caring for my clients' more exotic animal companions, including birds (chickens and parrots), fish and reptiles (iguanas, geckos and chameleons).
Overnight bookings include anything you and your pets need! I do have another casual job, but the longest I would be away from an overnight booking is usually no more than 8 hours (if at all). Dog walks are included, as well as plenty of playtime and cuddles - for cats and dogs! Regular cleaning of litter trays and outdoor areas is also included. I will always stick to your pets' normal feeding, grooming and training routines. For these bookings, I devote all of my available time outside of my other job to caring for your pets!
Dog walks are included in all overnight bookings, but not in drop-in visits. I'm happy to be flexible regarding walk length and can usually devote 30-60 minutes or more, depending on your dog's normal routine and needs!
For drop-in visits, I generally set aside at least 1 hour for each visit, but can be flexible depending on your pets' needs. Generally, most of my drop-in visits are for cats, as I cannot accept drop-in bookings for indoor dogs unless someone will be staying with them overnight. This means visits include feeding, changing water dishes, playing and snuggling with your pet, as well as cleaning litter trays and/or outdoor areas.
I cannot host pets at my house, so I don't provide boarding services.
I am a respectful and caring nonsmoker, and I will always leave your house sparkling at the end of your booking!
Please note that I cannot accept bookings made more than 2 months in advance at this time. If you'd like to enquire about dates beyond 2 months out, please check back a little bit closer to your holiday! :)
On-time, responsive, happy, and our pooch seemed to enjoy herself too! Great first experience with Pawshake and Kat!
Both dogs were well exercised and enjoyed all of the attention they received. Kat was polite, communicated regularly and left the house lovely and clean. Can’t wait to have her sit again!
My love for animals has driven me to study Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in university and I've gained a lot of scientific insight on pet behavior and proper care.
My dog was a medium-sized Sheltie mix, so I'm very familiar with caring for high-energy canines. Alice was a rescue, and she also had a congenital heart disorder, so I spent many years ensuring she got her pills on time every day and otherwise caring for her special needs; I learned canine CPR for her as well. As she aged, she developed joint issues and became generally low-energy, so I have plenty of experience in caring for senior dogs and those who otherwise have limited mobility.
I love dogs who want to cuddle all day too! (I never mind being covered head-to-toe in fur!) I have experience caring for both large and small dogs and tending to breed-specific needs. (Also, I'll always have a soft spot for fluffy working-breed dogs!!)
I also have experience administering oral and injected medication to cats.
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