As I am very active, I love taking dogs for walks and giving them some good exercise! I have a no shock hands-free leash which makes it easier to walk fast and jog with them. I also really love petsitting for cats and giving them lots of cuddles and play enrichment. They can be really cute and fun to look after!
I have not contracted the virus at all. I have tested negative on multiple occasions over 2020 and most recently on 14/1/21. I will get periodically tested for your peace of mind.
I have a car so that I can minimise the risks to my clients. I am proactive in virus prevention and wear KN95 masks inside shops and supermarkets, and sanitise my hands frequently. I limit my time going to shops and socialising to reduce the risks of contracting the virus.
My Petcare History
I've had pets all my life - predominantly cats, birds and fish - and I also grew up with a lovely natured black labrador-cross-kelpie named Matilda. I have also fostered cats and kittens for over 10 years for a rescue organisation so I have significant experience with cats of all temperaments. I have ongoing dogwalking clients and am frequently rebooked by previous clients for petsitting, housesitting and dogwalking.
My Approach to Animals
When first meeting an animal, I firmly believe in approaching them in a calm and confident manner, which demonstrates that I am no threat to them. Many cats I have come across have been described as skittish or shy, but they do come out of their shells with the right attitude and approach. I have won over every cat I have come across, including the extremely shy.
I will spend at least an hour in petsitting visits (per visit), and will walk dogs for up to an hour, depending on the dog's size, energy levels and owner's wishes.
For housesitting, I will spend all of my time at your residence with your pet(s) and walk dogs daily or as agreed. I want your furbabies to feel loved and all their needs cared for so they won't miss you too much while you're away.
Whichever service you choose, I'll give your furbabies lots of hugs and pats, as well as enrichment playtime. I will also send you updates and photos/videos so you can see how your furry friend is going!
I live by myself in an apartment so unfortunately am unable to offer doggy daycare or boarding at my residence at this time. I can, however, offer all other care services for your furbabies!
For your peace of mind, I have a current Provide First Aid certificate, a Working With Children Check, and a Police Check.
Please feel free to reach out and ask me anything about caring for your pets!
We needed Meanie to walk our dog while we were away for a few days. She was great, very responsive to messages, reliable and did a wonderful job walking our challenging family member. I would recommend Melanie to others looking for a dog walker/sitter.
Always provides an excellent service.
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