Tere's furry clients.
Hi, I'm Tere!
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Anything ahead of one week is blocked out as I am consistently receiving bookings without enquiries. Therefore you are unable to book without sending me a message and will need to select dates for that week only or no dates but please put as much info as possible in your enquiry (dates, pets, job requirement etc) . If I am available I will unblock when you are ready to book. My calendar is not an indicator of my availability as sometimes I have pencilled in bookings or have plans to go away. I no longer work 7 days a week every week and go away regulary. Below I have a couple of dates I am definitely not taking more bookings or am away.
HOUSE KEEPINGI occasionally take on new clients but do not do long jobs (more than a week usually), but don't take on any more regular jobs (ongoing dog walking) or jobs out of area (please see my areas below). If you have used my services in the past do not book before contacting me or I will have to cancel that booking . Please contact me for clarification as to if I am able to assist you again or not (if I can help you, I will). I have moved back to pet minding part time as I have taken on another job (not pet related) and am unable to take on multiple bookings or long bookings. I take on minimal bookings on long weekends and public holidays. I am also unwilling to book months in advance as my husband and I are now taking the opportunity to travel more often especially in 2018.
I no longer travel to Campbelltown suburbs and do not travel to Raby , Spring Farm, Camden or Cobbitty due to time restraints plus the huge amount I was spending on petrol.I have also stopped most of my housesitting and definitely not taking on new housesits (apologies). I do travel to Catherine Fields, Harrington Park, Oran Park, Narellan, Mount Annan, Currans Hill. I usually work between 7-530pm.
FEES have been adjusted slightly from the 1st August
Please note pawshakers lose 19% off this set fee which covers admin/insurance etc and we still need to cover our petrol and miscellanous expenses. I have not raised my fees in a year.
Unavailable - 2-5 November (out of state)
OVERSEAS - 7-17 December 2017.
ABOUT ME: I am a registered business with an ABN.What started out as a hobby three years ago became a full time job for a time which has given me so much experience and helped me meet so many lovely families and pets. I I have many doggy friends and all my human friends are crazy animal people too. I spend most of my free time doing animal thingsincluding running my dog social walking group (Campbelltown-Camden Doggie Dates - check us out on FB). I also assist in running a not for profit group (Animal Trust Society).
I believe myself to be an outstanding pet minder and you will see this is confirmed from my many reviews by my beautiful human clients but I''m confident from the licks, excited jumps, happy tail wags and excited barks that I receive from the fur clients that they are pretty happy with my service.
Before you consider having home visits think about:
- can your pet be left alone for lengthy periods
- will the neighbours complain if they bark, sometimes dogs left all day AND night will react very differently than just when you go to work . You really need to know your dog
- they are not always suitable to be left at home even if you like the idea! I can not be responsible for incessant barking.
- will they become anxious and try to escape
- how will you feel if that occupy themselves by digging holes, eating your plants and outdoor furniture etc (some have). I have no control over this and no control if they get into their kibble containers (this has now happened on two occasions).
- can you arrange additional occasional visits by friends or family especially in case of long time away Should you organize one or two visits a day? In most cases dogs cope better with two but cats, rabbits, birds are fine with one. Remember my costs are very low so think realistically about what you actually expect. I will pop out bins and water a few plants and pick up poo and collect mail but most of my attention should be on your pet. Don't base your decision on cost alone when you look for care for your pet Some pets are safer in kennels and others happier at home. You need to make the best decision for your important family member. I will have small animals stay over at my home by arrangement and have experience with rabbits and guinea pigs and have a cat and dogs.Just ask as I can put the tab in place if necessary by arrangement and we would discuss a cost as this is also flexible.
When I visit your home your pet (dog, cat,guinea pig, fish,bird, rabbit/chook and whatever else you own) will be:
-poo picked up (please leave yard clean before my first visit)
-cage or area tidied,
-a brush (for dogs, or cats if they like
-a play if you leave toys and rotation of toys if required
-administer medication if required (I have administered a range of medication)
-a short walk for dogs of about 15 minutes depending on size of dog and things needed to be done at the home. If you want your dog to have a longer walk or a walk every single time I ask that you also book in the dog walking service for at least a couple of times in a week out of courtesy to bump up my fee slightly as my feesare currently very cheap.
- I will fill up water shells for dogs to in summer or play with the hose or whatever added things they need to keep them cool.
I absolutely love animals of all description and will also care for your cat or most other animals. I insist on meeting you and your beloved pets before you book me to ensure you like me, your pets like me and of course that we will all get along and additionally, that they will not be nervous when I enter their property. I mind pets in some Macarthur areas - in particular the area of Oran Park, Gledswood Hills, Harrington Park, Narellan, Mt Annan, Gregory Hills, and Elderslie Due to low charges and travel time I generally only travel a maximum of about 5-10 minutes from where I live and between my jobs and work out a practical route each day. What may seem close and local to you may not be practical for me. I am 100% reliable.and will also send you evidence of our activities together almost every day or second day. I will not text while driving and I am very busy with the pets at their house, I also start very early which you may not appreciate receiving an early text! You are always welcome to text me also
.Please ensure your gates are very secure and that your pet has shelter during heat or storms. I am not in the position to do additional visits so if your pet has storm anxiety you may need to reconsider your pet minding arrangements. Pets escaping during storms is very scary and added stress for me as a pet minding service and yourselves as owners who are away on holiday so please look into a more secure environment such as a kennel.
What I don't do :
-mind sick pets-they need vet care
-Groom or wash your pet (I will give your pet a daily brush)
-Wait around for a dog groomer during my home visit as I am on a scrict schedule and experience is that groomers are often late and additionally take more time than I can realistically stay. I canrecommend some very reliable groomers who can be trusted to enter your property and wash your pets and are very experienced
-Maintain your property or house (I will leave the inside of your home as I found it, collect your mail, water a FEW plants, please be realistic). I have been asked to water multiple gardens. Invest in timed sprinklers :).
-Stay for hours nb -my stay time is 30 minutes
. -Wait for tradespeople etc because you have organised jobs to be done while you are away. The same applies for house sitting as I have a full and busy day with many pets to attend to and while I have a daily visit back to my house sitting house it is really difficult to know exactly when that will be and my schedule varies and changes dependant on the pets I have and the jobs (dog walking/ home vsiits etc). This may be something you can organise with a trusted friend or neighbour.
-Pay for vet bills and related costs. Please ensure you or a trusted family member or friend is contactable throughout your time away so that in an emergency vet bills can be covered. If it is an insurance matter this takes time to deal with (to date I have had no issues and only minor vets things. Please note I will collect things from a vet and have had clients organise this over email and the phone with their vets for scripts etc but it is only practical for me to drive to local vets or deliver your pet to local vets and there may be an additional charge esp in peak periods but your pets health and well being is of utmost concern to me of course. I have been given contact vets on the other side of Sydney and when you imagine I may have 15 visits in a day, driving to the other side of Sydney to the family vet in peak hour traffic when we have excellent local vets is just not practical or fair on my other clients pets.
-Repeatedly visit during storms or celebration times of year such as fireworks; it simply isn't practical and I am often also housesitting overnight. For additional visits I should be billing you as it is petrol and time taken away from my family.
-Attend property again and repeatedly because a neighbour has texted you that your dog is barking. I also find this extremely stressful but have a very busy schedule and your dog will not be the only dog I am visiting and feeding, I often have several. and care for them all very very much. While I will ensure your dog is walked/played with/has activities, I can not be responsible for keeping your dog quiet. If your dog starts whining or barking as I leave I will still leave or coming back is unhelpful. If your dog is unsettled and your neighbours complain then this service is not for you and I can make suggestions on suitable kennels or suggest organising access such as a doggy door into your home as sometimes this helps to settle dogs that are left at the property. Or you may try a citronella collar also.
I hope all of this helps, feel free to contact me for more information.
Dog wallker and pet minder
Excellent communication skills
Experience assisting a registered charity (Animal Trust Society)
Running my own community dog walking group (Campbelltown Camden Doggie Dates - now into it's third year)
Previous foster carer of dogs
I have a scanner and can scan your pet to ensure their microchip is still working and provide you with their chip number should you have lost it.
Ability to read and follow instructions with regards to administering medication/specific food requirements (fussy eaters and dietary requirements, reading labels, vet advice etc)
Recently finished ten years working with the Department of Education as an SLSO - compassionate, ability to relate to people, caring nature