A little bit about me.
In addition to caring for my own menagerie of pets over the years (including the five chickens, sassy cat and adorable dog at home), I also have professional experience caring for animals, dogs and cats in particular, as an intern with a regional animal shelter. I began volunteer work at the local and regional animal shelters at a very young age and continued throughout my youth, walking the shelter dogs, playing with puppies, giving the old dogs a little extra attention, and socializing the cats. Then, two summers ago, I accepted an internship with the behaviorist at the regional shelter. As a part of this job, I worked with diverse ages, temperaments, and breeds and I continue to maintain a deep love for them all. Also, before moving to Australia for university, I spent an extremely successful and enriching year as a dog walker and sitter, getting to cuddle, care and play with many adorable dogs and cats.
As I move into higher education, I am exploring my passion for animals through an incredible wildlife conservation program/collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Taronga Zoo. While working toward my degree, I am thrilled to have the oppurtunity to look after your pets and I look forward to many walks, fetch sessions, and belly rubs.
What I'd like to know about your pet(s).
I only ask that you let me know anything I might need to look out for, such as allergies, if something might cause aggression (other dogs, cats, territorial, etc.), and general level of excitement (for example, a puppy with lots of energy? or an older dog? etc.). These questions are to make sure your dog is safe and happy on your day off.
Any additional information, like age, history, or play activity preferences, are also very welcome. For longer stays, feeding schedules and amounts are also very helpful.
During our stay/walk/drop-in...
...we'll do whatever your dog loves to do! If a high energy play time sounds like his/her thing, I am more than happy to get down and dirty with some fetch or tug of war. For the calmer and/or older dogs out there, I'm also entirely content to give a good belly rub. Walks run around 30 minutes, at minimum, but if you're interested in something longer or shorter, we can definitly work that out. Drop-ins are similar, with a little bit of extra love time thrown in to help with any seperation anxiety or loneliness (or just because everyone loves a snuggle). House stays are much more flexible and largely depenedant on your needs and the needs of your pets. I believe communication is key, particularly with something as important as house sitting. So, whether it's a walk or a stay, a nature hike or a scratch behind the ears, I will do whatever I can to make sure your dog is happy, safe, and healthy.
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