My name is Ashleigh and I live with my husband Cameron and our pet pups Maggie and Murphy.
I understand leaving your pets is so difficult, especially if you have special ones who you worry will really struggle without you.
I have been looking after/working with/fostering pets for over 8 years and have been through it all. Please trust me when I say if your pet needs special care, I can handle it.
I’m not implying dogs without these needs can’t stay with me! I love them all! But sometimes when I myself think of going away, I can’t imagine someone understanding my dogs weird behaviours and I get quite anxious thinking of anyone but me looking after them.
I will look after your furry babies as if they were my own. I use positive reinforcement training only. They can sleep on my bed if they want, snuggle on the couch, lay under our desk and look at us menacingly (I’ll bring them a pillow) - whatever they like! I keep them safe, fed and loved until you get back and I’ll send lots of photos and updates along the way.
I have a high fenced backyard with secure gate. When looking after dogs in my home, I rarely leave the house without them, between my husband and I there is always someone home. We don’t invite guests over when your dogs are staying either so don’t worry if your dog doesn’t like kids or lots of people.
Maggie and Murphy are very dog friendly and are cool with any kind of dog. After having a lot of fosters through our house they understand some dogs don’t want anything to do with them and some dogs want to play and that’s cool.
I can’t accept dogs for sleepovers who have high aggression, as it isn’t fair to my pups, but I could work on walking them privately.
If your dog is here for daycare we are usually out for most of the day, with a rest in the middle of the day, so no one gets overheated. I adjust for different energy needs, so if your dog is more chill we will spend more time relaxing at the park as opposed to walking the whole time. If your dog has a super crazy energy, a trip to the beach or creek for swimming might be in order.
I am not a groomer but have worked at a grooming shop, so the grooming service I can offer is:
- bathing: I have a lot of good products for sensitive skin and know how to help rashes, hot spots etc.
- tidy up the face/bum/feet
- clip nails
- empty anal glands
If you are happy with a dodgy shave but you just need the fur gone I can do that. I’m not too bad but it’s not going to be groomer level.
Happy to administer any medicines.
I have also looked after cats and smaller pets but they can’t stay at my house. I’m near a main road and I’m too nervous they could ninja sneak out and get hurt. I will spend a good amount of time at your place with them though so they get some cuddles and play or just a lap to sit on, along with dinner, water fresh, litter change, brushing and any other needs.
Please reach out if you have questions.
Look forward to meeting you!