I am a dog lover and have had dogs most of my life. Sadly our last one passed away in August. He was a 14 year old chocolate lab. We (my partner Mark and I) didn't like to leave our dogs in kennels as it was stressful for them (and us!) and we preferred individualised care for our best mates. I love doggie company and you want someone to care for your dog like it was their own - Win Win!
Many dog sitters have a "leave 'em here and we'll feed 'em and keep 'em company" approach to looking after your dog. That's not us!
My partner and I love to walk up to 7km daily so would love to walk your dog(s) while they're with us which is included in our rates. We have a great dog ramp if your doggo can't get into the back of our 4WD to go to the dog park (our old boy needed it as he gold older) - and I can even teach your dog how to use the ramp if need be.
I'm also capable of issuing medication, cleaning ears, clipping toenails etc. as per your vet's instructions if necessary. Dogs can sleep inside or out, depending on your preference. I work from home so am home most of the day to keep them company.
Included in my rates are weather dependant on lead daily walks and/or enrichment activities such as simple trick training, lick mats, treat puzzle games and hide and seek games to make sure they get the right amount of physical and mental exercise. We even have a doggie sand pit for them to play in! If your dog is a long haired breed, the rate also includes regular brushing (but not grooming). We also have long leads for dogs that like a bit more freedom to roam when walking in some of our more private walking spots.
Some dogs just want to snooze all day, that's fine too. They'll still get lots of care and cuddles and the odd enrichment activity according to their needs.
Exclusive care: If your dog does not get along well with others and you require exclusive care for your dog, please let me know in your initial enquiry and we can discuss rates.
Number of dogs: To provide a relaxing and comfortable environment for dogs, we only ever take a maximum of 3 dogs at a time (unless exclusive care is arranged in which case it will only be your dog). All dogs are vetted for barking behaviour and friendliness towards other dogs. We like to provide a relaxing and comfortable place for your dog and do not wish to stress them out with lots of other dogs that don't get along. All dog poops are picked up immediately in our yard to provide a clean and sanitary place for dogs to play.
Please note: during school holidays/Easter we are only taking bookings for a minimum of 7 nights. This gives the dogs more time to settle and relax and enjoy their holiday routine, walking routes and feel like they've been on holiday themselves. Bookings for less than 7 nights will be respectfully declined.
One final note: Please be aware that if you assure us that your dog is friendly towards others and/or is not an incessant barker but it turns out it's not and you have not arranged exclusive care, you will be asked to pick up your dog early as we strive to create a caring and loving environment for all the dogs we care for and will not accept anything less for your dog or others.