Colleen

Colleen R.

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I am the sitter I would want for my dogs!

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About Colleen
I have always been an animal lover, I have a particular fondness for dogs and the bigger the better! My mastiff, Dexter, is an English and French cross, he is truly the love of my life (my hubby is very understanding thank the universe!) and my spaniel Poppy is the minx-iest girl I know and I love her for that. They are our children, we have just been to a dog friendly accommodation near Forester's Beach at the Central Coast for the weekend. They come camping with us, to cafes, the beach, parks, North Parramatta Lake - they have the life of it and absolutely the water and ocean. Our lives honestly revolve around what we can do to ensure they get to come along wherever possible. For any animals who are in my care that like activities, we can ensure they get to come along too where appropriate and with all safeguards in place.

We live in Quakers Hill near the vet at the top of Pye Road and in front of the Olympic base ball pitches. There are quite a few enclosed dog parks near us and I have both a van and a car so transport is never an issue. We also use the baseball pitches behind my house for walks. Both our dogs are competent off leash and are friendly to other dogs so it is a blessing to have such a big space behind us, it it is very suitable for on leash walks too.

I believe that pets are a part of the family and so my two dogs are treated like any other person would be. We don't mind them sharing our couch, or bed (sometimes!), and although they make for lots of housework with the fluff, paw prints and art work on the patio windows with their wet snouts, they are the best part of our life and the most wonderful welcome home committee anyone could ever hope for. Even if i go to the shop for 5mins we must have an entire re-initiation session as a pack - as mama wolf I am very proud of them both. I would never be without them if I can help it and I promise I won't be able to resist falling for your fluffs or even budgies or whatever is used to your attention or cuddles or just general chit chat. My hubby laughs at me as our dogs are bound to have seriously high IQs, I'm always interacting with them as they are very smart so we just have lots of fun together. My two are still as fit as fiddles but I can see the grey muzzles appearing and maybe a slight slowness after walking in Dexter, so I just want to make sure their time here is as filled with love as they provide to us every minute of the day.

Both are great-natured, Dexter can be more prone to being a grump or maybe just a bit more needy but he just sleeps most of the time. Poppy is just a bundle of fun and loves to put the big fella in his place when they are off leash or in the garden - she properly holds her own and loves to try to dominate him physically, he is the only dog she does it to! He just rolls over and plays, I don't know if he is aware of his size as he is often trying to sit on my knee on the couch the big dote! When someone is ill in the house Dexter is very good at being a nurse, he lies beside you and gives you cuddles and is very intuitive of moods. To that end though he doesn't do thunderstorms, champagne bottles popping, the vacuum and mop are the enemy and he is a bit nervous of plastic bags and umbrellas.... but show him a ball and forget about it! He is all eyes and will run til he will fall down if you let him! We have to watch his hips as the breed tends to have issues so we give him supplements like cod liver oil and glucosamine, and massages when he is sore or just cause I know he loves them. Poppy has UTI issues sometimes but if we give her special food and cranberry supplements we have managed to keep it at bay. Both are washed twice a month minimum and I clean daily around the house and poop-scoop our back garden, they are desexed and de-flea/wormed monthly by a chew. They make for a great pair and are the best company.

If you were to allow me to look after your pets, I can promise you that they will be treated as one of my own. I will ensure they are comfortable and entertained, and cuddles and kind words come for free and frequently. I have the benefit of two very obedient adorable dogs as we all show respect and love and it makes for a very enjoyable environment in our home. Looking after animals is my calling after making a decision to leave the corporate rat race. I can therefore dedicate all my time to ensuring a high level of care is provided to the pets I get to look after. I know how it feels to leave my two with sitters and the best feeling in the world is when you know the person is a big animal lover and your pets are clearly comfortable with them and so the heartache of departing from them is made that little bit easier.

I am happy to provide multiple updates by video/messaging throughout the day so you can see how we spend our day or how they are at a home visit. If you need the plants watered when I am at your home or the bins taken out/post taken in it would be my pleasure! I am an avid gardener myself so I if I see a withering plant I will worry about it if I don't get to water it!

Hope to hear from you soon!
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Children at home
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Owns pets
Pets Accepted
Small Dog
Medium Dog
Large Dog
Giant Dog
Puppy
Cat
Bird
Rabbit /
Guinea Pig
Colleen's Home
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Type: House
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Medium backyard
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Fenced backyard
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Household
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Pets sleep indoors
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Pets sleep outdoors
Policy
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Cancellation: Moderate
A full refund will be offered to Pet Owners if they cancel up until 7 days before the booking at 12 noon. After which Pet Owners will be charged 50% of the total booking value.
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Accepts last-minute bookings
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Accepts long-term bookings
Residential Pets
Dexter
8 years old
English Mastiff
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Good with Children
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Good with Dogs
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Good with Children
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Good with Dogs
Poppy
9 years old
English Cocker Spaniel
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Good with Children
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Good with Dogs
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Good with Children
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Good with Dogs
Reviews & Testimonials
Ryan R.
Mar 5, 2020
Colleen clearly adores animals I speak on behalf of poppy and Dexter that Colleen is an awesome pet carer. Both dogs whole heartedly adore her.
Service & Rates
Overnight Pet Services
Pet Hosting
At Sitter's Home
not offered
Pet Sitting
At Pet's Home
$ 36 / night
Daytime Pet Services
Pet Day Care
not offered
House Visiting
$ 33 / visit
Dog Walking
$ 33 / walk
Dog Grooming
not offered
Dog Training
not offered
Transport
Pick Up - Drop Off
$ 10 / journey
Emergency
Transport
Available