A Poofter for your Woofter! Because every Toto needs a Dorothy.
I’m a writer who’s recently moved from the countryside into the big smoke. I live with my boyfriend and spend most of my time working from home where I would be delighted to spend time and take care of your furry friend. I have therefore decided to transfer my dogsitting business over to my new address. Back at home, I had a Maltese called Milton who I miss dearly but still see regularly. I’m trustworthy, reliable, confident and kind-hearted and it would be a privilege to tend to your pooch’s every need and idiosyncrasy, so get in touch if you like what you’ve read here and would like a poofter to look after your woofter :)
As previously mentioned, I’m a writer who predominantly works from home so my availability is broad. Therefore, there will be lots of cuddles and contact time between me and your pooch. I live with my boyfriend in a two-bedroom semi-detached house so there will be ample attention and lots of frolics and fun to be had. There are no other pets or people. In the way of services, I offer dog walks between half an hour and an hour (up to three times a day depending on your dogs‘ physical needs). I offer dog sitting at my home or at yours and am happy to tailor the walking/meal/sleep schedule to your pet's preferences. I am also happy to pick up or drop off your fur baby if you are unable to or are a bit out of the way.
I was brought up around animals and have lived with dogs all my life, including a Staffordshire bull terrier named Harvey and a Jack Russel called Scampi. Additionally, when travelling in South East Asia, I volunteered in a handful of dog shelters in Vietnam and Cambodia which were aimed at rehabilitating and rehoming stray pups and those that had been saved from the dog meat trade. Here, I learned how to administer medication, canine CPR and basic first aid, as well as having to be considerate of all behavioural backgrounds and all temperaments. It follows that I’m familiar with different dog natures at all stages of their life and I hope that woof monsters will always be a part of my own even if I’m unable to take care of one permanently at present. I’m at my most happy when I’m looking after animals and am also an adaptable chap who would be willing to tailor time spent with your pups to their own special individual needs. I have a friend who’s a dog walker and the career always appealed to me - who wouldn’t love a job where you get to work with canine colleagues. I have frequently covered his dog walking duties, including sitting and walking and carrying in their pooch-pouch, four adorable Pomeranians. Moreover, I recently dog sat two lovely labradors named Bailey and Amber for a family friend for whilst she was in America for two weeks. In this case, it was important that they were given their oral medication, fed and watered at the same time every day which reflects my dependable nature. (I took the chocolate lab, Bailey, for swim lessons and hydrotherapy once a week). As Jiminy Cricket sings, no request is too extreme.
Since moving to London, I have taken care of a good boy, Cooper, an adopted Aussie/Vizsla mix for 2 weeks while his paw-rents were on a cruise. I made sure he had his nails tripped by a qualified groomer as per their request, made sure to stick to his strict diet and sent lots of pictures and videos of his day to day shenanigans to ease their minds while they were away. He came for sleepovers after the owners requested my sitting services once more a month afterwards as they were going away for their anniversary and were so satisfied with my service before. I have also regularly walked two ex-racing greyhounds from Mile End, named Tripper and Hoya, necessitating cautiousness around squirrels due to their prey drive; boarded a beautiful French bulldog called Draco for a few weeks; day sat an adorable starryjack called Bowie and an incontinent whippet by the name of Seb.
They seem to love our large, fenced garden and being spoiled like the scruffy royalty they are. Both me and my property are insured by Petplan, so be safe in the knowledge that your pooch is covered 24/7, whether at home or out walking, and will have unlimited access to veterinary advice and assessment should anything happen. Over the course of my time in London, I have successfully boarded, sat and walked dozens of dogs - you can see the reassuring reviews for yourself on my page. They seem to love our large, fenced garden and being spoiled like the scruffy royalty they are.
Whatever their story, your best friend will be safe in my loving and loyal hands.
Curious about what they'd be up to whilst staying with me? Your pup will be treated to all manner of fun activities during our time together as well as cuddly downtime and sofa snuggles. I’m located in an oasis of green space in London near several parks, my favourite being the Stave Hill ecological park where together we would take in the natural scenery and walk through the woodland. Lolloping through the Lavender Pond Nature Reserve; running through Russia Dock Woods; playing catch in King Stairs Gardens, snuffling and sniffing about Southwark Park or traipsing alongside the River Thames - you name it, there’s plenty for us to do outside to keep your dog active and happy with someone gentle yet firm when necessary, compassionate yet confident, so you don’t have to worry about them being at home alone. I also have access to a car and a driving license so if you have any spots you’d like your scruffy soul mate to visit, then I’d be more than happy to oblige and drive them there myself with proper security measures in place. Whatever you’d like, I’d be willing to accommodate. I also offer drop-off and pick-up services for any pet passengers. I will, of course, make sure to send you plenty of regular pupdates, such as pictures and videos, throughout their time spent with me so you can follow their day-to-day antics and have peace of mind.
I had to go on course which meant that my dog, Chico, would be on his own and inside for too long. So Callum came every afternoon to take him for a walk and play a bit of ball. Callum quickly formed a lovely bond with him and Chico was over the moon with is new friend. Thank you!
I have just used Callum’s services for the first time. My Jack Russell (Peggy) and young Pomeranian (Frankie) are proof of the amazing care they received. This was no mean feat, as Frankie was in the final stages of recovering from surgery. In all honesty, I credit Callum with getting her across the finish line. She came back to us as her lively self. As for Peggy, she is an old dog and has definitely fallen in love with Callum.
Callum is without doubt a true dog lover and the level of service was amazing. We received regular updates whilst on our holiday and I suspect our girls had a better holiday than we did.
As a footnote, I would like to add that Callum is the most charming and delightful young man. We have already recommended him to friends who booked him promptly on hearing our feedback. It was a pleasure to entrust our girls to Callum and an absolute honour to meet him.
5 star care from a first class guy.
I have grown up around pets all my life (dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, parrots, hamsters, rats, etc) so am familiar with most procedures and general husbandry. I have been dog sitting / walking profesionally for the past two years, mainly using Rover, Borrow My Doggy and through favourable word and mouth. My Rover score is 5 stars out of 5 and have decided to join Pawshake to expand my network and open my expertise and services to new clients. Pictured in my gallery is a medium-large green open space around the house which spreads around the complex and is completely fenced and securely gated. The main living space and bedroom is also pictured; your pet would sleep in a bed on the floor beside the bed or in the living room depending on yours/their preference and unless requested otherwise.
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