My name is Ricky, I’m 32 years old, I have always worked since the age of 16 in customer service and business management, I run my own business also selling online.
I enjoy the outdoors and exercise, especially hikes across the fields and through woods, I have always had a passion for animals and wildlife and use any excuse to be around the two.
I am also into martial arts and sports, I have joined a Viking reenactment combat group, we wear full protective authentic armour so are perfectly safe.
I live with my partner, 3 dogs, 3 cats and 2 tortoises, we are eventually getting married (have had to change the date lots of times now due to Covid!)
I have spent my whole life around pets and animals, enjoying nothing more than looking after them and seeing them grow and flourish! While I like all animals, I love dogs, they are especially my favourite animals, they are perfect for walks in the outdoors which I do often.
I am also very good at reading dogs and walking them with great control while using positive reinforcement.
We inherited my partners dad’s dog when he passed away recently, she is unfortunate too old to walk far which limits what I can do with my 3 dogs, this is a reason why I also like to walk other dogs.
Currently I own 3 lovely dogs, 3 friendly cats, 2 tortoises, and a tank of marine fish & corals.
I have also looked after many types of other animals over the years such as hamsters and birds.
I have pet sat professionally for many people including family and friends also, I look after the pets exactly like they were my own, if not even more diligently and carefully.
I am a fully trained first aider, while this is for humans I know how to adapt the principles to animals, such as bandaging any injuries etc. and have a lot of experience with my own when it comes to first aid and giving medication etc.
I am able to spot slight details in behaviour changes to alert me to issues early on.
Pet sitting services:
I am free Monday-Friday, 7am-11pm.
I usually provide 1 hour long walks. I can walk them for longer or shorter if you wish. I am available any time of the day and any day of the week.
I will come to your home to collect the dog/s and return them when the walk is complete. I will walk them locally near your home, and if you have any specific route or areas to avoid I will also do the same. I always walk dogs on the lead and will never let them off the lead. I am great with large breeds or dogs that pull, I am always in control and correcting the dog in a positive manor, I would never be harsh to them. If any other dogs approach I always try to avoid contact by crossing over non busy roads, or by moving clearly to one side and waiting till they have passed. I also always carry my mobile phone and a spare lead in case and problems arise.
I can work any time Monday-Sunday, such as 7am-11pm.
The visit takes me as long as the animals need, I will not rush, if you wish me to stay for a few hours with them then this is fine.
I will check all animals are ok, feed and water them, administer and medication, clear up and mess outside or inside and also give them whatever play time/exercise/walks they need/want. I usually take dogs out for walks longer than they need as I get carried away walking.
I am willing to undertake any reasonable requests when house visiting such as watering plants or putting out rubbish etc.
I can stay in the home from the moment you leave, until you return if you wish.
As with a house visit, I am perfectly happy and reliable to house sit and make sure the pets are well looked after and the home is kept secure. I probably would not even need to leave the property depending on the length of the stay. I am also happy to undertake any normal house chores such as cleaning up, watering plants, and putting out rubbish etc.
I understand that it can feel intimidating to let a new person into your home, I would always like to meet in advance of a house stay this way you can get to know me well and ask any questions and I can do the same. I have a lovely personality and am a very sociable person, you will get to know me well quickly. I can even bring my own pets along so you can see they are well looked after.
I hope you will select me, I am really looking forward to meeting you and your pets.
If you wish to know anything else then please just ask.
I am a trained First Aider, while this is for humans I have read and watched how to give first aid to dogs which is not much different to humans when it comes to cuts etc. Just different methods.
I am very good with animals, I usually am the person that they feel comfortable with and come to even if I am new to them. I am great at recognising behaviour and also patterns in the pets.
I am especially good with dogs that seem to love my time and company.
I am qualified in Customer Service and also Leadership and Business Management at college and university levels.
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