Dear owners (and pets), given the recent situation with covid-19, I thought I'd include a little message about what services (and alternatives) I can offer during this time. I am currently in self-isolation (one of my housemates had a slight cough, and has been sent home from work yesterday, which meant that my housemates and I will have to self-isolate for 14 days, which started yesterday, 18.03.2020 and will end on 01.04.2020). For this reason, I will have to cancel any meet & greets or house visits/dog walks you have booked during this period, so apologies about that.
Having said this, I would love to help you and your pets once I'm free again! At the moment, as an alternative to physical meet & greets, I will offer skype or WhatsApp video calls, so at least we'll get to meet and see each other (and hopefully your pets). If you have WhatsApp, or have downloaded the Skype app on your phone, you'll be able to take me around the house with you, get me to meet your pet(s) and, if you want to, show me round the house so I know where things like pet food, toys, leash (for dogs) and medicines (should your pet need them) are. If you do decide to go ahead and book me, we'll then move on to agreeing a way of picking up/dropping off the keys to your house, and meet at least once in person.
If all this sounds like something you might like, or need, please do not hesitate to contact me. I know this is a bit of a weird time for everyone, but I'd like to help where I can. Please scroll down for a description of myself and of the services I offer.
In the meantime, try and stay safe and healthy =)
Who am I, and what services do I offer?
Hi there! I am a 25-year-old Italian girl with a great passion for animals. I have loved cats and dogs since I can remember: they have been my childhood friends, and my companions in life. Growing up with both cats and dogs around me soon made me realise how important it is to properly take care of their needs. This has greatly helped me in my experience as a pet owner and a pet sitter. I offer pet care directly at the owner's home (unfortunately my current contract does not allow me to have any pets stayingat my own house), and I am generally available from late afternoon onwards, for both dog walking and at-home pet sitting. I have experience with adult, male and female cats and dogs (I have dealt with difference breeds and sizes), but also puppies and kittens, as well as rabbits. I have been an active petsitter for Pawshake for the last 4 years, and I have become well acquainted with how the different services offered on the website work. Working with Pawshake has also given me the opportunity to meet several wonderful pets, and several equally fantastic owners, and I hope to continue this in the future. I am based in Headington and work in Summertown, but I generally have no problem in covering areas that are slightly further away, such as Oxford city centre or Cowley and Iffley Road, as I normally tend to cycle to town and everywhere else.
So happy that we found Maria! She’s brilliant... great communication on fairly short notice, conveniently located for easy visits to North Oxford, and reliable. Made quick friends with our special needs cat (elderly, blind, needs medication) and kept in contact through our trip. Happy to take care of house needs as well. Would definitely recommend and look forward to having her over again and I’m sure our cat and hamster would say the same!
This is the first time that Maria has looked after our pets and we were delighted with her. She made sure to communicate with us beforehand and sent us a lovely update and video while she was with our rabbits.
I will definitely be asking Maria to help us again.
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