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Laura

The Dr Dolittle Of Somerset

Bristol
2 times favorited
Last contacted 4 days ago
Lives with 1 dog
Lives with Bichon Frisé Poppy
Usually responds within one day
3d ago
Last activity
<10h
Response time
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
5 GBP for each additional pet
10 GBP
/walk
All services and rates

About Laura

My Services

I am based near Keynsham but I have a car so can drive to locations within 25 miles, though I kindly ask for a contribution to petrol costs for longer journeys. I have a flexible, open schedule for:

  • Dog Walking

I am happy to walk dogs for up to 1h 30 min per walk, and up to twice a day. Just let me know what your dog is used to and I'll follow your guide! I will not let any dogs off-lead during walks, purely for safety reasons, with no exceptions. Of course, if your pooch loves playing fetch and you've got a suitable enclosed garden, I would love to have a game with them there!

  • Home Visits
  • I can visit your pet(s) up to 3 times per day and my visit will include feeding according to their regular schedule, ensuring that they are let outside to relieve themselves and that they have access to water and any bedding or toys etc. they desire. Should your pet require any oral or topical medications, I can apply those as well. Additionally, I will ensure their area is kept clean...

    i.e. I don't mind cleaning up a few puddles or poo that may occur in your absence! I am more than happy to spend time socialising with your pet(s) but if you would like me to stay with them longer than 30 minutes, this will be classed as House Sitting rather than a Home Visit and will be charged as such.

  • House Sitting
  • ** Due to the Covid-19 crisis, I won't be doing overnight stays at this time **

    I can come to your home anytime, whether it be morning, afternoon or evening and stay for any length of time longer than 30 minutes. Just as with home visits, I will ensure your pets are fed, watered, relieved, socialised with and provided any medications as needed. Depending on the time and length of my stay, I will come prepared with food and toiletries for myself. I will

    do my best to retain the familiarity of your pets' surroundings so that they feel safe, calm and comfortable! In order for me to do this please let me know their personalities and habits i.e. Is there a special pillow or blanket they love to curl up on? Do they go crazy for a particular toy? Is there a room in the house they're prone to messing in and I should keep them away from?

    Important note: I am happy to walk/care for dogs of any age and most sizes, but I will need to see photos of, and ideally meet, larger dogs ahead of time to determine whether I'm strong enough to safely walk them.

    About Me

    I am a gentle-natured yet bubbly, active 21 year old. I've given my profile the catchy name of the Dr "Dolittle of Somerset" because my pets never seem to leave my side -- if it wasn't for locks on the doors they'd follow me into the bathroom! I recently graduated from Cardiff Uni with a degree in Neuroscience but am aspiring to go to veterinary school, and so any experience I can get with meeting new pets is valuable! Having worked for 2 years as a dementia support worker and led 1-to-1 student mental health sessions at university, I can safely say my core skill is empathy, something that is necessary in properly caring for animals of any species and breed. I will dilligently provide care that is tailored to your pet's needs and desires. Meeting a new person can be both exciting and stressful for animals, especially when their owner is away, so rest assured that I will be receptive to your pet's behaviour and adjust my own accordingly. For example, my dog enjoys a good walk, a good fuss, followed by a doze on my lap; of course there's my cat, who lavishes being the centre of attention as much as she enjoys having her own quiet space too. I will take care of your pets as if they were my own!

    My Experience

    I have 10 years experience in caring for my own rescue dog, Poppy. I have grown up with cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, but most recently have cared for our cat Thelma, whom we adopted in 2014 -- take a look at Poppy and Thelma in my profile gallery. As my Poppy is a senior girl, I regularly examine her for ailments, checking her skin, eyes, ears and paws for any ailments. Additionally, I have plenty of experience in administering oral medications and cleaning wounds. I

    have completed voluntary work at 3 rescue centres, one of which was in Korea, and so am very understanding of animals with varying temperaments as well as appropriate feeding and cleaning techniques.

    Laura's services

    At your home

    Dog Walking
    An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
    5 GBP for each additional pet
    10 GBP
    /walk
    One home visit a day
    Book a pet sitter to stop by your home to feed and play with your pet
    10 GBP
    /day
    Two home visits a day
    Two drop-in visits for your pet
    17 GBP
    /day
    House Sitting
    A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
    30 GBP
    /night

    Cancellation policy: Flexible

    Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

    Availability

    Laura's Pets

    Poppy
    Bichon Frisé

    Skills

    Specific Skills

    I speak English & Spanish & Other
    +10 years of experience
    Familiar with dog training techniques
    • BSc Neuroscience (including Animal Behaviour & Psychology modules)
    • Recent completion of University of Edinburgh's "EDIVET: DO you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?" online taster course (in preparation for veterinary school.)
    • Most recent DBS check was carried out in 2018 (for Adult Supported Living Support Worker position) but I am in the process of acquiring an up to date check.

    Can Administer

    Oral medications

    Experience with

    Animal welfare as a volunteer
    Rescuing pets
    Behavioural problems

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    Laura

    Laura

    The Dr Dolittle Of Somerset

    Bristol
    Dog walking
    Min. 30-minute walks
    5 GBP for each additional pet
    10 GBP
    /walk
    All services and rates
    Contact Laura

    Cancellation policy: Flexible

    Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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