Mike

Caring and responsible sitter and walker

Sunninghill
2 times favorited
1 recurring guest
Lives with 1 dog
Lives with Sprocker Monty
Usually responds within one hour
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Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
20 GBP for each additional pet
40 GBP
/day
All services and rates

About Mike

I'm in my mid-50s and keen to develop my work with animals. I've had a career as a journalist with the BBC for more than 30 years, and I'm now looking for a fresh challenge with something else I really enjoy and care passionately about. I've decided that new challenge will be helping take care of people's beloved dogs. I've had my own family spaniel for almost nine years now, and I love spending time with him. I have also looked after other peoples' dogs, both in their own homes and picking them up for walks and returning them after, and I enjoy the responsibility and the satisfaction of knowing that I've given a dog a really happy experience. It's a position of great trust, and I really appreciate an owner placing their faith in me to look after their dog. It's an incredible privilege. I'm going to have a lot more time on my hands in future, so I want to put that time to good use. I know there is high demand for people who can put as much love and care into dogs as their owners do, and I really feel I can do that. I have a lot of flexibility during the week and at weekends, so I'm more than happy to talk about any arrangement which suits owners.

We have a four bedroomed home in Ascot in Berkshire which has plenty of space. We also have great walking spaces nearby, including Windsor Great Park with the lovely Virginia Water Lake and also Sunninghill Park. 

We can administer any oral medication your dogs need. We are happy to entertain them with games when they need occupying, but equally we know when they need to be left alone for some rest!

When it comes to boarding, we would rather only board one dog at a time. For walking, two at a time is our preference. We want to be able to give each dog the love and attention they deserve, and we don't think that's always possible when dogs are being walked in packs of half a dozen.

We  tailor our walks to what's most comfortable for your dog. We are careful not to exercise animals in extreme heat (not a common experience in the UK we know!) so we will walk early morning and later in the evening if the day is really hot. Pads can get burned on hot pavements.

We can walk for as long or short as you like! Our Monty is used to lovely walks round Virginia Water Lake in Surrey, which is 4.5 miles, but we understand if that might be too far for your dog. We happily design walks to fit the subject!

We usually work on the basis of two decent walks a day, in the morning and evening. But we are very flexible and can provide what's best for your dog.

We won't leave an animal alone while they are in our care. There will always be someone at home with them.

We are not distracted by other work when we have your dog in our care - they are our top priority.







Mike's services

At the sitter's home

Doggy Day Care
Doggy Day Care
Daytime care for your dog at the sitter's home.
20 GBP for each additional pet
40 GBP
/day

At your home

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

Mike also offers

Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

Doggy day care and Dog walks always have a flexible cancellation policy:

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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House Sitting
Mike, 2023-10-30

Mike is a fantastic dog/house sitter. Dogs very happy, house clean and tidy. Lovely guy. Recommend him highly.

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Doggy Day Care
Mike, 2023-09-11

Mike was an excellent sitter. He clearly loves dogs and looked after our two Setters with great care over a full day.

He updated us with some pictures of them and they were very happy.

Would thoroughly recommend him.

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Availability

Mike's Pets

Monty
Sprocker

About Mike's Home

Accepted pets

Puppies
< 1 year
Dog sizes
0-40 kg
Dog ages
0-20 years

Mike's home

A medium outdoor area
has kids older than ten
24/7 supervision
A fully fenced backyard

Walking areas

Nearby off-leash dog area
Urban, Country side & Forest

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & Italian
+5 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
I have had my own spaniel for almost nine years from a puppy, and I've looked after a variety of other dogs for their owners too

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Mike

Mike

Caring and responsible sitter and walker

Sunninghill
Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
20 GBP for each additional pet
40 GBP
/day
All services and rates
Contact Mike

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

Doggy day care and Dog walks always have a flexible cancellation policy:

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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