I'd love to have a dog. I'm a huge dog person - without a dog (because of current living situation). Very sad. But I have much experience walking, dog/house sitting and generally being around dogs (who very rarey don't instantly like me!). Have been walking and looking after friends' dogs frequently now for several years. They are always very happy to see me. I can provide references from these owners, if you would like. :) I'm a self employed artist (predominantly a pet portrait artist actually.
I make pup portrait cushions... Hand painted, bespoke, luxurious - NOT advertising... Also oil paintings.) and often have a stand at dog shows/ events where I get to chat to people whilst petting their dogs (it's a hard life, isn't it?) I'm often walking in the countryside and National Trust gardens.
Unfortunately can't dog-sit in my own home, as I live in a shared house, but the house has a reasonable-sized high fenced/enclosed garden which a dog can be in temporarily (if for instance, the pup needs to be dropped off with me). I'm also a dog sitter and house sitter. I'm very quiet, tidy and respectful. Usually just bring my laptop and small painting I'm working on. Happy to do other little jobs whilst there. Collect post, take out bins, keep place tidy etc. No problem. I think dogs are wonderful little life-improving companions & I understand that they are valued family members. It would be a privilege to be trusted with someone's furry friend.
I would respect this and the pup would be my no.1 priority when in my care. I used to own a corn-snake, called Frankie. So I also have experience with looking after a reptile. Just let me know where you keep the mice or crickets! :)
Claire was fab with our puppy - calm and kind 🐶💕
Claire was fantastic with our Great Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Dog sitting for us while travelling to Australia. We are so thankful to have found such a responsible caring individual to look after an important member of our family. Claire walked Shebah regularly, ensured she was well fed and groomed (amazingly she was as white as when we left despite the weather). We have nothing but praise for Claire's care of our dog, we got regular updates and photos. (Thanks again Claire - also for the beautiful hand drawn portrait of Shebah saying "Welcome Home!")
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