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 took really great care of our babies! They absolutely loved her
Claire came to meet us and our pets before we left them in our care. She was on time, friendly, well prepared with questions and very open to answer all questions we had. She was clearly very keen to meet our cat and dog and interacted with them sensibly and in a friendly way. We had no hesitation in leaving our pets in Claire’s capable hands. Again she arrived right on time and listened carefully to what we wanted her to do. She also offered to keep in contact overnight If we would like her to. I would definitely recommend Claire and use her again myself.
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