Do you do pet care out of your home? Or do you come to mine?
Because I am heavily involved with rescue and have several pets of my own, I am unable to bring clients’ pets into my home on a regular basis. In my experience, pets are more comfortable in their own home. They are excited when I arrive to feed them and walk them and spend time with them, and when I go, they can get back to sleeping in their own bed, where they are comfortable and happy. Because I will be responsible for not only keeping your pets safe and secure, but also your home, please know I have undergone thorough criminal background checks and they are available per your request. I keep your house key labeled with code and kept in a lockbox when not in use.
Do you offer overnight visits?
Because I have several special needs pets in my home, I am unable to stay overnight at your home with your pet. I am able to do late night visits as well as early morning visits to your home to ensure they don’t have to hold it for long. (NOTE: For small breeds, seniors, puppies, or animals confined in crates or laundry rooms, etc. while you are away, it is my policy to do no less than 4 visits per day. I will do no less than every other day for cats.) I can offer a referral to a colleague who does offer overnight pet sitting/house sitting or boarding services.
Do you offer pet taxi service?
I am happy to transport your pet to and from the groomers or vet appointments or boarding facilities, etc. I have an insured vehicle, set up for safe dog transport, and extra crates of all sizes if needed.
Will my dog have one on attention?
I occasionally walk dogs together if they are well-rounded, social dogs and need to be walked at the same time. Otherwise, I schedule walks back to back to give personal attention to EVERY client. I am experienced with dogs that have social issues and always practice safe and solitary walks using lose leash walking and non-force, positive reinforcement techniques.
My pet has medical issues. Can you work with that?
I have experience with various medical issues in cats and dogs. I am happy to give oral and topical medications as well as deal with special dietary feeding restrictions and injections.
Where is your service area?
For clients on vacations, I include most parts of Southern Whatcom County. For regularly scheduled walks, I service Sehome Hill, South Hill, Chuckanut, Edgemoor, and Fairhaven. See map →
Are you Licensed and Insured?
Yessiree Bob!! I am also a preferred provider at Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital and Maplewood Animal Hospital. I am Pet CPR and First Aid Certified, as well. I have gone through several criminal background checks for various volunteer positions, so can ensure you that your home and pets are in trustworthy hands.
Do you do off-leash walks, runs, or trail hikes?
I prefer to keep my doggy clients leashed for their safety and mine and I prefer to avoid heavily populated areas to avoid off leash dogs or reactivity triggers. However, some clients prefer I taxi their pets to the dog park for some off leash play or to go swimming off leash, which is fine, too, in designated off leash areas. Off-leash walks and hikes are rare, unless requested. Please see my Resource page for referrals on off leash dog walkers.
Do you send updates when I’m out of town?
I send a text or email (your preference) when I have “started service” for clients on vacation. If you would like daily updates or pictures, I can do that, too. I ask that upon returning home, you verify by calling, texting or emailing me so I know that I can “end service.” I will continue service regardless of my scheduled end date/time, until I hear from you, so a prompt “I’m home!” call is appreciated.
How do you bill and how do I pay?
Invoices are due in full within 10 days of the last day of service. For consistent regularly scheduled mid-day walks, invoices are sent via email monthly and are due on the 10th the following month. Paypal is available if need be with a 5% additional fee. Cash or check is preferred. Bank transfers are also available. Contact me for routing info. A 15% extended care discount is available for daily pet care of 3 weeks or longer.