Pet Sitting and Animal Massage
I love animals. I've had decades of experience working with pets, including my first dog-walking job when I was eight years old. I've worked as a veterinary assistant and boarding kennel supervisor, and I've volunteered at PAWS.
I have a lot of patience and love for special-needs pets, including the timid, shy ones, or ones needing medical care like sub-cue fluids or pills. I'm experienced with a wide variety of dogs (from chihuahuas to Great Danes and everything inbetween), cats, birds, rabbits, and even a variety of rodents. (Have you ever heard of a degu? They're so cute!)
Animals enrich my life. They are my friends, so I treat them with the best care, like a good friend does, going out of my way to make sure they feel safe and loved. I feel like animals are my equals, and that I am in relationship with them (as opposed to having ownership over them like they are objects). And yet I also recognize that I also have a responsibility to care for them and keep them out of harm. Basically I treat them like they are really smart kids. :) Ultimately I'm "the boss," but I also talk to them about what they need and and want and like, and when it's appropriate, I let them guide our course, following their cues about whether it's playtime or nap time. When I spend the night in your home, I give your pets a lot of focused attention, so that they can look forward to our visits instead of mourning the absence of their people. I help them feel at home, even when their human family are out of town.
Because of my ease in interacting with pets, I also offer Animal Consultations. I am available to visit with your pet for a minimum of one hour, and using a combination of animal communication, educated observation, and physical evaluation & assessment, I can relay information to you about your pet's health, behavior, mood, and desires. I have helped many people and their pets live healthier happier lives. Sometimes this means discovering ailments that need veterinary care, other times it means figuring out a way to make a pet's life more comfortable (favorite toys, new bed, whatever they need/want). If I am unable to offer any insights, there is no charge, so it's a no-risk service!
My base rate for Overnight Pet-Sitting starts at $65/night for up to two pets. Each additional pet is another $5/night, and extreme medical needs (such as sub-cue fluids) is an additional $5/night. This includes feeding 1-2 times per day, 1-2 walks per day (for dogs), playtime and petting and snuggles, cleaning the litterbox (for cats), and staying overnight in your home. For dogs that need midday care, I can arrange to have my partner Kevin Haggerty (aka The Reality Doula) stay with the pets during the day. Kevin does not have my medical background, but he is a gentle soul who is beloved by humans and animals alike. Even the shyest pets always feel comfortable with Kevin. You will meet us both before we put you on our calendar, to make sure everyone is a good fit. We do not stay with pets under 1 year of age.
My rate for Animal Consultation begins at $30 for a one hour visit. If this visit is inconclusive, there is no charge, and I will recommend we follow up with a two hour visit for $45. Usually I can get some good information by this point, but occasionally there are circumstances in which I am still unclear after a two hour visit. If this happens, I will recommend an overnight visit for $60.
The Animal Consultation is always complimentary with any Overnight Pet-Sitting.
In addition to the above, I am currently studying Small Animal Massage at the Northwest School of Animal Massage. Though I am not yet certified to charge for these services, many clients love receiving my practice work.
To inquire about Overnight Pet-Sitting or Animal Consultation, please use the contact form below: