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Grace

Doggie Smiles

Auckland
10 times favorited
3 recurring guests
Last booked yesterday
Last contacted yesterday
Lives with 1 cat
Usually responds within few hours
16 h ago
Last activity
<3h
Response time
100%
Response rate
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
25 NZD for each additional pet
35 NZD
/walk
All services and rates

About Grace

Kia ora, my name is Grace (she/her), 27, a Zoologist based in Auckland, New Zealand. I love animals, having grown up being surrounded by many animals (with the most being 5 cats, 4 dogs, and fish at one time). This love for animals is what inspired me to study Zoology and follow a career in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Since finishing my MSc in Zoology, I have worked with a lizard consultancy company in New Zealand and as a seasonal ecologist surveying bats in the UK. Currently, I work casually as a Conservation Officer and also in Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum so I am only able to take on specific jobs that are closer to home (Mt Eden area) due to time constraints at the moment. As a nature lover, I enjoy going on hikes and taking dogs for a variety of nature walks, such as to the beach, bush, and parks.

My dog walking/pet sitting experience includes working as a dog walker and pet sitter with Happy Wags in Christchurch in 2018–2019 and with Pawshake since 2019, in addition to having grown up surrounded by animals (dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, a mouse, and a budgie) and looking after friends’ pets when they have gone away. I have experience grooming dogs and cats (i.e., cutting nails, brushing, and bathing) and giving medications (i.e., de-fleaing, eye drops for conjunctivitis, and oral medications). I also have experience looking after animals from a range of ages, from puppies/kittens, going through toilet and obedience training with them, to old dogs/cats, keeping them comfortable and supplying them with their daily medications.

The services I offer include:

  • Dog walking, where I come and collect your dog up from home, take them on a walk for 1 hour (let me know if your pet needs shorter walks), and then bring them back home.
    • Home visits, where I will visit your home to feed and top up water for your pet and can also spend up to 1 hour socialising with your pet.
      • I am currently no longer doing any house sitting at the moment.
      • When booking with me I really appreciate having a list of important things noted down for when I arrive to help your pet’s time with me. This information includes:

        • quantity of meals;
        • where to dispose of litter;
        • medications needed (when to take; how much);
        • allergies or dietary requirements;
        • treats and discipline;
        • length of walks (on/off lead, friendliness with other dogs, etc.);
        • any behavioural issues;
        • parking for me;
        • emergency contacts (your number(s), local vet number, etc.).
        • I understand that a pet is not just a pet but part of the family so I will ensure that your baby is safe in a loving environment surrounded by loving people, being attentive to their needs. So, if you're interested in booking with me, please enquire within and I hope to be caring for your animals soon. 

          Additionally, please note I am triple vaccinated and will be masked during meetings and visits.

          Grace's services

          At your home

          Dog Walking
          An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
          25 NZD for each additional pet
          35 NZD
          /walk
          One home visit a day
          Book a pet sitter to stop by your home to feed and play with your pet
          35 NZD
          /day
          Two home visits a day
          Two drop-in visits for your pet
          60 NZD
          /day

          Grace also offers

          Pick up / drop off

          Cancellation policy: Moderate

          Full refund if canceled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward. No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.
          Doggy day care and dog walks always have flexible cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards. No refund is possible after the booking has started.

          Reviews

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          Value
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          Dog Walking
          Tracy, 2022-07-30

          Reliable, flexible & caring

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          Dog Walking
          Lydia, 2022-05-28

          Thank you!

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          Availability

          Grace's Pets

          Guava
          Cat

          Skills

          Specific Skills

          I speak English
          < 5 years of experience
          Familiar with dog training techniques
          • Qualifications: MSc in Zoology, PGDipSci in Wildlife Management, BSc in Zoology
          • NZ Full Driver's Licence; Drive to Survive Level 1; Defensive Driving Course
          • Experience dog walking and dog/cat sitting through Happy Wags

          Can Administer

          Oral medications

          Experience with

          Animal welfare as a volunteer
          Rescuing pets
          Behavioural problems

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          Grace

          Grace

          Doggie Smiles

          Auckland
          Dog walking
          Min. 30-minute walks
          25 NZD for each additional pet
          35 NZD
          /walk
          All services and rates
          Contact Grace

          Cancellation policy: Moderate

          Full refund if canceled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward. No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.
          Doggy day care and dog walks always have flexible cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards. No refund is possible after the booking has started.

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