Experience/Qualifications: I’m 23, located in CHCH CBD but can travel as needed to meet, walk and care for your furry friends. I have a degree in BSC animal science and physiology (majoring and minoring in areas such as welfare, behaviour, training, and equine) and have volunteered at vet clinics for 8-12 weeks at a time over the last 3 years. I’ve also passed 2 rounds of vet selection and their exams so I’ve got the skills and experience handling a wide range of breeds, ages, sizes and behaviours. I don’t live with my own pet due to renting but like spending my free time at my parents’ lifestyle block with their dogs and farm animals (picture with Alice, one of my pet cows included).
About me: I work full time in a government role, usually 8-6pm Monday - Friday but am free outside of these hours and on weekends. I’m here to walk, feed, pat and look after your pet/s where and when needed when you're away. I understand pets can get nervous or confused when left alone or in kennels/catteries so I’m here to make that time apart as easy as possible for both you and them while you’re away! They are like big hairy kids after all! I grew up on a lifestyle block surrounded with dogs and other animals my whole life and have years of experience with raising and caring for rabbits, sheep, cows, chickens etc also. I’ve even done a few sheep shearing seasons and fostered ill hedgehogs over the last 5-6 years! I want to work with dogs as a profession eventually so walking and caring for your animals would be an absolute dream! Ive always passed police and drug testing and have never had a problem with an animal whilst in my care and company.
Walks are 30-45 minutes depending on what your pooch can handle/your preference.
House/pet sitting hours are approximately 6:30pm-7am on weekdays to fit in with work and weekends are majority of the day with the exception of attending other bookings, personal outings etc. This includes feeding, fresh water daily and 1 walk/day (if needed) as well as providing your pooch with top quality company and doggo yarns! I require access to internet during my overnight stays for work.
Pet visits usually take 30 minutes. I feed them, check and refresh their water and anything else they need; toilet and let them have a run around the garden if kept inside and will provide top quality company and conversation to ensure they’ve had a good day! A second house visit takes up to 30minutes to repeat the above jobs (if required). Visits do not include a walk - this is a separate service as per Pawshake services outlines so please do not expect this add on unless you are booking it separately.
I send a photo and/or update each day (depending on owner preference) during the service and will leave your house clean and tidy as you left it prior to the service. Please specify if your animal baby has specific requirements eg. walking away from other dogs, special food, medication, fears around vehicles/cats/other dogs etc. to make sure the service runs smoothly.
Any other questions, please feel free to message me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Ellen did a wonderful job looking after our middle age and elderly labradors. We’ll be delighted to have her care for them again.
Ellen house and dog sat for me for two long periods (5 days and 7 days). I have a very enthusiastic chocolate lab. Both house and dog were well looked after and I received regular amusing updates from Ellen. I would recommend Ellen
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