I am Veronika, I recently graduated with a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience researching animal behavior (UofC). I’m taking an extended post-graduation break and work part time from home, therefore, I have a very flexible schedule allowing me to do what I love most - care for dogs and other animals; I can dog walk, drop in, and pet sit (house sit) almost any time. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE all animals! I have owned dogs, cats, birds and fish and I worked with them in my studies for 8 years.
I am (perhaps, overly) responsible and reliable. I will take care of your pets and your home as my own and would love to take your pets for a walk! I am comfortable with all species, ages, breeds, temperaments, and sizes.
I don’t drive, and therefore prefer to work in the NW and Central areas of Calgary. Other locations are negotiable!
Im new to Pawshake but not pet sitting. I have a lot of references available, some excerpts from them you can see below!
As a side note - I used to own a cleaning business and will be happy to provide pre-arrival house cleaning when I house sit (as agreed upon).
Rates: Everything is customizable/ negotiable to yours your pet’s needs!
House sitting : • Lots of love, playtime, companionship for your pets • Food, water, meds, cleaning up messes/ litter boxes • Home security, mail, garbage, watering plants • Floor cleaning for stays 3 days and over • Daily updates and pictures•I care for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet pigs, hamsters, ferrets, reptiles, birds and fish tanks.
Dog walks on-leash dog walking service is tailored and customized for each dog depending on their needs, age and fitness level • + $5 additional dog, up to 2 dogs at a time • Checking water and food • Cleaning paws with a towel • Pick up waste on the walk • Lots of love • Walk updates and pictures
If the rate of house sitting is too much for your budget (especially students and seniors), contact me and we can agree on a price that is manageable for you!
I cannot wait to meet you and your fur babies!
Excerpts from my verified references:
"Veronica’s experience working with animals as part of her neuroscience studies has made her particularly aware of and attuned to the subtleties of animal behavior and our pets’ experiences while we were away were much better for it. Veronika ... not only cared for our pets but also for our plants and our house. We always came home to everything being in great shape and clean and tidy ....I would recommend her most highly.....hire (veronika) and your pets will be happy!." Dr. M Boyes; pet & house sitting; 2016-2019
"It was awesome to have someone as trustworthy as Veronika to entrust my house and animals to! I would highly recommend Veronika to anyone looking for a pet & house sitter" Thakray, S. MSc; house and cat sitting; 2016
"Veronika ... was very kind, attentive & asked a lot of questions in prep for the stay. Needless to say, pretty sure our dogs were ready to trade-in owners ;) Nikki M; dog sitting; 2019
"It was such a relief to know my dog was very well cared for while we were away! .. It was nice coming home to a clean house and a happy, healthy dog" Ector, G.; house sitting, dog walking; 2019
"We were very happy with her service: the house was very clean, our two cats were healthy and cheerful when we came back. We would definitely turn to Veronika in the future and would recommend her services to all our friends." Kwetny, G. MAA; house and cat sitting; 2019
"Veronika was a pleasure to deal with in all aspects of the stay. Coming home after a vacation to my happy and relaxed fur babies was priceless!" Victoria D: house sitting, dog walking; 2019
"We “found” Veronika ... That was several years ago now and since then we have used her ... exclusively to look after our house and pet family members while we travel, which is frequently. I have never been disappointed (her) services . ......For anybody looking for responsible, caring, and reliable pet and house sitters I would highly recommend Veronika" Gomez, E.; pet sitting; 2016-2019
"The dogs appeared to enjoy their company & were very comfortable with her. ..... We will definitely be asking Veronika to watch our dogs again" Nikki M; dog sitting; 2019
"It was great having (Veronika) so we could enjoy our vacation!" Kathy Q; dog walking; 2019
Veronika was amazing! She was very responsive to my messages and came early to meet the cats, see the layout of the house and get the information that she needed while I was away. She asked excellent questions and was very prepared. She sent me daily updates including photos and videos of my kitties! My cats enjoyed her visit and were happy and healthy when I returned. You can tell that Veronika loves animals and treats them as her own. I will definitely be getting Veronika to watch my cats again next time I am away!
Veronika is an awesome cat sitter! It can be stressful to leave a pet behind while travelling, but I had complete peace of mind knowing that my cat was being well taken care of by Veronika. She sent went above and beyond my expectations by sending photos/videos and updates every day to let me know how my cat was doing, made sure that my cat got enough attention and cuddles, carefully communicated any questions or concerns, and did an excellent job of keeping my home clean, tidy and secure. I came back to a happy, healthy kitty and would very highly recommend Veronika to anyone looking for a new pet sitter!
I have a degree in animal behaviour and an animal handling certificate from the UofC
Have a current police background check
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