As a professional pet care professional and dog walker, I am happy to care for your dog(s), indoors cat(s), or other small pets in their home. Either by providing walks tailored to each dog’s needs, or visiting to feed, provide a quick potty break, and/or provide socialization for your pet.
I am a DogSafe Certified caregiver with nearly 10 years experience as a pet care professional; both as a dog walker and kennel attendant with a municipal animal shelter. Working at an animal shelter has provided me with training and experience in caring for a large variety of pets including; dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, rats, mice, hamster, gerbils, turtles, fish, and various types of birds.
My service area includes Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and Port Moody. However, I would be delighted to recommend some wonderful pet care professionals in other areas if requested. I’m no longer accepting new dog walk only clients via PawShake, but I would be delighted to do a meet and greet to book cat or other small animal visits.
Currently I have two Nova Scotia Duck Tollers, Penny and Nemo. Penny is 9 years old, loves cuddles, hiking in the woods, learning new tricks, and competing in Rally-O. She has earned the following titles: CGN, RN, RA, CRN MCL, CRA CL, CRX MCL, CRNT MCL, NTD, ITD, ATD, ETD. Nemo is 4 years old, struggles with severe anxiety but has made huge strides since joining our family. He loves to play fetch, run agility, and sniff every blade of grass while on a walk. Nemo has earned the following titles: CRN MCL, CRA MCL, CRNT MCL.
Maria is clearly experienced. I had forgotten to tell her that one of my cats will only drink from a running tap.
Next thing you know, she sends me a photo of my cat drinking from the tap.
I have 3 cats. One is on insulin with 2 injections a day.
She was very cognizant of the importance of the timing for the shots.
She was very responsive to my extra messages.
Bonus; she sent me some great photos of my cats.
Maria was of great help with my kitties during my vacation. She kept us updated every day with cute pics, and was on time for the couple of times we met in person. She also accommodated some last minute schedule changes in the visits. I certainly recommend Maria!
I have worked as a dog walker leading group hikes for over 5 years, as well as worked as a Kennel Attendant for the City of Vancouver Animal Services. While working with Animal Services I received extensive training in dealing with difficult dogs as well as general care of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals. To ensure the best care possible, I continue to attend petcare seminars and am an active member in the local dog community.
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