As a professional dog walker and canine caregiver, I am happy to care for dog(s) in their home. Either by providing walks tailored to your 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 over 9 years experience as a pet care professional; both as a dog walker and kennel attendant with a municipal animal shelter. Happy to work with various dog breeds, ages (seniors always welcome), and behaviours (specializing in working with anxious and/or reactive dogs others may find difficult).
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, CRNMCL, CRACL, TKN, TKI, TKA, TKP. 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: CRNMCL and CRAMCL.
In addition to dogs, I care for indoor cats and other small animals. 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.
Visits are 20 minutes and can include a quick pee break, feeding, administering medications, and/or play & snuggles.
Walks are 45 minutes to an hour.
TL;DR: Worry Free Cat Care.
One of my cats is a bit snobby to other people, so it's extremely reassuring to see her warm up to Maria! Super attentive, super communicative, takes excellent pictures/care with daily updates--I had full confidence leaving my fur babies with Maria, and had that full confidence confirmed upon my return to two happy cats.
On a lighter note, the cat-themed leggings were a nice touch that solidified the good "Cat Person Vibes."
Would highly recommend Maria for any dog walking needs. She is great with my pup, and is able to work with our schedule. Made time to meet us before scheduling services.
Definitely will be utilizing her dog walking services again!
In addition to running the Dalriata Inn: Bed & Biscuit, 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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