Hello, I love both dogs and cats and it would be a pleasure to care for your furry friend!
My dog passed away in 2019 at 15 1/2 years old, so I'm definitely missing the everyday doggie moments. I have a flexible schedule that allows me to provide great care and attention to your cat or dog (or both).
I'm very close to the following neighbourhoods, but if you're not sure, message me as I may be able to help:
Cedarvale, Humewood, Forest Hill, South Hill, Hillcrest/Bracondale Hill, Wychwood Park, Corso Italia, Casa Loma, Davenport, The Annex, and Deer Park.
I can also visit the DOWNTOWN CORE of Toronto!
Description of services:
1. HOME VISITS:
I can provide home visits up to twice a day for your cat(s) and dog(s). The exact needs of your pet will be discussed of course, but I will clean and re-fill water bowls, prepare the usual food to your specifications, take your pooch for a 20-30 minute walk and for cats provide some play time and clean the litter box(es). Plants can also be watered and mail taken in if you will be away for a while. Detailed notes will be taken to ensure that your pet's routine is followed to your specifications! And of course daily updates and photos will be sent to you.
2. DOG WALKING:
I will take your pup for a good 30-minute walk around your neighbourhood. Your dog's likes/dislikes for walking can be discussed. (Where does he/she like to go?; what things scare your pooch? - e.g. skateboarders, buses, large dogs). This will be a fun outing for your furry friend! I can also feed your dog after the walk, just let me know.
3. HOUSE SITTING:
I'll come to your place while you're away to care for your dog(s), cat(s) and other small animals. Details will be discussed with you to ensure that your pet's routine is followed and that your home is well maintained. This service will include feeding to your specifications, cleaning/filling water bowls, playing with your furry friend(s), walking your pups, cleaning litter boxes and sweeping/vaccuuming any litter that may get tracked on your floors. Watering plants (indoors/outdoors), taking out garbage and recycling.
Walks: typically I provide 3-4 walks per day of at least 30-minutes. However this can be tailored to suit your dog's needs and usual schedule. More active dogs can receive longer walks and senior dogs can have shorter, more frequent walks if that works better. I can accommodate whatever works best for your pooch. Generally, I can commit to being in your home for 19-20 hours per day. And you will receive daily updates and photos of your pal(s).
4. BOARDING & DAYCARE:
I have a roomy 1-bedroom apartment (large living room, lots of floor space, long hallway and hardwood throughout) near St. Clair and Bathurst. I do not have a fenced backyard, however I'm close to the Nordheimer and Cedarvale ravines, Casa Loma, and parks - lots of wonderful green space! I will provide your dog with 3-4 good walks per day of around 30 minutes each; the number/length of walks can be adjusted to suit your dog's needs. I will only board 1 dog at a time to ensure that your special pal receives the utmost care and attention. (An exception could be made if 2 small dogs are from the same household).
Bedtime - Your dog can roam my place or be crated as per his/her routine and your wishes. Your pooch is welcome to sleep on my couch, but if you have a bed or if your dog sleeps in a crate, please bring it along so he/she feels at home. Toys and treats will only be given if approved by you in advance. And of course, you will receive daily updates and pictures of your pal.
I can accept both puppies that have been house trained and mature canines. Rest assured, my priority is to provide a loving and fun experience for your pet, while adhering to your specific guidelines for care.
Availability: My availability for the above services will be 7 days per week (unless I am already fully booked for the period that you are requesting).
NOTE: I take hand washing and cleanliness very seriously and always wash my hands when entering my apartment, your home or after touching a pet. I look forward to meeting you and your furry friend!
Christine was amazing doing home visits for our cats. She was very prepared when we first met with all the right questions and ensured everything was well taken care of on a daily basis. We got detailed updates and cats seemed to really take to her. Highly recommend!
I’m so glad I found Christine! I’m a crazy cat mom and a registered veterinary technician, and I usually leave my boys in the care of a friend who is also a vet tech, so I was super nervous about having a new person look after them.
We arranged a meet and greet, and I could tell immediately that my boys were comfortable with her.
While I was gone, I received regular updates including photos of my cats acting like everything was totally normal.
And when I got home, they were certainly happy to see me, but they definitely weren’t acting like I’d been gone for weeks. Sometimes when I’m gone for even a few days, they get really clingy when I get home, but not this time!
If I could give more than five stars, I would!
I've been looking after dogs since I was a youngster and have over 7 years experience in caring for cats. I have watched dogs that are both young and elderly, zen and frisky. In addition to my own pets, I house sat a lively 9 year-old dog for 10 months and have provided care for other people's dogs since 2006 and cats since 2012.
I am skilled at the following:
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