Hi, I'm Marlaina!
I love animals and I've had pets for as long as I can remember. I used to live in Alberta where we had some cats that had about 3 litters each before we were finally able to get them spayed (they ran out the door on us). I got the chance to experience both cats give birth to so many kittens, and got the chance to learn how to care for them in a way that can not be replaced. Later on when my family moved again, we got dogs (puppies at the time), so all of us got to experience what it was like to train dogs as well! It was fun for sure, and back home our dogs are still with my mom and brothers and they live with cats in the house as well, so I come from a very pet friendly home.
I do work a lot so if I'm petsitting, I will only be able to drop by twice per day max as I also work during the day (9-5). I DO, however, promise to ensure your pets have lots of food and water available. Their care is my #1 priority! When I go away for vacation, my pet sitter only visits once a day as well and it's been perfectly fine. Have a cat? I will play with him/her! Have a different type of pet like a chinchilla, ferret or bunny? I will let them out of their cage (if allowed) to get their daily exercise! I'm open to babysitting other pets I haven't listed as well :) Always love learning about different animals!
Not that there's an option to charge more per animal, but if I'm simple dropping in for a visit, I wouldn't charge per animal. As an owner of more than one furball, I know how difficult it can be to find someone who is affordable and reliable. I understand very well so I want to provide the service that I would hope to receive in return :)
I use What'sApp as recommended by this site (free texting) so you can message me after I pre-approve your booking so we can chat to see if it's a good match to make sure your pet is taken care of :) If you're unable to text, please send a message through Pawshake so we can chat! I look forward to pet sitting for you :)
I'm not a professional in any way, just an avid animal lover. As mentioned, I grew up with pets. So there definitely were lots of times when I had to wash the dogs and even give the cats baths (some of them grew to enjoy the water! :D). I have experience clipping their nails as well as well as giving oral medication.
Working at a doggy daycare has helped me understand dogs better (behaviour and body language) and surprisingly, a lot of their behaviours are similar to those in other animals like cats! So I have a better understanding if an animal is becoming stressed and how to counter that or help. At the daycare, we do keep things consistent so even though we are not professional trainers, we do help the dogs behave through positive reinforcement while they are playing or simply saying hello to another. Animal behaviour is very interesting to me! :)