About Seattle In-Your-Home Pet Care
Did you notice that this service is called ‘pet
care’ not ‘pet-sitting’? That’s because the service I provide isn’t about
sitting around while your pet lies on his/her bed, or in a crate, or in the
yard—sad and anxious while you’re away. My mission is to provide your pets with
the best experience while you can’t be with them—to distract them from mourning
your absence with fun and involving activities and affectionate attention. I
give pooches and kitties therapeutic massages to help them relax and mellow.
They’ll be relaxed and cheerful when they hear your footsteps in the front hall.
I engage your animals in conversation and play.
When I take your dogs on
multiple daily walks, I talk to them, too. I get down on the floor or the grass
in your yard and play tug-of-war and fetch. Think dogs are the only ones who
‘speak?’ Don’t tell that to Tabby and Tigger, two cats I care for who like
nothing better than to have impromptu gabfests. I even chat with Freddy the fish
when I feed him, when I get up and before going to sleep. After all, pets are
Well, not exactly. And it’s important to respect each pet as a unique individual
creature. If your pet needs his/her space, I honor that need. But if he/she
needs a good cuddle…wants to sleep in my bed (with your permission), I’m happy
to oblige. Let’s face it. I admire Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, and accept my
role as the alpha mom. But if it comes to a choice between being the alpha or
being a mom, I confess: I’m the mommy! My clients tell me I have a special
connection with their animals, and I think they’re right.
The best thing you can do for your pets while they’re under my care is to
prepare a sheet that informs me about them in detail: Their likes…dislikes…and
quirks. Does your pet love music, peanut butter?
Stax lets you know she likes
you by sitting on your foot! Lottie doesn’t want to see you in the kitchen, but
she wants you to comfort her on the Fourth of July when firecrackers are
exploding. Butch likes to sleep in late, but once he’s fully awake, he loves you
to get down on his level and throw toys and growl. When one of my Peanuts
writhes on the floor, she doesn’t need to be rushed to the vet—she’s doing her
‘happy dance’ and wants you to rub her tummy! And the other Peanut lets you know
he isn’t hungry and wants you to save his food for later by covering his bowl
with his blanket. Rocky may only weigh a few pounds, but he’s the King of
Fetch when it comes to his toys. And Willy is Mr. Mellow, except when you leave
your shoes out to tempt him.
The point of all this is to let you know that caring for pets isn’t just a job,
it’s a mission—one I embrace with dedication, love and a sense of humor. When I
moved to Virginia, one of my dogs at the time, Bucky, had an auto-immune disease
that precluded his getting a rabies shot. Since the airlines wouldn’t let him
fly without that vaccination, I drove him and his litter-mate, Spanky, across
the country. In other words I go the extra mile for animals—or in this case 2200
If this sounds like the kind of service you want for your pet when you’re away,
please be in touch by phone (206.306.5874) or
Lake Forest Park