I'm a 32 year old master's degree student who has just returned from a working holiday in Australia. During this time, I had the chance to meet a lot of great owners and their pets and I had an amazing time pet sitting around the city of Melbourne!
I will be returning to my studies at the University of Jyväskylä this autumn, meaning I currently have a flexibility in my schedule and would love to spend this time with some lovely puppies.
I take pride in being conscientious and reliable meaning that your pet will be my top priority whilst in my care.
Motivation and Experience:
Ever since I can remember, I've loved spending time with animals. From a very young age, I have helped look after different animals ranging from hamsters to cats, dogs, and even cows (yes, cows... I lived on a farm once upon a time).
I grew up in a household where there were always cats of different ages (kittens to more senior felines) and backgrounds (strays/rescues) meaning that I have 20+ years of experience in looking after cats of all temperaments.
I have previously also looked after big and small dogs (including puppies), and been a dog sitter for various acquaintances prior to becoming a regular dog sitter through Pawshake in October 2017.
I am currently able to offer services for both dog walking within the Jyväskylä area and dog boarding (overnight) at my apartment in Kortepohja.
I live in a one bedroom apartment which has an open plan livingroom and kitchen/entrance, a separate bedroom, and two medium sized balconies where the pups can enjoy some sunshine on warm days.
There is a lot of space in the apartment for dogs to play in and plenty of nature and walking routes nearby for the dog boarding puppies to enjoy.
I live alone so the home boarding dogs don't need to worry about being overwhelmed by multiple residents during their stay. I'm also nearing the end of my university degree meaning that a lot of my time is going to be spent at home working on my thesis so I will be and able to keep dog boarding puppies company without having to run off to lectures.
One-off dog walks (Dog Walking service) range from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length. The length of a walk will be specified with the owner based on how long their dog usually likes to walk (as well as taking into account any medical / mobility issues of the pet). Depending on location, I am able to offer two walks per day for the same pet.
Other walks, for the dogs who stay with me overnight (Dog Boarding Service), usually consist of:
Some dogs absolutely love long walks and I am happy to go and take them to the walking tracks in Laajavuori or around the beaches and parks of Tuomiojärvi and Viitaniemi multiple times a day.
However, others prefer a shorter / brisk walk and like to decide when they’re done. So, for those more exercise averse puppies, I stick to the local area and we potter around in the grassy / wooded parts of Kortepohja instead until they are ready to turn back and go home for a nap.
Owners will need to provide all food and treats for the duration of each pet's stay as this is the best way to ensure they eat according to their specific dietary requirements. I always discuss the food quantities, times, and frequencies with each owner as this varies a lot from one dog to another.
If pets will be staying with me for an extended length of time then I am also happy to discuss the purchase of any food items which may spoil if bought too far in advance i.e. vegetables/fresh meat etc and this can then be planned accordingly.
Dog boarding guests can choose where they would prefer to sleep when they stay over. I have a day bed in the living room which acts as a sofa, a double bed in my bedroom, and plenty of floor space for their own doggy bed to be set up.
Health and Safety:
In order to keep myself, my customers, and the general community safe and healthy from COVID-19, I am currently only able to do Meet & Greet appointments in open, outdoor spaces such as parks or gardens.
I would also prefer to collect dogs for their walks from outside of their homes (e.g. the owner and dog would meet me at the outside door for pick-up and drop-off).
If you have a booking but suddenly begin to feel unwell or suspects that you may have come into contact with a person who has COVID-19 then I am happy to discuss cancellations or amendments of your booking which will allow us to keep everyone safe and well.
I speak both Finnish and English, so feel free to contact me using either language.
Tina was absolutely fantastic. When we first met her, it was obvious that she was very familiar with dogs and would be able to manage our slightly naughty 10 month old puppy. Tina updated us about our pets while we were away and sent through photos which we really appreciated. We arrived home to a clean and tidy house, and to very happy animals. I don't think they missed us at all!
Tina has looked after Max & Mary on two separate occasions and has been wonderful both times.
Tina sends me pictures and updates every day.
The second time Tina looked after my fur babies Mary had just been to the vets with a sore eye and needed to have 4 drops a day in her eye. Tina was so amazing and looked after her so well. I would highly recommend Tina to look after your fur babies. She is so sweet and loving to them.
Tina also looked after my house so well. The house is cleaner when I arrive home than I left it.
Thanks Tina. We LOVE you. X
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