Guest dogs become part of our family, sleep in the bedroom with us, watch TV with us, have yard time with us, and continue their routine. We specialize in small dogs, geriatric dogs, special needs dogs, and dogs with medical issues. My husband is semi-retired, so usually one of us is home. I go out to take care of other pets, so I’m not home 24 hours/day, but I’m usually not gone for more than 2 hours at a time. When I go out of town, Linda, my associate pet sitter, stays at my house to take care of my guys and guest dogs. Between us, we try to be available as much as humanly possible, but there are times we book our completely.
Our clients are primarily Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Maltese, Yorkipoos, and Bichons and Shih Tzus. Most of our Dachshunds have spinal issues/partial paralysis, so we are absolutely aware of the fragility of small dogs. We care for a few larger dogs, most with special needs, always completely apart from the fragile little ones. We’re very cautious and very careful introducing new guests, don’t want to overwhelm them, so we go slowly.
Sleepover rates are $40.00/day for one dog, $65-75.00/day for two dogs, partial days are charged partial rate. Holidays are $5.00 extra. All dogs need to be current on vaccinations and flea control program, bordetella vaccine is required. A copy of shot record is needed.
The Home Boarding Process
We always have a get acquainted meeting with our boarding guests to be sure we’re all comfortable. Your little one needs a chance to get familiar with us, sniff around and explore. It takes about an hour, we fill out the paperwork detailing your dog’s care, you see my house and yard. Cost is 25.00. I’m located in north Austin off Hwy 620. I have a 5 year old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix who loves to play, and an old rescue Dachshund mix who likes to sleep. I keep my dogs separated (baby gates) from guest dogs until everyone’s adjusted and comfortable.
We need your vet’s name and number, and your emergency contact person in case I can’t reach you while you’re away. It can be anyone you trust and knows how you feel about your dogs and can help make decisions.
When boarding we need to coordinate drop off date/time and pick up date/time. Stuff to bring: bedding, blankie, toys, food, meds, treats, food and water bowls, collar, leash, t-shirt with your scent, whatever is needed to continue the routine and help your dog to feel secure and comfortable.
Let me know about any health issues, fears, special needs or concerns.