Hi, my name is Lisa, I'm 39 years old and I'm an avid animal lover! We always had loads of animals growing up: dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, turtles, hamsters etc. I can't physically walk past a dog without wanting to say hello. My last pet baby (my best girl Boo, the black and white dog pictured above) passed away 5 years ago and I hadn't been able to build up the courage to go through losing another pet so decided not to adopt again. However, my sister is a veterinary nurse and would sometimes foster or mind other people's dogs and I quickly found that I was spending a lot of time going to her place to hang out with the different dogs, playing with them, and bringing them out on my forest walks. I love walking in nature and hiking mountains and will usually get at least 3 or 4 hours in per day. I had been beginning to find my solo adventures getting lonely without any animal friends to accompany me so this was the perfect opportunity for me to help out and get some canine company too. I began taking friends' dogs out with me when they went to work and began getting requests for also taking dogs while they went on holiday and it just built from there.
I also have a keen interest in animal photography so started building a collection of different photos of the quirky canines so you can expect lots of doggie photos! Living in North Wicklow has me close to a lot of great hiking and trekking trails so I always aim to get the dogs loads of exercise during the day. I have a very secure garden with walls fences and a large gate to ensure no animals can escape.
What to expect when I take your pet for home boarding:
Myself and my husband work mainly from home so there will always be someone with the dogs 24 hours or the day. I tend to take a long walk or hike in the morning for at least 2 hours or more and then another walk in the evenings. Then on the weekends, we like to go on all-day hikes so we will make sure your pets get plenty of exercise while with us. I am kitted out for all weather(obviously within reason :-)) so your pet will be taken out come rain or shine! Myself, my husband and my 14 year old son are all dog lovers so they are always given tons of attention, cuddles, and playtime. The dogs will be sleeping indoors at night in our living room. We aim to make sure your pets time with us is like a holiday!
As I mentioned my sister is a head veterinary nurse so have expert medical advice should there be any special requirements with any of the dogs that I care for. I am quite strict about keeping the number of dogs I take per day low to avoid any complications with nervous dogs so if there needs to be special care taken then your dog or dogs will be the only ones that I will take on those days. Please enjoy my little gallery of the boys and girls above and I look forward to meeting your canine pals!
Pixie had a great time with Lisa. Running in the woods every day and spoiled rotten.
After meeting Lisa for the initial meet and greet, I knew Polly was going to have the time of her life on her holidays in Bray! Lisa, Rob and Morrison welcomed her into their home and she settled in straight away, which really put our minds at ease as we were heading off on honeymoon for the week.
It was our first time leaving her and we were so reluctant to leave her in kennels, but this was the perfect solution. Polly got the one to one care that she's used to at home with the added bonus of walks with other dogs during the day, lots of play time and mountain walks. Lisa was excellent at keeping in touch with updates and sent loads of photos while we were away so we always knew that Polly was having as much fun as we were :) Thank you again!
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