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How can I find your availability?

Please click here and scroll down to the calendar.

Why do I need a meet & greet before booking a reservation?

Since your dog will be living with my two dogs, a meet & greet gives a snapshot into compatibility. If it’s not too hot to walk, we meet on the sidewalk and go for a short walk and then move to the patio/yard and then into the house.  If it’s too hot to walk, we go directly to the patio area and I’ll let my dogs out one at a time to meet your dog for some good sniffing and then we go inside and chat and see how the dogs interact.

How many dogs will you care for at once?

Because I already live with two greyhounds, I will usually only take one dog at a time. Three is manageable for me at this time.

Why do you only take dogs that are spayed or neutered?

Altered dogs generally are better behaved. I have female greyhounds and they don’t like to be humped and I don’t want to take care of dogs going into heat.

What are your rates?

$29/night for 1 dog

Why don’t you take small dogs?

I live with two former racing greyhounds. They have not been tested for their tolerance with small dogs. While 50% of greyhounds do well with small dogs, my dogs do better with dogs larger than 30 pounds.

Will you take a Great Dane?

No, dogs between 30 to 80 pounds work better for my dogs or for me to handle.

Are you at home 24/7?

Perhaps on some days but I do go to exercise, shopping, restaurants, maybe a movie. I am never gone longer than 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I will separate the dogs if I think it’s required.

Do you make home visits?

Perhaps, more likely in my immediate neighborhood and if my schedule is flexible.

Do you give medications and insulin shots?

I give medications (no extra charge) but not insulin shots.

Do you keep me informed as to how my dog is doing?

Yes! I try to email a photo and short message every day or every other day, your preference. Or send a text.

Are you insured?

Under Rover.com guest dogs are covered by premium insurance over $250 in veterinary expenses .  In other words, there is a $250 deductible before you can file a claim with Rover. Please read their insurance page for more information.

Will you bathe my dog?

No, but I can try to make arrangements with the mobile Pet Designs Salon upon your request. You will have to reimburse me when your return for their cost including their gratuity.

What do I bring to your house?

  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Your dog’s food, either in its original bag or a plastic container with lid + wet dog food or whatever you feed.  Alert me if your dog has any food allergies.
  • Medications with instructions
  • Contact info for you, your veterinarian and who to call locally in an emergency, in case I can’t reach you. Microchip info, if applicable.
  • A crate, if your dog uses one
  • Leash and harness, if your dog uses (dog must be wearing tag collar with current tags)
  • Dog bed, if you want. A Tucson Tail has plenty of dog beds
  • Thundershirt, if needed
  • Raised feeder, if needed
  • Specific grooming tools, if needed.

The Boarding page says you donate 10% of the cost of boarding for 7 nights or longer. How does that work?

Upon request means you have to ask for it either when you book or during the meet & greet. The animal charity you request must have a 501c3 status.  After you return from your trip and while picking up your dog I will give you a check payable to your requested charity along with an addressed stamped envelope. So, for instance if you book for 10 nights, 10 x $29 = $290.  That means I will donate $29 to the charity of your choice.

Did I answer your questions?

If not, please contact me.