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I have a Russian Bear Dog named Thor and he can be very intimidating. I needed him to go for a walk before i returned home from work Monday thru Friday When Tina arrived at my house I thought to myself there is no way she will be able to handle Thor. He weighs 200 pounds and she is pretty short. But he just fell in love with her. He didn't try and run her over or even jump on her like he does with everyone else. I was shocked. She even got him to sit without saying it a thousand times. Then she pulled out the magic freeze dried liver treats. He loves them. To make a long story short he loves going for his early evening walk with Tina. And I am so happy to come home to a calm and relaxed Thor.Dec 4, 2017
Tina has been very methodical in getting to know our pup well before taking her to the dog parks. She is responsible and always communicates with which I appreciate as it feels like she is looking out for my pup as much as I am.Nov 3, 2017Frisco's Furriest Dog Walking & Pet Sitting's reply
I love Mama Mossa. She reminds me so much of my Rottie, Tanga. (R.I.P.) She is such a goofy girl who really doesn't know her own strength. I always keep a close eye on her tolerance level toward the other dogs in the park. I know it's time to go when she gets over stimulated and can't stop herself from being obnoxious. She is always an awesome ending to my work day.
I hightly recommend Tina to anyone looking for a loyal, caring, flexible and consistent dog sitter/walker/caregiver. Tina was my lifeline when it came to helping with my girls. Whether it was daily visits while I was at the office or extended home stays while I was traveling, I could always count on Tina! We were very sad to say goodbye when it was time to move back to Chicago.Nov 30, 2017Frisco's Furriest Dog Walking & Pet Sitting's reply
My girls! I miss you so much. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. It broke my heart when you left but I know you all are happy back home in Chicago. I definitely have to come out and visit one day in the near future. Please give the girls a hug and kiss, each, from me. Have a wonderful Christmas. Send me some pictures of Little Miss Carmen playing in the snow.
I really appreciated the responsiveness of Christina via text/email and her ability to adapt to a few of my last minute requests. With the exception of one day (due to phone issues), she not only sent me photos but a few videos of my furbabies too!Jan 29, 2018Verified
Tina was great with my cat Ohm. She very much eased my concerns about being away that week. She was very professional and nice when she stopped by for the meet and greet. She texted/emailed me after each visit to let me know how it went and how my fur baby was doing. Not only that, but she was available last minute AND during the holidays. I would highly recommend working with her.Jan 5, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?The prices that are posted on my Facebook page are in the median for this profession. I offer discounts for the elderly, veterans, policemen/women, fire fighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and owners of adopted or rescued pets. I also am currently offering new clients 10% off if they pay monthly y for walking or visiting services.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?When dealing with a new customer I usually begin with emailing them all the paper work that needs to be filled in before our meet and greet. That way the customer doesn't feel overwhelmed with paper work and we can focus more on getting to know each other. I like to listen to the pet owners needs and concerns about the care of their pet. It lets me know just how committed they are to their pets. Then after we talk about their needs and concerns I meet with the pet. I always have the owner present when I meet the pet so they can see if the chemistry is there or not. If the pet will be a walking client then I request the owner let me take the dog out for a short 15 minute walk alone first. I do this because sometimes dogs act differently when their owners are around and tend to focus on their owner and not me. Then I will ask the owner to go out with us for another short walk and have them walk the dog just so the dog understands that I am allowed to walk with them and I am allowed to walk them. When I am meeting a new pet sitting / house sitting client I do the same with the paperwork and if I am hired I take a walk through of the home with the owner. This walk through is video recorded and specifies what the owner wants in the video i.e; what rooms are off limits (usually request those doors to be locked), to record the belongs in the house and their placement. This is done for their insurance purposes and my insurance purposes. At the closure of either of these meetings the paperwork is gone over and payments are discussed.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My education concerning animals is mostly self taught. My grandparents owned a farm and I was raised around a variety of animals. My grandfather felt I always had a special connection with animals because even the meanest of horses would let me near them without harming me. I have had and trained dogs since I was very young and have had strangers comment on how well behaved my dogs are in public. I decided to enter a trade school to become a veterinary technologist but during my last semester I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and was in the hospital for two weeks. This happened right before finals. I wasn't allowed to make up the final and was told I would have to take the whole semester over again.I didn't have the money so I couldn't complete the course. I had a total of four internships with local vet hospitals and received outstanding reviews from all of them. I was also the team leader in two of my lab practicals and my team finished first both times. I have extensive training in emergency care and CPR for animals. I am able to administer oral, topical, and injections for medication administration.