Amy Cusick Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

Minneapolis, MN

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I usually try to personalize the experience to what the owner has told me about their pets and their own preferences. I try to deliver more than what's expected.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My job combines several of my favorite things--I love to be active and I love spending time with pets. Everyone always says do what you love and the money will follow. I may not be making a lot of money doing what I'm doing, but for more than 15 years I've been able to do what I love and get paid to do it.

Location

Minneapolis, MN 55405

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

22

Reviews

21 Reviews
  • Lisa B. Oct 4, 2016
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
    Amy is fabulous - she's been walking Finn since he was six months old. He was shy and scared of his own shadow. He's a happy and more socially comfortable dog now. She's wonderful with him - never have we had a problem in our three years together. Love her and trust her completely.
  • Briar A. Sep 11, 2015
    Amy walked our dog for several years--extremely reliable, trustworthy, and wonderful with our dog. We loved getting the note about how the walk went every day :)
  • Angela C. Aug 19, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    She is awesome!!
  • Kim L. Aug 15, 2015
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    What impressed me the most about Amy was her first visit. From the moment she walked in the door, she focused on getting to know my cats and gaining their trust. She has a calm, friendly approach, and asks all the right questions about their habits and needs. I felt I was leaving my pets in very good hands. With every daily visit she writes a note recapping how it went, which I really like to read when I get back from my trips. She's very thorough and it's obvious she really cares about animals. I highly recommend her as a pet sitter for cats.
  • Nellie B. Aug 7, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Amy does a fantastic job walking and boarding our 2 dogs. She is so kind with them and very responsive, trustworthy and reliable for us. She is flexible and easy to work with - Amy runs the best dog walking service we have ever employed (and we have employed a few).We know our 2 best friends are in great hands when Amy is taking care of them. We recommend Amy highly!
  • Karen M. Aug 25, 2014
    Pet Care
    Verified Review
  • Jen C. Jun 20, 2014
    We love Amy!! Our dog Lola has been dog-sat by Amy many times in the last 7 years. Every time has been great - I think our dog actually enjoys hanging out with Amy more than us :) She's completely trustworthy, reliable and her rates are affordable.
  • Melissa H. Aug 7, 2013
    Amy is the best! My shih-tzu, Brutus loves staying with her and I am completely relaxed when I'm on vacation because I know he is in good hands. He always comes home well exercised with a detailed review of how it went and even photos. Amy is in tune to how Brutus is acting and if anything concerns her she lets me know right away. I've been able to use her last minute with no problem and she's even stopped in with an hours notice to let Brutus out when I was away longer than I expected. Highly recommend Amy!
  • Meena M. Jul 23, 2013
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Amy has outstanding communication capacity, she was reachable for last day hiring. I decided to trust her reviews and let her take care of my cats for 3 days. It worked out great and I found my cats happy upon return. Thanks a ton.
  • Syne O. Feb 15, 2013
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Amy did an awesome job walking my dog while I was on a long vacation. She was caring, reliable, and flexible. After a few walks, my dog loves her. I would definitely hire her again.
  • Patti P. Feb 12, 2013
    I called Amy upon my new 6 week old family member Brie, whom I did not want to leave home alone at such a young age. Not only has Amy been great with the puppy (also assisting with training), she played with the other 3 dogs. When I arrive home, my dogs all look relaxed and comfortable. I could not have done this without Amy's help. She is truly compassionate with my pups, and I trust her to the utmost, which is extremely difficult for me when it comes to my pets. She again, is excellent, and I can't recommend her highly enough. Thank you Amy from; Brie, Zoie, Lexi and Daffie (even the parrot - Mandy).
  • Kyle M. Jan 15, 2013
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
  • Sue's Home Petting Zoo G. Jan 6, 2013
    I found Amy through a Craigslist post. We have a LOT of pets, two reptiles, two bunnies, two cats (one diabetic) and two hyper dogs who are not exactly housebroken. She did a fantastic job not just feeding them & keeping up with their messes but loving our pets. I know this because the dogs and cats were not in the least bit needy on our return, in fact they barely seemed to notice were gone. Highly recommended by Sue's home petting zoo!
  • Danette K. Dec 15, 2012
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Amy has done a great job sitting my cats. I will definitely use her again.
  • Michelle C. Oct 22, 2012
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Referring to Amy as a "dog walker" is simply an inadequate description for the service Amy has provided to me, my home and my pets. While I hope my situation is a little unusual, my puppy had health issues at the time I adopted her. When the Vet and I thought the issues had passed, Amy was attuned enough to think otherwise. Amy called me at work one day and offered to take a sample to the vet. Amy was right. My dog was still quite ill. When I estimated the extra compensation for Amy's time and travel, Amy left the extra money on the counter. When I next saw Amy, I'll never forget the look I got. While an astute enough business person, Amy's fundamental concern is clearly for the welfare of those in her charge-- and I include myself some days. She's taken in my deliveries, shut off devices I've left on and is beyond simply trustworthy and reliable. I can leave my pets and home each day knowing Amy will be here-- and that my home, my dog and even my cats have a friend and protector that we depend on to stay safe, healthy and happy. My dog loves her walks with Amy and I couldn't be happier we found Amy. Michelle C.
  • Lynne M. Aug 30, 2012
    Amy is the *only* person we trust to care for our dogs when we go out of town. She is flexible, patient, very caring and our goofy pack absolutely loves her. We do too. Amy goes above and beyond in every aspect of service. She is a gem -- once you've discovered her, you won't be able to live without her!!
  • Jana E. Aug 2, 2012
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Am looking forward to having Amy in our lives.
  • Colleen D. Jun 3, 2011
    We are incredibly fortunate to have had Amy Cusick as our dog's walker for more than 2 years. She has been a fabulous addition to his life. She is extremely reliable, trustworthy, and takes great care with our little guy. On a scale of 1 - 10, Amy deserves an 11!
  • Lauren S. Jun 1, 2011
    Amy is the most wonderful dog walker and sitter there is. My dog adores her, and when he's with her, I know he's in the very best hands. You cannot find a kinder more reliable person for your pet.
  • Kat T. May 31, 2011
    Amy knows my cats better than I do. After being gone for a few days, I come back to detailed notes of pettings, brushings, playing and how each cat was behaving that day. Several times she has taken care of my pets on short notice and when she hasn't been available, she has made a suggestion of a replacement sitter (who was also incredible). Amy is beyond dependable and is thoughtful and considerate (she has offered to take care of plants and bring in the mail). We're moving from Minneapolis this summer and I don't know what we're going to do without her!
  • Marj H. Jul 6, 2011
    Verified Review
    Amy was great! We will gladly call on her, again.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
This sort of became a job by accident. I was in between jobs and saw an ad in the paper that said "Must Love Dogs." I called and got a job as a dog walker/ pet sitter for Pet Pals of Winchester the next day. I thought it would just be a temporary job until I could find a job in the non profit world. I ended up loving it so much that I ended up working for Pet Pals for 7 years. When I moved to Minnesota, I started my own service.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Daily dog walks, cat sitting, and dog sitting in your home or mine are the most common jobs I do.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Meet with the pet sitter to make sure you and your pet are comfortable with the pet sitter. Be sure to reserve pet care as soon as you book your trip so you can be sure the pet sitter is available. Holidays and school vacations are very popular for pet sitters. These times are especially important to book in advance. Make sure to either leave a spare key with a neighbor, friend or the pet sitter and check in with your vet to give pre-authorization in the event of an emergency.