Annie's Walk & Talk ~ Dog Walking & Pet Sitting~ Focus Shoreline & Edmonds neighborhoods

Seattle, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My first goal is to connect with your pet and get to know them in our initial Meet & Greet which is a free consult. I stand out from others as I take great interest in your dog and have begun specializing in Customized Nutrition Plans unique to your dogs specific needs. Once a Pet Profile (this service is free) has been completed you'll receive a recommendation that is created from an algorithm developed by experts in animal nutrition. No more guesswork on what kind of nutrition your dog needs as age, breed, weight and general conditions are taken into consideration. It's quite exciting! www.pawTree.com/AnniesWalkandTalk

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

In reference to pets, I love to learn who they are and what makes their day. Their personalities, unique attitudes and behaviors are fascinating and fun to work with. I also enjoy reinforcing their owners unique gestures and commands and helping out with a little training. Pet's have individual intelligence and intuition that they share with me and I am honored to be their friend. Every day I drink in changes in the vegetation, gardens and birds as the seasons change and my dog friends enjoy the changes in the smells too!
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Location

Seattle, WA 98177

Background check

Complete

Years in business

3

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

22

Reviews

18 Reviews
  • Shelley M. Oct 5, 2016
    Dog Sitting
    Verified Review
    Peace of Mind & Happy Tails
    Annie took care of my two very high-maintenance pit bulls with ease and care during an extended weekend trip my husband recently took. I got twice daily updates with pictures/videos of my smiling pups (who were clearly having a great time with Annie), and I came back to happy, wagging tails, though tuckered out from their adventures. Annie gave me peace of mind that I'd left my dogs in the hands of someone who truly cared about their individual needs, and I highly recommend her!
  • Kate R. Sep 7, 2016
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    Annie is amazing
    Annie is amazing and we are so happy that we found her. She cares for our cats as if they were her own and we are lucky to have her as part of our little community.
  • Charles M. Jun 10, 2016
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    In this case, the pet sitting was in the form of companionship for a small free-range parrot and care for two overweight guinea pigs during a family trip abroad. Everyone appears to have emerged in fine shape without any glitches.
  • Jan L. Apr 27, 2016
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Annie made our household very happy. Henry, the dog's opinion. My opinion: she was very flexible when I had to extend my time away, and more importantly, I truly trusted her. So thank you Annie!!
  • Kellie C. Apr 20, 2016
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    Annie and her sister Marcia took very good care of my senior kitty while I was away for ten days. They combed her, spent time with her and best of all texted me a photo of my little fuzzy girl every day. Annie and Marcia are wonderful and I highly recommend them.
  • Susan B. Mar 14, 2016
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    Wonderful person to take care of your babies. Recommend her highly!
  • Jeremy C. Jan 18, 2016
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    She was great from day one. Great communication throughout the whole experience. Even during the time we were gone. She took great care of our kitties and they loved her. We will be asking Annie for help again in the future. Great competitive rate and she had a very flexible schedule. She seems very organized.
  • Abby B. Dec 20, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
  • Kris W. Nov 12, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
  • Shelly E. Sep 29, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Annie loves our dog and treats him to wonderful walks while I am on crutches!
  • Paula M. Aug 29, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Annie is wonderful. Spent the time to get to know our energetic puppy and has been so accommodating! Love her :)
  • Gwen O. Jun 30, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
  • Judith R. Jun 9, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Annie is amazing.....and both Barney and I love her. She has been very helpful to me regarding approaches to some of Barney's training issues and I feel very luck to have found her .
  • Jared G. May 24, 2015
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Ann was very thoughtful and helpful with taking care of our cat while we were gone for over three weeks. During the initial visit, Ann asked a lot of good questions that we had not considered. She even threw out the banana we forgot on our table after we left (which would have been disgusting to come back to). Upon returning, the cat was healthy and excited to see us again, so she had not skipped a beat. The only concern was that the water bowl was pretty dirty when we got back. Our cat is known to make her bowls especially dirty, so I cannot say for sure how long it had been that way since it was over a day between Ann's last visit and our return.
  • Mollie H. Apr 2, 2015
    We needed a petsitter to stay with our dogs and cat for a long weekend and Ann was recommended by another sitter. She responded quickly to my email. We were able to meet the next week and we hired her. She took wonderful care of our pets and we appreciated the daily updates with photos. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again.
  • Anne-Marie H. Mar 10, 2015
    Ann was wonderful with both Chester and us. She was dependable, prompt and kept us informed while we were away. Pics and vids of her times with him helped us know he was having a good time.
  • Suzan O. Feb 25, 2015
    Got my dream job in San Jose, CA and suddenly had to move south. Found Annie through a friend I trust so I hired her. Went with her on the first two walks to get to know her. Have trusted her with my two English Springer Spaniels for daily exercise. She swims and runs the dogs so they aren't getting fat! They have grown to love her outings and cool car seats. She is very reliable, occasionally sending me photos so I can share their walks. Annie plays a critical role in our lives. She will take the dogs to the vet today for dental appointments! Annie's Walk & Talk Doggies also provides petsitting for week-end get aways. My husband and dogs will move as soon as they are free but we could live like this for the next 6 months!
  • Vicki C. Feb 18, 2015
    Ann has been walking my dogs for about 6 weeks and the dogs and I have been very happy! She is very thorough on our initial interview and I felt very comfortable that she knows the dogs and their quirks very well. She communicates well and has been very reliable. I wouldn't hesitate to use her for dog/housesitting.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Totally transparent see my web-site
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In the fall of 2014 I took a course from a successful pet business owner and learned a lot about the pet business and a great review about dog behavior. Mid-January I took the SeattleCPR Pet first aid and CPR class and became Certified. The Certification is good for two years. I continue to take animal training & behavior classes. I was curious about Pet Tudor Remote Training System and took the 5 hour class February 8th, 2015 with my dog.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have a special affinity to animals. And I have had experiences with a knowingness about horses that is exceptional. After a successful sales career I simplified and downsized my life so that I could be independent of the corporate world. Many of my friends encouraged me to start a Pet business and so I did! Launched December 2014.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Half hour and 1 hour Dog walking in your neighborhood and visits to Richmond Beach, Edmonds dog park and local neighborhood parks. I've worked with puppies, senior dogs and many cats. Dogs who need to RUN and love water!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A pair of darling Springer Spaniels one of which pulled you along on leash and one who wanted to play ball but didn't want to drop it. Situation solved with gentle repetitive clicker teaching and a few luscious healthy treats. Now they wag their tails and are very happy about learning how to please me and learn new tricks.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Use your head and your instincts. Check our the website and their business coverage so you can be assured that they are serious about the care and security that they have put in place to protect your pet and your home.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Be careful of low rates as they can be an indicator of personal confidence and experience. Low rates are also not conducive for pet businesses as they do not ensure the business model can be maintained and profitable. You may lose a pet walker when you need them the most..