I'm a reliable, dog-loving 28 year old girl living in a 3-storey house in East London. I'm aiming to get a little pup of my own pretty soon, and would love to do a bit more dog-sitting in the run up to that decision, so I know I'm ready! I absolutely adore all dogs - I grew up with 3 big dogs at my parents' home (1 husky-cross and 2 Anatolian Sheepdogs) who are big sweethearts. I sometimes dog-sit for a friend who has a Parson's Jack Russell so I'm used to smaller dogs as well.
We trained each of the 3 dogs I grew up with ourselves, using positive re-enforcement (praise & treats) for good behaviour, and ignoring bad behaviour (no attention/praise). Not sure what training method that's called, but we ended up with 3 very calm, well-mannered dogs that I just love to pieces. Sad that I only occasionally get to see them these days!
I am an early riser, and often head for a 45 min to an hour long run in Victoria Park in the mornings, so when I'm looking after our doggy friends, they usually come along for the exercise :) The dogs I have taken care of so far have spent 24 hours per day getting constant attention and cuddles from me, because they have come with me to my dog-friendly office during the day. I work in a small-ish (less than 15 people), dog-friendly office, which is 10 mins away by bus in Hoxton. There's a park nearby for a lunch-time runaround, and evening walks are a given. If it's a weekend day, we'd be playing and walking together all day.
I get so much enjoyment, entertainment and love from our 4-footed friends, and I will do my utmost to take care of your #1 as well as you would yourself.
Our house looks on to Museum Gardens - perfect for a quick walk if need be, and we are are less than 5 mins from the canal and Victoria Park, so lots of great walk options.
The house has wooden and tile flooring throughout the ground floor, and there's a little open air patio at the back - just off the kitchen.