What are the requirements for dog excursions?
In order for dogs to join my excursions, they must be non-aggressive towards humans and dogs. They must be current on vaccinations (Rabies & DHLPP). They must be spay or neutered and at least 6 months of age. They must be wearing a current city license. Dogs also need to be wearing a harness.
When do your excursions take place?
My excursions take place Monday - Friday. I have 3 excursions per day. The windows of each are Morning (9-11), Mid-day (11 - 1) Later day (1-3). The times of these windows can vary a bit depending on what parks we go to on any given day as well as other random factors. My preference is to have each pup pick at least 2 windows (3's even better) that will work for them so I can make the best mix and match walking pals for them.
Who will be taking my dog out?
I, Kristi, am the owner and sole service provider for Pets Dig Me. I form a relationship with both the dogs I care for and their owners. Dogs are less anxious and more comfortable when they see the same smiling face each day so I do not use employees or independant contractors. My clients are entrusting their companions and their homes to me, and I take that responsibility very seriously. You can feel at ease knowing that you will always get me, someone with experience who cares and whom you and your dog can trust on each and every service. I've been walking dogs professionally since 2001 and I love it!
What parks / trails and hoods do you walk in?
The parks/trails we go to are all local. We can enter Carkeek Park from 3 different entrances that take us to entirely different trails so it's filled with variety. We love to go down the Mary street trail which is a beautiful walk on it's own that leads to the Carkeek South trails. From there we can go many routes like the South ridge, South bluff, and hillside trails. We also can enter Carkeek through another entrance and go along the Piper's creek trail or hit the main entrance and do the North trails. Golden Gardens trails and waterfront is another destination. Greenlake/Woodland park is another. For a super extensive trek we can hit Discovery Park which has the amazing bluff and meadows which we love. Discovery is so large there are endless possibilities of different routes we can take there. We also like to hit Llandover woods which is a very serene nature walk. As far as neighborhoods we walk for occasional variety or when the trails are unsafe due to weather concerns, the key is we always walk a different hood than the dogs on board for the excursion live, so they can see new sights and get some exciting new sniffs. We may walk Sunset Hill, North beach, Blue Ridge, Phinney Ridge etc...We shoot for the neighborhoods with the most lush vegetation and beautiful trees or we may start on a trail and branch out into a nearby hood just to mix things up. We are mostly about the parks but the dogs always enjoy variety.
Do you have a discount for 2-dog families?
I'm sorry, I just can't offer a discount for families with a second dog. These excursions are long in duration and I am not taking out a load of dogs at once so I need all spots to be paying full rate for me to be able to offer this great activity.
How will I know how my dog is doing?
I send daily photo galleries directly to my clients via email so they can see their pups having fun with their pals on their daily adventures.
Does my dog need to be on a regular schedule?
Yes your dog will need to be set up on some regular weekly schedule, 2x a week minimum. I'm flexible when there are changes like if you need to add on a day or cancel a day. I'm pretty easy breezy about these things and don't have a cancellation fee charge, however, I'd appreciate my clients doing make up days for cancellations unless it's a holiday or vacation. I also keep a floating space available for add on days. I am happy to provide a flexible service to accommodate my clients' busy, changing schedules.
Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
Yes I am licensed in the city of Seattle and the state of Washington. I am insured and bonded through Pet Sitters Associates.
What takes place at the introductory meeting?
At the free no-obligation introductory meeting, we all get aquainted, humans and canines, at your residence. We can cover any questions you or I may have. If both you and I feel we are a good match, I will have you fill out some paperwork covering service details. I will also need to get a key from you so that I can access your home. I offer a free trial excursion where I take your dog out on a walk, solo. This will allow your dog and I to get to know one another before I buddy them up with a pal.
How do I get started?
Just go to the CONTACT PAGE where you will find a list of questions I will need to know from you as well as my email address. If everything sounds good we can set up a meeting.