Hallo! Glad you are considering me as your dog's potential friend!
My name is Sasha, I am from Ukraine but I am currently studying here in Leuven. Since childhood, I have always adored dogs. Actually, if you ask my parents or friends, they would say I am obsessed with them. As a child, I grew up with a cocker spaniel and I absolutely loved taking him for a long walk, teaching different commands or just hanging out on a sofa rubbing his belly.
Since I moved to study at uni far away from my hometown and my dog passed away, I have always lacked contact with dogs. That's why I frequently attended dog's competitions or shelters, where I could walk them, pet them and communicate in a very special way. In Estonia, where I studied last year, I have a friend who owns a foster dog Shurik, and we oftentimes went to the park together, and those days were the best! In Ukraine, I also was on sitting with my friend's dachshunds for several days. And overall, when I am told that there is a dog at a party, I will certainly attend it!
I decided to apply for pet sitting because I know I will not settle down for quite a long time since I want to change countries often and this is way harder with a dog. Yet, I really lack spending time with these wonderful beings! I have once taught my cousin's puppy to give a paw in 5 minutes, and the happiness I felt after that was incredible.
The services I can offer are walking, home visits and sitting with your pet at your place. I love long walks in the parks and can make them as active as needed (in case you are an owner of a very energetic one). I can pick up the dog from your place, play with it, train for basic commands, make sure we are following a safe path and walking in the areas approved by you. If your dog has friends, I could coordinate with their owners so that they have fun together! I will be watching your dog closely and be as secure as possible.
Unfortunately, I am renting a room from a landlord, so I cannot host pets myself. But I can visit or stay with your dog at your place both for several hours (2-3) and overnight if needed. Most of my tasks and responsibilities are online, so I can always bring a laptop with me in case there is a need to sit at your place with your wonderful pet. I can play with the dog at home, feed it, change the water, take it out and make sure it feels safe and calm. If you have other tasks at your place that you would want me to do (watering plants, picking up the post, etc.), do not hesitate to let me know!
My first experience on Pawshake was house-sitting 6 pets for 5 days! And giving insulin to a cat! So I guess that was a great boost:)
My schedule varies from day to day, but I am mostly busy with my classes in the first half of the day, usually not before 11 a.m. and not later than 2 p.m. I am flexible as to the duration of the walks, too. I am in my last year of studies, so I do not have many classes and mainly work on my thesis. I have a side job where I am teaching English but that is only a few hours per week. My visits and walks usually last 30 minutes.
I do not have any fear of big breeds or allergies. This makes me quite flexible.
I hope we can get in contact and help each other out :) I speak Russian, Ukrainian, English and French on a more or less medium level!
Met heel veel liefde zijn onze 3 honden en 3 katten door haar verzorgd tijdens onze vakantie. Geregeld leuke foto's ontvangen waarop je duidelijk kon zien dat onze beestjes helemaal op hun gemak waren.
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