I’m Janelle and I have been in Amsterdam for a year and a half with my Dutch partner. I am from the US and have spent the last year and a half traveling through South East Asia and living in Australia. Before this, the rainy city of Seattle has been my home since studying in University. If there is one thing I miss the most about home, it would be my four-legged fur babies - a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Malamute, as well as my cat. Right now, they will be staying in the US, as there is a bit more space for them to run and enjoy some serious snowfall! I miss the excitement every time I open the door and howls to signal “mom is home.” I have a Masters degree in Social Work, but as I am just getting situated here - I figure what better way to enjoy this place then take dogs out and about!
I am happy to help with home visits, dog walks (would be only with your dog(s) - not a large group), as well as daycare or overnight care at the pet owner's home or my own.
I have many years of experience in caring for my own, as well as other's animals (dogs and cats, small rodents and birds). I am comfortable with all types of dog breeds, and have years of personal experience walking three large - extra large dogs, at a time. I will ask to get to know more about your dog, to ensure their unique personality and quirks are attended to. I have had my own rescue-adopted dogs and dealt with behavioral differences as well. I have provided pet sitting in others' homes and my own home back in the States. I have cared for anywhere from 1-3 other dogs in a home setting, including the loveable mutts, labradors, German Shephards, daschunds, Yorkies, Pit Bulls, Chihuaha, Maltese, doodles, hounds, and of course huskies and malamutes. I am a reliable, organized, energetic, and friendly individual who says hi to nearly every dog (ok, and their owners) on the street. I know the importance of pups getting out to have fun, exercise, get their sniffs in, and take care of their business as well. I am cautious and will ensure the safety of your dog and others while we are out exploring the town, parks, and gardens!
I'm living in De Baarsjes - close to Rembrantpark, Erasmuspark - both great for dog walks! I am happy to travel to you and your four-legged friends within a fifteen minute bike ride or so. I am regularly walking in Vondelpark and am happy to take your dog out there, as it is a short bike ride for me!
My home: I live on the first floor with a balcony - a quaint, lovely home. Our home is just my male partner and I, we have no pets here (yet?!?). We both love dogs (well, all animals) and love a cuddle in bed or a sloppy kiss to wake us up. There are about 12 typically Dutch stairs to walk up to our floor, - happy to carry pups up and down (until about fifty pounds!).
Whether you need a one-off or regular walker or sitter for your fur babies, I am ready to jump in!
Janelle was a great doggy sit for our dog. We needed somebody within three days and she replied very quick. It was the first time that we let a stranger to take care of our dog but with Janelle everything went smooth and good. Highly recommended.
Janelle took great care of my older boxer while I was away for a week. She kept in touch with regular updates, and I came home to a happy dog and immaculate house. I’d definitely recommend Janelle!
- current volunteer at a local wild cat shelter
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