If you’re looking for a host who is extremely attentive, passionate about pooches, and specializes in dogs with special needs, then Holly S. is your gal. Since she came out of the womb, dogs have played a huge role in her life by being not just a playmate, but a companion. From a young age, Holly helped her mother show and raise dogs and other animals such as geese, chickens, and ducks. A true animal lover, Holly’s passion lies in communicating and building trust with canine clients. Her proximity to parks makes her puppy pad the ideal location for the vacationing pooch. Have a dog with special needs? Holly’s flexible schedule allows her to provide your dog with extra attention and play time. Your furry friend will look forward to visiting the Holly Hotel whenever you go out of town! [To book with this sitter, click here]
What services do you provide on DogVacay.com?
Boarding, walking, day care, and grooming.
What is your experience caring for dogs?
From infancy on, I have been communicating with dogs. Growing up, the doghouse was my playhouse! My mother was a well-known dog breeder for 40 years so we showed dogs all over the country and raised many litters of puppies. Now, I work with all breeds of dogs and many seniors who need special care. One of my clients can’t walk and needs injections, pills and lots of attention. Another one is blind and incontinent. I also enjoy working with shy dogs that need socializing. [To book with this sitter, click here]
How did you get started in pet care?
Our family had a hobby farm where we raised dogs, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. A 4-H member for nine years, I showed my animals at the fair. It was just our way of life. Animals have a calming effect on me, so after years of working in advertising, publishing and the entertainment industry, I decided to go back to my roots! I still use my communication skills but with animals instead.
What is your involvement in showing dogs?
Throughout my childhood, I helped raise, train and show our basset hounds for dog shows. I trained my guinea pigs too and even a tiny quail who lost its mother! I’ve always had a knack for earning the trust of an animal and knowing inherently what they need. [To book with this sitter, click here]
What kind of dogs do you/have you worked with that required special attention?
What can clients expect after leaving their dog with you?
24/7 conversation, cuddling, walking, sleeping and playing! I take them wherever I’m going.
Are you close to any dog parks/trails?
I live near a dog park and the biggest cemetery in Chicago where there’s no traffic or noise. I also drive my dogs to the dog park on Lake Michigan where they can frolic in the sand and water. During the summer, I’ll take them to street festivals and art fairs if they enjoy the attention.
For many dogs, it’s too traumatic to stay in a kennel. It’s loud and confusing, and not a good option for dogs who are blind, skittish, elderly or small. For dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, it just compounds their anxiety. And for dogs who are coddled by their owners, home boarding is the only option! [To book with this sitter, click here]
What kind of dogs do you accept?
I will care for small to large breeds. If the dog is huge or really prefers its own environment, I’ll stay at the clients house. Four at one time is my limit and those are generally small to medium size dogs. I don’t have any dogs of my own because I get attached to regular clients!
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