I have 5 dogs. They all live inside the house as part of the family, they take it in turns to cuddle on the sofa as we dont all quite fit at the same time and line up at mealtimes waiting to see if they are getting extra goodies.
Kayley a Golden Retriever x Border Collie, and very much the matriarch of the family and also my eldest. She had a cruciate ligament repair a few years ago and had surgery and hydrotherapy to get her back to full speed, which she now is and thoroughly enjoying her new lease of life acting like a puppy.
Kia is next eldest and is a Border Collie. She is what i refer to as my 'stooge' dog. Very laid back and really cant be bothered with pushing and shoving to the front for anything. This makes her perfect for introducing to other dogs to see how they react to others as she really doesn't care either way.
Kia was a registered PAT - Pets as Therapy dog which meant we were able to visit retirement homes and hospitals. She would regularly go and have a cuddle and show off a trick or two to some of the residents.
My love of animals does not stop at dogs, as well as the other animals I currently have, I have previously owned gerbils. fish, rabbits and guinnea pigs.
The bit I love best about pet sitting other peoples pets is getting to experience animals I may never have the chance to own. So far this has included a parrot, who was loads of fun, chickens, a chameleon, snakes, a poisoness tree frog and many more. As you can see.....Anything goes!
I previously did a lot of voluntary work for a rescue and very often had a foster dog staying with us. I have over the years (sadly not at this present time) fostered and helped rehabilitate over 150 dogs varying in breed including Border Collies, Poodles, JRT and Setters to name a few. All of whom won a small space in my heart and many of which I am still in touch with years on.
I also volunteer for the local Blue Cross, fostering for their small animal department when needed. So far I have had hamsters and degu from them whilst they awaited new homes.