just wanted to announce that i am taking bookings for thanksgiving weekend now. my dog sitting slots will fill up fast, so the sooner you contact me, the better. (cats are a little easier/more flexible, unless you have some really high-maintenance cats!) i am staying in town and hope to be working my way through the weekend while enjoying some holiday festivities here at home.
i haven’t made a decision yet about christmas but will update here when i do. thanks everyone and happy fall!
wow, it’s been a long time since i updated this thing. i’m so bad at blogging these days.
well i seem to have made it through another hot and sweaty new orleans summer. not that the hot and sweaty is done now that it is officially fall – not by any means – but hopefully we are at least on the way to some cooler temps and lower humidities soon. fall and spring are my favorite times of year in this city and accordingly are my favorite times of year to be a dog walker/sitter. the dogs love the better weather as much as i do!
right now, after having a very busy schedule through most of the spring and much of the summer, i do have some openings in my daily dog walking schedule. at this point, though, i’m working on restructuring my business so that more of it can happen closer to home – which is midcity – so i don’t have to spend quite as much time commuting around town and putting miles on my scooter. i won’t necessarily say no to uptown and/or downtown queries, but i will give preference to midcity/bayou st. john/fairgrounds area queries for daily and occasional dog walks. (pet sitting gigs will still be entertained from around the city but obviously will depend on my schedule.)
and have i mentioned how much i love cats? my business has been pretty dog-heavy over the last several months so i’m just putting it out there that i’m actually much more of a cat person despite being a dog lover (shhh, don’t tell my canine clients!) and i’d love to have more cat sitting gigs to balance things out.
so pass the word.
in the meantime… you can see lots of pics of my cute animal clients via my facebook page and my instagram feed. they really are so photogenic.
happy fall everyone!!
putting it out there that i have a few openings for daily dog walks in the uptown and midcity areas. please email me with your needs and i’ll see if i can make it work. also always happy to get cat sit gigs and low-maintenance dog sits to fill in my schedule.
hope everyone has a safe and fun superbowl and mardi gras!
wow, i guess it’s been a while since i’ve updated here. on this thanksgiving eve, i’d just like to give thanks to all my clients and friends of wagsbymags for all the love and support over the past week and a half of my bizarre health scare and hospital stay. i got back to work yesterday and seems like everything is ok again so hopefully no more setbacks. i appreciate everyone’s concern and also patience and understanding.
i am still taking select bookings for the holidays/through the end of the year but am shying away from overnight stays for now as i try to make sure i am taking good care of my health and getting good rest. i think i perhaps was overdoing it there for a while. cat sits will be preferred though depending upon the circumstances i might take some dogsits that don’t require overnights. i will be working through christmas but am hoping to have new year’s weekend off (2-3 days) if at all possible. hit me up via email to query.
enjoy the holiday, everyone.
i just wanted to make a quick post to say that i will NOT be taking any pet-sitting bookings for friday september 21st or saturday september 22nd, as these are the days of the 7th annual rising tide conference, of which i am an organizer/volunteer.
i will work my regular daytime walking schedule for friday the 21st, but will not be available after 4pm that day, or at all on saturday the 22nd.
if citizen activism, the future of new orleans, and social/new media are topics that interest you, then i highly suggest you check out the schedule of panels and keynotes for this year’s conference. it’s an inspiring grassroots gathering that draws folks together to discuss, debate, and network on topics of importance to us all, i.e. education, cultural commodification, media, the environment, entrepreneurialism, and parenting. i didn’t have all that much to do with the programming this year, but i will be there all day helping behind the scenes. join us!
after reconnecting with all my clients this weekend, post-vacation, it turns out a few of them have had changes in their circumstances and won’t be needing me regularly at this time.
so what that means is that i have a few openings that i would really like to fill.
i have a 10:30-11am open in the uptown area, preferably in the campus area. and an 11:30 also open uptown, anywhere from carrollton up to the garden district.
if you need a time other than this, or are located elsewhere, let me know and i will see if i can move my schedule around at all to accomodate you.
spread the word. thanks!
yes, i am back from vacation and it was WONDERFUL! thank you to all my clients for helping to make it happen, and to julie tweeter, my substitute walker/sitter who also took such good care of my own feline babies. i am refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to get back to all my dogs and cats, who i missed!
i am now booking sits for the fall. october is already pretty full and november is filling up quickly, so if you have a need, let me know so i can get you on my calendar.
i will be back to my full daily walking schedule on monday, august 20th. i am pretty fully booked but might could squeeze in one or two more depending on the timing… so just email me if you are interested.
it’s official: i’ve finally managed to talk to all my daily walking clients and we’ve got plans in place, so… i am going on vacation from july 29th – august 17th! my first actual vacation since i started the pet-sitting/dog-walking biz. and, wow, do i need it!
i know it’s not the best timing for a pet sitter to go on vacation, in august, when it seems much of the city of new orleans also goes on vacation and you’d think i’d be in high demand… but it’s turning out to be the perfect time, as so many of my daily clients have either gone on hiatus for the summer (teachers and other seasonal workers off of work and therefore home, not needing me for a few months) or are taking their pets along with them on their own vacations at the same time. so it has left me with only a few clients to cover and i’ve got that under control… so, yay!
it has been a huge stress trying to visualize how to make this happen and wanting so much for it to work out, so i am grateful to all my clients and to the universe for allowing it.
during this time, i will obviously not be available for occasional/pick-up walks or for any pet-sitting. if you are interested in pet-sitting for the end of august, please try to contact me before i leave on vacation so we can work out the details and i can get it on my calendar before i go, as i will be completely off the grid and out of communication while i am gone.
up until july 28th, however, my schedule is pretty wide open. i have some sits booked over the next 2 weeks, but not much after that. and my daily schedule is very sparse right now. so if anyone needs any one-off or occasional walks, please get in touch. chances are good i can fit you in.
hope everyone is staying cool out there – this heat is really intense! happy summer!
hi everyone. i know i haven’t updated here in a while. things have been busy.
just wanted to put it out there that i am working through the first weekend of jazzfest, as i’ve gotten a lot of calls this past week for sits and walks. so if you still need coverage april 27-29, let me know. (though i’d really like to see janelle monae on sunday the 29th, so hopefully i can have a few hours free that evening.)
however, i am not going to work saturday and sunday of the 2nd weekend, so i can partake of the festivities at the fairgrounds. or my friends’ front porch who live a block away. either way, i am not taking any sits or walks for may 5 or 6. (i will of course be honoring my regularly scheduled dogs on thursday the 3rd and friday the 4th.)
hope everyone’s been enjoying this lovely spring weather. i know the dogs have been!
be sure to check in on my facebook page where i update much more frequently with super cute pics of all my animal clients!
just wanted to update since my last post was about having openings in my daily walking schedule that i am now pretty much at full capacity in that department. i’ve picked up two new clients in the past few weeks who are 4-5 days/week, filling in some holes i had in my schedule. i still have a little wiggle room in the afternoon for occasional walks but not really for a daily commitment, at the moment.
i am of course still available if not already booked for pet-sitting gigs, overnights or otherwise. (i try hard to only schedule one dogsit gig at a time.) cats are almost always easy to fit into my schedule unless they are on a specific time plan. for dogsits, it will depend on the timing of the midday walks, mostly. but feel free to give me a try!
i am NOT available on fat tuesday (feb. 21) for any services. i am taking the day off – probably my first intentional day off since i started this biz (other than my medical leave). i intend to enjoy my favorite new orleans holiday to the fullest – and i hope you do too!
happy carnival everyone!