Stephanie has been providing dog walking services for our dog Shiva since the end of September 2011. Shiva is a very energetic, large, 4 year-old boxer with particular needs stemming from multiple surgeries on her knee and a high level of anxiety. Stephanie has proven to be very capable and responsible in taking care of our dog. Stephanie has demonstrated that she is eager to continuously improve the service she is providing to match our dog’s evolving needs. Stephanie is always on time and does a great job keeping us informed of how Shiva is feeling and behaving.
Shiva now gets to take a nice hour-long walk, every day, during daylight. Since we began these daily walks, we have seen a huge difference in our dog’s attitude – she is much less lethargic and anxious, she is maintaining her physical shape, and is socializing much better with people and other dogs.
On the one occasion that Stephanie has had to cancel one of her walks (we were appropriately notified), I was by chance home for the day, and was very happy to see that Shiva was eagerly waiting for her friend Stephanie to show up! This is a great sign in our opinion of the real bond Stephanie has created with Shiva.
We recommend anyone that is looking for a pet sitting/walking service to rely on Stephanie for these services. We are fully satisfied and feel confident that our dog is in very capable hands.
I have employed Stephanie to care for my dogs on numerous occasions. One of my dogs was very ill at the time and required special care and medications administered at different intervals during the day. Stephanie was able to accommodate all my needs in caring for my pets. She was able to be here when I needed her to be and I was very comfortable leaving my “babies” with her. As well as administering medications, she insured they continually had fresh water and were fed and walked each day. She also took the time to check them for ticks and removed them when found. I gladly recommend her services.
July 14 2014
It is our pleasure to provide a reference for Terrific Pet Care.
We hired Stephanie to care for our Sheepdog/Poodle mix named Grimmley. When we moved from downtown to Barrhaven, we were extremely worried about going to work and leaving him alone in the house for the whole day, since we were no longer able to walk him during our lunch breaks. We did a lot of research on dog walkers in order to ensure he had the best care possible while we were at work.
When we first met Stephanie, we liked her right away as she had a calm demeanor and got right down to Grimmley’s level to greet him. He seemed very comfortable with her. She also listened to our concerns and was willing to work with us to meet all of Grimmley’s needs.
In the year that she has worked for us, we have found her to be extremely reliable and trustworthy. She is also very accommodating with changes in our busy schedules, responds promptly, and genuinely cares for our dog. She’s even helped Grimmley look his best by taking him to the groomers.
Stephanie is very diligent with letting us know if Grimmley is ill or seems slightly “off”, and provides updates on how he’s doing on his walks and in the pack. When travel took us both out of town for two weeks, Stephanie took great care of Grimmley in her home and sent us photos and updates to let us know he was doing ok.
We have had the wonderful opportunity to have Stephanie care for both our cat (Winston) and dog (Chester) on multiple occasions since April 2014. We have had her stay over at our home and pet sit when we have been away for a night, a few weekends and an extended 3 week vacation.
We have been extremely happy with the services that Stephanie has provided. She has always cares for our pets as if they are her own fur babies. While we were away on our trip to Asia for 3 weeks, she sent us regular updates and photos, which was very comforting, given that we had never left Chester with a pet sitter before. She even introduced her dog to Chester, so they could have a play date!
When Stephanie has pet sat for us, she has stayed over at our home over night and taken care of Winston, Chester and our home. She has taken really good care of our home and when we have returned, it’s like she hasn’t ever been there (except of course for the fact that she always leaves us a great note to let us know what happened while we were away). She has always left our home in the same state she found it, or even better (for example, she washed and put fresh sheets on our bed the morning we can back from Asia).
Since we are never home when Stephanie is at our home our pets, I have always wondered what Chester thinks of her (Winston, being a cat, is very aloof to everyone but me!). Well, earlier this spring, she popped by to drop off some food for Chester. Chester was so excited when she arrived. He circled around her and was so very happy she was here. That just reinforced for us what a wonderful, caring pet sitter Stephanie is and how much Chester loves her.
We would very much recommend Stephanie as a pet sitter!!!
If you would like to speak with us further with about our experience with Stephanie, we would be very happy to provide a reference.
June 20, 2014
Stephanie Bell has looked after my two dogs for almost two years now. I have found her to be trustworthy and conscientious. What’s more, my dogs always look forward to her daily visit and play outside.
I have also been struck by her diligence – - on more than one occasion, Stephanie has contacted me during the day when she found one of the dogs wasn’t feeling well. It is a relief to know that I needn’t worry about my pets while away at work.
I am pleased to recommend Stephanie to anyone who requires good care for your pets.
March 4, 2015
Te-Rriffic Pet Care
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate your services, and let you know that we feel you do a wonderful job of walking our dog Cayleigh.
We have been using your services for just over a year now, and you have always been a conscientious and trusted provider. You do a great job in handling Cayleigh, who we know can be a hand-full and an ‘over the top dog’ on occasion. We would not trust just anyone to take her out for a walk - it requires a certain skill level and someone is very confident to be able to handle her. She loves going on her walks with you, and she gets excited every time I tell her you are coming to see her.
We thank you very much Stephanie, and we would be pleased to provide you with a reference any time you need one.
May 20 2015
Thank-you very much for all that you did for Sydney while we were away. We appreciate the way in which you make allowances for her old age and her infirmities.
Mike and Fran Rushton
June 9th 2015
Stephanie Bell, owner of Terrific Pet Care, has been under my employ for the past six months. She provides the services of dog walking, group walks, and park visits for my 4-year-old dog, Rory. She has shown herself to be reliable, flexible and punctual. She has shown good leadership with my sometimes-hard-to-manage dog, and he, in turn, has formed a bond with her and looks forward to his three walks each week.
Stephanie is professional and good with animals. I appreciate her time and effort with Rory.
February 24, 2016
We employed Stephanie of Te-Rrific Pet Care in September 2015 to feed, walk and spend time with our 4 month old Golden Retriever.
Stephanie is a very personable and reliable individual who has an obvious connection with animals. She was very attentive to what we asked her to do each day and gave brief almost daily reports on how her visit went.
Although we only needed her services until December 2015 due to changing work schedules, we would not hesitate to use her services again should the need arise. In fact we have contacted her to fill occasional needs and found she is always willing and flexible.
March 3, 2016
Stephanie had been providing dog walking and in-home pet sitting services for our 110lb shepherd for over 5 years now. Our dog, who is normally very wary of strangers and can be difficult to manage warmed up to her right away and she quickly became one of his favourite people. Stephanie is not only flexible and reliable, she pays great attention to detail and is always quick to let us know anytime our dog seems out of the ordinary. Our dog has pretty severe fear and anxiety issues and Stephanie handles him with ease, always making sure he stays relaxed and happy. Stephanie has made such a positive difference in our dog's life. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for pet care services. You won't be disappointed!
Stephanie has been walking our Great Dane Riker for over a year now and has been a very important part of his routine. She is knowledgeable and experienced with animals and seems to be able to handle any type of animal personality. Riker is fearful of people coming into the house, but she has always been patient and calm around him for which I am truly thankful. She tries hard to put him at ease by letting him take his time when exiting his crate or bringing another dog along on walks to help with his anxiety. Her availability is also fairly flexible, so if I need an extra walk over the weekend, she is generally free. She advises everyone of any upcoming vacations she may be taking and tries her best to find a replacement and to schedule a meet and greet with that replacement. And at the end of each walk, she provides updates on how the day went! I never worry when I am at work and that definitely speaks to Stephanie’s skill and professionalism.
I just want to thank you with all of my heart! I so enjoyed hearing your daily comments and they truly showed that you "got" my little girls! I felt so relaxed knowing that you were there...paying close attention to their needs. But more than that you truly had insight into their personalities. That's special!
They were glad to see me when I arrived home but I also could tell they were very happy and content after having your visits.
Thank you again. You are a special person.
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