Rates and Services

Services in My Home (*Dogs only)

Treat your dog(s) to a vacation at my house, daycare or overnight! Your dog will be treated as a member of our loving family, with plenty of one-on-one attention from Steve.

  • $30/calendar day for 1 dog. (As a courtesy, stays shorter than 24 hours will be charged as just one calendar day.)
  • $20/day for each additional dog.
  • Rate includes exercise, feeding and medication administration. Long walks/intensive exercise available at an additional fee.
  • I care for only a few dogs at a time, only as many as fit in our quiet, comfortable home setting. Your dog will not be crated or kenneled, unless you request or approve that for their security.
  • Overnight guests will have my attention for the entire evening/night. And, since I often work at home during the day (and love to have canine companions with me in the car), dogs here during the day will get plenty more attention than that.**
  • I often organize group playtime for socialized dogs under my care, and carefully check pet compatibility.

*Please note: dogs who board with us must get along reasonably well with our two cats, who are well socialized with canines, and also interact safely with our toddler son. I regret I cannot board cats at my house -- but I'd be happy to stop in and visit them in your home while you're away. (See below.)

Also, services in my home -- as well as any socialization with other dogs outside my home -- require proof of your dog's up-to-date rabies and distemper/DHPP vaccinations, as well as prior notification of any health conditions that may be contagious to others.

**While I like to lavish as much attention as possible on canine guests, I may have previously-arranged bookings outside the home during your pet's stay.

Services in Your Home*

I'll come to your house, hotel or campsite for walks, playtime or other care of your pets. Feeding/medications too!

  • $10 for a 15-minute visit (perfect for very low- maintenance cats, birds/chickens, or other small pets)
  • $15 for a 30-minute visit (minimum for dogs)
  • $20 for a 45-minute visit
  • $25 for an hour visit
  • Additional fees may apply for visits with over 2 pets.

Rates are per visit to your home (for example, two 30-minute visits per day = $30 total per day).

*I regret that availability for these services is often limited to locations within 5-10 miles of my home. But please do inquire if you are farther, particularly for short-term needs; I do make exceptions when I'm able. (Possible travel fees are listed below.)

Additional fees

  • $5 travel fee if I'm driving 10-20 miles.
  • $10 travel fee if I'm driving more than 20 miles.
  • Puppy surcharge (my home only): $5 additional fee/day for dogs under 1 year old. (We LOVE puppies -- so much that we want to give them all the extra attention they need.)
  • House training surcharge (my home only): $5 additional fee/day for adult dogs prone to pee or poop accidents inside. This is to cover any possible damage to carpets/etc., as well as the cost of wee-wee pads and time spent attending to messes. (While we make every effort to bring your dog outside whenever nature might call, accidents are often unavoidable for dogs accustomed to free outdoor access, and older dogs.)
  • $5 per pickup or drop-off, if you need me to transport your pet for care in my home. (Additional travel fees may apply. See above.)
  • Partial or full charges may apply to bookings cancelled without adequate notice.

These are my basic rates and services. All services are customizable to your and your pet's needs.

My wife Lorin, our son Lincoln, and I live in Lamoine, Downeast Maine, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.

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