Hi! I'm Mary Louden, the owner and service provider of Dog Visits by Mary. What that means to you is that I will personally visit your dog. I will not send an employee or independent contractor. You always know who is coming into your home. Your dog has the familiarity of one new companion, me.
My husband and I are currently 'owned' by 3 former racing greyhounds; Roxi, Domino, Camo and Fancy. I have grown up with dogs as part of the family - Humane Society mutts, a schnauzer, afghan, borzoi and even a cat who snuck into my heart!
My decision to become a professional
dog visitor was a natural progression of
my experience, passion and strengths. I
am very detailed oriented and proactive
in my thinking. Most of my life I have
been self employed as a business
owner. (First as a licensed childcare
provider, then as a successful direct
sales cosmetic consultant.)
Later, as an administrative assistant for
my church I would drive home every
lunch hour. I knew my dogs could benefit from a midday visit. One of my dogs is fearful in new environments, so I could never consider boarding him, no matter how great the kennel. Camo needs to be in his own home, his own safe spot. We've also had dogs with special needs. So we have always arranged for pet sitters when we travel. Therefore, I understand the needs of dogs I visit, as well as their humans. My husband and I have been involved in greyhound rescue / adoption for 23 years. In 2009 I founded a rescue-foster-adoption group for former racing greyhounds, a 501C3 nonprofit called Prison Greyhounds. (www.prisongreyhounds.org). I serve as the president. I was awarded the Pet Sitters International 2012 Pet Adoption Advocate of the year. I have volunteered in the past at the Humane Society.
I am trustworthy, organized and dog savvy. In 2008, when I started this business, I was accredited (certified) by Pet Sitters International, the largest worldwide organization of professional pet sitters. (The indepth curriculum I mastered is over 900 pages!) I am bonded, insured and trained in canine first aid. I have experience with several blind dogs and administering insulin shots. Senior and shy dogs are special to me. I am a member of the Indy Area Pet Sitters Network. With your permission, if I ever need to send an emergency replacement, I have a network I can choose from.
Your dog(s) are happiest and most secure when at home with you. When you can't be there, I'm the next best thing! Thank you for entrusting the care of your dog to me.