Hi! I'm Mary Louden. I am both 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 will 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 4 former racing greyhounds; Fancy, Wire, Bradley and Porsche. 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.
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. Therefore, I understand the needs of dogs I visit, as well as their humans. My husband and I have been involved in greyhound adoption for over 25 years. In 2009 I founded a 501c3 nonprofit for former racing greyhounds 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 also volunteered in the past as a dog walker 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 in-depth 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.