Bartek

God Is A Dog. Just Backwards.

Berlin
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Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
20 EUR for each additional pet
30 EUR
/day
All services and rates

About Bartek

My name is Bartek, I'm 42, live with my boyfriend and a friend of ours in a cosy, dog-friendly apartment in Neukölln. I dogsit in Berlin for 2 years already.

(This part is a bit of personal story and motivation - you may skip it if you want to get to the details of my services in the next part)
Dogs were always around me since my parents live in the countryside where keeping a dog is natural. The first dog I decided to adopt as an adult was Lulu. It was 10 years ago and at first, we were supposed to be a foster care for her. (In Poland it is popular to foster dogs rescued from interventions and shelters, so while they live with their foster people, they can adapt to living at a household, learn necessary things and be better prepared for permanent adoption). Lulu was brought to us by people from a small dog rescue foundation, as her previous owner abandoned her in the middle of nowhere and for months she was living the life of a tramp. At that time she was around 5. She won our hearts immediately so on the 3rd day we decided to keep her. Lulu was quite a strong personality, stubborn, and not always friendly towards other dog females but to people, she was such a kind and tender soul. As she was growing old, she developed Cushing syndrome, she became a liver cancer survivor, got deaf and her back paws started to get weaker. Still, it was obvious that she was moving with us to Berlin. But 2 weeks before the moving date she was diagnosed with 3 new liver tumours, big and untreatable. And after consulting with vets we decided to let her go.
When the pandemic happened and I started to work from home, I thought that this is a great opportunity to foster care for other dogs in need. The first one was Fuga, a little black mongrel rescued from a crazy lady who had 40 dogs living in her household in appalling conditions. Fuga was basically a wild dog - she didn't know what is a flat, stairs, how to keep clean, and how the city works. So it was a struggle initially, but she was naturally smart and able to overcome her fears. In two months of living with us, she became a stable, well-behaved and lovely dog. She was adopted by a girl who promised to work with her further on separation anxiety. After Fuga, we happened to meet Maniek, quite a large dog (mix of Boxer and Fila Brasileiro), who turned out to be the sweetest thing ever, but because of his size and strong territorial instincts required careful handling. After six months with us, he was adopted by a girl from the foundation who actually spotted him in the shelter and then completely fell in love with him (no wonder).
Apart from this, I used to walk dogs from Warsaw's city shelter and petsit dogs of friends and neighbours.
Having 2 dogs some time ago and having none now feels strange and empty. So petsitting is for me a natural thing to do before I settle down a little and be able to adopt a dog or two.

I try to adjust to the personality of a dog - I'm not pushy with "introverted" dogs, I make sure they know I'm there when they need me and I just let them be; with extraverts, I'm up for long play and cuddle; I also try to keep their daily routine, as they're not fans of changes. I'm careful with anxious dogs, trying to avoid fearsome situations; I can set the boundaries with dominant dogs. I walk a lot, getting to know Berlin, so I'll gladly have company for my walks.
I like dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes but I have a special place in my heart for senior dogs. Being quite experienced with them I can administer medications, make simple injections or deal with diapers.

Whichever service you need, meet&greet would be essential as I'd like to get to know as much as possible about your dogs before having my randez-vous with them. If this would be boarding your dog at my place, I'd ask you to provide bedding (unless they prefer to sleep in bed with people - in that case, they're welcome to do so), food, a leash and harness, poop bags, muzzle (if necessary) and a favourite toy (if they have one).

And of course, you'll receive updates, photos and videos of your dogs while I'm taking care of them. I'm looking forward to your questions and to meeting your dogs!

Bartek

Update June 2022:
Since July 2021 dogsitting was my main occupation but recently I've started regular work (home office based) and because of this I won't be able to look after puppies (younger than 12 months). During longer stays, it may happen that dog/dogs will be left unattended for max. 4-5 hours. This is why, unfortunately, I won't be able to host dogs with separation anxiety for longer than 2 days.

Bartek's services

At the sitter's home

Doggy Day Care
Doggy Day Care
Daytime care for your dog at the sitter's home.
20 EUR for each additional pet
30 EUR
/day
Dog Boarding
Dog Boarding
Overnight stay at the sitter's home
28 EUR for each additional pet
42 EUR
/night

Bartek also offers

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

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Doggy Day Care
Steve, 2024-02-22

Bartek was an absolute lifesaver when I needed a sitter. My dog is extremely reactive but immediately felt at home in the apartment and has enjoyed his two day visits so far. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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Vadim, 2024-02-18

Our dog had a great stay with Bartek. The communication was great, and it was clear that Bartek takes good care of Mony. We felt relaxed and confident that our dog is in good hands :)

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About Bartek's Home

Accepted pets

Dog sizes
0-80 kg
Dog ages
1-20 years
Dog sex
Female & Male

Bartek's home

An apartment
Has no kids

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & Other
< 5 years of experience

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets

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Bartek

Bartek

God Is A Dog. Just Backwards.

Berlin
Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
20 EUR for each additional pet
30 EUR
/day
All services and rates
Contact Bartek

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

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