My name is Bartek, I'm 40 and just recently moved to Berlin from Warsaw. I live with my boyfriend and a friend of ours in cosy, dog-friendly apartment in Friedrichshain.
(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've 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 live at 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've 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's 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 in the beginning 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 less than a month ago and having none now feels strange and empty. So petsitting feels like 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 "introverts" 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'm careful with anxious dogs, trying to avoid fearsome situations; with dominant dogs, I can set the boundaries.
I walk a lot, getting to know Berlin, so I'll gladly have a company to 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.
When it comes to walks and home visits I prefer your home to be located within 20 minutes of a bike ride from where I live (Fhain) and when it comes to my staying overnight or petsitting for couple of days in your home, I don't say no to more distanced locations.
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 course you'll receive updates, photos and videos of your dogs while I'm taking care for them.
I'm looking forward to your questions and to meeting your dogs!
Everything with Bartek was clear and smooth.
He took good care of Benji!
I recommend him 100%
Ich empfehle Bartek mit vollem Herzen. Man merkt sofort, dass er Hunde liebt und sich um sie liebevoll kümmert. Während des Sittings bekam ich regelmäßig Fotos und kleine Videos, ein für mich sehr willkommenes Update. In Kontakt ist sehr herzlich und flexibel, auch mein Zuspätkommen war kein Problem.
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