As a child, I would care for cats, dogs, fish, rats and my pet squirrel, Rocky. For the past fifteen years, a career in sales paid the bills, but my heart still belonged to the dogs. I became actively involved in Animal Rescue as a volunteer, foster parent and dog trainer and have often been called a “stray magnet”, working diligently to reunite lost pets with their families.
Five years ago, I was lucky enough to finally turn my dream into reality! I have been able to spend every day living my dream offering pet sitting and dog walking to Chandler and Gilbert residents. This Little Doggie Stayed home has also grown to include a pack of dog walkers and sitters and also provides balanced dog training and rehabilitation to families in the Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale areas. We provide personalized in home pet sitting and dog walking, as well as dog training and rehabilitation through private sessions or board and train programs.
I am beyond grateful to be living my dream day in and out, being part of a community of like-minded animal lovers and being able to help humans communicate with their pets. I am also very happy to be able to give back to my community in the form of pro bono dog training to several Valley animal rescue organizations. This Little Doggie Stayed Home looks forward to meeting you and your pets!
About Lindsey, Founder
I was born in the dead of Winter in Minneapolis in the late 70’s and was raised in the great state of Minnesota until I wised up and headed out to the sunshine in 1996.
My love for animals spans back as far as I can remember and I can recall countless conversations, begging my Mom to let us add a dog to our family. As a single Mother, she knew a pet was the last thing we needed, but I knew she was wrong ? At the age of 5, I “bought” my first puppy at a neighborhood garage sale; picked him out of a box at the end of their driveway with “Puppies” penned on the side all with my own allowance (a whole $5 in random coins no less). He was a little white mutt and like all little girls, I thought he should be named Buffy. My Mom was less than thrilled when I walked in with Buffy, but like all good mothers, she used this as an opportunity to teach me about responsibility. Mom also thought the name Buffy was ridiculous and insisted we name him Jake. Well, that was a boy’s name at school, so we compromised and named him BJ. BJ was a handful, but that is exactly what I needed to learn how to care for a living animal and he ended up being the best dog ever – living well into my college years. In addition to BJ, I cared for cats, other dogs, fish, rats and my pet squirrel, Rocky.
Lindsey Wescott Once I moved to the desert, I attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in Communication. I got a sales job right out of college and continued to grow and excel in the sales arena well into my thirties. Although my sales career paid the bills, my heart still belonged to the animals so in my spare time, I became and continue to be actively involved in Animal Rescue as a volunteer, foster parent, dog trainer and have often been called a “stray magnet”, working diligently to reunite lost pets with their families.
Several of my sales jobs required me to travel and I was constantly stressed about who would watch my pets (I have a houseful of Boston Terriers who I often refer to as the “squish army” and am never without a foster) and wondered if they could be trusted. Nervous dog Mom was an understatement. So one day I decided to hang up my business suits, traded them in for sneakers and clothes covered in dog hair and This Little Doggie Stayed Home was born. I am beyond grateful to have been able to turn my passion for the animals into a career and absolutely love helping people with their pets! I look forward to adding you and your four-leggers to the TLDSH family!
From one animal lover to another, we know how hard it is to decide who to trust to care for your pets while you are away. This Little Doggie Stayed Home provides caring, compassionate, experienced and reliable in-home pet sitting and dog walking services in the Chandler, Gilbert, South Tempe and Sun Lakes areas.
Our Training Explained…
All of us have a picture in our heads of how are dogs were “supposed” to be when we brought them into our lives and unfortunately, sometimes that picture is far from the reality we live every day. Maybe they are leash reactive, jump on guests, counter surf, suffer from selective listening, have poor social skills (dog aggressive), are rude, pushy and lack basic obedience to name a few. Trust me, I have owned that dog and I can completely relate. “That dog” is the reason I started training dogs in the first place!
From one animal lover to another, we know how hard it is to decide who to trust to care for your pets while you are away. This Little Doggie Stayed Home provides caring, compassionate, experienced and reliable in-home pet sitting and dog walking services in the Chandler, Gilbert, South Tempe and Sun Lakes areas. Whether you have long work days, are on a much deserved vacation or there simply aren’t enough hours in your day to fit in your pets’ daily exercise, we will provide loving care for your four-legged family in your home. Keeping your pets in the comfort of their safe haven and on their normal routines will allow both you and your pets to breathe easier while you are away. We are bonded and insured to give you peace of mind – both for your pet family and for your home. We look forward to making your pets part of our family!