hearth & home
dog care & house sitting for peace of mind
for Vancouver and Vancouver Island
hilary anne stephens
Dogs are most comfortable in their own homes. With my “hearth & home” service, staying in your home ensures your dogs will keep their normal eating habits, playtime, daily walks and sleep routines throughout each day. Your dog/dogs feel safe and your home is secure
Over 25+ years of experience dog and house sitting - Greyhounds, labradors, labradoodles, Munsterlanders, Golden Retrievers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Flat Coated Retrievers, sheep farm border collies, kelpies and everything in between!
Pet First Aid Certified Dogs can have health issues at any time. I am Pet First Aid Certified and manage emergencies effectively. I’m experienced with senior dogs, dogs with chronic issues and able to prepare syringes and inject dogs with both sub-q and IM medications as well as administer oral, eye and external medications
Criminal Record Check
Clients deserve privacy. Confidentiality and discretion are guaranteed
Your dog/dogs are fed as per your usual schedule so their pattern remains consistent
With my service, your dog/dogs are safe from contracting illnesses and/or parasites that's possible from unknown dogs in a kennel/boarding environment
I stay in your house, while you are away so that your dog/dogs are not left alone for any long periods of time. Not only does this increase the security of your house, if there’s an emergency with your home, I am there to act quickly and efficiently
Convenience for you, the client. You don’t have to drop off or pick up your dog from a kennel/boarding facility prior to or after your trip. This is a great time saver and so much less stressful for you!
In addition to dog/pet care, “hearth & home" services include: water house plants, bring in the mail, wash and fold dog towels and other laundry, take out rubbish and recycling, dispose of all dog poop, hoover/vacuum and have your house in great shape for when you return
Please contact me for rates and special requests (eg: administration of medications for your dog)
Fees for house/dog/pet sitting are pro-rated depending on duration
Contact Hilary: 604 786-8724
what people are saying about hilary
Hilary was the first housesitter we have had and we couldn't have been more pleased with how it all went.
She kept in regular contact from the time the assignment was confirmed to when she arrived. Once here, Hilary was very thorough in getting to know the routines and personalities of our 3, all very different, dogs. While we were away she kept in touch regularly with updates and photos. It was so nice to see pictures of the dogs looking happy & relaxed in their own surroundings. We can honestly say that my husband's working collie, a dog who it is notoriously difficult to keep weight on, has never looked better than after her week with Hilary.
I would have no hesitation in having Hilary housesit for us again, and recommend her as a sitter
Hilary is a very kind and calm person and it was very apparent from shortly after her arrival that she had a great affinity with the animals and they with her. We were relaxed about leaving our home and pets for Hilary to look after and go off and enjoy a relaxed and stress free holiday.
She wasn't at all fazed by our lovely lively Labradoodles and was very happy to take them off for long walks.
Hilary is a very capable person and even my husband, who is completely neurotic about leaving the dogs, was able to mellow out on holiday, especially as Hilary sent regular updates with photographs whist we were away.
The dogs obviously enjoyed her company and it was apparent that she got them to listen to her when they were out on their walks as their behaviour seemed much better than usual!
Hilary is very easy to get along with and we would definitely be happy to use her again and recommend her to anybody.
Hilary was absolutely perfect in every way. It was a very last minute booking and she was enthusiastic and accomodating from the outset. Her communication was/is excellent and she was loved by the family, but most importantly, by our dog.
It was brilliant to be able to depart without any worries knowing our dog was being looked after so well. Would recommend her very very highly for any future/potential pet sits. THANK YOU!