Testimonials

Testimonials: Read What People Have to Say about Conscious Pet Service

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Spice, Lane R. and Bear

“None of the issues that you experience with your current dog walker come into play with Kari.  In the past, I dealt with no shows, walkers charging for longer than they delivered, and many displaying just a lack of common sense. With two large male dogs who are sliding into their senior years, I sought the absolute finest care for my boys.  Kari delivered bigger than I ever could have imagined.  My German Shepherd is a rough case, and Kari handles him as if they’d known each other for years.  My Ridgeback is an explosive and stubborn handful, but he’s now so in love with Kari.  Aside from being available on short notice, and being so cognizant of my boys’ care, what it really boils down to is this…I don’t worry.  I don’t worry when I’m at work, when I have late events…or when I need a weekend free.  I don’t worry about them.  In fact, I’m kinda glad, because I know my boys are being physically and emotional nourished through Kari.”  Lane R., Chicago

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Molly and Alice, Lisa A.’s cats

“Let me start out by saying I had two huge hurdles to get over when I started looking for a cat sitter.  First, I had to be able to trust someone to come into my home when I was not there.  Secondly and even more of a challenge, was trying to find someone who my cat Molly would trust.  The second one I knew was going to be next to impossible.  You see, Molly is a diabetic cat who requires insulin shots twice a day.  She is also incredibly skittish and distrusting.  So, I needed someone who could not only administer the shot, but more importantly, someone who could get close enough to Molly to actually give her the shot.  I received a couple of recommendations from an employee at Bentley’s Corner Barkery in Rogers Park.  I gave Conscious Pet Service a call first and spoke with Kari, the owner.  She was patient, kind and understood my concerns.  She reassured me in a way without being pushy.  I never once felt she was trying to sell me her services.  Kari came over for her first meet and greet, and to have me show her how I do things.  I knew she would be able to meet Alice, but I knew Molly would hide under the bed and not come out because that’s what she always does.  Not only did Molly not hide but after awhile she actually came out, which NEVER, EVER happens.  I know this may sound silly, but to me that was a miracle.  Kari told me when we first talked on the phone that cats who may usually be afraid of people seem to not feel that fear around her.,  Well, that was proof enough for me.  When I travel I not only have the peace of mind that my cats will be well taken care, but Kari also sends me text messages without me asking her.  That is huge to have that reassurance.  She is professional, reliable, trustworthy, and amazing with my girls.  I HIGHLY recommend Conscious Pet Service.”  Lisa A., Chicago

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Brooklyn and Jessica

“When I decided to begin the task of finding a suitable dog walker I was overwhelmed.  Our dog Brooklyn is 80 pounds and while he is a sweetheart in our home he is not very well behaved outside.  Aside from my husband and myself we’ve never felt anyone else could handle his squirrel chasing, extreme pulling, and unfortunate aggressive reaction to certain dogs we tended to meet on the street.  It was stressful to think we would have to subject someone else with this job.  The moment I met Kari I knew I liked her and also knew she was an animal lover like myself.  You can just tell these things when you see someone with an animal.  After she did a trial walk and didn’t run away crying I also knew our dog had found a new buddy.  Kari was able to understand my pet’s special walk needs and was invaluable to me.  She walked Brooklyn for a year and we were so grateful and so relieved knowing our dog was in expert hands.  As our scheduling needs changed I feared that we would have to give up Kari as our dog walker but she suggested we try walks with her business associate, Eddie.  I didn’t think we could get as lucky as we had with Kari in finding the perfect match for our buddy, but right away Brooklyn took to Eddie and so did we.  Eddie’s easy going personality matched ours and without any hesitation he took on the sometimes not so pleasant task of walking our dog.  Our special pal has since developed a special bond with Eddie and at the mention of Eddie’s name our dog’s ears perk up and he runs around the apartment with excitement.  Aside from being available with a flexible schedule, Eddie has come to our dog walking rescue on several occasions for a last minute walk.  I feel very lucky to have found such a qualified pair of walkers.  We really hit a gold mine.” Jessica A., Chicago

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Mocha-Allison M.’s cat

“Both of our cats have been on medication, so it can be stressful to leave them at home. Kari has been a wonderful and reassuring resource. She’s great at the day-to-day care and attention and is able to administer medication and handle any potential medical issues that may arise.”  Allison M., Wilmette

“Kari provides exceptional care for our pets.  Our dog Jack just loves her, and it’s clear that Kari cares deeply about Jack and his well-being.  Kari is extremely reliable and communicative, and provides detailed reports on dog walks.  We love to hear that Jack is happy and curious, and also appreciate that Kari lets us know when he may be feeling under the weather.  She stays at our home with our dog and cat when we have extended trips.  We rely on and trust Kari and enthusiastically recommend her!”  John L., Evanston

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Jack, John L.’s Australian Shepherd

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Noodles and Peanut with Jarod, Kate’s husband

“We could not ask for better caretakers for our dogs!  I have complete trust in Kari and Eddie to come into our home and take care of our boys–they love them as if they were their own!”  Kate J., Chicago.

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Khan and Thorin, Candice K.”s cats

 

“Kari has taken wonderful care of our two kitties when we have been away from them overnight or for more than a week. From ongoing experiences with her watching our pets, we trust her to care for them in a professional, yet loving way. When we return, they are always happy and well-cared for. We recommend her services to anyone looking for quality pet care”  Candice K., Gold Coast

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Tapioca-Elizabeth O’s cat

“Kari was a very reliable cat sitter for me for two years as I traveled several times a month. My cat needed medication – both pills and liquids – and Kari never had any problems administering them to her (though I did!). Kari was “conscious” and conscientious. I would not hesitate to highly recommend her.”   Elizabeth O., Evanston

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Aki and Niko-Erin H’s dogs

“Words cannot express how grateful I was for Kari and all she did  for my “children.” She helped us to care for my 14 year old who passed away after successfully battling cancer and not so successfully battling Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. She cared for our Akita mix, who had both Cushing’s and Addison’s (resulting in her doing her share of pee duty in the house – which was not requested, but oh so appreciated). And then she began caring for the cattle dog we adopted, Niko. We would never have felt good about leaving town or being gone to work for extended periods if we did not have Kari in our lives. She was beyond reliable, completely trustworthy, and so, so dedicated to her work and those put in her care. We’ve tried many a caregiver over the years, here and in California, and she far, far, far surpasses all of them. Worth her weight in gold and then some. Thank you Kari!”  Erin H., Minnesota