About VIPets Dog Walking Adventures

VIPets Ltd Philosophy

Our Core Values and Virtues: Joy, Love, Compassion, Heart.

Our Mission Statement: To use our love and compassion for all animals to bring joy into the hearts of the pets in our care by:

  • Being observant and keenly aware of pets needs at all times (such as the subtle changes in their demeanour that convey how they feel).
  • Reducing pet’s stress, frustration, loneliness and boredom to an absolute minimum at all times.
  • Clearly communicating with clients to ensure homes are run to their exact specifications so pets are kept as close to their routine as possible.
  • Recreating play and exercise routines as close to pet’s daily regimens as possible to ensure pets feel safe, comfortable and content in their parent’s absence and
  • using positive, loving and compassionate reinforcement of the training already in place.

About Lesley Huntley

Hello! My name is Lesley, and I run VIPets Dog Adventures. It’s nice to virtually meet you!

My mission is to be the best possible replacement for you when you can’t be there for your special friends. I love to be the ‘cool aunty’ that comes over and takes the furry kids out for the time of their lives while you are busy making treat money!

I have always felt a deep connection with animals from when I was very young. When I was a child I would actively seek out and find other people’s pets to spend time with, I was known around our neighbourhood as the “kid that comes over to play with our dog.” The child in me is ecstatic we grew up to play with dogs every day for a living!

In 2008 I started a two year house and pet sitting tour of Australia and Canada. I cared for a wide range of pets in their family’s homes in return for comfortable, inexpensive accommodation. I have touching pet sitting references from this time, you can read them here. I ran my web design business from the family’s dining room table which meant I was always there for the pets I was caring for. I especially enjoyed pet sitting assignments with dogs as it meant long walks around new and exciting areas were much more fun.

I have been a volunteer at Orana Park, the Cat’s Protection League and as an ambulance driver with the SPCA. I spent a year at Dogwatch, working to find homes for abandoned pound dogs. I’m looking forward to bringing the benefits of these years of experience to your special friend when they join the VIPets Family.

Photo of Lesley Huntley

Why Choose VIPets?

Free Meet and Greet

This gives you the chance to meet us face to face in your home to see exactly how we interact with your dog and how they react to us. You get to meet us, ask us all manner of questions and find out whether or not you feel we are a good fit to become part of your family.

Use of Technology

All visits and walks are tracked with GPS software, so you are able to see what time we arrived, how long we were there, when we left and every single moment in between. All visits are scheduled through our portal and the schedule is emailed to the sitter first thing every morning. This ensures no pet is missed and left stranded without a potty break.

Free Trial

After we have been to your home for the meet and greet and you have decided that we are a good fit for you and your pet, you are able to trial our dog walking services with a completely free first walk. All free dog walks include GPS tracking emailed as soon as the walk ends.

First Aid Certified

Lesley is pet first aid certified through a PETFAT training course. The PETFAT program has been written together with a team of veterinary professionals and covers over 23 different modules. Training covers rescue breathing and CPR and includes how to deal with shock, seizures, choking, burns, poisoning, broken bones, heat stroke, cuts & grazes and more.

Ongoing Training

To ensure dogs who are entrusted to our care get the very most from our outings, we are committed to constantly learning innovative techniques to enhance your dog's experience with us and support your current training methods. Training methods are being reviewed, updated and improved all the time and we are determined to keep learning on an ongoing basis.

Experienced Professionals

Lesley started VIPets in July 2015 so has over 7 years experience caring for pets professionally. Lesley is a full time, dedicated pet care provider with a wealth of experience in this field. Lesley and any employees are covered with full public liability insurance to the value of $1 Million. This includes up to $10,000 worth of pet cover.

Sounds Great! How Do I Get Started?

One

Fill in our form with all the information Lesley will need to work out where your dog will fit in with the group.

Two

Lesley will respond as soon as she gets in from an exciting adventure with an invitation to the client portal.

Three

Once all your details are filled in Lesley will come to meet you and your dog and organise a trial outing.