"Since you started walking Max every day, he's lost weight and is happy to go out now. Maybe I should start tagging along..."
- Bill (Max)
Hug-a-Dog Pet Care provides professional pet-sitting services by nuts-about-dogs animal lovers. We offer daily walks, doggie daycare, boarding, puppy care and training, and in-home pet-sitting and house-sitting. We pride ourselves on tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of you and your pet. Out of town? Working late? Can't get home to smooch your pooch? Just give us a call and we'll run over and give your pet a little loving until you get home.
Challenged to find reliable, in-home pet sitting for their own dogs, Linda & Jorge Gonzalez created a pet sitting service to address the needs of pet lovers in their neighborhood. Since then, Hug-a-Dog Pet Care has grown to a pack of over 200 tail-wagging pets and their owners. Years of exeperience in caring for our own and others' pets and being calm, responsive and resourceful make us the go-to professionals for pet care services in Miami since 2002.
Linda Gonzalez, Top Dog
Twenty years in the cold harsh winters of Chicago was enough for Linda to decide to head south. And finally get a dog. With an undergraduate degree in Forest and Parks Management and a graduate degree in Business, as a senior manager Linda worked in operations, facilities and crisis management for a Fortune 500 company before unleashing her passion - the furry four-footed variety!
As a professional pet-sitter, Linda has been the Top Dog for more than seven years. She has helped care for hundreds of pets of all types, from the largest Great Pyrenees to the tiniest finch. In 2008, she was chosen as a top finalist for Pet-Sitter of the Year by Pet Sitters International. She is certified in Pet First Aid and Canine CPR. Linda's dedication, compassion and just plain joy in her work are evident to all her clients, both two-footed and four-footed!
Jorge Gonzalez, Leader of the Pack
"No dogs while we live in the North. Period."
This was Jorge's mantra - no sunrise walks in 20-degree below zero temperatures for him! Now in the sunny tropics, Jorge shares his home with Linda and their pack of well-loved-but-never-spoiled pooches - Chesley the Clown and Kaya the Kween (terrier mongrel - ugly, but endearing). Jorge's background in logistics and manufacturing operations serves him well when "doody calls" for a pack of pooches eager to go for a sunrise walk!
As the "Leader of the Pack", Jorge is a master pooper-scooper, working with Linda for more than seven years since the founding of Hug-a-Dog Pet Care. He is certified in Pet First Aid and Canine CPR.
Awards & Affiliations
Pet Sitter of the Year - Top Five Finalist 2008
Pet Sitters International
Certified - Pet First Aid and CPR (PetTech Inc)
Member - Louisiana SCPA
* Helping to rebuild the lives of Katrina victims and their owners.
University of Miami School of Business School
* Volunteer Mentor Program
Insurance & Bonding: Hug-a-Dog Pet Care is fully bonded and insured for injury and loss to protect both your home and your pet. Proof of insurance is available upon request.