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  • I worked with James a year ago when he was still in Richmond. It was my first time hiring a dog walker so I did not know what to expect. After the initial meet and greet, I knew my pup Tribbi was in good hands. James made sure to address any special instructions I had for Tribbi. For example, Tribbi tends to pull when going on walks. I told James I wanted to work on that and noticed a significant difference in Tribbi within a couple weeks. Also, I told James I wanted Tribbi to socialize more with other dogs. James would bring his own dog City, who by the way is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet, along for visits. Tribbi loved City and always had an extra pep in his step every time he saw her. James would follow up with detailed emails and pictures of the walks. Not only did it give me a snapshot of Tribbi’s day, but also gave me peace of mind that he was in such good hands. I was very sad to see James and City go but my loss is your gain. He’s such a wonderful handler and truly cares for animals. If you’re looking for a reliable and professional handler, hire James. You will be glad you did!

    Linda Vuong

  • I feel very blessed to have met James and City. I live a very spontaneous lifestyle and it is a great help to have such a flexible pet sitter. James has been a great help with training my Great Dane puppy Rilee. She's a handful and I don't know what I would do without the extra help. I have five animals total, including a Great Pyrenees, an American Staffordshire Terrier and two cats. James is great with all of them. He even helps keep Buddy, the Great Pyrenees, groomed. He's an older dog who needs constant brushing and ear cleaning. City's a great canine companion. She's very patient with my puppy. I'm happy to have a good doggy influence for her. I cannot say enough good things about James and the service he provides. I never have to worry when I'm out of town. He's a great friend and an even better Canine Companion.

    Sandra Steffy

  • James is quite simply a top notch canine companion---whether it be dog sitting, or, as in my case, taking my beloved Boston terrier Daisy on adventure hikes on hiking paths around Asheville. James is responsible and truly caring. For Daisy's adventure hikes, James brings along his wonderful dog named City, a mixed Lab, and she accompanies Daisy on these adventures. Other times, James and City come over and provide great play-dates with Daisy in my yard---they have an enormous amount of fun together, under James watchful and careful eye. His rates are reasonable, and if you care about your dogs and their care and well being, you need look no further than James---the "Canine Companion", the best friends to dogs. 5 Stars!

    Steven Ross

  • I cannot say enough about how great James was with my dogs and how flexible he was with my schedule. I am so glad I found someone a can trust with my two Dobermans. I will definitely be using him for all my future pet sitting needs. The best part of my first experience was the photo updates he would send me. My dogs looked so happy in the pictures and it put my mind at ease about leaving them.

    Betsy Bartlett

  • James is a great person and an even better canine companion. He took our dog Biscuit on long nature walks when we weren't around. He absolutely loves dogs, and that's what you want for your animal. We had no problem with him coming into our home when we weren't around to get Biscuit, and never had any issues. While being completely professional, his demeanor made me feel like a good friend. I trust him and would recommend him time and time again.

    Madison Zenzel

  • I've always felt guilty leaving Banjo by himself while I work during the day. After an initial meet and greet with James and City, I signed Banjo up for weekly adventure hikes. James is very good about documenting all the fun with pictures and I love reading the daily reports. :) It's been worth every penny and Banjo is a genuinely happier dog now. He is always exhausted after one of his walks and gets excited when I mention that "James is coming today" before I leave in the morning. James has been incredibly professional and I have no reservations about him coming into my home to pick up Banjo while I am at work. City has to be one of the best girls ever. She's incredibly sweet and always greets Banjo with a kiss in the face. :) Thanks for all you do for Banjo, guys!

    Jennifer Rodriguez

  • I am so glad I found Canine Companion to walk and play with my sweet dog, Freddie, when I am not home. I trust James completely - that he will be there, that he is honest, and that Freddie will be happy and well cared for. James truly loves dogs - it is his passion. Any dog in his care will feel loved and happy in his care.

    Mandie Carlson

  • James is probably at least half the reason my butterball finally has something resembling a waist! He is super flexible as well, no problems with last-minute requests, which is very helpful with my variable schedule. Love being able to spend 12+ hours away per day knowing the butterball is taken care of!

    Michelle Wang

  • I feel very lucky to have James as my neighbor. I have three dogs and foster additional dogs regularly. He is my go to guy for dog related issues. My dogs instantly took to him when they met. He has helped me pick up fosters, introduce them to my pack and networked to help find them their forever homes. City is a joy when she comes over. My pack loves it when she comes over to visit.

    Joan Roberts