Would You Hire A Nanny For Your Dog?

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Antonet Verschuren has been employed by an affluent Japanese couple for the past two years with the sole task of taking care of their two miniature poodles. She is a full-time dog nanny who lives with the pooches and tends to their every need 24-hours a day. In addition to feeding and grooming them, she takes them for long walks, and even shares a room with them – Verschuren sleeps on a mattress, while the pampered dogs have the sofa bed all to themselves.

“When I asked the owners about it they said that was what people did in Japan, but I noticed they had their own massive bed. They were very rich but money doesn’t always buy a certain type of hospitality.”

These dog nannies have become a must have for the super-rich and their role in the household is similar to that of a governess, except they work with four-legged furry creatures instead of kids.

If you want to hire a doggy nanny, you should know that they aren’t cheap. For instance, Verschuren charges $150 a day for live-in care. And she and her team often take the pooches on daytrips to extravagant locations such as Hampton Court Palace and the neo-palladian villa Chiswick House.

“What we offer is bespoke. It really depends on what the customer wants. For most people their pets are like their own children.”

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