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Pets Are My Passion

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About Me

Iris Salsman

Pets are my passion. As a lifelong dog owner and animal enthusiast, I have more than 45 years experience caring for everything from man’s best friend (and feline friend) to fish and even ant farms.

I’m devoted to all of them. And now that I’ve retired from corporate America, I have the time to indulge my true love – looking after them and lavishing them with affection.

I don’t just love animals; I know how to take care of them.

My experience includes owning and looking after large dogs including collies, golden retrievers, German shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Great Danes and Great Pyrenees as well as smaller breeds such as Maltese, pugs and daschunds, and cats. Some have been a handful while others were couch potatoes.

Over the years I’ve attended training classes with dogs that were aggressive or timid. I know how to give medications to cats (not easy). I can clean a bird cage, fish tank and rabbit or hamster cage. The only thing I haven’t done is feed a live mouse or rat to a snake. Even I have my limits!

As a pet nanny I bring maturity and sound judgment as well as experience. I’ve lived in my own home for many years so I’ll treat yours with respect.

Need your mail and newspaper taken in? Your plants or yard watered? Pets brushed and hair vacuumed? You can count on me. I’m prompt, reliable and conscientious. You and your pets will love me!


More than 45 years experience caring for pets.


I’m prompt, reliable and conscientious.

Bonded & Insured

Bonded & Insured, your pet is in good hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Pet sitting” is defined as “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.” Dog walking is also a form of pet sitting since it involves coming to the pet’s home to provide exercise and companionship. Caring for pets in the clients’ homes is what separates pet sitters from boarders or doggie daycares.

Pets are happier and experience less stress at home in their familiar environment.

Diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted.

Travel trauma for both owner and pet is eliminated.

Pet's exposure to illness is minimized.

It’s often more economical because many pet sitters do not charge extra for more than one pet.

Occasionally, extenuating circumstances (i.e., a pet with special health issues or severe separation anxiety or repairs taking place in the pet’s home) warrants a pet sitter caring for a client’s pet in his or her own home.

As the definition above indicates, pet sitters care for clients’ pets in the clients’ homes. Pet owners often use pet sitters when they go on a vacation, travel for business, work long hours or when they are too sick or injured to care for their pet(s).

Pet sitters often offer more than one pet-sitting visit per day, and some pet sitters offer overnight stays as well.

During the pet-sitting visits, pet sitters perform a variety of tasks, including:

Feeding the pets and changing their water bowls

Providing exercise and play time (may include walking the dog)

Cleaning litter boxes and cleaning up any other pet messes

Administering pet medications, if needed

Providing lots of TLC!

Pet sitters also often bring in mail or newspapers and alternate blinds and lights to give the home a “lived-in look” if the owners are away. Pet sitters may also perform other tasks as requested by the pet owners.

First, I don’t just love animals; I know how to take care of them.

I’m mature and responsible rather than a kid, neighbor or family member.

This is my fulltime job.

I’m insured and bonded to protect you, me and your pet.

I do what’s best for your pet – not what’s convenient for me. You won’t find me sitting on the sidelines or talking on the phone while your dog runs around a dog park. Your dog’s walk is his exclusive time to get attention and affection as well as exercise, and I do what he wants.

I have a detailed form I have you complete for each pet (even fish) so I know all of their habits.

I leave you a Report Card after every visit – or I’ll text it if you wish.

I’ll send you photos or do Facetime to show you how he’s doing.

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Serving St. Louis & Beyond.

Dog Walking

Need someone to walk your dog? The Pet Nanny has you covered.

Pet Drop-ins

Going on vacation or just need someone to check in on your pet? You can trust The Pet Nanny.

Pet Sitting

Need pet sitting while you're at work, on vacation or for any other reason? Call me today!

Pet Playtime

Every pet needs play time. All of my services include customized play time, no extra charge.


Need help administering your pet's medications? I have your back. Call me today!

Overnight Care

Now you can leave your pet when you travel. You can always expect great care and TLC for your best friend.

What My Clients Say

What's it cost?

Dog Walking

$20 - $35
based on minutes
  • 30 minutes - $20
  • 45 minutes - $27
  • 60 minutes - $35

Drop ins

based on minutes
  • 10 minutes - $10

Pet Sitting

$30 - $40
based on hours
  • Afternoon - $30 (2-3 hours)
  • Evening - $40 (2-3 hours)


per dose
  • Pills/shots - $10 per dose


based on hours
  • 24 hours - $65
  • Pet sitting includes at least one walk
  • Overnights include at least 4 walks

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We all need quality pet care!

Cage pets such as rabbits and hamsters may not be as common as dogs or cats, but their owners still have a need for quality pet care when work or travel keep them from home.

According to the American Pet Products Association, 14 million small animals are owned in 6.7 million households across the United States. Fortunately, the number of professional pet sitters offering services to small animals or cage pets is growing.

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, has more than 6,000 member businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad. According to PSI’s 2016 State of the Industry Survey, nearly 58 percent of its members offer pet-sitting services for cage pets such as rabbits, hamsters, etc. In 2014, about 53 percent of sitters said they offered care for cage pets.

PSI encourages cage-pet owners—and all pet owners—to only use the services of professional pet sitters for their pet-care needs.

“Often times, pet owners, and even news outlets, use the term ‘pet sitter’ carelessly, referring to anyone—from a family friend to the neighborhood teenager asked to check in on your pet—as a ‘pet sitter,’” explained PSI President Patti J. Moran. “It is important that pet owners understand that pet sitting is a professional career and professional pet sitters offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

PSI provides pet owners with access to the largest online directory of professional pet sitters free-of-charge and recommends that pet owners schedule an initial consultation with a potential pet sitter prior to booking services.

PSI advises pet owners to ask seven important questions when interviewing a potential pet sitter:

  • Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state, if required?
  • Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
  • Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?
  • Does the pet sitter provide client references?
  • Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
  • Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS™) and/or has he or she participated in other pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
  • Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

Pet owners should ask if a potential pet sitter has experience caring for their specific type of pet—whether it’s a rabbit or a guinea pig—but even if the professional pet sitter’s answer is no, the pet owners may still decide to book services based on the pet sitter’s reputation and level of experience and training in the pet-care industry. PSI has found that its professional pet-sitting members adjust and expand their services to meet the needs of their pet-owning clients.

“Oftentimes, professional pet sitters can adapt quickly to a pet’s care routine when given detailed instructions by the owner or with a ‘trial run’ before the actual pet-sitting services are needed,” said PSI Vice-President Beth Stultz.

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Location & Hours

Dog walking and drop-ins in Downtown St. Louis. Serving the greater St. Louis area for pet sitting and overnights.

Available 24/7