In 2012, my husband and I finally achieved our dream of owning a farm in southern Maine, and all was just about perfect – except for the fact that one of us always needed to be on the farm, or within close proximity, 24x7x365.
We spent our first four years here swapping off weekends to visit our families (in upstate NY) or go to alpaca shows or fairs. We didn’t even think about a vacation – and quite... frankly – travelling alone was just not as much fun. If you are reading this review, you probably know exactly what I mean!
Then in the Fall of 2016 - enter The Barn Nanny. We originally received a post card in the mail from Ms. Cameron-Dryver, describing her business and the services she offered. Intrigued, we did a little checking on the internet and discovered she had her own horses, so she we knew she wouldn’t be intimidated by large animals. And we have a “few” of those: a herd of 24 alpacas, as well as 15 chickens, 2 barn cats, and 2 bunnies. We scheduled an appointment to meet -- and were delighted!. Denise’ upbeat disposition and energetic attitude was evident from our first introductions; she seemed at home in the barn immediately, asked all the right questions, and connected with our alpacas right off-the-bat. We had a show in Syracuse coming up in a few weeks, so we decided to give The Barn Nanny a try.
Before we left, Denise crafted and shared a care plan and schedule for our farm. She also provided a contract to describe exactly what services she would be delivering while we were away. As you likely know, it is not easy to leave one’s “fur babies”, but her knowledge and attention to detail gave us confidence that we were leaving our critters in capable hands. We were not disappointed! I received morning and evening updates, via text, on all the happenings during the daily visits. We returned home to a happy barnyard – and refreshed for having a short break from the farmer’s joy - and tribulation: Eat. Farm. Sleep. Repeat.
I would heartily endorse Denise Cameron-Dryver, The Barn Nanny, as a skilled and gentle caregiver for your animals.
Denise is hands down the best , most attentive and caring individual you would ever want to care for your animals.
Due to an injury, I have been unable to tend to my chores for 3 weeks and have relied on Denise to cover all evening feedings and barn care for my 2 mini donkeys and my 2 Mammoth donkeys. She is very kind, knowledgeable, and willing to assist in every way to make sure your animals receive the best care.
I highly recommend Denise , as I am confident she will provide you and your animals the most genuine and professional Nanny service you will ever find.
Thank you Denise for an exceptional job well done!
We were able to completely relax and enjoy ourselves while we were away because Denise is so loving and conscientious with our animals. We received daily updates and she did everything for our animals as though they were hers. We have seven goats and several flocks of chickens, some ducks and geese. Denise took wonderful care of all. She also brought the mail in and checked on the house. Truly a Godsend since leaving a farm can be a logistic nightmare. Thank you Denise!
Ken & Carolyn K.
The barn nanny met and overcame some challenges watching my ponies and everyone was happy and healthy. Big relief off my mind knowing they were well cared for. And my chickens like her too!
I was at a show in MA and knew I would be late getting home to put in my other horses who do nothing but run the fence line when they don't get in at that expected time. I didn't hesitate to call Denice and she quickly just dropped everything and ran right over to help out!! I knew and trusted that everything would be fine!! Thank you Denise!!!
I have known Denise for some time, I have seen how she treats and respects animals.
Denise has knowledge and common sense to work with animals as well as in and around barn, pastures and common areas. Denise is, safe, confident and reliable!
Love Barn Nanny! She does such a great job & I don't trust many, but I trust her ! Love the attention that she gives to all details, almost as if I was there myself !
I trust Denise Dryver 100% with all of my animals. She has an exceptional eye to detail and follows instructions perfectly! You couldn't leave your horses and other farm animals in better hands!
Loving and dependable! She is the best there is! I highly recommend Denise to everyone and anyone!
Denise's horses are her pride and joy. She loves and understands all animals and believes they deserve the absolute best care, always. She will love and care for them as if they were her very own.
Denise is amazing!!! She is great with any kind of animal. I highly recommend her!
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The equine professionals listed below have kindly agreed to be added to my references page. I am very thankfully to have these wonderful people in my network of professionals!
Please feel free to speak with them regarding any questions that you may have regarding my experience, knowledgebase and try passion for horses.
Suzanne Carter - Horse trainer, riding instructor & barn manager / 207-710-3708
Katie Colwell-Remick - Horse trainer & riding instructor / email@example.com
Matt Guillemette - Farrier / 207-490-2935
Andi Lenzi - TNT Equine / 617-851-6101
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