Canine Services

I was born into a dog loving family. From puppies being born in my closet to neighborhood dog shows I organized with categories like:  Most Unusual Dog. I love dogs and am drawn to them like I’m drawn to babies. Yes, I talk baby talk to them.

As an adult my first dog Schnook was the model for a greeting card line I called Quadrapaws. When thinking of a name for my new venture I decided to revive the name Quadrapaws in honor of Schnook. Recently I retired as a Hospice Specialist Caregiver in a local hospice home. I still practice massage therapy and see clients part-time. The reincarnated Quadrapaws was inspired from my desire to interact with dogs, stay active and have a purpose for my walks. I want more four legged friends!

Walks:  Up to 30 minutes $15.00 for one dog. $20 for two dogs. Over 30 minutes prorated at $0.50 per minute. 

Sitting:  Per day $35.00 for one dog. $10 each additional dog.

Massage:  20 minutes $25.00 for one dog. Over 20 minutes prorated at $1.25 per minute.


What I promise you is that I will treat your dog with the same care as my own. I am committed to making their time with me productive, healthy and happy.


Call: 319-621-4603 text/message, secret, if I don’t know the phone number I don’t answer so leave a message and I’ll call right back. There are far too many scammers out there. Email:

Here are some words from happy dog parents:

” Barb Brender is a terrific person for dog care! She has been taking care of our dog, Tara, for more than 4 years now, and Tara always returns from her care feeling both happy and healthy. Barb walks her every day, sometimes several times a day, and recognizes her needs even better than I do at times. When Tara sees Barb she immediately goes into her “happy” mode and it’s clear that they have developed a relationship that is good for both of them. Tara is a shy girl and doesn’t automatically let outsiders pet her. But she is different with Barb, and always has been. Barb seems to have a natural and easy way of relating to Tara that allows for a deep friendship between them. In other words, Barb is trustworthy, even with a dog who doesn’t trust easily, and she allows Barb to pet her and play with her while other people are often kept at a distance. Tara also receives doggie massages from Barb, and she obviously loves them. I have known Barb as a friend, a student of massage, and an employee for more than 15 years. She has always been highly responsible, sensitive, and kind, and I truly cannot recommend her enough. You can be sure that your dog will be taken care of both kindly and competently.” — Candida Maurer, PhD,  Director, Eastwind Healing Center                                               

” Barb is a natural caregiver for people AND animals! She uses her keen observation skills and gentle approach to get to know your dog as an individual – what they like (and don’t), need, and want to be healthy and content. We trust her completely to care for our Lulu – there’s none better.” — Patricia M. Zebrowski, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Professor Emerita, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders