There are hundreds of pet sitters all around the world and I bet I speak for many of them when I say we can be a little under appreciated. What I mean by that is the harmless comment that many folks come up with when I tell them I have a pet sitting business…..”Oh, so you’re a dog walker!” It’s really not he same animal. If pet sitters only walked dogs how would they be fed while the owners are gone? Who would give them the necessary medications? Who would be sure they got extra playtime because they would be alone for a while? What happens in an emergency, or when your pet seems a little “off”?
I have loved this job since day one and will continue to do so as long as my clients allow me to care for their pets. You see, it did start as a glorified baby sitting job until I realized that a pet sitter can impact the lives of their critters as well as the critter’s owners. I have a lot of personal experience with animals, but it wasn’t until I started Pet Relief that I found I could help people understand their animal’s behavior and work on problem issues. I am blessed to have a large number of dogs and cats in my care. Some come to me with behavioral issues and some of those issues just pop up. My clients have come to trust my experience as a means of better caring for their own pets. I had a lady with a dog that suddenly decided he should pee in the living room. Not a good look!! After ruling out a urinary problem at the vet, I suggested she place his food bowl in his favorite pee spot. Guess who stopped peeing in the living room? Did I know this when I first started pet sitting? No, but I had done a lot of research into the issue and found this as one solution. That’s why an experienced pet sitter is your best bet. We don’t just walk your dog, we care about it’s well-being. One day, after a nice long walk, my client, Charlie the Beagle was going back into his room when I noticed shivering and he refused his treat….unheard of!! I had left my daily notes, but added at the bottom that Charlie seemed not quite himself. His Mom texted me later that evening to thank me for the head’s up. Turns out Charlie had gotten into a bunch of bees and had multiple stings on his head. He saw his vet, got meds and was on the way to recovery. We have no idea where the bees fit in, I watch Charlie pretty close because he likes to pick stuff up off the side of the road, but his Mom sure was happy that I noticed something. And just the other day, Sophie the Boxer, came up lame in her front right foot. I couldn’t find a puncture or scratch or any kind of bleeding, but she wouldn’t put weight on it. At my next visit, I closely inspected the one paw pad that was swollen and was able to find and extract a stinger. She was fine after a few hours. And I don’t even want to tell you about the cat I cared for and on my first visit to his house, he was in insulin shock. Of course, that doesn’t happen often and quick thinking sent us both to the vet in a hurry!
I’m very proud to call myself a pet sitter because I know the care and love that all pet owners share with their fur family and I know that my staff and I are capable of stepping in when we are needed.