When a person becomes a professional pet sitter, he or she has committed their life to the love and care of animals. They have a gift in bonding with animals and exhibit that unconditional love. Let me just share my story.
Many years ago, I had a dog and I had to put him in a kennel when we went away on vacation. When he got home, she was very stressed, and she also got kennel cough. Fast forward fifteen years, when I was in college, I pet sat for animals to make some extra money. I noticed a difference in animals behaviors when I came to visit; they appeared a lot calmer and they were happy to see me.
The animals were content because they were in the comfort of their own home.
People have to understand the concept that animals are like people. They need attention, love, nurturing, and frequent visits. You would not leave your child in a strange place while you were away on vacation, would you? You would not leave your child unattended? That is why if you are going away, start making your plans to hire a pet sitter.
Pet sitters not only take care of your pets, but some pet sitters stay over night, they also take in your mail, make sure your house is secure, open and shut the curtains, water your plants. They are also just a phone call away if an emergency arises and take your pet to the vet. They check in on your pets, and make notes of the animal’s behavior.
Here are some tips for hiring a pet sitter:
- Is the pet sitter certified in Pet First Aid and Pet CPR.
- Is the pet sitter license, bonded, and insured.
- How long has he or she been in business.
- See how the animal behaves towards the sitter.
- Have you received a contract to sign to make the business transaction official.
- Ask for references.
Keep these tips in mind when hiring a pet sitter, as you do not want to put your animals’ life at risk. Your goal is to relax and enjoy your vacation. When you are going on vacation hire a pet sitter and rest assured you are in good hands and have peace of mind that your animal is receiving the utmost care in the comfort of his or her own home. You will be amazed by how your pet behaves when you come home.
About the Author – By June Collins, President, Max-well’s Pet Services, Inc.
June resides with her dog, Maxwell Francis who is a Scottish Terrier/Schipperke mix and her black cat Presley Michael in Jupiter, FL Some other activities June enjoys of course, animals, jazz, Scottish Terriers, walking on the beach, bird watching, walking in nature. She is also an avid believer in alternative health and modalities.