three week stay. My husband was a
participant in the Ironman competition in Busselton. Arranging travel plans,
tours, and packing for a three week trip on the other side of the globe, and a
major Ironman race was a logistics nightmare.
I also knew that I was not taking my laptop, and my blackberry would
cease to connect to a carrier somewhere over the Pacific. My only means of communication would be the occasional hotel internet service and a quick email check during our five city
tour down under.
home, 24 while on
Now, I had a first class pet sitter! I only say “had” because sadly for us, she has moved out of state,
although I have no reservations about flying her back for our next trip!
over a squeaky toy. She knows Jack-Jack will meet her at the door but Lazarus, the fat cat, will look down his kitty nose with disdain as she pours his kibble.
had been naught or nice, appropriate since we were a few weeks from Christmas. Lazarus eventually decided to humor her and enjoyed batting at her pen as she wrote; or so she wrote!
Not once! I knew my pets were in the best hands possible. I knew my pet sitter would or could handle any situation as well, if not better than I would or could. That is a priceless feeling.
contract is also recommended. My sitter required I complete a folder full of information before she worked for us the first time. It included the basic information-feeding, medication, temperament, likes, dislikes, etc. But smartly, it included contact information for contractors (what if the water heater flooded the home?), who had access to the home & what cars they drove (is that blue truck suppose to be in the driveway?), where the main water cut-off was (again, the water…), and where the
spare key was hidden (hey, we’ve all locked ourselves out, right?). She also asked what our wishes were regarding our pet’s care if something tragic happened to us on our trip (she loved my
bunch but didn’t wish to adopt 6 pets…); who would take possession of the
animals and provide care for them. We also signed documents stating she had our full consent to assume medical responsibility for our animals and make any emergency decisions should an
illness or injury occur. That may seem excessive but by the end of our first meeting, she knew all she could know about our pets, our home and our lives.
care of my pets during those three weeks but she eased our minds because we knew our dogs & cats were in the best hands possible.