Pet-sitting is different from boarders (residencias), or doggie daycares, since by definition, it involves caring for a pet in its own home. Choosing a good pet sitter can be an anxious process as, not only do you need someone who is going to genuinely care for your beloved furry or feathery family member, but this person will also need to have a set of your house keys, so that they can come and go from your home while you are away.
Petsitting is a professional job that deserves respect, if done well. It requires people with all the virtues, and, virtues are not something that you can pick out from a carefully worded CV.
We need (and are expected to be) responsible, flexible, trustworthy, reliable, organised, good communicators, committed, compassionate, hardworking and passionate about animals. We need to create a strong bond with the human guardians as well as with their animals. Many people say that they prefer animals to humans, but, .................. really ............... animals and humans need the same things. They need to know they can trust you and that you will care.
Pet sitting is also a job that takes place over holidays , during lunch hours, breakfast time and at bedtimes, once, twice or three times a day. As a professional pet sitting organisation i have pledged to offer quality pet sitting services for 365 days of the year. This is a huge commitment and requires a lot of forward planning, thought, care and hardwork. On Christmas Day this year we were caring for over 30 animals!
To help me with this pledge, i need the right people, as i am physically unable to work everyday of my life for long hours. I am very, very lucky in that i have a great team. I did not find them, they found me, and i want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. I am very grateful for their flexability and willingness to work with me.
As pet sitters we also need to be sensitive enough to pick up on any physical or behavioral changes in our pets.
To help us do that i try to keep each animal with the same carer. This not only creates a strong bond between pet and carer but helps the carer notice changes in the animals health.