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Going on vacation: What to do with your pet?

If you’re like me, you don’t trust your pet with just anyone.
When I used to travel for business (which was quite often), the one thing that worried me most was finding someone who could care for my cats. Cats can be quite self-sufficient, but they still require daily care – and in my case, a daily insulin injection for diabetes.

At the time I had never even heard of a pet sitter, so I had to rely on friends or family to care for my cats, and to give Sebastiaan his daily insulin injection. As you can imagine this became quite an ordeal. I mean who wants to bug your friends to care for your pets while you are out of town all of the time? They have busy lives themselves and don’t want to be a constant caretaker for someone else’s pets – even if it is for you, their friend.

And, you can only use family for so long before they get tired of it too. Luckily, I had a very understanding sister who loved my cats as much I did, so she was often willing to come over and stay with them or stop in to feed them and give Sebastian his insulin. Not everyone is so lucky.

According to a recent survey conducted by Pet Sitter’s International (PSI), “The top eight services demanded by clients include basic pet care, dog walking, care of special needs pets, pet transportation service, overnight pet-sitting, house-sitting with no pets, errand services and pooper-scooper services.”

In the past, people often chose to take their dog or cat to a boarding kennel because that was the only option available. But, not anymore!

What if you could lessen the stress your pets feel when you go away? What if they could remain in their own home where they feel safest? A pet sitter allows you to have both of these options.

With a pet sitter your pet…

Enjoys the benefit of staying in his or her home environment, where he or she is most comfortable, and where all the sights, sounds and smells are familiar

Maintains the same diet and exercise schedule that he or she has when you are home

Does not have to deal with the trauma of traveling in a vehicle with you or staying in a strange environment where the sights, sounds and smells may be overwhelming and even frightening

Is not exposed to the illnesses that may be carried by other dogs boarded in a kennel (e.g., kennel cough, feline lukemia, etc.)

Receives love and personal attention from one person consistently, thereby lessening their stress level while you are gone

With a pet sitter you…

Have the convenience of knowing that your pet is receiving personal and loving care from an individual you trust and who loves your pet as much as you do.

Don’t have to ask a neighbor, friend or family member to care for your pet while you are away (a real benefit for those working professionals who travel a lot for business!).

Have the comfort of knowing that not only is your pet being cared for, but that your home is also being looked after since most pet sitters also offer to bring in the mail and the newspaper, turn the lights on/off during the day and evening, take out the trash, etc.

Will be able to return home to a happy and healthy pet (and most likely a diary or log of all the things your pet did while you were away)

Pet sitting is a growing profession that even has its own professional organizations like Pet Sitter’s International (PSI) and Professional Pet Sitters of Minnesota (PPSMN) . These organizations ensure that members are bonded and insured, and that they follow an ethical code of conduct when it comes to caring for your pets. It’s a pet care option that should be considered not only for the benefits it provides both you and your pet, but also for the flexibility it affords you.

As a pet sitter myself, I can tell you that pet sitters choose this profession because they have a true passion for animals. Their love for animals is probably what propelled them to leave their corporate career (like me) or to try something different and fun. They also have a strong sense of compassion for their own pets and know how hard it can be to leave a pet behind. Who better to care for your pet while you are away?

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  1. theblissfulsoul
    February 3, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Thank heaven for people like you Mel! You are providing such a wonderful service and the dogs know it! They LOVE you!


    • Mel
      February 3, 2009 at 1:18 PM

      Thanks Blissful Soul! So nice of you to say that!

  2. Chris
    February 3, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Pet Sitters International also has a blog for pet owners. It is really informative because they tap into a great source of pet information…pet sitters!

    • Mel
      February 4, 2009 at 12:55 AM

      Thanks Chis! You are absolutely correct!

  3. May 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    New article reporting on the increase in the number of people turning to pet sitters. POsted in the Times-Herald on May 11, 2009 http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_12341944?source=most_emailed

  1. March 10, 2009 at 5:46 PM

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