Packing up to travel is never easy on me or my little Bella the cat. I feel so much remorse when I pull out my luggage and see her little face looking at me. Bella gets so mad that sometimes she makes her new home in my luggage and sheds all over my packed clothes.
We have had travel disasters and pet care disasters and we have learned from our mistakes. It’s not easy leaving Bella behind but traveling is my work life. Making good decisions and following a steadfast checklist we have managed to travel with a simple piece of mind and Bella has the goo fortune of wonderful sitters.
Finding a good sitter is not easy, but once you do, you mark them as the golden standard for pet care and share your knowledge with others. Here are a few tips for successfully working wth a pet sitter so you too can lavishly live travel out loud, while leaving your pet at home.
Second Guessing My Thoughts
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Have you ever experience the process of second guessing yourself? I always ask myself, “is it possible I am the only one that worries this much about my pet?” or “is it possible that there are others that have had bad pet sitting experiences’?”
Want to know how I solved my gut feeling of worry and concern about pet care? I simply headed on to a site where others relay pet stories and found all the affirmation that I needed. First I found a site that has a lot of pet content.
Then I found articles that offered me affirmation and confirmation of my thoughts about pet sitting and horrifying stories. In fact their stories were so much the same as to what we have already experience, they matched my real life pet sitting experiences for Bella the cat. Oh, how wonderful I felt, the relief kind of just ran through my veins. You know the feeling, the one that allows you to breathe deeply and feel relieved that you are not the only ‘nut case’ pet parent that has issues?
One story from Diana Bocco really caught my attention: PawCulture. Realistic stories, with real ways to then avoid these pitfalls of petsitting selections. When you find a site that parallels your feelings it is like redemption. PawCulture gets my vote for a trustworthy source of information about pets from me, so please check it out for more!
A Few Personal Pet Sitter Horror Stories
After talking to our vet, I understand that finding a pet sitter is hardly an easy task. My own story was such a flubber, I don’t even want to talk about it, but I will. We had no idea that people would bring their own pets into our house. Our Bella was mortified upon a return from one of our trips. and I had no idea why until the sitter came to get paid and she brought her Great Dane with her. I wanted to cower under the table the thing was so big.
I had no idea why Bella was so upset until the sitter came to get paid and she brought her Great Dane with her. I wanted to cower under the table the thing was so big. I questioned the sitter as to why Bella was upset and why that dog was coming to my home? She explained she never leaves her dog, and I explained that was completely inappropriate. My bad for not interviewing and explaining that no other people in my house included DOGS. Needless to say, we have not hired that sitter again and Bella is fine.
Too Good To Be ‘Paw’fect
We hired a sitter for Bella, we made sure we were home and all agreed to meet. I could not wait to meet up with ‘Linda’ as she had all the credentials we could possibly have asked for. Linda worked at a vets office had a few cats of her own and lived only a few miles away, it was like a dream. I had all of Bella’s food set up, organized and a list of instructions set to go, and unfortunately, Linda was better on paper and not ‘Paw’fect because she never showed after confirming our appointment and never followed up. We were left without a sitter.
All things considered, we have taken what we have learned and looked for new ways to find a sitter for Bella the cat. In fact, we most pet owners have this bond with their pets and I have found a wonderful online library of content to celebrate such. The site I turn to for inspiration, information, tips, and advice on our little pet is called PawCulture, and amazing internet location for life with pets.
Tips For Successfully Working With A Pet Sitter
Written instructions with very specific information should be left to help with verbal instruction. Instructions should contain the vet’s number, an emergency contact, preferences that your pet has (sitting on a lap to eat treats, playing fetch or not, etc) Don’t forget to include medications.
Always request communication after the visit to be in the know of how your pet is progressing and how the visit was.
Make sure your pet sitter is insured and get references from your local friends who have used this person.
IF you have a dog, hire someone with DOG experience, if it’s a fish or cat, etc. make sure the experience meets the needs because this makes a difference in the care your little pet will receive. Knowledge is a wealthy library that helps to work out any active situation.
Keep your pet’s living area cleaned up and prepared for a caretaker and always have a backup plan.
Finally find out how you will get your key, or opener back or notify the person when their code will be disabled.
It’s time to use your Tips For Successfully Working With A Pet Sitter as you prepare to travel and if you need more tips and tricks you can visit PawCulture to seek out more helpful tips. Lavishly live your travel out loud knowing you are organized and ready so your pet can be happy too!
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