Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Taking dogs out for an afternoon walk and going 2-3 times a day to a residence while the owners are away, either traveling, working, or dealing with a last-minute emergency.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Keep yourself informed about dogs, cats, or whatever animal lives in your household.
Take necessary precautions during hot and cold months.
Don't forget to clean up after your dog. And when traveling in the family vehicle, get a harness or a booster seat. Car accidents also affect our four-legged pals.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. 1) Habits
2) Personality and mood
3) Feeding times and portions
4) Favorite places to take a walk
5) Emergency contacts
6) Health information
7) Up to date shots
8) Signs of aggression towards strangers
9) Conditions, like allergies
10) Specific rules, like where the animal isn't allowed to go in the house, how many treats he or she can eat per day, etc.
11) Anything that would make the experience more comfortable for the pet.
12) Favorite toys
13) Hiding spots
14) Favorite treats
15) Favorite games
16) Amount of time spent on activities, like play time and grooming.
17) How to get in touch with owner.
18) Anything that comes to mind! I like being well-informed!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. As an animal lover and fellow dog and cat parent, I want the best for my fur kids. If someone were taking care of my cats or my dog, I'd want to stay informed about what's going on while I'm away. When I'm taking care of your four-legged pal, I send frequent updates, including pictures, videos, and concerns/observations via text message or e-mails. I'm always a phone call, e-mail, or text message away. Communication is VERY important, especially during the first month when everyone is adapting to a new routine.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love being greeted by my four-legged clients! Dogs and cats are always so happy to see a familiar face :) They can turn a frown into a smile in seconds!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. People are mostly concerned about whether or not I've been doing petsitting or dog walking for a while and whether or not I enjoy my job. I think they want to know if I truly love animals and if they can depend on me as a responsible care giver. Completely understandable! Our pets are family!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Every encounter with animals is fantastic. The best part is when they get to know you better and get excited when you finally get there. Having someone greet you with such devotion and happiness is worth everything!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Working with animals is a blessing. Sure, the economy is tough and we're all struggling to pay bills- but in the end, when a cat comes up to you with a friendly meow and a dog wags its tail at your sight, that moment is worth every poop bag and litter scoop! Working with animals isn't just a job to pay bills. You develop a special bond.
Animals offer nothing in return for their endless love and support- the least we can do is make them comfortable and happy while their human parents are away! A game of fetch, a scratch behind the ear, a treat, a clean litter box, fresh water and food, and a chance to stretch those four legs go a long way when Fifi and Fido are missing their parents.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. After going to college, the amount of loans that needed paying started building up. So did the bills. I decided to complement my work for a non-profit with another passion: animals.