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Canaries…Smart and Curious

At the end of the summer we helped out a friend whose mother was going into a respite facility for a few months. We decided to foster her eleven-year-old canary. How demanding, we thought, could that be? Taking Time to Read-up on Proper Care It turns out…Tweet...

Pet Sitters…Take Time for Yourself!

Sometimes we need a nudge to take time for ourselves. We’re often tired by the end of the week. If we have a full slate of lunch visits each day, and especially if there’s a vacation sit in there too (3 – 4 visits a day), we’re generally half...

Golden Retrievers…Part 1

I grew up with a Golden Retriever, my husband and I lived with the one in this photo for nearly 17 years, and we were lucky enough to have two rescued Goldens after that (shown in the banner on my home page.) So you might say I’m partial to this breed. I’m...

Stay Upright on Slippery Roads!

For those of you who live in the warmer climates with nice solid roads year-round, you can skip this post…or read-on if you’re interested in a virtual glimpse of dog walking in the snow. WARNING…It isn’t as fun as what you see on Christmas cards or...

Surviving the Holiday Crazies

The holiday season is upon us. For some people that means visiting family or hosting dinners and parties. Other people make an escape to somewhere peaceful and relaxing. Then there’s the pet sitter. If any of your clients are doing any of the above...

The Sewing Pet Sitter

My mother was an evening gown designer. She grew up in Dublin and during the war she made costumes for England’s Royal Ballet. She made an evening gown for legendary actress Maureen O’Hara, and when she moved to Canada she was sought after by...

Doggy Door Opener

After a lifetime of living with Golden Retrievers and years of pet sitting, I thought I’d seen most everything. Dogs opening doors? Sure. Some have been trained to pull on a rope to open it or if the door is left ajar they’ll use their nose to wiggle into...

Doggy Play Days

Sometimes we’re so busy doing our job of dog walking that we forget dogs are social animals. Yes, they need to get out to do their business, and it’s important they have exercise, but is a walk always essential? When we were going through our first year of...

The “Too Hectic” Pet Sit

I was thinking about what to write tonight, and wanting to find a great topic, but the day has been hectic and I nearly gave up on the blog this evening. Fortunately, hectic is a lifestyle my husband and I have learned to work with in pet sitting, as we all do. So I...
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