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A Day in the Life of a Pet Sitter

December 18, 2011

Pet sitting is something I’ve always done…I remember posting flyers seeking employment as a dog walker as early as age 10. Since I can remember I’ve always been tasked with taking care of others pets. I didn’t always get paid, but that was OK. I loved animals and I wanted to care for them. I started an official pet sitting business in 2003, after being laid off from my ‘real’ job. I’ve learned a lot about pet sitting over the past seven years and I love being a pet sitter. So, enough of that…you want to know what I do! What is a typical day in the life of a pet sitter? Here we go…July 3, 2010.

5:30 am: Alarm clock rings….ahhh…is it already morning? Yes it is. I’m actually happy to get up and going. I have a big day today because of the 4th of July holiday. My dogs stretch and get me up…breakfast time you know! I feed the dogs and jump in the shower.

6:15 am: A quick check of my email to see if any of my clients need anything. And to also confirm my schedule for the day.

6:30 am: Diet Coke and toast in hand, hair still wet, and dressed in capri pants, a tee shirt, and sandals, I say good bye to my pack and off I go.

7:00 am: My first stop is to see Bibi, Peasy, Minou, and Tawny…4 cats. Bibi is insulin-dependent, needing insulin at 7am and 7pm. Peasy is a cute tuxedo kitty. He and I have a lot of fun playing. After the shot, play-time, cleaning litter boxes, and feeding the kitties, I was on my way again.

7:45 am: Next stop on my pet sitting morning rounds is to see Rusty, an 18 year old senior kitty. Rusty sleeps a lot, but enjoys his routine of going outside and smelling all the flowers and then drinking from the fountain. He loves to be combed and purrs very loudly when I comb him. I adore him and dread the thought that he is not long for this world. After giving Rusty three medications that he always fights, cleaning the litter box, and replenishing his food and water, I am on my way again.

8:30: A quick stop to feed one of my sitter’s cats, Cassandra and Boo. My sitter is doing an overnight job on the other part of town, so I offered to feed them so she wouldn’t have to make a special trip home today. Back in my car and on my way again….

8:45: Time to see Katie kitty…a very social little cat that is full of personality. I picked her up and she started purring loudly. I always look forward to kitty sitting for my friend, Katie. My client’s left me a note and asked me to water some outside plants and help myself to as much lettuce from the garden as I desired. Yay! I love the perks of pet sitting….what a nice treat. I was going to stop at Fred Meyer next to get some lettuce for Lil’ Miss Funny Face, the turtle, but now I don’t have to. After giving Katie lots of TLC, cleaning her box, feeding her and taking care of the plants, I’m on the road again.

9:30: a quick stop at the ATM to deposit last weeks’ checks. It’s hard to find the time to do these things.

9:45 am: Fish, geckos and Lil’ Miss the turtle are next on my agenda. I prepare a bath for Lil’ Miss so she can get hydrated. While she is swimming, I care for the geckos, fish, and plants. Then I clean Lil’ Miss’s cage and rip some of the fresh lettuce for her. I let her walk about the apartment…she loves to stretch her legs. Then I put her back into her aquarium…she dives into the pile of fresh lettuce…yummm. Back to my car and on my way.

10:30 am: Time to see Rusty and Sammy, two cutie tabby cats. Same routine as above. Sweet, social cats. Fun to see.

11:15 am: I swing down to the North end to see Iggy and Hobo….two sweet kitties. We spend all of our time on the deck, enjoying the beautiful day. After caring for them, I also water plants and turn the drip line on and off.

12 noon: Off to SW Boise to care for 3 corgis and a puppy. So cute! I take lots of photos.

1:00 pm. Back to the first kitties…Bibi needs a blood test mid-way between her shots.

2:00 pm. Home for a break! Then I jump on the computer to send updates up to my clients.

5:00 pm: Back to the corgis for dinner time, play and outside time.

5:40 pm: I head over to Mitchell and McMillan to see Max and Abby…two labs. After dinner, we enjoy a nice walk. Treat time when we get back.

7:00 pm: Round three with the first set of kitties…time for insulin.

8:00 pm. Time to visit Rusty for his second visit today. Not so many meds in the evening. He was a good boy for me.

9:00 pm. Home to take care of my pups, email clients, throw a load of wash in.

11:15 pm. Finally, I drop into bed so I can do it all again tomorrow!

Crazy schedule? Yes, but I still love pet sitting!

There you have it! What do you think now?!

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