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Celebrating Professional Pet Sitter’s Week

March 4 through 10 is the 24th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week, and we think that’s a big deal.

And you should, too.

Some people think there isn’t that much difference when it comes to pet care. How difficult is it to walk a dog, feed a cat or scoop out a litter box, they ask.

On the surface, not much. In reality, plenty. It all comes down to professionalism.

“Just because you’ve seen pet sitters in an online directory—or even on a nationally-publicized site—that doesn’t ensure they are legitimate, qualified pet sitting businesses,” said Patti J. Moran, founder, and president of Pet Sitters International (PSI), in a 2016 news release. “Anyone can post a profile advertising pet sitting services, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring a ‘real pet sitter’ to care for their pets.”

Sure, that 15-year-old girl next door can walk your dog or feed your cat when you’re away. But a “hobby sitter” won’t have insurance, bonding, licensing or certification. Nor will they have specific training or experience. And you won’t know if they have a criminal history.

In many cases, there won’t be problems. But think about what could go wrong:

  • The hobby sitter doesn’t latch your dog’s crate properly and it gets out and destroys the house.
  • The 15-year-old girl invites some friends over to see your cute puppy and they trash your home.
  • That teenager next door forgets to lock your house and it’s burglarized.
  • The neighbor comes in and finds your cat in distress but doesn’t know what to do.

These are some worst-case scenarios, but they’re not out of the realm of possibility.

A professional pet sitter is trained to handle these situations – and prevent them from occurring in the first place. We take pride in our professionalism and experience.

Just think: Would you rather have your hair cut by someone who does it for a living or a person you know who thinks they know what they’re doing? If you had a toothache, would you visit a dentist or some guy who has a folk remedy to cure it? When you need to upgrade your house’s electrical panel, do you call an electrician or the guy down the street who may (or may not) know what he’s doing?

Remember that your pet is part of your family and he/she deserves the best care.

A.G.

 

Comments

  1. When people think of pet care products, most associate it with the essential pet supplies like pet food and pet houses, which allow pet owners to provide their pets with what they need to live long and healthy lives. However, for some pet owners, the term does not just cover the essential pet supplies that they need to provide for their pets.

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