Why choose a professional pet sitter to care for my pets?

Why choose a professional pet sitter to care for my pets?

  • Most pets, especially cats, dogs and exotic birds, like routine. Using the services of a professional pet sitting service will enable your pets to keep their normal eating, playtime, exercise, and sleep routines.
  • When your pet stays in his own home, he won’t be stressed from being transported to a strange place.
  • Your pet will be able to stay in his own home where he is most comfortable, with the sights, sounds, and smells to which he is accustomed.
  • If your pet is on medication, or other medical treatment, our pet sitter will be able to keep him on his regular schedule.
  • Your pet will not be exposed to illnesses that may be contracted at a kennel.
  • Having a pet sitter come to your home also works as a crime deterrent. Our pet sitters will bring in the mail, turn lights off/on, open/close draperies, do a quick home safety check etc. to help give your home a lived in look. And, in the event of an emergency, we will be able to contact you immediately rather than you coming home to find a problem with your home.
  • You won’t have to inconvenience family or friends. While they may mean well, and intend to give excellent care, sometimes they may fall short of your expectations. When you hire a professional pet sitting service it creates a businesses relationship with clear expectations for you and your pet sitter.
  • Our pet sitters receive ongoing education and continue to improve their skills in order to give your pets the best care possible.
  • Your pet will get consistent and personalized care from one person who knows your pet well. Our pet sitters always become quite fond of your pets and will give them excellent care!
  • It’s more convenient for you. You won’t have to carve time out of your busy schedule to drop off or pick up your pet from a kennel.
  • Your pet will be home, waiting at the door to greet you when you come home!

The hobby pet sitter versus the professional pet sitting business

The “Profesional” Pet Sitter

As pet sitting gains in popularity so do the number of people wanting to jump on the bandwagon and put a “pet sitter for hire” shingle out. Every day it seems there are new pet sitters coming out of the woodwork to give pet owners ” the best pet sitting service” ever. What saddens me is that many of these people are just in it because they think it will be a fun job, and an easy way to make money. Unfortunately for them, and for their clients, they do not take the time to learn about the responsibility that comes along with the job. The truth of the matter is that pet sitting can be a tough, tiring, very involved business. Sure, pet sitters get to hang with pets and have a good time, but there’s a heck of a lot more to it than that.

Professional pet sitters vs. hobby pet sitters

Pet sitters who contract to care for a client’s pets and home when they’re gone are responsible for the health and welfare of that pet’s life. They are the one who will ensure that pet’s life goes on in an uninterrupted manner – making sure he gets food, water, necessary medications, exercise, and that his home stays comfortable and safe. That person is also responsible, in many cases, for all the worldly possessions their client owns – their home and ]all of its contents. Granted, the chances of anything terribly drastic going wrong are not all that great, but they’re probably greater than one might think. Many pet sitters, including me, have had to deal with such pet issues as illness and injury, death, dogs getting out of a yard, dog fights, and more. And, when it comes to housing issues, I know of pet sitters who have been faced with break-ins, fires, floods, broken water pipes, etc. Taking these responsibilities seriously and knowing how to handle the unexpected in an efficient, professional manner is one thing that sets the professional pet sitters apart from the hobby sitters, or KND (kid next door).

Other factors that differentiate professional pet sitters from the hobby sitters is that they will understand the importance of insurance (and possibly bonding), they will seek out ongoing training or other ways to expand their knowledge of pets in such things as pet first aid, cat and dog behavior, how to handle birds, reptiles or other animals, etc. They may belong to local or national pet sitting or other business-related organizations. And on the business end, they will operate in a structured, business-like manner which includes having a service contract, obtaining health and behavior histories of the pets they care for, managing keys in a secure way, setting up policies and ensuring clients are made aware of them, and much more. The bottom line is that professional pet sitters operate in a manner that shows their clients they have a good head on their shoulders and are professional, yet caring.

Hobby sitters come and go. As I mentioned earlier, many people get into pet sitting because they think it will be a fun way to make some money. Although their intentions are good, they dive in without doing enough research on the business. Once they get into it and realize there is actual work involved, they lose their passion and it most often shows in the care they give the pets. They may cut visits short, may not scoop a litter box, or unfortunately may even skip a visit because they have something else they would rather do. Additionally, oftentimes they will come across issues they are not prepared to handle and become frazzled, causing them to make inappropriate decisions. Because of their lack of planning, inexperience, or simply because they are overwhelmed they let their clients down, the pets they are caring for, and themselves. Out of this comes the decision that pet sitting isn’t for them and they move on to something else. Frankly, at that point, the decision to stop pet sitting is probably the best decision they’ve made in regards to the business. Had they done some work ahead of time, and investigated the business thoroughly before jumping in they could have saved themselves, and others, a lot of headaches.

First impressions

I see pet sitters popping up all over, especially on the Internet. Quite often it’s readily apparent that they have done their research before opening their doors. They have contracts and other forms, insurance, policies that are clearly spelled out, training in pet first aid or other pet care, and present themselves in a business like manner. I see others who list their names on websites and say they will petsit, babysit, do yard work, or other various and sundry errands. They make no mention of any type of insurance or training, and definitely do not come across in a professional manner.

As with any other business there are those who have the appearance of being professional and in the end, are not. However, I believe the vast majority of pet owners would be more likely to interview someone who starts off making a good first impression rather than someone who does not take the time put forth a positive and professional image.

Healing Pets Foundation

Their vision is to enable the comfort that comes with providing advanced care for serious illness or injury, and therefore, honor the human-animal bond by helping families keep their pets.

Their mission is to provide partial financial assistance to Colorado families facing unexpected costs associated with advanced care for dogs and cats through specialty board certified veterinarians.

HealingPetsFoundation@gmail.com            or           healingpetsfoundation.org

Local Pet Adoptions

ONGOING ADOPTION FAIRS

9-Lives Rescue Inc. – For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

AWR Cat Tails Rescue – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd.; 369-5107, awrcattailsrescue.com.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue – For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224.

Dreampower – For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org , 390-7838.

Four Paws Rescue – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N’ Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St.; 475-9274, wagnwash.com.

Look What The Cat Brought In – 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue – Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N’ Wash, 5830 Stetson Hills Blvd.; bealuckydog.com/rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. – Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

Things to know about Coyotes

Things to know about Coyotes!

Coyote behavior varies depending upon its environment. In the wild where they are actively hunted and trapped, coyotes are generally elusive. Near cities or in areas where hunting and trapping is not allowed, coyotes may be aggressive. In urban settings, they can lose their fear of people and may even threaten domestic pets. Although attacks on humans are extremely rare, there have been cases where coyotes have attacked young children.

  • If you live in areas where coyotes have been seen, protect your pets! Coyotes will attack and kill cats and dogs. Do not allow your pets to roam, especially at night. Make sure your yard is appropriately fenced. We suggest at least a six-foot fence, or, better yet, keep your dog in a completely enclosed kennel.
  • Do not allow dogs to run with coyotes. Although it appears they are “playing “, coyotes can turn on dogs to defend their territory.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside. This invites wildlife into your yard and problems may result.
  • Protect livestock, especially chickens, young calves and sheep. Contact your local extension office for appropriate methods to prevent depredation.
  • Keep your garbage in a storage facility or in a tightly sealed container. Clean garbage cans regularly to reduce residual odors by using hot water and chlorine bleach.
  • Coyotes provide an enjoyable wildlife viewing experience. Keep your distance and do not approach the animals. Enjoy the opportunity to view wildlife.
  • Keep your pets on a leash when walking them.
  • If a coyote approaches you or your pet, you can throw rocks or sticks to frighten it away.
  • Use a loud, authoritative voice to frighten the animal.
Reflections of a house sitter

Reflections of a house sitter

I’ve been thinking lately what a blessing this job has been for me.  I have met some wonderful people & their pets, stayed in some beautiful homes, discovered parts of town I never knew existed, and met you & your family & the other sitters.  Plus, I get paid for all this!  So, thank you for developing Little Paws & hiring me!
Hugs, Karen
Mobile teeth cleaning clinic

Mobile teeth cleaning clinic

Annie’s Pet Salon on 4853 Barnes Road hosts a mobile teeth cleaning clinic twice a year! It’s a great deal at $ 185.00 that requires no anesthesia. The visiting vet uses a holistic medicine (drops) that are put in the mouth to calm the dog down. You can reach Annie’s Pet Salon at 719-380-9087 for more information.

Facts to consider when hiring a new pet sitting service

Facts to consider when hiring a new pet sitting service

Valid concerns when hiring a new pet sitting service!

Is it safe to have a ‘stranger’ in my home?

We know that having a new pet sitter in your home for the first time can be nerve-racking.

Here are some tips to help you find a reliable pet sitter that would like to build a trusting relationship with your family.

Tips

The pet sitter should be insured for liability, including care, custody, and control of the pet.
The sitter should provide contact information for references upon request. Do be sure to contact the references.
Check with vets, groomers, pet stores, and other area pet businesses to learn more about the reputation of your chosen pet sitting business.
Be sure that the sitter provides a copy of the legal terms of your contract, including cancellation policy and other terms.
Be sure that you fully understand the pricing of your service. Ask what services are included with the rate quoted.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to the new layout for Little Paws Pet Sitting! We’re excited that you’re here and hope to see you around. Please, contact us today for all your pet sitting needs.