As the time draws closer when I’ll be leaving Honey in the care of a pet sitter for a whole month, I start to wonder. How do I really know if my pet sitter is trustworthy?
Top 10 Pet Sitter Traits
The best pet sitter…
10. smells faintly of bacon and sardines .
9. never runs around trying to find her keys, glasses, or small child.
8. writes your travel dates in her calendar immediately and looks in her calendar every day.
7. has a really clean car so you know she won’t take your dog anywhere unless it’s an emergency.
6. loves to destroy property—especially yours, and particularly if she’s locked out of your house when it’s time to feed and walk your dog.
5. looks forward to sharing the bed.
4. doesn’t drink so you know she won’t be giving your dog beer because it’s funny.
3. has a strong mechanical aptitude for figuring out unusual harnesses, collars, and leashes.
2. keeps a pair of sweat pants in her car so she can roll all over the floor with your dog without worrying she’ll look like an Ewok by the time she returns to her job.
And the #1 Top Trait of a Pet Sitter Who Won’t Kill Your Dog?
1. She loves your dog as much as you do. And your dog loves her as much as she loves you.
More Thoughts on Good Pet Sitters
This post was inspired by the sad story of a friend whose pet sitter forgot she was supposed to pet sit (don’t worry, everyone was okay in the end) and another friend’s Facebook post about someone whose dog died because the pet sitter left him in the car on a hot day.
I don’t mean to make light of these awful stories by writing a humorous post. But maybe there’s some truth in the jokes that will help someone find the best person to care for their well-loved pet.
I’ve had good luck with pet sitters. One vet student did need to call a locksmith when we left her a newly cut key that didn’t work. I was so thankful for her initiative and happy to pay the bill.
But another pet sitter got bored in my house without a television so she took my 16-year-old, deaf, blind, and reactive dog to visit her family and their many cats, dogs, and farmyard critters. I guess that’s why she felt the need to give my dog beer. I know I needed one when I heard the story months later.
In September, I’ll be leaving Honey behind when I go to Panama.
Luckily, my close friend also happens to be a great pet sitter. And best of all, the #1 Top Trait of a Pet Sitter describes her perfectly.
Your Turn: Have you left your animals with a pet sitter? How did you know they were good?