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Is your pet worth a short call to the pet sitter?

by Therese on August 28, 2008

in Pet Sitting, Pets

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You’re all ready to leave for that long awaited vacation. Your bags are packed, the tickets are in your hand, and you’re waiting for the taxi to pull up and whisk you away. You’ve even arranged for a pet sitter to take care of those sweet four legged friends of yours – Tucker your mischievous little kitten, and your lovable dachshund, Frank. Everything is under control and you’re ready to roll…but…did you think to give your pet sitter a quick call to let her know the trip is going as scheduled?

Most pet sitters ask their clients to give them a confirmation call just before they leave on a trip. While some pet owners may look at it as an unnecessary call, think about it this way. If you have kids (the two-legged type) and you plan for a babysitter to come stay with them while you go out for a night on the town, do you leave before she gets there? Of course not! Instead, you wait until the sitter gets there, give a few last minute instructions, and then go on your way to enjoy the evening. You relax and have fun knowing your kids are safe.

Since pet sitters don’t normally show up until hours, or even a day, after you leave doesn’t it make sense to check in and make sure your schedule and the pet sitters schedule match? It only takes a couple minutes and it benefits you and the pet sitter. Face it…we’re all human. Pet owners and pet sitters have been known to write down a wrong date. Making a quick 5 minute phone call ensures everyone is on the same page. It’s also the perfect time to give last minute instructions or answer any questions your pet sitter might have.

When the time comes for you to drag your tired, but relaxed, self back in through your front door, you and your pets go nuts over each other. The time away is a thing of the past and you’re happily cuddling again. But…again, have you thought to let your pet sitter know you’re home?

You know you’re home and your pets are safe, but your pet sitter doesn’t have ESP. She won’t know you’re home until she hears from you. A short call puts closure on that trip, and lets the pet sitter rest easy knowing she took great care of your pets while you were away. And believe me, pet sitters do worry about the pets they care for. Some will even continue pet sitting until they get a call.

One last thing…although I said most pet sitters require before and after calls, some don’t. Many of the ones who don’t say they will make the agreed upon visits and that’s that. It’s up to the pet owner to give them the correct dates (which is true), and they assume the pet owners will call if there’s a problem and need extra visits. Sometimes though, dates can be wrong, and delays can happen with no phone available to call from.

I’ll ask again…isn’t your pet worth a short call to the pet sitter? I’ll bet Tucker and Frank would think so!

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greytfriend August 28, 2008 at 12:35 am

Very good points! I can never rest easy until I know that my sitter has been to the house. And I should be more considerate of him, also. Thanks!

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Melissa McDaniel August 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

Yes, I agree. And, what if something has happened to the pet sitter? Many pet sitters work alone and so no one else is there for a back up or even knows the pet sitter’s schedule in order to fill in if necessary. Your pets are definitely worth the extra effort. Thanks!

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Jess August 28, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Yes my pets are worth everything!!

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Danielle Chonody August 29, 2008 at 8:09 am

I had some free cards printed at Vista print that I leave at the customers house to remind them to call me when they return home. Vista print has a template with a cute house on it that works well.

I still get customers who don’t call to let me know and I have to admit I’m not always as religeous about calling as I should be. When customers do call it gives me a good feeling as I know the pets are safe. I wish everyone would give me the courtesy of calling.

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