Welcome to my ‘Weekend Adventures in Pet Sitting & Dog Walking’!
Hello my friends and how are you doing? Did you have a nice weekend? The norm these last few months of pet sitting weekends seems to be jam packed to the brim and even if it isn’t quantity that makes things busy, driving around makes the days long and couple that with any snafu’s or issues that arise along the way, it makes for a chaotic weekend. This weekend didn’t disappoint, it was supposed to be ridiculously busy with 49 visits but after I waved a flag last Wednesday saying that I was stressing about the visits (Guys, I had 8 visits scheduled for Friday night alone – I don’t get home from Monday to Friday job until 6 pm, there’s no way I can do that many in a four hour time period), help was brought in and the schedules evened themselves out a bit more and were more balanced.
Weather wise, it was hot and humid on Saturday. You’ll see from one picture I took of the dash temperature that read 37 degree Celsius, I had to take a picture for good measure or it didn’t happen. Sunday was much better, with a nice breeze throughout the day and a hint of rain drops a few times there…. Dare I say but it actually felt a bit like fall weather yesterday…. I think we’re all going to be in a shock when winter hits us. So many people have complained how hot it has been this summer and I think you’ll find the same folks will be complaining that winter has come far too earlier… Oh well, you can’t please everyone, can you?
So here’s the deal for any new readers here. Pet sitting is my part time, fun “job”. I work one weekend a month, every four weeks (and sometimes more often, if it is needed and I’m available) and have been doing so for the last four years. It was a job that I stumbled upon and I feel so blessed to be doing what I do. I get to spend time with animals and anyone that knows me well will tell you that my heart lies with four-legged creatures. There’s just something so special that I cannot put into words about how I feel when I’m around animals. What can I say? I am animal mad in every sense of the word. I physically cannot walk past a dog in the street without stroking it and I’ve been known on many occasion to stop the car and get out and ask to pet your dog. And, FUNNILY despite being allergic to cats, I can never resist a sweet, fluffy puddle of love.
- Number of booked visits: Originally, it was sitting at about 49 visits on Thursday and I sent out an S.O.S to my boss and office manager. I’ve worked a three-day long weekends before and I’ve never had this many visits. Eventually my visits topped off at 36 after getting some help from others, and then 8 visits got cancelled last minute and I was sitting at 28 visits in total in the end.
- Cancellation(s): Oh who knows at this point? I lost track…. I think I had 7 cancellations after the schedule was rejigged on Friday afternoon.
- Animals: dogs, cats, a gecko, two chinchillas.
- Distance driven from Friday night at 6 pm to Sunday night at 10 pm: 270 kms
- Issues: I got locked out of a house, in the backyard, with only one of the two dogs that lived in the house. The second dog was inside in his crate and I had just taken Axel outside, a big Catahoula leopard boy to warm up and familiarize myself with him before I got his pal, Taggert out of his kennel. Well didn’t the switch fall as I slowly shut the sliding glass doors behind me as I went into the backyard and voila, just like that we were locked out. In the heat. With another appointment after them. Sooooo…..An hour and fifteen minutes later, I was climbing in the kitchen window at the client’s suggestion who was on the phone with my boss. Pro tip: we didn’t have a second key. Pet sitters: always, always request a second key so you have back ups available should something like this occur to you.
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This weekend was a weird one…. First, we didn’t have visits with Chester because his Momma was in the hospital…
And secondly …
This was the first weekend in four years where I didn’t have this sweet little man on my schedule. Little Quincey passed away a couple of weeks ago at the dear age of 18 … With his passing, it means that we no longer see his Momma, who lives in the retirement home. I was too busy this weekend but I need to pop in and see his momma, as I know she’s lost without him.
Rest in peace little dude, you brightened the days of every person that met you …
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This first picture is Cinder, a beautiful grey cat with a gorgeous pair of the most emerald eyes you’ve ever seen. This is for Kim who blogs over at Hope Whispers. She has mentioned in the past she loves Cinder’s eyes, so this is for her. Cinder lives with three other beauties and two chinchilla’s. The one above is named Shade.
Well, let’s start this post off good and proper …
It all started with me being home Thursday and Friday with a migraine… I had these two cuddle bums:
He must’ve had a rough day at the office… lol!
Charlie spent most of those days snuggled by my side, giving me a proper dose of TLC. It was either that or he was basking in a sun beam like a kitty cat. I swear he must’ve been a cat in a previous lifetime.
Here’s Cinder again. She was sitting in a beautiful piece of light that was shining in the window on Saturday morning, I couldn’t resist snapping her photo.
Jack is the grey fella and he’s a big flirt that guy, not to mention he steals food like he’s starvin’ marvin. His pal there is Charlotte or Charlie. She’s a 16 year old gal, very sweet but can have an attitude. I think she prefers humans over her feline siblings but that could be just her age, she has no tolerance for BS. LOL
You might remember her if I post this photo:
I have no idea how these flowers have stayed alive in this heat, but they have and aren’t they pretty?
Isn’t she adorable?
This beauty lives at the farm where I do overnights. She lives there with another tuxedo cat and they live it up when the dogs are all up at the cottage. Peace and quiet…. 🙂 She looks good for 16, I think.
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Lucky, the beautiful Siberian Forest Cat that is like a dog following me around the house. 🙂
This is Axel, isn’t he a handsome boy? He’s what they call a Catahoula Leopard dog or a Catahoula Cur, which was named after the Catahoula Parish in Louisiana (I just learned this the other day). It became the Louisiana state dog in 1979 and the American dog breed was changed to Catahoula Leopard for its spots.
Axel is the dog that I got locked out of the house with. Thankfully we were locked out together, but unfortunately, his friend, Taggert, a Boxer/Mastiff mix that looked a lot like Axel, was inside the house in his crate. It was my first time visiting the house and these dogs can be intimidating. So I let Axel out of his crate and wanted to take him out to his backyard so he could check me out and we could become friends. Well, the sliding door lock slipped down and there I was, stuck out back, without a way to get in and no spare key. Thankfully the owners were just out for the night and my boss was able to touch base with them. She was at a dog festival nearby representing and her phone was dead so I had to wait for her to get home and return my call. All in all, I was there for over an hour but we made the most of our time. I found out that Axel likes his bum scratched and will turn around and present you with his derriere so you can get a better angle. LOL.
I got the go ahead too take the kitchen screen out of the window about an hour and 15 minutes in, so I got a chair from a patio set, put it up against the house and then proceeded to look like a burglar going in this small kitchen window, head first into the sink. Oh to have been a neighbour watching this all go down. Thankfully Taggert accepted my apology and I then finished up with their visit and then onto the next before I was able to later watch the live streaming final concert of The Tragically Hip from their hometown, Kingston, Ontario outdoors in the Main Street area of my hometown.
After leaving Axel and Taggert, I was then off to see Kansas and Georgia, two rescue Boxers.
Kansas is the darker of the two and a happy male and Georgia is what they call a stag red I think? I believe Georgia is newer to the home than what Georgia is so the family is working on building up time when they leave her alone at the house. I didn’t get many pictures of these two because they’re wild and playful and thus all over the place making for blurry pictures.
Pretty pictures of the sky and clouds….
And a whole bunch of doodle-fun – This home had three doodles. Two Goldens and one Labradoodle. Jill, the oldest at 6 years old, loves the two puppies but she definitely knows when to get out of the way when they’re being too hyper for her.
And last but certainly not least, Morgan and Cooper, the two Golden beauts …
Morgan is the blond pup and Cooper is the more red/orange golden retriever
These two just play and play and play. Morgan is younger and Cooper was recently diagnosed with cancer and given his age, his Momma doesn’t want to put him through the wringer when she doesn’t know how long he has left. He isn’t showing any signs that he’s had enough of life and Morgan is trying her best to keep him young and healthy and she does a great job. She just loves her big brother to pieces, she’s always fawning over him or playing… 🙂
And just to conclude things, I’m adding two very short videos of Morgan and Cooper. The videos were taken on SnapChat and I tend to post a lot on my pet sitting weekends so join me there @theflynnigans6288
Are any of you still with me? Did you make it to the end? I hope you enjoyed my recap as much as I enjoyed my weekend of pet sitting adventures.
I hope you all have a wonderful day my friends.