Weekend Adventures in Pet Sitting & Dog Walking 22

Pet Sitting

  Welcome to my ‘Weekend Adventures in Pet Sitting & Dog Walking’!

Pet Sitting

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.

Weekend Stats:

  • 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…

Chester

And secondly …

Yorkie 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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cats Chinchillas

 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.

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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:

Baxter Baxter

He must’ve had a rough day at the office… lol! 

cuddles Charlie

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. Charlie in a sunbeam

Charlotte the cat

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 Charlotte the cat

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:

Cat perched on shoulders

See, hot as hell out on SaturdayHOT

I have no idea how these flowers have stayed alive in this heat, but they have and aren’t they pretty?

Flowers Mocha

Isn’t she adorable?

Mocha

Mocha Mocha

Life lessons

I think we could all learn from this …

Vinny

Vinny!

 

DSH cat DSH cat

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.  🙂

Siberian Forest Cat Siberian Forest Cat

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. 

Catahoula Leopard dog

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. 

Boxer Boxers

Pretty pictures of the sky and clouds….

clouds clouds

Around town…

Newmarket

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

Goldens

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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.

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  • The locked out story…haha! I saw it on FB or somewhere and the visual of you climbing through the window–haha! I have never seen a cat with such green eyes! Wow, so pretty!!!

  • Oh! That tortie is just beautiful. She reminds me of my Ivy Lou.
    Those playful goldens are just gorgeous too. Well, really, they all are.
    R.I.P. Quincey 🙁

  • Heather Hammel

    That must’ve been so stressful getting locked out of the house! I would probably freak out but thank goodness you got back in and weren’t out there for too too long. And wow, 18 years is a long time. It might not be so unusual for a Yorkie since small breeds tend to live longer (minus the French Bulldog) but still. I have always had large breed or medium breed dogs besides one Frenchie but none of them have lived to age 18. Don’t we all just wish they could live forever? But even with the short time they are here with us, their time is so worth it all.

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  • Cathy C Bennett

    I can’t even begin to imagine being locked out of someone else’s home. You must have been seriously stressed during that time. What a blessing for you that the owners left a window unlocked. Your days as a pet sitter sound like the beginning of a really cute book of stories #hinthint XOXO

  • Oh wow, so many cuties! Sorry you got locked out! Luckily all went well in the end! I wished you were closer, you would be perfect for my girls! You know I love you for what you do!! Hugs xxx

  • christycaplan

    Oh a second key!! I cannot believe you have to crawl through the window – good thing you’re tiny, I’m sure that was SUPER stressful! I’m sorry that happened. I’m literally putting that key copy on my list for this weekend and doing a rock key thing for sure… great pics!

  • Pip

    LOL! Our petsitter once locked herself out of our house. We were across the country and she called to let us know. My elderly dog, Pip, needed his meds so we ended up having to call the fire department to break into a second floor window. The fireman climbed through our bedroom window and then went down and opened the front door. Pip was asleep the whole time and didn’t know various people climbing in and out of windows.

  • Oh my bahaha! It’s all funny AFTER the fact. I was contemplating calling a locksmith but thank goodness all was good in the end. Your pet sitter was lucky she was able to reach you too.

    … S*it happens sometimes, were only human. 🙂

  • Yes!! Pet parents think it’s unnecessary but I disagree. We’re human, mistakes happen and man, why wouldn’t a spare key come in handy in a pinch, you know?
    Thanks Christy 🙂

  • I’d be so stressed getting locked out, but now after the fact you have a great story! 🙂 I think I say this with every one, but I really love these posts! 🙂

  • CrazyShenanigans

    Omg the cats! Love them! I would have freaked out for a minute about being locked out!

  • kim airhart

    Great story!! Love all the pics of the fur babies.

  • It was not funny at the time, but it is now looking back. I’ve never climbed through a window to get in someplace, so that’s a first.

    Me either. She has the most piercing emerald green eyes I’ve ever seen but it’s so hard to get a good photo of her. A black animals… Photos never do a black cat or dog justice, as you know.

  • The Torti does look a lot like Miss Ivy girl, I never thought of that. I like Ivy Lou – mysterious and elusive.
    The goldens were a treat, so we’re the doodles. They are all just such happy creatures. The HAIR I brushed out of the goldens could’ve made another golden retrieve altogether. Love the breed but my gosh the hair.

    Yeah…. Poor Quincey. My heart goes out to his momma. She’s 82 and I swear they kept eachother going, now she’s all alone in a home, declining in health.. breaks my heart. I think it touches me more because I don’t have any living grandparents anymore so I just feel a connection with elderly people. I was busy in the afternoons last week but wouldn’t mind popping down to see the lady to give her my condolences and give her a huge hug. They’re both going to be terribly missed. 🙁

  • Oh it was. I started to cry as I tried to calm and collect myself and try to figure out a plan, all the while watching my phone battery go down…. lol.
    Up until I’d say two years ago, Quincey could’ve passed for a pup. You’d never guess his age. It wasn’t until the last year that he started getting old man lumps and bumps and he lost most of his sight and hearing. When it would rain or it snowed a lot, I’d just take him out for a pee and then pick him up and take him for a walk in my arms…. I’m really going to miss him. I tell you, it was SO weird not going to visit him last weekend. 🙁

    I love me bully breeds. Would love an English but I dunno, they can have a lot of health issues, same with frenchies, bostons… I LOVE Frenchie ears! And you know I love Danes. I wouldn’t mind adopting a rescue once the boys get older and pass on… We’ve talked about that before.

    No matter how long or how brief these animals are in our lives, it is never, never long enough. I’m sad watching the boys age and that’s why I appreciate every second with them. Time is not guaranteed …. Just writing about it I’m getting teary…. Every day with them is a blessing my dear. xo

  • Oh yeah, stressed to the gills! I got angry, wondering how and for god sakes WHY, and then cried out of frustrated because I couldn’t reach my boss, her husband checked for spare keys and found nada and I was literally just sitting around waiting and waiting… All the while Axel kept bringing me his toy to throw and giving me his him to scratch. Could’ve been worse but could’ve been prevented if I had kept the house key in my pocket instead of setting it down inside their house. Live and learn..

    Oh my gosh, the stories. I’d have to write it under a different name or ghost writer or is totally get called on the stories or get fired. Lol! Some people’s homes…. My goodness. One time at Christmas, a dog who didn’t normally fancy for them, but this time decided to eat one of those fireplace kerosene logs. OMG, the dog was so sick. Or we used to have a dog that was rescued from the Dominican Republic and he was narcoleptic. He had cues you could spot when he was going to collapse but you couldnt leave any water bowls down, furniture had to be minimal or he might hit his head, walking up to intersections, you’d have to watch him or hurry along. He was a sweetheart.

    I’ll tell you more stories in two weeks, just have to think of some. Oh, next time I’ll tell you about the cat that escaped out a door and I had to catch the damn thing. Lol

    XOXO

    P.S. Elyse Horvath contacted me (Natural paws) and we were discussing what Baxter should try – gentle paws. I wrote her an email after your post. 🙂

  • Your girl looks like a complete softie, actually so does your kitty. Both your girls look pretty chill and relaxed, which is just up my alley.
    Sucks I got locked out but lesson learned. Keep my keys on my person all the time (i set mine down in the house) and we won’t have accidents like that. Funny in retrospect though… Lol

    Love you lady! xoxox

    P.S. Do you have a blog button? Or small image I can put in my side bar??

  • Yep, I freaked out for about 10, then my husband told me to knock it off because it wasn’t helping any.

  • It is funny in hindsight, that’s for sure. I just get terrible as well because the second dog was still inside the house in his crate!! I hadn’t even gotten to letting him out before getting locked out. So the poor guy had to watch me and his buddy outside for over an hour while I figured things out.
    Thanks babe, I really appreciate that. 🙂 I love sharing the millions of photos I take and I’m glad others do to.

    xo

  • Thanks Kim. 🙂 Appreciate the kind words. xx

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    That’s a lot of visits! Glad you got help and you managed to get back in!

  • Me too!
    Have a wonderful weekend 🙂