Pet Sitting Adventures – July Edition 16

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Pet Sitting Adventures – July Edition

Hello my friends and welcome.   I worked this past weekend and I was very much looking forward to it because I had not worked since May – two whole months!!  In June, originally I was going to swap weekends with another pet sitter because we were going camping, but in the end, that was not needed and someone covered my weekend without me switching weekends, so it worked out to my benefit.  It was certainly  nice to see my regulars and catch up with some of them, as well as meet some new faces, too.  So let’s get to it, shall we?

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 am available) and have been doing so for the last five years. It was a job that I just happen to stumble upon I guess at the right time and I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do.  I get to spend time with animals and anyone that knows me well will tell you that my heart is with four-legged creatures;  I am often saying that I prefer animals over people, but that’s just me.  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 loving on it and I’ve been known to on many occasions to stop the car and get out to ask to pet your dog.  Yes, I am THAT person. And, FUNNILY, despite being allergic to cats, I still cannot resist a sweet, fluffy purring love.  It’s crazy, but it’s true and I love every second of it. 

Weekend Stats:

  • Number of booked visits: 27 in total – 2 on Friday evening and 14 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.
  • Animals: Dogs, cats, chinchillas, fish, a snake (!!!)
  • Distance driven in weekend (Friday night at 6 pm to Sunday night at 10 pm): 272 kilometers
  • Weather: Drizzly, overcast and muggy humid.

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Once again, it is a photo heavy post so if you’re not into that kind of thing or you’re worried about me hogging your bandwidth, you should click away in 5…..4…..3…. 2…… 1.

Saturday & Sunday

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My long lost friend, CHESTER!

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This guy here, Sebastian, a gorgeous Maine Coon, could be the poster child for diabetic cats.  He doesn’t mind getting his insulin one bit.

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Charlie post-surgery

Meanwhile, back at home, Charlie was home for the weekend and he was loving on his brother Baxter.  Baxter was just eating up all the love and making up for lost time for sure. 🙂

Charlie post-surgery


Flowers from the weekend

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Isn’t he gorgeous?  This is George and he’s a very friendly boy.

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George lives with this gal, Sweet Pea

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Omg, a snake!!!!

I had to put water in the snake’s tank and let me tell you it was done as quick as possible.. I even tried to find a turkey baster to use. LOL

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Pretty Abby girl

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Oscar and Otis

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Charlie and Baxter

A picture from home, more Charlie loving on Baxter, while laying on Jeff. LOL

And last but not least, here are some of the pets that I took care of, live in action. As always, thanks stopping by and reading. 🙂 


 I hope you all are having a great week!


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  • Pet sitting all those animals sounds like it would be fun and exhausting!! I don’t know how you managed to get anywhere near that snake!! I love pets as well and I am hoping to adopt a dog in the nearish future.

  • Animal pictures always make me happy! So thank you for sharing them! I love all those kitties, they all look very sweet!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh no – I’d be giving that snake water super quick too! hah At least it’s not a spider. I can’t handle them at all. Aw, Charlie and Baxter are too cute snuggling.

    I love these posts! It’s fun to see all the animals.


  • Corey Wheeland

    What a fun way to get some extra love in from furry friends! 🙂

  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    What a fun part time job! The pictures of the Springer made me stop in my tracks. We used to have a dog that looked exactlyl like that one!

  • I could never grow tired of your pet sitting photos but you know–kindred spirits 🙂 I love that you’re back to seeing your regulars and I’m sure your clients (and their furry creatures!) loved having you.

    But hell to the no on the snake, I’d be in and out if there in record time, too, lol. Bryan loves snakes and always says he wants one later in life, to which I tell him that’s great, I hope you both end up very happy together lol.

    Awww my heart always melts when I see a beagle. 🙂

    Also yay forCharlie/Baxter reunion! How is your little man feeling??

  • Thank you so much for sharing, Lindsay. If I were a petsitter there, I would probably run late all the time because all of your clients are SO cute. Well, maybe not the snake so much (turkey baster … HA)! 🙂

    The pictures of Baxter and Charlie enjoying together time are really, really sweet. I love that they are so bonded!

  • Hey Charlene,
    It is such a fun job but it can be exhausting at times. Sometimes all the driving throughout the weekend weighs on me or if we have sick or elderly dogs/cats that just aren’t doing well… but it’s all worth it. 🙂
    I’m excited to see where your search for a dog takes you and look forward to seeing pics!! 🙂

  • They make me happy, too, Beth. No matter how crappy of a mood I’m in, a picture of an animal always puts a smile on my face. I hope you love reading these pet posts, too. 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, not sure what the heck I’d do if we have a tarantula or something. I LOATHE spiders, like full on freak out mode, I get goosebumps and break out in a cold sweat. It’s bloody awful AND embarrassing. LOL.
    Charlie and Baxter are the best pro snugglers out there and I just love how much they love each other. 🙂
    Thanks for reading Lauren, I’m glad you enjoy them as well. xo

  • It’s perfect for an animal lover like myself and it’s cool, too, because I get to meet breeds I’ve never heard of or have only seen on tv or in dog shows, so it’s pretty fun like that. 🙂

  • Isn’t Abby the Springer Spaniel a little darling? Trust me, she’s as every bit sweet and KISSY in person as she looks. She’s such a silly girl. You should have seen her when she was a tiny puppy – heavens was she adorable, she was all ears. 🙂

  • I run late ALL the time. My hubby knows to add buffer time when he asks me what time I think I’ll be home from visits; he knows me far too well. 🙂 The snake thankfully wasn’t that difficult and I had other cats in the house to occupy my attention instead of stressing about that one. lol!
    Baxter and Charlie are such an adorable snuggly pair, aren’t they? That’s something that I love about them so much. We brought Baxter home when Charlie was only roughly 8 months old and we were unsure how they’d be together but immediately, it was like Charlie grew up overnight and became the respectable big brother and Baxter has looked up to him since then. 🙂
    I hope you had a great weekend Kevin and that you’re enjoying the summer. 🙂

  • Hey girl,
    I’m glad you still come back and read the pet posts. It had felt MUCH longer than just being away for two whole months and it was certainly nice to see the regulars again. Some of the ladies in the retirement home didn’t know where I went or what was going on, so it was nice to catch up last weekend. And then this past weekend, I helped with some visits Saturday morning… It’s been good. 🙂
    LMAO at your snake comment to Bryan. I fully hear you and can relate. I could never, ever, ever, EVER own one. No siree, no thank you. I think I was just traumatized as a kid when my grandmother would violently kill garden snakes in the country back in the 80’s and 90’s. I realise that sounds messed up, but that’s what she did – she lived on her own and if she had snakes, she’d kill them with a shovel. It’s an image burned into my brain forever, that’s for sure. LOL!
    The beagle, Will, has come leaps and bounds. Used to be the shyest, most nervous dog but in the last five years, he’s grown and changed so much for the positive, it’s really beautiful to see. 🙂
    Charles is doing AMAZING girl. He was home with us all weekend and I just took him back late last night. He’ll be coming home this Thursday night and staying til Monday night, then my mom is back next Tuesday, on Wednesday, August 9th, he goes to see his surgeon and we’ll get the go ahead to start rehab and hydrotherapy then, I can’t wait. By the time we come back from up north at the end of the weekend of August 13th, he’ll be almost 6 weeks post op and I think at that point, we’ll bring him home, unless my mom takes him to hydro during the daytime, which she said she did want to do. So, in a nutshell, GREAT. We’re so blessed!! 🙂 xoxoxox

  • This is such an awesome thing you do! Your clients must be so appreciative of this amazing service.
    Well done on caring for the snake – that takes bravery!

  • It’s definitely something that I enjoy and makes me happy, hence doing it part time now for over five years. It is such a joy to be able to care for pets when their parents cannot do so or they’re away. I’ve been seeing some of the same pets for five years now and they become family, too, you know? When clients lose pets, we grieve with them too. I can’t tell you how many we’ve lost and it really, really sucks. We all say we don’t have favorites but we definitely have ones we bond over more than others. There’s this one house with six dogs, all of them are labs, goldens and one is a Dane and it was my favorite house… until they moved. But I keep in touch with the clients and check in all the time, and in fact, I’ve been invited up to their new house to visit, which I think is pretty nice.

    It’s just such a great “JOB” and I think I’m a better, more compassionate human being doing this. 🙂