Pet Sitting Adventures – August Edition 16

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Pet Sitting Adventures – August Edition

Hello my friends and welcome.   It’s been four weeks since I last checked in.  This weekend was BUSY, but let’s be real – when are the weekends chill and easygoing, with few visits?  Gone are those days, which is good for business, but damn, if only I could clone and teleport myself so that I could get to more pet visits, it would be much, much better.  But I digress, I get by and it’s all in good fun.  On Sunday morning, I had a potential new hire join me from 7 am to about 11 am, showing him what pet visits entail, what we do and all the things related to the job.  He asked a ton of questions and I was honest and open about things.  Sure, being a pet sitter is lots of fun but it isn’t always rainbows and unicorns.  Sometimes we look after sick, elderly or special needs pets and it isn’t always easy or ‘fun’.   This also isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  You really have to be someone special that enjoys this but loves doing what they do.  It was a great morning with him, my only regret was a morning cat client we had that cancelled and it would have been great to show Keegan how to give an insulin shot to a cat, but that’s okay.  Anyways, it was a good weekend of pet sitting and I have no complaints other than I’m just a wee bit tired.  Oh well.  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: 32 in total – 2 on Friday evening and 18 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.
  • Animals: Dogs, cats, chinchillas, fish and guinea pigs
  • Distance driven in weekend (Friday night at 6 pm to Sunday night at 10 pm): 319 kilometers
  • Weather: Hot, sunny, cloudy, a bit drizzly.  It was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of weather.

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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.

Chester

My little retirement home buddy, Chester

Saturday & Sunday

Some really pretty garden beds at the retirement home I do visits at.  Residents can take care of their own beds and man do they ever look good.

Chinchilla Jack

I can never get a good picture of the two chinchilla’s at this house but he’s a semi-decent one.  The two in the house are super friendly and ultra soft.  And one of them loves getting hand fed raisins.  Adorable, right?CharlotteOld girl, Charlotte

baxter

Meanwhile, back at home, Baxter was catching up on his ZzzZzzZzz’s.

Gus pet sitting

Gus and his home.  Some of the homes we visit are just incredible.  At this home, I was taking out recycling to the garage and what do I almost walk into? A Mercedes McLaren P1.  I’ve only ever seen these cars in magazines and to see it in person?  Oh my gosh!!  No pictures, but yep, I’m a huge car buff.  🙂

early morningsI love early mornings walks when the rest of the world is still waking from a slumber and all is quiet and the sun just splashes its beautiful rays…

Some of the pretty flowers I saw while out doing visits on Saturday

Cinder Charlotte
Landscape
Italian Mastiff
Just look at this big guy named Sedrick.  He’s a handsome Italian Mastiff.  
Italian Mastiff Italian Mastiff
Maggie
Beagle Basset Beagle mix
Vinny & Will Vinny and Will
Maverick Maverick
Isn’t he a handsome Lab?  This is Maverick and we had a great time together.  I had an hour visit with this boy.Black Lab
Wild turkeys
As I was leaving a house, crossing the road and in the ditch were about 15 wild turkeys.  Talk about random, especially in the middle of a subdivision, mind you it does back onto a ravine.
Gus
Charlotte Boo
Charlotte & the elusive Boo.  It has only taken years coming to this house that Boo now comes out of hiding for me.
Jack
Tabby cat Tabby Cat
Just look at this guy being a ham and sunbathing.  This is Daco.
summer sunset summer sunset
These pictures were taken about 20 minutes apart from each other.  The first one I nearly slipped down a hill trying to get it, failing to realise that Reebok Nano’s don’t have grippy tread at all.  The second one was taken after I got Chester and we were out on our walk.  🙂
And last but not least, these pictures below were taken after I took the dogs back to my mom’s house:
Baxter and Charlie Charlie
Baxter and Charlie
I didn’t take much video at all this past weekend but I am including video from Maverick’s visit and you’ll see that he’s a crazy, hyper, and happy pup. 

 

 

Well that’s it for now.   I hope you enjoy the pet pictures as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  • Robin

    I love your photos! You get to hang out with a lot of pawsome pets. Pet sitting must come with a huge dose of love. 🙂
    -Purrs from your friends at http://www.PlayfulKitty.net

  • Love all these pictures as usual! Your visits are great! One the pups even looked like he was smiling. So cute. I imagine the families you help are so happy knowing their fur babes are in such good hands!

  • I love these posts! Animals can always bring a smile to my face no matter how I feel.

  • Kim Airhart

    Oh my gosh! Oh FUN! I would love to do that for a living.

  • TheEmiTimes

    Love your photos. Pet sitting sounds like so much fun.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I love animals – these posts make me so happy. Omg, Baxter sleeping! What a cutie. I’ve never seen a chinchilla in person – too cute!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • i LOVE that you devote your time to care for these guys and take such pleasure from the service. so sweet.

    and that sunset! those two photos are glorious.

  • Lindsay, I am continually amazed by how many pets (and how many different species) you visit in one weekend! Your pictures and descriptions always bring a smile (and the sunset and flower ones make me go, “ooooooh!”). Loved the video of Maverick … so much energy! And Baxter and Charlie of course … adorable. Hope you and Jeff are having a great weekend!

  • Thanks so much, Robin. 🙂 I get to hang out with some pretty cool pets, for sure!! We’ve looked after three goats before… they were so much fun! My heart swells with love and pride when I’m with my furry friends. 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by hun.

  • Thanks so much, Beth. 🙂 I think that’s Will, the beagle, that’s smiling. He’s a rescue and when I met him five years ago, he was such a scared, shy little thing. He’s come out of his shell so much, it’s been wonderful to see.
    Pet parents are super appreciative of the cat eye their pets get, and bonus for me I get so spend time with some pretty cool animals. It’s a win-win. 🙂

  • Trish, I’m smiling the entire weekend I’m doing pet visits. 🙂 It’s my therapy/weekend of happy hormones and puppy kisses.

  • It’s one of my dream jobs, caring for animals, while getting paid. 🙂

  • It’s a lot of fun. 🙂

  • Aw thanks, Lauren. It’s such a fun/happy job.. for the most part.
    The two chinchillas I see the most are super friendly and they’ll let you pet them and you can hand feed them… some aren’t so friendly though. But they’re SOOO soft!! 🙂

  • My heart is so full when I’m with my furry friends; really it’s a privilege for me and I’m happy to be of service AND have fun while doing so. 🙂

    Thanks hun. 😉

  • It’s a lot, eh? It can be a bit much some weekends and I’m exhausted by he end of it, but it’s totally worth it. 🙂

    I love reading happy/positive comments like yours. They’re so uplifting. 🙂

    We had an awesome weekend at a friend’s cottage, thanks. I hope your weekend was good, too. 😉