January 2014

Should you tip your pet sitter?

Our pet sitters are very committed to caring for your pets and home.  They make sure your furry family are fed, walked, played with, loved, and healthy. They clean up waste, litter boxes and make sure your house is pet tidy when you return. Sometimes when you travel, your pets may get upset so your sitter may have to deal with diarrhea accidents (which could include bathing your pet, especially if they’re crated), upset tummies/pets that throw up, pets who may not be as cooperative in giving medication to as they are with you and pets who won’t eat. Your dog sitter in Chandler may calm frazzled pet nerves because your babies are missing you so much. They may spend extra time earning the trust of your shy cat or dog. If your furbaby is ill, your pet sitter will be sure to get them the vet care they need....

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How do I know if my Tempe pet sitter is at their visits?

Occasionally we have clients that like to double check that their sitter is completing their visits as requested and scheduled.  Fortunately, your accountable and reliable  pet sitter in Tempe is background checked, bonded, insured, and work with integrity.  We also have systems in place to ensure visits are being made properly and accurately. For example, we use a smartphone application called Life360 to check in at each visit when we arrive so there is a time stamp and a GPS location documented.  This sends a check-in notification and location to all other sitters and our office.  This Tempe pet sitting company also uses a web-based software system called Leashtime which we utilize to mark our visits complete.  This has the ability to locate sitters on GPS as well. We also like these technological aids for safety reasons: There are no predicting emergencies!  So in case of a car accident, illness, or injury, the office knows about it...

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Pet Grief and Loss

One of the most difficult parts of pet ownership, and being a pet sitter in Gilbert, too, is facing the loss of a pet. Whether the illness was sudden and unexpected, or the end of a long struggle with a chronic disease, losing our pets is not unlike losing a family member. We often develop the most intense bond with our pets and it can, and often is, like losing a child, especially for those pet owners who see their pets *as* their children. And if we have to make the difficult decision to help them cross the Rainbow Bridge to end their suffering, that loss is often compounded by difficult feelings of guilt, anger, and sadness. I know when I had to let my cat Storm go 2 1/2 years ago, the remorse and guilt I felt was nearly unbearable. Did I do enough to help her? What if I...

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Why this Chandler pet sitter doesn’t post our rates

When I answer the phone to address potential client questions about our services, many times price is one of the first things that is addressed. You see, this Chandler pet sitting company doesn’t post our rates on our website. Yes, we know, you say. WHY is that? Well to use an analogy let’s look at someone wanting to buy a pizza. You’re hungry; you’re craving pizza so you go online to find a good pizza place. You find one and the pictures on the website make the pizza look really tasty! However, upon going  straight to prices without any closer website inspection, you see that a large plain cheese pizza costs $30. What? Are you crazy? I’m not paying $30 for a pizza. That’s ridiculous. And you close out of the website without giving it another thought. Had you picked up the phone, you might’ve found out that...

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A Day in the Life of a Pet Sitter in Tempe

A typical day in the life of your Tempe pet sitter can vary widely.  Some sitters have regular clients 5 days a week, such as dog-walking while mom and dad are at work Monday through Friday, or puppy visits for potty breaks and a walk 3 times a week.  So in that case, it’s wake up, roll out of bed, throw on some walking shoes, and head to the first visit!  Fortunately, the critters don’t mind if we still have bedhead.  =)  We check in when we arrive at the visit via a smartphone application and mark it complete in our online LeashTime software system when we’re finished.  We send cute or silly text messages and pictures with updates to moms and dads sometimes taking a dozen shots before we get just the right photo.  It can be more difficult than you think to get a happy, wagging puppy to sit still for a clear photo! If the pet sitter has...

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The “DANGERS” of Using Our Pet Sitting Company

We always want to be honest with our clients and potential future clients. And, well, we may NOT be the right pet sitting company for you! That’s right-you read that correctly. We may not be right for you. In fact, to be fair, we want to tell you of the dangers of choosing us as your Pet Sitters! First, we recognize that some dogs don’t like having their bellies rubbed (granted it’s only approximately .07% of the dog population, but to be fair to that .07% we wanted to warn you)  If your dog is part of that small minority population, then for goodness sake, don't call us! Your dog will receive plenty of belly rubs from your Chandler dog sitter. Second, your pets may get more than the FDA regulated legally recognized healthy dose of kisses. Yes it’s true, your pets may possibly be kiss overdosed by your Chandler Pet Sitter…   Third, Please...

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Gilbert Pet Sitters Now Offer Online Scheduling

As our company has grown, we found ourselves needing a way to keep our clients organized. So after searching for a pet sitting software system, we settled on LeashTime for pet sitters.  What is so great about an online software system? Oh my gosh…lots of things! It offers many advantages to our Gilbert dog sitting clients. All your information is securely stored in our system and password protected. Important and private information such as gate community codes, your credit card information, your alarm codes…all of it securely protected and only the sitter who is working for you can see it. Our sitters are emailed their schedules weekly. Additionally, the office monitors that each visit is marked completed in the system to assure all visits are done so there is no chance for any missed visits slipping through the cracks. If we need to have a different sitter step in and cover one of...

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The Importance of a *Professional* Pet Sitter in Chandler

This was shared by a pet sitter I network with. She ran across this ad on Craig’s List and I felt it was important enough to share with others. It highlights how crucial it is that you do your homework when finding someone to care for your pets. http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/laf/4273335833.html Whether this woman found this sitter on Craig’s List I do not know. Essentially, this woman who ‘supposedly’ had a professional pet sitting company, was pet sitting a dog in her home and *sold* the poor woman’s dog. I decided to do some checking on the sitting company and several red flags came up. The woman has a very poor one page website. Also she has one website listing on some obscure site and when I clicked on the link, the website was non-existent. The woman/company have zero online presence. In addition to her poor website, she has no reviews, no social media page,...

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