Pet Sitting for Clients at Christmastime

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By Jeannie Smith

On December 18, 2010, my husband and I started pet sitting for two clients. One client just informed us that one of their dogs gave birth to puppies before they left for vacation. The dog had nine puppies. My husband wasn’t all that concerned because he has taken care of newborn puppies before. As for me, I was like “Oh my!” a little nervous. I had never done that before so Jason explained to me what would happen since I was responsible for watching the puppies more so than him.

My husband was right. It wasn’t hard at all because the momma took care of her pups. All I had to do was make sure she had her food and plenty of water to drink and to let her out at each visit so she could do her business. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. To see the puppies grow and develop from the beginning of our first visit to the last visit on January 2, 2011.

To this day, I picture how big the puppies are getting and how active they are becoming everyday.

The other client had three dogs. Two of the dogs were loving – the little dog liked to bark but not come love on you. Later in the week, I was sitting on the couch loving on the two big dogs during one of my visits. The next thing I know, the small dog came up to me and let me pet him. He warmed up to me after a few visits and that meant a lot to me because he normally doesn’t do that.

I love pet sitting for people because their animals become part of your life as well. As you learn to take care of them the way their owners do, they feel like they’re yours too. I always look forward to going back because I have adopted them as my own.

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