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Updated on April 8, 2011


I’m in no way, shape or form a professional dog sitter. Just a dog lover, that occasionally watches dogs for friends and family when they are on vacation or otherwise unable to care for their pets. Maybe I should be saying we instead of I. My husband has a gift when it comes to canine companions. We have had beagles for pets for the past twenty years, three of them to be exact. We both share a passion for the breed and he is able to relate to them in an amazing fashion.  

When we have canine visitors, we try to make them feel at home. We keep them on their regular schedule. If the dog is accustomed to eating at 4 pm and getting a biscuit at 10 pm that is what the pooch gets. Some of our houseguests need long walks to calm them down and some just want to veg on the couch. Yes, they are allowed on the furniture in our house.

My remaining two beagles, our first beagle passed on in 2002, are pretty good when it comes to houseguests. My dogs are very friendly and quite lazy. If the houseguest is a slug and just wants to eat and sleep while their pet parent is away there is no problem integrating them into the household daily routine. If the visiting dog is more active it takes longer for the “pack” to adjust. One of my beagles likes to hang out in the bathroom. She has a small dog bed in there all the time. If she wants to be left alone that is where she goes. Sometimes she just walks away from a highly active pet guest.

We like to text message pet parents photos of their forever friends while they are away. Our family and friends love getting a photo and a message from their pet. I always try to capture a shot that shows their pet enjoying their vacation as much as their owners. I have too many pet photos to count in my Smartphone. There are more photos of other people’s dogs than my own.

The most rewarding part of pet sitting is seeing the dog’s reaction when their family returns. The wagging tail, dancing and barking is very sweet and warms my heart. Dogs are a big part of the family and we are very happy to see the reunions.


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      MAlvesSchemetow 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for the comments Paradise7 and Ghost32!

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Texting the photos via Smartphone sounds like a really cool perk for the owners. We always took our Moe Key Man cat with us in the truck on the road...and didn't own a phone of any sort...but for everybody ELSE, yeah!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      It's a good service to perform for people. I hate leaving pets in kennels while on vacation.