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You know you’re a pet sitter and dog walker when…

You know you’re a pet sitter & dog walker when

  • Your work schedule changes from hour long days to 14 hour days. Early mornings and late nights to make sure everyone has been cared for.
  • You’ve put tons of mileage and time into driving from house to house (rural pet sitting)
  • You’ve driven through almost every road condition (black ice, tons of snow, wind, hail, etc) to let a dog outside to pee.
  • A day off consists of an overnight pet sit with furry friends.
  • You feel super sad when you can’t fit in a last minute client into the schedule
  • You’ve walked in the cold -25C winter storm weather with a dog because they were having the time of their life (snow dogs especially)
  • You’ve cut walks short in the same weather to let the chilled pups in the house right away
  • You’ve been slobbered on by various animals (dogs, cats, cows etc.)
  • You’ve stepped or kneeled in Dog poop at least once by accident.
  • Visited Pets on holidays, as even they need some holiday lovin’ too!
  • You’ve celebrated the good times with your clients and supported your clients in the bad times
  • The pets in your care become like your own pets, you celebrate the happy times and mourn the loss of beloved friends when they pass over the rainbow bridge.
  • You wouldn’t trade what you do for the world, even if you happened to win the lottery. You have a passion for pets and their people.

Let us know if there are any points you would add to this!

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Delayed by a What?

We travel to a lot of our different clients. Some reside in Okotoks, Millarville, Black Diamond, Dewinton and the MD of Foothills in Alberta, Canada. While we are more commonly delayed by weather conditions and traffic/construction there have been a couple of instances of being delayed by different types of animals.

We were travelling down an old gravel road to one of our more remote clients, and a wayward cow decided she needed to cross the road. Well she stopped midway to give us a good long stare, so I popped out of my car to steer (no pun intended haha) her into the ditch away from traffic. She seemed to be a sweet little thing.

Another time we came across a badger sun bathing in the middle of the road. It was quite the sight to see, thankfully as we inched forward, he made his way off the road. (Fun Fact: Badgers claw length is 2-3 inches and they can run up to 30km/h).

And probably the most beautiful delay we’ve had was in the winter time. There was a large herd of white tailed deer effortlessly jumping the fences from one side of the road to the other. The bucks were all equipped with a beautiful rack of antlers. They frolicked throughout the wooded areas.

Have you been delayed by an animal? Let us know in the comments below