I am so excited to be sitting down and writing this post.
Writing about dogs is so wonderfully therapeutic for me. I’ve always felt that…out in society…strangers quickly become friends when a pet is mentioned. When the fact that I’m a professional pet sitter comes up – I know no stranger. Everyone has something to share with me: beloved childhood companions, current insane behaviors, dramatic stories of rescue. I love every word. And I love sharing that with my blog readers. But then…
On March 7th, Theodore Ashford was born…
…and blogging (along with many other things) went straight out the window.
But now, after 4 months…I finally have a moment (a miraculous, rare moment when both boys are napping) to return to this blog that I have grown to love. I love connecting with all you readers. I love how technology can bring us together. I love that we can share our ideas and opinions…our personal experiences.
And sometimes I love having a place where I can come to post the stupid dog videos that for some unknown reason entertain me so much. Damn you internet!
I can’t wait to share more about Teddy. And how the two original babies – Buffy & Amigo – are dealing with the new addition. (Spoiler: they are rock stars) And the blind dog who is staying with us right now who I’m totally in love with. And how I really do think that parenting a pup help you parent a tiny human.
Lots to come. Soon I hope. Thanks for stopping by!
All the pictures in this post were taken while shooting Baby Teddy’s birth announcements. Shows the different personalities of my two pups!!
I have a key to your house. I know your alarm code. I know about that squeaky floor board in your hallway and where you like to kick off your shoes when you come home. I am in your house all the time…but you might only see me once or twice a year. Who am I?
I am your dog’s best friend.
It is an interesting relationship I have with my clients. The human ones, that is. I can walk their dogs every day for months on end, and maybe only talk to them on the phone every six months. Mostly, we communicate via notes. (SO sixth grade girl, right? I’m not going to lie, though, it is kinda fun!) I take on a odd role – I’m not family, but I’m not a visitor either. No need to tidy up for me, but you might want to put on pants if you know I’m coming.
What I often think about, though, is who does your dog think I am? I show up when their family is gone (either out at work or away on vacation.) I don’t have to worry about putting away groceries or taking a shower or picking up toys – I am 100% there for them. I am not a visitor that will pat them on the head and then shoo them away so I can have a human conversation. I only have eyes for your pooch. I am there to walk or play…to scratch behind the ears…to “hang out”, canine style. I give them treats and love on them. I might even have a special nickname for them…I might even know their favorite potty spot which even their dad doesn’t know about. I might even notice if something is bothering them before you – because I am only their for them.
So what do you think they think? I like to think dogs don’t know what “dog walkers” are. In my mind, they just think I’m their buddy. Like their human brother who has classmates over for play – I believe they think of me as a friend. THEIR friend. Not your friend, not a family friend, not little Timmy’s playmate – THEIR friend. (This is often reinforced by pup’s behavior on the rare days their parents are home when I stop by. Parents are surprised by how their pets gravitate to me…or at least get ridiculously excited and forget their mom and dad are home. Come on! Who would you rather hang out with? Someone who gets worked up when you come in with muddy paws…or someone who takes you out to get those paws wet!)
So from now on I believe my official job title will be “Pet’s Best Friend” rather than “Pet Sitter” or “Dog Walker”. Anyone can walk…but only a select few can be a PBF.
So often I get asked to recommend pet sitters to family, friends, and clients outside of the Wags & Whiskers service area. I never want to endorse someone I haven’t met…and honestly, it’s hard to find someone who is extremely responsible AND is caring AND has experience.
That being said – I am more than happy to recommend Annie’s Animal Care to all pet parents living in the Austin area. I was lucky enough to get to become friends with Annie and her kitties while she lived here in Houston. We both share in the philosophy that animals are so muchhappier when they are able to stay in their home environment when their parents travel. She knows how important it is to keep furrbabies on their normal routine…and that attention to detail is what we all want when we have to leave our four-legged kiddos at home.
Below you will find her contact information….or shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (You can also check out her Care.com profile here.) If you have any trips coming up in the future, I encourage you to give her a ring or write her an email. She is new to the area, but once word gets out about this awesome pet-lovin’ lady – she is going to book up fast!