Question to Gina:

Looking at my spoiled son Mitch I wonder how I can leave him for 2 wks when we go to Maui. He’s older now and so good, but set in his ways. What do you think goes thru their minds when we leave them? How do you make them feel better?

Answer to Donna:

We put so many human characteristics on our beloved pets, Donna. They are smart but not so complicated as we humans. I must have had over a thousand assignments in client’s homes to care for their pets. I have been in the pet care business for TEN years now!! That is at least 1,000 assignments. There have been MANY thousandS of days and nights spent caring for other’s pets!!! Which is probably why you asked me the question. I believe they mainly simply think, “Oh here is this nice person taking care of me. Ahhh…I like the sound of her voice. She even knows my name!!! This person really likes me, I can tell…OH MY we are going for a walk?! I LOVE to go for WALKS!! Oh boy, she knows where my food and treats are too. I LOVE food and treats. Gee…this is fun….”

Donna, I know for certain they have very few worries when left in their OWN homes to be cared for by a loving, accountable, mature pet sitter. And, I know this care solution is a helluva lot more considerate on the parts of the humans than placing them in a kennel. No matter how nice or expensive that kennel may be, there really is no place like home. Animals prefer their own homes to a “vacation” any day. Familiar surroundings and routine schedules – that is what they thrive on. I love my “work.” So much so I put the word “work” in quotes. I feel very appreciated. I like to say that not once while working in the “corporate environment” was anyone EVER so happy to see me arrive that they peed on the floor. Not once. Thank you for your question. It was fun to think about and answer.

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