My name is Terri Randall and I own and operate Creature Comforts
Pet Care in Sheridan, Wyoming. Not sure if you are familiar with
what a Professional Pet Sitter does exactly, so let me tell you
about a typical day for me, although none of my days are generally
typical. Each is unique and sometimes challenging.
a bit of background. Having worked in a vet clinic, and volunteering
at our local shelter as well as raising and loving a myriad of pets,
from horses to snakes over the years, I knew when I started my own
business, it would have to be animal related. The pet care industry
was perfect for me. I am certified in animal first-aid, know what
to do in an emergency situation,am proficient at giving injections
to my diabetic clients as well as being accredited through our national
organizations, NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters)
and PSI (Pet Sitters International). I work hand-in-hand with many
of our local vets. There are many animals that do not do well in
a boarding situation or have special needs, that's where I come
in. I make customized visits to my clients homes to care for their
pets while they are away. Some are on meds, diabetic, geriatric,
or just healthy babies! My pet clients run the gammut from large
animals, including horses & llamas, to parrots, reptiles, pocket
pets and of course, cats & dogs.
typical day, when busy, starts at 5:30 am, when I get ready to do
my morning rounds. If I have a number of client stops in the morning,
those needing meds are first in my rotation followed by the indoor
dogs who need to get out, and so on. My first stop is usually at
other day it was 20 below zero here, but that didn't matter! I had
pets depending on me to let them out, feed them and give them some
TLC. One of my morning stops that day was a mini-doxie named Ranger.
I opened the door and tried to convince Ranger that yes, he did
in fact need to go out to relieve himself. The looks I got from
that boy were priceless! A foot of snow, 20 below, and a mini-doxie
do not go together well! After a bit of complaining, we worked it
out to a happy conclusion which did include a treat as a bribe!
The postal service motto; neither, rain, nor sleet nor dark of night
shall deter this servant from his appointed rounds ( or however
it goes) applies equally to the dedicated pet sitter!
45 minutes at each of my client stops. I feed, water, clean up after,
administer meds if needed, walk, brush and just plain love the pets
in my charge. I am always careful to note any changes in eating
patterns, bowel or urination habits etc. If something does not seem
right with the pet, I contact their vet. I always get a signed Veterinary
release from every client authorizing me to take their pets to the
vet should the need arise. Happily, that doesn't occur often, but
when it does, I'm prepared. I do morning, midday and evening visits
and am sometimes called upon to do overnight service with special
needs pets etc. I spend the night at my clients homes caring for
their pets. There are many days when I do not get home from my last
evening visit until 10 pm. or later. During holidays and very busy
times I sometimes do 20 visits and more a day!
to say, my meals are eaten on the fly during these times. My business
is 7 days a week 365 days a year. I do have a helper that I can
call upon to help with high volume times and on the rare occasions
that I'm ill or need a day off. I also have emergency back-up in
case anything should happen to me. No pet under my care would be
the hours and days are long, I could not imagine doing anything
else. This is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. The pets
I care for are a joy for the most part and give back so much in
return for the care I give them. My clients trust and depend on
me and their pets are my babies!
am a Professional Pet Sitter and very proud to be one. I can't imagine
doing anything else.
Sincerely, Terri Randall