Why Your Pet Sitter Doesn’t Want You To Leave A Key Under The Mat

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Whenever we sign up a new client we ask if they’d like us to keep the key on file for future use or if they’d like us to leave the key on the last visit.  Most people have us keep the key on file but there are a few that want us to leave it on the last visit and that is fine.  We make it clear that if they’d like to utilize our service again and we have to come back to pick up the key we do have to charge for the time to make the pickup. Continue reading

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How One Piece Of Tape Can Prevent Headaches

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When we sign up a new client we take copious notes on their pet and house care.  Having over fifteen years of experience we ask a lot of questions and know what types of things could potentially pose a problem.  Locks rank very high at the top of that list of potential problems. Continue reading

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The Winner Of Our 2016 Calendar Cover Photo Contest Is….

We had 148 entries in our 2016 Calendar Cover Photo Contest this year!  That’s more than double of last year!  There were some really great photos and the competition was fierce.  Continue reading

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What Is The Average Cost Of Pet Sitting & Dog Walking In The Capital District 2015?

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Pet sitting and dog walking rates can vary greatly between service providers who provide essentially the same exact service.  There are a lot of reasons for the variations; some pet sitters work ‘under the table’ and don’t claim their income, some are uninsured, some just don’t charge what they’re worth because they think by undercutting the competition they’ll gain all of the business. Continue reading

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3rd Annual Calendar Cover Photo Contest

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Could someone PLEASE explain to me where the summer went?  I can’t even believe it’s time for our third annual calendar cover photo contest already! Continue reading

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We Are Pet Sitters, Not Janitors

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The majority our pet sits are enjoyable.  We usually love the pets were are visiting and we get to enter a lot of homes we’ve always admired from afar.  Every once in a while however one comes through that we really don’t enjoy.  I’ve gotten a lot better over the years asking questions from callers before we agree to meet with them to weed out the undesirables. Continue reading

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Why The Pet Sitter Won’t Leave Your Dog Outside Between Visits On Invisible Fence

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The weather is finally beautiful and everyone wants to be outside, including your pets.  We’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for people who want us to leave their dogs outside on an invisible fence between our visits.  Depending on the number of times a client has us coming it could potentially be 12+ hours between visits.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Us! 15 Years Of Pet Care! GIVEAWAY!

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August 4, 2015 marks our FIFTEENTH year in business!  Wow, did that go by fast or what?  I’m happy to say we are still pet sitting for many of the clients we signed up when we first opened.  We’ve seen so many pets come and go in fifteen years.  It’s heartbreaking to have to say goodbye to some of our longtime friends as they get older and cross over the Rainbow Bridge.  We’ve also seen many other pet sitting services come and go, but we are still going strong! Continue reading

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Mugzy’s Barkery Interview And A GIVEAWAY!

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Jaime of Mugzy’s Barkery is the newest member of the Purrfect Pet Sitting team.  When she’s not pet sitting she is busy running Mugzy’s Barkery.  Mugzy’s Barkery specializes in creating homemade all natural and organic dog treats and custom cakes right here in New York’s Capital Region.  Jaime recently took a few minutes to answer some questions for us.

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Why Your Pet Sitter Wants You To Leave Your Air Conditioning On

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Like everyone else I’m sure you’re feeling the pain of the dramatic rise in energy costs this year.  I’m sure it’s very tempting to turn off your air conditioning to try and save some money while you’re away.  While we completely agree with trying to save money, we beg you not to turn the air conditioning off completely.  You want your pets to be comfortable, right?  Your pet sitter also wants to be comfortable while visiting your pets.  If you shut your air off your pet sitter gets to sit in your sweltering house, sweating their derriere off.  It’s not very enjoyable. Continue reading

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