Category Archives: Dog Walking

When Do You Pay The Pet Sitter Or Dog Walker?

note to pay the dog walker

We often get asked when payment for pet sitting or dog walking services are due.  This policy will vary by company, but our policy is for vacation clients payment is due prior to your departure.  That means before you leave you will need to leave payment on the counter and your pet sitter will pick it up on their first visit (we send you confirmation before you leave which includes your total).  Continue reading

Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting In Frigid Weather

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

The above is creed of the United States Postal Service but it may as well be for pet sitters and dog walkers as well.  We have a job to do and no matter what the weather, we will be there.  We have living, breathing creatures depending on us! Continue reading

Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Sign Of Success For A Pet Sitter

Referrals are our number one source of new clients.  We absolutely love getting referrals from our clients, the people who actually utilize our services and know first hand how wonderful in your home pet care truly is.  What is more difficult is getting referrals from other pet service providers.  They often get positive feedback from mutual clients, but are still hesitant to refer to a business they don’t know first hand.  Continue reading

Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Please Have Your Driveway Plowed For Your Pet Sitter

Unplowed driveway

This is the result of two snow storms in the same week in 2003 that dumped two feet of snow with each storm.   This is also the result of a client who, despite many pleas, refused to have their driveway plowed so their pet sitter could easily get in to care for their pets.  You may not be able to easily tell from the photo, but the berm at the end of the driveway created by the snowplow was well over four feet high! Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

10 Of The Weirdest Search Terms Used To Find Our Website

St. Bernard laying on his side with tongue hanging outLike most businesses we took a few moments to look back over the past year and see exactly where our website traffic came from.  We had a lot of the expected searches for terms such as pet sitter, dog walker, Purrfect Pet Sitting, etc., but some of the terms used were rather entertaining.

Here are the top 10: Continue reading

Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Top 5 Blog Posts Of 2013

2013 was my first year of blogging.  With it drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to look at the top five blog posts from the year as ranked by reader page views.  Perhaps you have missed a few.  Let’s look at what interested blog readers the most in 2013.  Here they are: Continue reading

Leave a comment

6 Reasons We May Fire You As A Pet Sitting Client

People always seem shocked when I tell them I had to ‘fire’ a client.  Who turns business away?  They don’t seem to understand that providing a service is a two way street and we do occasionally have to tell people we will no longer provide service to them.  We hate to do it, but sometimes there is just no other way around it.  We provide a premium service and want only the very best for your pets and expect that you do too. Continue reading

Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Around Albany, NY

I’ve rescued several strays throughout my lifetime that cost a pretty penny to get them spayed or neutered and vaccinated in order to adopt them out.  I want to share with you a list of local groups that offer low cost spay and neuter programs.  Many of them also offer vaccinations at a considerable savings. Continue reading

Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Hidden Benefit Of The Pet Sitter Keeping Your Key On File

If you’ve been following this blog for anything length of time you’ve noticed a lot of posts about keys.  We’ve covered why your pet sitter needs a key, why we insist that you lock your doors and what happens to your key when we keep it on file.  These posts don’t cover a hidden benefit for you though.  What happens when you get locked out of your house and no one has a spare key or you can’t get ahold of the person with your spare?  You call the pet sitter! Continue reading

Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Does Your Pet Sitter Have An Emergency Back Up Plan?

In Case Of EmergencyPet sitting is a huge responsibility and one that we do not take lightly.  We are responsible for two things that are the nearest and dearest to you; your pets and your home.  It’s important to ask a potential pet sitter if they have a back up plan?  What would happen if (heaven forbid) they got into a car accident or caught the flu and couldn’t make it to your home?  If the service you are thinking of hiring is a hobby sitter they may be less likely to have a seamless plan in place. Continue reading

Tagged , , | 1 Comment