In this Issue: Time is flying and the vacation season has us scurrying. This issue is short and sweet. We’d be doing you wrong if we didn’t focus on Hurricane Preparedness this month, so here it is!
As I write this, I am inwardly rolling my eyes at the mere idea of hiring a pet sitter via an app, but apparently, despite the daily media blasts highlighting dangerous incidents of Wag and Rover sitters losing and abusing pets and homes, it’s still a growing thing. As a pet business owner, I read and watch all the articles, which generally focus on major catastrophes that result in dogs being killed, lost, hit by cars, beaten, traumatized by drugs, alcohol, and sex in the client home, and I think: How could these tragedies continue to happen? How could any company that cares about pets (or their reputation) live with the guilt of these negligent acts, much less still be in business? Of course, we all know it’s about money and managed risk. It’s not about animals or even client satisfaction. The creators of these digital marketplaces (that’s what they are) are not in the business of taking care of animals. They are in the business of making money. Period.
But you may not know that. That’s why I’m writing this. I am a pet parent too and I hate reading these articles because my heart can’t take the idea of needless suffering. And because I co-own a pet sitting business, I want to make sure no one confuses a quality pet sitting business with sloppy operations such as Wag and Rover. So here is the skinny. Read on to learn more.
I doubt I’m the only one who chose to make my home in the Topsail area because the beaches are all dog-friendly. Moving to Hampstead was a dream come true for us and our dogs. Finally, our favorite place on earth, the beach, was within minutes from our home, and we could put the dogs in the car and head out for a relaxing walk anytime we had a spare hour. For the last 5 years, we’ve walked many miles up and down the beach with our own dogs and those of our clients. We’d like to share a little of what we’ve learned to help you make the most of each walk you take with your own precious pup. If you don’t have time to read the whole article, please remember this:
Heat exhaustion can happen quickly and is life-threatening. Take precautions during the summer to prevent your dog from overheating. Read on to learn more. Happy walking!
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day…”
– John Grogan, author of Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog
When we opened Surf Sitters Pet Care and Dog Walking LLC in 2015, we followed pet sitting industry standards by offering multiple visits daily, what’s referred to as “drop-in pet sitting.” We wanted this service to help good-hearted pet parents keep their pups home rather than subject them to the stresses of boarding while they’re out of town.