In this day and age using the term Professional can get dismissed or set aside. That's is unfortunate when it comes to Contractors and Pet Sitters. Being Professional is a distinction well worth the honor and respect it is intended to elevate in consideration. Unlicensed usually means 'cheaper than' and a risky gamble. Slick packaging of services can entice even the most discerning clients. Professionals have ethics, accountability and responsibility for their work and pay taxes for the privilege to work for you. They operate by a different code of conduct.
Sedition I say!
I will not stand by without exposing the recklessness of those wanting and willing to take your money on the premise of helping you....Today there was an Ad for Dog Sitting on a local site. The emotional hook jumped off the page at me! 'I'm a stay at home Mom here to help out my neighbors who don't want to pay the kennel rates'.Hmmm, who is this and what's the business? So I contacted her to inquire about her services and standards, etc. (Its always nice to meet other Pros to network with).
I had to ask her if she was bonded and insured to protect the Dog Boarders.... Her reply was No; her home owners insurance doesn't cover Dog Boarding.... Ahh, really? Now the bells and whistles are going off. So no insurance, no bonding, taking in other people's Family Pets and taking them off leash on hiking trails.... I could of had a choral bell brigade ringing in my gut by this time....red flags went off as not a 'Professional'...Beware....
What separates a Professional from a 'Stay at Home Mom' with a big heart?
#1 No distractions of Laundry, Dr Appointments, Extra-Curricular Activities, Shopping, etc. A Professional has one focus, and that's to spend quality time with your Pet to the standard and routine they are accustom to.
#2 Responsibility - We sign an agreement to the terms, task and timing on the scope of services. We don't toss your Dog into the mix, in a Kennel (or the family room) and say 'adjust big guy' . Where is my commitment to keep your Pet Safe?
#3 Accountability! The world recognizes me as Reliable and Accountable through my Bonding and Liability Insurance, I've promised I will take great care of your Pet and I can back it up! If something happens with the 'Stay at home Mom' you are S-O-L not to mention broken hearted.
Being response-able, by being trained in Pet CPR & 1st Aid with a dedication every day to put your Pet before any other consideration is what a Professional Pet Sitter does with a big heart, so full of love, and a very big concern for you and your Pet's comfort and joy. Great care and consideration is made to meet the consistent walk patterns, meal times, special needs (whatever medications are required and administered) as well as play for your Pet while your away! Knowing your Pet is safe and happy in its own home, in his familiar surroundings with familiar smells make a huge difference in their experience while you are apart. Creating Calm and Fun bring Peace of mind. That's priceless.
There is no recourse for Recklessness in the case of a 'Stay at Home Mom' helping you save money! Taking a Dog on a Hiking trail loaded with ticks and rattle snakes is not my idea of good judgement while caring for someone's family Pet! Without clear and specific perimeters of service and scope....anything can and will occur.
As a Professional Pet Sitter, I am trained to look out for the unseen surprises and be prepared to handle them. Meeting a pack of loose Dogs...what do you do? Snake bite, are you prepared to transport and communicate with the Vet immediately? Each and every situation outside (and inside) the home is that can go south are in my mind every minute...no exceptions. I'm not watching the Kids and chasing Dogs off Leash 'hoping' nothing will happen.
Are you willing to risk the life of your beloved Family Pet with someone Casual and Busy with other things? Too busy to put their word on the line? Your Paws deserve the highest level of service in your absence.
Professional Pet Sitters are licensed, bonded, insured and pay taxes as well as being committed to CEU's to bring you the Leash that Leads to your Peace Of Mind & Satisfaction...
Tails Up, Paws Forward.....And we walk with confidence we can care for your loyal furry friend, in every situation that arises.
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