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Animal Files columnist of the Orange County Register; Emmy Award winning producer of Educational Television Programming; Host of "The Pet Place Radio Show" heard world-wide at www.blogtalkradio.com/petplace; click the player below to listen. Producer/Director/Editor of "The Pet Place TV Show" during the 18 years it ran on KDOC TV in Los Angeles and Orange Counties; Wife, Mother of five kids, Grandmother of one baby boy, and pet parent of three cats, two dogs, and a cockatoo.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Choosing a Pet Sitter


Dear Marie:
I am leaving home for six weeks and need a good and reliable in-home pet sitter. Can you help?
Lucie

Dear Lucie:
Conduct some online research for “dog and cat pet-sitting services” in your area. You will find a number of listings. You want to make sure that the company you sign with is bonded and can supply you with references (and CALL those references!). Also, take the time to interview the actual employee who will be tending to your pets. Ask what the company policy is with respect to emergencies (for example, medical issues, or a pet that runs away). Watch how your pets interact with this person and more important, how this person interacts with your pets. If you have any negative feelings...trust your instincts. There are plenty of pet sitters to choose from. Most are wonderful, animal loving people; but take care to watch for the few who have gotten into the business for all the wrong reasons.

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