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Animal Files columnist of the Orange County Register from 1992-2016; Emmy Award winning producer of Educational Television Programming; Host of "The Pet Place Radio Show" heard world-wide at; click the player below to listen. Producer/Director/Editor/Co-host of "The Pet Place TV Show" during the 19 years it ran on KDOC TV in Los Angeles and Orange Counties; Wife, Mother of five kids, Grandmother of two baby boys and one baby girl, and pet parent of two cats, one dog, many fish, 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?

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 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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