As usual the questions are in black, answers are in blue and my comments are in red. Enjoy!
So, how long have you been a pet sitter?
10 Years in August
Why did you decide to become a professional pet sitter?
I have always loved animals, especially dogs. So when I heard about
pet sitting I thought it was a perfect fit. I always wanted to be a vet,
but couldn't handle doing the surgeries etc. So now I get to do all
of the fun stuff with pets. (doing the fun stuff with us pets is pretty cool)
Can you tell us the story behind the name "Orphan Annie's Pet sitting"?
Little Orphan Annie was the name we gave our Cocker
Spaniel when we found her running the streets and
starving in 1981. She passed away one year before I startedmy business and wanted to remember her this way (I don't like to hear that any pets don't have a home it's nice that you gave her a good home)
What do you do as a pet sitter? (I know you play with us LOTS but what
about all the others)
I walk dogs, change litterboxes (yuck), I give medicine if they need it. And
mostly I just make sure they are happy and comfortable while mom and
dad are gone. I also walk dogs while mom & dad have to work. (sounds like you have to do more than just the fun stuff. I don't know what a litterbox is but I'll take your word this it's yucky)
What advice can you give humans on hiring a pet sitter? What questions
should they ask of a potential pet sitter?
They should always make sure they have insurance and that they are bonded.
They should always see how they interact with their pets, to make sure they
are all a good fit. I would ask for references, and call their vet to make sure
they are good to their own pets. (I think your the bestest pet sitter - why would anyone hire someone else?)
What can humans do to make your pet sitting job easier?
Leave detailed instructions, which by the way, your mommy does a
great job at that. I always try and get as much info as I can when I
meet, but there are always things that are left out. If anything changes
with the schedule they can let me know, preferably before I show up
and find out that you are home early. (I bet Momma does leave a long list - we have a lot of rules and you seem to know them. We can't get away with anything when you're here!)
How many visits do you have in a typical day?
I usually have anywhere from 5 - 8 jobs, and more than that of course on
Holidays and heavy vacation times. (I bet you're in the car a lot - Gus likes car rides - I like the getting to the fun place - not so much the ride itself)
What's your mostest favorite thing about pet sitting?
Getting to be around so many different kinds of pets. I love all the
personalities that I get to experience. Then I don't have to bring
anymore dogs home, I can play with my customer's. (us pets are pretty fun - who can blame you for wanting to be around us? )
Your leastest favorite?
Picking up Poo, yuck! But it's got to be done. (that's no fun)
What should people really think about if they want to become a pet sitter?
Pet sitters works very long days. We start early in the morning and we
sometimes work until late at night, with a few breaks in between. You will
work lots of week-ends, and of course you may not ever have another Holiday
to yourself. (that sounds like a lot of work and crazy days)
Who is the prettiest pet you've ever pet sitted for? Mostest fun? (momma
says I have to disqualify myself from this answer and that you don't have to
give names - just descriptions if that works bestest for you)
Momma knows I think you are very handsome! But that is a hard questions
because I think all my furry pet friends are pretty. Some look pretty silly,
but I love them all. I have to say Arthur, who was my very first daily dog walk
really captured my heart. I petsit him for 8 years before we lost him and it
was very hard. (It is pretty hard to pick just one prettiest - us dogs are all pretty pretty. It's like trying to pick one favorite of anything - just not easy. I bet that Arthur was pretty cool - I'm sure he liked your visits a lot!)
What's a really funny story/experience you've had while being a pet sitter?
or several :)
Wow in 10 years I have so many, let's see:
Well, I learned quickly while trying to play soccer with a 220 lb Mastiff
that you cannot wear flip flops. Ouch. (I step on Momma's feet sometimes & She says it hurts - but I'm no Mastiff size - wow!)
I love this one..last winter I was walking a dog named Duke. It had snowed
tons the night before and we are walking along and he pulled off into a yard. I
thought he needed to potty so I turned around only to see him making a
doggy snow angel in the neighbors yard. (who could blame him - that white stuff is awesome!)
I love the simple fun stuff, that is what makes me smile about dogs. It's the
What are some of the more interesting or unusual & fun names for pets that you've encountered?
To name a few.
personal stuff about you
How many pets do you have? names? breeds? ( i know the answer but the
Heidi is almost 10 years old...Dachshund
Chloe is almost 6 years old...Mutly Aussie/Golden
Bella is about 4 years old...Dachshund
Phillip is 2 years old.....Dachshund/Chihuahua mix (me & Phillip are the same age - you sure do like the little ones)
What kinds of things do you like to do with your pets?
I love playing with Chase It, teaching them new tricks, playing
ball and in general spoiling them. (that's pretty cool,those are all good things - especially the chase-it and the new tricks, learning new tricks is fun and the spoiling part is super fantastic!)
What human thing do you do that probably annoys your pets?
Make them work hard for treats. (yeah, that can be pretty annoying)
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Garfield (I don't know that one - but Gus told me that's a cat? A cat?)
What is your favorite food?
Ice Cream, and french fries (those are pretty good favorites)
What is your favorite toy?
The Wii, love it. (not the chase-it?)
If you could be any type of animal - what would that be & why?
A dog of course, because depending on who they live with, they don't have a care in the world. (well, I can't blame ya here - it is pretty great being a dog!)
Thanks Miss Trina for doing the interview. Say Hi to Mr. Jared, Miss Kayla, Heidi, Chloe, Bella & Phillip for me!
I hope you all learned a little something about how great it is to have a pet sitter. It's pretty awesome to have someone come by when Momma & Daddy are away. Miss Trina is always a lot of fun. Life is fun!