What made you become a Mad Paws sitter?
I decided to become a Mad Paws sitter after our 13 year old Old English Sheepdog, Gemma passed away. The house was so quiet without a dog here and we weren’t ready to get a new one of our own yet so we joined Mad Paws so we could share other peoples’ dogs.
Why should owners use Mad Paws?
I think owners should use Mad Paws because you will find people who are genuine dog lovers who welcome your little ones into their homes and spoil them! I always have pet owners saying their dog seems so happy that they won’t want to come home. Don’t worry though, I have learnt that I can spoil them rotten while they’re here and they love it but they still always love going home after their holiday.
What is your favourite thing about pet sitting?
My favourite thing is getting to know each dogs personality. Each one is different and they all have their little quirks and habits. For example we have met a dog who is a serial dog bottom sniffer, a speed demon who loves to have his head out the window on the highway and cries when we are stopped at a red light and a puppy princess who will only eat her dinner when it’s sprinkled in her bed. One of my favourites is Oscar the golden retriever who thinks he’s a lapdog, he gives the best cuddles ever!
What would be your advice for a new Mad Paws sitter?
The most important thing you can do for a visiting dog is to give them your time. Some babies can be nervous and frightened about being in an unfamiliar home and away from their owners. Spend time with them so they can build a bond with you and play with them so they release that nervous energy.
Do you have any funny stories from your time as a Mad Paws sitter?
I thought it was quite funny when I organised a meet and greet with a pet owner a few months ago and she forgot to bring her dog! She was so busy trying to keep up with her 3 young sons that she completely forgot to bring her dog when they came for the meet and greet, it all worked out well in the end though and her gorgeous dog had a great time staying with us.