This edition of Sitter Stories is a wonderful reminder of the love and care Mad Paws Sitters offer their clients.
From initially joining to understand more about dogs, Angeline soon uncovered a whole world of heart-warming moments, and a fun side hustle! Her journey has seen her volunteer for a vet clinic and obtain an Animal Behaviour & Welfare certificate from The University of Edinburgh (May 2022).
This is Angeline’s Mad Paws story:
Our pet-sitting adventure started when my husband and I were looking to get our first pet which we knew would be a dog. Looking online, we came across Mad Paws and I started to like the idea of taking care of different dog breeds before we get our own. Many friends and family are supportive of this idea and hence the exploration began.
When my husband and I decided to start our pet-sitting service, we just made a quick profile on Mad Paws, left it there, and completely forgot about it. Fast-forward a year now, we have looked after over 10 unique dogs and have a few repeat clients! I like reading my customers’ reviews and feedback and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside when I recall the moment we returned a healthy and happy dog to the owner.
“The cool thing about having a Mad Paws profile is your bookings are managed for you and you can showcase all the reviews and dogs you have been taking care of. “
The best part of being a pet sitter is we get to understand different dog breeds in the first few days such as their unique personality which will help to make sure that they are displaying their natural behaviour in a new environment. It requires the pet sitter to focus on the good side of things and how to bring out the best in the dog. Of course, this process comes with great challenges as it depends on not just the dog, but the owner as well – Sharing information about the dog with us, bringing their favourite toys and treats, and telling us what their likes and dislikes are, etc. So far, it has been amazing to see dogs warming up to us, becoming comfortable, giving us lots of eye contact, initiating play, etc. usually within a day or two.
Among all the dogs we have taken care of, our favourite is Florida, who is a 3-year-old Cavalier mixed. He is confident, friendly, a foodie, and loves to play tug-of-war. He is our hot favourite at home since he was two years old and we treat him as one of our own. At the time of writing, my husband and I are still looking for our first pet and we are hoping our dog would like to hang out with other dog friends!