What is it like to be a pet sitter?
Updated: Dec 21, 2019
Welcome to my new blog! I love to write, and they say to write about what you know, so I figured this is a great creative outlet! I don't know how this is going to turn out, or what it's going to look like but I thought it might be fun!
So! You may have wondered what it's like to be nearly a full time pet sitter. But in case you haven't, I'm going to lay it out for you anyway. Most of the time it's super fun, and I get to hang out with a bunch of wild, crazy and amazing personalities! But sometimes it's stressful! What could be so bad about getting to spend all of your working hours hanging out with man's best friend? It's not always as easy and pleasant as I would like it to be...
Being a pet sitter means traveling...a lot. There's a lot of time spent in traffic, but I don't mind the driving so much now that I've discovered some amazing podcasts! Plus, I'm learning new roads, new routes, and exploring parts of the city previously unknown to me. I'm becoming a regular travel aficionado.
I've gotten better at this, but trying to find a new home for a meet and greet is so anxiety-making! I think the worst experience I've had, I had to turn around like 3 times because I kept passing it because even though GPS has told me exactly where it was, my mind tricks me into believing I'm wrong, and I'm probably just freaking out the neighbors on a small scale.
I spend a lot of time in strangers' homes, and it can be very disorientating. I don't know if this is a me problem, or a consequence of changing environments so often, but I bump into furniture and walls a lot! It's not my home, and (yes I can see fine most of the time), but I'm not as familiar with the layout of hallways and bedframes and table tops, and my elbows and shins pay the price.
Then there's the issue with appliances. Every house has a different shower, oven, dishwasher, tv, Wi-Fi settings, light systems (the amount of time I search for light switches is too high), and so on, and I have to figure them out. Most of the time it's fine and I figure it out, but sometimes the struggle is real.
I can't tell you how many times I've woken up in a guest room, not knowing or understanding where I was or why, and have had very mild panic attacks. One time I was so confused/scared, that I actually got up out of bed and made it to the hallway before I remembered where I was.
Sometimes the dogs I'm watching get depressed and stop eating :( Which in turn, just makes me sad. Sometimes they get so stressed out, (I swear I'm not a stressful guest!) that they get uncontrollable diarrhea, and that is just no fun for anyone. And sometimes, the dogs don't like me at all, and I have to tread very carefully!
Alright so as a tester post, I'm going to leave this here! That was just a little insight on what it's like to be a pet sitter! I have some pretty funny stories to share in the future and I'm excited to do it in this way!