I’ve had about 15 clients in the past week due to Christmas, so here are a few facts/tips of the trade that I have “learned.”
- The dog will pee (or poop) on the floor no matter how many times it goes outside.
- The cat will attempt to escape the house in the a sneaky manner when you’re not looking (and may succeed).
- The more you stressed out you are, the more bad things happen (this is in just about every scenario).
- The owner will lock their pet in their bedroom door and not leave you a key — so you then have to unscrew the door knob and use a crow bar to get in. Or something like that.
- You’ll get about 100 texts and calls asking if the owner’s pet is okay even though they didn’t leave enough food for it while they were gone.
- You will lose your keys. You will panic. Then you will find them.
- Pets > Children (to the owners)
- Owners will demand you to drop off their keys to them at no extra charge.
- The doormen at apartment complexes don’t remember you even if you come everyday and give you trouble when you are trying to get in.
- Daily text/email updates are hardly enough — send photos, sound clips, hold the phone up to the pet’s ear while its owner talks to it. Not kidding.