Closing Up Shop (Temporarily)

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you would know that my life is pretty much all about dogs.  I volunteer with the SPCA, have two dogs of my own, and I pet-sit.  It’s that last one that I want to talk about today.

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I am the luckiest girl in the world to have the clients that I do.  These humans and their canine counterparts are some of the greatest friends.  They have prayed for us, hugged our necks, and cared for us through all of our pregnancy losses.

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The holiday season is a busy season for the pet-sitting world, and I’m sad to say that I won’t be participating this year, even though it’s for the best reason ever.  This was a really hard decision to make, even harder than the one to step down from volunteering at the SPCA.  But I’m really thankful that my clients understand.

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Of course, I fully plan to start pet-sitting again after the baby is born and we get all settled in, but that won’t be until next year.  So, until then, I will miss all my canine friends and hope they all have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

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My Pet-sitting Helper

I have been pet-sitting on and off for the last couple of years.  It started by just watching a few neighbor’s pets in their homes, and over time, through word of mouth mostly, I’ve been hosting weekend sleepovers with my favorite puppy clients almost every month this year.  Spring Break and July have been my busiest seasons so far, and I’ve been loving it.

One of the concerns I had this year with my pet-sitting was the addition of Teddy to our family.  Teddy comes from a hoarding situation.  Some dogs that come from that kind of environment can be food or toy guarders.  They may not know many manners with humans or dogs.  And they can even exhibit feral qualities.  I was concerned with how Teddy would do with our overnight guests.

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But Teddy is amazing.  He shares his toys, plays with patience and manners, and listens to me for directions when he is unsure.  With the high energy pups, he will run them around the backyard in a game of chase. Once he has tired them out, they hang out together under the shade of our tree in the backyard.

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He also plays with them inside, letting them crawl all over him.  They love him so much.  He becomes their very best friend.

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And even the dogs that aren’t quite sure about him will warm up to him pretty quickly.  It’s amazing to see him adjust his energy to the dog, giving them space when they need it.

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The backyard is his domain, but he shares the space well.  Even if the dog isn’t interested in running or playing, Teddy will just hang out.  He is a dog’s dog.  He loves being around other dogs, so he is so happy when another guest comes for a sleepover.

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I couldn’t have picked a better dog to help me out with the rambunctious puppies.  I’m so happy and blessed to have Teddy as a part of our family!