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I don't really remember how it happened, but someone asked me if I was interested in pet sitting. I lived with two roommates at the time so I was probably venting about my lack of privacy. Petsitting became a way to help a friend out while helping myself out.
It just took off from there.
I'm one of the local petsitters. At one time it seemed that I was watching dogs every weekend, but once I adopted Chubbs, I had to take a step back. Not every dog gets along with him as much as he would love to be friends. Petsitting prepared me for him though.
Basically I stay at the house and hang out with the animals while their owners are away. When I had roommates, this gave me a place to stay by myself. I could take a shower whenever I wanted, watch whatever I wanted, cook whenever I wanted and walk around in my underwear whenever I wanted. All things I couldn't do with roommates.
The animals I watch are great. Before Mr. C, they gave me the practice I needed before I made the commitment to become a dog mom myself. The idea of coming home to someone who is genuinely excited to see me and would cuddle with me at night was all it took.
Timing would have it that when I adopted Chubbs that my friend Genevieve Gallaway needed me to housesit for two weeks. She allowed me to bring him while I was there. Those two weeks were so important because it allowed Mr. C and I to get to know each other without his siblings or my roommates around. Because of his vision impairment, it helped us build that bond he was going to need from me as his seeing eye human. And he learned how to be around cats, for the most part.
As my only dog, Mr. C loves when I petsit because he gets to play with his friends. I know he gets bored when it's just the two of us sometimes, but I can't add another dog at this time in my life. So I enjoy seeing him running around and having a good time while I work.