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    I recd a call from one of my grooming clients who used a pet sitting service, so she thought. She went away for 2 weeks. When she arrived home, her dogs were not there. She contacted the supposed pet sitter who stated the dogs were taken to the local shelter. What?!! This person told the shelter that he could no longer keep the dogs and they were nasty. She called the shelter and the dogs were put down by the time she came back from vacation. I could not believe what I was hearing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    First mistake is not doing her homework to be sure that she was using a legit petsitter! Secondly, I can not believe that the shelter did not ask for proof of ownership when the dogs were surrendered!
    I dont know what she plans to do at this point but I just can not believe it. I had to vent. I can not even begin to imagine the fury I would feel along with the devastation of losing my babies.
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    The poor dogs never had a chance, they were surrounded on all sides by incompetence. Does the word references mean anything. It's a harsh final lesson for dogs, and the owners will never forget the tragedy.
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    and this is the reason i will never trust anyone w/ my kids.....i've seen people get "references" for things and find out for themselves that they shouldn't have trusted them....

    nope, never gonna happen on this end.....
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    I hope no one condemns me for this, but I am the owner of a "pet-sitting" business... I'm "legit" as someone mentioned they should be. I have a license, and in the process of being insured. (I've been rejected by three insurance companies, "We've never insured a pet-sitting business before, sorry.") I'm working in good with two other businesses in my area... I've got proof of any document a client might ask for. All of my clients know this, and they understand completely, and have signed a waver stating as such.

    I'm also in the process of going to school for Animal Behavior and Veterinary medicine...

    I'm so sad that happened! That's terrible, and that would never happen in my company! I have one other person working with me right now, and it's a dear friend of many many many years... I don't trust most individuals, and being a dedicated pet-owner myself, I would know what others would expect!

    Not all pet-sitters are bad, really they're not... I've had several clients that have used a pet-sitter for the first time, and I was their first choice. I have left such a good impression in their mind that they're open to the possibility that not all pet-sitters are bad.

    I'm not sure how that company ran their business, but I have a Legal Considerations page, that is a list of legal-matters concerning the pet and the owner of the pet... We both sign and date it, and they're fully aware that if something should happen that's my fault, they have every right to file a claim and take any legal-action they see fit...

    Wow... I can't believe that the Animal Shelter took those dogs without proof of ownership. I have to have proof of ownership when pet-sitting for families; If I suspect I'm pet-sitting someone elses' dog/pet, I resign my services...
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    Re: Pet sitting horror

    I also am a petsitter, though I housesit at the client's home rather than take dogs/cats in. I dogwalk, train, housesit, do emergency first aid, refer to vets, groomers, specialists etc.

    I have heard of incidents like mentioned in the OP happening, most often it is a "friend" taking care of the pet who decides they can't deal and give up the animal for adoption or PTS. It's ridiculous and wrong...they should always ask for proof of ownership (keeping your microchip information up to date helps here too).

    That doesn't mean there aren't trustworthy animal care services out there. Research, interviews, gut instinct and LOTS of references are needed before anyone should be allowed to care for your animal, or in my case, your home.

    I would sue the sitter that did that...but I guess suing a dead person could be difficult.
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    Re: Pet sitting horror

    all I can say is.....

    wow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    I also am a petsitter, though I housesit at the client's home rather than take dogs/cats in. I dogwalk, train, housesit, do emergency first aid, refer to vets, groomers, specialists etc.

    That doesn't mean there aren't trustworthy animal care services out there. Research, interviews, gut instinct and LOTS of references are needed before anyone should be allowed to care for your animal, or in my case, your home.
    Yeah, I guess I should clarify, I too go to the person's home and "pet-sit", even if I had the room to take in dozens of dogs and other pets... I wouldn't! There is too much of a liability, what happened if you were attacked in your own home by their pet? What would happen if they dropped their pets off, then never returned? It happens with children more than you think... What if their dog was a complete and utter idiot? lol!

    I give free consultations, where I go to the "potential" clients home, meet them and their pets; If they're interested, they usually just set up a time&date right then and there... I take all the paperwork I can think of.

    Here's what I have to say about the matter: "I would trust a pet-sitter that comes to my home while I'm gone, more than I would trust my pet at a stranger's home..."
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    and this is the reason i will never trust anyone w/ my kids.....i've seen people get "references" for things and find out for themselves that they shouldn't have trusted them....

    nope, never gonna happen on this end.....
    Never Say Never!!!!

    While I do agree with lack of trust and if you live in a perfect world not a problem. Accidents/deaths in family, severe illness etc etc etc. Sometimes a backup plan or plans are needed. I'm just saying, don't kill the messenger.
    Here's what I have to say about the matter: "I would trust a pet-sitter that comes to my home while I'm gone, more than I would trust my pet at a stranger's home..."
    I have told this before, many years ago a man dropped off a toy poodle for board, at that time he told me that another dog who stayed in garage was being cared for by his neighbor (saving money I guess) the neighbor would go to garage and water/feed etc. anyway owner was gone 2 weeks during some very hot weather, the neighbor had a death in family and actually just forgot about the dog. Long story short, dog had heatstroke/died
    Sometimes stuff just happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
    Never Say Never!!!!

    While I do agree with lack of trust and if you live in a perfect world not a problem. Accidents/deaths in family, severe illness etc etc etc. Sometimes a backup plan or plans are needed. I'm just saying, don't kill the messenger.


    I have told this before, many years ago a man dropped off a toy poodle for board, at that time he told me that another dog who stayed in garage was being cared for by his neighbor (saving money I guess) the neighbor would go to garage and water/feed etc. anyway owner was gone 2 weeks during some very hot weather, the neighbor had a death in family and actually just forgot about the dog. Long story short, dog had heatstroke/died
    Sometimes stuff just happens.
    ahhhh, but see, i can say never....there is only one person that my dogs would ever be left w/ and that is a dear friend of mine that knows them inside out....she has 3 dogs of her own and, if it were an emergency, which is the only time they would be left, she would take all 5 of them in a heart beat for me....other than her, i trust no one, not even family (w/ the exception of my GD who is too young to take care of them right now)...

    sad?, yes, but that is the way i grew up and it is deeply ingrained.....if they can't go, i don't go and that is why i haven't been home to see family for yrs....

    anything happens to her, i'm SOL
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    I think "pet-sitters", like myself, that come to your home is very beneficial. Your dogs don't have to go through the stress of being kenneled, and providing if they don't suffer severe separation-anxiety, they'll more than likely think you've just gone to the store and you got lost. : P lol!

    I had a client, that decided to go out of town, both of their dogs suffered extreme separation-anxiety; I ultimately advised them to kennel the dogs... There was absolutely no way to keep the dogs safe in their own home. I would have had to make four to five trips a day to ensure them of their safety... A kennel was not only cheaper but safer.

    That didn't stop my clients from calling me for business though...

    A lot of my clients have very close friends, but when they go out of town, they prefer to use me instead of relying on their friends... They don't want their friends to be burdened, and if an emergency within their family the dogs/cats would be left to fend on their own.

    But, to each his own, and whatever works for you, that's great... I'm not knocking it all.
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    I can think of one benefit to leaving your pets at the sitter's home. In a situation like this, I would know exactly who's house to set on fire.
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    I also pet sit at people homes. I can't believe somebody would do that to someones dogs. I've met some "pet sitters" that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole, yet there are still good ones out there. Those poor dogs, and the poor owners. I can't imagine their grief.
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    How horribly sad. I cannot even imagine coming home from a vacation and hearing that news. God help me, I do not know what I would do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Inga View Post
    How horribly sad. I cannot even imagine coming home from a vacation and hearing that news. God help me, I do not know what I would do.
    I know what I would do but then I wouldn't be able to post on here anymore cuz I'd be in jail! Although it would be justifiable homocide, IMHO.


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    Deege, try Nationwide - I've got an agent who found me coverage, if you don't have any luck with your local agent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogstar View Post
    Deege, try Nationwide - I've got an agent who found me coverage, if you don't have any luck with your local agent.
    Nationwide! Wow, okay, thanks- They're one of the few I haven't tried yet. : ) Appreciate it!

    Not getting off topic here... My mother had a daycare, and there were several times that parents would drop their kids off and be unreachable for several hours after she closed... : ( I wouldn't be able to handle a pet-sitting business out of my home, and obviously that pet-sitter couldn't handle it either. He/She should have called the owner and said, "I'm having a problem with your dogs, is it possible to come pick them up or can you have a family member or friend come get them?" How hard is that??
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    I would never hire someone I did not know to watch my dog. References or not, it's not gonna happen. When we go on vacation that is not pet-friendly she goes to stay with family, or family comes here. My family loves animals, all have dogs of their own and lots of land for them to run on. They would never do something like that. Of course I call to check on her numerous times a day and leave them with her seatbelt and all emergency information necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirluc View Post
    ahhhh, but see, i can say never....there is only one person that my dogs would ever be left w/ and that is a dear friend of mine that knows them inside out....she has 3 dogs of her own and, if it were an emergency, which is the only time they would be left, she would take all 5 of them in a heart beat for me....other than her, i trust no one, not even family (w/ the exception of my GD who is too young to take care of them right now)...

    sad?, yes, but that is the way i grew up and it is deeply ingrained.....if they can't go, i don't go and that is why i haven't been home to see family for yrs....

    anything happens to her, i'm SOL
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    You won't get any argument from me just some good thoughts that your backup person remains available.

    I had a client, that decided to go out of town, both of their dogs suffered extreme separation-anxiety; I ultimately advised them to kennel the dogs... There was absolutely no way to keep the dogs safe in their own home. I would have had to make four to five trips a day to ensure them of their safety... A kennel was not only cheaper but safer.
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    When you made the above decision it tells me your a competent doggy-care giver. You appraised the possible problems and made a decision that was safe for all involved. Common sense in action.
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    Thanks WVASKO, for the compliment... I'm quite a competent doggy-care-giver. lol! I may not know the ins-and-outs like someone with more life-experience... But sometimes there's just common sense involved, and the pet-sitter the OP mentioned was incompetent!
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    There is alot that I dont understand about this whole situation but this had to be a deliberate thing. The man could have boarded the dogs somewhere if they were too much to handle. They were sweethearts to groom. Sigh-there are just no words for this.
    Im not knocking pet sitting services in the least. I have a dear friend who is a pet sitter and I own a pet resort. We often refer clients. There are just some that do not do well at our place and some she feels would fair better here. It is what is best for the dog(s).
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