Choosing a pet-sitter.

A guest post from Sloan McKinney.


Funny how things work.

The reason I start today’s post in such a fashion is that Jean and I have been mulling over how we might consider doing some traveling once we are down to six dogs. Indeed, to that end, just last week we met Jana Stewart, a local woman who came highly recommended and who has been in the pet industry for over 30 years.

The serendipitous aspect is that quite recently I received an email from a Sloan McKinney. This is part of what she wrote:

My name is Sloan McKinney and I am freelance writer and journalist and pet enthusiast. I just wanted to say that Learning from Dogs offers great information and advice about pet care issues.

I did happen to notice that you don’t have much information about pets and sitters, which I believe your readers would love to know more about, especially with many people having to leave their pets at home for travel or work.

Since your website contains relevant issues, I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing an infographic about choosing the right sitter for your pet.

More research quickly found Sloan’s background details:

Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.

I replied that I would be delighted to receive Sloan’s guest post and her accompanying infographic. Here it is:


How to Choose A Professional Pet Sitter and Why It’s Important

by Sloan McKinney. 1st June, 2017.
If you live with a four-legged friend, you sure understand how nervous and stressful it can be to leave it at home alone for a couple of days.

However, so wags the world that we sometimes have to travel, and oftentimes it is impossible to bring our pets with us. When such a situation occurs, you find yourself in an ethical dilemma. You have to choose between an expensive pet hotel or a friend who’ll be coming to your place once per day to feed your ball of fluff. While the first option is not cost-efficient, the second one might put you into uncomfortable situation when you have to ask your friend or relative to spend time on something that is your responsibility. What a hard choice to make, huh?

But the good news is that there is a great alternative in between the two options described above. This option won’t make you drain your purse, not it will make you feel shy and uncomfortable. Wonder what is it? Pet sitter is the answer. Yes, you will have to pay some money, but the price will be reasonable. No, you won’t have to put pressure on your friends or family members. And the best part is that professional pet sitters know how to make friends with virtually any pet. After all, it’s their job, right?

If you need more reasons to get convinced that pet sitters are the best solution, here is the list of benefits. To begin with, professional pet sitters guarantee regular visits and care. Apart from it, they can get on the right side of even the most demanding pet (of course, it might be still hard even for professional pet sitters to tame a squirrel or raccoon living in your attic). What’s more, they will assure an easier separation for both you and your four-legged friend.

Still not sure it’s a good idea to hire a pet sitter for your favorite ball of fluff? Then you absolutely need to see this beautiful infographic:


Don’t know about you but Jean and I found that a very useful aide-memoir.

How did you find Sloan’s guest article? I would love to have your feedback.

18 thoughts on “Choosing a pet-sitter.

  1. Sloan’s article was very informative, Paul. We have had to use a pet-sitter in the past & it worked out well.
    We have also boarded our pets with vets before & that was ok too.


  2. And it is wonderful that you and Jean are considering some quality time out to travel together .. I know that Pet sitters are a great answer to help you both have some time to travel.
    I know I connected with two beautiful people on WP in Australia who did just that.. In their retirement years.. They helped maintain small holdings and Pet sat their dogs, cats, hens goats you name it.. But it enabled them to travel around also to see places.. As often they were required to sit for a couple of months at a time.. 🙂
    They have now called their House and Pet sitting days to a halt to enjoy their own late retirement years as I know the gentleman although still very agile and fit is in his mid eighties.. 🙂 ..
    So sending well wishes that you manage to get some time out together. 🙂
    Enjoy your week both of you..
    Much love
    Sue 🙂


    1. Thank you, Sue. There’s no question of it happening while Pharaoh is alive but as and when we are only six dogs (and three cats, three chickens, one budgie, four horses and numerous wild deer) then some small excursions will be enjoyed.

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      1. 🙂 yes I thought not before Pharaoh has said his goodbyes.. Which by the look of him he plans to enjoy his old age for some time to come.. 🙂 xxx


      2. Yes, Pharaoh has great trouble with his rear legs. But, and it’s a fabulous ‘but’, he could easily have many more weeks in him. Pharaoh’s brain is still incredibly sharp.

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  3. Always a factor in our “plans”. Our first priority is to travel with our dogs. Annie is our 14 year old and Scout is the new guy and just one. We have, for all of Annie’s life, had more than one dog. A complication for choosing destinations and the stops along the way. But fortune has smiled upon us and we have found a local kennel that serves well. We have also used a house visiting sitter that came in three times a day to watch over them and boarded with a vet. Nothing beats having them with us but with a little “investigation” we have lessened the worry if we have to leave them behind.


    1. Mike, yes we were thinking of taking two or three of our dogs with us. But Jana was recently home sitting for a couple who have five dogs and appeared unfazed by the idea of our crowd. Plus, not having any dogs with us when we do start taking trips undoubtedly would be a bonus.

      Thanks for your feedback.

      By the way, have been trying to find your email address. Want to message it to me on Facebook?

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  4. Helpful post but I don’t think she talks enough about overnight pet-sitters which I feel is necessary for most dogs.


  5. I just set up a visit for this month, with a pet sitting agency. I filled out 16 pages of forms!!!! more info that any doctor has ever asked for from me, and I have seen a lot of doctors! but it’s all about peace of mind. For the animals, anyway. If I could find a doctor that thorough, I’d probably be much better off myself.


    1. Well, first off, a very special welcome to this place. We have good friends and neighbours, Jim and Janet Goodbrod, and Jim is a DVM. More than once when I have heard Jim speaking off the record about a ‘patient ‘ it has crossed my mind as to whether my own doctor cares to the same degree!

      If it’s convenient, we would love to hear your experiences with the pet sitting agency, once you have returned home.


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