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If you are like us, your pets truly are a part of your family. And when we pet sit for you in Houston, we treat your furry family members like they’re a part of ours!

From time to time I’ll explore Craig’s List pet care service postings. I always cringe when I see the inevitable $10 pet sitter ad. Some people feel this is a great option for them, their pets, and their budget. While we appreciate that everyone has a pet sitting budget to stick to, please keep in mind the adage, you get what you pay for.

A $10 pet sitter is quite often a part-time or hobby pet sitter. They see it as an opportunity to make a few dollars by showing up, throwing down some food, quick cleaning a litter box and then leaving. What kind of quality care is that for pets?

When we go on vacation we’re gone longer than a typical work day, so essentially our pets are left wondering where you went and *when* are you going to be back?  A $10 pet sitter isn’t concerned about spending lots of time loving your pet or providing you with exceptional service and care because after gas, wear/tear on the car, and their time, they’re making about $7 an hour if they’re lucky. It’s just a way to make a few extra dollars. Can you rest assured that they will show up for every visit? Will they tell you what they’ve done while they are visiting, or provide you with updates while you’re away? Furever Friends Pet Sitting does both.  Will they pay attention to details such as locking the back gate and putting toys away you requested that your pet might chew up? Will they administer any medications on time and in the correct dosage or will they do it when it’s convenient to them? What if they’re having trouble getting your pet to take their medications? Will they just dismiss the medicine, but tell you your pet received it? These are all things to consider when hiring a $10 pet sitter.

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More importantly, it is highly doubtful your $10 pet sitter is insured! What if something happens to your pets while you’re away? What if they became ill? What if your home/property is damaged in some way by them? Is your $10 pet sitter going to take responsibility for that? Do you have a contract with your $10 pet sitter that spells out all the ways you, your pets and your home are protected? Most probably don’t. It’s a huge risk to hire a non-professional to trust your home and pets too! Even when people hire a friend or family member things can go wrong, but hiring a $10 a visit pet sitter, someone that is most often not a professional and simply doesn’t take what they’re doing seriously, is just not a terribly good idea.

You may be saving a few dollars by using them, but what possible ultimate price could you be paying by doing so? A professional pet sitter such as Furever Friends Pet Sitting provides an invaluable service that brings peace of mind and quality care for your beloved furry family. Call us today at 713-201-7464 to experience this service for yourself.

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Do you have a new puppy that needs a little extra love and attention while you are working all day? As a professional pet sitter in Houston, I can help.

Here is an example of a puppy sit I cover Monday through Friday, while the owners are away….

Mia is a German Shepherd puppy that I visit during the week for midday dog walks.  As I enter her home, I can hear her moving around in her crate.  As I climb the stairs I can hear her whimpering.  Then when I enter the room, she starts jumping up in her crate.  Mia is so excited to see me, her pet sitter!!  It makes me smile.  I open her crate door and she runs downstairs.  I quickly leash her up and go outside.  She heads for the grassy area to pee and after she is done I praise her.  “Good girl, Mia!” I tell her. Then, we go for our daily dog walk. She loves it! She is still learning how to walk nicely on a leash, but I enjoy her puppy enthusiasm, and I know she will get better each day as she gets used to our daily dog walking routine.  Sometimes we see other dog walkers out enjoying the day, too. Mia gets really excited when she sees other dogs.

After our dog walk, we return back inside for her to snack on a treat.  I wash out her water bowl and refill it.  Then we sit on the floor to play with her toys.  Mia wants to play with every single toy at once.  We practice her commands; “Drop It”, “Sit”, “Stay”.  Mia definitely understands “Drop It” as she lets the toy fall out of her mouth each time I say “Drop It”.  Her face is so cute that I kiss her head!  We go outside one more time for one more potty break. 

Now it is time for Mia to relax and get ready to return to her crate.  I sit on the floor and pet her.  She seems very content.  Then I get a small treat so she will follow me back upstairs to her crate.  As she enters it, I tell her “Good girl!”  I give her the treat as I close the door.  Mia lies down to nap until her Mom & Dad return later. 

As I walk out of the room, I am reminded of what a wonderful job I have as a pet sitter!  Playing and care for puppies like Mia!

When I tell others the joys of pet sitting, they are intrigued the career I’ve chosen. I love my job in the pet care profession. My job entails dog sitting, dog walking, cat sitting, house sitting and overnight pet care. While I have a standard set of pet care services I offer, I also tailor my pet sitting services to meet the needs of individual clients.