A large majority of pets sleep in their human’s bed. I don’t know about you, but when my husband and I share our bed, we usually end up with very little of it to call our own! I have four dogs and one cat and yes, they all manage to have a spot on the bed.
I find it very comforting to reach out and feel a warm, furry dog at my touch. I like the little sleep noises they make — some snore or snort and just make noises, but it seems to be soothing and not at all irritating.
If I get up to go to the bathroom in the night, I can be guaranteed that one of the pets, usually the cat, will steal my spot, so I have to remind him that he has his own pillow and cover on the bed. Before we go to sleep is a special time of treat giving (don’t forget to brush out the crumbs) and extra hugs and belly rubs. They seem to enjoy it as much as we do!
Many of you know exactly what I am talking about and experience the same joys of sharing your bed with your pets. But what can you do if you need to travel for business, leisure or are in the hospital or otherwise away from home overnight? Heaven forbid if the critters should have to fend for themselves and miss the treats and belly rubs!
One of the services our company, Pet Pleasers, Inc. offers is overnight pet sitting, affectionately called — ”Slumber Parties.” Pet owners only want the best for their pets. They want them to have the same type of companionship when they are away as when they are home. So they hire a pet sitter to spend the night in their home with their pets.
How Our Overnight Pet Care Service Works
The pet sitter arrives at your home in the early evening. She serves dinner to the pets and hangs out with them all evening — watching television or movies, cuddling and sharing dog treats. When it’s time for bed, they all snuggle up and in addition to the belly rubs and treats, your pets may even get a doggie bedtime story!
The pets love it and so do the sitters! We have a limited number of sitters who are single with availability to do this, so reservations much be made well in advance.
If you know there is a vacation or getaway in your future that doesn’t include your pets, schedule a Slumber Party for them. You have plenty of time to buy some “fashionable doggie jammies” so your pets will be ready when the sitter comes for overnight fun.
Carole Tomas is the owner and president of Pet Pleasers, Inc. She is a graduate of Ohio University and a Charter Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. When she began Pet Pleasers in 1985, business was conducted Old School via a landline, snail mail and an answering machine the size of a breadbox. No internet, email, text messaging, digital photos, social media or mobile phones! What has remained constant over three decades: Carole’s love of animals and an unwavering passion for professional pet sitting.