Come on guys … Pay attention … The leash is in my mouth … I’m wagging my cute little tail and body that always makes you laugh!
Why is no one paying attention to me? All my family wants to do is run around looking for things, shoving things into big bags they carry strangely on their backs. Mom is fretting and dad is using his outdoor voice inside …”Hurry up, hurry up … you will be late!”
Am I not important any more? What did I do? This is very confusing! After all this wild activity, I am all by myself … watching out the window while my kids get into a big yellow machine and mom and dad drive away too. What about me? What am I supposed to do now? They didn’t play with me or scratch my ears or belly … just ran right out the door!
I wait and wait and wait for somebody to come. It feels like forever before that big yellow thing comes down the street and my kids come zooming into the house. All right — this is more like it! I guess I am still important afterall.
Variations of this scenario are playing out in the minds of pets in Richmond as schools start back up for another year, family schedules change and pets who’ve had company all day, all summer long are now left home alone. It’s a tough adjustment for family dogs (not so much the cats).
What’s a Dog Owner To Do?
Actually, there is an easy solution for the problem of dogs being left alone for a long day. Hire a pet sitter. She’ll visit your home in the middle of the day and spend quality time with your pet, take him for a walk, play ball or go fetch in the yard, give a much needed potty break, get fresh water and a treat and, in general, break up what could be a long and boring day for your pet.
Pets need a little excitement in their day to stay stimulated and burn off pent up energy. Instead of leaving Wally home alone all day, make his day fun and entertaining. Contact Pet Pleasers and we’ll arrange for a professional pet sitter to meet with you and your pet, get to know your pet’s routine and preferences so the pet sitter will be ready to “entertain” and make weekdays fun days for your dog.
Other Situations Where a Mid-Day Pet Visit is Ideal
A midday visit from a pet sitter is also a great option when you have a new puppy who needs a bathroom break, a small lunch and someone to play with. Also, elderly dogs who used to be able to “hold it” for long periods of time, may start having accidents due to age. A midday visit from a friendly pet sitter is perfect for them.
The added bonus — you won’t have to worry about your pet having an accident or getting into mischief if you happen to be running late getting home from work. In most cases, when your dog has a midday visit to break up their day and get the juices flowing, they will be more settled and not so desperate to get outside the instant you arrive home.
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.