Hello Everyone and welcome to ZiggyLu’s first ever blog post!

I had a conversation with a lovely client today that actually happens pretty often.  She said “I was thinking about hiring a neighborhood kid to watch my dog, instead”. This is a topic worth discussing!  There are many reasons you might want to consider choosing a professional pet sitter or dog walker.  Here are my top three:

1.  Reliability

With a professional pet sitting or dog walking service, you have a certain level of confidence that they will be where they say they’re going to be, when they say they’ll be there, doing the things you’re paying them to do.  Professional sitters have dedicated their careers to caring for other people’s pets, and we take the responsibility very seriously.  Can you say the same about your neighbor’s teenager, your coworker, or your cousin three times removed?

2.  Insurance

Professional pet sitters and walkers are insured and bonded.  That means that if something happens while you’re out of town, say….your dog chews up your favorite pair of Malono Blahniks or ruins your Persian rug, the damages are covered.  If, for some reason (knock on wood) your dog escapes or gets injured ….this, also is covered.  You are protected when using a pet sitter who is insured and bonded, something your neighbor’s teenage son can’t offer.

3. Preparation

Pet sitters are prepared.  We have policies in place for emergencies, protocols we follow in a variety of situations to help make sure that your pet is safe and cared for to the best of our abilities at all times.  We’re used to working in your area, are familiar with the veterinarians, and we have the experience and knowledge to make the right judgement calls in almost any situation.

There are, of course, many, many other advantages to using a professional pet sitter, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  I hope this helps the next time you’re thinking about making arrangements for your furkids when heading out of town!