|Purred: Thu Sep 2, '10 12:39pm PST |
|This is why one should only hire petsitters who are bonded and insured. That means they took the time to learn about and take on the liability of having pets in their care, and they know how much liability goes into that. Mom says that out of our two pet sitters, she met both beforehand to watch them interact both with their own pets and with us. That put her mind at ease, and I think talking to the actual pet sitter puts added pressure not to disappoint this person who loves their cats. Also, she prefers going with the pet sitter route because if the pet sitter is good, they are generally reliable.
You see, something similar to this happened to a friend of dad's who was supposed to have another trusted friend look into feeding her cat for a week (mom would have volunteered to do it, but she's pregnant so she can't change litter). When she came home, she found her cat very stressed and desperate for food and attention. His litterpan was beyond gross with poo, because he had tried very hard to be a good boy. Also, he was so stressed that he had groomed himself patchy in a couple of places. The woman who was supposed to care for him hadn't been able to visit him for the last three days, but didn't even admit it at first when confronted about it. After that, dad offered to sit for her next time, and mom gave her our petsitter's business card, saying "if we can't do it, you can always call this guy, we really like him!"
We love our pet sitter. He doesn't just come visit once a day when mom and dad are gone: he comes around every day at the same time, and e-mails mom and dad pics and videos of us daily in real time. Last spring he came and petsat for us even though he had broken his leg one afternoon and had to go the emergency room for it. He was a couple of hours late that night, but he still came through for us and called mom and apologized, with mom saying "that's alright, as long as you came to visit them today, they were probably ok!". He said we were waiting for him at the door, which is what we do when we know people are coming at a certain time of the day, and he felt really bad about it, thinking that maybe he should have asked his girlfriend to go feed us instead. But mom said that knowing us, having someone we don't know come in to feed us would have freaked us out more than just having to wait for him a while. Anyway, for someone who's owned by dogs and not cats, we find him pretty pawesome!
I hope that the man in the video will pursue any and all avenues of punishment for this woman. He should sue her for sure, even if the police can't charge her with anything.
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