As a professional petsitter, there are some things which I simply dread. What you see pictured here is probably the worst — yes, even over poop. An accident I can clean, but I cannot reconstruct tattered mail, mangled books, scratched furniture, broken lamps, or whatever else it is the critters under my care may have destroyed. Fortunately, it does not happen often. Thankfully, their owners have never failed to be understanding. I don’t believe the animals mean to be bad and I feel the responsibility falls greatly upon me. During the time I visit I try to exercise them, snuggle with them, stimulate them, and provide them with stability and dependability in their parents’ absence. OK, and I subject them to multiple kisses. I love my job. It is immensely fulfilling and brings me great happiness. Most gratifying is when I am able to hear from owners how thankfull they are because they KNOW their fur babies were loved in their absence. You cannot fake love and one cannot take time or attention for granted — especially with animals. Their unconditional love is so humbling. The American author Alfred Montapert said:
”Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”
A saying comes to mind that goes something like I hope to be as good as my dog thinks I am. It is indeed a worthy pursuit. In the meantime, I shall endeavor to keep the critters from getting trashed.