What’s Your Back-up Plan?

Published on June 20, 2015 by in Blog

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You are getting ready to take off on your vacation. Plane tickets purchased, time off from work arranged, vacation clothes purchased and packed, pet care arranged.  Your pets are members of the family, so you’ve arranged for a professional pet sitter to come in several times each day to care for them. You’ve been getting this professional pet sitter for ten years and you trust her. You like that she is a solo sitter. Your pets always have the same sitter, and they love her. All systems go!

Then, you get a call, from your pet sitter. She had an accident and broke some body parts. She will be laid up for many weeks. She says she’s sorry, but she won’t be able to take care of the pets. What?? Wow, this was an unexpected major problem thrown into your plan! While you love this sitter, you never imagined that she didn’t have a back-up plan in place. You never thought about  it. She’s so responsible and nice. Yes, she’s nice. And she’s good. But she, herself, did not expect to have an accident that would lay her up like this. Afterall, it was an accident.

What do you do next? You are shaken, and you’re not sure if you’ll ever trust another professional pet sitter, but you have to move forward. You google “Pet Sitters Boise, ID” Your choices are many. You find us, The Pet Sitter of Boise, LLC! You read our website and you are attracted to the bullet points talking about no black out dates and back up pet sitters. You fill out our contact form, we respond and set up a consultation. You’re back on track and feeling your blood pressure go back down.

This is a true story that a new client told me recently. They had never thought about a back up plan before. Thank goodness they found us!

Don’t get us wrong, we love our peer pet sitters. Those of us who network and are members of the Treasure Valley Professional Pet Sitters group have become friends. We refer each other back and forth and we are there for each other. It’s really a shame that the sitter in the story above had not networked with other sitters. We would have pulled together and covered her visits through her recovery period.

When you become a client of The Pet Sitter of Boise, LLC, know that you are covered…two, three, four sitters deep! We have a team of 24 dedicated pet sitters who love pets and care. We’ve designed our territories to be small, and have a team of at least two sitters in each territory. The sitters are part-time. This assures that our sitters have time to provide quality care. They are not rushed and they have time to enjoy the pets. When life happens to one of our sitters (and believe us, Life does happen to all of us!), there is a safety net of other sitters to fill in.

Our sitters are hand picked employees (not independent contractors) selected based on their experience, pet knowledge, trustworthiness, background, and passion for animals. Most have been with us long term and stay because the job is satisfying and fun.

We use pet sitting software that shows us the visits each day. The sitter texts you and the office photos and updates to add to your peace of mind.

Whether you choose us or another company, please make sure your sitter has a solid backup plan.

A side note, the size of the business does not guarantee there is a backup plan in place. When shopping around for a pet sitting company, here are some questions to ask:

  • How many sitters does your company have? Are they employees or Independent contractors?
  • What is your back-up plan should you become unable to care for our pets?
  • If other people step in in an emergency, what assurances do we have that these people are qualified, experienced professionals? Are they background checked, bonded and insured?
  • How am I assured my pets have been visited and cared for as scheduled? For example, do you text photos and updates? Is there a software system in place to track visits?
  • Who should we call if we have concerns while we’re away? Is there a secondary contact? What is their name and phone number?

Be sure you feel comfortable with the answers to your questions before proceeding.

Now, start packing!

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4 Responses to “What’s Your Back-up Plan?”

  1. Carol Preuett says:

    Wow, and I always just thought all Boise Pet Sitters were the same! Thanks for providing a different perspective which I never even thought about! I will definitely consider Boise Pet Sitters for my future Boise pet care needs!!

  2. Anthony says:

    You can always count on Julie and the team at The Pet Sitter of Boise!

  3. Kelly Hall says:

    From my own experience, having a pet sitting company like Pet Sitters of Boise, having a back up plan is essential. You don’t want to be standing there with your Hawaii tickets in your hand finding out your pet sitter isn’t able to care for your pets at the last minute when no other options are available!

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