Have you heard about the fires in Idaho lately? We sure have. For the past two weeks, the biggest fires in the nation have been taking place just down the highway, between Mountain Home and Boise, Idaho. One of our overnight pet care clients had her six horses, three dogs and two cats loaded up and ready to go, when the fires turned away from her home.
Pet Sitter Torrie, and I became very concerned about this client. Tracking the fires on our local news station, I could see that she was very close to, if not already consumed by, the fires. I immediately texted her to let her know that I could house the dogs and cats, if needed. She texted back and said she was OK for now.
But that’s not all. Torrie was pet sitting Midge the dog and Yin the cat, in the foothills yesterday. She nervously called me to let me know that helicopters were flying by the house and spreading flame retardant. There was smoke nearby and the smell of smoke in the air was strong. Instead of leaving her weeklong overnight job between visits, Torrie decided to stay and monitor the situation. We devised an emergency pet care plan. She would bring Midge to me for puppy sitting at my house, and she would cat sit Miss Yin at her house, if needed. Torrie gathered up all their supplies, such as crates, leashes, food and medication, so she could grab and go at the drop of a hat. I contacted the owners to let them know the situation and our plan.
Fortunately, the fire was contained and crisis diverted.
I feel very fortunate to have pet sitters like Torrie on my team! Torrie ALWAYS puts the pets first. She is an awesome pet sitter who truly loves the pets she cares for.
Hopefully, we can get back to normal pet sitting now! The air still has a heavy has and smoke smell, but we are safe, for now.
Here is a picture of the fire….about 30 miles away from Boise:
Wow that is a scary picture. We have lots of wild fires in AZ as well. Glad the crisis was diverted.
Thanks Ken! It was a little dicey for a couple days, but I think the fires are under control now. My top pet sitter was pretty nervous!
OMG that IS scary. I don’t know what I would do in your position. How do you prepare for a disaster like that? Your clients are very fortunate to have you!