Oh Dog! I am so excited! Today I have a wonderful guest! Roberta Parch is a professional pet sitter in Cleveland, Ohio, and today she’s going to tell us about the services she provides. So give it up for my friend Roberta!!!!
Rumpy: Thanks for being my guest today Roberta. Tell us about your business!
Roberta: I’ve owned my business since 2000, but I’ve done petsitting for people since the 1980s. I’ve taken care of many different types of animals, from snakes, conures, etc. to dogs and cats. Someone who had alpacas took my card, but I haven’t heard from them yet.
Rumpy: Wow! You can take care of all kinds of animal friends! So what exactly does a a petsitter do?
Roberta: A petsitter feeds, cleans up after, plays with and snuggles people’s pets when they are at work or on vacation. Medication and training are also included.
Rumpy: That’s important, because DeDe takes medication, and it’s important that she remains on schedule. So what training do you have to do this job?
Roberta: I have had senior pets, pets with diabetes, and I foster cats with varying special needs, so I have a lot of experience giving medication, including giving shots. I also volunteer when I can at no-kill shelters. I went to school to be a dental hygienist, so I am especially tuned in to dental needs and health care in general.
Rumpy: Yes, I want someone with a variety of experiences for sure! What advice would you give someone looking for a pet sitter?
Roberta: I would tell people to look for a sitter with insurance. There really isn’t “bonding”with petsitting, the insurance covers that.
Rumpy: I saw that the insurance covers dog walks, transportation and can cover daycare in the petsitter’s home as well!
Roberta: Insurance doesn’t cover, and I don’t ever recommend-off leash for dogs or outdoor cat care- that can be risky when the owner isn’t present (I think it is risky in general, but to each his own)
Rumpy: Oh Jen would NEVER want a pet sitter walking either of us off-leash! So that makes perfect sense to me. And where do most of your clients find out about you?
Roberta: Petsitters Associates is one place to look, also Petsitters International. Most of my clients are referrals- people who are happy with me refer me to their friends. One could ask their friends who they use.
Rumpy: Awesome! Thanks for the excellent tips Roberta! If you’re in the Cleveland area, you can contact Roberta. Here’s her Facebook business page.
Friends, if you want to find an insured pet sitter, you can go here to find sitters in the US or around the world!
And for info to help you choose a sitter that’s right for you, here’s a great post to check out!