To say that my days have been hectic is a bit of an understatement. Very full pet sitting schedule, plus this week is our June TNR (trap/neuter/return) week, which adds all sorts of craziness to my days. To top it all off, a cat I care for regularly has been very ill this week, and I am spending lots of time force-feeding her and pushing pain meds down her throat until the culture comes back this week and we can get her started on antibiotics. The poor thing is in pain and not hungry, and cats simply can’t fast. The fact that she’s 17 bumps up the concern level.
So a post by Dr. Andy Roark got my attention this morning – “When Your Emergency Isn’t.” I’m a fan of so much of what he does online – great educator, funny, and also a good observer of the vet industry and how professionals work and live in that field. Many times, what he has to say applies to pet sitters as well. Pet sitters might not have as many emergencies as vets, but we have our share – including those non-emergency emergencies that clients and friends call us about – and any bit or piece of free time can disappear down the rabbit hole quickly.
After 8 years of pet sitting, which pretty much means working every day all year, I am trying to carve out a bit of time for me and my two-footed and four-footed family. I’ve let clients know that the office is closed from late Saturday afternoon until Monday morning. I’m still our caring for pets, but it is wonderful having a short break from booking appointments and office work each week. (Or time to write a blog!)
Even so, late yesterday an email came in from a friend who feeds some feral cats, and one of them has been badly mangled. Not the kind of thing I am going to ignore. I set her up with some traps so she can, hopefully, capture the poor cat and get him some vet care. And I’m not going to ignore the poor client kitty who isn’t eating today either, much as she might prefer that I lay off the force-feeding stuff, which isn’t fun for either of us. (Think infant who is spitting out everything you try to get her to eat, and you have the picture.)
Others have called with non-emergency emergencies today, and I am trying to take Dr. Roark’s advice and let them wait. My poor dog Butterscotch, hasn’t had a walk in two days because of all the “emergencies” this week, so she got one this morning. She needs her injection of Adequan as well today, so that’s in my list. (Still hate giving intramuscular shots…this one is my own procrastination.)
I haven’t had time to grocery shop or cook dinner all week, and it is time to eat something modestly healthy. And maybe, just maybe, there will be a little time to read a book or something not related to business before we all start trapping community cats tonight. Maybe even fool around with my camera a bit. When your own pets see less of you than your client’s pets do, you know life has gone too wacky.
So thank you Dr. Roark for the reminder this morning. Time to close the computer down for a bit and take a break.