It rarely fails. Holiday pet sitting – already a bit stressful – becomes more fun when the world throws you some extra challenges.
The last week was packed with visits. I finished up with most of my clients Sunday morning, and for the rest of Sunday I was a vegetable. Stared at the walls, did very little, and was just flat out. I am better today, recovering, and glad for some slower days for just a little bit.
There was the usual – a cat who didn’t want her twice-daily pill. The second I arrived each visit the chase was on! Under beds, in closets, and all sorts of places for her, but I prevailed and she got every single pill prescribed. The second she swallowed she took off and went back into hiding until I started hanging on to her until she relaxed, stayed of her own free will, enjoyed the petting and eventually purred. Yes, I’m the mean pill lady, but I’m also pretty nice to cats given a chance!
Then there was the house alarm that went off even though the system was off. It was convinced that a window had been breached, but there was no evidence from inside or out. And because the clients never use the alarm, I didn’t have any codes. Luckily the cat is pretty deaf, because it was six hours before I got the codes so I could turn it off.
We had a couple keys that weren’t working well. Thank goodness for WD40, the pet sitter’s friend. We managed to get where we were supposed to be.
And then, the piece de resistance, clients who left chocolate where there dogs could – and did – get it. Diarrhea and vomiting met the pet sitter this morning. It looks like the dog will be okay, but it was a long morning of worry.
We still have a few days left of holiday pet sitting, but I hope the gremlins have done their worst at this point. I’m ready to ring in the new year quietly, and without crisis!