I run a live in pet sitting service based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and established for over 25 years. We have looked after hundreds of gorgeous pets throughout Northern England. You have to adore pets of all kinds to run a pet sitting business. People often say we should write a book as we see it all! We love hearing all the stories from our clients and pets and really do come to care for them all. We live and breathe pets and love knowing that we can ensure that we can give those who need a little extra tlc the option of staying at home. It may be that they are a rescue dog who can't face returning to kennels, a pet with issues, medical problems or simply those who do not believe in anything less than being treated like Royalty!
Our business is very traditional and much more than a fancy website with no real back up. Our sitters are all paid on an employed basis and we ensure that they are well cared for. They are properly insured and we get to know them well. The majority are retired people who are looking for something different to do with their free time. Many have lost much loved pets or are feeling a little lonely or unwanted after finishing work commitments. Some just want a little escape from looking after grandchildren! Pet sitting enables them to get out and about, have a real purpose, explore new areas, exercise, spoil pets rotten and meet lots of new people along the way! They love it and it often proves to be very much a break away for them, somewhat of a paid holiday. They always go over and above and often become part of our clients families. I hear stories of baking, fresh chicken treats, ironing, errands, organising, meet ups, gardening, homemade Yorkshire puddings for poorly dogs and even the odd glass of wine as friendships are formed!
Our business has always been run very much for the love over the money! We have no flashy office, no company cars, no big social media teams. Instead we all work hard and are very much a team. Unfortunately our world collapsed in March this year when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Over the space of a few days the business was decimated and many of our staff members were forced to isolate. They have been sat at home since missing their four legged charges and counting the days until they can get packing their cases again! I am battling to ensure this happens.
Like many small businesses we have done everything we can to support our clients over the years. If we are to continue to do so we now need your help! Please help us ensure this popular, traditional service continues to run focusing on our sitters and clients rather than being lost to faceless websites with no proper systems or reference checks. It is our turn to need a little support.
Some comments about our service:
"I think my dogs prefer your sitters to me!”
"Our sitter was WONDERFUL! I hope she enjoyed being here as much as G enjoyed having her."
"I came home to two very, very happy dogs!”
"Pet sitting keeps me so active, my Dr is thrilled!"
"I'm lost without seeing my dog friends"
"pet sitting has changed our lives, we love it!"