You go away & have to leave them - that alone can get MANY pets•Fur Babies confused, depressed &/or traumatized
(most animals have some sort of abandonment issues - #1 because they were ripped from their mom & #2 - MANY pets I share loving with are Rescue Pets so they may have extra abandonment issues!)
Put them in a new environment – especially a cramped kennel or a cage
where they can't be free to roam & receive lots of attention like they're used to - or deserve –
or where they're out with other pets if your baby isn't so social -
that can REALLY trigger things in them!
You can lessen that trauma by leaving your loved one(s) in
their OWN environment•home•bed with someone that TRULY LOVES & CARES for them & will give them LOTS of love & positive attention & help them feel SECURE as well as respect your home.
Fur Families•Pets•Animals are such GREAT teachers to us!
#1 - They remind us about what UN-Conditional Love REALLY is!!!
#2 - They’re there for us whenever WE’RE needing some extra lovin’!!!
Usually you don’t have to do a darn thing to get that from them!
Don't they DESERVE that extra loving while you're away??
Have your or your friends past experiences with Pet•House Sitters been less than what you expected - or worse?
Were they the type that would basically just feed them & pat them on the head a few times?
(MANY of the people I've helped have had past negative experiences - hence why most of the people I help are returnees or referrals!)
Isn’t it time they•you have a REALLY POSITIVE experience??!!
I know having me staying there hanging with them in their own home would help a LOT with that transition & sure would help you have a more joy-filled time away plus make your return something to look forward to vs worrying about them being angry with you for leaving them with someone that didn't care as much si??
TYPE OF FAMILIES I LIKE TO HELP
Everyone has what works for them - their style.
Because of my "Connection" with 4 legged Spirits & how much I give -
I WAY PREFER helping families that see their 4 legged friends NOT just as "pets" but as their FAMILY - their Fur Babies!!
I also help with feather babies
as LONG as they are kind•happy Spirits
(I'm no longer willing to putting my body parts on the line to get into a cage with birds that don't like someone invading their space as I've had happen. I've helped one family that had 12 parrots which were real sweeties (MOST of the time)!! I even went into the big cage where 6 lived & had 2 land on me & 1 took food from me!
I've also shared energy with chickens & roosters & ducks & geese!
My brother had a good size parrot that I used to let eat my eyelashes & eyebrows so I'm not afraid of birds [as long as they're nice!!])
(kids & animals "get" my energy)
(this was my "Spaz Buddy" - a wild squirrel that would literally come up & take almonds out of my mouth or bananas off my arm!!
I just don't have fear around people or fur babies!)
If you don't want your babies spoiled so much - that's cool - just let me know in advance!
LOTS OF LOVIN’ • ATTENTION and RESPECT!!!
I GET & RESPECT what ALL they do for us hence I HONOR that in them –
ESPECIALLY in times they’re confused as to why you’re suddenly not there for them!
MY SPECIALTY - each fur baby•pet gets
2-10 MASSAGES each day!!
(at NO additional cost!! Those that get more massages are the ones that are allowed to come up on the bed with me [ONLY if YOU allow it!!]. Sorry - I do not do people)
And because I get so close to them, that means I'm also checking 1-2 times a day for Ticks & Fleas!!!
(including in between toes & all!! I actually LOVE the sound of squishing the fleas dead - KNOWING that it's helping your baby feel better!!)
SLEEPING WITH ME IS OK
If they're used to•need to sleep with someone & if it's OK with YOU - I’m TOTALLY ok with that.
It's ALL about helping them feel more secure!!!
(if it is NOT ok with you, I will NOT let them on the bed!!! I don't even let ANY man sleep with me so you KNOW I'm DEDICATED to what I do!! What's bizarre to me is some have actually felt this was a negative about what I offer. To each their own!!)
(Chester kept coming up & getting on my computer - wanting
MORE MORE MORE Vicki Massages!!)
I RARELY LEAVE
For over 8 years I've been the author of the well known/widely read Costa Rica information blog LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com
which is what I'm working on when I'm not lovin' on your babies!
I work from wherever I am via the internet (you MUST have good reliable WiFi!!) so I'm
home with your
babies almost always 24/7 to give them PLENTY of Love, Time and Attention
(sometimes I DO go out for a rare activities•connection•market, check
out the area or something - ALL depending on what's cool with you!).
This adds to their feeling secure & your sense of security for your home!
(NOTE: My blog gets over 15,000 page views a month which makes me quite known around Costa Rica - & after living in Costa Rica for 11 years [& the Sarasota•Venice, Florida area before CR & I grew up in California] - I'm not going anywhere & surely not going to do something to jeopardize my reputation!!)
Do you have a Pet that Freaks Out from THUNDER • FIREWORKS • WINDS? If your answer is "Yes" - then you know how these things can traumatize your babies!
I'm your gal as I have developed a GIFT•Talent•special energy of being able to help calm pets that FREAK OUT from
them & I ESPECIALLY PREFER to help families with those issues during those seasons.
I've developed some VERY SPECIAL skills & techniques that can help pets through
their fears from Fireworks • Thunder & Wind by incorporating:
• Calmness in myself
• Giving them a BIG STURDY FRESH Bone
(to distract them while I'm setting everything up [IF that's ok with you!])
• Calming or high energy Music
(to distract them. Music choice depends on their reaction)
• Closing all curtains
• Turning all lights on
• Essential Oils
(in the room & on their paws & ears. I ONLY use doTerra Therapeutic grade oils!!)
• Wrapping them TIGHTLY in their blanket &/or
even better - something with your scent on it
• Holding them tightly & close to my heart
• I even have a large AND an Extra Large Thunder Shirt
we can try.
If you let me know ahead of time I will bring my "Magic Bag of Tricks"!!
Since Fireworks tend to go off throughout the night during the month of
December & Thunder 24/7 sometimes in Rainy Season - I put out LOTS
of energy & time that goes into helping calm your baby down & I often don't get much
sleep - but it's NOT about me - it's about helping your FurBaby feel
SAFE & SECURE since you're not there to give them that comfort!!!
So if you're seeking someone that REALLY wants to help your baby feeling safe &
secure during this time, you'll email me explaining your DETAILED
situation (I haven't always been given the truth up front so I
appreciate your honesty) & your offer!!!
I CAN HELP WITH YOUR BABY'S
I've been there to help with everything from:
• Taking daily medication - even hard to take meds fur babies (crunchy peanut butter so far has worked EVERY time!!)
• I've helped nurse a sweet baby back to life that was on his last days of life suffering from Ehrlichia - even giving her water syringes every 5 minutes for 12 hours
• Dedicated MANY hours a day to helping pups that had everything from serious stomach problems, wounds, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems & more
• I've given LOTS of last love & attention to a couple "old gals" before they crossed the Rainbow Bridge
• I dealt with & saved too many dogs that had licked poisonous Sapos•Toads (now I know a LOT about how to deal with this BIG problem in Costa Rica)
• I was at the hospital 2-5 hours a day for 5 days giving Batman his last days of love & attention & held him as he took his last breath after he had licked a Sapo/Toad & was alone for 2 hours.
WhatEVER I can do to help your babies feel more comfortable while you're away - I'm there for them & you!!
(NOTE: I am NOT medically trained & I do NOT how to give shots yet but could learn if I needed to)
MY BAG OF TRICKS!!
Depending on what you don't have & what you feel could be helpful, I have some goodies I can bring - an AWESOME indestructible toy that even a STRONG Teethed Lab puppy, an American Bulldog & numerous other dogs have barely made a dent on it (& some other toys) • Grooming Mitt • doTerra Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (Lavender Oil is one of the BEST things I've found to help calm a freaking out furbaby!!) & Rescue Remedy • a strong larger Retractable Leash for walks • even 2 THUNDER SHIRTS
(a Large & an Extra Large) for when they get scared from Thunder • Fireworks or Wind.
POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT & WORDS
I'm ALL about the POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT•PRAISE -
be it to pets or people!!! Through the day your baby(ies) will get LOTS of that!!!
HELP WITH SKILLS • TRICKS • TRAINING • REINFORCEMENT
I've helped MANY puppies (& even older dogs) learn all sorts of new skills•tricks•patterns - even to help calm them down.
I've helped a few dogs learn not only to Sit nicely when waiting for food - but to WAIT until they got the "OK" "signal"
(NOTE - I am NOT a professional "Trainer" but if you do see a noticable difference because of the extra time & attention I've given your baby, I welcome you to show your appreciation for that$$$)
SKYPE CHECK-IN CALLS TO YOU!!
Many parents get their own Separation Anxiety so if you can get on a
computer with Skype.com you can call whenever you want so you can connect with your babies.
(I can even help you set it up if you don’t have
I can help keep their schedule be it walking them (actually, because I have a torn meniscus in my knee, this is depending on the environment & animal as I can't really do hills, uneven or gravel streets or lively or hard to manage dogs), medications (I've even assisted some VERY ILL "babies" at their end with devoted attention) & I give them EXTRA love/attention by
holding•helping them through the separation.
THEY CAN BE NICE & CLEAN WHEN YOU RETURN!*
IF they allow it, I can give them a warm bath the day you arrive.
find when I give warm baths, they're usually QUITE agreeable to it -
even those that normally in the past were strong resisters!! Nice calm
music & constant positive languaging telling them how "Beautiful they are" & how mommy & daddy are going to be so happy to see their nice clean baby & such helps a LOT!! Heck, I've even had some big time resisters just walk on in [ok - so a ball thrown in the shower helped as well!!])
If you leave me a QTip & they let me, I'll clean out in the inside of their ears (just the inner surface)
(*NOTE these are ADDITIONAL SPECIAL SERVICES so inquire about pricing for it. I am NOT a groomer!)
How many Pet Sitters do you know that share SOOOO MUCH with your babies•pets? (this is why MOST of my families are Returnees - or Referrals from Returnees!)
You want them to be there for you & love on you don't you?
Don't your pets•"Family Members" DESERVE this type of special treatment when you've had to go away?
HOUSE SITTING Don’t feel comfortable with your home sitting there unattended?
Need someone JUST to HOUSE SIT???
I'll come in – stay at your home - & take GOOD care of it
(I rarely go out as I do my work off the internet)?
I’ll respect & watch over your home•castle•possessions
(& trust me, I will NOT go snooping around
[I had a mom that did that so I know how that feels!] nor will I have anyone over [unless you've given permission - that that's RARE!!])!
I AM available for Pet Sitting • House Sitting in
Mexico (I'm presently living in the North side of Mexico City)
Plus I visit Costa Rica, Nicaragua & the U.S.
so check my schedule.