Katie

Resident Pets

I have a black lab named Luna. I adopted her March 2017, and every day, I learn something new about her. She is very sweet and can be shy. Her favorite things are snacks, belly rubs, and long walks along the beach (at least she would if I lived near one). She is a quick learner and is motivated by treats.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing you’ve experienced with an animal?

Recently, I took Luna out to potty early in the morning when there was still dew on the grass. I had just rolled out of bed, so I was wearing a shirt, boxers, house robe, and Nike slippers. We were on a grassy area between my apartment buildings when two dogs and their owner came around the corner. Luna loves other dogs and wanted to go make friends, but she can come off as aggressive. She is very strong, and because I was standing on wet grass with slippers, she was pulling me along like a sled. In the strained effort, my robe started to come open. The dogs were intrigued and their owner gave Luna and me a strange look at continued her walk. With the dignity I had left, I refastened my robe and quickly went back inside. I no longer walk Luna on grass with those slippers.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

Some day, I would like to own some land with lots of dogs and two horses. If I am doing really well, I would like to open an animal sanctuary for farm animals that were saved from slaughter.

 

 

Susan

Resident Pets.

We welcomed Tucker into our family in January of 2015.  We were only going to foster him until he found his forever home.  We fell in love with him!  Since then, we have enjoyed fostering several puppies and getting them into loving homes.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing you’ve experienced with an animal?

The funniest thing is when our dog gets the “zoomies” and he runs around the coffee table in the living room!  There’s no stopping him so we just get out of the way.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate goal in life is to be able to travel to beaches all around the world.

John

Resident Pets.

My pets name is Ted. He is a 22-month old Pomapoo. He’s a great dog; smart, sweet, loves everybody, and he’s hyper-allergenic!

What’s the funniest or most embarrassing thing you’ve experienced with an animal?

I raised two Golden Retrievers, while raising my triplet boys. The one thing I remember the most about the first golden, Jamie, is that he would walk tirelessly the length of the long hallway with me, all night long, trying to get one baby to go back to sleep after another!

What is your ultimate goal in life?

I just received my Real Estate license! I look forward to working part-time in Real Estate, as a New Home Builder Community Specialist!

Cheryl

What can we learn from our animal friends?

They teach us about vision, patience, endurance and live among other things.

What is the best part about being a pet sitter?

Being with animals to experience their joy and curiosity of life.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

Happiness.

Hannah

Resident Pets

My dog Snowflake is my baby to me! She’s a beautiful Australian Shepherd with the most personality I’ve ever seen in a dog. As a herding dog, our family is her herd she is responsible for. She is very protective of us but mostly sweet and playful. She loves attention and likes to feel special. She’s a professional begger and tug of war player. What’s most special about her is she understands and she loves. She knows the names of all our family members, where our bedrooms are, and when you’re talking about her. When someone gets hurt she stays near them to keep them safe, and tries to give them as much love as she can. I’m lucky enough to have grown up with such as amazing friend who’s always been there when I need her. She is family.

 

What’s the funniest or most embarrassing thing you’ve experience with an animal?

The funniest thing I’ve ever seen with an animal was after my dog went to the groomers. She had gotten her nails trimmed and her body from head to toe was squeaky clean. She was so excited when we got home she ran to the living room across the wood floor where her toys were. On the way she skidded down the hall, her limbs going in every which direction with no nails to cling to the ground, and nearly ran into the wall.It took her a day or two to get her grip.

 

What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate life goal is to be a successful business woman, either owning a large company or running one.

Shana

Resident Pets

I have 2 cats. One domestic medium haired boy age 15 and the other is a domestic short haired girl aged 10. I also have 2 chihuahuas. Both girls ages 11 and 16.

What can we learn from our animal friends?

They teach us about love. They teach us to not judge and to love unconditionally. They can teach us to be loyal.

What is the best part about being a pet sitter?

Getting out of the house with the dogs and giving them walks. Playing with them. Giving all the pets lots of petting and lots of love.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

My goal is to become some kind of animal whisper. I know there is a lot of education that goes into what Jackson Galaxy (the cat man aka cat whisper) knows. I know Caesar Milan has a lot of experience his whole life being the dog whisper. I’d love to have both those skills some day.

Jamie

Resident Pets

Reggie is a gray Wire-Haired terrier that my family adopted from a shelter in 6th grade. He has been part of my family for so long I cannot imagine my life without him. He is a very smart dog! My other dog is Tony. I am really not sure what type of breed he is. He has the colorings and looks of a Yorkshire terrier but he is BIG. Like nearly 20 pounds!! He is about 4 years old, a total lap dog and likes to eat EVERYTHING even if it is not food.

What I Enjoy Most About My Job

The most recent job I had was delivering Amazon.com packages to customers in the Dallas area. I was there for a year until the company lost the account. What that job instilled in me is that I LOVE working outside. Guess what the absolute best part of that was? Getting to see all the dogs getting walked. I have always loved animals and would love to be in any field related to them in any way.

Funniest Pet Experience

My cat, Sisqo, refuses to put his face in a water dish. Instead, he prefers to dip out small sips of water with his paw and lick it off. It is the funniest thing! I really need to get a video of it for TV.

What Our Pet Friends Teach Us

I think pets can teach us forgiveness. If you have forgotten to play a game of catch one day and your dog is disappointed, you can always count on them to be eager the next day with a clean slate ready to let you make it up to them. They don’t count your mistakes and hold them against you.

Jamie’s clients say:

… We are very, very pleased with what we’ve seen of VIP so
far, and are OVERJOYED to have Jamie coming this weekend.

Our last pet-sitter was very capable, but lacked warmth and a willingness to
interact with our dogs (which was one of the biggest reasons we hired them
in the first place).

Our initial meeting with Jamie cheered us up right away, and
dispelled any doubts we might’ve had about changing to a new pet sitting
service. She was very affectionate with our dogs (and this affection was
reciprocated). She represented your company very well, and seems like a
very good fit for us.

Matthew S

… We are relieved now to have found in Jamie someone who genuinely wants to keep our dogs happy while we are gone, instead of merely keeping them fed and watered. Jamie’s visits, and the care she put into her work, were in sharp contrast to what we were used to. We were not used to getting text message updates, much less a request from Jamie to contact HER when we arrived back home to let her know the dogs were okay. All doubts vanished with Jamie’s first text message, and we knew our dogs were in good hands. And it sure made it easier to enjoy our weekend at the horse show. The peace of mind Jamie gave us is a debt not easily repaid, but that won’t stop us from trying.

Matthew S

 

Chelsea

Resident Pets

I have a cat named Cat; he is 10 years old. Cat loves the outdoors and going on walks. I also have a chihuahua named Buddy who is 13 years old. Buddy loves rolling around in the grass. I grew up with them both and love them very much. I knew Buddy was the right dog for me when he pooped on my foot at the animal shelter.

What can we learn from our animal friends?

Our animal friends can teach us to love unconditionally.

What is the best part about being a pet sitter?

I love making new animal friends and human friends. Being a pet sitter will give me the opportunity to work with an amazing team of pet sitters. I am also excited to work with clients to make their experience and their pet’s experience the best possible.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate goal in life is to work on community based projects around the world. I am very passionate about working on environmental sustainability projects in particular. Eventually, I want to serve in the Peace Corps.

VIP Pet Sitter Donna in front of snowy tree

Donna

Resident Pets

Riley is an American Foxhound mix according to the DNA test, but looks like a Bassett/ yellow Lab mix. She is 2 1/2 years old and was adopted in May 2012 from the Texas Dog Etc. Rescue.
Miles is a Fox Terrier mix, according to the DNA test, but looks like a Corgi/ Terrier mix. He is 2 1/2 years old and was adopted in May 2012 from the Humane Society of Dallas County.

What I Enjoy Most About My Job

I find pet-sitting to be very rewarding. It is important that my clients feel their pets are left in responsible, loving care. Animals are like people in that they need a sense of security, and keeping their routine offers security. It allows my clients the peace of mind that their pets are well taken care of in their absence.

What Our Pet Friends Teach Us

While our cats and dogs can’t talk, their unconditional love for us can not just improve our lives, but also teaches us to become better partners to our fellow humans. They teach us patience and commitment. My pets are a part of my life that I value everyday.

 

VIP Pet Sitter Jess with brown and white dog

Jess

Resident Pets

I have three pets. Lou(Ferrigno) is a tuxedo cat, he’s about 9 years old. Brooklyn(Fonsworthington) is a Shiba-Inu mix, he’s about 6 years old. Teddy(Theodore Froto) is a Yorkie, he is four years old. All my babies have middle names that start with F, just because. My friend gave me Lou, I adopted Brooklyn from a shelter, and Teddy is a love child from my mom’s dogs. We named him Teddy/Theodore because when he was a puppy he looked just like a teddy bear, but was also so tiny and had a chubby little behind like Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks!

Funniest Pet Experience

My pets are constantly making me laugh – picking one thing is so hard! I’ll give something funny that each of mine does or have done. When we go on walks and Brooklyn sees a squirrel, he will cry so loud and literally try to climb the tree to get to it, but he can’t so he just cries louder in this strange Shiba-Inu whine-cry. It’s funny but early mornings are embarrassing sometimes. Teddy lets me know that he has to go potty by sitting on my hand and staring at me. They both love swimming so it’s kind of funny when they jump in the pool in the middle of winter and realize it’s cold! When I first got my cat, my friend gave me a stuffed animal that was the same coloring and size as Lou, needless to say Lou thought it was his girlfriend and tried to make kittens, all the time.

What I Like Most About My Job

I love working with animals so much! I love that they are always so happy to see you, they are there for you at all times, and they always make me happy no matter what is going on.

What Our Pet Friends Teach Us

They can teach us so much. They teach us patience, kindness, sense of humor, unconditional love, and responsibility, to name a few.

Jess’s clients say:

just wanted to let you know…karen and jess are amazing!!

thanks so much!!
Jennifer