Kennedy

Resident Pets

I have one black cat named Olive, I adopted her September 15th of 2014 from Plano Animal Services.

What can we learn from our animal friends?

Studies show that having pets teaches children to have better empathy! Our animal friends teach us patience and empathy and responsibility.

What is the best part about being a pet sitter?

Getting to know everyone and their furry friends!

What is your ultimate goal in life?

Eventually I want to start my own nonprofit organization!

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.

Christina

Resident Pets

My family and I have 2 dogs – a 2 year old female Pit-bull mix named Daisy and a 6 year old male Miniature Yorkie named Charlie Brown. They are quite fun and entertaining. We refer to them as our son and daughter/ brother and sister versus “dogs.” Both love fruits and vegetables and are quite the social butterflies! They love going to dog parks and meeting new friends.

Additionally, we have 2 hermit crabs – Krabby and Patty. They are both approximately 2 years old and our boys love observing and learning from them.

What can we learn from our animal friends?

Our animal friends can teach us humans how to have unconditional, pure love. I have seen several videos reflecting this between different species. It is spectacular to watch.

Sometimes we as humans forget that we are human and make mistakes. As humans we hold grudges, sometimes for a short period of time, sometimes for an indefinite amount of time. Animals love us regardless of what mistake we made or that we forgot to throw out the trash.

What is the best part about being a pet sitter?

Having the opportunity to have multiple animals to love and care for. I want more pets, but my husband and children are content with the amount we have now, so I can live vicariously by being a pet sitter.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate goal in life is to raise my children to be productive caring citizens. It all starts at home. Morals, respect, patience and love is so important and lacks in many. Actions speak louder than words, and my actions are watched by each of my children. I failed to complete my college degree when I was younger, however now I am going to complete and attain my degree in accounting. I need to set the standards – if I want my children to pursue their dreams, I need to lead by example and pursue mine. It starts with me.

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.

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