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Sitting Questions and Answers
- What areas do you serve?
Pet sitting services are available in the cities of Bellevue,
Newcastle, and Renton, Washington. Neighborhoods served include:
Hills, China Creek, Milepost, Olympus, May Creek, Highlands at
Newcastle, Renton Highlands, Kennydale, Summerwind and The Orchards. Service is not available north of
I-90 or in the Fairwood area of Renton. Zipcode areas served are: 98006, 98056 and 98059.
- How should I prepare for a pre-service
It is helpful to have the following information ready for the
- Phone numbers where you can be reached while you are away;
- Your general departure time and arrival times;
- Other emergency contacts and phone numbers;
- Veterinarian name, address and phone number;
- Animal medication information if applicable;
- A duplicate house key for the pet sitter. Garage door openers
are not recommended, since they do not work during power outages.
If you have a new key made, please make sure it works.
may also want to have your list ready of things you want to let
the pet sitter know and/or to ask the pet sitter.
should I prepare for each pet sitting visit?
- Be sure to have the following pet supplies on hand: extra
food and water, extra cat litter, plastic bags for sanitary
disposal of pet feces and scooping litter boxes, extra paper
towels and cleaning supplies to clean up indoor accidents.
- As much as possible, have all the pet care supplies in one
visible area such as the kitchen or laundry room. This includes:
food, treats, utensils, can opener, medications, leash, toys,
litter scoop, broom and dustpan, plastic bags, towels (for
dogs going outside on rainy days), paper towels, cleaning
supplies and watering can for plants.
- Have an adequate supply of your pet's medicines on hand,
- Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked before
- Make sure exterior lighting is working for the security
of the home and pets and the safety of the pet sitter. This
is especially important during the darker winter months. If
the pet sitter will be taking the pet into the back yard,
make sure the back yard lighting is working as well.
- Consider using lights on timers on interior lights.
- Prune any bushes near doors and windows. These may be used
as hiding places for burglars.
- Inform neighbors of your absence and that a pet sitter
will be visiting your home.
- Take your pet sitter's phone number with you.
types of animals do you provide care for?
I provide pet sitting services for most household pets including
cats, dogs, birds, fish, guinea pigs and rabbits. I do not provide
service for reptiles, mice or rats.
you care for the pets in your home (boarding) or in my home?
Pet sitting visits are provided in your home in the pet's familiar
environment. One to three visits are provided per day, depending
on the needs of the pet. Boarding services are not available.
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you provide overnight pet sitting visits in my home?
Overnight visits are not available. You can schedule one to three
visits per day, depending on your pet's needs. Pet sitting visit
hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.
you have a back-up pet sitter in case you are on vacation or ill?
Yes, I work with several other pet sitters who are available provide
service to service to my clients when I'm not available. Clients
receive advance notice of my vacation schedule.
you charge by the number of animals?
No. Fees are determined by the time it takes to provide the service.
A regular pet sitting visit is 30-40 minutes. This amount of time
is adequate for most visits. Additional time may be needed if
there are more than three pets, for services provided outside
of the regular route area, administering medication to temperamental
pets, watering a large number of plants, cleaning cages, or for
other time consuming services requested by the client.
far in advance do I need to reserve pet sitting service?
It's a good idea to make your pet sitting reservations as far
in advance as possible. This is especially true for peak times
such as major holidays, school breaks and the summer months. During
non-peak times, a minimum of five days is recommended for new
clients. This allows time for me to meet with you prior to the
first pet sitting appointment. Established clients may call less
than five days in advance, as no pre-service appointment is needed.
Last minute reservations for established clients will be accommodated
as the pet sitting schedule allows. Whenever possible pet sitting
will be provided for established clients with emergency situations
(i.e. leave town for family emergency).
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the purpose of a pre-service interview?
A pre-service interview is done prior to the first pet sitting
assignment so I can meet you and your pets, get detailed information
about caring for them and pick up a key to your home. During this
visit you decide how often you would like your sitter to visit
each day you're away and what services you want done.
people will be checking on my pets too, is that ok?
If other people will also be checking on your pets, help avoid
confusion by making it clear what the pet sitter is responsible
for and what other people will be entrusted to do. Give the name
and phone number of the other caretaker to the pet sitter during
the pre-service interview.
Communication Questions and Answers
- How does animal communication work?
Animal communication is a conversation with your animal companion.
I tune into your animal intuitively and converse with her/him
through thoughts, mental pictures, emotional feelings and physical
When I begin a communication with an animal, I tune into her/him
intuitively from my office using his or her photo/description
and address. I begin each session by becoming very quiet and relaxed.
I picture the animal and contact the animal, let them know I am
contacting them on behalf of their person, and ask if he/she is
willing to talk with me. I spend a few minutes sitting with the
animal to get to know them a bit and then start with your questions.
I spend about 30 minutes conversing with each animal, depending
on the number of questions.
Animals communicate with us in a variety of ways - body language,
barks, meows, chirps, and whinnies, and through mental pictures,
thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. Most of my communication
with animals has been through mental pictures and thoughts, with
some feelings and physical sensations. For example, one dog I
talked to was very sad and I felt a great sadness in my heart
when I talked with him. One cat I talked with had arthritis in
her left shoulder and I felt pain in my left shoulder when I talked
We all have the ability to communicate intuitively with animals.
We have not been encouraged to use or develop this ability. Most
people with animals have experienced intuitive communication (also
known as telepathic communication), but may not be aware of it.
They may think it was their thought - time to walk the dog - when
often it was actually the dog that sent that thought to them.
If you have ever been thinking of a good friend that you haven't
talked to in awhile and "all of the sudden" the phone
rings and it is the same friend you were just thinking of, you
have experienced intuitive communication. You and your friend
were "on the same wave length" and tuned into each other's
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- Do you diagnose or treat health problems?
I am not a veterinarian. I do not diagnose or treat medical issues,
offer medical advice, or prescribe medications. I refer clients
to qualified veterinarians for diagnosis and treatment of illness.
What I can do is talk to your animal and ask her how she is feeling,
what helps her feel better, what makes her feel worse, what the
discomfort or pain feels like, and what the intensity of the discomfort
or pain is. Having this information can help you work with your
veterinarian to make decisions about her care. Animal communication
is not a substitute for veterinarian care.
- Is this like what the pet psychics
on TV do?
Yes, my work is very similar to the work of some of the pet psychics
seen on television, but I do not consider myself a pet psychic.
I am an animal communicator. I tune into the energy of an animal
intuitively and have a direct two-way conversation with the animal,
based on the questions and messages that you have given to me
to relay to your animal companion. Also, the pet psychics on television
are working with the animal in person. I connect and communicate
with my animal clients through "long distance" communication
sessions from my office.
- How does a consultation work?
Consultations are done in three steps:
- I talk with you to find out what questions you have for
your animal companion and to get a description or photo of
her or him.
- I communicate with the animal. This is not done over the
phone, but is done "long distance" from my office.
- We set a time for you to call me so I can relay my conversation
with your animal companion to you.
- What can I expect from a consultation?
The information you receive back from your animal will vary depending
on the questions or issues addressed. These are some ideas of
what you can expect from a consultation.
- Answers to the questions that you asked of your animal.
- Ideas from your animal companion on what she/he needs to
address the question or concern.
- Resources and concrete steps regarding how you and your
animal can work together to address the concern or issue.
- Information on how you can use animal communication with
- A better understanding of your animal companion and much
- Homework - As part of the consultation, clients receive
suggestions from their animals and me regarding things they
can do to work with their animal to resolve behavior and/or
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- When should I use animal communication?
Animal communication helps strengthen the bond between people
and animals by helping people understand their animals better.
People use animal communication to talk with their animals about
a wide range of topics:
- Behavior problems;
- Health issues;
- Relationships between animals in a multi-animal household;
- Adding a new person or animal to the household;
- Preparing for an animal's death;
- Talking to an animal who has passed on;
- Wanting to know what would make their animals happier;
- Any other questions you have for your animal.
- What is your success rate? Are there
guarantees that you will fix a behavior problem?
My accuracy rate is 80-90%. As an animal communicator, my role
is not to "fix" a behavior issue. My role is to be the
interpreter between you and your animal and to provide information,
resources, and tools to you that you can use to work with your
animal to address the behavior problem. By talking with your animal,
I receive answers to your questions about her behavior, and relay
to you what she thinks she needs to change the behavior. With
your animal's perspective on the issue, you will have insight
from her regarding what you can do to work with her to change
the behavior. There may be changes you need to make to her home
environment or to your interactions with her in order to help
her improve her behavior. In addition, I will provide suggestions,
tools, resources and referrals that may be helpful to you in addressing
the behavior issue. Finally, I guide you toward learning how to
use animal communication yourself, so that you can begin to communicate
with your animal on a day-to-day basis.
- Do you have to be in the same room
with the animal you are communicating with?
No. Every animal has their own unique energy. I communicate with
animals by intuitively tuning into their energy and have a two-way
conversation with them using thoughts, mental pictures, feelings
and physical sensations. I can do that from anywhere. My consultations
are done from my office using an animal's photo or a good physical
description. I have clients who live across the country from me.
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- Can I learn to communicate with animals?
Yes! You already have the ability to communicate with animals
intuitively. It is a matter of rediscovering that part of yourself
and awakening your intuition. Intuition is very subtle and we
often hear an inner "voice" or have a "knowing,"
but dismiss it. We often hear our animals talking to us, yet think
it is our own thought, because we aren't sure that animals can
communicate with us. They can! And they are communicating with
you on a regular basis. For example, our animal companions my
remind us to feed them, give them a treat, walk them and play
with them. My cats also remind me to do things for myself like
slow down and take a break or lock the door at night. Your animal
companions long for you to hear them and understand them better.
Developing your intuitive skills with your animals is one of the
best gifts you can give to them and yourself. Developing our intuitive
communication skills is something we all can do. It takes patience
and practice to develop it. During an animal consultation session,
I talk with my clients about how to begin to develop your intuitive
skills. Learning animal communication will strengthen and enhance
your relationship with your animal family members in ways that
you have never imagined!
- Do you communicate with animals who
have passed on?
Yes, I do communicate with animals who are now in spirit. Communicating
with animals in spirit works the same way as communicating with
animals living on earth. I tune into their energy, let them know
that I am contacting them on behalf of their person and ask if
they are willing to talk with me. Many people find it very comforting
to talk with their animal after they have passed on to find out
how their transition went, to ask questions they may have about
their animal's death or just to find out how their animal is doing.
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