Featuring Mad Paws Pet Sitter Robyn S.
We are starting a new segment, From Your Pet Sitter, where we will feature articles written by your very own Mad Paws Pet Sitters. They will cover a range of topics chosen by the author so stay in tuned for some creative writing from your Mad Paws Community! First article is by Robyn S., an amazing Mad Paws dog sitter and walker, located in Melbourne. Keep an eye out for Robyn when looking for a pet sitter and check out her Mad Paws Profile below!
I decided to resign from the monotony and politics of the corporate role to pursue a couple of jobs I loved. One was piano teaching which I have done for many years and the other was a bit of a wild card. I have adored dogs since I had my first dog Maddy many years ago. I acquired a friend for Maddy – Molly, and since Maddy’s passing adopted Amy. Having my own dogs I have developed such a fondness of them all – big, small, cute and unusual. Piano teaching was going pretty well but I still had a lot of time on my hands so I thought I might start dog sitting. Being at home a lot of the time and having many years of experience in dog handling my puppies, I thought dog sitting would be a bit of fun and great company for my dogs, guest dogs and myself.
Well did that open me up to a fabulous array of breeds, personalities, shapes and sizes of dogs. I have looked after so many great guest dogs through Madpaws over the years. Here’s just a few things that have happened along the way. (No names have been used so as not to incriminate any puppies).
Of course every dog has their own personality. I find it amazing the differences in their eating habits. Some inhale their food, some hardly touch it and others like to steal their sibling’s food - so I have to be on heavy duty watch for those ones. Then there are the starers. When we are eating they sit in front of us and ogle us with that sad starved look. Dogs also have a different way of telling you how they need to go to the toilet. The most frequent signs are a little bark, unsettled or stand by the door. All dogs so far have been extremely well toilet trained.
I love the array of belongings that come along with each dog. There are snazzy collars, unusual outfits, blankies that look better than our bed, toys of all shapes and sizes. Some of those toys and even the odd bed don’t make it to the end of the puppy’s stay – have found lots of stuffing around the house on occasion. Although I am home most of the time – half an hour on their own is enough to destroy a fun toy.
Where to sleep is the next thing. On their blanky, on our blankies, in the loungeroom, on the couch, on the massive pillow next to our bed or in the hall??? It’s all too confusing. (Must confess I have had the odd pup on our bed).
One of the things that I love about looking after puppies is all of the different things that can happen and the silly things that they can get up to. Some of the shenanigans that have happened include:
"I kept calling him and eventually I found him snuggled up in the clothes basket on my nice clean and warm washing."
"I had just done a massive load of washing and threw it all in a basket. I went to make a cup of coffee and then went looking for our guest. Couldn’t seem to find him around the house and I knew he was in the house somewhere as I always shut the outside doors. Where has he gone? I kept calling him and eventually I found him snuggled up in the clothes basket on my nice clean and warm washing. He wasn’t about to move from his comfy warm spot by me calling him. What can you do but laugh. Another one of our little guests was doing a hide and seek. Again I knew he was inside somewhere but calling him didn’t help. I soon found him snuggled up in my cupboard with my jumpers looking extremely comfortable. I couldn’t move him – he looked so content.
Another funny one was with a rather large guest of ours. You would think that if you had been a little naughty that you would try to hide the evidence but sometimes you just get caught red handed (pawed). I just left the kitchen for a second and came back to a floor of bin rubbish along with a large dog with a bin lid around her neck. Yep got a photo of that one before returning the lid to its rightful place and now keep the bin out of reach!
Love it when our guests snuggle up with our puppies. It’s so cute. Our dogs often seem a little sad when a boarder goes home. Many dogs, including our dogs, whether big or small are lapdogs. I have had three on my chair with me on many occasions. Sometimes I wonder if I am allowed on my own couch. Then we have the undercover dogs who love to burrow under a blanket. I have been known to be looking for a puppy only to find them under a blanket. Apart from snuggling while watching TV, some of them take great interest or even bark at the TV - especially when we are watching something like Bondi Vet. Some dogs don’t seem to like any animal running around on the TV and get very excited and seem to want to attack the running animal – guess it’s not so scary when it’s not in real life.
And just a note to owners and carers that I have learnt from a few occasions. It’s a good idea to put ALL your clothes away. Being careless over the years I have had the odd piece of clothing eaten – mostly socks, shoes and a pair of jeans once.
I have loved looking after all the puppies from Mad Paws and look forward to many more guests around the house. I also love the fact that owners can go away knowing that their pups can have one on one specialised care. We will definitely use Mad Paws ourselves when we go away!"
Thank you Robyn S. for all your hard work, we really appreciate it!
Mad Paws Pty Ltd