We have lots of awesome sitters on Mad Paws but Cecelia from Currimundi, Queensland goes above and beyond for her furry house guests! Having had no choice but to to rehome her elderly beloved Husky in Europe when she returned to Australia, Mad Paws has filled a four-legged void in Cecelia's life. Her pet friendly home and secure but "wild and wooly" backyard make the perfect environment for pets of all types to visit and feel safe and loved. Cecelia is very spiritual and feels special connections to the pets she cares for, considering it to be a great privilege to care for animals.
We caught up with Cecelia and found out a little more about her Mad Paws experience!
What made you become a Mad Paws sitter?
I have a need to be around animals. After having to re-home my elderly Husky in Europe as he was too old to make the journey back to Australia, my heartbreak and love of all animals led me to becoming a Mad Paws sitter.
What is your favourite thing about pet sitting?
Getting to know the individual dogs, and falling in love with them! I love the companionship for walking and, if the dogs enjoy it, sometimes even running! Once I've looked after a dog once, the owners tend to come back and book me again and I love seeing the same animals again and again and building a relationship with them.
Why should owners use Mad Paws?
Their pets receive extra care, love and attention and the owners get incredible value for money! The service from Mad Paws is priceless for a concerned dog owner as it relieves the anxiety of leaving your pet whilst you go away. It does not even compare with leaving your pet in kennels - Mad Paws is a whole different experience for both the owner and the pet.
What would be your advice for a new Mad Paws sitter?
Most clients will offer to pay you in cash outside of Mad Paws. Do not accept. It's important to step in at that point and say look, Mad Paws is an excellent forum that protects both the sitter and the owner and neither side should ever consider making or taking bookings outside of the website. As a sitter, I do not feel alone as I know that I have a whole team behind me - if I have any difficulties with the website, bookings, pets etc, the Mad Paws team are always incredibly supportive and will do everything they can to help you.
My other piece of advice would be to let your personality shine with the dogs and their owners. The business will follow! Do not take offence after a meet and greet if an owner decides they are going to go with a different sitter. You mustn't take it personally and have to just accept that the owners may be looking for something slightly different than you're offering and it's important that they find the right sitter for their pet.
Can you sum up your Mad Paws experience in a few words?
Joyful job & happy heart! Because that is what Mad Paws has given me!
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