Our Pet Sitter of the Month is Sunxuezi C. from Canberra. Sunxuezi loves every kind of pet, as she grew up with dogs and cats, since she moved to Camberra she decided to join Mad Paws to be around with all of these furry creatures. Here we caught up with her to talk about her experience and what she loves about being part of Mad Paws!
Why did you decide to become a pet sitter and what do you love the most about Mad Paws?
I’m a long-time pet owner. Cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, turtles… you name it. But then I decided to leave China and do a postgraduate program in Australia. Sadly, I had to leave my two cute puppies at home with my parents. Being away from the dogs is hard, and being a temporary resident makes me ineligible for any adoption. So I thought, hey, what’s the best way to be with lovely animals, but without long-term responsibility? Becoming a pet sitter!
Mad Paws really put its heart in establishing a connection between pet owners and pet sitter. I got my first client after only two weeks moving to Canberra. Everything was pretty messy then. Unpacking, settling in, getting used to the city… I didn’t even think about checking my inbox and profile, but Mad Paws team was great in supporting me and they made sure I found my first two angels, Zara and Milly, starting my journey as a pet sitter.
What is your greatest tip to other pet sitters and what have you been learning from your pet sitting experience?
I haven’t done many pet hosting due to some apartment issues. For pet sitting, I find that checking with the owners the boundaries and rules they have is always very useful. Many pets, especially dogs, would try to sneak onto chairs, couches and beds when their owners are away, even when they’re usually not allowed to. I sure love some cuddling with those fluffy creatures, but maintaining their routines is always better.
Meeting so many different pets really taught me that everyone is different. They all have very different characters, they have unique reactions under certain circumstances, and we need to treat and love them in different ways.
Animals are so smart that they can feel subtle changes. I still remember Kaia, the Alaskan Malamute. During my stay, every time I needed to leave the house, she used to sit quietly behind the gate of the front yard, but never tried to escape. On my last day, I packed my bag, said good-bye, and opened the gate to leave. Right at that moment, Kaia suddenly rushed out, making a deep howling. I took her back into the yard, and she kept making that deep sound as I walked away, as if she knew that this time I wasn’t coming back.Paragraph. Clicca qui per modificare.
Any fun stories from your pet sitting experience?
I love looking after more than one pets at the same time, for they always have hilarious interactions! Last year, I was looking after two dogs, Rosie the Australian kelpie, and Milo the golden retriever. It was almost Christmas time. Canberra had just got the hottest days of the year. As you probably know, golden retrievers are not big fans of the heat. Luckily, the owner had a small tub for Milo, so he could soak himself and get a chill. Obviously, staying in the tub became his favourite activity during the stay, but his second favourite activity was rolling over on the ground right after coming out of the tub.
Rosie, on the other hand, was much more calm and ‘unmuddy'. They usually get along quite well and enjoy a bit wrestling. But every time when Milo was covered by mud and tried to approach Rosie as usual, her avoidance was so obvious. It was like she's saying, “No thank you. Keep the dirt away from me.” And Milo would suddenly sit still, looking so innocent and hurt, and started whining, “why don’t you wanna play with me…” Oh I just love that look!
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