Pet Sitter Spotlight: Cindy Vet of Pet Buddy Pet Sitting
This is Day 9 of our 15-part spotlight series on Professional Pet Sitters!.
So much of what we experience as professional pet sitters is often a double edged sword.
We put our entire heart into caring for each furry client and sadly, the worse part of this career is often dealing with the inevitable; that moment you must say goodbye to a dear friend.
It’s never easy. And there is no way around it.
The best a professional can do is handle it with respect, love, and grace.
Today’s spotlight is the very text book definition on how to be there for the human client when it’s time to allow the furry client to peacefully pass on to Rainbow Bridge.
This is the story of pet sitter Cindy Vet of Pet Buddy Pet Sitting in Decatur, GA.
The Good and The Sad
As you know, most of my furry kids I pet sit for are special needs kids.
I have one client who lives up the street from me.
I’ve done middays regularly for her for over 10 years. Her dog Jackson was lost to Cancer several years ago.
I helped her with extra visits and care when Jackie was in his final few months here with us. She consulted me regularly about how he was really doing.
Anyone whose lost a pet knows that letting go is extremely hard.
I’ve always believed that part of being a responsible pet owner is learning to let them go when it’s time for them, not for us.
That’s at best, a judgment call.
Dealing primarily with special needs pets, I have on my website, as part of my mission statement, that I provide quality pet care for responsible pet owners.
The last few months, my client has been dealing with Smokey, Jacksons brother, being diagnosed with cancer as well. The personal growth that she has made over the last few years is both inspiring and heartbreaking.
Having lost Jackie, she better understands now what Cancer is like for a dog. Her and I have had very frank discussions.
She has made me promise that I will let her know if I think she’s not seeing when Smokey is telling her it’s time.
My heartbreaks for them both. But to know that she has that kind of trust in me as a pet sitter, as a care giver for her pet is humbling.
She is placing her trust in me to be Smokeys advocate if she can not do it herself.
That’s so beyond anything I ever thought I would experience in this “job” I do every day. And yet, it’s exactly why I do what I do… and why even on the hardest of days…
I always love what I do!
When a client asks you to be with their pet in their final moments because the client can not do so peacefully…..
…when they ask you to gently let them know when they are not seeing what their pet is trying so hard to tell them….
…when they ask you to spread their ashes or pick out an urn…
That’s both the hardest moments of my life as a pet sitter…
But the biggest blessing I could ever have bestowed upon me as well!
Over to You
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What do you think is the hardest part of our industry? What’s the most difficult part about being a professional pet sitter?
Tell us in the comments below.
Great post Cindy! I think it’s a testament to us as professionals to be there for the pet parents in their time of need, especially during end of life care. Anyone can walk a dog, but to be by a client’s side when they have to say goodbye to their best friend as they leave this world…THAT’S a professional pet sitter!
Wonderful that we can be a support system for our clients. They feel we truly understand because we love and care for their pets.
I had a client call me from the vet office. She was there to put her pet down. She just wanted to talk to someone who loved her pet as much as she did. I was touched.
One of the numerous selfless acts that us professional pet sitters do????
I have been in the same situation, and went with a Client to put her beloved Spaniel to sleep. I was humbled that she called me for a hand to hold.
Thank you for sharing Cindy!
Thank you for sharing, Cindy! Although I have not experienced this situation yet with my pet parents and their fur babies, I know 100% this will be the hardest part of what we do!!
Cindy, this is a great post. Dealing with end of life issues is something we all have to face, with our own pets or the ones we care for. We all deal with it differently. I like what you said about people not being ready to let go when the time has come. By being a compassionate pet sitter with objectivity, you can help those who ask for your guidance. You exemplify what being a professional and caring pet sitter is all about.
Yet another good example of what pet care pros have to be prepared for! Pet sitting doesn’t just enTAIL walking, playing, and feeding.
Depending on what happens, I may or may not have to be prepared for a similar situation. One of my semi-regulars is a 16-year-old Pom. He has age-related health issues. I was even already given the vet contact number specifically for putting him to sleep just in case it’s time for him to go. But I’d like to somehow assist him when that time comes.
I’ve read many stories in many books that no matter how hard it is, people must learn to let go when it’s time for their pets to make their transition. Quite often the pets themselves keep on insisting that they need to go until their “parents” finally allow them. Sometimes they hang on longer than intended because their people don’t want them to leave.
Cindy, I too have had to deal with the loss of clients pets. It is very heartbreaking but you take comfort in know that the client know how much you truly loved their pet. Thank you for a great story.
Heartbreaking but knowing how much your clients love their pets brings comfort. All of us at one point or another have to go through this. One of my clients lost their lab to cancer last summer. I still tear up when I think of him. We form such strong bonds with our clients pets. For our clients, they are part of the family and some think of them as their children.
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