Little Terror

Goodness, I had no idea that it had been so long since my last entry! We are still recruiting for live in pet sitters at the moment, and this is taking up a lot of my time. If any one is interested in this type of work, we still have vacancies in the Hemel Hempstead, Dunstable, Surrey and London areas. If you know of anyone who may have an interest, please visit our become a pet sitter page for further details.

MelodyMelody is turning out to be a cheeky little girl who is into everything. Both have settled extremely well, and have us catering to their every whim! Edna is what I would call a typical little cat and talks for England. It sounds a little alien in tone and Melody gives her the oddest of looks, but it has formed an endearing part of her character.

I am amazed to find how domesticated Melody seems. Each morning she will watch me washing up (no dish washer for us), and seems mesmerised by the water and clonking of dishes. So much so that tries desperately to help by swishing her paw through the water and circling the sink! It is a shame that she is not so interested in the hoovering! She is certainly unafraid of the hoover and seems to relish the opportunity of finding another tag partner!

Last night after three grueling hours in the office she leapt from window sill and started playing chop sticks on the computer keyboard. Needless to say my last few documents were lost, but her cheeky grin was apology enough, but I have made a note to keep her away from our office now at all times!

How anyone could have willingly relinquished their care is a complete enigma.  My suspicion is therefore, that they had no choice and were confiscated by the R.S.P.C.A.  What surprised me though, is how well adjusted they both are.

Press release

2009 Professional Pet Sitters Week- News Release

26 February 2009

Nina & Douglas Cole – Managing Directors of Nina’s Nannies for Pets

Telephone: 08450 53 11 52


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Sit. Stay. And Thank Your Pet Sitter!

Professional Pet Sitters Week Celebrated March 1-7, 2009
Nina’s Nannies for Pets encourages pet owners and pet lovers alike to celebrate Professional Pet Sitters Week, March 1-7, 2009.  This international campaign seeks to educate pet owners about the advantages of in-home pet care, as well as to encourage the public to explore professional pet sitting as a viable and rewarding career opportunity.

Professional Pet Sitters Week was introduced by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1995. PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters.

Despite a slowing economy, demand for professional pet-care services remains high. Since 1994 PSI’s membership has grown to more than 8,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses with an average of 191 clients each. These sitters service more than 1.5 million clients and deliver more than 17.4 million pet-sitting engagements per year.

For pet owners, at-home pet sitting provides a unique alternative to boarding facilities or having to rely on family and neighbours to check in on their pets. Pet sitting goes beyond simply feeding and caring for pets.  Professional pet-sitting services often offer dog walking, care of special needs pets, pet transportation services and pooper-scooper services, in addition to basic pet care.

“Professional pet sitting has become an important service industry in the past 15 years.  Many professional pet sitters put in long hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so they can provide personal in-home care for pets of all kinds,” says Patti Moran, president of PSI.  “The tireless efforts of these small business owners and their staffs to provide optimal care to pets and their owners truly deserve recognition.”

Nina & Douglas Coleare the owners of Nina‘s Nannies for Pets, one of PSI’s 8,000 members.

This year, Nina’s Nannies for Pets plans on making the most of PPSW by highlighting the plight of unwanted animals that are languishing in rescue centres all over the country as a result of the recession. Owners are now finding that they just cannot afford that extra mouth to feed and the RSPCA are being inundated with requests to re-home animals as the recession starts to hit all aspects of society.

Vets are also feeling the credit crunch as owners are leaving it to the last minute to get treatment for their animals and so skimp on routine treatments such as annual injections.

Nina said that she has heard of people asking for their pets to be put to sleep rather than keep them.

Nina’s Nannies for Pets continually strive to provide the best quality service to our pet-owning clients. It’s important to see the industry owe love recognised on a global scale,” Nina .  She also invites anyone interested in learning more about the advantages of hiring a professional pet sitter to visit their web site, to learn more about PPSW and how you can participate, visit the PSI Web site, adds to Editors: For more information on Nina’s Nannies for Pets please visit or call 08450 53 11 52. All media requests should be directed to Nina Cole. For further information concerning the professional pet-sitting industry, please visit Pet Sitters International at or contact Beth Stultz, at

The boy done good!

Luika has been doing extremely well with his dog training, and this morning was no exception.

He runs freely with the bigger boys in class, but now when class begins he is starting to find his manners.

He has one particular friend, whom he constantly seeks out, so it is vital to keep class order that they remain apart.  I am hoping to post some up to date photo’s after next weeks class.

Did I also mention that the Specialist has given Luika’s hips the all clear?  Our appointment was a month ago now, and we were extremely apprehensive, but hugely relieved to when the examination confirmed that it was no more than a slight malformation of his back legs, which should not prove too much of a bother to him.

We have now increased his exercise and upped his socialisation, since this is extremely important for young dogs.

Stay tuned for our next installment.

A Blooming Good New Year!

Wow, what a great start to the New Year!

Our phone has continued to ring off the hook and bookings for this year have been flooding in.  It seems that even during a recession, people are keen to continue with good quality care for their pets and continued home security during their holidays.

Our Dorset, Somerset,  London, and West Sussex branch have been particularly busy and we are heartened to see other areas of the country doing equally as well.  Details of our new pet sitters will follow shortly.

Heavy snow fall was particularly unwelcome recently and some of our sitters struggled to reach their destinations.  However, a pet sitters life is never dull and it took determination and dedication to battle through.  I am hoping that we have now seen the last of adverse weather conditions and we are all looking forward to Springs arrival and the promise of some much needed sunshine.