Working with animals

As Winter turns into Spring, our thoughts turn again to recruitment.  I thought that rather than write a post on my blog, I would use a video explaining a little about our service and what makes a good Pet Sitter.

I had made a few notes such as the benefits of joining our team and working with animals, but when the camera rolled it was our cat Hari who really stole the show.

Working with animals

Working with animals

I had planned to have her sitting nicely on my knee, perhaps nuzzling my hand as she posed and purred for the camera – how wrong was I! Instead she wriggled, pouted and generally caused mayhem as I endeavoured to deliver a serious company broadcast.  That said however, I decided that the footage was just too funny to pass and so I have posted the full version, giggling and all!

I hope you enjoy and of course, join our busy team of live in Pet Sitters.

Puppy Talk

How time flies! We are experiencing our busiest year yet, the office is buzzing, and our recruitment drive is in full swing. So much so, that I am hoping to announce the newest members of our team in the forth coming weeks.

There is also much excitement as Saturday approaches, since it is the day we collect our new puppy. We have yet to make our choice, but from the beautiful photograph the breeder sent me, you can see how difficult that will be!

It has been thirteen years since we welcomed a puppy into our home, and although memory’s of Zak are still fresh in our mind, we are hoping that he would have approved. There is a crate to order, new toys to be brought and new bedding for his puppy bed.

Melody and Edna (our two cats), are totally oblivious of our impending new family member, but we are hoping that eventually, with a gentle introduction, all will become firm friends.

After much deliberation, we have decided on the name. I had hoped for him to be called Luika, but Doug (my husband), was not keen, so we have settled on the name Lutha. It is a name of peace to which I hope he will aspire and updates will follow throughout the coming weeks.

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.

Recruitment Drive

January hails our new recruitment drive, due to the ever increasing demand for our pet sitting service.

Last year brought expansion into East Sussex, Kent, Somerset and Europe, but we are particularly recruiting further pet sitters in the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, London, Northants, Kent, Surrey and Devon area.  Why not visit our recruitment page for further information.

Pet sitting work is ideally suited to people who have no other work commitments. It is essential that anyone interested in working with animals, have the relevant experience and are adept at caring for pets with special needs, such as puppies, kittens, elderly pets, and those on medication. Experience with livestock such as goats, horses, donkeys, etc are a bonus, but not essential since the majority of our work is with domestic pets.

2007 was hugely successful for Nina’s Nannies for Pets and I would like to take this opportunity, of sending our sincere apologies to those people whom we were unable to help. We are however, hoping not to disappoint too many people this year, but we must maintain our high standards and commitment of care, hence our comprehensive vetting process.

Our usual Christmas party was cancelled last year due to our work commitments, and the death of our beloved dog. Zak, was a huge part of our life, and Christmas festivities was far from our mind during the December period. However, we are planning a gathering of sorts in February. It is an opportunity to catch up with old friends, and to introduce the new members of our pet sitting family. A time to reflect on lost friends, and raise our glasses to new ones. Our members relish our annual meet up and invariably the odd story is told, and funny one recalled.

So come on all you potential Pet Nannies, from the Guildford, Virginia Water, Egham, Staines, Northants, London and Devon area. There are friends to be made, on two legs and four, new places to visit, and stunning walks to find. Who knows, if your application is successful, you too could also be attending our next Christmas party, so pick the phone and lets have a chat.