The Savvy Sitter: a Decade in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

As we eagerly approach a decade in the pet care industry, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey that brought us here. From wagging tails to heartfelt goodbyes, each moment has been a reminder of why we embarked on this rewarding path. As we celebrate nine years in business and look forward to many more, we want to share the invaluable lessons we’ve learned along the way.

Lesson 1: Every Pet Has a Different Story

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Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of meeting pet  companions from all walks of life. Each pet comes with its own unique personality, quirks, and backstory. From rescue pups finding their forever homes to senior cats seeking companionship, every interaction has taught us to approach each pet with empathy, understanding, and a whole lot of love.

Lesson 2: Trust Is Earned, Not Given

Building trust with our clients and their beloved pets has been the cornerstone of our success. From the first meet-and-greet to the daily walks and cuddle sessions, we’ve worked tirelessly to earn the trust of both pets and their owners. Consistency, reliability, and open communication have been our guiding principles, laying the foundation for long-lasting relationships built on mutual respect and care.

Lesson 3: Flexibility Is Key

In the world of pet care, no two days are ever the same. From last-minute schedule changes to unexpected emergencies, we’ve learned to embrace the unexpected with grace and flexibility. Adapting to the needs of our clients and their pets has been essential in providing the best possible care, whether it’s adjusting walking routes or accommodating special requests. In return clients are often just as flexible and understanding.

The Savvy Sitter: a Decade in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

Lesson 4:  The Learning Continues

In an ever-evolving industry like pet care, staying stagnant is not an option. Over the years, we’ve made it a priority to stay abreast of the latest techniques, best practices, and advancements in animal behavior and welfare, along with our business. Whether it’s attending workshops, conferences, reading books, consulting with experts or online courses, we’ve sought out opportunities to expand our knowledge and enhance our skills and will continue to do so in the years to come.

Lesson 5:  Celebrate Milestones, Big and Small

As we celebrate nine years in business, we’re reminded of the countless milestones we’ve achieved along the way. From our very first client to the loyal families who have been with us since the beginning, each milestone is a testament to our passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to providing the best possible care for our furry friends. And as we look ahead to the next chapter, we’re filled with excitement and gratitude for the adventures yet to come.

The Savvy Sitter: a Decade in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking


As we embark on our journey towards a decade in the pet care industry, we’re filled with gratitude for the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the countless wagging tails that have brightened our days. Through the ups and downs, challenges, and triumphs, one thing remains constant: our unwavering dedication to providing the best possible care for our clients’ beloved pets. Here’s to nine years of paw-some adventures and many more to come! Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey.

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Savanna Westwood

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