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A Week in the Life of a Pet Sitter

Ever wanted to find out what it is like to be a pet sitter?

This month we spoke to Derek Chambers from London who runs Finchley Dog Walker.

www.finchleydogwalker.co.uk

Derek took a diary of what he got up to and has kindly shared it with us.

 

 

Day 1 – Sunday

07:00  Up and dressed, Quick egg on toast for breakfast. A fairly easy day today

08:30  Picked up Kiki for her morning walk over Avenue House. Fed and watered the cats whilst the owners are away

10:00  Back home and time to get ready for Ice Skating with the scouts and St Georges Day

17:00  Pick up kiki for her second walk of the day, Fed and watered cats

 

Day 2 – Monday

06:00  Alarm goes off, press the snooze

06:15  Up and dressed

06:30  Picked up Kiki for her morning walk over Avenue House.  Fed and watered the cats whilst the owners are away

08:00  Back home in time for Kas to be dropped off

08:10  Kas is dropped off and together with Missy and Roxy we go to the Glebelands

09:30  Back home for a quick bowl of porridge

10:00  Pick up Sam the 6 month old Jack Russell for his morning walk.  Off we go to Dollis Brook

11:00  Drop off Sam back home

11:30  Pick up Barny the Tibetan for his first walk of the day and go over the Whetstone Stray

12:05  Barny returned home and given his midday snack

12:30  Pick up Hector a very shy 2 year old rescue Greyhound that so far we have not managed to get him out past the driveway due to the traffic but slow progress is being made with the help of Kevin from Barnet Training School

13:20  Back home for lunch

14:30  Pick up Barny for his second walk of the day

15:10  Return Barney home

16:03  Take a phone call from a gentleman that found me on the internet and wants to walk his Pharaoh hound.  Arrange to meet him on Wednesday at 18:00

17:00  Pick up Kiki for her evening walk and feed the cats

19:00  off out to do some climbing for scouts

 

Day 3 – Tuesday

06:00  Alarm goes off, press the snooze

06:15  Up and dressed

06:32  Picked up Kiki for her morning walk over Avenue House. Fed and watered the cats whilst the owners are away

07:58  Back home in time for Kas to be dropped off

08:15  Kas is dropped off and together with Missy and Roxy we go to the Glebelands

09:30  Back home for a quick bowl of porridge

10:00  Pick up Sam the 6 month old Jack Russell for his morning walk. Off we go to Dollis Brook

11:00  Drop off Sam back home

11:30  Pick up Barny the Tibetan for his first walk of the day and go over the Whetstone Stray

12:05  Barny returned home and given his midday snack

12:40  Pick up Morrisey the 18 month old Lab also pick up Poppy and Frieda and walk them over Highgate Woods

13:50  Back home for lunch

14:30  Pick up Barny for his second walk of the day

15:10  Return Barney home

16:03  Off to meet Sue from Tip Top Dog School with regards to sharing links on the website and possibly working together

17:20  After a successful meeting with Sue and links swapped on website and business cards swapped etc. set off to pick up Kiki for her evening walk and feed the cats

20:30  Leave Kiki and set off home – an extra long day

 

Day 4 – Wednesday

06:00  Alarm goes off, press the snooze

06:05  Up and dressed

06:27  Picked up Kiki for her morning walk over Avenue House.  Fed and watered the cats whilst the owners are away

07:55  Back home in time for Kas to be dropped off

08:07  Kas is dropped off and together with Missy and Roxy we go to the Glebelands

08:11  Sams owners text to see if I can make it 10:30 instead of 10am.  I said I could just about accommodate the time change

09:30  Back home for breakfast

10:25  Pick up Sam the 6 month old Jack Russell for his morning walk.  Off we go to Dollis Brook

11:31  Drop off Sam back home

12:02  Pick up Barny the Tibetan for his first walk of the day and go over the Whetstone Stray

12:35  Barny returned home and given his midday snack

13:00  Pick up Morrisey the 18 month old Lab also pick up Poppy and Frieda and walk them over Highgate Woods

13:50  Back home for lunch

14:30  Pick up Barny for his second walk of the day

15:10  Return Barney home

16:03  ‘Pick up Kiki for her second walk

18:00  Meeting with new client with regards to walking Taxi the Pharaoh Hound (the ones who found my website on bing).

All being well we will be walking him Wednesday and Friday from next week

 

Day 5 – Thursday

06:30  Up slightly late this morning, hurriedly get dressed etc.

07:01  Picked up Kiki for her morning walk over Avenue House.  Fed and watered the cats whilst the owners are away

08:10  Back home.  Kas’s owner is waiting for me – off with Kassy Missy and Roxy we go to the Glebelands

09:30  Grab a porridge on the go and leave to get Oscar

10:00  Pick up Oscar a reactive Boxer for his walk.  Discuss the Yellow Dog scheme  with the owner as I have just become a  member.

11:31  Drop off oscar  back home

12:02  Pick up Barny the Tibetan for his first walk  of the day and go over the Whetstone Stray

12:35  Barny returned home and given his  midday snack

13:00  Pick up Morrisey the 18 month old Lab   also pick up Poppy and Frieda and walk   them over Highgate Woods

13:50  Pick Betty a 4 year old staff up

14:30  Pick up Barny for his second walk of the day

15:10  Return Barney home

16:03  ‘Pick up Kiki for her second walk

18:00  off out to run scouts

22:00  Back home for the day

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