A little-known fact about me (unless you knew me when): I used to pet-sit regularly. As a way to make a living, even…and this extended into full-time jobs that revolved around caring for animals. I cared for horses, dogs, cats, fish, goats, and even alpacas. If you had a pet in any shape or size and needed someone to love on him and care for him while you were away, I was your girl.
Nowadays, I seem to have fallen on the other side of the spectrum. I have the pet that needs someone to care for them on occasion when we can’t be home. And last week, Rover.com sent my family out for a fun evening while providing dog care for Snoopy while we were away. These are my experiences with Rover.com.
When we need to board our dog, Snoopy, we often take him to the vet (lucky for Snoopy, and for us, the vet is his happy place…go figure). But what about when we’re going to be gone for a long day, and don’t need to board him but need some help letting him outside to use the bathroom? We can’t leave him out all day because he barks. We can’t leave him in all day because he’s a dog and he needs to stretch his legs and relieve himself (and NOT on our carpet, SNOOPY).
So this is AWESOME. Rover.com is a pet-sitting service that matches dogs with a local pet-sitter, who can come over to let your dog out, take him for a walk, or even watch him overnight – in your home or their own, depending on your local sitter, your pet, and your own comfort level.
Here’s how it works:
You call Rover.com and give them some information about your dog, his needs, your needs, and your location. They will match you with several prospective sitters. You can view their profiles, read reviews, see pictures of their home (if they watch dogs in-home), and request a Meet & Greet.
Once you request the Meet & Greet, your prospective sitter will come over and meet your dog. The sitter will set you up on their schedule, and if you like them, you can accept (this happens through the Rover.com site, after you’ve met them).
We used the Meet & Greet to familiarize Snoopy with Hayley, the sitter we chose, and go over instructions with her (which were pretty simple, as she was just letting him out back to go potty and then taking him on a short walk).
Prices vary, but for someone to let your dog out and take them on a short walk you can expect to pay $10-15.
We had a great experience. Hayley sent us a picture of Snoopy while we were out enjoying our dinner, and we’d hire her again in a heartbeat.
You can get $20 off your dog’s first stay with Rover.com here.
You can also become a pet sitter for Rover.com, which is really cool and something I wish was around back when I was pet sitting!
I know how important it is to make sure out pets are well taken care of when we’re away. And we can allllll get a good night’s sleep knowing that Snoopy has a friend who can make sure he’s taken care of when are away. 😉