Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A New Chapter: In Which We Get A Little Bit Official

Friends, I have great news. I now have my first official dog-sitting job!

I guess I've been thrown in the deep end doing 5-days-a-week house visits for Ava, the 8 week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pup... but I love it! Cute little ears and paws aside, I'm learning a lot... quickly!

Ava, my first official dog-sitting charge

Her people are friends of my boyfriend, and currently work full-time. When they're home though, they are doing everything textbook in terms of puppy-raising, so it's a test of my skills to keep it up as Ava's primary carer during the day! I am in charge of looking after, loving and training the 8 week old pup during the day. Whew!

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know which dogs I have cared for in the past. What you probably don't know is what kind of dog I go gaga over the most: large, male goofballs. (At least, that's how I imagine my future dog.) Which is... a little different from the dogs I have been asked to work with so far.

Does Ava fit that criteria? Not a bit! Do I care? Not a bit! I love doing this and am super grateful to her people for giving me this opportunity to learn about puppies, and have another sweet furry in my life. And who knows, maybe it's a sign... maybe I'll decide my future dog will be female, or a small dog! But for a time, the spotlight will be on this little one...

See? This is serious business now!


  1. Nawww look at that "innocent" expression

  2. She is super cute! I know you will do a great job!

    1. Thanks Blueberry's human! I don't KNOW, but I hope I do!

  3. Oh wow! That is exciting! I share your feelings on big goofy dogs...though I have developed a soft spot for small, scrappy, grumpy, snorty little females too (though by "small" I mean petite pittie mix, and not so much truly small dogs). But it sounds like a great gig in any case! I'm sure you'll do an excellent job applying your enthusiasm for training and learning and your love for dogs.

    1. Thanks Kirsten! It wasn't planned, it just sort of fell into my hands. I'm not overly qualified, but I know for sure I can definitely do what the average pet-sitter/dog-walker or pet owner can do, and as I love training I'd like to do a bit more! :)

      Funny, I actually don't truly know what you see in the scrappy, snorty types! My heart goes pitty-pat over big goofball retrievers, huskies and the like. Those smiles and tail wags!


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