We all know that there’s no place like home, and for most of us, that is the place where we prefer to be when we’re not feeling well.
Home provides us security, comfort, love and peace. It is also the place where many wish to live out their last days. For our pets (most anyway), the same mentality abounds. They just want to be home with their loved ones when they’re in their last days.
Is it always possible to provide our pets the option of being euthanized at home? I guess it depends on where you live, scheduling and what your budget is. Below is a directory for nationwide mobile veterinarians:
We receive numerous requests to date for in and around the Truckee-Tahoe area. Though we still service clients and friends from the Bay Area to Truckee (specifically for boarding, daycare and pet taxing), many new people calling in are wanting to locate a local pet sitter in Truckee or the surrounding Tahoe area for pet sitting and/or doggie exercise. So, we thought we would highlight an awesome Truckee pet sitter for you as a recommendation: Truckee Tails Pet Sitting.
Lisa Purchard of Truckee Tails has been providing people with exhausted dogs since 1999. She is bonded, insured, and certified in Pet CPR.
Lisa provides the best in the way of dog exercise: Off-leash playgroups. This service is an elite service providing the adventure and exploration opportunities that most pet owners wish for their dogs to have while traveling with them. Majority of the dogs (I say majority leaving room for those rare pups who have Duracell batteries built in to them…LOL) are absolutely exhausted–but happily so–at the conclusion of their off-leash excursion with Lisa. And, having an exhausted pup while on vacation is always a good thing! With a tired pup, you will have the opportunity to take in the sights and events in the Truckee Tahoe area, focusing on yourself and those with you knowing that everyone (pups to of course) are enjoying themselves.
In conjunction with providing dogs extraordinary off-leash adventures, she also provides In-Home Visits (you’ll want to refer to her service areas in the Truckee area) so if you want to go out to a nice dinner on Lake Tahoe or even Donner Lake, you’ll be able to do so and in peace.
For our service–In-Home Visits–the duration of each visit lasts anywhere from 30 – 45 minutes. When does the clock start? The minute we enter the door.
Our timing method might not be the same as some other pet sitters who charge for their time to the visit, as well as, time back to their respective “home base”. However, our particular 30 – 45 minute visit time is completely allotted to the animals that we’re servicing and is on-site time 🙂
Pet sitters aren’t all the same on how they arrive at their charges, their timing methodology and so forth. It’s neither good nor bad…some of us are just different from others.
When interviewing pet sitters, and if you’re wondering whether or not the entire visit time is completely on-site time, simply ask them. Don’t be afraid to.
We are busy customizing pet sitting plans for owners all of the time but sometimes, based on the client’s stated request, there comes the request that we just cannot fill. On this note, we occasionally get asked what type of jobs or requests we haven’t been able to meet so we thought we would pass the following example along for information only purposes.
Okay, we get several types of requests for pet care who have specific needs that need to be met. More often than not, we can help the owners 🙂 There are some situations, however, where we believe we cannot help them. An example of that would be as follows (names removed of course because this post isn’t intended to belittle anyone in any shape or form):
The owner wrote us, “My cat will need a vet visit to get a fresh bandage on his surface wound on his leg, as well as 3 home care visits (with pill meds) over the week I’m gone. He wears a cone so he doesn’t try to get at his leg, but is able to eat and drink with it on, when bowls are filled. The vet is less than 1 mile from my house in [left blank].”
We declined this job for the following reasons:
“…For us to pet sit him would require much more than three visits a week but rather two visits per day to ensure the following:
…I hope this information helps you. This email might not be what you’re expecting to receive (where we’re advocating using another service rather than our own) and though we’re a business with a goal to make money, our core focus is the welfare of pets for theirs’ and their owners’ sakes 🙂
We would love the opportunity to pet sit for you and your kitty in the near future, however, and look forward to the honor of doing so.
If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me!”
The above is just an example of a time where we’ve had to turn down a job because we felt that our services weren’t in the best interest of the pet as defined by the owner’s request. What was our suggestion you may ask? We suggested boarding the cat at the veterinary clinic. Why? We felt that it would’ve been cheaper for the owner to board the cat where the cat could be monitored by the veterinarian/staff as opposed to paying our rate of $35.00 per day, for a minimum of two visits per day, in conjunction with the $30.00 Vet Visit charge for taking their cat to its appointment. Since this was an expected budgetary concern for this pet owner, they didn’t get back with us wanting us to perform the visits at a minimum of two per day with one visit on their day of departure (if they left in the morning) and one on their day of return (if they returned in the evening).
Bottom line: We deeply care about our clients and their pets all the way from the pet’s personal care to the budgetary concerns of the owners. Consequently, there are those times where we feel that we cannot meet those specific needs such as in the above example.
This year, KYPSAH will be closed for all services–save for dog boarding–on the following Holidays:
We will be open for all services–save for Dog Walking–on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day of 2012.
For our clients who have us perform In-Home Visits for them, we can job-share with whomever you choose to pet-sit for your fur-kids the days that we will be closed for that service. All you need to do is give the other pet sitter our contact information so that we can coordinate your pet’s care and have a contact number in the event we have questions or that person has questions; we would be able to contact each other.
Many of you may be asking why we’ve decided to close most of our services on the above days and the reason is, we decided to spend quality time as a family this upcoming Holiday season. After working the breadth of our services every holiday that has come around for the past eight years, we decided to still work of course but only offer one service. And, the service chosen was Dog Boarding as that service is easier for us to celebrate as a family–a pack of fur-kids and all 🙂
We hope that you understand but if you don’t, please don’t hesitate to contact Jessie. She would be happy to speak with you with any concerns you may have.
We would like to thank you, Sheila Christiansen, for the most beautiful review of our services on Angie’s List! We are deeply moved by your kindness and are most humbled.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jessie, Larry, Roger and Jordan
We would like to welcome James Bond, Darth, Yoda, Croft and Indiana to the KYPSAH family and truly hope that they continue to enjoy the love and attention that we love to shower them with!
Welcome to the KYPSAH family, Lakota, Soot, Pinky, KC and Miss Kitty! We so happy to get to know you and look forward to many more visits together 🙂
Pituxa is such the love! Here, she’s waiting for me to hurry up with the picture so she can receive her massage.
Manoel enjoying the fresh air.