A day in the life of a Pet Sitter in Miami Beach

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MORNING

It’s 7:00am in sunny Miami Beach, FL. The sun has yet to start scorching the sidewalks but it won’t be long now…

Right now your sitter is currently rolling out of bed, wiping off a few crusty eye boogers and making their way to the bathroom to get all glammed up for the first round of appointments! And by glammed up I do mean ¬†hair in a pony tail with a cap on, absolutely no makeup, sneakers, work tshirt and a pair of comfy, slobber resistant jeans.¬†Grab a quick breakfast which usually consists of some sort of power bar and they’re out the door in a whopping 20 minutes! (Now that’s a record breaker. Who do you know that can get ready in the morning that fast and still look fabulous?)

As they hop on their bike they realize the patches of hair disbursed all over their uniform! Boy would a lint brush come in handy right now, where did I put that thing? is what your sitter will be thinking. But no worries, the kids love it! New smells always make for new and interesting experiences.

By 8:00am the sitter is well into completing rounds. Walking pups, feeding and refreshing water bowls, cleaning out liter boxes are just the tip of the iceberg. Once all morning rounds are completed they can take a minute to check in with pet parents and let them know their kids are still alive and kickin’, tweet about how Lucy totally barfed all over their shoe 5 minutes ago and prepare for their next round of appointments.

MIDDAY

After a brief break which included a quick lunch, some daily news and cuddles with the sitters own fur babies it’s time to gear up for round 2 of appointments! Time to hit the pavement hardcore this time around! Midday hours are the busiest time of day since pet parents are hard at work between the hours of 9-5pm, so we’re hard at work taking pups on potty breaks or to dog parks and beach trips and overall just making sure our furry friends are having a blast and happy! By now the sitter is 60% covered in slobber and/or outside debris not to mention battle scars that include scratches from one too many bear hugs and biscuit making from cats (kneading).

EVENING

After another short break which hopefully included a nice and tasty dinner it’s time to head out one last time for the evening rounds! There are dinners to be served, walks to be given and belly rubs equipped with night time tuckings to be done. At this point the sitter is pooped. Having run around the city all day taking care of fur babies they are just about ready to conk out for the day. The sitter may go straight home to a much needed 8 hour power nap or head on over to a client’s home for an overnight stay in which they will spend the rest of their evening hanging out with a pup or kitty and enjoy their new cuddle buddy for the night.

The next morning at 6:00am they are up and tending to their cuddle buddy’s needs and then it’s up and at ’em again with morning rounds!

Photo Sep 23, 7 35 08 PMApollo and his empty food bowls

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Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

  • Jack Bobeck

    Lori,
    Great blog and content! I read Pet Product News and the latest edition says that more people who hire dog walkers are actually asking the walker to wear a fit-bit or GPS device so they can keep track of the actual number of steps taken and route for the walk.

    What do you think about this invasion of your privacy? Do you think its here to stay?

    Jack Bobeck
    Jacksonville, FL

    • Haha funny you should say that because I wear a fitbit flex! Not because I was asked but because I was doing so much walking I wanted to know exactly how many steps and calories I was burning a day (pretty ridiculous!)
      I personally wouldn’t have a problem with sending my clients a report via an app that tracks my walk time and route. I know of a number of dog walkers (not in my area) who use these apps and send these reports to their clients. I wouldn’t see it as invasion of privacy, just as I don’t see a client having cameras in their homes as invasion of privacy, it’s more peace of mind to them and that’s what I aim for.

      • Jack Bobeck

        Might be a good way for you to add additional value, where others are not…..a competitive advantage.