Category Archives: Pet Sitting

Who Are The Best Pet Sitters in Coral Springs? (Reviews/Ratings)

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!
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Since being in the pet industry, specifically dog walking and pet sitting, I’ve come across a number of individuals who offer illegitimate services to their clients. Many, if not all, of these dog walkers and pet sitters are not licensed let alone insured, don’t provide pet sitting or dog walking contracts and are typically highly inexperienced (the majority of these individuals doing this type of work as supplemental income or as a hobby).

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Overnight Pet Sitter – When Do I Need One?

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

If you’re like most people you enjoy going on extended vacations (2-3 weeks) every now and then but probably worry about

200562379-001leaving your pet for such a long period of time. Sure you’ll have a pet sitter stop by a few times during the day to feed, walk and essentially check up on them but you’re not sure if this is enough to keep your pet happy and healthy while you’re away. No worries, overnight stays may be just the thing for you (and your pet)!

 

How do you know if you need one?

If you worry about 3 out of the 4 choices listed below when leaving your pet then you should definitely consider hiring a pet sitter for an overnight stay next time you’re out of town!

Separation Anxiety

For furry friends who get anxious when their pet parents aren’t around having an overnight pet sitter is a god88804863 send. Many of these pets are usually never absent from the presence of another person. They are typically by their parents side while they go about their daily routines: grabbing a bite to eat, grocery shopping, checking the mail, going to dinner and hanging with friends! When they are left alone they tend to freak out hardcore. Whining, barking, pacing and worst of all destroying things! Having an overnight pet sitter keep your pet from freaking out about where you are and why you’re not around is an added bonus to ensuring that your pet is happy, healthy and stress free while you are away. It also helps to make sure that your home isn’t redecorated by your pet when you get back!

Medical Attention

If your pet is one that requires frequent monitoring due to their health: seizures, heart condition, incontinence then you definitely need an overnight pet sitter to keep a close eye on them not only during the day but also during the night. One of my clients’ dogs’ suffers from a heart condition and is adamant about scheduling an overnight pet sitter to make sure his dogs’ heart doesn’t have any complications throughout the night. He’s an elderly dog whose had a few scares in the past so we make sure to pay extra special attention to him when we spend the night.

Lonely / Bored

Pets get bored and lonely too believe it or not! I once left my cat for 2 weeks with a pet sitter who would stop by twice a day to feed, clean out his litter box and keep him company but this just wasn’t enough as I soon found out when I got back. He was MEOWLING  (my word for meowing and crying really loudly) and following me around for days! He must have missed me and been very lonely because he was so happy to see me and also angry at me for what I assume is leaving him behind. Pets, especially dogs, are very social creatures which is probably why they tend to get a little nutty when you leave them alone for hours at a time. They get bored and start getting into the trash or chewing on your furniture or destroying their toys (does this sound like someone you know???)

Peace of Mind

Knowing that there is someone there keeping an eye on your furry friend while you’re on the other side of the country, in 148163236another state or out for the night is an indescribable feeling. Not having to worry if your pet is bored, lonely or anxious are just a few of the benefits when you hire an overnight pet sitter!

 

 

 

– 2 week vacation to Cancun, Mexico [CHECK!]

– Bags packed [CHECK!]

– Passport and Boarding passes [CHECK!]

– Extra dog and cat food [CHECK!]

– Overnight Pet Sitter [CHECK!]

 

 

South Pointe Boardwalk – Miami Beach Local Hot Spot!

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

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If you ever travel to Miami Beach and want to find a nice spot for a leisurely walk (with or without your furry friend, preferably with) I recommend visiting the South Pointe Boardwalk. This boardwalk is located on the southern most tip of South Beach (1 Washington Avenue), in one direction it leads to the beach while in the other it will lead you to the shops on 5th street. While walking on this boardwalk you’ll be able to enjoy a number of things: a few of the local restaurants like  Smith & Wollensky, Monty’s, and Texas de Brazil, the beautiful marina equipped with a variety of boats (you can even go onto the dock and check out a few of them up close and personal, just be sure to enter through the guest gate) and also the off-leash dog park (which is why you should definitely bring your furry friend)!

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If you’re a Miami Beach local then you know about the boardwalk and you love it and if you’re not then you should definitely visit this boardwalk if you’re ever in town. It is one of the many places on South Beach where you can see and be seen.

I personally love to stop by the boardwalk in the early mornings or at sunset so I can watch the sun rise or set. It’s amazing! I also enjoy taking my pooches on walks here as well since there are always pet parents with their furry friends passing through. The pups especially love coming here because of the off leash dog park that can be found. They’re always so excited once we start nearing the park and always meet one friend or another whom we see on a regular basis when visiting. Both pet parents and pups are so friendly and welcoming, it’s really more than just a community out here, it’s like a family!

If you decide not to bring your furry friend with you or if you don’t have one you can always just stroll the boardwalk either by walking, running, bicycling and/or skating. Just be aware of your surroundings so you don’t run or get anyone run over, this location is notorious for cyclists and traffic can be a little intense. And if you’re not into any of those things just stop by one of the many restaurants along the boardwalk and relax with a drink and some good food.

Oh and don’t forget to check out the amazing beach!

Have you visited the South Pointe Boardwalk before?

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Zoey making a splash in the ocean!

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One of the Carnival cruise ships leaving the port 

 

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The Marina 

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Family/Friends as Pet Sitters

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

I remember my college days living in Denver, CO and traveling periodically to Miami to visit family and friends during my school breaks. It was always such a hassle when I had to leave because not only did I have to book flights, pack and run around an airport like a maniac but I also had to make arrangements for my cat every time I took a trip. My go-to person would be a school friend simply because I knew her, trusted her and didn’t really think I needed a pet sitter. I honestly had never given it much thought either and figured it’s just a person who will feed and clean out my cats litter box while I’m gone.

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It’s not rocket science, anyone can do it… Right? Wrong. As much as I appreciated my friends for taking care of my little rugrat while I was out of town I always came home disappointed in one way or another. But I guess this should be expected as I never paid them for the work they did or in my case the favor they were doing me. I just assumed everyone was as OCD as I am and gave 110% to anything it was they were doing. Having been let down so many times by my friends in regards to to the care of my little fur ball I finally decided to hire a pet sitter and boy did I see a remarkable difference! Here are some of the more notable things that stood out to me: (Keep in mind my trips were typically a week or two in duration) – Bowls were washed and sanitized – Area surrounding litter box was swept and tidy – Excess fur was swept/cleaned up – Hair balls messes were cleaned up – Daily updates on my cat were sent (which was such a relief because I worried about him all the while I was on vacation and felt guilty for leaving him to begin with! So it was nice to know that someone was there hanging out with him and letting me know how he was adjusting while I was gone)

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Clearly he was adjusting well without me!

One of the things that frustrated me the most about having family/friends take care of my cat was the fact that I couldn’t nag to them about all the things they did wrong for fear of hurting their feelings and also because they were doing it as a favor to me and weren’t even getting paid, but with a pet sitter I could easily communicate what I wanted and what I expected from them without having to feel like a diva or guilty for having such high expectations. What can I say? I have standards in regards to the way I want my kids to be treated and taken care of and that’s something that this particular pet sitter understood from the get-go. She assured me over and over again that my cat would be in great hands (because I literally spent 30 minutes grilling her with questions and scenarios… that’s just my OCD and paranoia kicking in), she made sure to provide all of her credentials as well as qualifying experience and was overall very personable, professional (which I extremely appreciated given the informal type of business pet sitting is, that shocked me altogether) trusting and competent to do the job right! Since hiring my very first pet sitter I’ve never again asked any family/friends to watch any of my fur ball family members, which has grown in size by 2: Zoey our German Shepherd and Oakley our domestic shorthair aka street cat. I’ve been extremely pleased with the quality of service I’ve received from various pet sitters in the last few years and honestly couldn’t fathom asking any of my family/friends to care for them knowing now what I know! Have you been debating whether or not to hire your first pet sitter! Or are you a seasoned customer with a bad experience? Contact TLS for your complimentary Meet & Greet consultation where we can assure you your kids are in good hands!

What Does Dog Walking Look Like In Miami Beach?

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

 

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It looks awesome as you would expect!

Here at The Litter Sitter we offer a variety of dog walks 365 days a year (rain or shine, sleet or snow)! For those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of having your dog walked by TLS here’s the lowdown on what you’re missing!

1. The Arrival

We stop by your home at the appointed time enthusiastically greeting your pet while simultaneously wriggling our way inside. The look on your pups face suggests that he’s been waiting all day to see us and is so excited that we finally, finally, FINALLY stopped by. A few jumps, lunges, whines and occasional barks, not to mention slobbery kisses on hands and barren legs from your pup and a few belly rubs, scratches behind the ear and kisses from us concludes our brief yet endearing greeting. We quickly say a silent prayer to the wee-wee pad gods that your pup doesn’t tinkle all over the floor between the time it takes us to greet them and scurry over to grab their leash.

2. The Pick-Up

Once assembled, we make sure all essentials are in hand: leash, poop bags and dog and hurriedly make our way to the door. During all this excitement your pup is more than likely to be bursting at the seams with so much pent up energy but as standard procedure dictates we must ask your dog to sit nicely before racing out the door. With one hand on the door knob and a quick glance behind we are out the door in a whopping 3 minutes! (talk about efficiency and speed)

3. The Adventure

Now that we’ve finally made it outside the adventure can begin! A walk with your pup is a time where both dog walker and pup can bond, enjoy each other’s company and let your pup have some free time of their own to sniff and pee on any and everything their little hearts desire! It’s their time and we try our hardest to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. We seldom walk the same route twice during the week so as not to bore our canine companions and if ever possible, with our clients permission, we’ll even throw in a quick pit stop at the local dog park (they always love this and tend to speed walk and pull the whole way there)! After 30 minutes of sniffing, peeing and occasionally trying to scarf down street food (for those  scavenger-pups our there) we manage to hit all the local hot spots and be back home in time for their afternoon cat nap.

4. The Update

Before heading out we make sure to refresh your pups water bowl, give them a once over to make sure everything is in working order and then proceed to update you on our day! We offer 3 forms of communication when updating our clients those being text, email and paper notes. When sending out texts and emails we give you a quick update on what went down and even include a picture or two. For clients who prefer paper notes we’ll leave you a daily checklist of all tasks completed, a pet report card and a brief note.

And that’s pretty much it!

If you haven’t already scheduled your pup for a walk with TLS, what are you waiting for?

Your pup will thank you for it!

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