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Names of dog breeds

A great number of silly things happen when you decide to sit down and write a book. One of them is that you forget to blog and two months go by. Another thing is that you notice some dog breeds are capitalized and others are not. Dog breeds are often named for the country, region,…

So, you live with a pet sitter

Not everyone knows this, but living with a pet sitter tends to be somewhat unusual. It may be amusing, enthusiastic, or even a little bizarre at times. If your significant other is a pet sitter, there are a few things you should know. Do you have a parent, best friend, or neighbor that likes to…

Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions

Is it just me or does everyone receive those “Cloud storage is almost full” notifications twice a year? My Verizon is full of puppy photos. Was it Mick Jagger or Wilbur Wright that said, “Hey you get off of my Cloud!”? The feature photo for today shows Duncan on one of his first walks to…

Faithful dogs – Part 2

Hachikō (Nov 10, 1923 – Mar 8, 1935)Hachiko was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno’s death. Hachikō was born on a farm near the city of Ōdate. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the…

A pet sitter’s photo gallery

A picture is worth a thousand words. The featured photo is a rare shot of Duncan in repose. Twelve hours of maniacal outrageousness wears this little lunatic out every time. I wouldn’t say the following photos are the “best” of Eric’s Pet Sitting, but they are certainly among the top 3,000. Rueben the Weimaraner. He…

Eric’s Pet Sitting newspaper article

Everyone remembers newspapers, right? The Raleigh News and Observer article below was published some time ago, when many former employees had to reinvent themselves during the recession which began in 2008. The article was relevant five years after the recession, and serves as a useful resource even now. The pandemic has altered working conditions for…

Faithful dogs – Part 1

Four awe-inspiring stories of dogs so loyal, they waited years or traveled a great number of miles to be with their owners again. Full disclosure: most of today’s content was provided by various sources edited by yours truly. Featured photos are internet grabs, and not from the archives of Eric’s Pet Sitting. Thank you and…

Developing a pet sitting website

Creating a website for your small business is rewarding, fun, and easy to do. Think of it as a business plan, but with puppy pictures. For pet sitters, most of your business derives from word of mouth, and a website enables potential clients to consider you when they search online. A professional looking website adds…

Dogs, blogs, and catalogs

It has now officially been six months since I began posting blogs to the interwebs. Wow! Time flies, but where in the heck is that $20,000 /month everyone keeps talking about?? Maybe in another six months. In any case, retiring and writing has been every bit as exciting as I’d hoped. I still have a…

Service Dogs Part 2 – FAQs

My previous post on service dogs covered the basics but since this is such a fascinating and counterintuitive topic, I’ve provided a sequel. The FAQs I chose to share here include some of the more interesting exceptions and considerations for those who need to know more about service dogs. A link to the full list…

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