Posts tagged ‘pet sitting tips’

January 27, 2011

I have a Protege

by Bonnie Best

I’ve been honored to have had several of my readers write to me, and inform me, that my book had been beneficial to them in one way or the other.  As an author, there is no higher compliment.  I am blessed to have had the fortitude to continue forward in completing the book, because I knew that there would be “someone” out there that could benefit from my experience.  My intent was to help others avoid the  pitfalls that new pet sitters stumble in, and also help them  become better pet sitters for their clients. 

This past week I had another privilege and that was being introduced to one of my youngest protégé’s, a 10-year-old who is very busy out there creating her own dream of becoming a pet sitter!  She received my book as a gift and was just thrilled to be “getting tips” from it and how excited and happy she was to be able to be a pet sitter!  I have never heard a person so enthusiastic, and thrilled to be helping others!  She understands that her service is indeed important.  She went on to tell me what services she provides, which is not limited to basic pet care, but also includes taking in the mail.  She has even provided in “her home” care for one puppy because the owner does not want to leave it home alone.  Good idea and one I recommend, for dogs under 1  1/2 years of age. 

I asked her if I could feature her on my blog and she was as honored as I was in speaking with her! 

Her name is Alexandra Barikhan and she is thrilled to be a pet sitter.  She not only cares for the pets, feeding and watering, but also cleans up the yard and litter pans and brings in the mail.  She informed me she cares for all animals including turtles! 

Her background in animal care comes from growing up in a family who raise and show champion dogs and horses.  Right from birth, animals have been a large part of her life.  Not only does she handle the dogs, smooth coated collies, in the junior handling classes, she also shows a beautiful champion Friesian stallion. 

Having the opportunity to speak with Alexandra, was not only fun and enlightening, but a flash back to my own child hood and how it all started for me. Hearing Alexandra’s passion, I know her future is definitely a bright one! She will certainly be running a very successful pet sitting business!  Her parents can be proud in having a young entrepreneur in the family, filled with dreams, and the desire to achieve them.  Truly an American spirit!