How I Became a Girl Boss 👊🏻💁🏼‍♀️🐾

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It’s hard to really pinpoint when things changed for me. Looking back from where I am now, I can hardly believe what I get to do for a living. I am continually amazed and blessed by all the opportunities that have come my way.

What’s my job, you might ask?

I’m a petsitter.

But I wasn’t always.

I actually used to be a chef. Before that, I scooped ice cream, waited tables and was even a hostess at one point. I basically worked every position in a restaurant…except maybe bar tending or managing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ When I was a chef, I was used to always being caked in flower, having to clean grease traps and putting up with the public’s every order.

There are parts of kitchens that I miss. The rush. Filling orders. Getting to use really cool knives and carrying them in a fancy knife roll. (You wanna see my knife collection? 😂 It’s best if you say that in the accent of The Butcher from Gangs of New York.) There are also parts I didn’t like–like aforementioned grease trap, people who don’t know the difference between medium and medium well—if you say medium, there’s a touch of pink, don’t care if you’re from Minnesota or Arkansas, that is what that term means—and weird hours.

But ANYways, back to the topic at hand. How did I become self employed? How did I get such a cool job of watching pets for people?

Honestly? It was a happy accident.

I’ve always loved animals. I had always grown up with them, taken care of them and just loved being around them. When people didn’t understand those unspoken feelings I had when I was upset, my pets always did. My dogs would always lick my tears off my face, crawl up into bed and lay down next to me until I dozed off and the very next day, they would follow me around, wagging their tails and just wanting to be loved. Isn’t that what we all want? To be loved?

After a few years in restaurants, 5-7, I was burnt out. I had been going to college and…that didn’t pan out either. I just didn’t care about any of it. And when I don’t care about something, there’s no hope.

I quit college, where I was going to get a culinary degree. I quit cooking and started working as a hostess. Still, working in a restaurant, but not having to get burnt by fryer oil or having to crouch behind a cooler to sneak a bite of food because in that business, if you don’t smoke, you don’t get a break.

I went from job to job for a while after that. I tried working in an office. That really wasn’t for me. It was a mold, water, fire and suicide remediation cleanup business. I got a lunch break and I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself.

From there, I worked at a salon as a receptionist and then I was back in restaurants again, working in a bakery and icing cakes and feeling dejected.

I then started up a petsitting page on Facebook. I had been doing it on the side up until that point and had been wanting to get more serious about it. I posted every day or every other day and I started getting calls and messages.

The rest, as they say, is history. Now, I watch people’s pets while they are gone and get paid to do it. I stay in 3,000 square foot homes sometimes, homes with pools, homes with incredible views, and watch pets and take care of them.

This weekend, I got to watch a farm with 6 dogs, 2 cats, 3 burros, 2 miniature ponies and 5 goats! And yes, 2 of them were fainting goats, but they did not faint for me this weekend! 😂

I honestly have to pinch myself sometimes. I cannot believe that this is my life and that this is my job. I know it’s cheesy, but now I really know what people mean when they say, “Do what you love.” I love my job.

I am so glad that I get to do something meaningful and not slough off to a job I hate every day! Every day is honestly an adventure—sometimes I don’t know where I’ll be next, who I’ll meet. My job has also given me free time to focus on blogging, YouTube and social media, whatnot. And for that I’m grateful! I generally have more time to spend with my family and my grandparents, which is very important to me.

I have even been able to plan this trip to Italy with my grandfather, going over to his house a lot of days when I have finished checking on pets.

There is such a freedom and a peace now in my heart and I thank God for that. I am so glad that I get to wake up each day and have an actual purpose. Things make sense now.

When I look back at those years that I saw as wasted in restaurants and in college, I guess it makes sense now. It took me going through all of that…to get to where I am now. ✌🏻

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❤️Petsitting: My Favorite Pictures I’ve Taken On The “Job”❤️

A Musing

  I love petsitting. ❤️ 

 I seriously have one of the coolest jobs in the world. I get paid, essentially, to take care of pets. Feed them, play with them and cuddle them, take them for walks and just spend time with them! If you had asked me 2 years ago if I’d thought I would be doing this full time, I probably would have looked at you like you were crazy!

 

 I think that’s how it works most of the time. We see our hobbies as only that: hobbies. Lucky for me, I was able to combine my hobby and passion into a fulltime job that I love. ❤️ 

 I’ve actually been thinking about doing a webinar series on what I do and explaining it more in depth. I don’t know if anyone would be interested in knowing how I do what I do and how I make a fulltime income off of loving on pets, but if I do something like that in the future, I will post a link here on my blog! If you are interested in something like that, drop a comment on this post! 👇🏻


  I wanted to make this entry an appreciation post full of all the cute pictures I’ve accumulated over the last 2 years of pets I’ve watched. I knew I had a lot, but I didn’t realize just how many! 😂 I spend a lot of time with pets, so usually, I can catch them doing some pretty cute and funny things!

  Here are some more of my favorites!


Elvis and Oscar the pugs!


Bella! She had very good manners, as you can see here. 👋🏻


Trudy! ❤️ She is adorable!


Callie the pig, just sunbathing. ☀️😎✌🏻


Hilde, the giant schnauzer, and Daisy the Australian Shephard mix!


Chin Chin! I got to celebrate his 1st birthday with him! 🎉 


Frank and Jack, the brother kitties! 😽


Rocky and Lola, partners in crime!


Oliver, who’s always up to play fetch!


Patches and Belle! ❤️


Jackson and Cali! They loved jumping in the pool.


Little Miss Leah! She looks like she’s smiling here! 😍


 Hazel the Dachshund and Chewie the Boxer!


Leo, the very photogenic cat who is always ready for a closeup. 📷


Max, Ozzy and Darcy! This is a record breaking photo, right here. It’s hard enough getting one pet to look at the camera! Two is difficult and three is unheard of!


Shiloh, my favorite little floof and American Eskimo! ❄️


Doodle! My first pet I ever watched. I started watching her in high school.


Jingles the Boston Terrier! And on the bottom, Lola and Fletchie!

 I have so many great memories from petsitting and these are just a few of my favorite pictures. I’ve been to weddings, pet birthday parties, I get to swim in pools and stay in some cool places all around Knoxville—I still can’t believe this is my life.

  Anyways, hope these pictures brought a smile to someone’s face! They still make me laugh looking at them sometimes! If you have a pet of your own, give them a hug! We’re the lucky ones they have chosen to call friend. ❤️

Houdini the Hamster 

A Musing

  I’m really sad today. 😥 Houdini our hamster passed away last night. This blog post is for him.

  He was a sweet little guy. 🐹 We got him a little over 2 years ago from a pet store. At first, he really didn’t trust us. It took about a month to get him used to us by putting treats in our hands until he would take them from us. He went from craning his neck out as far as he could to get it, then eventually he would put his paws on my hand and take the treat, then he got to where he would let us pick him up. ❤️


 This picture makes me laugh! 😂 Houdini was out early in the morning and I snapped the lamp on and he froze! He would always be out early in the morning and late at night and I would get him out and hold him.

  Hamsters don’t live very long, but just like any other pet, you love them. So don’t ever let anyone make you feel silly for mourning the loss of a pet. They are a part of your family. 

  Houdini made us laugh, cuddled with us and was so sweet and tame. He was the first hamster I’d ever had—my husband Tim had one as a kid and he convinced me to get one. Houdini was also a part of Tim’s magic show. 🐹

  I cried a little today, but Twix, our rabbit, helped me cheer up, and I’m sure the pets I watch this week will help me too. 

  We have been so lucky to have such sweet pets. 💕 I think sometimes, they find us. I’m also grateful that I had some time with Houdini the day before he passed away. He hadn’t been acting like his normal self—really, it had been a few months that he had seemed just slower and shaky in his movements. He came out less and just seemed to age overnight. 

  The other day, I got him out and just held him and he snuggled up in my hand. He actually fell asleep, which he had never done before. ❤️ I think he knew he was loved. When we found him the next day, he just looked like he had fallen asleep, so I know he went peacefully. 


 Houdini, you will be missed. You made us smile and laugh and you were such a good little hamster, even the couple of times you escaped, you came back to us and climbed into our hands instead of running away. 😂 You will always be my first and favorite hamster and you made me really appreciate that every living thing is important, from the biggest animals to the very smallest. Love you, Dini. ❤️

Petsitting♥️:Going My Own Way

A Musing

So, my schedule has been pretty full with petsitting lately! Next week, I get to watch some basset hounds+a cat and the rest of this month is going to be crazy! 😜

  I really like that some days, I don’t know where I’m going to end up or who I’ll be watching. It’s definitely an interesting job! I think the most rewarding thing, other than watching cute dogs, cats and occasionally a pig, is that I’m doing this on my own. 

  I was thinking back the other day on a time where I was working for someone else, someone who didn’t appreciate the things I did for them, and how miserable I was. 

   And it made me realize—not only was I surrounded by fake people, but I wasn’t living my genuine life. I think, sometimes things fall apart because they’re not meant to be, that way we can thrive and do what we’re really meant to do. Petsitting may not be what I do the rest of my life, but…I feel so much more in sync. I think I’m where I’m supposed to be.



 I love getting to see all of these faces!


These are the most common questions/misconceptions people have about petsitting:

Do you just…pick up poop all the time?💩

No. Sometimes, it’s a messy job, but a lot of times I’m actually playing with pets, feeding them, taking care of them, cuddling with them or just taking adorable pictures of them. 📷

You’re married. How does that work?

Just like any other job. Sometimes, I travel or am away for work, but it doesn’t really keep me from things I normally do, like laundry. Some weeks, I have a lot of downtime, so it really balances out.

You’re your own boss and get to make your own schedule.

I am my own boss. And I do get to consistently make my own schedule, so this one is pretty spot on! ✔️

Petsitting…is it really a “job”?

Definitely! To some people, their pets are everything and just like children. It’s a fun job, but definitely still work. I like to think of myself as a concierge: I’m there to answer questions or communicate with pet owners, but when it comes to me staying in their homes, I try to leave as little trace of my presence behind as possible. 


I am so glad that I started this journey and started working for myself! Do you have any questions about petsitting? Have you done any yourself?