Pet Sitters’ Panel Discussion: Shelley Hamilton, Glen Hatchell & Nina Perino

I convened a panel of professional pet sitters—Shelley Hamilton of Perfect Pets, Glen Hatchell of Home Buddies (also a former WMNF Morning Show Host), and Nina Perino of Love All Beings Pet Sitting—to discuss various aspects of pet sitting. NinaPerinowDog1We had a peppy, illuminating conversation that included hearing a bit of each panelist’s background (it appears that the corporate world’s loss is the pet sitting world’s gain), and what spurred them to enter this profession. Perino, Hatchell and Hamilton outlined the criteria crucial to selecting a pet sitter, Glen Hatchell CBW Tampa picture with dogswhat to look for, the questions to ask, etc. Among the significant points that emerged: first-rate professional pet sitters are bonded and insured, which can have important implications if, say, water damage or some other problem develops at a client’s home—particularly in contrast to having the neighborhood kid look after the animals. We also explored the parameters—what sorts of tasks and services are reasonable to ask a pet sitter to perform, and what sorts are unreasonable. There seemed to unanimity among Shelley & Lucy Hamiltonthe three, while noting certain services only offered by one of the panelists, like Perino’s transportation (“taxi”) to a client’s veterinarian or groomer, or Hatchell’s dog training. The trio addressed a panoply of other topics, from the singular challenges of dog walking amidst the heat, humidity and rainstorms of Florida summers, to how to handle looking after client pets in the midst of fireworks, to the animals they personally live with at home, and more. (,,,,




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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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