Lessons from house and dog sitting



I’ve been home for almost a week after three weeks of house/dog sitting for Simon and Sarah[1. Sarah is Bill’s sister, and Simon is Sarah’s fiance.]. I was going to describe my times with Mork, but…no. I’ll just say that it feels good to sleep past 7am.

While I had an interesting time with Mork, I’ll miss his floppy ears, huge paws and awkward trot. I’m sure it won’t be my last time seeing him.

A huge thanks goes to Sarah’s mom and stepfather for taking the other puppy (Mindy).

What did I learn from that experience?

If you want a dog, watch a bunch of episodes of “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.” Owning and caring for a dog is a full-time job.

Get details of everything around the house. Here’s a list of questions to ask the owner.

  • Where can I go? What may I use? What’s off limits?
  • How do you work the electronic gadgets (TV, AV receiver, computer, etc.), dishwasher, washing machine, dryer?
  • What’s the WiFi password?
  • Who are the neighbors? Do they know about me?
  • Where’s the emergency shut-off for gas and water? Circuit breaker?
  • Is there parking enforcement?
  • When is trash day?
  • Do you want the plants watered?
  • Are you expecting important mail or packages?

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

4 thoughts on “Lessons from house and dog sitting”

  1. If you ever are interested in coming to Silverlake for a couple of weeks, I have two darling cats and answers to all of your questions (above).


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