✎ Why Home Pet Sitting | 为何选择宠物上门照看服务

Sweet Problems

甜蜜的烦恼

Having a furry friend in our life is the best thing ever! Sometimes they just turn up in our life unexpectedly: you run into a poor little kitten in a rainy day, after the first emotional moment feeling like a hero, here comes the big decision: am I ready to take him/her home? And after the big decision even comes with more issues: How to raise this little cutie? How can I be sure he/she is on the best diet? How to help him/her to socialize with others? With time passing, you feel so proud to see them getting beautiful, healthy and happy under your care. Doesn't it feel amazing?

生活中有宠物为伴是一件美好的事。有时他们意外闯入我们的世界,在最初的心血来潮过后,我们要面对的是一个郑重的决定:我是否已经准备好迎接他/她?而在这个决定之后又是一系列的问题:如何养育宠物?如何保证他/她得到最好的营养餐食?随着时间流逝,当初马路上那个脏兮兮的小家伙如今在你的精心呵护下变成一个健康快乐的漂亮宝贝,你一定觉得无比自豪。

But it happens we also have life (yes we do!). Sometime we need tohave a last call work travel, work overnight, or we just love travelling: you found a great deal for Thailand for 3 weeks, there is only 1 seat left and you need to take a quick decision.

But….. wait a minute….. Time is ticking, you are hesitating with heavy drops of sweat running down from your forehead: what can I do with my baby? Who can take care of her/him? Shall I leave my beloved one to my alcoholic friend? Or give a try to the cage of some vet clinics? Or just call my Ayi to stop by maybe 5min every day? Hire a pet sitter? Which solution shall I take? Will I feel bad if something happens? Am I going to get bad Karma for that decision?

但同时我们也有自己的个人生活,有时临时的出差、加班或者纯粹的热爱旅行,这些生活中常见的意外事件都指向着同一个问题:有些情况下我们不得不离开家,家中的宝贝将得不到我们的照顾。放在你眼前的是几个选择:将宠物托管给朋友;寄放在宠物店或宠物医院的铁笼里;让阿姨每天顺道过来5分钟喂食;或者选择专业的宠物保姆上门。

Options you may have:

你可能会想到的一些选择:

Friends

求助于朋友

First of all, please understand if your friend offers you an offer, it means you cannot have too much requirement: you handle your baby to the other with mouth shut. Surely it is your friend’s promise to take care of your pet, but it’s a promise without details - the care he/she will provide can be adequate, deficient, much deficient or even none, and you have no right to command.

If you have a puppy who especially needs attention-oriented care, nothing will guarantee your friend will do as he/she is told to – because it’s a routine job which gets boring quickly. Even most people assume they naturally love cuties, even that person is your best friend, she/he will never take the responsibility same as you do especially when you plan to leave for a long period of time. Because it’s a job needs knowledge, training and to be controlled all the time so that it’s quality and consistency can be ensured.

Domestic pets can be highly depended on their owners. It's your responsibilty to provide them with food, water and shelter, on the controversy: they are so bored and have nothing to do everyday since you’ve fulfilled all their survival necessities. They want to feel loved and needs interaction with others. Especially for those rescued/once abandoned animals, commonly they suffer from strong traumas from earlier years; you won’t like to take any risk on them again.

首先你要理解朋友愿意替你照看宠物是出于好心帮你一个忙,这也意味着你不可以有要求。你默默地把宝贝交给他们,但是不可以过多指望——有时朋友会照顾一下你的宠物,有时偶尔看一下,有时甚至不管不顾,这些你都不得而知,而且你也无权管太多。

对于特别需要的照顾的宠物比如幼犬,虽然刚出生不久的狗狗天生怜人可爱。但看护他们这项工作繁琐又枯燥,即便你的朋友刚见面时好爱好爱你的小狗,但是这并不保证她/他会将这份工作和责任负责到底。即便是你最亲密的朋友,也无法保证在你长时间离家的时候能照顾好你的宝贝。因为照看这项工作需要具备一定的动物护理知识,同时也需要通过有效管理来确保服务的持续性和高品质。

我们必须明白,家养宠物高度依赖他们的主人。虽然你给了他们食物、水和一个家,但同时这也意味着当生活必需品被满足,他们成天无所事事,他们需要每天与人互动,感受到被爱。尤其对于那些早年被遗弃或者受过惊吓的动物,他们可能不堪一击。

A friend’s case:

One time a friend was away for a month, so she asked different friends to go to her home check on her two cats once a week on shift. When it’s my turn, I arrived her home and found there was no one drop of water or food in their containers. Cats were meowing loud to me because of thirst and hunger. Besides cats’ pee and poo all over the bed since their litter box was unscooped for many days. And one of the cats got a serious kidney problem soon after the friend came back from travel.

举一个朋友的例子:

有个朋友临时需要外出一个月,所以她安排了不同的朋友轮换着上门照看两只猫咪。轮到我的时候,发现水盆里没有一滴水,也没有任何食物。两只猫咪又饿又渴,冲着我大声叫。另外, 床上都是排泄物,他们的猫砂盆又脏又臭,应该是好几天没有被打扫。这种情况下, 这个朋友回国后不久一只猫咪换上了严重的肾病。

Ayis are experts in home cleaning and organizing, sometimes excellent stinky tofu makers. Pets tend to make a mess when they decide not to be so well behaved sometimes. In this point, home with a pet usually means more workload for Ayi, we’ve heard a lot complaint about pets from them.

Besides, you have to understand the cultural background of the Ayis. Many of them are come from rural areas and they don’t have the same understanding of the role of pets as a family member as we do. Even many ayis are good in heart, but taking care of pets are really not their thing!

阿姨是家务整理的好帮手。宠物们有时有点小脾气可能会把家里弄乱。有宠物的家庭往往对阿姨意味着更多的工作量,所以很自然的阿姨会多少有点抱怨。

另外你也需要理解,阿姨多半来自农村,在中国农村动物多半被认作是牲口,绝非家庭成员。基于这点认识,即便对于心存善意的阿姨,让她们照顾你的宠物并不是一个好主意。

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Without judgment, putting pets in cages can be the most traumatic and inhuman action we could do with our own family (If you really think that your pet is a part of your family). Please reconsider if you tend to take this option! For your pets, changing to a new environment (normally in a cage) without you means being abandoned. Especially for territorial animals like cats, intensive anxiety and fear from cage, noise, environment like mixed dogs and other animals, limited activity range and so on. Sometimes it causes them infectious disease, sickness, strong emotional and psychological problem. After you freshly come back from a relaxing travel, maybe your next destination is a vet clinic.

毫无疑问这是最糟糕的选择,我们建议你在作出这个决定前先换位思考。对于宠物来说,被关进铁笼,眼看着你离开,意味着被遗弃。对于猫这种领地意识特别强的动物而言,更是会遭受剧烈的不安和恐惧; 铁笼外来往的客户、其他动物的噪音和气味以及密闭而狭小的活动空间。很大程度上,密集型的铁笼饲养也极容易发生传染疾病、压制天性、造成动物的情绪心理隐患。当你回家后,更多的问题在等着你解决。

What is pet sitting? According to PSI (Pet Sitter International ) it is defined as: “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.” Dog walking is also a form of pet sitting since it involves coming to the pet’s home to provide exercise and companionship. Caring for pets in the clients’ homes is what separates pet sitters from boarders or doggie daycares.

国际宠物看护组织 PSI 是这么定义这项服务的:“当宠主不在家的时候,专业人员上门看护宠主的服务”遛狗服务也被视作上门宠物照看范畴。宠物上门照看服务与将宠物外出寄养有着本质的区别。

• Pets are happier and experience less stress at home

• 100% 1 to 1 focus to pets

• Daily exercise time is promised

• Diet routines are uninterrupted

• Highly customized

• Eliminated travel trauma for owner/pet

• Minimized infectious disease

• Quick response to emergency

• 在熟悉的环境里宠物更开心,也不会有多余的压力

• 宠物可以得到看护人一对一100%的关注

• 确保你的宠物每天有定时定量的运动量,通过每日运动来提高免疫力要比营养补充剂更有效

• 宠物的日常作息不会被打扰

• 看护人会根据您的要求执行具体服务

• 减免了主人和宠物必须外出得到寄养服务的麻烦

• 减少了宠物交叉干扰的可能性

• 遇到紧急情况下,看护人会立即与你联系,并在你的指令下采取必要行动

• We carefully select good hearted people with education who truly love animals and have experience with pets.

• All pet sitters receive professional pet sitting service education from PSI.

• Strict working standard control on each pet sitters (yes we are more demanding than you on pet sitters).

• Daily photos/videos report

• Direct communication with individual pet sitters

• Vast variety of additional services from medication to house cleaning to plant watering to meet your needs when you are away.

• Over 200 pet owners used and recommended

• 我们悉心选择具有善心、受过良好教育、发自内心热爱动物并对宠物有经验的人作为我们的员工。为宠物提供最好的照顾是我们的目的

• 所有的宠保姆员工都接受专业的 PSI 培训