House Calls 4 Pet Sitting

Looking into the rescue pets eyes do you see their survival journey

Looking into the rescue pets eyes as a pet sitter there is such knowledge of the multifaceted human nature… their survival journey all the way to the happy endings of how they learned to trust again would be inspirational novel. 

 For the pet owner of a rescue it can be gut wrenching to be away for any extended length of time.  How do they take vacation or work long days without their pet?  Boarding at a kennel or the Veterinarians may be reminders to the rescued pets of their past life.  Many were abandoned, abused and too many have lived in cages surrounded by sickness and fear.  Their routine in their loving forever home is their sanctuary. 

That is where House Calls Pet Sittings helps these special pet owners by providing all the love, routine and reinforcement in their pets forever home to make sure they continue to feel secure and the well deserving pet owner can travel worry free. With our pet care the beloved adopted pet gets to stay home in their familiar surroundings with the smells of their loved owners.

Some pets have been so traumatized that they cower or yelp when you come close.  As a pet sitter I help the pet feel that there are other humans who can be trusted.   By being patient, slow movements, soft voice and keeping their routine in familiar surroundings this can be possible.  Sometimes this is a very slow process that is so endearing when the mission is accomplished!

Being a Pet Sitter I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful pet owners who have rescued pets and given them that forever home. 

House Calls Pet Sitting’s Elizabeth shares:

“Elizabeth’s and Marlo’s Story”

My most memorable experience as a pet sitter is a dear rescue named Marlo.  Marlo was a sweet boy that started life out with his experience with humans not being the best.  He was found abandoned covered in oil with some of his litter mates in an old parking lot.  Fortunately, he was saved and then adopted by a loving family.  He remains understandably shy around strangers.  I have never seen Marlo act aggressive in any way and opts only to back away quickly with fear in his eyes if anyone other than his family get too close.


Two Christmas’s ago I got the pleasure of watching him and his two dachshund brothers while his parents were away.  This was a two week call and I had watched Marlo before but had not won his complete trust so I was hoping that I could make some progress with Marlo.  I decided to make a move after feeding him dinner.  I brushed his back quickly with my fingers as I walked away from him as he ate. It startled him but he didn’t shy away. In keeping with my normal routine I went to sit on the couch and his brothers for our normal snuggle time next together. Marlo, sniffed around a bit after eating and then looked at me, walked over and softly laid his head in my lap. I gingerly held out my hand and gently stroked his head.  He finally understood that I cared about him and that I only meant well.  An overwhelming feeling of gratitude and emotion came over me as I knew this was not easy for him.  Marlo melted me that day and I always will have a special place in my heart for him.  

Please share your rescue pets stories with us!

By: Debbie June Rickman Laughlin

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This is a story that really warms my heart. Rescue animals have such a hard time at boarding facilities because they are back in a cage. I’m so glad Marlo decided you were his.

Wendy Tom on May 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I know I was blessed when Marlo trusted me. It is too frightening for re3scues to be back in a cage… I am glad his owners recognized this and choose an experienced pet sitter.

Debbie June Rickman Laughlin on May 15, 2014 at 2:14 am

This story of little Marlo melted my heart. It’s hard to imagine all the terrible things rescue pets may have to endure before they find their forever home. It always makes us as pet sitters feel so full of joy when one of our buddies decides to fully trust us!!

Jenna Loewen on May 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Amen Jenna! One of the most rewarding experiences.

Debbie June Rickman Laughlin on May 15, 2014 at 2:15 am

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Thank you Lisa and Lu !!!

We moved to a new house so we lost our precious friend who babysitted our boy for 8 years. It was hard to even think about any vacation because it meant we had to find the best babysitter for Leonardo. My friend highly recommended Lisa Burks and her company House Calls 4 Pet.  Just talking to Lisa first... More

Thank you Yuliana, for taking the time to share your experience with the care of your special boy while you were away!

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