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The Second Rule of Petsitting…

The pets are always hungry.

Why is this such a problem, I hear you asking. Well, let me put it to you this way:

Sometimes, when it’s very early in the morning, and I am, say, going to the bathroom, I can hear the cats circling outside the bathroom door, meowing piteously as if they haven’t eaten in days, pacing back and forth like very small, yet no less threatening jungle cats, and I think to myself, “If I were dead right now, you’d be eating my corpse, wouldn’t you?”

Yeah. They would be.

Petsitting isn’t all fun and games, dragging a feather around the house for a cat to bat or throwing a stick for a dog to fetch. It means putting an animal’s needs before your own, so that when you wake up in the morning, you drag your bleary-eyed self over to the various cans of cat food sitting on the kitchen counter and mix up a bowl of their diet-specific meal complete with medicine, or slip on farm boots to stomp out to the coop and scoop up some grain to throw in with a handful of chicken treats, all before you sit down to your own breakfast.

These animals are unable to get this food for themselves. They’re dependent upon you for their food and water. It’s really an awesome responsibility, as in the original meaning of the word, awe-inspiring, that you, a third party, has been trusted with the care of another animal which is primarily taken care of by the first party. The trust that person must have in you, and by extension, that animal!

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In addition to feeding them first, be aware that pets have their own feeding schedule. Some households are quite lax about this – “We feed them anytime after 7 p.m.” – but some households and animals, whether for medical or emotional reasons – have a strict routine that must be adhered to. No deciding to go out for a drink after work unless you first stop at home to take care of Rover and Daisy. No sleepovers at someone else’s house unless you’ve first checked it’s okay with the owners to either bring Fido along or leave pets at home alone, and don’t forget you need to either bring their things with you or be back at home early in the morning for feeding time.

If you’re not used to considering anyone else’s needs but your own, the time commitment around meals can be a real adjustment, so make sure you understand the owner’s requirements for their pet’s mealtimes before taking on a job that won’t work with your schedule.

November: A Month in Review on WildlyRead

November in Review

Well, only six book-related posts this month, as opposed to October’s eight, but that’s still more than one a week, so bully for me! And now, a round-up of those posts for the month of November:


Last Week on WildlyRead

Last week, 9/27-10/03/2015, was a record-breaking week for the number of blog posts I was able to write – hooray! All of them were on my book blog, WildlyRead, and covered favorite books like Alice in Wonderland, talked about gorgeous new releases, and gave a preview of what I’m looking forward to reading this month. Check them out!

Sept 27-Oct 3

New Zealand, Post the Second

Moving to New Zealand, Step 2

My visa was approved! New Zealand or bust, baby!

Head on over to WildlyTraveled to read all about the logistics that have consumed me for the past two weeks. More fun posts, now that the real planning can begin, soon to follow!

On WildlyTraveled: Crater Lake National Park

The adventures of the Summer of Camping continue as 6 friends, a dog, and 1 take a 4-day trip to Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.

The view from the rim of the crater on Wizard Island, inside of Crater Lake.

The view from the rim of the crater on Wizard Island, inside of Crater Lake.

Read all about it here, on WildlyTraveled.

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

No need to add my thoughts, really, as this perfectly sums up how I try to live my life and what I hope to pass on to my own daughter someday.


Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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I’ve been posting about #100happydays on my personal Instagram account for a couple of weeks now. I’m absolutely loving it. I post at the end of the day, and it makes me reconsider the happiness of every moment – is my morning shower my happy moment? My first cup of tea? Something in the middle of the afternoon? My pillow at night?

I’m having so much fun, I’ve decided to do a second #100happydays post every day on my WildlyLived Instagram account. Here is my first. Join me in the movement? Or just follow along?

Backyard in March

Backyard in March