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What is the difference between Pet Sitting and Boarding?
Pet Sitting is when a pet care technician goes to the pets’ home for care.
Boarding is when the pet goes somewhere other then their home to be cared for.
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Danny kitty on catnip pillow

Why Use Us

Why Use Professional Pet Sitting Etc ?

                                    Peace of Mind


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You have probably never given much thought to just how much time and effort you put into your pet’s good health and happiness. When you are gone, many things have to be done on a daily basis to make certain your pets are safe, secure, comfortable and happy. Professional Pet Sitting Etc. has decades of experience in animal care, and we go through the following checklist every time we visit with your pets:

  • Bring in the newspaper
  • Bring in the mail
  • Give each pet clean, fresh water
  • Give each pet the fresh food
  • Give treats, if allowed
  • Scoop litter boxes, if needed
  • Have loving playtime with each pet
  • Take pets out for a walk, if needed
  • Make notes for owners
  • Administer medications, if needed

You do most of these things automatically when you are at home.

Isn’t it comforting to know that someone is going through a checklist each day and will do them for you while you are away?

Kira, black and tan shepard

Advantages and Benefits of Pet Sitting

Advantages and Benefits

from using

Professional Pet Sitting, Etc.


Advantages for your pet include: 

  • In your home, your pet remains in his or her secure environment, where all the sights, smells and sounds are familiar.
  • In your home, your pet follows his or her customary diet and exercise routine.  Some pets get very depressed and may stop eating in a pet care facility (see note below at end of page).
  • Your pet is not traumatized by travel in a vehicle.
  • In your home, your pet is not exposed to other animals, diseases, fleas, ticks and other parasites.  Most pet care facilities do their best to keep things at bay, however, it only takes one infected pet to spread it from pet to pet in close quarters.
  • In your home, your pet is not traumatized from other pets trying to fight with them (pets can go home with cuts, scrapes and bites) in a group environment at a pet care facility.  Some pets become aggressive with other pets when they go home.
  • Your pet will be less stressed left at home.
  • Your pet will stay happy left at home.  Some pets will come home with diarrhea, anxiety, destructive chewing, and other behavioral problems after being in a pet care facility.
  • In your home, your pet will not regress in housebreaking.  When pets are at pet care facilities, they are allowed to go to the bathroom where ever, when ever they want.  Sometimes, these pets think it is okay to do at home also.
  • Your pet will be happy in his/her home rather than in a cold, lonely environment away from home.
  • Pets in their own home, do very well alone when you are away.  Most pets are home alone while you are at work and at night when everyone is sleeping (in most cases, there is no need for a sitter overnight).  We do recommend a visit in the middle of your work day and three (or 4) visits per day while you are away.
  • Most importantly, your pet receives love and personal ONE ON ONE attention while you are away, whereas in a pet care facility it could be up to 25 dogs to one person (in some cases 25+ ).
  • Your pet will not have to spend extra time away from home, due to the pet care facility being closed on a Sunday or a holiday.
  • Shy pets, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets always do better in their own home environment rather than in a pet care facility.


Benefits for you include: 

  • SAVE GAS – we come to your home.
  • SAVE MONEY – in multi pet households, our prices will be less expensive then a pet care facility. You do not have to pay for extra days if you come home on a Sunday or holiday when pet care facilities are closed.
  • SAVE TIME – no need to take time out of your already busy day to drop off your pets or pick them up.
  • As a registered client, we will always cover you if you ever became hospitalized, have a family emergency or a death in your family.  We will start pet care just as soon as possible.
  • You are not inconvenienced (or traumatized!) by transporting your pet.
  • You are not stressed having to drop off or pick up your pet in certain time periods.  You will pay extra if you are late to pick up at a pet care facility.
  • You do not have to impose upon a friend, neighbor or relative when you use our service.
  • Your home is looked after as well, since most pet sitters provide crime deterrence.
  • You can leave home worry-free, knowing your pet is in good hands.
  • You will ALWAYS be covered in emergencies, such as hospitalization or death in the family.
  • Once you are a registered client with us, You will NEVER have to worry about finding another pet sitter if they move away, if they come down with the flu, if they have a death in the family, if their car doesn’t start, if they need to have a full time job, etc.  Professional Pet Sitting has 38+ pet sitters on staff.
  • SAVE TIME – Also you will never have to spend extra time checking on another pet sitter, pet sitting company (or every independent contractor).  If you can not use Prof. Pet Sitting for any reason (maybe we are not in your area), you should check police background, bonding, insurance and references.  We do all of the above for you on all of our employees, to keep you and your pets SAFE.  Remember that if you check the pet sitting company and this company uses independent contractors, not employees, you MUST check both. Click here for more info on IC’s.
  • When using Prof. Pet Sitting, you can return home at any time of the day or night and find your healthy, happy pet eagerly waiting to greet you.


All in all, the majority of pets will do better in their own home, with a pet sitting service making visits.  The pets that do not do well at home while you are at work, obviously will not do well when you go away.  Aggressive pets are also not a good candidate for pet sitting.

If you feel guilty placing your pet in a pet care facility, as is with the majority of us, do you and your pet a favor and leave them home with a quality pet sitter.

Pet sitters who stay overnight in your home, are generally not necessary.  You will be paying for a person to sleep and your pets are sleeping also.  The only time that overnights maybe necessary are when a pet is ill (and then that pet may be better in an animal hospital – keep in mind that there is no hospital or pet care facility that has a person check on every pet 24/7, even if they have a person on the premises at night).

If you use a pet sitter other than our company, please check them out THOROUGHLY.  Pet sitters are not created equal.  To keep you and your pets safe, check out “Frequently Asked Questions” to help guide you when you check out other pet sitting companies, pet sitters and all independent contractors  hired by other pet sitting companies.

If you MUST use a pet care facility, for whatever reason, please do your homework.  See EXACTLY where your pet will be “living”.  Do not accept excuses (insurance regulations, it will disturb the dogs) or just look through a window where your pet will be, actually go in and see the actual pet quarters.  Inspect the kennel – is it spacious, is it clean, does it smell, is the concrete or paint chipping, are the sides made of fencing.  It is not recommended that pets can “touch” each other through fencing, some dogs will lift their leg to urinate and it will go into the next kennel, possibly onto your pet.  Pets may also try to fight through fencing or get paws and/or teeth caught.

Note:  A Pet Care Facility can be any place away from your home that takes care of pets, such as a boarding facility, kennel, etc.


Whisper kitty 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions About Our Service

What to Look for in a Pet Sitter and Pet Sitting Company?


Use these questions to help guide you in finding a good quality pet sitter/company to keep you and your pets SAFE

Our company gives you peace of mind pet care, 365 days per year.

Once you become a registered client of Professional Pet Sitting Etc., you will NEVER have to worry or go through the hassle of finding and researching another pet sitter.  We will always have a back up pet sitter if you need service.  If your pet sitter ever moves away, becomes ill with the flu, becomes hospitalized, their car does not start, has a death in the family, must work full time, etc.  One or two person companies will always have problems, but we have 30+ pet sitters, so you will never have to search again.

The following questions and answers are geared towards our large pet sitting company.  However, to keep you and your pets safe, if you are not able to use our company (maybe you are not in our service area), you can use these questions to ask another Company.  If you must go with another company, please for safety, do your due diligence and research carefully.  You are ALWAYS welcome to call our office, if you have questions, before or after finding another pet sitter.

We do ask all clients to be familiar with our policies and procedures to ensure there are no misunderstandings.  We encourage you to read all of these Frequently Asked Questions, our Service Agreement online and all emails with policies.

Our policy and procedures are tried and true since 1990 and we reserve the right to update and/or changed anything as the need occurs.   At a minimum, all are reviewed, updated and/or changed quarterly.  Some of our policies and procedures are only shown to our registered clients. Our policy and procedures are there for everyone’s protection, you, our clients, the pets in our care, our employees and our company.  Over the past decades, we have found without question, that our policy and procedures work very well and if followed, everything runs properly.

BE CAREFUL when looking for a pet sitter/company – we have heard about many problems with local pet sitters.  When I was at an event, a person who used a local company who had independent contractors, told me that while she was away, the pet sitter of this other company had a dinner party in her home for 30 guests!!!  She used the client’s china and burned her candles.  She washed the fine china in the dishwasher and never replaced the candles…..Not to mention that her poor dog was petrified of strangers…..The client was horrified that all these strangers were in her home without her consent or knowledge.  Of course, then if you use a teenager they too could have a party in your home as some have done….Anyway, the moral of the story use our company or please check others out thoroughly.


You can also go to our FREE E-book for more Questions answered

  • Is Professional Pet Sitting Etc. insured?      Yes, and we have never had a claim, since 1990.  Because we have Employees, we are required to have insurance.  Anytime a company comes into your home to do anything (roofer, plumber, etc.), you should always make sure that they have liability insurance to protect YOU.  If you have a company that has Independent Contractors and NOT employees, all independent contractors MUST carry their own liability insurance, again to protect YOU.  
  •  Is Professional Pet Sitting Etc. bonded?      Yes, and we have never had a claim, since 1990. Again, because we have Employees, we do have bonding insurance.  If you have a company that has Independent Contractors and NOT employees, all independent contractors should carry their own bonding insurance, again to protect YOU.  You can ask smaller companies for a certificate of insurance.
  •  Is Professional Pet Sitting Etc. a full time business, offering pet care visits 365 days per year, 1 to 4 visits per day?     Yes, we offer pet care services 365 days per year and we can schedule visits AM, mid day, supper and PM.  Only our office is closed every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all holidays.  Our office is open and during our call back hours – see “contact us” for these hours.  Even when our office is closed, our pet sitters are still pet visits per day.
  •  How long has Professional Pet Sitting Etc. been doing pet sitting?     Pet sitting since 1990.  Since I started this pet sitting company, I have literally seen 250+ pet sitting companies start up and die.  Running a pet sitting company (or any company) is a lot of hard work.  Many pet sitters do not want to pet sit on weekends, or they will take a few vacations and therefore, you have no service when they are away or if they become sick.  We have 30+ pet sitters to make sure we cover you and your pets.
  •  Do you have references?     Yes, see our testimonial section.  Most if not all animal hospitals and animal welfare organizations, do refer to us, however, many have policies that forbid them to refer to anyone.  It is most important to have business references, because if a business’ clients are not happy, then the business will not refer.  A client reference could be anyone close to the owner of the business (in some cases they can be relatives).  Our policy of non-disclosure forbids us to give out any client information, due to high profile clientele and client personal preference.  Check out our testimonial section to read some client testimonials. Check in our FREE E-book, there are Businesses in there, where the owners have used our service and have agreed to allow us to give out their information for you.
  •  Does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. have a business phone?  Can I find your business in the business white page listings under the business name?   Yes, if you have an emergency, while you are away from home, you may not always remember our phone number, but you will always be able to find us by calling information, looking in the yellow pages or going online.  We are a business, not a hobby.  This is important for the continued care of your pets if you ever had a delayed flight, cancelled flight, or just wanted to extend a vacation. Many small pet sitting companies only use their cell phone, you will not be able to call 411 or information and get their phone number if you lose it.
  • Do you have a business checking account, do I make the check out to the business name?     All businesses have a checking account in the business name, so you should always write payments out to the business name, this is important for business trip accounts for taxes or to prove that you paid for services.   Payments to a person, do not have as much legal recourse. Since April 2013, our company no longer accept checks, we only accept Mastercard and Visa.
  • Does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. accept credit cards?     Yes, we accept Mastercard and Visa.  This helps the many clients who have busy lives and for the unexpected emergency that may come up and pet care is needed in a hurry.
  • Does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. have repeat clientele?     We have repeat clientele over 99% and have well over 3000 pet clients.  Generally, the only reasons people stop using our service is that they move away or unfortunately a beloved pet passes away.
  • Do you have animal health, care and welfare experience?     Yes, Dori (the owner) has been in animal welfare all of her life and continues her education every year.  Credentials for Dori and some petsitters are listed in the credential section of this website.   Many of our pet sitters work or volunteer for animal welfare organizations or in the animal field. You can also read Dori’s History, look on our Home Page, click on “About Us” and then go to “History of Dorinne Whynott”.
  • Does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. have Employees or Independent Contractors?     We have EMPLOYEES.  We pay payroll taxes and workman’s compensation insurance.  Most small pet sitting companies have Independent Contractors to avoid paying payroll taxes and worker’s comp.  If you use another company, you, the client will need to check both the company AND the Independent Contractor’s thoroughly – are they registered to do business in NH, do they both have liability and bonding insurance, training, etc.  Every person going into your home, to do any work (plumber, roofer, pet sitter, etc.) needs to have their own insurance because if they fall or hurt themselves on your property or damage your property somehow, it will all fall on your home owner’s insurance or worse (you could be sued).  We, as a company, do all of this, so if you choose for whatever reason to go with another company, please check them out thoroughly. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR PETS SAFE.   It has come to our attention that some pet sitting companies are stating that they do police back ground checks – do NOT take this for face value.  They probably do not.  Also, they may refer to their Independent Contractors as “employees” – again, they probably are not.  Ask who they use for Workman’s Compensation insurance.

One way to find out if a pet sitting company has employees or independent contractors and if they have done police background checks is to see if they have prices that are below the National Average of $20 per visit for up to a 30 minute visit than it is very probable that they are a one person pet sitting company and/or they have Independent Contractors and/or they have not done police background checks, see #16 below for more information –


  •  What is the difference between employees and Independent Contractors (ICs) ? The difference between having employees and Independent Contractors is HUGE.  Employees are hired and fired by the company. The company can tell employees when, where, how, why to do their job.  The company can have the employees sign a non-disclosure, non-compete contract (to ensure your information is not repeated elsewhere). The company can have policy and procedures to make sure that you the client gets the service that they are paying for each time and quality control can be achieved.     Independent Contractors (ICs) are in business for themselves, essentially if the company has ICs then you can cut out the middle man and deal directly with the Independent Contractor, why have the middle man or middle company?  By law, the company can not tell the Independent Contractor when, where, how and why to do their job.  They can give information but essentially the Independent Contractor can do the job the way THEY want and when they want (yes, the company can tell the IC that the job is one visit per day from disclosure/non-compete (your personal information is not protected and the IC is its own business, so therefore can compete).  There is no policy and procedure and no quality control.  No one will be checking up on the Independent Contractor. The Independent Contractor must have their own liability insurance to protect you.  Which means that you will need to ask for a certificate of insurance from the company AND any IC that will be entering your home (with employees, there is no need, we have insurance covering all employees). The IC should have their own tools and supplies.  ICs can come and go as they please, working for this family and that family, they can pick and choose what job to do or not, what pet to care for or not, and may not be pet sitting the next time you go away.  The IC is in control because they are in business for themselves.  If that is the case, you are better off dealing directly with the IC to ensure that you have more control of the care and what exactly you want done, plus you want to check up on this person, the way we check up on our employees.                                                       If you know of ANY company that states they have employees and are NOT paying payroll taxes and do not have Workman’s Compensation Insurance, this company is breaking the law, cheating their workers and possibly putting the care of your pets in jeopardy.   For more information on Employees vs. Independent Contractors contact the State of NH Department of Employment Security.
  •  Do all of your employees go through a background check?  Are these sitters qualified?     Yes, all potential employees must fill out a thorough application, we call their references, do a background check, then go through our long orientation process, sign all of our forms, then they shadow and receive training from a seasoned pet sitter.   If they do not complete each process satisfactorily, then they do not pet sit for us.  We do all of this to keep Prof. Pet Sitting, you and your pets safe.  We do this, so you don’t have to.
  • How many employees does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. have on staff?  How old are your employees?    At present we have over 30 pet sitters on staff.  Our Insurance requires that all of our pet sitters be 21 years or older, at present all pet sitters are over 30.
  • Does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. have a written police and procedure handbook?    Yes, all of our pet sitters must follow a 40+ page policy and procedure handbook.   This is to ensure quality pet care for you.  We check up on our pet sitters, a 1 or 2 person pet sitting company does not have anyone checking up on them.  Would you know if they did not go to your home?
  • Is my information kept confidential?    Yes, only office staff has access to all information.  Pet sitters only have access to pet care  and veterinary information.
  • How do I update my information?   Right Online !!! You can update your information easily 24/7 right from your home computer, tablet or smartphone !  You are required to update any information that has changed just as soon as you possibly can.  Information changes to credit cards, new pets, deceased pets, pets on medications, changes in keys, etc. It is the clients’ responsibility to update all changes.
  • How do I know that a pet sitter has come to my home?     All pet sitters are required to notify the office at each visit.
  • What if my pet sitter becomes ill or has a family emergency?     This is always a possibility and that is why we have an emergency back up system of 30+ non-related pet sitters. If a pet sitters’ family comes down with the flu or has a death in their family, they are all affected.  The pet sitter is required to call their back up pet sitter, who will then take over pet care visits.  Priority is always making sure that all pets under our care are taken care of, and a change of sitter may happen at any time for any reason without prior notification, so that all pet care runs smoothly.  Our preference is to have only one sitter each time you use our service when you go away, but because anything can and has happened, any one of our pet sitters may need to care for your pets at any given time. However, each client will have back up sitters, so that you will be covered whenever you are on our schedule.  Changes in a sitter will happen automatically to ensure your pets’ care.  Again, your pets’ care is our top priority.
  • Do you offer anything for FREE?    Yes, we have courtesy services of bringing your mail, newspapers or packages while you are away.  Beware of services that offer too many free things, since 1990, there have been 250+ pet sitting companies start up and die.  Pet sitting sounds like an easy job, so many try it out, however pet sitting is a big responsibility that is 24/7, 365 days per year and it costs money, a lot of money to run any business to ensure continued quality.  If a company offers free or low prices (below the national price level of $20 – 25 per half hour visits), it may entice you to go with that company, but be careful, this company may be here today but next year when you need them for a family emergency, they may be out of business and you will be left with no one.
  • Are all of your fees written down?    Yes, when you become registered, your online service agreement will have fee ranges.  With today’s gas prices and rising costs every where, beware of very low prices for pet sitting.  This is one area, where you will get what you pay for.  In some cases, in-home care may be more than if you bring your pet somewhere.  If you have more than one pet, in home care may be cheaper.   The average cost across the US for up to a 30 minute visit can range from $20 – $25 per visit, excluding holidays.  Anything less than that is a company that may not have insurance, is very new, etc.  Again, be careful of lower than average prices.  All of our services are pre-paid.  We never bill.  This helps to keep our prices low.
  • Does Professional Pet Sitting Etc. offer other services beyond pet care visits?    Yes, please check out “services” on our website.
  • Can I meet a pet sitter?     Yes, many people who know our reputation as a company choose not to meet a sitter, however, if you would like to meet a sitter, you can schedule a regular visit after you complete your online registration. Keep in mind that even if you meet a pet sitter, everything you want to tell her must be written down, so that if for any reason, they are unable to care for your pets, any other sitter can come in and read what you want them to know.  Plus, if the pet sitter you meet can not do the scheduled visits, for any reason (car does not start, they are sick, family emergency, child is sick, etc.), then any one of our 30+ pet sitters will go in to complete the pet care visits, without any prior notification.  This is to ensure that all pets are cared for because that is our top priority.
  • Will I have the same pet sitter?     We prefer to have one pet sitter coming and going each time you use our service when you go away.  It makes it easier in the office for scheduling and payroll.  It is also easier on the pets as well as the pet sitters, however, if any sitter ever becomes ill, has a family emergency or vacation, it could be anyone of our pet sitters to make sure your pets are cared for because that is top priority. For mid day clients, we may have a minimum of 2-3 main pet sitters coming in.  All clients benefit with up to 30+ back up sitters in case anything does happen.  Since 1990 (when we started), everything has happened and because of the way our company is set up, when something does happen, the transition of another sitter coming to your home and taking care of your pet happens very smoothly. Your pets’ care is our top priority.  We do all of this so you never have to worry.  You come home, see your pet has been cared for and everything is fine. This set up enables great pet care and comes with years of experience and knowing what works.  Smaller companies (which do not exist anymore with today’s economy) can not do this or do not know how, leaving many clients with no pet care.
  • Can you give my pets medications, if needed?    Yes, we can give a variety of veterinary prescribed medications.  In some areas, our pet sitters are capable of giving insulin injections for diabetic pets and fluids for pets in renal failure.  For those needing injections, if you ever use another pet sitting company, please make sure that the sitter does have experience in administering injections, many do not and do not know the warning signs.  Call our office for further information.
  • If I register, do I have to use your service right away?     No, once you are registered, you will be a click away to schedule pet sitting when you need it.  If you only need us once every 2 years, then we will be here when you need us.
  • Do I have to give you keys?    No, we have lock boxes for sale.  They mount permanently to your home and you can access with a code.  Most people choose for us to keep keys in their file.
  • What if I already have a neighbor, friend, relative or another pet sitting company? or I have a child/teenager in the neighborhood caring for my pets?     Not a problem.  We have many people who use us as a back up if their neighbor, friend or relative becomes ill or they have an emergency and can not care for the pets.  We are also a backup for many 1 – 2 person pet sitting companies, in case they have a problem.  As for children/teenagers caring for pets, it is your choice,  But ask your self – will this child/teen recognize a medical emergency with your pet?  Will this child/teen recognize a problem in your home?
  • What if I rarely go away, or can’t go away due to health reasons?     Again, not a problem.  We have many clients who register with us just in case.  Maybe they only need us for a supper visit to go into Boston for a show once a year.  We are here when you need us, if you need us.
  • What if I have an emergency such as hospitalization or a death in the family?     Many people who may have health problems, register with us, so if they are unexpectedly rushed to the hospital, they can call us from the hospital.  Or if you have a family member who is far away with health problems, you maybe called at anytime and need to leave.  We will always cover you when someone is ill, hospitalized, or unfortunately, death in your family happens.
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What to Look For in a Pet Sitter

What to Look For in a Pet Sitter


Hi, I’m Dori,

I am the owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.(PPSE), co-founder of the NH Pet Expo.  For many, the experience of leaving your beloved pets, your home and all of your worldly possessions for the first time with anyone is a difficult decision.  It is easier to select a reliable pet sitting company if you know what questions to ask.  I, personally have over two decades of experience in pet sitting, animal care, veterinary technician, obedience, business, counseling and more.  I have structured my company  to provide unmatchable pet care service.  As with life, Murphy’s law is inevitable and over the years as we have run into Murphy’s law, I have changed the way we run our company so that we never run into the same problem again to ensure you and your pets great care. 


Since 1990, I have seen hundreds of NH based pet sitters start up their company and die for many,  many reasons but the main reason is burn out.  Many petsitters start petsitting thinking that this is a fun job and it is, but it is also a lot of work.  I am in touch with petsitters all over the world and because there are  no regulations on pet sitting, there have been incidents of theft, neglectful pet care, etc., etc.  These uncaring pet sitters are giving the profession of pet sitting a bad name. 


I love my company and I want to keep NH free of these incidents.  Safety of our company, our petsitters, the animals in our care and our clients are always the determining factors of why I choose to do or not to do things in our policies, procedures, services and prices of services.  Here are some questions I believe are important to ask a petsitting company.  I will be happy to discuss one or all of these suggested question with you, whether it is pertaining to our company or another petsitting company, please feel free to talk with me.  I will help you out in any way, to keep you and your pets happy and safe.  PPSE meets all the requirements I am about to discuss.  No one compares to our service.  Very few, if any, one or two person pet sitting companies will be able to do ALL of the suggestions because they are small.  This does not mean that they are bad pet sitters in anyway, however, it does mean that we offer you more.   I put these together to give some guidelines to help decide what is important to you in a pet sitter.

 Thank you for inquiring about our company, gratefully, Dori

1. First and foremost Is this company legal in every way? 

YES, for PPSE. In NH there are certain things that need to be done at the state and federal level, to run a business.  DBA’s and sole proprietorships must apply for a federal ID number.


2. Is the business trade name registered as a legal business in NH? 

Yes for PPSE, you can call the state department and ask if the business name is registered or you can ask to see the certificate of registration.  All businesses are required to register their trade name, to legally do business in the state of NH.

Our paw print heart logo is a registered trademark as well.


3. Is the business insured? 

Yes for PPSE, any person or business coming onto your property to do anything such as plowing, roofing, landscaping, housekeeping, pool maintenance, etc., should carry their own liability insurance, so that if they get hurt, it is not claimed against your homeowners insurance which may or may not cover the incident.  You can ask to see a certificate of liability insurance.  To date we have had NO insurance claims.


4. Is the business bonded? 

Yes for PPSE, bonding insurance is basically an insurance stating that a company employee is not going to steal anything from you and if they do, the insurance covers any loss and then you and PPSE will prosecute the thief to the fullest extent of the law.  You can ask to see a certificate of bonding insurance.  Our insurance company is Foy Insurance.  To date we have had NO insurance claims.


5. Is this a full time business, offered 365 days a year? 

Yes for PPSE.  You want to know that your pet sitting service is going to be there when you need it.  Maybe you’ve made advanced reservations to go on a day trip, or business trip or vacation but what about the unexpected overtime, illness, hospitalization, car accident, or death in the family.  You need to know that your pets will be cared for whenever you need them to be.  One less worry in a world of worries.  PPSE is there for our clients for 100% of emergencies.  Because we have over 30+ pet sitters on staff for the most part we can cover just about anything.


6.How many visits can you do in one day?

We can do 1 to 4 visits a day, morning, mid day, supper and pm.  Approximate times for these visits are – Morning – 6am – 9am, mid day is 11am – 2pm, supper is 4pm – 7pm and PM visits are from 7pm – 9pm.

Make sure to ask for approximate times of visits.  Many companies do not do am visits before 9am or pm visits after 6pm !!


7. How long are the visits?

It is up to you, we can do up to a 30 minute visit or 60 minute visit or custom length of 2 – 3 hours if we can fit it into a sitters’ schedule. We can do overnights as well in some areas.


8. How long have you been pet sitting? 

I have been petsitting since  1990.  This is an important question to ask, because you do not want a new company that may not know what to do in an unexpected situation or that may shut down in a few years.  Typically most pet sitting companies that do not stay in business shut down from their first year to their fifth year.  A pet sitting company, in my opinion, should be in business for at least 5 years or longer, to ensure that they have run into a snag here and there and have practices in place to ensure visits are done and have a plan for emergencies (car breaks, fly, death).  Also, to ensure that they will be there when you need them.  However, I have seen businesses that have been around for 6 and 7 years, fold in this economy from 2008 – 2013.

Many people have told me that they had a sitter, used them for a few months or years, then you call and they never return your call, or they are on vacation, or their phone is disconnected.

Now you have to start searching and researching a new pet sitter.  NOT ANYMORE

We do all the research, police check, training, etc., so you don’t have to.  Plus, if one of our sitters becomes ill, needs a vacation, needs a leave of absence, moves away – we have 30+ pet sitters to take their place.


9. KNOW the Owner’s and the business history?

Complete History of myself and Business is on our website.

A Pet Sitting company’s website should be able to tell you who the owner is and what animal background they have.  These are the people who will be guiding employees or ICs in the care of your pets.  Even if the pet sitters have experience, it is the owners who must have the experience in order to allow or not allow certain things for the welfare of your pets.  You should know what that experience is as well as when the business was started and how it has grown.  If you cannot see this, ask questions.  Why is it not available?  Do they not want you to know?  Are they hiding their name for a reason?  This information should be readily available to you for the safety of you, your pets and everything in your home.


10. Will you furnish business and client references? 

Yes, PPSE typically gets referrals from many of the local veterinarians and other animal business in our service areas.  I used to work at Hudson Animal Hospital and you are more than welcome to call and speak to the office manager, Pat about me and my company.  When asking another pet sitting company, keep in mind that client references are less important than a business reference for the main reason that a client reference can be anyone, a business reference will not refer to another business if their clients are not happy.  It would simply be bad business for them.  Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters know who we are.  You can also read all of our wonderful client testimonials on our website or check out our Facebook page.  There are many client testimonials in comments on quite a few of our posts.  We, certainly, would not be in business for this long if many, many clients did not love us (and we certainly love them and their pets, as well).

Our E-Book on our website, also has businesses that will be happy to speak with you.  The owners have been Clients !!


11. Do you have a business phone and can I find your business phone number in the phone book yellow pages or call information under your business name?

Yes for PPSE, you can find us in the yellow pages and by calling information.  We are also in almost every newspaper in the pet classified column in many cities that we service.  Many pet sitting companies do not have a business phone, they just use their home phone which is frowned upon by the phone company. Or, they may use their cell phone, which may not always work in many areas and it is not found in the yellow pages or in information. You can tell if other companies have a business or personal phone by calling information or the way they answer the phone, if it is a personal phone they may answer by just saying “Hello” or they have a message with the business name and then personal names, using the home phone for double duty.  This is unprofessional and can be confusing.  Also if you lose the phone number, you can’t call information, etc.  This can be a big problem if you are on a trip, lose the phone number, something happened and you need to extend your trip.  It is extremely important to be able to call information and get the phone number of your pet sitting company so that you can extend services in an emergency.  This is a safety factor.


12. Do you have a business checking account, not a personal account, so that when I pay you, I make the payments out to the company name not to a person? 

Yes for PPSE, all payments must be made out to Prof. Pet Sitting Etc.  No payment is ever made out to a person.  This is another way of finding out if the company is truly a registered company along with having a business phone.  Also, if a check gets lost, a company check CAN NOT be cashed by a person.  A check made out to a company MUST be deposited in the company account.  Even though I own PPSE, my bank will not even let ME cash a check made out to PPSE!!

Since only a handful of clients were writing checks, in April 2013, we decided to no longer accept checks when we went to our online registration/reservation program.  It has allowed 24/7 access to your personal pet care profile and making reservations has never been easier!


13. Do you accept Mastercard and Visa to make payment easier for the unexpected emergency or extended trip? 

Yes for PPSE, we do accept Mastercard and Visa.  We have found this to be especially easy for people who need to keep track of business expenses or have a business credit card but also for people with the unexpected emergency when cash flow is low.


14. Is your repeat clientele over 99%?

Yes for PPSE.  Usually the only reason a person leaves us is due to moving.  At this time we have over 3000 clients.


15. Do you have animal health, care and welfare experience? 

Yes for PPSE.  I personally have over 30 years of animal related experience and some of our pet sitters have great experience too.  Many of our sitters have animal health, care, & rescue experience.


16. Do you have veterinary technician experience? 

Yes for PPSE, I personally have vet tech experience along with many of our petsitters.  This is vitally important if you ever have a pet that is diabetic, in kidney failure needing  fluids, etc.  You will need a pet sitter with some medical experience at one time or another. Feel free to read my entire history on my website.


17. Do you give medications to pets requiring it? 

Yes, for PPSE, we can give most medications that are prescribed by a veterinarian.

 18. Do you have employees or independent contractors (IC) ?

PPSE has employees.  The reason we have employees is to control the high quality of our pet sitting visits.  We are required to pay  workmen’s compensation insurance for our employees.  This added expense of Workers’ Comp. Insurance (WC), taxes and paperwork,  is why many companies hire IC’s.  We felt the added expense was worth it to be able to control the how, why, where, when and what of our company. An IC is a company all by themselves.  WC is not required because an IC will get a 1099 at tax-time not a W2.  IC’s take care of their own taxes.   So, if you hire Company #1, who then sells your reservation to their IC/Company #2, the original company #1, you hired cannot control the service that you receive from Company #2.  There are specific guidelines from the IRS that explains what is an employee vs. IC.  Plus, why use the pet sitting company if the IC is also a company, just deal with the IC !! Ask if they do W2s for their employees or 1099s?

Our employees go through quite the process BEFORE they are allowed to pet sit on their own.  From interviews, to a application that takes about 30 minutes to fill out, to calling all employment and personal references, copy driver’s license and Social security card, etc.

Here are only two incidents that has happened in NH (I am aware of many more and this just a small reason why I do NOT use ICs) –

  • a pet sitting company who uses ICs, had a reservation for 2 weeks of pet care for a dog.  The IC (about 30 years old) went in and cared for the dog but decided she would have a dinner party in the clients’ home !! She used the good china (put it in the dishwasher, it was NOT dishwasher safe), used all the clients’ candles (burned them down to half the size) and the dog was placed in the basement (where the clients NEVER puts her dog and she found the dog when she came home a day early).  This was told to me by the client.
  • Second incident – a pet sitting company used a 22 year old IC with very little experience and the company owner had little medical experience.  The cat was showing signs of dehydration and when the owner came home, the cat had to be rushed to the hospital.  The cat was okay, but should have been cared for earlier.


These are just two incidents to remind everyone to know the history and animal experience of the owner and what are the pet sitters – employees who follow specific guidelines and instructions or ICs who do whatever they want !!


19. Have your pet sitters had a police background history check? 

Yes for PPSE, I love my company and try to protect it and all of our clients in any way that I can and one of those ways is to do a police background history check on all pet sitters.

We have found that many companies say they do this but do not, not sure why they would not want to protect themselves and you.  Also, 1 – 2 person pet sitting companies will not do this on themselves, so I suggest you doing one on them.  You  may also want to copy down their license plate number on their vehicle as well.  Or just use us and let us do all the research and training for you.


20. Do you have a written policy and procedure hand book for your company? 

Yes for PPSE, our policy and procedure handbook is 40+ pages long and is gone through page by page before a pet sitter goes on even one pet sitting visit.  Our hand book goes into detail of what is expected from our pet sitters, to confidentiality, to non discrimination, to what to do in most situations.  It has been reviewed by our company lawyer and insurance company.  This is just another way I try to keep my company, our clients, the pets in our care and our pet sitters as safe as possible.  Our sitters also train with a senior pet sitter (someone who has been with our company for 5 or more years), before they can pet sit on their own.

21. Is my information kept confidential?

Yes for PPSE, our employees are required to sign a non-disclosure, confidentiality contract.  This is to protect all of our clients, especially our high profile clients. Our registered clientele, who use our services range from local veterinarians, vet. techs, lawyers, judges, police officers, high profile people and many, many more.

22. How can you prove that you were at my home?

PPSE pet sitters are required to call in from each home on each visit.  Your name, phone number, date and time are displayed on our business caller ID, then the pet sitter must leave me a message that they are at your home and that everything is okay.  They are to leave you a note and they are to fill out a daily sheet for our office.  1-2 person pet sitting companies would be checking up on themselves and it would just be their word.

Plus our sitters are required to do a few other things so that I know that your pets are cared for.  This is for my peace of mind as well as yours.

For many who do not have landlines anymore, our sitters log onto our site and the gps feature logs in their position !!


23. Do you have an emergency backup system in place of non related pet sitters? 

Yes for PPSE, we have over 30+ pet sitters on staff and all petsitters must be over 21 years old.  We have a system that if a pet sitter has any problem, illness, vacation, family emergency or a death in the family then the next pet sitter steps in to ensure that the pets are always cared for.  This system is over 30+ pet sitters deep.

The reason you do not want related pet sitters for emergency backup such as husband/wife , sisters, mother/daughter, etc. is that if they live together and one comes down with the flu, chances are they both become ill or if one becomes hospitalized then the other will be preoccupied with the other’s illness or if there is a family emergency or a death in the family they are BOTH devastated and cannot fulfill proper pet care.  We at PPSE have gone through these problems (Murphy’s law) and learned from these experiences.


With our over 30+ pet sitter deep emergency backup system, your pets will ALWAYS be cared for.  Also be careful on the one person or two person pet sitting company, pet sitting inevitably becomes a 7 day a week, 365 day a year, sometime 10 hours or more a day job.  This creates a fast burned out pet sitter.  Once a pet sitter is burned out, the pet care quality goes down.  They will remain burned out unless they take time off and limit their pet sitting, then your pet sitter will not always be there when you may need them, forcing you to go elsewhere for your pet care needs possibly in a time of emergency.  Also, if a petsitter says they do have backup, make sure to ask more questions, some backups are 16 years old, plus if it is their partner, their partner may already have a full petsitting schedule!!  There are a few small petsitting companies who use our company as their back up.


24. How large is your service area?

PPSE has 30+ pet sitters covering 38 cities.  Our petsitters live in the areas they serve so that in most cases, our sitters are only 5-10 minutes away from all of their clients.  Pet sitting is to be enjoyable and to have fun with the pets we care for.  I do not like my pet sitters to drive more than 10 minutes.  We are not in business to drive, we are in business to love and care for pets.   I have seen many 1-2 person petsitting companies cover the same size area that we do.  This is a recipe for burn out.  I have done this in the beginning.  Inevitably, I would get two to three visits that I would have to drive 30 minutes in between each visit.  This may not sound bad but try that 3 times a day for a while and soon many do not look forward to pet sitting.  Then if you have 4-5 visits in the morning, 6 visits mid day, them 4-5 visits at night, it is okay if they are all within 5 or so minutes but try 20 minutes apart.  Service quality goes down, the sitter is rushing from visit to visit, it is not fun anymore and takes time away from giving your pet quality time.


25. Do you offer anything FREE? 

Yes, PPSE will bring in your mail, newspaper, packages, water a few plants, turn lights on or off, etc., etc.  We call these free services courtesies.  Be wary of pet sitting companies who offer lots of things free such as free extra time, free interviews, free meet and greets.  This may sound great to you, but that is the fastest way for a pet sitting company to go out of business.  In any business time is money and then there is gas.  A properly run company that will stand the test of time will charge a fee for meet a pet sitter, etc.  Usually, large corporations offer free services, such as free interviews, free estimates, etc.  These corporations are charging LARGE sums of money to cover the free things they give you, corporations such as roofers or contractors (services ranging from $3000 and upwards to tens of thousands), lawyers (at $150, $200, $300 per hour), mortgage companies (who make thousands and thousands in interest).  Also, it is usually new companies who offer free things or discounts on services to build up their clientele.


If you want a petsitting company who has been in business for a long time, has experience, and will be there tomorrow and for decades to come, then choose a pet sitting company with DECADES of pet care experience, choose Professional Pet Sitting Etc.


26. Are all your fees written down? 

Yes, all clients receive a written fee range of services is accessible in our service agreement when you register.


27. Does your company offer other pet care services besides pet sitting visits? 

Yes, PPSE offers many, many other services.  Check out other services on our website.  You never know when you will need other services and we give you peace of mind knowing that if the need arises that we more than likely can help you.


28. Are you a member of the NH Pet Sitters Association? 

To become a member, the pet sitting company must provide a copy of their business registration, certificates of bonding and liability insurance, 1 business reference and 3 clients references.  They must also show us their pet experience and NEVER have a complaint come back to us.  The NHPSA was started to create a place to educate pet sitters and the public so that pet sitting would always be safe and to set high standards of excellence in quality in your home pet care.


29. Are you a member of other organizations?

Yes PPSE is member of many organizations, especially for the continued education. Some organizations are American Humane, Humane Society of the US, Assoc. of Pet Dog Trainers, National and International Pet Sitters Associations, and many, many others.

Now that you know a lot about PPSE, you see that no other pet sitting company compares to us.  This does not mean that pet sitters or companies that do not meet these standards are bad in any way, it just means that we have improved our company through time and experience to protect you, your pets and our company.  I truly love my company and I care for my pet sitters, my clients and the pets entrusted in our care.  Again, if you have any questions, concerns or I can help in any way, please feel free to leave me a voice message or email and I will get back to you just as soon as I can.


 Thank you for learning more about PPSE and Happy Pet Owning,




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Why Would You Need Pet Sitting

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Reasons to use a Pet Sitting Company

There are an enormous amount of reasons you may need to use a professional pet sitter.  Having your pets at home is stress free for both you and your pets.  You can also check out all the Advantages and Benefits.

Here are some reasons you may need professional pet sitter:

  • Your pet is too young to leave alone for too long
  • Mid Day Breaks while you are at work
  • A supper visit if you are late at work
  • You travel for work
  • You like to go skiing for the day
  • You love to go to Boston for the day
  • You are rushed to the hospital, unexpectedly
  • You have a planned surgery coming up
  • You must go to a family function
  • You are having your baby and will be in the hospital
  • You are pregnant and need help scooping the litter boxes
  • You are disabled and need some help cleaning a litter box or taking your dog for a walk
  • You have a newborn and do not have time to walk your dog
  • You work from home and want your dog to get a good walk so he doesn’t ask all afternoon
  • Your dog needs more exercise
  • You have a family member living in a nursing home or assisted living that allow them to have their pet with them but it is hard for them to bend over and clean litterboxes or take the dog out for a good walk
  • You HATE scooping the litter boxes
  • You HATE scooping the yard
  • You like the freedom to go on day trips and need the cats to be fed
  • You do not like needles but your pet is diabetic
  • You HATE leaving your pets all alone at night so you schedule a pet sitter to sleep with your pets
  • You already have someone to care for your pets but want a Professional Pet Sitting Company to be there as a Plan B
  • Maybe you need a pet sitter, just in case




You can use a Professional Pet Sitting Company as much as you need or as little as you need.



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