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Old 21.04.2010, 16:19
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Pet Sitting Network

I have seen quite a number of threads where people are looking for pet sitters and it can be extremely difficult during the holidays or if you just fancy a weekend away with your other half. Myself included, have had problems over the recent Easter period and fancied a quick trip over to the UK but the pet sitter wasnt working over the Easter period as well.

Inspired by Hsiang's thread on tandem language partners, I was wondering if fellow pet owners out there are keen on the idea of a pet sitting network.

I understand that there will be people who will have concerns over insurance, the experience of the people that you might considering to entrust your beloved pet with. Hence, it will be great if you are planning on joining this network, to list as much details as you can about you, your environment and pet. For example:

Your pet
Type of animal: dog, cat, hamster, guinea pig etc etc
Breed
Age of animal
Animal spayed?
Gender

Your environment

House / Apartment?
Garden?
Any other pets?
Your location

Any other information

- Any other info about your pets needs will be great as well. This is for other owners to see if there is a match similar both pets lifestyles, before contacting you to pet sit.

This of course, will not involve money. Just provide your pet's food, bed, toys if need be. It will be similar to the concept of leaving your pet with a trusted friend and hopefully build up a support network of people who can help you look after your pet if you fancied a last minute getaway, that might not be convenient for your pet to come along, or need to make any emergency trips back to your home country.

Obviously, it will be nice to return the favour as well, down the road.

Just a thought - I am sure there will be other pointers that have not crossed my mind, please feel free to jump in with any comments or suggestions. If there is enough positive feedback, hopefully, we can ask the mods to make a sticky and get this off the ground.
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Old 21.04.2010, 17:19
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Great idea! Im in Geneva though so its a long shot but here we go

Your pet
Type of animal: dog / cats
Breed: Bouvier appenzel cross/ no clue
Age of animal: 5 months /2 years
Animal spayed: No/ yes
Gender: Male

Your environment

House / Apartment?: Flat
Garden: No
Any other pets: Yes
Your location: Geneva

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Old 21.04.2010, 17:24
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Thanks for the responses. Hopefully this can be up and running. If you miss your pet stuck in your home land, but wouldnt mind helping a fellow EFer out and taking in a furry friend for the weekend, you are more than welcome as well.

Here is mine then:

My pet
Type of animal: Dog
Breed: Norwich Terrier
Age of animal: 15 months (as of Nov 2008)
Animal spayed: Yes
Gender: Male

Mv environment

House / Apartment: Apartment
Garden: no
Any other pets: no
Location: Zurich

Additional information

- I will unfortunately, be unable to house cats. I am allergic, and my dog isnt very keen on them either, but I welcome dogs of all breeds, age and sizes.
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Old 21.04.2010, 17:34
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Good idea:

Your pet
Type of animal: 2 cats/ 2 guinea pigs
Breed: stray (LOL)/siamese / ??
Age of animal: 2 years/8 months/3 months
Animal spayed: yes/ yes / nope (they are male)

Your environment

House / Apartment?: Flat
Garden: Terrace
Any other pets: Yes
Your location: Basel
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Old 21.04.2010, 21:49
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Thanks for setting this Up:

Your pet
Type of animal: Long Hari Golden Retreiver Female (JOSIE)
Age of animal: 4 years
Animal spayed: Yes
Your environment

House / Apartment?: Flat 2nd Floor w/Balcony (overlooking the Rhine)
Garden: Dog walking area directly out front
Any other pets: No
Your location: Basel

We will be looking for someone to watch Josie the week of July 24 - July 31. Our home or yours.
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Old 22.04.2010, 18:21
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Your pet
Type of animal: Dog
Breed: German Pinscher
Age of animal: 2 years
Animal spayed? No
Gender: Female

Your environment

House / Apartment? Apartment
Garden? No
Any other pets? No
Your location: Basel
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

What an excellent idea - we only have small animals but I'd love to 'borrow' a dog or cat from time to time as a welcome guest.

Your Pet.
type of pet: 2 rabbits, one gerbil
breed: dwarf
age of pet: about 2 years
spayed? one yes (male), one not (female), gerbil is a boy.

Your environment:
house, detached
large garden
Basel outskirts.

Thank you for the great idea.
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Old 22.04.2010, 23:39
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

This is a great idea, like others have mentioned, thanks for getting it started.

Our pet:
Type of animal: dog
Breed: Standard poodle
Age of animal: 3 years
Animal neutered? Yes
Gender: Male

Your environment: Apartment
Garden? No, but we live close to the Zurichberg and many walking trails to explore.
Any other pets? No
Your location? Zurich, Schwamendingen area
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

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What an excellent idea - we only have small animals but I'd love to 'borrow' a dog or cat from time to time as a welcome guest.

Your Pet.
type of pet: 2 rabbits, one gerbil
breed: dwarf
age of pet: about 2 years
spayed? one yes (male), one not (female), gerbil is a boy.

Your environment:
house, detached
large garden
Basel outskirts.

Thank you for the great idea.
Hi terramundi,

I have been reading this thread and noticed that you have said that you wouldn't mind "borrowing" someone's pet for a while I wonder if that is still the case?

The reason I ask is that my husband and I are moving to Basel at the end of September and we have our two Arabian Mau kitties who we are of course bringing with us. Whilst we settle in and find a place to live we will be put up in a hotel and wont be able to have them with us. I have looked into the cattery in Basel but it sounds a little bit strange in that they put lots of cats together in one room, I'm not sure my two would appreciate that very much!

I am looking to see if anyone would consider borrowing my two for the first few weeks that we arrive in Basel, until we can find a new home? I know it is a big ask and we would of course pay for this, but I think I would feel more comfortable if they were in a family home than a large cattery.

Please do let me know your thoughts (or anyone else who may be interested!). Thank you so much in advance.
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

I would also be happy to help out others once we are settled of course!!
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After thinking about this, I think I will leave it to the individual owners to decide between themselves if they want to do that.

I think the objective of this thread should be to just provide the contacts, finding a match, and not let anyone on either side of the fence feel pressured to do anything they are not comfortable with.
This kind of informal arrangement can only work if there is trust. Personally I cannot participate by dog sitting as we have 3 dogs and one of them is very territorial. We also have a parrot, who might like some company occassionally, so bird sitting is not out of the question. My husband, who has at some point owned almost every caged small animal, would be prepared to look after mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. He draws the line at reptiles and insects.

Our pet:
Type of animal: 3 dogs
Breed: Basset Hounds
Age of animal: 9, 7, 5
Animal spayed? yes
Gender: female

Additional pet:
Type of animal: Parrot
Breed: Cockatoo (Triton)
Age of animal: 8
Gender: female

Your environment

House / Apartment? House
Garden? Yes. Fenced
Any other pets? See above
Your location: Lengnau

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I thought it might be worth adding languages spoken: German, French, English.
In case of an emergency, or an animal needing medical attention, I would want to know whether the sitter can communicate in the local language. Also, not everyone speaks English to their pets so it might be worth adding this in the case of dog sitting.
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Old 03.05.2010, 17:44
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What a fantastic idea

We don't actually move until the end of July but would love to register our interest - we will be back & forth to UK many times and would be so grateful to find a kind hearted person to look after our boy but equally would be happy to look after someone else's baby in return.



My pet
Type of animal: Dog
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age of animal: 7
Animal neutered: Yes
Gender: Male
Temperament: - very well behaved - loves kids and generally sleeps alot

Mv environment
House / Apartment: House
Garden: yes - fenced & safe
Any other pets: no
Location: Zurich - near to Zurich Berg woods

Additional information

- I would really only be able to take dogs - I am allergic to cats, and our dog tends to consider small animals as play things, but I would be happy to take well behaved dogs of all breeds, age and sizes.
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Old 04.05.2010, 15:50
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

I'll put our names down for this too.

My pet

Type of animal: Dog
Breed: German shepherd
Age of animal: 7
Animal neutered: Yes
Gender: Female
Temperament: - good natured, loves children and other dogs

Mv environment
House / Apartment: Apartment
Garden: yes, not fenced
Any other pets: no
Location: Between Zurich and Baden

Additional information

Our dog has to stay on her lead in the vicinity of the building due to cats living in the building (is written into our contract), but we are surrounded by countryside and have plenty of places to walk. Would be able to take in dogs and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits (we have a large balcony), but not cats as our dog sees them as something to chase. We speak english at home, but I can speak a small amount of german.
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Your pet
Type of animal: 2 dogs / 1 cat
Breed: Black labs / Minx
Age of animal: Dogs: 6 and 7, Cat: 14
Animal spayed: yes to all

Your environment

House / Apartment: Small house/apartment attached to a larger house
Garden: yes, small, but fenced in
Any other pets: yes, fish.
Your location: Saint Blaise - Neuchatel

Looking for someone to watch my 2 black labs on occasional 3 day weekends this summer and over 4 days in September.

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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Your pet ANGUS
Type of animal: DOG
Breed CAIRN TERRIER
Age of animal 6 YEARS
Animal spayed? YES
Gender MALE

Your environment
House / Apartment? APARTMENT
Garden? LARGE ROOF TERRACE
Any other pets? NO
Your location ZOLLIKON, ZURICH

Any other information
I AM MOVING TO ZOLLIKON IN A MONTH. KEEN TO MEET OTHER LOCALS FOR DOG WALKING AND FRIENDSHIP
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Your pet: Gloria
Type of animal:Cat
Breed: Norwegian Forest
Age of animal: 2 yrs
Animal spayed: yes
Gender: female

Your environment
House / Apartment?: apartment
Any other pets: no
Your location: Gattikon (Thalwil) in Zurich

I am flying to the UK for 4 days in May and I am looking for someone to pop in and see Gloria to feed / water / cuddle and clean her litter tray. If anyone needs the same I would happily swap the favour. Thalwil area.
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Hey guys, if anyone needs petsitting/dogwalking around the Lausanne area give me a shout. I'm a total animal lover and have a little experience in handling them professionally (worked in a petshop and my sis was a vet lol).
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Your pet
Type of animal: Dog
Breed: English Labrador Retriever (Chubby ones with big head )
Age of animal: 3.5 (March 2013)
Animal spayed: Yes
Gender: Male

Your environment
House / Apartment? Apartment with 1 balcony
Garden: No, but we are living near a huge green area (woods)
Any other pets: No
Your location: Höngg

Any other information
He is very mellow (His name is Mel ) and friendly, he is perfectly house-trained by a professional, he is not active, usually sleeps most of the day.

P.S. I can help anyone with dog sitting whenever I am available. I <3 animals!

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This is a great idea. I am happy to exchange cat sitting within my area.

My pet
Type of animal: cat
Age of animal: 5
Animal spayed: yes
Gender: female

Your environment
House / Apartment: Apartment
Garden: Balcony
Any other pets: no
Your location: Zurich Binz, 8055
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Re: Pet Sitting Network

Brilliant idea. Here's mine:

Type of animal: Cat (indoor)
Breed: domestic long-haired
Age of animal: >1 year
Animal spayed: Yes
Gender: Female
Apartment
Garden: large terrace
Any other pets: no
Location: Thalwil
Nutrition: veterinary Royal canin food (neutered young female dry and sensitivity control chicken & rice wet food) min. 4x a day

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