What have your experiences with Pet Sitters been like?
This came up in another thread and rather than hijack it I decided to start this one. I am always looking for pet sitters that will do overnight stays with my pets. I am usually able to hire one of my layabout friends to do it, I pay them $20 a day, stock the cupboards with junk food, and they enjoy my 65" TV and multi-thousand DVD library while I am gone. But sometimes I have to find an outsider for it. One of my vet techs took my dog to her house to watch him, but I wasn't comfortable with security (I have 6' fenced run with garage and a double locked gate). I hired a lady from Craigslist to stay, she was good with the pets but she was obsessively neat and we clashed on that. My dog has never been alone overnight, he used to being out during the day and sleeping in the bedroom at night. I'm planning a trip this fall where all my friends will be going, so I think I am going to have to bring the dog, find a big-dog friendly hotel, and put him in Petsmart day care during the day.