A day in
the life of
8.30am A day in the life of Fetch and Fuss typically starts
with any cat feeding jobs I have to do. This week Iím looking after an ageing
ginger tom, gracefully approaching his 20ís. Heís a slow, chilled cat who likes to
spend his days laid out in the sun washing himself. But itís a wet week in
March, and unfortunately there is no sun, so the shelf above the radiator will
do very nicely instead!
wash his bowls, change his water and put down new food. Back again to do the
same this evening and I bet he wonít have moved all day!
walk of the day is a half hour individual walk with a Springer Spaniel. She
used to come on group walks but arthritis in her neck has meant she canít keep
up like she used to. But she enjoys the one on one attention and is happy just
sniffing her way around the local park.
up for the first group walk and my own dog, a high energy Hungarian Vizsla is
with me now. She gets to ride pride of place in the front seat (with her
seatbelt on of course!). Today Iím walking a Labrador, a Weimaraner and a
Doberman Rottweiler cross. This is the young lively group with my Vizsla being
the oldest at 3 years old. They need a little more supervision than the older
dogs I walk, as they can lead each other astray at times! But hey, thatís adolescence
for you! The hour is usually filled with a bit of sniffing and alot of play. I
love to watch dogs having fun together and Iím guaranteed to laugh out loud
with this lot!
the first group towelled down and settled back at home, itís time to pick up
the older and more Ďsensibleí dogs. Today thatís a Labradoodle, a little black
Pug, a Labrador cross and a Border Collie. And of course my girl is still with
me. This group always stay close and I donít need to worry about them wandering
too far (although interesting smells can sometimes lure the Labrador mixes but
a well timed treat will stop them in their tracks, bribery is a beautiful thing!).
This lot are more chilled than this
morningís group and are happy having a sniff around Highdown Hill. The Border
Collie is happiest chasing a ball and the Pug is just glad to be able to keep
up, bless him. With those short legs he must walk twice as far as his longer
quick trip home to drop off my tired Vizsla, change my trousers, as Iím
guaranteed to have at least a few muddy footprints on them!, and get a quick
bite to eat.
2.30pm Next is a half hour individual walk with an American
Cocker Spaniel. Heís not very tolerant of other dogs so stays on his lead.
Luckily for me he lives on a private estate by the beach so itís a pleasant
walk where I can take in all the nice houses and the waves lapping against the
3.30pm Home again for a couple of hours and time to catch
up on my admin! My diary needs to be checked for the following day, invoices
need to be printed and follow up phone calls to new customers. Time for a well
deserved cup of tea!
5.30pm Back to check on the ginger tom cat and heís back on
the shelf above the radiator, but his food has been eaten so I know he has
moved at least once since this morning! Time to put down some more food, give
him a tickle and tell him Iíll see him again in the morning. Home now for the
evening, Iíll have a nice hot bath and early night all ready for another
satisfying day looking after peoples pets.