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Published October 23rd 2016
100% peace of mind when you're away
Taking time off from reality and going on a much-needed holiday is something we all look forward to. However, for people with furbabies like me, there always seems to one thing holding us back - what are our pooches going to do while we're away? Who's going to look after them? Who can I trust to look after them?
I wouldn't trust this little guy with just anyone.
Do a quick Google search, and you will find a seemingly endless list of businesses who offer pet sitting services. It'd take you hours to sift through all of their websites to find one that's perfect. You know you only want the best for your pet, so it makes sense to opt for the one that provides services at the first class level - First Class Pet Sitting. They've proven their worth over the last 8 years in which they have been operating!
Reasons why you should choose First Class Pet Sitter.
As a Pet Sitters International Association Member, First Class Pet Sitting gives you "100% peace of mind while you're away". They are fully insured, registered, and police checked - your pet's safety is guaranteed. Gillian, the owner and operator of First Class Pet Sitting, has over a decade's experience in working with animals, including volunteer work at a shelter. Described by Suzannah and Matt, two of her happy customers, as a "genuine dog whisperer", Gillian's unconditional love for animals is reflected in her having both cats and dogs as pets, with a child thrown into the mix too - it's a full house!
Gillian and her two cats, and Atlas the Great Dane.
First Class Pet Sitting offer professional and affordable pet care that is also personalised - this is reflected in the broad range of services that they provide, including pet sitting, dog walking, day and/or overnight stays, wedding and funeral assistants, and pet taxiing. They also provide various extra services at no extra cost, such as daily picture and/or video updates, initial meet and greets, free feeding for other small animals (e.g. bird and fish), household duties, and most importantly, giving your pet(s) all the attention and love they need, and then some more.
More information on the service.
1. Pet Sitting(in your home) After a free initial interview/meet and greet, First Class Pet Sitting will visit your house while you're away to feed your pets, clean their bowls, replenish them with fresh water, brush coats, pick up and dispose of waste, and all other standard pet care duties. They will also go the extra mile and help you with household duties, such as plant watering, mail collection, and taking rubbish bins in and out.
Costs for Pet Sitting are as follows: Single Pet Sitting Visit - $27 per 40 minutes Double Pet Sitting Visit (twice a day; morning and night) - $54
Additional Pets - $7 for 1 extra pet, $3 for extra pets after that (up to 4), free feeding for small animals (e.g. birds and fish)
There is a 25% surcharge on public holidays.
** If you think you might become a regular customer, ask First Class Pet Sitting about their regulars' discounts!
Photo taken from First Class Pet Sitting's Website.
2. Dog Walking Again, after an free initial interview/meet and greet in which First Class Pet Sitting's dedicated staff will learn your daily routine to make your pooch as comfortable as possible. All staff are experienced in walking dogs of all sizes and breeds, and have adopted strategies of respected dog psychologists - most importantly, your dog's safety is always their number one priority. For example, unless given explicit permission by the owner, staff will not let your dogs interact with other canines, and some clients draw a map of houses to avoid while out on a walk - this information can be gathered at the initial meeting.
Costs for Dog Walking are as follows:
Costs depend on whether you are casual (6 or less visits per week) or regular (7 or more visits per week), and length of the walk - $30 to $45 for casuals, and $28 to $43 for regulars. For those who want their dogs walked for longer than an hour, it will cost an extra $15 per additional 30 minutes.
Additional Pets - $7 for 1 extra pet, $3 for extra pets after that (up to 4). There is a maximum of two dogs per walk, and the dogs must be compatible. Surcharges may apply for dogs with a combined weight of over 40kgs, or two dogs that pull excessively.
** Feeding pets and cleaning bowls - $5
*** There is a 25% surcharge on public holidays.
5. Wedding Assistants
A Pet Wedding Assistant will attend the wedding with your furbaby - you've got one less thing to worry about, because your canine or feline companion now has a date! If your wedding location isn't quite in the Brisbane location, don't fret because First Class Pet Wedding Assistants are willing to travel up to 2 hours from Brisbane - including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Toowoomba. First Class Pet Wedding Assistants will also ensure that your pet will be dressed to the nines for the once in a lifetime event, with clothing options including tuxedos, bow ties, handmade flower collars, flower girl dresses, in addition to ring pillows, ring pockets, and 'Just Married' plaques. Just imagine how good they'll look in the photos. Plus, they'll smell nice and fresh too, with the option of a hydro-bath appointment prior to the wedding.
Costs for Wedding Assistants are as follows:
Rehearsals and preparation: $50 per hour
Wedding day: $80 per hour (minimum of 4 hours, extra dog $40)
Pet Wedding Assistant will visit wedding venue prior to your big day.
** Complimentary picture/video updates from your pooch's perspective.
*** Fuel charges apply.
More information on the service.
6. Funeral Assistants
There are many touching stories of dogs mourning for and staying loyal towards their owners long after they are gone. Think about Hachiko, the Akita dog in Japan who waited 9 years for his owner after his owner's death. Or think about Greyfriars Bobby the Syke Terrier in Scotland, who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until his own death. Although it is by no means an easy day, First Class Pet Sitting will attend the funeral with your furbaby, ensure your pooch is feeling safe and comfortable, and of course remain professional at all times.
Costs for Funeral Assistants are as follows:
Rehearsals and preparation: $50 per hour
Funeral day: $70 per hour (minimum of 2 hours)
Complimentary meet and greet
** Fuel charges may apply.
Photo taken in Scotland, with a lifesize statue of Greyfriars Bobby created by William Brodie in 1872.
7. Pet Taxi
After a complimentary initial meet and greet, First Class Pet Sitting will chauffeur your pooches (and their owners, if necessary) directly to and from the requested destination - only the best for these lucky pups!
Costs for Pet Taxi are as follows:
Basic rate of $25, plus $1 per km travelled.
Additional Pets - $7 for 1 extra pet, $3 for extra pets after that (up to 4).
Eddy advocating for the importance of using a pet seatbelt.
Note: For all of the above services, First Class Pet Sitting strongly recommends leaving a key on file if you are a regular client, in addition to secure key registration.
First Class Pet Sitting services areas within 1 hour's driving distance of Brisbane's CBD. Please contact them through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (0420 264 216), or mail (PO Box 774, Aspley, QLD 4034). You can also contact them through their website or their Facebook page. should you be outside their service area, to confirm whether they are able to provide services to your area.
First Class Pet Sitter's service area - contact them if you are outside this area.
You can also purchase First Class Pet Sitting Gift Certificates - the purr-fect gift to anyone with a furbaby who refuses to leave them with just anyone. After choosing which services you'd like to include in the gift certificate, it will then be either emailed or posted to the recipient (unless you want to deliver it to them in person).