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Petsitting Life

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Just as we switch apartments on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis, we also switch animals along the way. Through the change in neighborhoods, beds, kitchens, buildings, showers, and decor, we encounter new furry friends of all shapes, sizes, colors, and temperaments. We’ve met so many dogs and cats that it can be hard to keep them straight.
It’s an ever changing lifestyle that we love, but it can also be exhausting. Carrying bags back and forth, coordinating with owners, scheduling around dog walks, making sure not to miss an old dog’s medication, taming yapping puppies in the middle of the night, while still maintaining our regular jobs can feel masochistic at times. And yet we wouldn’t choose any other way.

Attention hungry dogs demand affection from the crack of dawn.

Attention hungry dogs demand affection from the crack of dawn.

I try to document the process as we roam the city from one animal’s home to the next. It starts to feel like a collage where the only constant is us. Each fluffy face is replaced by another as the days pass. These photos are a reminder of why we do what we do, why we are nomads, and why we are Woof Woof.

Learning how to share space, sometimes we have three dogs at a time.

Learning how to share space, sometimes we have three dogs at a time.

It’s as much a documentation of ourselves as our animal companions. Sleepy moments, affection, hunger, wagging tails, in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, eating, watching TV, and simply hanging out.

Sometimes our dogs will only sleep if they are on top of us.

Sometimes our dogs will only sleep if they are on top of us.

Another mountain climber.

Another mountain climber.

One of the joys of petsitting is trying things that we would never otherwise try. Especially things that we like to call “fancy products” like face washes and moisturizers! Sometimes petsitting is about having the chance to pamper yourself along the way.

Trying new face washes along the way.

Trying new face washes along the way.

New makeup for Jen and Kassie!

New makeup for Jen and Kassie!

And sometimes we get to try new foods. Owners often offer any food in their pantry during a petsit and it’s a delight to stumble across something new. Like a fridge filled with Soylent! FYI, Soylent tastes like cold pancake batter.

A fridge filled with cold soylent.

A fridge filled with cold soylent.

Occasionally we find a decadent snack in the fridge...

Occasionally we find a decadent snack in the fridge…

And when we get home and still have more work to do, we make a workspace where we can. But of course our dogs always want to be factored in. At least with small dogs you have space in your lap for a warm furry body and a laptop.

Taking care of puppies and taking care of business.

Taking care of puppies and taking care of business.

A makeshift office with a curious wiener dog.

A makeshift office with a curious wiener dog.

But the best part of petsitting is coming home to a bundle of fluffy, unrelenting enthusiasm. Every time we enter the door, we are greeted with licks, yaps, bouncing paws, and loving nibbles.

One of our first petsits together in 2015.

One of our first petsits together in 2015.

Our frisky mini huskies.

Our frisky mini huskies.

Sweet dogs greet us after a long day.

Sweet dogs greet us after a long day.

Nothing beats pomeranian snuggles before bed.

Nothing beats pomeranian snuggles before bed.

The petsitting life is a good life. It isn’t always an easy one, nor the most convenient, but it is fulfilling. It’s filled with variety, surprise, and companionship, wet tongues, crunchy noses, pee on the floor, new snacks and treats, lots of hustle, many beds, and unpredictability. It is our life, and it’s life the way we want to live it.