The Rover sitter community is made up of over 100,000 stellar sitters nationwide. These dog lovers are women, men, stay-at-home parents, freelancers, graduate students, grandparents, and small business owners; some have pets of their own while others don’t; all of them adore dogs and cherish the companionship of their clients’ pets.
Rover connects pet parents with loving and trustworthy dog sitters from coast to coast who will treat their dogs like family. Time and again, we hear heartwarming tales of the bonds between sitters and the dogs they care for, the friendships between pet parents and dog sitters, and the joy these dogs bring into their humans’ lives. Meet one Rover’s first sitters here!
Amber C. in Renton, WA
My Pet-Sitting Story
I’ve always loved dogs and when I moved into my own apartment, Gus seemed bored out of his mind. I found Rover and thought it would be a great way to keep us both active and to let Gus have a friend over every once and a while.
I Dog Sit Because…
I love meeting adorable dogs on a consistent basis. The cuteness never ends! It’s also fun, and flexible with scheduling and helps me save for vacations.
My Pet-Sitting Style
I’m a normal, outgoing person who connects with the owners. I’ve made several friendships with owners of the dogs I’ve watched and felt like that has been the key to my success. I also send a crazy amount of photos so the owner never has to wonder how their pup is doing.
Meet My Dog!
Gus is a Boston Terrier who is almost 4. I got him at 8 weeks and it was love at first sight. He can clear a room with his gas but is the sweetest, cuddliest dog I know (when he wants to be.) We also have a 10 year old Dachshund, Priss. We adopted her about a year and a half ago and while she’s a little scared of new people, she welcomes the dogs into our home right away.
Why I <3 Dogs
Everyone will have their own reasoning for this, but for me it’s the extra lick if they sense you’ve had a bad day. The guaranteed snuggle at the end of the night. The hour long, one-sided conversation that they never seem to be upset by the fact you talked so much. Sometimes, I pick my dog Gus up and pretend we are ballroom dancing. I wrap his arms around my neck and I sing to him. It’s moments like that, where I can’t believe I am so lucky.
I regularly watch Bobby, an Italian greyhound with quite the wardrobe! He has every kind of sweater imaginable, along with pajamas, puffy vests and even a custom embroidered jacket with his name on it. His mom has become a friend of mine, and Bob (aka Bobcat and Bobbert) is just like a member of our family.
I Love My Dog, Even When He…
Scares himself with his own farts. Gus can be on the couch, sleeping and a little toot will come out and the noise will make him jet off the couch in sheer terror. He comes running straight to me, and I get to pick him up and tell him it’s all going to be ok.
Tips for Sitters
Be patient. Your clientele, bookings and earning will all increase over time. Although this is your business, treat everyone like a friend, and make sure to be kind, understanding and willing to work with them as everyone has different needs. And be ready for some adorable dogs that you may or may not cry over when they go home.