Here at Rover, we love a good dog story, and our sitters do too. We asked the heroes of our sitter community to tell us their story–and boy did they deliver. We received nearly 500 inspiring entries, and after much deliberation, here are our three winning tales. They’re heroic, heartwarming, and of course, involve the love of our furry friends.
Lynda shared her story with us via Instagram–and it just goes to show how a little moment can have a big impact. Try not to tear up, we dare you. Watch it here.
Emily’s walk with Olive could have taken a turn for the worse, but these two good samaritans saved a life.
I had a drop in visit with a dog I see quite regularly. Her name is Olive and she is just the sweetest dog! She’s almost a year old and full of LOTS of energy! I typically walk her for about 15 minutes, as she lives in an apartment complex. It gets her out and about, and she loves being outside! If it wasn’t for the South Carolina heat, I would walk her longer! Today, I decided to take Olive on a different walking route than usual. I thought it would be nice to switch things up a bit! While turning onto a different street in the complex, I heard someone yelling for help from across the street. I immediately started walking in that direction, with Olive, to see a wonderful sweet old lady sitting on her patio. She said she was having a difficult time breathing, and that she needed help. I called 911, and Olive and I stayed with her until the paramedics arrived. Olive and I walked back to her owner’s place after that. I stayed with Olive until she cooled down, and I made sure she had plenty of fresh water. It made my drop in visit a lengthy one, so I explained to her awesome owners why she was outside a bit longer than usual, and they were great about it! It’s definitely the craziest thing that has ever happened to me on a visit!
Jen doesn’t just go above and beyond for her Rover dogs, but for their parents as well!
The week before school started a teacher contacted me and asked me to do day care for her pup. Of course I agreed! The first day she brought Bella she was hurried and stressed because it was a full day of teacher meetings and her roof was being pressure washed so she didn’t want to leave Bella home. In the past Bella stayed with the owners mom during the day. The second day she brought Bella to my house, she was also stressed and hurried. It was 7:30 a.m. and she would be at school until 7 p.m. for her student’s open house. I am so grateful for the teachers that put up with so much for such little “thanks”! She is a second grade teacher. Yikes! Anyway, when she came to pick up Bella after a 12 Hour day, I surprised her with a home cooked meal. She was so happy and grateful I’m pretty sure she was fighting back tears! I love my pups that I get to care for and I love their parents too!
These three sitters made a ton of impact with small gestures, which makes them both pet sitters and heroes. We’re so glad they shared their stories with us, and we hope they’ve inspired you too!