How much do you charge for a 10 MIN visit?

I just need for you to come by for 10 minutes to let my dog outside. How much will that be?



I have been getting this question frequently these days. More people are looking to cut costs, which is understandable if you are one of those people who believe everything that is written in the newspaper or heard on the TV. However – especially in these times, can one really cut short the care they give to their home and pets?


Being a professional pet sitting company it is our DUTY to our clients to take our job seriously. In my own mind taking it seriously means having enough time at a home to accurately deal, asses, and care for our clients homes and pets. Our home, is our sanctuary, place we can feel at ease, please where you are safe. Our pets, are members of our family! Cutting cost on the care of one’s home or pets while they are not there is one of the biggest risks one could take when they go away. They could come back to NO home!


Things that HAVE happened in the past 7 years while I have been a pet sitter:


  • Four legged client was peeing blood. A trip to the emergency vet proved initially that it was a bladder infection. Further investigation showed that it was a tumor inside the pet and it was cancer.
  • Children left the sugar cereal out leaving a 40 ft trail of ants leading all the way from a crack outside into  the kitchen. Those creatures are amazing! We were able to get an exterminator over before they infested the whole home!
  • A client, while in their back yard WITH their pet has had a hawk swoop down and carry away their beloved pet! This ended tragically.
  • I have been on walks where we have encountered javalina. Throwing stones will scare them, unless you encounter a mama with her cubs.
  • I have pulled up to a home where there was a BOBCAT trotting around the front walk way. Imagine if the client had a doggy door and a small pet?
  • Another clients home was very warm in one area of the home. It was a wing that I wasn’t even doing overnights in. Although because I was able to notice the change in tempature and get a AC Repair Company, the SPARK that the shortage casued didn’t start a fire because we were there to stop it before it got worse.


So may things have happened over the years. Imagine if there was just a friend running in and out of your home? Or better yet – a neighborhood child who checks on your pets when they “happen” to remember to go over?


This is a very serious matter. Our small fee can really help give you the peace of mind that you can come home to your home in once peace and your fur baby healthy.


We are a professional pet sitting company and I take this very seriously. We do not charge by time and this is for our clients protection. We are there for however long it takes to ensure that the routine for your pet has been preformed, they are happy and your home is safe. If they decide to take a longer walk, make a mess that we need to clean up, plants need to be watered, this is all included in our fee. We are a professional company, providing a professional service. This, I can promise you as the owner of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting.

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