In 2015 I applied for a 3 week sit in LA, at the time we were living in the beautiful city of Vancouver Canada, lucky enough to get chosen we were to look after a sweet princess called Stella, a beloved Shih Tzu belonging to Eileen and Brian Cohen who were going on a holiday of a lifetime to Israel and had never had a TrustedHousesitter before. Brian is from Manchester, England and Eileen a California “girl” I say that only because often there is a connection which attracts owners to applicants, in our case it was Brian connecting to sitters who were originally from his home country.
One Saturday John and I were out with Stella and having mid morning tea on Santa Monica beach, John had a ham sandwich and Stella like so many dogs was a food junkie … if she refused to walk and she often did, all I had to say was “Let’s go see Gerrie” a neighbour of Eileen’s who always gave Stella cheese, the very mention of Gerrie’s name had four, very little legs moving at the speed of sound ….
But I digress, back to Santa Monica beach, the ham sandwich and Stella’s impossible to ignore eyes. John took a piece of the sandwich, was about to deposit in Stella’s mouth when I screamed (well not quite) “NO you can’t give her that!!!” … ‘Why?’ “Because she’s Jewish!!”
At which point John’s face was a McEnroe “You cannot be serious!” moment
Oh yes I could be serious you see her family are Jewish and this little dog was too. We looked after Stella another seven times and sadly Stella left for the “Bridge” two years ago, Eileen and I will be life long friends because of this adorable little dog"
PS Scratching your head about the “McEnroe Moment?” Well hopefully, not only will my little story give you a smile for those of you not around the tennis courts in 1981 here’s some Pop Culture trivia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hK1wyrrAU
Looking forward to reading and seeing your funny pet memories …