So, I think something that’s important to keep in mind is, 1. sick happens and the timing can suck sometimes 2. not every animal is going to be a perfect, able-bodied ward.
As someone who has a dog that can be nervous around other dogs, I know he’s not “perfect” and I fully disclose that in our profile.
Our first sit was for an elderly dog and we did run into some very messy potty issues…that’s part of the “job”…some sits will be seamless, some, not so much.
And it sucks the dog got sick right before the HO’s were leaving…not sure if I, personally, would have cancelled my trip if I were in that situation, but idk.
Speaking from the HO side, I was away on a trip and while I was gone, my boy ended up getting really sick (I think it was from the treats the sitter was giving, but neither here nor there)…What I do know, is that the sitter made sure my dog was taken care of…took him repeatedly to the vets, kept me updated, and was transparent about everything even if they were at fault…
As a sitter, you are basically there to do what I’m not able to do when I’m not there, and if I’m sitting for you, that’s exactly the standard I would be holding myself to as well and, even though yea, it’s great to travel some place new, etc., your pet is my FIRST priority. end of.
To follow up on this though, I think it is SUPER important that before you take on a sit, you vet the daylights out of it to the best of your ability. Ask all the questions, do your due diligence and be ready to make adjustments. If you have concerns, don’t accept the sit. It’s totally ok to walk away from a sit and as a pet guardian, I’d rather that than have someone that isn’t up for the task at home with my dog.