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I've been looking at sitting services through Craigs List (Brooklyn and Manhattan) and the ones I like most offer personalized, non-crated, in home care. Many have great websites with referrals (yes, I know that it could be a marketing gimmic) However, most of these small petsitter services aren't bonded. I know there are many risks associated with using a nonbonded sitter but I don't want to discount them out of hand for that reason alone. What do you all recommend?
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what does non bonded mean?
that's great that you have so many options! Often times I feel like I am "chained" to the house and Tillie cause we have no one to watch her, no GREAT boarding places, etc... bummer part of living in a rural area, for sure!

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If I understand it correctly, bonding is like an insurance policy that covers any mishaps while the dog is in the sitter's care. It doesn't necessarily mean the sitter is a quality one, just that the insurance company may cover costs associated with animal injury or death while in their care.
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Actually, bonding is different from being insured. I believe that bonding covers employees who may come into your home and steal from you. What you are looking for is an in home petsitter (I assume where Ellie would stay with the sitter at their home) to have insurance. Since we watch dogs in our home, I have insurance like that. I am insured if something happens to a dog in my care. I do not have any bonding since I do not go into anyone's home or have any employees who do that. I hope that makes sense.


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Thanks for the clarification Karen! I saw both bonded and insured and assumed they were the same.
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due to this thread I started searching, yet AGAIN for an occasional pet sitter. I found "care.com" BUT I have to pay $35 to get the info on the sitters... I have one I really like, bonded and insured, does doggy day care in her home, is 58, has had a background check.. I'm just wondering if paying to be able to send her an e-mail means I'm being duped...? there is NOTHING on Craigslist here...

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I just signed up for sittercity.com the a week or so ago. It is the same type of thing as Care.com. I was hesitant too about spending the money. I will tell you that I decided on Sittercity over Care because once my free ad ran out, they kept sending me discount codes. Once they sent me the last offer for 50% off, I did it. I got 3 months for the $35. I have two people coming out to meet me and the dogs next week. I got a few responses from petsitting companies in the area, and a few responses from people I wouldn't contact back, but a few very good responses as well. I will let you know how it goes with the 2 girls this week. Both seemed lovely on the phone, have references and background checks.


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Hi Ellie,

I no my trainer does babysitting for pups overnight or day but they must be crate trained and you have to call in advance to check for availability. I've never used her sitting services but whenever I would go for training she would have the pups playing outside in her yard and if I ever needed a sitter I'd certainly use her. She's out on Long Island though so I'm not sure if that works with you. PM me for her number or google her company called Smarty Paws NY.
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Actually, bonding is different from being insured. I believe that bonding covers employees who may come into your home and steal from you. What you are looking for is an in home petsitter (I assume where Ellie would stay with the sitter at their home) to have insurance. Since we watch dogs in our home, I have insurance like that. I am insured if something happens to a dog in my care. I do not have any bonding since I do not go into anyone's home or have any employees who do that. I hope that makes sense.
After working for a bank and being taken, at gun point, during a robbery, by one of the BONDED cleaning service people, I take bonding with a grain of salt. It may prevent a small amount of petty theft. Real thieves know how to get false ID's and credentials (the robber who took me had 6 sets in his home when he was arrested) that make it a snap to get bonded.

If I had to leave Kodi with someone I didn't know well, I'd want to check it out carefully in person, and I'd also want references, not only from clients, but from other dog professionals, like trainers, groomers and vets. That would mean more to me than whether they were bonded.

As far as insurance is concerned, insurance might be nice, but if something happens to my dog, nothing is going to bring him back. Again, I'd rather have a real feeling that the care provider will take just as good care of him as I do. Things happen, and dogs do hurt themselves. I want to feel that if something DID happen to Kodi while in their care, it would be one of those things that could happen anytime, anywhere, even with me.


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Karen, I am sorry to hear about your experience with the bank. That is terrible. I agree that so much is based on what you see, feel and recommendations. When I take a dog into our home, they are always dogs I know or are referred from friends or family. I do not advertise since I do not want strangers dogs. We only take small dogs since that is what our dogs are comfortable with and we are most comfortable with. We also ask that they visit with us prior to their stay to make sure they will fit in and everyone is comfortable. I did get insurance since this "business" started to grow and I wanted to be sure to protect us and the dogs. I pray to never have to use it. It also covers me if I have to take a dog to the vet or something and the family will not pay for it. Honestly, I don't think anyone who has had a dog stay here has ever asked if we have insurance. I just do it for my own piece of mind.

I have a young lady coming over to meet my dogs tomorrow to discuss staying here with them. I will do all the homework I possibly can before hiring her or anyone else. I am still asking around to everyone I know if they know anyone. I am quite demanding when it comes to what I require from someone (like not leave my dogs for longer than 4 hours, sleep at my house, etc) so I want to be sure someone is willing to commit to what I need. The young lady coming over tomorrow is a school teacher, so she is on the same vacation schedule I am. Hopefully, it will work out.


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