In Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter, Laura Marchant tells all about her pet sitting business in Lancashire.
Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a free copy of Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter, in return for an honest review.
In 2010, Laura was made redundant from her job of 30 years, and decided to try something different. She set up her own business as a pet sitter, based from her home in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. Along with Brece, her beloved Golden Retriever, Laura looks after a mix of both social dogs and ASBOs! In this memoir, Laura tells all about her experiences, both good and bad.
Being a pet sitter sounds like my dream job, so I was very excited to read this! Laura tells her experiences with refreshing honesty and frankness, as well as a good dose of humour too.
My favourite parts of the book were, of course, the stories about the dogs that Laura cares for. Trials and Tribulations starts with Laura bringing her dog Brece home (pronounced ‘Bressay’). She feels an instant bond with her new Golden Retriever puppy, and details the struggles of training her. My favourite stories were about some of the more rambunctious dogs she has to care for. Rocky, a Pointer who was impossible to control at times, and Hendrix and Wasabi — who learned to hide on top of the sand dunes to avoid having to go back home after their walk!
I was glad that she covers both the highs and lows of pet sitting. Laura talks about a lot of things that I had never considered. For example, if you are expected to care for other people’s pets, you can’t go out in the evening! Fortunately, Laura enjoys spending quiet evenings on the sofa watching TV, but I can imagine it’s not a lifestyle for everyone. She also confesses to occasionally losing people’s pets (or their house keys!), something that can’t be hard to admit to!
I really enjoyed reading Trials and Tribulations! It really feels like Laura is speaking directly to you with her conversational, relaxed writing style. It’s the perfect read for dog lovers. It’s also essential reading for anyone considering becoming a dog walker or pet sitter as a career!
The blurb for Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter
Hilarious and heart warming true stories of a Pet Sitter.
Laura takes us on her journey describing the immense joy that the animals have brought into her life. But it’s not all fun and games. With sometimes as many as ten dogs around her home, things can get a tad hectic. Not to forget the every day challenges faced in keeping the pets happy and safe when out walking. Luckily she is not alone in her quest; her unusually dominant Golden Retriever ‘Brece’ is always by her side. Brece earns her keep by convincingly playing the part of the alpha female, ensuring harmony amongst the pack.
At times, the responsibility that Laura faces becomes overwhelming. She may think she has everything covered but that hand of fate could quite easily swoop down, creating havoc for her and the dogs. Laura has endured many close calls and teetered on the precipice of disaster may a time. The longer she continues with her pet sitting enterprise, the more likely hood that total disaster will actually strike. Is she tempting fate?
Laura Marchant is the Bridget Jones of the pet sitting world!
About the author, Laura Marchant
Laura Marchant was born in 1959 in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. Both her parents were born in the same town, so not exactly a family of intrepid travellers! As a child Laura and her siblings were fortunate enough to own shares in the families pets. Unbeknown to Laura at the time, her love for the animals formed the blueprint for a large part of her life. In 2011 she finally found her vocation, and in the comfort of her own home, set up a pet boarding business. For the next 7 years she shared her abode with a pack of dogs. A lot of this time was spent watching over the animals and observing their behaviour, which in turn inspired her to write her first book, Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter.