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      Monday, February 22, 2010

11:56 AM - 02/22/2010

The topic: Turtle update


Animal control called from the house and asked where was the animal and I told her.  I explained the situation, talked about how dirty the water was. She wasn’t sure if she could just take it at this point or they’d have to contact the owner. 

A little while later, she called me again and here’s the situation. The people who moved out are having the people next door take care of it until the people who moved out move into their new home (they’re buying a home). With all of the rain we’ve been getting, that’s put them behind.  But the new place has a pond where the turtle will live, instead of in an aquarium. The turtle should be gone by the end of the weekend. 

The AC officer told me to feel free to call next week if the turtle is still there.  She expressed her concern over the condition of the water to the woman who is feeding the turtle, pretty much telling her that that amount of algae doesn’t happen in a short period of time.

So, we’ll see what happens next week.

I’m happy the turtle might have a new home, but I loathe his living conditions right now

I wonder if they made sure the neighbor is actually feeding the poor thing. We went away for two days and one night and asked a neighbor to stop by the second day to make sure the cats had food and water, that’s all, just top off the food and water dish. We got home the second night and the dishes were empty and the water had been spilled. We dog sat for this woman many, many weekends/weeks so she could go on cruises, vacations what have you and she couldn’t take out 10 minutes to look in on our cats.

Posted by Donna @ Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 4:05:42 PM

Good to hear that the Turtle should be OK (But check it out again anyway - you never know if they will follow through on their promises)

As to neighbours being trusted to pet sit?

I started a professional pet sitting company here in Australia and most of our clients have had the same story about “the neighbours, their friends or family’ supposed to look after their pets and that they would never do it again because the carers didn’t do what they were asked/promised to to….. appalling really….. a nighbour of ours had guinea pigs and one perished because there sister didn’t fill the water bottle in his side of his pen, in the heat of summer… and she was living there while they were away!!!!!!
I now look after their cats, their rabbit, fish and guinea pigs whenever they go away (thier dogs generally travel with them!)

It is a joy to look after pets…. I have just added a Pet First Aid course for al of our carers to attend (and they have to pass an assesemnt) before they can do work for us! (all our carers have to adhere to our policies and procedures in pet car, health and safety and have a true LOVE of animals - and be ultra reliable - or we just will not give them work AT ALL!

As for those neighbours, you just can’t rely on some people can you? -

Posted by Kerry @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:16:18 AM

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