As I write this, I’m pet sitting in a fabulous house near Universal City. It’s the home of one of my daughter’s friends who is out of town. She has two little dogs and I have two of my own. So far, it’s been like a vacation even though I’m only across town.
And, I was more than ready to get away
Do you ever feel like you’re in an episode of Dallas or Dynasty? Or maybe even a horror movie? Shady characters are going to jail, crazies are pillaging major cities, and unfortunates with THE VIRUS are dying en masse. This has been the craziest year of my lifetime. How are you faring so far?
The place I’m staying in is like a mini-resort
My daughter’s friend became an accountant right out of college. She was working for the studios and making beaucoup bucks, so she bought a million-dollar house close to where she worked. However, like most people in the LA film industry, she got furloughed because of the pandemic
What a scary thing to happen to a single woman in her early thirties!
With nothing to do, she decided to visit her sister who has a couple of kids up north. My daughter suggested that I pet sit while she was away. There was no way I could say no. I’ve been living in a confining little room where I share a bathroom with a guy.
For the last few days, it’s been just me and 4 small dogs. I’m ecstatic because now I have 3 beautiful bathrooms all to myself. My daughter came over with her dog so we had dinner together and a dog party.
But despite how nice it is, there have been a few glitches
On my first night of pet sitting duties, the temperature in the valley was 111. The power went out while I was watching TV. It came back on after a few hours but I had to spend time in the hot garage reprogramming the sprinklers that got knocked out by the outage.
The next day, I was sitting on the pot when I heard the dogs start to bark. The landscapers turned up unannounced and were in the backyard. I caught two of them hiding in the corner of the yard. The bathroom I was pooping in didn’t have window shades and they got an eyeful while I was doing my business.
When she heard about what had happened, my daughter’s friend read her contractor the riot act. I’m thankful that I will never see those guys again but I’m sure they were just trying to get their work done before it got hot outside.
Sleeping in luxury
I’ve been sleeping on a twin bed with my two dogs which means I sleep on half a twin. Here I’m sleeping on a cushy Queen with 4 little dogs but it’s still way more luxurious.
Still, at least one of them gets me up in the middle of the night to pee. At first I kept bumping my shins on the stylish bed frame that sticks out at the bottom because I’m blind without my contacts but now I’m getting wise to it.
The mother of all she devils
My girl dog refuses to pee on the concrete patio in the backyard like the boy dogs do. New grass is being grown out there but right now it’s fenced off. I don’t really blame my girl, though. We women all have the same problem. Guys can whip it out and pee anywhere while we have to hold it in until we find a restroom.
Instead, I have to take her down a long flight of stairs so she can pee on the front lawn because the house is built on a hill.
She’s also been growling at all the boys and even goes after them like a snarling security dog because she thinks she’s Queen.
I could get used to staying here
I love that I can do my workout DVDs here because I have no room in my rental room.
Happily, I’m going to move again to a house owned by a friend from high school. She’s building a house next door that’s almost ready. The plan is to have a hippie commune of 60ish-year-old women. That will be lots of fun and there won’t be any guys around to share a bathroom with.
If you’re sick of being stuck at home, pet and house sitting is a nice way to get away for awhile.
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