It's Your Pet's Home, You Just Live In It: What We Learned From Petsitting

It's Your Pet's Home, You Just Live In It: What We Learned From Petsitting

Abby Stone
Sep 19, 2008

atla-091908-petsit01.jpgSeeing Lily's post over at AT San Francisco reminded of a time, before we found an apartment at a reasonable rate, when we pet sat for people while they were on vacation. It was a great opportunity to see different parts of the city we were living in and get paid for doing it...

We lived in modern homes, traditional homes, lofts, houses, small apartments and large. It was a great opportunity to learn things that we later put into practice in our own apartment from where to keep the silverware (near the sink so it's easy to put away) to what furniture we wanted for our living room. Each home was as individual as the people who lived there. But the most interesting discovery was the compromises people were willing to make to accomodate the creatures they loved. Like children, pets often rule the roost, dictating everything from decorating style to furniture arrangement (one home we lived in had dog ramps snaking through the entire place to accomodate the needs of an arthritic dog; another had cat perches on every wall and a large cat tree in the center to accomodate four active felines ). If you have a pet, do you decorate around them? Or do they live around you? If your pet is new, how has it changed your home?

[Photo by Gregory Han]

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