Whilst chatting on that first meeting we get a sense of the owner's expectations and also the day to day routine of normal, everyday life.
There is also that necessary, but delicate, question of what to do in the event of the pet or the owner becoming ill or indeed dying whilst we are on a sit. Most owners have thought about this scenario regarding their pet and have spoken to their vets to make their wishes clear.
If, however the owner dyes or becomes incapable of looking after their pet through illness, for example, the owner may wish to make their wishes known to us.
We have recently been advised by a regular client that they have signed up to the Cinnamon Trust, which is a free organisation, relying on donations, which will look after your pet if you die, become ill or your situation changes. They provide volunteers to come in a help out with your pet or foster the pet out.
We have found that this gives the pet owner peace of mind whilst they are away, as they can rest assured their beloved pet will be looked after.