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We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS as normal!
We are once again taking bookings for licensed home boarding, doggy daycare aand home visits for cats and small domestic pets.
Meet and greet sessions have resumed (in line with current social distancing and hygiene requirements) as too have home visits to meet your cats(s) and other pets, together with puppy sitting visits and dog walking for those returning to occasional or full-time working away from home.
Please contact us for further details of the full range of services we offer and for dates available for home boarding if you are planning a holiday or short vacation.
Covid-19 in retreat - at least for the time being - many of you will likely be re-evaluating your holiday arrangements and thinking about
re-booking or re-scheduling your holiday plans.
We would like to remind you that our normal terms of business state:
However, in these still uncertain times we want to remain as flexible and accommodating as possible, so until further notice we are continuing to:
Please be mindful of changes that the pandemic and global travel restrictions may have to your travel insurance cover. We suggest you check to see if you can still claim for any losses you may incur from cancelling or rescheduling your pet care arrangements.
Some insurance companies have withdrawn travel cover or amendied the terms and scope of cover they offer in light of COVID-19.
When purchasing travel insurance we advise you check for the inclusion/scope of pet care cover offered.
If you need to make a claim for any losses already incurred due to cancellation or deferment of your holiday and travel plans, or in the event of future disruption to your plans, we will be pleased to provide written evidence of the booking and any monies paid or due to support your claim.
While we have always asked that you provide at least one emergency contact name/number when booking your dog(s) to stay, this is now a mandatory requirement should you fall ill, become quarantined or experience disruption or delays to your homebound travel plans.
Please advise us immediately by phone, text or email if have any concerns that you might be delayed.
We will, of course, seek to board your dog(s) beyond the original collection date/time, but due to strict licencing conditions which limit our boarding capacity, we would look to enlist your emergency contact(s) as the first point of call to look after your dog(s) until you return home. Should this not be possible then we reserve the right to place them in local kennels at a cost to yourselves. In either event, we will first seek your consent to release them into the care of a third party.
If we have the capacity to extend boarding for your dog(s) this will be charged at £25 per 24 hours.
IN CASE OF DELAY
You may also wish to consider providing us with additional rations of food, supplements or medication for your dog(s), over and above their daily needs based on the duration of their planned stay. Any purchases of additional food or medication we make on your behalf will be charged at cost.
Our overriding concern is for the welfare of your pet(s). Our commitment extends to home visits for cats and other small pets which might also be affected by changes or enforced delays to your travel and holiday plans. Since there are no licensing restrictions relating to home visits we are able to extend this service as long as is necessary until you return home.
A copy of these changes, together with all our contact details is available to download as a PDF document from the home page. We suggest you print a copy and keep it with your travel documents in case you need it.
31st March 2016
Something only cat owners will understand!
BATHROOMS: Always accompany your humans and their house guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.
DOORS: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get the door open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold or exceptionally wet or windy weather.
CHAIRS AND RUGS: If you feel the urge to throw up, get to a chair or bed quickly. If you cannot manage in time, get to an oriental rug. If there is no oriental rug, shagpile is good too. When throwing up on any carpet, make sure you back up so the trail is as long as your human's bare foot.
HAMPERING: If one of your humans is engaged in some activity, and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called "helping", otherwise known as "hampering". Here are some of the basic rules for maximum hampering:
cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book -- unless you can lie across the book itself.
When your human is working at their computer, jump up on desk, walk across keyboard, bat at the mouse pointer on screen, and then lay in human's lap across arms, hampering typing in progress and possibly resulting in a spellcheck meltdown.
WALKING: As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of your human, especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.
BEDTIME: Always sleep on your human at night so he/she cannot move around.
LITTER BOX: When using the litter tray, be sure to kick as much litter out of the tray as possible. Humans love the feel of cat litter between their toes.
HIDING: Every now and then, hide in a place where your humans cannot find you. Do not come out for three to four hours under any circumstances. This will cause your humans to panic (which they love) thinking that you have run away or are lost. Once you do come out, your humans will cover you with love and kisses, and you'll probably get a treat!
FINALLY: Whenever possible, get close to your human, especially their face, then turn around and present your butt to them. Your humans really love this, so do it often. And don't forget their house guests too!
For more information on any aspect of the services provided by Sit 'n' Stay Petminding, please contact Sue on:
07749 660 738
01446 713 582
Or contact us via the Sit 'n' Stay Facebook or Instagram page.