Selecting the perfect caretaker for your pet, your child or an elderly relative can be a daunting task. Hiring the wrong person can be downright terrifying. So how do you go about choosing who you will trust to take care of your pet, family or household?
I took a slightly unusual route when it came to picking out care for Davey. I had left him at a daycare I was less than happy with while working part time. Since I was working part time for peanuts and paying for my crazy, high-energy puggle youngster to be entertained while I was at work I decided to kill two birds with one stone and seek a part time job in the pet care industry. I managed to find great work at local franchise of a company I really believe in, Camp Bow Wow.
Camp Bow Wow is still our first choice for dog care- I know the policies, the routine and I trust the workers because I know them. Plus they know I am a crazy pet mom, which is half the battle. Here is a picture of Dave at Camp, getting some friendly kisses from his puggle friend Roxie (pre-wedding, I swear Ruby):
If I had to choose a new sitter today I would consider using a site like Care4Hire.com. Care4Hire is a service that helps you quickly find a quality caretaker in your neighborhood.
Candi Wingate, the president of Care4Hire, started this easy to use database as a way to connect people to quality caretakers. The database contains pet care specialists, babysitters, elder caretakers, housecleaners and more. The site also provides guidance and resources such as access to online references and background checks.
You can experience a free preview of the caretakers in your area simply by entering your zip code on the site. Caretaker's information is provided immediately upon payment of $81 for a year or a onetime payment of $39 followed by a $9.99 /month fee. Service can be cancelled at any time without a penalty.
Care4Hire has graciously offered to give one of my readers a 1 month membership- a 2$9.99 value! This membership is for US AND Canadian users and will give someone plenty of time to try out the service and see how they like it.
How to Win
Tell me what type of caretaker you would look for if you win the 1 month membership (1 entry, must be done)
- Enter your zip code on the Care4Hire website and tell me how many caretakers you found in your area (1 entry)
- Follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway (leave a link to your tweet, can be done 2 times/day!)
- Follow my blog (link on the right, 1 entry)
- Fav me on technorati (2 entries, link on the right)
- Blog about the giveaway and post the link (5 entries)
Entries will be accepted until 12 AM CST Sunday May 24th at which time a winner will be chosen randomly.