For this edition of the Sitter Spotlight, we spoke with Kelly S., in Toronto, Ontario.
Kelly is new to Rover but is already sporting some great reviews and repeat clients!
We chatted with her about how she got her start with Rover & got some details on how Rover compliments her awesome full-time gig...
How did you get started pet sitting or dog walking?
My friend Rachel (who I work with) told me about the Rover App!
We hosted The Weather Network’s morning show together so we had very similar schedules:
Wake up at 2:30 am, live on TV at 5:30 am and then home by lunchtime! We always discussed how we were planning on filling our free afternoons Monday-Friday.
Rachel heard about Rover from her friend and decided to sign up.
She knew I shared a similar love of dogs. We always shared stories and pictures of the dogs we had growing up and she also knew I had free time in the afternoons.
We both signed up the same week and when we accepted our first doggie clients we immediately messaged each other! Rachel and I spent every morning in the changeroom at work discussing our dog walks for the week. It was a way to keep busy and enjoy spending time with dogs!
Since signing up, I now work late afternoons-evenings but my full-time work schedule still allows me to dog walk in the early afternoons and dog sit over weekends.
How long have you been pet sitting or walking with Rover?
Since April 2018, so about 3 months
For you, what is the best thing about being a pet sitter & dog walker?
The moment I walk into a clients home and see how excited the dog is to see me. It instantly puts a smile on my face.
Everyone lives busy lives and the majority of people have to be out of the house most of the day. Since I work off-hours It’s nice to know I can give the dogs a nice afternoon walk or visit to look forward to each day!
Some added bonuses?
It keeps me active and outside in the fresh air!
Toronto living isn’t cheap! Every little bit of extra income helps!
Would you tell us about activities you devote your free time to & what you feel passionate about?
I like to stay active, most weekends I am checking out the latest workout classes in the city or trying a new restaurant! I love trying the latest food trends.
I try to travel to at least one new country a year.
I am also a bit of a weather nerd so I enjoy watching thunderstorms roll in during the summertime or watching the snow pile up during winter snowstorms!
What's your sitter "super power"?
Taking on multiple dogs and repeat clients can be challenging, especially if you live in a city! It’s not only about knowing the dog, you need to know the clients name, their address, unit number, buzzer number (if they live in a condo) where the secret hiding place is for the key and the name of the friendly concierge who lets you into their home every day.
For each new doggie client I take on, I create a new ‘note’ in my cell phone with all the details and specifics needed to have a successful visit and/or walk.
It’s not a bad idea to use a calander planner as well. Writing down and scheduling in every new request keeps me organized for each day, especially because I work a full-time job in addition to Rover.
If you needed a pet sitter or dog walker, what are the top 3 characteristics you would seek out?
Friendly and Personable- It’s important to establish a comfortable relationship with owner and sitter. Communication is key to keeping us both happy.
Organized- I am a very organized person so knowing my sitter is just as organized would give me confidence in the caring of my dog while I’m away.
Reliable- I want to be able to count on and trust the person I hire to take care of my dog. This keeps your mind at ease when scheduling walks/visits.
How do you recharge after a busy day?
I enjoy making a home cooked meal and either watching a show on Netflix or sitting out on my balcony watching the sunset on a warm summer night!
What advice would you give to a new sitter or walker?
Less is more!
If you’re like me and looking to join Rover to enjoy the company of some furry friends and the money is an added bonus, start with only a few dogs.
Unless you plan to make this your primary source of income, I suggest starting out with only a couple doggie clients and walk only one dog at a time, this way you become comfortable with the dog and your surroundings. This is also a good way to rebook with past clients and allows them to see you are reliable and available!
You have a unique career. Would you mind telling us about it and how you got started?
I am a Meterologist!
I became passionate about weather at a young age.
I grew up in a small town along Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. I used to spend my summer evenings with my dad watching storms roll in off the lake.
Growing up, everyone knew I wanted to become a Meteorologist so when it became time to head to university, I decided to purse my dream and take Atmospheric Science.
I landed a job as a Meteorologist at The Weather Network in Oakville, Ontario, when I graduated. I started behind the scenes but slowly grew an interest in delivering the weather in front of the camera to our Canada-wide audience.
I have now hosted The Weather Network’s national morning show and am currently their on-air severe weather specialist--live tracking severe thunderstorms across the country for the summertime.
I am 100% a weather nerd!
Hahahahaaa!!! Thanks, Kelly!
If you'd like to check out Kelly's profile, you can do so here
Gorgeous day for a walk!How can you resist this face?