Pet sitters are not an uncommon breed in France. They provide a wonderful service to those that need help in walking dogs or who need someone to visit their home while they are away to look after their pets. Services offered include dog walking, feeding your pets, changing litter, watering plants, opening and closing shutters. The French have even taken the name Pet Sitter but often you will see Nounou des Animaux – literally animal nanny. Other terms to search for on Google are ‘Visite à Domicile’ or ‘Soins à Domicile’
I have come across a couple of these entreprises in recent years while living in the Pays de Gex, near to Geneva.
Run by three young people, Alison, Alain and Natalie. I first met Alison and Natalie as they both work for the ‘veto’ where I take my dog, Beau. Both are very professional and charming. I met Alain a while ago now when the group approached me to help them set up a website. He and I got on well from the start and I am sure they provide a thoughtful, caring service. They offer ‘visite à domicile’ to feed, clean, caress your pets, open/close shutters and water plants. They concentrate on an area around the town of Gex – it is clearly marked on their website.
So if you are going away for a holiday or even into hospital and live in the area, why not contact them and see if they are a good fit for you?
We congregate close to where CERN has its Large Hadron Collider. It’s a lovely walk there and it’s great to see sometimes 20+ dogs all running around together. It is something my wife and I are going to miss when we leave the area in a few months’ time. Yes we are leaving and moving for a couple of years to our cottage in the South West. My wife is taking 2 years away from her job to pursue to few other ideas.
As each owner arrives with his/her dog(s) all the band charge up to greet the new arrivals. Often it’s to the owner first, looking for tidbits (friandises), but they are genuinely happy to see each other. Groups will wander off a little but soon come back to check out where we are. Others chase after balls/sticks and generally let off steam. Beau, our Golden Retriever, looks as if he is interested in the sticks but won’t chase. It’s as if he understands that it’s not that good for him! He has a heart problem requiring daily medication to keep the condition in check as long as possible. Unfortunately there’s a slow deterioration but he enjoys the company of the other dogs. And he clearly likes all the owners too. As for us, the owners, we put the world to rights taking well over an hour for a walk that should last only 20 minutes.
But, I digress; Debby offers dog walking and home visits amongst other services. The full list is given on her website.
How to find Pet Sitters in your Area
Simply go to Google.fr and search for terms such as; Pet sitters in France
This will give the following link high up in the search: http://www.animaute.fr/un-pet-sitter-partout-en-france.html. This seems to be a fairly extensive website for the country at large.
But why not try and restrict it to your area such as ‘visite à domicile Pays de Gex’.
Do you have someone you know you could promote in your area? Why not leave a comment?