i know both sides of this as i pet sit for friends of mine. the first time i stayed there (with 9 cats and 7 dogs!
) i remember the huge
list my friend left! oh and there were fish tanks indoors and a fish pond outside to look after too!
the funniest thing was the animals reactions though. all the cats were (sadly she is down to 1 now
) home bred persians and persian x's. the boys were all fine straight away but the girls, in particular a beautiful tortie persian x named calico, were very put out. in fact calico did not come in until late at night despite me calling and calling her. she took a good week to suss me out and when she did, boy did i know about it!
she would follow me around and demand attention, scratching the side of the chair if i hadn't noticed her quickly enough!
all the animals accepted me as 'temporary' mum even rod's beloved cocker spaniel petra. she became my shadow while dad was away!
the biggest compliment i got was my friends telling me how they knew the animals were happy with me. they could see how relaxed all the animals were when they returned, in particular the cats lack of reaction to their arrival!
however, i will be going away for the weekend in september with dh and i'm worried! my son is staying home and i know he will be ok but i can't help those little nagging doubts. will he remember to shut the windows in the bathroom? will he make sure the litterbox is cleaned?
this is why i have only been away once in the last 15 years!