Meet Nobska, a high-spirited terrier/poodle mix who loves to fetch tennis balls. Nobska has the honor of being my first Rover client from Falmouth, Massachusetts.
How I met Nobska
Nobska’s owner needed someone who could drop-in and play with him for a half-hour while she was away for the day on Saturday and Sunday.
After a meet and greet, Nobska gave me his paw of approval.
What Nobska and I did
A drop-in visit is a fairly simple assignment.
While it varies from pet to pet, it generally involves spending time with the pet in their home. That’s the main reason why pet owners book sitters. In Nobska’s case, it started with a few minutes of sitting down with him so he could get comfortable with me.
Nobska was a little nervous at first because he was shaking a little bit. It’s certainly understandable why Nobska was a bit nervous as to why I was back without her owner around. After all, he just met this stranger yesterday.
After a few minutes of petting him within his comfort zone on the sofa, he raised his paw out to me indicating he wanted more petting.
It’s Time to Play Fetch!
After he got a little more comfortable, I said the magic words his owner taught me.
“Wanna play fetch?”
Zoom! Nobska was off to the races as I stood up looking around for his ChuckIt!. If you are not familiar with ChuckIt!, it’s a nifty accessory that will give you superpowers to launch any tennis ball farther than you can throw them.
Nobska even helped me by retrieving his tennis ball and putting it down near me. We headed outside to the front yard where we spent a few minutes playing the day before. Before we started, Nobska did water the plants.
After the plants were hydrated sufficiently, I tapped the ChuckIt! on the ground and he came right up to me looking at me very intently. I knew he was ready to fetch.
Since I didn’t know my own strength, I chucked the tennis ball very lightly. Vroom! Nobska shot after the ball before it even left the ChuckIt!
He turned around and caught the ball before it had a chance to bounce twice on the grass. Nobska brought the ball back and got into his stance looking at me as if I was being silly.
In the end, he trained me to chuck the tennis ball further. Since the weather was perfect, we spent a good twenty minutes playing.
Afterward, I brought Nobska back inside the house. He immediately went to the couch looking very content but got off immediately to follow me as he figured out where I was going. I gave him a treat from the snack jar and followed him back to the couch.
Even though the owner booked me for thirty minutes, I stayed a few extra minutes petting Nobska. At the same time, I used the Rover app to updated the booking details with pictures of Nobska’s fun in the sun. Satisfied that Nobska was happy, I locked up and headed home.
The next day was a repeat of the same experience. In the end, we bonded to a point where I felt bad for leaving him. It was all worthwhile as Nobska and I both gained a new friend to play with.
Nobska’s owner was very pleased with my service. In fact, she ended up becoming a repeat client. Here’s what she had to say on Rover about her first experience with me.
She ended up booking me again for a drop-in visit. It’s always wonderful to see when a repeat client is happy with my service.
In fact, she ended up booking me again one more time before my return to Miami. It’s always a great pleasure to serve my repeat client. Being able to visit and play with pets everywhere I go is part of why I enjoy traveling.
Asking all pet owners
What kind of toys does your pet(s) like to play with?
I’ve seen the ChuckIt! in action a few times but never realized how amazing it was until I had a chance to use it with Nobska. He didn’t tire of playing fetch but he did tire of me wearing him out. Woof woof.