It Takes a Village
Some of you have emailed me to ask what we do with the Fearsome Four when we go out of town?
Well, since we have rescues that have various fears, we don’t like putting them in a stressful kennel situation.
We have a great pet nanny and house sitter who comes to Our Little House for the duration of our trip.
Correna has become a very trusted and valuable member of Our Little House community.
I hired her as a research and writing intern in 2008, the summer she graduated from our local high school. I was a little afraid at first, as The Fearsome Four can be a little overwhelming, but I needn’t have worried, Correna loves animals and she took to the dogs right away.
As we got to know each other better, Correna told me she had pets all of her life and like our Fearsome Four, all of hers were rescues.
“We joke about our home being an animal refuge, because the sick, the lost, the abandoned, and the forgotten always seem to find their way to our house,” Correna said.
Correna has saved kittens, puppies and even a parrot. She has numerous pets right now, but sent me photos of two of her beloved pets.
Skeeter is a German Shepherd mix. Her family heard him being thrown from a moving car when he was a puppy. Correna said he yelped when he hit the ground. They put food next to a trailer where the puppy hid for a few days, but it wasn’t long before the dog became hers. “It used to be a battle of wills to get him to come inside at night, but now, as an old man, he spends most of his time sprawled out on his giant pillow next to the window,” Correna says.
CeeCee Marie, the dog pictured with Correna, joined their household in 2005. She was found huddled under their car in their driveway.
When we first moved to Our Little House, my aunt’s friend started up a pet nanny and house sitting service. We used her a few times, but she became too busy.
“How about Correna?” I asked Dale one weekend I needed to be out of town for work. I wouldn’t have let just any teenager watch the Fearsome Four, but Correna had proved herself trustworthy in my business and I knew she loved animals.
We haven’t used the professional pet nanny since.
It truly takes a village – not to raise kids in this case – but to keep Our Little House running and everydog happy.
Do you have someone who is a trusted person to help you take care of your home, pets or kids?