StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

If you like this profile, remember the name "Beth O" and simply click here to tell us more about your pets and when you will need a sitter. StudentCo will let you know if this pet sitter is available (if not, you will be introduced to another, equally awesome, team member).

The next step is the meet-and-greet. This is an informal meeting at your home so you (and your pets!) can get to know a potential sitter. You are invited to discuss your needs and expectations openly, and then decide whether you would like to proceed with a booking. The meet-and-greet is 100% cost and obligation-free and will be arranged for a time that suits you.

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Name of sitter: Beth O

Area: Faerie Glen (Pretoria East)

Note: Beth happily looks after pets who are not in her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: Advanced Certificate in Counselling and Communication

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: October 2018

Experience with animals and own pets

In my experience, pets have as much of an influence on us as the people in our lives do. The moments that we most strongly remember show the very tangible impact that they have on our experience of life and its events. These amazing creatures even impact the person we become. My first experience with such a being was my first dog, Tessa, who we adopted from the SPCA. She was a Husky and German Shepherd mix, with the best characteristics of both, and will forever be a part of all my childhood memories. She died this year at the heroic age of 16, but she was there through the most difficult times that life has so far had to offer.

Before my beloved Tessa came into my life at the age of 8, I had an intense fear of dogs. Since then, I have taken any opportunity to enjoy the company of the canine members of my extended family. One of the first was Missy, my aunt’s dog that has unfortunately passed away too. Luckily, I was still old enough to remember her. We only saw her during the Christmas holidays but I associate her with family, presents, and splashing in the pool.

Our family also owns two Jack Russel Terriers, the younger of which has only been part of the family for a few years. Sadie and Jackson are the best cousins a girl could ask for because no matter how old they are, they love to be held like babies. The most recent addition to the family is Follie, a Gold Retriever that may one day accidentally smother one of us to death with his love. One look from him and you cannot help but immediately become happier and more at peace, because that dog is always smiling.

Lastly, we have my current furry child, Lightning. This Tabby cat came as a surprise two years ago when he was found in an estate nearby at only 4 weeks old. As can be inferred from my other furry family members, we have predominantly been a dog-loving household. I didn’t know I would become a crazy cat lady until I fell in love with what has become an annoying, whiskered alarm clock. He was one of the first decisions I made as an adult, choosing to bring him home on a whim, and I find comfort in knowing that he will be by my side as I continue to find my way.

I have not had a ton of experience with animals as compared to many others. In fact, I frequently forget how much I love them. Yet when I do remember, it is always clear that the ones that have been in my life have had a lasting impact that transcends the short time that they were with us. I have had many babysitting tasks and unexpected, yet short, interactions with many amazing animals in my life, but the ones that I call family are the ones that stay in my memory forever.

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StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Beth passed our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies. This means that she scored at least 80%. Please do feel free to ask for any team member’s individual test score.

Feedback from References

Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

I am a colleague of her father. She was recommended by her father when I was traveling overseas and needed a person to take care of my pet bunny.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes:

Beth is a conscientious and diligent person. She is completing her Psychology Honours degree and loves working with animals. She volunteered to work with children in public hospitals in her third year studies. I would highly recommend her to take care of pets in any home.

Reference 2

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

She took care of our Labrador when we went away.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes:

Very responsible and always willing to go the extra mile.

Reference 3

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Beth is a very dependable young lady. She is highly equipped to care for animals. My pets were very relaxed when I returned from overseas. I was actually surprised and delighted about their clean and relaxed attitude.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes:

Highly recommended by me !!!