Wow! A HUGE congratulations to Chante, July 2019’s Pet Sitter of the Month! Chante has been a loyal member of the StudentCo family for the past two and a half years! In the time that she’s been with us, she has looked after dozens of furkids from different families, and even worked behind the scenes as an admin team member for a few months!
“Having Chante at home with the dogs really put me at ease while I was away. She went beyond the call of duty to take great care of them. Very happy with the service.” – Pet parent Dina-Mari, mother of Penny and Schumi.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Chante in our home. From the start, it was evident that she loves animals. The feeling was mutual, as our pets took to her immediately. She was there before we left on the Saturday and waiting until we returned on the Sunday. This is going the extra mile!” – Suna and Marilize de Villiers, pet parents of Plassie, Noodles, Roxy, Max, Nougat and Muffin.
“Over and above the excellent service provided. Chante went out of her way to assist us in a family crisis that had nothing to do with pet sitting, without once making us feel like we were misusing her services. She was absolutely great and I can highly recommend her.” – Pet parent Dania, the mother of Yorkies.
Chante was super excited to hear that she had been chosen as our pet sitter of the month. She even took the time to answer these exciting questions about herself:
As a StudentCo pet sitter, it goes without saying that you are a BIG fan of animals. Please tell us about the animals you consider to be your family.
“Every pet I have ever owned, I have considered family. One of the hardest things about being a student is that my doggy, Moby, has to stay with my mother and thus I do not get to see him as often as I would like. I also have two amazing kittens, Crona and Kimba.
Since I joined StudentCo in 2017, the amount of furkids I consider to be family has exponentially increased. The Botha, Bruwer and Visser families are but a few of my many long-standing clients with whom I have made amazing bonds with both the human and furkid members of the family over the past few years.”
Is there an animal charity or cause that is close to your heart? If so, please tell us more about them.
“Currently, Wollies animal shelter has my attention. I have gone to volunteer a few times. I do wish to contribute more time there, but since moving further away this has become a bit more difficult.”
What is your favourite thing about working as a pet sitter?
“I see every pet sitting as a new adventure – each filled with its own unique experiences and memories to last a lifetime.
I enjoy taking the dogs for a walk, whether it’s at the closest dog park, or just a quick stroll around the block. It is important to see the beauty in everyday and how better to do it than to observe the nature around us.”
If you could have an up-close encounter with any type of wildlife, what would you choose?
“This is a tricky one. Spending 8 years of my childhood living on a game reserve I already have countless up-close encounters with wildlife.
A few of the most memorable encounters being.
– Touching an Elephants tongue,
– Witnessing a Lion kill,
– Being on the first game viewer to spot the latest set of lion cubs, following them through the bush for nearly two hours,
– Being caught in the middle of an Elephant stampede,
– Spending hours on the dam wall observing the leopard drinking water on the opposite side.
– Having a baby Warthog, no bigger than a brick, chase the game viewer down the road.
– Riding on my bike through the reserve and being chased by a Warthog
– Relocating spiders from building sites and building them new homes.
– Having an Eagle sit on my arm.
– Having a flat tire 20m from a Rhino.
With all of those ticked off I would love to have encounters with Marine life. Exploring the Great-barrier Reef has been on my bucket list for some time.”
If you HAD to pick, would you say that you are a Dog Person or a Cat Person?
“If I was faced with this question 3 years ago, I would hands down have said I was a Dog person. I grew up around dogs and being an only child, I considered my dogs my siblings. Bonding with dogs came naturally to me. I have many doggies that each hold a special place in my heart.
In 2017, I lived in an area which was home to a number of stray cats. The journey of gaining their trust was a new and exciting experience for me. A litter of strays was born outside my flat and within a few months, the one kitten, Nougat, had decided that she was moving in.
She was the most loving cat I had ever encountered. Unfortunately, she passed away, but not before she left behind 2 beautiful kittens of her own, Crona and Kimba. Kimba and I have a very special bond. He knows exactly when I need a little bit of affection to calm me down after a stressful day.
My love for both species is strong, but if I had to pick, I would say I am still a dog person, by the hairs on a terrier’s chin.“
Tell us something surprising about yourself?
“I moved around a lot, with my father being in the tourism/restaurant business I spent the first half of my childhood moving from province to province.
I remember the days at Harties, going out on the boat and jumping into the dam for a swim, this of course being back in the day where it was still safe to do so.”
StudentCo team members are all students. What are you studying, and what do you dream about doing once you have completed your course?
“I am a BCom Accounting student. I need to complete 4 modules this semester to finish that off. My dreams have changed a bit since I started studying. I do wish to work within the commerce sector, however, I do want to broaden my skillset. I am consider doing an education course, since I do enjoy working with children. “
Any funny animal stories or memories you think our pet parents would enjoy?
“I really like driving. I would spend a Sunday afternoon driving up and down the streets of which ever suburb I happen to be in.
One of the fondest animal related memories I have is of this baby giraffe that stayed close to our house on the game reserve. Whenever I would go and practice driving on the roads, the little guy would always run up to the car and then alongside me for a while, before returning to his herd.“
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