Home' LOTL : Mar 12 Contents When working in IT for the federal
government began to lose its charms,
Rosy Guastella decided her passion
for pets might be just the ticket for a sea change
in the career department. Already a part-time pet
nanny (her rst client was a rescued sta y named
Tash some twelve years ago) Guastella decided
it was time to take the plunge and embark on a
pet sitting business of her own. " e experience
of looking a er a rescue Fur Kid, with their
behavioural nuances and issues, showed me that
pets needed more than just food and water and
that there was so much to learn. So the adventure
of becoming a Pet Nanny began..."
Taking redundancy from her government job,
Rosy set up shop with her specialised pet care
service. "It was liberating actually doing what I
wanted for a living - a job, that doesn't feel like
work," commented Guastella. Soon she was
in hot demand, particularly for her expertise
with rescued animals (which o en need more
attention and specialised care).
Unlike many pet nanny/walking ser vices, Rosy
works with individual animals and provides an
individual ser vice for her furry clientele. "I work
alone, which means that someone else won't be
rostered on to enter your home and tend to your
fur kids. A high percentage of the pets I look
a er are rescued, so being boarded at a kennel or
cattery is out of the questions. When they get
used to me taking care of them, they don't fret as
much when their pack leader (family) are away."
With an accredited animal care course and
rst aid certi cate under her belt, Rosy is also
well equipped to tackle any canine emergencies
should they arise. Not that this is likely, though
as Rosy explains: "I do dog walking, not pack
walking as the dogs I look a er have behavioural
issues and don't play well with others."
"Pet Play, involves enriching their environment,
which enhances the quality of their care. By
bringing toys, hiding treats around the home/
yard it alleviates boredom and they are more
engrossed in active play. I research the breed, and
nd out what works for them and I do my best to
give all pets a positive and fun experience. I do
pet feeding , medicating (pills/insulin shots), take
them to the vet, groomers or other appointments
when no one else is available to. Pet- sitting, for
fur kids that fret with their owners away for a few
hours, one night or longer if you are going away,
and need me to sleep in the home."
So what's the best thing about working with
her furry friends?
"Animals are always happy to see you and
they are immensely curious," says Rosy. "I am
constantly challenged by their behaviours
and personality quirks, so I'm always learning
something new. I've got some great long-term
clients, some of who have become friends and
that's really satisfying. "
Still, Rosy says dealing with the individual
animal's temperaments and learning to bring out
the best in each animal can be a challenge.
"Some people think that Pet Nannying consists
of just throwing some food down and then
leaving. at's not what I am about. I like to
make the experience a positive one for the pets I
look a er..."
She's certainly come a long way from the
little Sicilian girl who liked to sneak the family's
German Short-haired Pointers in the house when
no-one was looking...
What: Rosy the Pet Nanny
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