Ziggy’s say as dictated to his mom:
“To Whom It May Concern,
My Name is Ziggy and I am an adorable 4 year old miniature poodle (if I do say so, myself). Amy’s Happy Critters, Inc. has been walking me 7 days a week for over 3 years. Amy, herself, comes every day, no matter what the weather is, and takes me for a vigorous stroll. Some days when my owner, … is very busy and can’t be home, she gives me my food. When Amy’s not going to be available, she makes arrangements to have someone capable come and visit me.
I really love Amy, especially when she calls me Handsome, and look forward to seeing her every day. She’s extremely dependable, kindhearted and we always have a good time together. If you’re considering hiring someone to pet sit or exercise your pet, I don’t believe you could find anyone better than Amy. …”
Ziggy’s report card: Ok, my mom sort of pulled the above statement out of me before serving lunch, I couldn’t help myself. We do walk in almost all weather but that’s not always a good thing in my opinion. I have very delicate feet, snow can be a bit to cold for them. At least she has the sense to not walk me when it’s salty. In the summer though, we have a great time. We see deer and all other types of invaders to my space. I chase them all away of course.
But I guess this is a report on her, not me, unfortunately. Humans in general just don’t move fast enough but she does her best. She even runs up the steps sometimes, but not nearly often enough or fast enough. (pet sitter’s note: it’s 70 steps landscaped into the side of a steep ravine, he has four feet and is a bit younger then I am!) I do get to chase the wildlife away but I am discouraged from challenging invading dogs for some reason. Unfortunately, despite how slow she is in general, she’s often fast enough to keep me from getting tasty tidbits like dead mice. She allows the neighborhood humans to admire me, which is appropriate. I do very much enjoy our walks along the Monon when I stay at the kennel. All in all, she is pretty good at her job, despite the fact she is never quick enough with my lunch.