Sunday, March 6, 2011

Farewell, Super Rizzo!

Becoming a full-time, professional pet sitter has been one of the greatest decisions I've made in my life!  Not only is it an emotionally and spiritually satisfying career choice, but, I get to be outside in our (mostly) great California weather every day!  I also get regular exercise!  And, my clients are always wagging their tails or rubbing up against me!  What's not to like?!

I must admit, there ARE down-sides to pet sitting. One of them is when I lose a pet as a client, either when they pass over 'The Rainbow Bridge', or, when one of my client's parents moves away.  This was the case this past week, when I had to bid farewell to one of my favorite furry friends, 'Super Rizzo'!

Rizzo's mom is originally from Hawaii, and, when she came to her senses and realized that it was time to go BACK to Paradise, she naturally decided to take Rizzo with her (as opposed to leaving Rizzo with me, which would have been cool)!

'Super Rizzo' was one of the most energetic, friendly, playful pups on my client list.  He was always a pleasure to spend time with!  He is a miniature pinscher with a BIG heart!  Of course, being a teensy dog who ALSO has "big guard dog tendencies", he always protected the homestead appropriately when I arrived, by barking VERY ferociously!  Then, once I got about 5 steps in the door, and he got a good sniff of me, you could see the realization dawn in his, big, brown eyes ... "Hey!  That's the guy who walks me!" ... and he instantly became all tail wags and face licks.  It was AWESOME to receive such a warm welcome!

I'm pretty sad he's leaving town, but, am hopeful that he and his mom will invite me to Hawaii for a visit someday! :)  Rizzo was an awesome furry friend, and spending time with him always made me smile.  He was alert, interested and on his best behavior when we went for walks, and was often the target of many compliments from passers-by.  Rizzo is one handsome pooch!  See for yourself:

I'm going to miss you, My Friend!  Farewell, Super Rizzo!


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