Snake Sitting

Snake SittingA lot of people are afraid of snakes. I won’t say I was scared; squeamish is a better word, at least as far as non-poisonous snakes go. As far as poisonous snakes go, yeah, I’m afraid! Makes sense to me. They can kill you, quickly. But, as far as non-poisonous go, that’s another story. About 20 years ago I made a conscious decision to learn to love snakes. I even owned a Red-tailed Boa for about six years before giving him to a neighbor that wanted him when we moved back to Pennsylvania from Florida. Draco was my buddy. We got him as a baby, and he used to go places with me. He’d wrap himself around my wrist like a bracelet or around my ponytail like a ribbon.

Feeding him was a challenge for me in the beginning. He was too young to kill his own mice in the beginning. We were feeding him pinkies. When I was told I’d have to kill the mouse before I could feed it to him, I insisted that I couldn’t do it. After a series of comedic events, I realized there was no way around it. I had to make up my mind that I was going to do it. And, I did. I never had trouble feeding Draco after that. He eventually became big enough to do it himself. I accepted it as part of the circle of life and became fascinated by the process. I’m happy to say, unlike other snake owners I’ve known, Draco never got loose.

Snake sitting while you’re on vacation or out of town on business would be a pleasure. Checking on your snake daily to ensure he has fresh water, heat lamps are working correctly, and he is secure in his home is essential. If it’s time for him to eat, we will feed him. Our team is ready to care for your snake and follow your detailed instructions to a T. Check out our Small Pet Care Services on our Pet Sitting page for more information.

Fun Facts About Snakes

  • Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters).
  • Snakes don’t have eyelids.
  • Snakes have internal ears, not external ones. They don’t have eardrums. Instead, their skin, muscles, and bones carry sound vibrations to their inner ears.
  • Snakes smell with their tongues.
  • Snakes can’t bite food, so they have to swallow it whole.
  • Snakes have flexible jaws that allow them to eat prey larger than their head.
  • The warmer a snake’s body, the more quickly it can digest its meal.
  • Snakes live on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
    • There are no snakes in Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, and the North and South Poles.
  • Snakes evolved from a four-legged reptilian ancestor – most likely a small burrowing, land-bound lizard – about 100 million years ago. Pythons and boas still have traces of back legs.

Key Management

Tranquil Trails Pet Care has a key management system in place to manage client keys so we can provide consistently reliable care to your pets and keep your home safe and secure. We require that all clients provide two keys. TTPC will keep one on file in a secured location at our office. The second key will be in your Pet Sitter’s possession for as long as you remain a client.

Key Security

Security is our TOP PRIORITY! Your keys are kept securely and discreetly labeled with your pet’s name and a unique key code. No one can identify your keys in the unlikely event that they are lost or stolen. Each key is logged into our system and logged out anytime they are exchanged between your pet sitter and the owner. We will always know the exact location of your keys. A backup set is necessary in case a key breaks or if your Pet Sitter or Dog Walker accidentally become locked out of your house.  Should something happen that our employee cannot take the visit, we have a key available for another staff member ready to jump in.

Your keys will be tested and collected before the start of services during our Meet & Greet. If your keys are not available during our Meet & Greet, you MUST schedule a key pickup. There is an additional $25 fee for this pickup.

We WILL NOT leave your keys at your home or lock them inside after your last visit/service. If you would like your keys returned after your service, you may schedule a Key Return for $25, or we can send them back to you via USPS for $20. We can also destroy and discard your keys free of charge.

If your account has been inactive for two (2) years, we will email you to ask if you want your account left open or if you want your account closed and keys returned. We will close your account and destroy your keys if we don’t hear from you within seven (7) days.

Alternate Key Procedure – At Client’s Risk

If you do not wish to provide keys, we can alternately use coded entry or a garage code. This option is allowed strictly at the risk and responsibility of the client. It is your responsibility to ensure your online profile is up-to-date with detailed code and entry information. If you choose to use this method and we cannot gain entry for ANY reason, we will notify you immediately. The will be a charge of $25 for return visits to try to gain entry. We strongly recommend that you have a primary and secondary entry method, such as a hidden key, if you choose this option. Again, we do not support this option.

If your Pet Sitter becomes locked out and you have not provided us with a backup key(s), we will be required to call a Locksmith, and there is a minimum $75 fee for this service – as well as for the time the sitter must remain with your pet(s). Costs are also subject to increase during holidays.

Lock-Out Service

We can bring your key to you and let you in your home if you get locked out.

Key Lock Out Service  $25

Understanding Dogs

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”

The more we learn we learn to read and understand our dogs the better our relationship will be with them. The following is a list of books that I’ve read and regularly reference. You might enjoy them and find them helpful. I will be updating this list as I read new books.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.

How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey.

How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do by Stanley Coren, PhD.

How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren, PhD.

My Dog, My Buddha – To: Human, Love: Dog by Kimberly Artley.

Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor.

Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog The Navy Seal Way by Mike Ritland.

The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods.

The Other End of The Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell,  Ph.D.

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Rutland.

U.S. Military Working Dog Training Handbook, Department of Defense

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren.