Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.
If you are a parent, you know how difficult it is to find a good babysitter. Make that, find ANY babysitter. For some reason, there never seems to be an available teenager, responsible or otherwise, when you need one.
Once, when my son was about two, we placed an ad for a sitter in the local church bulletin. A seemingly responsible 17 year old boy answered the ad and we decided to give him a try. We came home to find half of the glass halogen light fixture, which hung over our kitchen table, broken and on the floor; shards of glass strewn about and a dent in the kitchen wall. The babysitter was outside, with my son, talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone.
When asked about why half of our light was on the floor, where my two-year toddler could easily get to it, the sitter was unapologetic. “Oh yeah! He wanted to play with the light so I let him hit it. He was really entertained by it.” Needless to say, that was the end of that sitter. Through the next few years we patched together a network of friends until we found a neighborhood babysitting co-op.
My experience as a parent finding a babysitter has given me a great appreciation for the work done at the Center by Lindsey Hagan. Lindsey’s job is to find back up fosters (i.e. pet sitters) for our regular foster families when they go places and can’t take our dogs with them. Lindsey has gotten to know everyone’s family and everyone’s dog and all of the particular needs of each. No small feat with over twenty dogs. “This dog doesn’t like cats. This dog needs a big yard to run.” She treats each of our dogs like they are her own children for whom she needs a babysitter. She has recruited, interviewed and approved a small army of back up fosters, knowing each of their personalities and home situations and who to match up with who. Lindsey has been the person to arrange … the perfect sit.
Unfortunately today, we have to wave good-bye to Lindsey. She is moving out of the area and onto the next phase of her life. We wish you the best of luck, Lindsey. More importantly, we wish you a wealth of good pet sitters and babysitters if ever you should need them.