Friday, December 18, 2009

Video Chat a Success!

We’re still learning how to use WebEx, but considering we’re all novices at it, the video chat went off pretty well. Our guest speaker turned out to be Lydia Best, owner of Everything And The Dog . (Lorri Hare was experiencing technical difficulties and at the last minute Lydia graciously accepted Luke’s invitation to be our first guest.)

Lydia was terrific, and shared much useful information about finding the right pet-sitting service, giving pointers on how to interview the potential pet sitter, what they need to know, what YOU need to know, emergency back-up plans (for the pet sitter and yourself), if they’re licensed, bonded, and insured, if they know pet emergency medical procedures, and briefly discussed the two organizations that accredit professional pet sitters. Her business logged 76,000 visits to homes last year alone! That’s a lot of walkin’ and scoopin’! She also shared stories of some of the more unusual client requests, including one person who requested she stop by every day and change the TV channel at a certain time of day because some of the viewing might be inappropriate for the dog to watch! OoooooooKayyyyyyy ….

Probably the best general advice Lydia gave was that you wouldn’t leave your 2 legged child with just anybody. The same should go for your 4 legged friends. Check out your pet sitter just like you would a baby sitter. Don’t leave anything to chance. Let your neighbors know you’ll be having someone in to take care of your animals. And make sure someone within walking distance can visit and take care of your pets in a pinch in case the pet sitter can’t make it for some reason. Always have a backup plan!

It was a great hour with Lydia and Luke. Luke finished out the hour talking about the walk today, his plans for Christmas, and plans going forward. Despite some technical glitches that we’re working on (we’ve only had one official training session and WebEx is pretty sophisticated stuff), we did well and had almost our capacity of 30 people on the call. If you couldn’t get in this time, or had technical issues, please try next time. Yes, it even works on dial-up, for those of us locked into the age of two tin cans and a string, although it was noticeably slower. But it was still a lot of fun.

Because of the holiday there will be no video chat next week, but we’ve already scheduled the next chat for Tuesday, December 29th (the day after Luke’s birthday) for 9 PM EST. Here are the instructions and the link:

Topic: 2 Dogs 2000 Miles Videocast December 29th 2009
Host: Luke Robinson
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Session number: 807 722 076
Session password: 2dogs

1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: 2dogs
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

BTW, calendars are still available at Click and Pledge and Memorial Shirts are too.

1 comment:

Jim and Rene said...

It was a great chat indeed! Anyone can feel free to drop by the Tripawds Chat Room on Christmas day where we will be hanging out most of the day to chat with other Tripawds members. You must be logged in to chat, so if you forgot your password, be sure to click the Reset Password link!

Happy Holidays to all, and Puppy Up! :-)