Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Don't Say I Never Gave you Anything...

I read all sorts of blogs and a lot of them have special offers or free things to give away.

They are way cooler and nicer than me.

But then I got an email from the wonderful people at Care.Com.

The email said that they had a very special offer coming up this weekend and wanted me (and you all) to be a part of it.

(Why? Because you are all AWESOME... or something like that...)

Care.Com is a site that lists caregivers by zip code for their members to look up and use. There are babysitters, tutors, housekeepers, and even care for your elders.

So I looked at the site and was all "I don't have human children... And when I do have kids I'm going to hire me a very attractive male nanny to live with us. So why would I need a babysitter?"

(Don't worry, Mike. The attractive male nanny will be gay...)

But then they pointed out that they have a whole section for pet sitters, and they actually saw my blog and are therefore aware that I have two dogs...

(Which made me feel special... and a little silly for telling everyone about my future hot gay manny.)

Well, I usually just ask a friend or family member to stay with Bonnie and Hannah if we're out of town.

But sometimes our usual sitters are busy.

Or are also out of town.

Or are going out of town WITH us.

Or just had double-knee replacement surgery.

(Can you say "selfish"?)

So I could see how using this site would be extremely helpful.

Plus, it's super easy.

You just join the site and then enter your zip code.

Then, pages of caregiver profiles come up on the screen. These profiles include a picture, a biography, past experience, education levels, any qualifications or hobbies that would apply to watching your pet, and some even have references.

You can also request a (FREE) background check.

(Which is just fun to do... it makes me feel powerful... like the President... or the President's secretary, because I doubt that the President has to request his own background checks... I assume that they do that before the President enters the equation... at least I would HOPE so, because really, the President has more important things to do than to request his dog walker's background check...)

The profile also includes the days that they are available and what they are willing to do (take your dog for walks, administer medication, or even spend the night).

So, if I can't convince someone to stay with the dogs during our next trip, I will totally be using this site.

And guess what? If you visit Care.Com from midnight (PST) on Friday, April 24th to 11:59 PM on Sunday the 26th you can have FREE premium access to the site and you can see what I've been talking about.

So, if you think that this site might be useful for you and your pets (or your human children), you might as well go check it out.

And don't ever say that I never did anything for you...