The Word “Pet” May Be in Their Name, But Park Cities Pet Sitter Provides Hundreds of House Checks for Dallas Area Residents Who Do Not Have Pets

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Park Cities Pet Sitter’s House Check Service Is Ideal for Residents Who Want to Deter Crime, Have Plants and Yards Maintained, and Have Mail, Newspapers, and Flyers Brought in While They Are Out of Town

Watering plants and yards can be part of a House Check service.

"We have always known that providing these services deters crime, but it also can be a huge money-saver if something unexpected happens to the home while the owners are away." Joette White, Park Cities Pet Sitter

Park Cities Pet Sitter President, Joette White, is always evaluating potential new service offerings to add to her existing list of pet-oriented services. In the last several years, she has added dog training and cat litter box cleaning services to the company’s offerings, rounding out a list that also includes things like pet taxis and pet food shopping services.

One service offering that Park Cities Pet Sitter has provided for many years, but one that many people do not initially associate with a pet sitting company, is their House Check service. Park Cities Pet Sitter’s House Check service includes all of the things that their employees typically do when pet sitting, minus the actual caring for a pet. If a client contacts the company for a House Check, a Park Cities Pet Sitter employee will go to the home, water indoor and outdoor plants as needed, bring in mail, newspapers, packages, and flyers, rotate lights and blinds if necessary, and walk the property to make sure it is secure. The service can be scheduled at any interval the client desires, and is an excellent crime deterrent because the home continues to look lived in, even if the owners are actually out of town. It is an especially popular service in the summer time, when Dallas temperatures are regularly between 90 and 100 degrees, and plants are likely to die if regular watering is not maintained.

Ms. White says that the addition of House Check services to her company’s product lineup was logical, especially when she noticed a pattern of long-term pet sitting clients asking for it, even if the pet that Park Cities Pet Sitter had previously pet cared for, had passed away. “We had many clients that we serviced for years with pet sitting, that would unfortunately have their pet pass away,” said Ms. White. “Yet these same clients still traveled, and loved the peace of mind they received from knowing that someone was checking on their home regularly, making sure it looked lived in, and was maintaining their plants and yard. We have always known that providing these services deters crime, but it also can be a huge money-saver if something unexpected happens to the home while the owners are away. We have had horrible storms that crashed trees and branches into houses, water heaters that have broken down and flooded homes, and pipes burst during a freeze. The damage from all of these events was minimized because we were able to contact the home owners as soon as the issues were discovered, and avert a costly disaster.”

The average person who may want a House Check service for the first time may not automatically realize that this type of service is routine for pet sitting companies like Park Cities Pet Sitter. Ms. White tries to keep the service top-of-mind by reminding her clients that it is available to them via her website and in other marketing venues, and hopes that word-of-mouth will help this part of her business continue to increase. “We are blessed that the majority of our new clients come as referrals from happy, existing clients. By reminding clients and staff that the services we provide as part of our pet sitting duties are also available for people that don’t have pets as well, means we can truly provide fantastic service for just about anyone—and the “pet” part can be optional.”

Park Cities Pet Sitter, Inc. has served the Dallas area 7 days a week, 365 days a year since 1992. Pet sitting, daily dog walks, pet taxis, overnight sitting, pet supply shopping, litter box cleaning and dog training are all part of the services PCPSI offers. Park Cities Pet Sitter is bonded and insured, and all sitters are employees--not independent contractors. A manager is on-call 24 hours a day to handle any emergencies. Additional information about Park Cities Pet Sitter can be found on their website at

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