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 Big Mistake!!


July 27, 2016 - After years of rehab and recovery I got a job as a p/t Greeter at Walmart with help from the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation and SPARC to earn income while making new friends and rekindle friendships that I never could by sitting at home. (Sooner or later, just about everyone in our vicinity walks through those doors.) 

February 2, 2017 Due to age, pain from sitting / standing for extended periods, and medications I resigned from Walmart.  I did my best to hang on one day at a time but it wasn't working out. (I still can't believe that I endured that long.)  The more I worked, the worse I hurt. (It's difficult to continually appear cheerful when you hurt.)  I was devastated!  I felt that if I couldn't even succeed as a Greeter at Walmart, what could I do?

I was giving up when I found Rover's work from home program

After filling out the application, passing the background check and meeting the requirements, I got my first booking within the hour of notification of acceptance from a lady in Chicago that was planning a trip to Springfield.  I remember it well because I thought that it would take weeks, months or never like everything else that I tried.  (My only qualifications are love for dogs, common sense, a cell phone and time.)

I knew virtually nothing about Rover and was totally unprepared.  My cell phone was low on battery and was charging in an outlet close to the floor.  I laid down on the floor to talk while trying to text.  It was a very nice lady from Chicago 4 - 5 hours away from here.  She was coming here for the weekend and needed a dog sitter.

At the time I was petrified!!!   That was a long time ago.  I have supplemented my retirement income watching dogs through Rover without risking any of my own money ever since. It has graduated into the easiest and only successful money making venture that I've ever attempted.   

Rover offers an app to download on cell phones; then dog owners can simply click on the app to search the desired zip code or city to find sitters in the area.  Then Rover refers them to you. (It's that easy!!!)

BY the end of 2017, I watched dogs from Indiana, Missouri, Virginia, Washington D.C., W. Virginia and most notably S. Korea along with a countless number from nearby communities here in Illinois all booked through Rover.  (I only began doing this for Rover five months earlier in mid July.)

After years of searching, I found my calling!!!

Now, I have a reason. (I'm a firm believer that everyone needs a reason.)  I get to supplement my retirement / disability income while lounging around all day with dogs.   Since my injury, I have trouble around people. I can't keep up, get nervous and talk to fast rambling on about nothing.  I don't have that problem with dogs.

I've  experienced medical emergencies when dog lovers came for a routine visit to a hospital only to be kept weeks for emergency surgeries & / or extended rehab... Or needed to travel to Atlanta at the spur of a moment to be with their daughter at the birth of their first grandchild.  A daughter traveling to Chicago to visit her dying mother.  People traveling to other states for medical treatment.  A Military Member returning home from overseas to see his family for Christmas.  Another coming here for a wedding.  And many others...  All needing to leave their fur-babies with a complete stranger with little notice.  Having been in similar situations, HOW COULD WE TURN THEM AWAY???  My life has literally gone to the dogs and I'm "LUVIN" it!!!.  I love what I do!!! (It feels good to be needed again!)

Not bad for a man that was told by his doctor, "Odds are that you will NEVER improve!!!"  (At this point, I must admit that I couldn't do this without my wife's help. She helps me with every aspect including meet & greets, medications, scheduling, feeding. billing, taxes etc...)

Personally, I don't feel that You could ask for a better sitter!!!

I Count my Blessings everyday!  I was given something most people never  get, a second chance and I owe it to a dog that my daughter came dragging home only a short time before that I never wanted. He saved my life.  However, I wasn't able to return the favor!!  I've felt guilty ever since!!!  I'm trying to return the favor!!!

With him gone, along with me knowing that I can never replace him, I appreciate others allowing me to watch theirs.   

Most dogs enjoy being with me knowing how much I enjoy being with them!  I NEVER leave them unattended unless it's absolutely necessary.  I bake them healthy treats.  I pull a dog trailer with my tricycle around the neighborhood or simply spend time relaxing in our back yard listening to music while watching dogs, birds and butterflies. (weather permitting)  On hot, cold and rainy days I watch television while reminiscing about family, friends, previous co-workers and pets that have came and gone through the years; especially Capone & Jake.  

(What started out as a form of rehab to meet people, gain confidence, self worth/respect, and earn a little "Fun Money" quickly evolved into a viable retirement income doing something that I love!!!)

I TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY!  I GIVE YOU MY WORD!!! (I am proud to add that I have watched well over 100 dogs referred to me by Rover without a negative experience or complaint.)

YOUR TRUST MEANS THE WORLD TO ME!!!  I know that you must love dog(s) as much as I  do or you wouldn't have read this far. 

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your interest,


I love being a dog sitter with Rover



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