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Fetch! Pet Care

Fetch! Pet Care, founded by a Berkeley businessman and now spreading like wildfire throughout the state, is not your typical pet-sitting operation. For one thing, it handles crisis extraordinarily well. For example, we were recently away for two weeks in Southeast Asia and discovered via e-mail that our cat-sitting arrangements had fallen through. It was mighty difficult to enjoy our mangosteen breakfast thinking of poor Kitty all alone with a dwindling food supply in faraway foggy San Francisco, knowing that no one nearby even had an extra set of house keys. But Fetch! came to the rescue, with the sensible and nonpanicky idea of calling a locksmith. Huzzah! Kitty saved. The company's crew of pet-sitters -- who live in the neighborhoods in which they watch your critters -- aren't just good at crisis situations: These folks will feed your four-legged family members, administer their meds, take them out on their favorite walks, and generally keep them in good spirits until their human companions come home.


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