Heads up! Holidays comin’ atcha!

I’ve only been in a bar once in my life (that was enough) more than 30 years ago. There were two very schnockered men fighting and suddenly, between their anger and Wild Turkey fueled momentum, came rushing at me so fast I couldn’t move. I was a sitting duck. Thankfully a quick thinking guy nearby grabbed me none too gently and yanked me out of the way before I could be flattened.

Yep. That’s what is happening right now with the holidays. Before you can set down your tumbler and run they’ll be upon us like those two guys in the bar. The Fat Tabby is already taking reservations for the holidays. Be sure to call early and book your sitter for your holiday travels.


Meet Brenda Fernandez!


Meet Brenda Fernandez one of Fat Tabby’s Independent Contractors!

“After working in aerospace in southern California for 20 years, my husband Dan, whom I met there, decided to retire and we moved to Twain Harte.  Not being one to let grass grow under my feet I became busy volunteering  in our community in various capacities.  Most recently I became involved with FOAC (Friends Of the Animal Community) and this is where I met Madeline, Jan’s mother and found out about Fat Tabby & Friends!

We have two very spoiled dogs, Mindi & Addie, who allow us to live with them.  Addie, our latest addition, was a re-home from FOAC and has been the perfect fit in our family.  I also have a love of horses and volunteered at ReHorse Rescue Ranch for several years.

Some other things I enjoy doing, aside from working with animals, are horseback riding, quilting, kayaking, and travel. I am very much looking forward to working with Jan and providing my pet sitting services in our local community while making some new two and four legged friends along the way!”

Thank you!!


Thank you to everyone who voted Fat Tabby and Friends Premium Pet Sitting as the “Best New Business” for the Union Democrat’s 2014 Readers Choice Awards! Look for the insert in yesterday’s paper. Fat Tabby is the only bonded, insured, and CERTIFIED professional pet sitter serving Tuolumne County. The ad left out the ‘certified’ part. Coming next month: Pet CPR certification!

Fat Tabby is Growing


Fat Tabby has added four new independent contractor family members to increase our range of excellent services. Welcome Deanna McBride, Janie Guhin, Julie Ogg, and Brenda Fernandez to the family! We’ll be posting pictures and bios soon. In the meantime . . .

Deanna has been a wonderful friend to the Fat Tabby and Mr. Fat Tabby (yes there is one) for close to 15 years. She worked with the Mr. at World Savings before they both retired. Deanna is a dedicated pet lover and pet mama and helped us out with an extremely difficult volunteer job a few years ago – one that would weed out those who are faint of heart! Deanna will be taking new clients and is available for overnights as well as backing up the Fat Tabby for the holidays and the occasional day off.

Janie is a new friend of the Fat Tabby – one we met while walking the San Diego Ditch trail in Cedar Ridge with a client early in the summer. Janie moved here last year from Davis and is hoping for a real winter this year – aren’t we all? She graciously offered to step in when we were out of town to help us with a beloved client with last minute needs that conflicted with our schedule – so we snagged her! Janie will be taking new clients for dog walking and day sitting and also backing up the Fat Tabby for the holidays and the occasional day off.

Many of you will know Julie. She owned Heritage Cleaners for over 16 years. Of course, this is where we took all our cleaning for the past 20 years and know Julie very well. She frequently had her pugs in the shop with the “Don’t Pet Me I bite” signs! Julie will be available for new small animal day visit clients and holiday/day off backup.

Brenda Fernandez is a friend of our own (human) mom and a FOAC (Friends of the Animal Community) volunteer. She walks dogs who are boarded at Paws Inn for FOAC and became very attached to our Daisy Mae. Daisy is a beautiful brindle Staffordshire mix whose time was up at a shelter. A plea went out and FOAC stepped in a grabbed her. Daisy Mae was boarded for quite a while at Paws Inn and Brenda loyally went to walk her and spend time with her at every opportunity. Brenda will be taking new clients and is also available for overnights and again, backing up the Fat Tabby for the holidays and the occasional day off. (FYI: Daisy Mae – who is 100% pure sweetness – found her furever home earlier this year and is now a spoiled, pampered princess!)

All four are covered under the Fat Tabby bond and Insurance but have their own businesses. We are beyond thrilled that these wonderful women chose Fat Tabby! Welcome to the family!

Why a Professional Pet Sitter?

When it comes to pet sitting you get what you pay for.  You may find cheaper rates but without bonding and insurance you, the pet parent, are not protected from theft or other accidents that may happen while you’re away.  You want the best, most reliable, reputable, and stress free experience for you and your fur children.  This is why it is more cost effective in the long run to seek out a professional bonded and insured pet sitter.