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Pet sitting a growing Valley business

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SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - Karen Lee knows of no Valley resident who would leave their children with a stranger.

But how about their pig?

Lee knows her neighbor's pet pig Arnold so well from feeding him every day that he squeals with delight when she pulls up to his pen. She knows what he likes to eat and that the squealing noises he makes are from excitement and not fear or pain. As she fed and scratched Arnold on the head it was evident she was no stranger.

"For some people their pet is their family," said Lee, who has run No Worries Pet Sitting for the past year and a half. "We give their pets the care their owners would want them to have."

Lee and some other Valley entrepreneurs have gotten into a small, but growing business of professional pet sitting. The business has historically been popular in more condensed areas back East where it's hard to get a pet out of the city, but the business has moved out West as people all over the nation have become too busy to feed their dogs, cats, ducks and even llamas. Some pets can stay at a pet sitter's home but most are visited by the sitter, who can also double as a house sitter checking on plants, picking up mail and making sure a house is secure while owners vacation.

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