Another added bonus of using a pet sitter is that your house will not appear as if you are away. This can be a great crime deterrent. I will bring in your mail and newspapers and take your trash to the curbside on trash day. I can alternate blinds and lights and check the heat or A/C. I will do a brief security walk through making sure nothing is amiss. I can also water a few plants though I don't claim to have a green thumb. Extensive watering is available for an extra charge.
I received this picture in e-mail and my first thought was "Yet another good reason to have a pet sitter!" :o) Now you know why I ask where your water shut off valve is.