In Richmond’s West End, we looked after Hannah, a sweet Yellow Lab, who showed us around her charming, historic neighborhood.
After petsitting in Rome, we were thrilled to have an opportunity to petsit Hannah in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia. For one week, we relocated to the Wilton neighborhood to care for 4 year-old Hannah. The area, near local landmark Wilton House Museum, is one of Richmond’s more established districts. Populated with trees, picturesque streets, and quaint older homes, it’s ideal for strolling. While suburban in feel, it offers convenient access to many local hotspots. A pleasant, mile-long stroll leads to popular Westhampton, a happening enclave of cafés, shops and restaurants.
Hannah is a gentle, good-natured pup. Typically in the thick of family activities, it was important we included her at all times. On our first day, she was definitely missing her regular humans. For comfort, she retrieved various stuffed animals from the kids’ rooms. She’d walk around, lightly holding them in her mouth and whine softly. By afternoon though, after a long walk and lots of cuddles, Hannah accepted us as a decent replacement. Soon, her whines were replaced with lots of tail wags.
Mornings came early for Hannah – 6am to be exact.
Like clockwork, she’d jump on the bed, wait for us to stir, then quickly lie down – her tail thumping hard with excitement. We’d groggily get up to feed her and take her outside. Within five minutes, it would all be over. Having gobbled down on her food, Hannah would be back asleep. And us? Well, we were definitely up for the day.
Mid-morning involved a long walk around the neighborhood, passing beautiful homes and exquisite landscaping among pockets of dense forests. Afterwards, Hannah would spend the rest of the day lounging in various places. She’d sleep on her bed, rest by our feet or curl up in her favorite spot, the blue armchair in the den. Hannah can also be a very silly pup. We’d often find her lying on her back, entertaining herself with a plethora of toys. One day, Hannah enjoyed a surprise visit from another one of our petsitting clients, Bella. The two Yellow Labs bonded over special treats and playful stare downs. Hannah is also a good sport. For St. Patrick’s Day, we dressed her up to send Irish greetings to her owners who loved her festive look.
Our favorite time with Hannah was in the evenings. After an action-packed day, we’d relax on the couch together. She’d often rest her head on our legs. Her eyes would grow heavy and eventually, she’d fall into a deep sleep. We’d see her tail wag every now and then, clearly dreaming of her humans. We’d like to think we’re a part of that esteemed group now.