I was compelled to share this; it is remarkable how closely compassion fatigue for the animals parallels that of elder caregivers. (I am gerontologist AND dog lover that volunteers with Australian Shepherd Rescue Midwest).
A startling fact that goes un-noticed, and one I’ve learned from experience. Please note I don’t want to take anything away from dog sitters and walkers, I truly enjoy doing that myself. However, in general, I’ve found that when hiring someone to care for a dog vs an older adult, the dog caregiver receives a higher level of compensation.