If sticking your pet in a kennel while you’re on vacation sounds like a prison sentence, the sitters of Dogwalker Etc. will come right to your home. Each sitter has gone through extensive background checks and is trained in dog aggression and pet CPR. They’ll even handle basic housesitting duties, taking in mail, watering plants, providing basic pool maintenance, and switching on lights to deter burglars. Upon your return, you’ll receive a personal note detailing your pet’s activities. When Erin Gerwig started Dogwalker Etc. in 2001, she did all the sitting herself, driving from Ewa Beach to Hawaii Kai in one day to care for pets across the island. “I do love my job,” she says. Almost eight years later, Gerwig’s company has expanded to 27 employees and more than 600 clients. Call 384-3164 or visit www.dogwalkeretc.com for more details.