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Pet-sitting no longer for the neighborhood kid

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Nilo Silva, 40, owner of a Queens-based pet sitting company, holds Monty, an affectionate goldendoodle, at a dog run in New York City (Photo by Julie Hau for CNS)

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Pet sitter Renan DaSilva, 20, takes a few dogs to a dog run in New York City (Photo by Julie Hau for CNS)

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Professional pet sitter Samuel Reis, 31, plays with his canine charge Katie at a Riverside Park dog run in New York City (Photo by Julie Hau for CNS)

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Overnight guests relaxing at Kamp Kanine in Little Falls, N.J. (Courtesy of Kamp Kanine)

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A dog during playtime at Kamp Kanine in Little Falls, N.J. (Courtesy of Kamp Kanine)

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Professional pet-sitting has become big business. No longer the casual job left to the neighbor's kid, it's hard work, physically and emotionally.


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