Diary of a Dogsitter

Imagefrom left to right: Dexter, Penny, Moxie

Dear Diary,

I can’t promise you I’m totally sober as I write this…but I have embarked on a new journey this past week, and I think I found God while doing it. It started so pleasant. Me and the dogs: we laughed, cried, shared secrets, pillow fights, really everything you do when dog sitting and then Monday reared its fat ugly face.

ImageWhile driving to the lovely Morgan Miller Plumbing office with the dogs on Monday, some idiot driving a Penske truck in front of me decides he doesn’t like his lane anymore, so reverses right into the front of my car!  Calm down, I know what you’re probably thinking, “my babies! We should have never let this crazy white female watch our beloved animals.” Don’t worry, we all survived without a scratch. My car on the other hand was rushed to the hospital, but Mr. Bonehead will have to pay for that little mistake.

The other bad news… I think Moxie is going to need some intense therapy. (X days) without you guys were pretty hard on her skinny self. In my new whip, a Toyota Yaris (get your laughs out now, I swear it looks like something Yoshi from Mario Bros would drive), the dogs take up the entire car. The defrost couldn’t even keep up as I would drive to work, I am sure it looked hilarious.

Sleeping with Dexter was so nice, it was the closest thing to sleeping next to a man I have had in a while. His snoring was comforting. Moxie’s whole “I wanna be under the covers and now I don’t” was hard to keep up with, but I made it. I found myself sleeping around all three dogs, god forbid I interrupt their sleep. The California King bed felt like a twin at times.

Despite Moxie’s yummy breath and Penny’s needyness, I wanted to say thank you for allowing me to invade your home for the week. I only had 2 parties and only a couple of people (15) swing by. Wink, just playing. I tried to replenish some things, I got a little out of hand and ate your whole box of ChexMix in one sitting… embarrassing. Hey, when in Rome.

Hope your trip was the best family building trip yet! I can’t wait to hear about the debauchery, you better have taken tons of pictures! Thanks again, and please know I would do it all over again if you needed me to.


Your Rent-A-Daughter, Tosha

PS: Moxie and I were involved in some serious staring contests. Listen, I am good but she is really good.




After 15 years of trying mightily to form a team of professionals the time has finally come. Now, I don’t know if it is the holiday spirit, cold weather, or just an epiphany but to realize that the inner-workings of your company are running like a machine is a delicious feeling.

I just knew that there had to be others out there who thought about business as I did. Others who did’t mind working hard and always trying to work smarter. Striving to do better than they had the day before. Professionals who took care of their families and themselves, yet knowing the best way to do so was to put in the time and give it your best. An individual who tries to give more to his or her family than they ever had. Professionals who sacrificed themselves for the good of others around them without expecting the world in return. Those who respected others rights and privacy, but never hesitated to be there when you called.

Your team is only as strong as your weakest link, but if you feel as if you do not have a weak link what does that make your team? Unstoppable. I knew they were out there, why oh why did it take me 15 years?! Nearly 5500 days and 150 people later and finally a team of people who are moving mountains. Cheers to that!

Scrape your Plate!

When your kitchen sink backs up during the holidays, our Morgan Miller techs have mixed emotions. Of course we want to help you, yet like you, we’d also love to be with our families at this time. It is in this vein that we write this message to you, trying to save you some trouble, money, and perhaps allowing us to finish a whole Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I’ve had some mighty fine turkey snacks at some of of our customer’s homes over the years, so if you need us, we’ll always be there. Our doors haven’t closed in 15 years and we aren’t starting now.

So here’s a no-brainer: keep a large kitchen trash can right next to your kitchen sink as you do your Thanksgiving dishes. Then simply scrape your pots, pans, trap and plates before they ever hit the water. Just because you have a garbage disposal, doesn’t mean you should be using it at every rinsing. If your pipes are old, putting food down your sink is especially damaging. Like a clogged artery, all it takes is a little bad stuff to block you up as bad as before. Using this strategy has saved our customers countless thousands over the years.

Perhaps we aren’t as busy as we could be during the holidays…but that’s because our customers are saving money, while our plumbers get to spend some much-needed time with family. Win-win….plus turkey!