I will be moving for a month starting tomorrow for cancer treatment for my dog at Washington State University. I will be staying at a simple hotel, and most hotels don't let you leave your pets unattended so I came up with the idea of having a pet "sitter" watch the dogs 2-3 times a week while I run errands, etc. Can't leave them in the car much its 80-90 plus there so I'll need to leave them in the room. How do you experienced people go upon using a sitter? I posted an add in the local craigslist and got a couple responses, BUT any idiot with an email address can respond. I don't feel comfortable letting some stranger in my room while I'm gone with my 2 dogs. I've gotten a couple responses from people that "like dogs" and while its nice to have someone who likes dogs, I think that there has to be a little more to it then "liking dogs". I did have a couple nice people respond. One said she does a little sitting, doesn't mind dobermans and has references. Should I plan on calling the references and get some kind of photo copy of her ID just in case? Besides calling the references and photo copying her ID, I'm not sure theres many more safeguards I can apply to hiring a pet sitter. Does anyone have any suggestions, is calling the references and photo copying her ID enough? I'm sure most of you understand and wouldn't let just anyone watch your dogs at your place. (My place being the motel for a month). Thanks for the suggestions!