Pet sitting - earliest cite?

Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Wed Jun 5 20:30:59 UTC 2002

Pet sitting -- defined in the Random House Webster's College Dictionary as
"the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away" --
dates to 1978 in Lexis-Nexis, but I have a feeling it's much older. Does
anyone have a sense of when this term first appeared (or, better yet, a



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