Our ad almost sounds like something out of the personal columns! However, we are actually a retired couple exploring a new, exciting avocation. Home/pet sitting is so attractive because it allows us (sitters) to travel and experience different locales (usually on a budget), while performing a service to you, the homeowner. Hard to imagine a more mutually beneficial arrangement!
I've noticed most retirees who advertise to sit are always "energetic, non-smokers, etc., etc." As a retired couple, we are surely as energetic as anyone in our age group, and more so than average (honestly... at least MOST of the time!). We are certainly brimming over with enthusiasm for new adventures, meeting new people, and we do love animals. As for smoking, husband is allergic to it! We don't drink, party, or do drugs. Even if we were so inclined, which we aren't, age does limit some of the vices of youth!
After a twenty-four year career as a U.S.A.F. pilot, (husband retired), at least until we started up a software design business. Two tours in Viet Nam couldn't hold a candle to dealing with customer support! So after a few years, we gladly gave up business ownership for retired life... again!
My education and training is in the field of Behavioral Sciences. As usually happens, most of my behavioral education was used to rear children, and train family pets. I don't know how that stacks up to husband's two tours in Viet Nam, an eight year stint flying mission support for the Apollo program in Florida during NASA's heyday, etc., etc. However, I've had my moments, and look forward to many more!
Needless to say, we have owned quite a variety of homes. We have refurbished, updated, renovated, and done about everything that can be done to a house. We have also shared our lives with a beloved menagerie of pets... mostly dogs and cats, some birds, fish, and even a herd of goats once! (They are such wonderful, funny animals.) We have no pets at present.
We are flexible concerning place and times, experienced, responsible, and probably overly conscientious. We will strive to reach an arrangement that works best for everyone. If we can help you, please contact us.