My name is Karen. I am an experienced house/pet sitter. I will provide you with competent care and attentive security for your home, pets, plants, and property, in a manner that is respectful of your individual needs and instructions. I take pride in the caliber of care that I provide as a sitter. I am adept at handling many situations, including unforeseen emergency situations, which I have been known to tackle with competency and calm.
Being a house/pet sitter affords me the unique opportunity to provide beneficial services to others while simultaneously visiting both new and favored locations. In this regard, house sitting is providing me with the perfect means for exploring the locations that I am considering for the purpose of relocation.
On a professional level, I am a semi-retired, attorney, writer, and a successful developer of diverse community programs. My favorite "job" however, has been as the mother of my two now-adult sons. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, hiking, baking, traveling, viewing classic films, and theatre. Over the years, I have traveled and lived in places as distinct as the Canadian Arctic and Israel. I have had the good fortune to visit many wonderful places and I have met many memorable and wonderful people too.
Throughout my life I have been exposed to the care of many animals, including dogs, cats, fish, and more. I have always had a special love for animals. As a child, we always had a family dog. Additionally, I was known to bring home a unique assortment of animals; most of which I had caught. These included birds, snakes, a snapping turtle, and rats (!) Growing up, I was a frequent volunteer for the Humane Society. I am at ease with varying animal personalities with the exception of aggression. I prefer to accommodate the temperament of each pet so their own sense of comfort is enhanced by my presence. I am equally comfortable engaging in active play as in quiet care, such as brushing, cuddling, and petting. Some pets prefer to be granted a wide berth of personal space so they can determine if or when they want to engage in direct interactions with me. In such cases, I like to find subtle ways to encourage them to feel at ease with my presence. I never force myself upon an animal, but my experience has been that even the most timid of pets come to feel at ease with me in a relatively short amount of time.
I welcome the opportunity to provide you with my reliable, conscientious services, so you can be free to attend to your own needs in a stress-free and confident manner. Please know that I am able to be bonded, and I have excellent personal references available upon request. A police criminal record check is also available on request.
I look forward very much to hearing from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Sincerely, Karen