I'm a responsible, well-educated, detail- oriented, non-smoking, pet-loving person who's owned and obedience-trained her own dogs, a Dalmation and a German Shepherd. Also, I've been allowed to be a part of several cats' lives!! I keep our home neat and clean, and of course would do the same at your home. I'm trustworthy and financially secure, and have enjoyed living in large and small comfortable homes that we've owned. Your home and pets will be in tip-top shape upon your return. My husband and I are U.S. citizens and residents. We are drug/alcohol free and non-smokers. We will sit only in non-smoking homes and would need your home to have internet access and cable TV. And we do not bring any pets into your home. To make the transition easy for all of us, I provide a checklist for you to complete prior to arrival to give me information about your home and pets. Also included is an emergency veterinary consent to treat form for your pets, and I have a contract based on the Housecarers recommended outline. In 9/11, 2/12 and 5/12, I sat for a house/cat in Portsmouth, NH, including transporting the homeowners to/from the airport bus. We house/dog sat for 4 weeks July-Aug in the Portland, Oregon area for an aging Yellow Labrador. In March 2012, I house/pet sat for several sweet pets (Labradoodle & Yorkie & 2 cats) on Martha's Vineyard including driving the family to/from the ferry. I was invited back winter In July 2013, my husband and I completed a 2-week house, garden and cat-sit in New Jersey for three cats. We fed them, loved them, and watered the lawn and garden, brought in the mail, and tended to several mechanical things. We also took the homeowners to and from the airport. We sat for them in 2010 as well. In May 2014, we completed a 5th house/cat sit for a family in Kennebunk, Maine, with sits totaling more than 25 weeks. Lady (Maine Coon) is such a delight to "care for." She herself shows us her needs for fresh bathtub water from the spigot. In addition, I took the homeowners to and from the airport. In summer 2014 we took care of four cats and a two dogs for a family near Akron, Ohio. And, I dog/house sat in Venice, Florida for 6 weeks in Sept.-Oct I walked the dog twice a day, played with her, and cared for the pool (chemicals and cleaning). I was invited back In 2009, I spent 5 weeks cat/house sitting on Cape Cod in March and 3 more weeks in Nov. I drove the homeowners to and from the airport bus. In Sept on Cape Cod I cared for a home and active 35 lb. Wheaton Terrier for 3 weeks and was invited back 6/15 but family cancelled the trip. When I care for cats or dogs, I groom/brush them according to the owner's instructions, play with them in a sweet, loving way using only owner-approved toys and feed them only what the homeowner provides; of course, I walk them as needed (dogs), and keep their litter boxes scooped and clean (cats). I give medications if needed. My husband and I took care of a home with a Koi fish pond and dog (who had just had surgery and needed daily medications) in Redlands, CA in I also cared for a home in So. Calif. with a cat who needed subcutaneous saline medication. In our own neighborhood, I cared for a boxer dog and a cat while their owners were on vacation and during medical treatment. I have been able to use the homeowners' car during my stay in many instances. The homeowners are happy to give GREAT recommendations (their words). Five are attached to my profile if I've replied to your ad. My husband may join me, depending on his teaching schedule; he's a retired university professor (Distinguished Professor Emeritus) who teaches two classes winter semester in Mass Communication at the university where he retired. He's had two Fulbright scholar awards (Bulgaria and Moldova) and by invitation, taught at an "aspirational" university spring semester 2008 in Seoul, So. Korea. He's owned dogs and enjoyed the cats we've cared for. My husband and I are well traveled, having had the privilege to visit all seven continents. I/we are happy to help others have the same joy and freedom to travel without worry about their home and pets, knowing all will be thoughtfully cared for. Let me give you a helping hand, keeping your family pets in their own environment and your home cared for.