A LITTLE ABOUT ME
My name is Mike Hopkins. I’m a non-smoking, financially stable, reliable, US Air Force retiree. I’m dependable, healthy, and good with pets. I retired from the military in 1996 and remained active in the workforce until August 2011 working in transportation and retail. My last ten working years were spent as an independent contractor specializing in international logistics. In this capacity I lived and worked outside the US spending a lot of time in Latin American and the Caribbean, where I learned to speak Spanish at the basic to intermediate level.
In conjunction with being retired and house and pet sitting, I’m also a travel writer and blogger. I started writing during my first assignment as a full-time house and pet sitter to journal my experiences. Since then I’ve authored articles for on-line and print publications, maintain a blog, and started a .
WHAT DO I BRING AS A HOUSE and PET SITTER
I’ll actively communicate with you, the homeowner on what’s going on while you’re away; even when things are going good. Your home and property will look like you never left as it will be kept secure, clean, and people will see a physical presence; I will be in your home EVERY night your away. All your pets, property, and belongings will be treated with the utmost respect.
As a pet owner most of my life, I’ve had pets ranging from a squirrel, ducks, reptiles, and other furry creatures in my childhood years. As an adult, I’ve limited my pets to dogs, cats, and birds. I enjoy walking, exercising, playing with, and training pets. I’m experienced in administering medications; even injections if necessary. Caring for pets left in my charge is equally as important as caring for myself.
As a homeowner, previously a renter, and landlord myself, I realize the value of knowing our limits. While I’m capable and willing to take care of unforeseen challenges around the house, I also know when to call the professionals.
Even though I’m not a professional landscaper or horticulturalist, I do enjoy being outside working around the yard and in the garden.
I respect the property and belongings of others as if it were my own; keeping the inside and outside of your home safe, neat, clean, and presentable.
WHY DO I LIKE HOUSE and PET SITTING
House and pet sitting provide me the opportunity to meet new people, visit new locations, learn and experience other cultures. While I’m house and pet sitting you can relax and enjoy your own exploring or visit your family and friends around the world.
As a travel writer, I particularly enjoy house and pet sitting because it provides me another opportunity, “life like a local”.