We are an active, retired, non-smoking couple with the skills, desire, and life experience to do a great job caring for your animals and minding your house. I am a visual artist, decorator, and amateur gardener. I taught at a large university for several years. My husband ran a management-consulting firm for 30 years.
Animals have always been an important part of our lives, bringing us great joy. We love working animals of all kinds and we volunteer at an animal welfare organization. We enjoy reading, walking, cooking, and the cinema, and take pleasure in spending ti me outdoors and designing/working in our small garden.
We've always enjoyed traveling and experiencing other cultures. After losing our sweet Mr. Buster, we chose not to adopt another animal companion. Instead, we’re combining our love of animals and our desire to travel, with the aim of providing peace of mind to pet people like ourselves—and like you.
Our assignments help us to experience new cultures in a more realistic way than we ever would if traveling as tourists. Pet/house sitting involves extended interaction with locals and an opportunity to learn and adapt to new customs--different than traveling as a tourist. We also find that having pet/house sitting responsibilities gives us structure and a sense of accomplishment.
We have common sense, significant life experience, and we're flexible. We're good at solving problems. Although not wealthy, we are financially independent. And we can, of course, provide excellent references.
We have a lot of experience caring for houses--primarily our own. We've handled several large DIY projects as well as many small ones during our years as homeowners. These projects include total renovation of three kitchens and two bathrooms as well a host of smaller projects (e.g., repairing leaky faucets). Household emergencies don't rattle us, and we know when to call for help!
We're comfortable with and love working with animals of all kinds. We've had dogs and cats of many shapes and sizes, birds, and fish. Our petsitting experience includes dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, horses, and hamsters. We've cared for several special-needs animals (e.g., blind, deaf, diabetic) and always consider it a privilege.
Perhaps best of all, we come with positive attitudes, a strong work ethic, willingness to learn and adapt, and curiosity about the world. We're also pleasant and funny.