You want to pick a really trustworthy person to look after your home and your beloved pets. Someone who will never quit or cancel once committed, who will not call in sick and ruin your trip.
During the crippling Mid Atlantic Blizzard of January 2016 I was on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay (thus right in the middle of the storm) with chickens and a cat. Those who could leave have left before the storm, I stayed. Everyone survived, including all furry and feathered household members. I have taken a video digging out the chickens on day 4, watch it here on my profile!
I am a middle-aged (55) female with long experience in care for dogs (since '75) and cats (since '83), that includes extensive experiences with rescues. I have been doing house/pet sittings in Germany since the late 80s, and have picked it up again in the US three years ago. I am glad I did, because it is so rewarding. Meanwhile I am having repeat clients already who are booking their trips around my schedule.
I have a genuine love for animals, and they know that, because they love me right back. It is really easy for me to quickly bond with cats, dogs, birds (incl. chickens, geese, ducks), rabbits, turtles, horses, cows, even deer, or whatever animals that are in need of care.
When emigrating from Germany in 2003, I came with my (then) 7 cats to marry my husband in the US. I would not have come without them. I wouldn't have married an Englishman or an Australian due to the quarantaine laws for animals there. The German cats have now passed on, but we have rescued quite a few others over here in America as well. My husband is taking care of them in our house during my house/pet sits elsewhere, and I am so glad he is supporting me on my quest. I could not do this without him.
I am clean, quiet and organized, completely reliable and absolutely dependable. I will never cancel or quit once committed. Of course I am not smoking nor drinking, not partying or taking drugs or pills or whatever weird substances. I have been a vegetarian since 1984.
I am respectful and well mannered, have never had any accidents with any pets, never any emergencies, and no pet has ever escaped in my care. I am really responsible and have *stellar* references to share in case you'd be interested (all from house/pet sittings within the US).
I will also help you on a very short notice when you have an emergency (as long as I am available). I have actually boarded a plane for an assignment across the country with a 12-hour-notice once, and most recently I cancelled my flight home the day before the trip when I was asked to take care of an elderly dog instead. So I guess I can say I am really very flexible.
- Available in all 50 states (USA).
- No arrest record.
- No drinking or drug habits.
- No drama in my life.
- Vegetarian since 1984.
- Non smoker since 1995.
Please note: I am not running a business, and I am not looking for profit. I am never charging for my care, as love is always free and can never be bought. But I'll need the actual costs covered to get to your home and live there (Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus, airfare, groceries).
Past sittings of 2015, 2016 and 2017, references available:
Please see the lists of 43 assignments as screenshots in my photo gallery! I was running out of space here with my new upcoming schedule, so I took screenshots of the past assignment lists and posted them as picture files (each year separately)
Past sittings of 2018, references available:
Jan 31 - Feb 16, Sacramento family home, 1 cat
Feb 17-20, Sacramento family home, 3 dogs
Feb 26 - Mar 19, Sacramento family home, 3 dogs (repeat client)
Mar 20-27, Madison (WI) aptm, 1 dog
Mar 28 - Apr 12, Lake Tahoe (CA) cabin, 2 cats
Apr 12 - May 16, San Diego family home, 1 dog
May 17-30, San Francisco condo, 1 dog, 1 cat
May 31 - June 7, Oakland aptm, 2 cats
Jun 17-25, Austin family home, 3 dogs (repeat client)
Jun 26-Jul 5, Ephrata (WA) farm, 6 dogs, 2 cats, 4 geese, 4 ducks (repeat client)
Sept 29 - Nov 3, Georgetown (FL) 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 parrot