A Bit About Us
Hello! We have been married for thirteen years and we live in New York City, where both of us work as novelists (Heather writes under the name Heather Demetrios), and where Zach also teaches English to new immigrants. Zach speaks fluent Spanish and we both speak a little French.
A huge reason we're excited to house sit is that we're big animal lovers and love a good snuggle with the animals in our lives. We’re not smokers or partiers, and are very tidy. We live for new experiences, and are available for long-term sits (ideally 3+ months, but at least a month). We will treat your home and pets as though they are our own.
As lifelong travelers who have visited nearly 30 countries together, we understand how important it is to know that the things and creatures you value are well cared for in your absence. There is nothing more stressful than worrying about what’s happening hundreds of miles away. We've always appreciated the kind people who have cared for our pets and home while we have been off traveling, and we will bring that same care and attention to your home and pets.
Why We Want to House Sit
Apart from our love for animals, we want to move back abroad. Since we've both just turned 35, we thought this would be the perfect time to start a new chapter in our lives. Housesitting is ideal for us because we're both travelers and homebodies by nature, so the idea of going far away and then settling in somewhere for a while suits us perfectly.
As writers, our schedules are flexible and we can work from anywhere with a good WiFi connection (an absolute must - especially because we both do online teaching!). This allows us to have adventures while still tending to our work, opening us up for long stretches of housesitting. We've also really enjoyed our experiences and love feeling like we're at home while also exploring new areas.
We're addicted to travel. It’s our favorite thing to do together. (Most recently, we went to Iceland, but we'll have to go back because we missed the Northern Lights!). We enjoy immersing ourselves in other cultures, and haven't had any trouble making friends with locals or navigating new places. Travel also gives us great story ideas, and allows us to do research for current (and future) projects!
We have been doing housesits here in NYC to gain experience, and are looking forward with excitement to the upcoming sits we have already booked for the rest of 2018 and into next year. These include homes in France, the UK, and Switzerland.
Our favorite dog sitters in New York (who cared for our dog before he passed away) were amazing. They updated us daily with pictures, letting us know all was well so that we didn't have to worry while we were gone. We hope to bring that same level of trust and ease to you and your family. As pet parents, we know how important it is to feel like our animals are in good hands. Since both of us work from home, we'll be with your pets all day long - perfect for animals who need a little extra love and care.
We also understand that animals are as unique as people, with their own preferences, moods, and interests. We're excited to get to know your animals and to continue with the training, rituals, and activities they are accustomed to when you're home. We love all kinds of animals (dogs and cats especially!) and are comfortable with the full spectrum of age ranges. We've dealt with emergency trips to the vet for ear aches, had to administer all kinds of medications, wash bath-averse German Shepherds, and more. We have lots of experience with rescue dogs, in particular, and understand that they come with their own set of quirks.
If Zach had more lifetimes, he would certainly spend one as a vet. He's the former host of the Discovery Channel's "The Ultimate Guide to the Awesome," where he interacted with all sorts of animals – he even fed a bottle to a baby tiger, held a muscular young crocodile, and played a song on guitar for a chimpanzee! He loves animals and, over the course of his life, has had all manner of pets: dogs, cats, gerbils, rabbits, snakes, you name it. Heather has lots of experience with dogs and cats, and grew up with birds and fish.