I have house sat in the USA as well as France, England, Italy, and Sweden. Additionally, I’m an avid user of home rental s when housesits aren’t available; I’ve done 63 in 16 countries in just 4 years. These trips were very thoughtful experiences I created with and for my children. Travel allows us to see how different and yet how similar the world is; great lessons in a world that is becoming increasingly divided. All of the home owner reviews speak of the excellent care that my children and I have given to their homes. We are great house and pet sitters because we treat your home, garden, and pets as our own. My children are now pretty well grown, so I will be house sitting without them for the most part. When able, they will join me from their far-flung schools!
For 16 years I have owned a Queen Ann Victorian built in 1896 and have dealt with normal mishaps such as leaky faucets, broken central air, and cracked window panes. I’ve also had the challenge of the painters catching the house on fire while trying to remove lead paint, a flood that made everything in the basement float, and a hail storm that required a new roof, paint job, and new screens. I would say I’m a well-seasoned home owner. I know how to care for a home, what to look out for, and when to take action (and when to call in the professionals!). I will look after your home with the utmost of care.
As for pets, I can still name every cat and dog I’ve ever owned. I’ve also had fish, hamsters, chickens, and guinea pigs, and had the opportunity to care for rabbits. Honestly, I don’t do snakes because of an over exposure to the fer de lance, anacondas, and boa constrictors of South America. But I’m enamored with lizards, skinks, and turtles though I’ve never had the opportunity to care for them. Our dog, Sally, is a Nova Scotia duck trolling retriever, sort of a special smaller golden retriever, whom we rescued from a neglectful home. Our cat, Sebastian, came to us after he was found abandoned and stuck in a tree in a bitterly cold ice storm. I’ve only been without fur in my house for 17 days of my life; animals are incredibly important to me and my family. I believe animals make us more human. We will cherish your animals as we do our own.
In addition to caring for my family, my home, and my animals, I am an avid gardener. In Iowa (USA) I had a large vegetable patch as well as flowers and ornamentals. Every year I stole a bit more yard and turned it into flower beds; I’m not a big fan of lawns though of course I can mow. Additionally, I have a large number of indoor plants from cacti to African violets to orchids. I know how to care for plants and enjoy doing so.
I am a public health professional, mother, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Suriname, South America), and racquetball coach. I was born in North Carolina (USA), raised my children in Iowa (USA) and on the campus of New York University- Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and now I live in Arizona (USA). I am fortunate to have traveled and house & pet sit extensively; it would be an honor to be invited into your home, into your life. Please give me the opportunity to care for your house, pets, and garden. Thank you.