I love animals, especially cats and dogs – at least, they’re the ones that I have most personal experience of. Growing up, cats were always a constant, from the time I was a baby up until when I left the family home. We started off with a couple of tabbies called Katie and Charlie. Sadly, they died quite young (and when I was a little boy) due to cancer. A bit later on, my parents surprised us with a ginger tabby, a kitten that was, as yet, unnamed. My mum decided to call him Brandy Snaps but he was always just knows as Brandy thereafter. A little bit later on, a dog called Angus was added to the family roster. (He was actually called Porridge but since my dad was a prison officer…) He was a West Highland White (the dog, not my dad) and was pretty remarkable; he used to take himself off at every opportunity and go for his own walks, which was pretty alarming because we didn’t always know where he was. I once saw him vault a fence that was four times taller than he was, just so that he could indulge in a bit of wanderlust. He and Brandy got along well enough, despite being very much their own animals. Brandy had a long and eventful life; he was once hit by a car, which made it necessary for him to have an eye removed – but he came back stronger than ever. He even managed to somehow break his tail, which caused it to curl up rather fetchingly behind his back. As for me, I work from home (I'm a copywriter). I'm physically very active and typically go for a run every morning. I value the countryside a great deal, which is one of the reasons why looking after a dog has great appeal to me. I used to take Angus for walks that went on for hours and hoursand he never, ever seemed to get tired. Of course, the length of the walk depends on the dog’s desire to do the actual walking (and I wouldn’t expect a cat to be interested in such things). If I do happen to look after a dog (or dogs), I’ll take him or her for as long or as little (and as frequent or as few) walks as he or she needs. I love the company of animals; honestly, they are just as engaging and interesting to me as most humans! I don't smoke, and very rarely do I drink alcohol (my tipple of choice is tea; I drink it all the time). I consider myself to be a very diligent individual, someone that can be trusted with a stranger’s property, possessions and pets. The prospect of looking after such things is something that I take very seriously. If and when I’m given the opportunity, I will do my utmost to make sure that the homeowner will have no option but to recommend me to others that require a house sitter.