Hi! We’re Mike & Gloria, a fit and healthy, non-smoking, recently retired couple (59 and 63), and we are excited at the prospect of meeting new people and enjoying new experiences in new places. Gloria worked as a paralegal for over 30 years. I am a retired firefighter, working through the ranks, having reached a supervisory position of Battalion Commander. Both our careers could be exciting, stressful and extremely demanding, requiring problem solving skills, adaptability, quick thinking and good communication. We worked hard in our careers and will bring that same strong work ethic along on our new adventures. We now want to take the opportunity to slow down, meet new pets and people, experience and enjoy new communities, as a local would. We believe in buying local, supporting local businesses, and are comfortable in either a rural or metropolitan setting. While we are excited over seeing new places, our job is as caregivers, first and foremost.
For the past 28 years we’ve owned homes in the mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Yes, it’s a state!) We pride ourselves in being responsible, self-sufficient and able to deal with whatever issues arise. We pride ourselves in having always maintained our homes and property, including 90% of all repairs, and are knowledgeable with irrigation, septic and propane systems, wood and pellet stoves and radiant floor heat pumps. While not master mechanics or machinists, over the years, we’ve maintained major appliances, wells, pumps, tractors, mowers, motorcycles, trucks, cars, lawn and garden equipment and household mechanical systems.
Our job schedules prevented us from traveling extensively within or outside the US, but have been up and down the Mexican Pacific coast, to Panama and Costa Rica. We both love being outside and active. We enjoy hiking, biking, pickleball, working out, long walks, motorcycle touring, good food, good friends and the arts.
Our animal care resume isn’t extensive but, throughout the years, we have cared for our own menagerie of animals and those of friends and family. Raised in a rural area, Gloria cared for calves, pigs, chicken and sheep. We’ve cared for animals requiring special diets, medications and elderly pets requiring a little more understanding and tenderness. Taking pets on walks is always a treat, as we get to know the area, the locals and their pets. Our last dogs insisted on long walks 2 and 3 times a day, rain, shine, sleet or snow! We know each pet has its own personality and likes to be treated as an individual. We’re here to learn your animal’s needs, to love, pamper and treat them as a special member of our family and to have FUN with them!! While we aren’t experts on all animals, we will follow your instructions on how to care for any with which we are unfamiliar. We are always up for a challenge.
Thank you for letting us into your home, if only by this introduction. We hope you’ll consider us to care for your pets and property and want you to know just how much we appreciate this opportunity. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Mike & Gloria Prickett