Hello! My name is Michael and I’m a professional software designer currently based in San Marcos, Texas. During the week I work remotely from home or nearby coffee shops; I'm lucky to have a lot of flexibiity with my job. On weekends and other free times I tend to watch movies, cook, and take road trips. I’m 40 years old and I have a 13-year-old, 50 pound Australian Shepherd mix dog. She is friendly with all humans and animals, well-exercised (we don't need a fenced yard), hardly ever barks, and is rarely left unattended. I’m way past the partying stage, don’t smoke, and have very infrequent guests. I take immaculately good care of the places I live and report/fix issues promptly as they arise.
I have cared for my own and others' dogs, cats, chickens, and goats both short-and long-term as if they were my own, including special needs and older animals. I enjoy working with shy or challenging animals. I never miss feeding/medication/injection times, and I'm very open to new experiences and pet types. I can fix basic plumbing and electrical issues and grew up using lawn and garden equipment, such as riding mowers, string trimmers, and more.
What I’m looking for
I’d like to sit for houses that are in the country/remote but still have most of the basic amenities of connected life, particularly internet access. I'm also open to city and small town living if it's a quiet place; just let me know what you have. Long term is best for me but I'm flexible. I prefer outdoor cats over indoor (slight allergy), but it's not a deal breaker if the home is kept clean.
Why I'm doing this
I'm not quite sure where I want to live full-time and I don't really feel like staying where I am currently. I'm also considering buying a house soon and would like to check out various parts of the country before deciding. I love new experiences, quiet places, and caring for animals, so this seems like a great opportunity.
More about me
• Professional designer since 2009
• 800+ credit score with a decade of solid references
• Minimalist lifestyle, conservative energy user, and very quiet
• Super clean and respectful of space
• Good communication and sense of humor
• Responsible pet owner; we walk 1.5 hours a day and don’t need a yard
Most of my experience caring for animals and houses is from my college days, so I don't have many recent references specific to that. My best reference, for whom I cared for two special needs cats regularly, recently passed away. I can certainly provide some personal, employment, and/or landlord references on request, and I'm also happy to share my Linkedin page and reviews. I'm confident I'll meet your needs and your pets will love me.
Please contact me with details if you think it’s a good fit or to ask me questions.