Jim and I enjoy "wandering" and getting off the main path when we travel, stopping to chat with people along the way and, if we're really lucky, meeting some new four legged furry friends!
Regarding COVID precautions: we are fully vaccinated (as of May and continue to adhere to all CDC/WHO guidelines including wearing masks, social distancing and using hand sanitizers/soap.
In addition to travel, Jim is a great handyman and loves finding small projects to keep himself busy. I enjoy reading, photography, new experiences and giving back through community service work. We enjoy spending time in nature, discovering new foods, and a good laugh!
In March 2017 we were both approved for participation in the Trusted Traveler Program (also called Global Entry) by the US Customs and Border Patrol, a part of The Department of Homeland Security. This involved extensive background checks as well as finger printing and in-person interviews.
The opportunity to care for your home and pets would be a perfect fit for both parties. You: travel knowing your home and furry family members are safe and well cared for. Us: able to share our love with dogs and cats (we no longer live with any ourselves) as well as explore areas that we love returning to, haven't been to before and/or be closer to family and friends, in particular house/pet sitting opportunities near Portland OR, St. Louis MO, upstate NY, and/or CO.
Growing up, we were lucky to always have dogs or cats in our lives: an elkhound, a cockerspaniel-poodle mix, labradors, and several cats. We love animals, but no longer have pets ourselves.
in October 2019 we sold our home in Minnesota and are now living nomadically, pet/housesitting on a full time basis. Prior to this lifestyle change, we were homeowners for 35 years so we are experienced with the maintenance and upkeep that homes require (lawn, garden, snow, cleaning, etc). We have lived in small towns, large cities/suburban, and remote rural areas (desert in southern USA). We are non-smokers. In addition to our own pets, we have been pet and housesitting for 3 years, caring for large and small dogs and cats.
We have experience walking/hiking with dogs, playing with dogs and cats, feeding and cleaning up after both. We have also cared for older dogs and cats, giving pills and other medications. We are experienced with large breed dogs such as pit mixes, labs and retrievers as well as smaller pups. We are generous with our attention, love, and snuggles.
Animals/pets tend to respond well to our calm, positive attitudes and energy. We make sure we know your pets vocabulary (e.g. do they respond to "down" instead of "off") and we take care to understand and respect your rules and expectations (e.g., even though we might not mind your cat(s) or dog(s) sleeping with us, if you do not allow them on the bed we will respect that when we are sitting for you).
If we are selected to care for your pet(s) and home, we make ourselves available for a brief "meet and greet" prior to your departure (at our expense if we need to stay at a hotel the night before your departure) so your pets, especially shy or anxious pups/cats, have a chance to become acquainted with us before you leave. And we arrange our schedule so that we can stay with your pets until you arrive home, just in case you have unexpected or last minute changes to your travel plans.