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Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Rodent(s), Goat(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – My own numerous dogs, all of whom have lived to be 16-22 yrs old; my family cats most of whom live to be happily over the age of 20; sitting my friends' dogs (shepherds to tiny 'tees'); horses (my own and friends'); goats and sheep; wildlife of any sort.t
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From: 20 January 2019
Until: 20 January 2022
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I'm a writer and award-winning journalist, and proud middle-aged mum of two literary, classical musician daughters who are taking wing from our cozy nest. I've raised horses, trained loving dogs (and written a memoir about them: Training Two: Learning the Language of Love from Two Dogs Who Share One Brain (Amazon). I've tamed feral cats and do animal therapeutic massage and jin shin acupressure for the health and love of my animal-companions. I love caring for animals and wildlife wherever I go and find they tend to seek me out wherever I visit, from the street cats in Paris to my host's dogs when on assignment, especially the elder pets. I'm quiet, tidy, and accustomed to the care of and requirements for all manner and levels of home, from luxury manors and villas to cozy cottages. I'm accustomed to energetic walks with two 80-pound Shepherd/ Retriever mixes at high-altitude but am happy staring at the stars with an older or smaller pet and taking strolls; I love gardening and riding; and I am comfortable working and living in-- and well-managing -- all environments from wilderness to urban, cottages to estates.
As I have traveled internationally for work, I've long preferred to stay in private homes or holiday lets where I can have quiet for work and a kitchen for my simple meals, rather than the sterile environment of the hotel world. I've also found I have wished for animal-companions in these locations as respite from my writing and to give smile to the creative work. Alas, vacation rentals overseas aren't the place I can take my own so I'd love to care for yours! I am an amiable, constant, and attentive companion to your beloved pets while you are gone and will give them the same careful and loving care I have to my own.
I initially found this site looking for a petsitter for my own and felt that caring for others' pets while I'm gone would be a good balance. As I'm very particular in whom I hire to care for my beloved companions on those times I had to leave them at home, I can assure any potential host of my extreme care of their beloved companion pets as well.
My father quipped when I was a child that the animals who showed up at our front door "had my business card" with them as the one to come to for help and love. I've stayed as a guest, as well as cared for, homes in all ranges and areas of the world from the cabin in the woods and wilds of Alaska and the Rocky Mountains to the great villas in Switzerland and France and as well in many beautiful manors and cozy, lovely homes in the UK and South Africa, and Canada. I am multi-lingual and adept at sitting cats, dogs, horses (I speak their language too) and will be staying at home with them for most of days and nights and of course as required, as I'm not a tourist per se. I have had experience with farm animals such as goats and sheep, but prefer to avoid fish. I am comfortable with the occasional elephant or other wildlife being cared for on a refuge, as I also have experience with such and I can manage a professional care-staff with professionalism. I have experienced and am comfortable in working and living among all walks of life and living, from the diplomatic arena to "just regular folk" as my grandmother classified herself and I can easily problem-solve most any situation.
Amiable care, reliability, long hours of being present with and at home with your beloveds. I promise good walks of appropriate length and play, lots of love, energy healing jin-shin if needed or desired, and informative daily reports to the owners -- all as I expect and wish from those I hire. You can be sure of loving and detailed attention to the individual needs of each animal and home entrusted to my care while you are gone. You'll find your furry companions and your home in great shape when you return and you'll be able to actually enjoy your holiday with fewer worries (no one ever leaves their pets behind without a few; I know!)
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
From: 20 January 2019
Until: 20 January 2022
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MindMyHouse member since 2012
Age: 56-65 years old
Total completed house sits: 0
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