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Writer seeking quiet scenic setting

United States

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Pig(s), Farm animal(s) – Dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, pigs, lizards, fish. I have also looked after animals who are chronically ill with arthritis, diabetes etc. that require medication, testing and treatment.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 21 December 2019
Until: 20 March 2023

Occupation

Writer

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

I have lived in the NYC area for the past 30 years and have owned a co-op and two homes and an 1820's farmhouse. I have raised a couple of kids, several pets and maintained an organic garden in addition to maintaining a large, old house. I have worked as a journalist (CNN, Reuters) and as a technical writer. I also write fiction and want to concentrate on that now that my children are grown. I grew up on a farm in Canada, am familiar with hard work and am very responsible. I worked the last 15 years in Quality Control in the pharmaceutical industry, which requires an annual criminal background and drug test. I also became an American citizen in 2016 which required ten years of tax returns, all pages of my passport going back to 1976 and an extensive background check. In 2014 I sold my house and have been house and pet sitting since then. I have sat a variety of pets (cats, dogs, chickens, parrots, fish) and have experience with farm animals. I enjoy landing in a new country and finding my way around and have been fortunate to have repeat assignments. I have made many new friends and have been grateful for the opportunity to live in so many different places.

Why they want to house sit

I will house sit anywhere.

Their experience

I was a homeowner for more than 30 years and in 2014 sold a house built in 1922 that I had completely renovated. Prior to that I owned a brownstone in Brooklyn that was built in 1912. I also owned a pre-war co-op in New York. In addition I was part owner of a cottage in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts, that was built around 1800.

What can they bring to the assignment

Having grown up on a farm I am used to being around animals. I have had my own pets and looked after friends pets. I am very responsible and handy. I have also crossed oceans on sailboats. On a sailboat you have to be an engineer, a navigator, a seamstress, doctor and cook. You have to be prepared to repair anything, anywhere, sometimes making repairs in unfavorable conditions. You have to be calm and creative. I have many references.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 21 December 2019
Until: 20 March 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2014

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 6

Testimonials

Friendly, caring and reliable

Donna sat for us for several weeks in October and November 2019 on two separate occasions for a total of nearly two months. During this time she looked after our house and pets, and did a wonderful job. We returned to find our pets had been very well cared for, as was our home; Donna had obviously done a great job. She kept in touch regularly with updates and photos. We were delighted to have had someone with her undoubted conscientious caring, experience and capabilities and recommend her very highly.

John & Jane, Ireland, 02 December, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Great House & Pet Sitter

Donna looked after my house & my two dogs in February 2019. She came a day early to go over all my routines and procedures with the dogs & I showed her how to use all the things in the house. She kept in touch while I was away giving me updates on the dogs and how they were coping, she left the house in great condition, with a load of laundry done and a few little treats in the fridge. I highly recommend Donna in regards to house & pet sitting, my Moe can be a handful but she had him eating out of the palm of her hand.

Rebecca, Australia, 08 March, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Testimonial/Reference for Donna Salter

It is my pleasure to give Donna very high marks for her house and pet sitting care She is an enterprising woman capable of dealing with crises. She has courage and is adaptable to different cultures and people She is also widely travelled and is an interesting person/ conversationalist I wish her success in all her endeavours

Michele, Denmark, 16 February, 2018

  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Amazing housesitter.....

Donna is one of the best house sitters Ive had in 7 years. She took care of my 2 cats (one Diabetic with insulin shots) wonderfully. Its a full time job with tests throughout the day. The cats were in picture perfect health and happy when I got home. She was flexible with my constantly changing scheudle, easy to keep in touch with and took loads of pics and videos as I requested. My house and plants were all taken care when I came home. She was the ideal kitty sitter!

Cat, Thailand, 13 February, 2018

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Perfect house and pet sitter.

Donna is just the most amazing house and pet sitter. Extremely capable, kind, and reliable. The pets adored her, and the home and gardens were kept immaculate. 100% Recommend.

Suzanne, Caribbean, 08 February, 2018

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

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Last updated: 13 September 2021