They have 12 testimonial s (view below)
Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – cats, dogs, birds (mccaw, conure, parakeet), chickens, geese, ducks, pheasants, rabbits, turtles, cows, horses, deer, Texas longhorns, fish, llamas
They have a police check
From: 1 August 2020
Until: 19 January 2024
(see their busy times below)
Full time house/pet/farm sitter, occasional translator, hobby photographer, hobby chef
They have referees/references (view below)
You want to pick a really trustworthy person to look after your home and your beloved pets. Someone who will never cancel or quit once committed, who will not call in sick and ruin your trip.
• 76 successful sittings in 27 different states (US)!
• Especially experienced with care for elderly cats and dogs!
• All ages, all breeds, all sizes welcome!
• Excellent references!
Yes, I am still in business (August 2020)!
Yes, I am coming out to your location within the US (all 50 states plus territories)!
Due to the current situation I have lots of availability, as most of my previously booked assignments for spring / summer 2020 have been canceled. But that might be your chance!
If you want to re-plan your postponed trips, or if your previously chosen sitter cancels on you, contact me!
I have a genuine love for animals, and they know that, because they love me right back. It is really easy for me to quickly bond with cats, dogs, birds (that includes parakeets, conures, macaws, chickens, geese and ducks!), rabbits, horses, llamas, cows, even deer, or whatever animals that are in need of care.
When immigrating from Germany in 2003, I came with my (then) 7 cats to marry my husband in the US. I would not have come without them. I wouldn't have married an Englishman or an Australian due to the quarantaine laws for animals there. The German cats have now passed on, but we have rescued quite a few others over here in America as well. My husband is taking care of them during my house/pet sits elsewhere, and I am so glad he is supporting me on my quest. I could not do this without him.
(Some ppl keep misunderstanding the above section, so to make it clear:
no, he is not traveling with me! My husband has a 9-5 office job in our region, he is not traveling with me. As stated above, he is taking care of our own cats in our own home, so no, he is not traveling with me. I am coming to your property by myself, without my cats and without my husband.)
I am clean, quiet and organized, completely reliable and absolutely dependable. I will never cancel or quit once committed. Of course I am not smoking or drinking, not partying or taking drugs or pills or whatever weird substances. I have been a vegetarian since 1984.
I am respectful and well mannered, have never had any accidents with any pets, never any emergencies, and no pet has ever escaped in my care. I am really responsible and have *stellar* references to share in case you'd be interested (see 12 testimonials below).
I will also help you on a very short notice when you have an emergency (as long as I am available). I have actually once boarded a plane for an assignment across the country with a 12-hour-notice (2015), at another time (2018) I cancelled my flight home the day before the trip when I was asked to take care of an elderly dog instead. In 2019 I got an emergency call for 2 cats in Brooklyn, I was on location within hours. And most recently (March 2020) I went to South Carolina for 2 pitbulls and a cat within 3 days of the owners reaching out. So I guess I can say I am really very flexible.
• Available for all 50 states (USA) and US territories.
• No criminal record.
• No drinking or drug habits.
• No drama in my life.
• Vegetarian since 1984.
• Non smoker since 1995.
I am not looking for profit, and I am never charging for my housesitting service and pet care, as love is always free and can never be bought. But I'll need the actual costs covered to get to your home and to live there (airfare* or Amtrak*, groceries).
*for homes in Philadelphia or NYC it takes only a bus ticket at this time (until further notice), contact me for details!
Past sittings of 2015, references available:
May 16-31, Philadelphia townhouse, 5 cats
July 02-09, Philadelphia City loft, 1 cat
Aug 09-26, Philadelphia City loft, 1 cat (repeat client)
Aug 29 - Sept 15, Richmond (VA) City loft, 1 cat
Sept 15-27, Washington DC suburb (VA) family home, 1 dog
Oct 5-15, Philadelphia townhouse, 5 cats (repeat client)
Oct 27 - Nov 19, Orlando (FL) single wide home, no pets
Nov 25-29, Philadelphia City loft, 1 cat (repeat client)
Dec 15 - Jan 7, Philadelphia townhouse, 5 cats (repeat client)
Dec 19 - Jan 3, Philadelphia City loft, 1 cat (repeat client)
Past sittings of 2016, references available:
Jan 7 - Feb 1, Kent Island (Chesapeake Bay) family home, 1 cat, 4 chickens
Feb 1-29, Reno (NV) family home, 6 cats
Mar 8-15, Philadelphia townhouse, 5 cats (repeat client)
Mar 16-24, Gated community, Alden Park Manor, Germantown (PA) studio, 1 cat
Mar 25-29, Gated community, Alden Park Manor, Germantown (PA), aptm, 1 dog
Mar 29 - Apr 10, New York City (Queens) aptm, 1 dog
April 10 - May 1, Stratford (CT) family home, 2 cats, 2 dogs
May 6-14, Atlanta suburb (GA) family home, 3 dogs, 1 cat, fish
May 29 - June 14, Dallas/Ft.Worth (TX) farm, 4 dogs, 6 cats, 4 cows, 40 hens
June 15 - July 14, Reno (NV) family home, 6 cats (repeat client)
July 15 - August 6, Philadelphia townhouse, 5 cats (repeat client)
Aug 7-22, Reno (NV) family home, 6 cats (repeat client)
Aug 23 - Sept 16, Santa Barbara (CA) gated community, family home, 1 dog
Sept 17 - Oct 20, Rhode Island aptm, 1 cat
Nov 3-11, Ohio farm, 3 horses, 3 dogs
Nov 16-30, Dallas/Ft.Worth (TX) farm, 3 dogs, 6 cats, 4 cows, 40 hens (repeat client)
Dec 8-18, Reading (PA) family home, 2 dogs, 1 cat
Dec 23 - Jan 2 (2017), New York City (Brooklyn) aptm, 1 cat, 1 dog
Past sittings of 2017, references available:
Jan 16-27, Ohio Farm, 3 dogs, 3 horses (repeat client)
Jan 28 - Mar 9, Butler (OH) family home, 2 dogs
Mar 10-18, Chicago condo, 1 cat
Mar 30 - April 12, Minneapolis apmt, 2 cats, fish
Apr 13 - May 22, Iowa City family home, 3 cats
May 23-31, Doylestown (PA) family home, 2 dogs
June 10-20, Ephrata (WA) farm, 6 dogs, 2 cats, 4 geese, 4 ducks
June 21-26, Bainbridge Island / Seattle family home, 2 cats, 3 chickens
July 5-17, Colorado Springs farm, 1 cat, 1 dog, 1 turtle
July 18 - Aug 2, Austin (TX) family home, 3 dogs
Aug 2-12, Washington DC condo, 2 dogs
Aug 13-24, Rockville (MD) aptm, 1 dog
Aug 25 - Sept 29, Wimberley (TX) farm, 5 llamas, 2 cats
Sept 30 - Nov 17, Reno (NV) family home, 6 cats (repeat client)
Dec 16-31, Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia suburb) family home, 1 cat
Past sittings of 2018, references available:
Jan 31 - Feb 16, Sacramento family home, 1 cat
Feb 17-20, Sacramento family home, 3 dogs
Feb 26 - Mar 19, Sacramento family home, 3 dogs (repeat client)
Mar 20-27, Madison (WI) aptm, 1 dog
Mar 28 - Apr 12, Lake Tahoe (CA) cabin, 2 cats
Apr 12 - May 16, San Diego family home, 1 dog
May 17-30, San Francisco condo, 1 dog, 1 cat
May 31 - June 7, Oakland aptm, 2 cats
Jun 17-25, Austin family home, 3 dogs (repeat client)
Jun 26-Jul 5, Ephrata (WA) farm, 6 dogs, 2 cats, 4 geese, 4 ducks (repeat client)
Aug 13 - Sep 26, Billings (MT) farm, 5 horses, 2 dogs, 6 cats
Sept 27 - Oct 31, Georgetown (FL) 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 parrot
Nov 1-18, Prescott (AZ) family home, 1 dog
Nov 19-27, Cincinatti family home, 2 dogs, 2 birds
Nov 28 - Dec 17, Prescott (AZ) family home, 1 dog (repeat client)
Dec 18-31, San Quentin (CA) family home, 1 cat, 1 dog
Past sittings of 2019, references available:
Jan 1-9, Lost City (WV) cabin, 2 dogs, 9 cats
Jan 17 - Feb 11, Brooklyn (NYC) victorian townhouse, 2 cats, airbnb host
Mar 12 -Apr 17, The Hamptons (NY) family home, 2 dogs
Apr 17 - May 6, Portland (OR) family home, 3 dogs
May 7-31, Raleigh (NC) family home, 2 dogs
June 1 - July 28, Bellingham (WA) managing 5 acre compound with gardens and several buildings incl. family home, 1 dog
July 29 - Aug 10, Anchorage (AK) family home, 1 dog
Sep 2-21, Houston (TX) family home, 1 dog
Sep 22-28, Gainsville (Fla) farm, 3 horses, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 parakeets
Oct 4 - Nov 22, Arlington (VA) apmt, 2 dogs
Nov 23 - Dec 7, Grass Valley (CA), family home, 3 cats
Dec 7-28, Salt Lake City (UT) family home, 3 dogs
Past sittings of 2020, references available:
Dec 28 - Jan 12, Newberg (OR) farm house, 2 dogs, 2 cats
Jan 13 - 30, Concrete (WA) cabin, 3 cats
Feb 13 - Mar 2, Chicago Land (IL) family home, 1 cat
Mar 5-15, Summerville (SC) family home, 2 dogs, 1 cat
May 11-20, Austin (TX) aptm, 1 cat, 1 dog
Aug 14-24, Queens (NYC) aptm, 1 cat, 1 dog
From: 1 August 2020
Until: 19 January 2024
They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
14 August 2020 to 24 August 2020
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2015
Age: 56-65 years old
Total completed house sits: 15
We are so very grateful and thankful that Marion was able to flight in to SC so last minute. We made a last minute decision to go to Florida looking for a new house. We have 2 70lb pit bulls and the boss of the house Link the cat. Marion was not concerned about being with our babies and they new that immediately. My older dog had major separation anxiety when we leave and he did AMAZING! If you are looking for someone to watch your pets Marion is the right person for the job! We will definitely have Marion come back and watch our babies!
Marion sat for us during the Christmas holiday and we were very happy with the way she cared for our 3 little dogs. She gave them lots of attention and love, kept in touch, and our home was well cared for during our absence. We would highly recommend Marion.
Marion did an amazing job looking after my two dogs while I was away for nearly 7 weeks. I had never left them for such a long time since they were rescued from the pound and worried they would not survive in a kennel. Marion quickly contacted me after I posted the advertisement and shared her information and requirements without hesitation. I am forever grateful I selected her to take care of my furry friends. She constantly took pictures and sent updates so I knew they were always okay and most importantly happy in their own home. If you have to be away from your home and your pets, Marion is the best choice to take care of them without a doubt.
Your pets will be so happy with Marion they might be a little disappointed when you return! Seriously, Marion's love and connection to animals is really extraordinary. My plans changed slightly and I spent the first week in my home with Marion and saw her interact with them. They could tell she was a real kindred spirit loved her right away. During the day she spent plenty of time on the couch where my two senior dogs loved hanging out with her. She let my little girl Nami out frequently and if she had a bit of an accident was very understanding. Nami spent most of her life as a puppy mill mom and doesn't have the best bladder control. My dogs were only left alone for a short time each day ... or she spent the whole day with them. At night they slept with her. They were in heaven. It was great to have the opportunity to get to know her and share my community with her, as well as find out about her home country and Mind My House travels. She's a wonderful vegetarian cook and kindly shared some of her dishes with me. She also had affection for the community feral cat community in our neighborhood. I have cat houses and set out food for three or so cats every afternoon. She clearly delighted in their scrappy presence and providing them with the highlight of the day ... dinner. Check out Marion's Instagram. She's a wonderful photographer and posts photos from her house sitting assignments -- the pets, their surroundings and the yummy food she cooks. The house was very neat and clean when I arrived home. You can go away and feel really confident that your pets and home will be just fine with Marion, highly recommended.
Marion came to Prescott and stayed with our dog for two separate vacations in October and November. She was extremely diligent about walking and caring for our dog, Cocoa. She sent photos and messages while we were gone. She even stayed with us between vacations and it was really fun getting to know her. She had tears in her eyes when she said goodbye to Cocoa. We would definitely recommend her for your animal sitting needs.
Marion flew in from Phoenix to our home in Cincinnati to care for our cocker spaniels and birds. She came for the entire week of Thanksgiving , allowing us to travel to visit family. We knew our house and fur and feathered "Kids" were in kind and capable hands! The dogs loved her and I am so grateful for her expertise in animal care, as she had to give my dog, Bob, his daily medicine. She did this without any problems and is a very conscientious person. I hope if we need a sitter again, Marion will be available!
Marion stayed at my house for a week while I was away at a conference. She was very good with my dog and was genuinely concerned about his well being! She went for 4 walks a day with him and gave him lots of love. She also was very responsive to e-mails and gave me updates on what was happening at home. She also was flexible with travel plans. I live in a one bedroom apartment and she was fine to share the small space with me once I returned from my trip. Definitely would recommend her to any considering a sitter!
Marion house sat form me for 2 weeks this July/August (2017),which entailed caring for my 3 dogs, my flower beds and plants, during my family's 6 week trip to Europe. If I were to use every superlative in the English language to describe Marion's fierce dedication,and absolutely vibrant,genuine personality and altruistic nature I could not do her justice. Marion took great care to be sure that she was clear on my expectations and the particular needs and habits of each of my dogs. She was ever so open and willing to accomodate my dogs and their quirks and needs without issue. Even allowing my dogs to sleep in the bed with her, even after she learned of what space hogs they could be! During my absence, I had a very untoward experience with one caretaker culminating in an aborted agreement for her to house sit. Marion was extremely proactive and went above and beyond to assist in my finding a solution to this looming problem that was very stressful to have to contend with while abroad, especially with a 7 to 9 hour time difference. Her deep concern for my situation and love for my dogs became very apparent during that time. She was an immense help to me in trying to procure another sitter and helping me scout out options. Marion was also very emotionally supportive during this time which made it exponentially less stressful than it would have been otherwise. My family and I are looking forward to meeting with Marion this week as she is nearby at another assignment. I can not wait to see my pets reunite with her for a visit. I have already booked Marion for 2 weeks next summer, and am so happy I can rest assured knowing my dogs will be in the best of hands. I could not have dreamt up a better caretaker than I have found in Marion through MindMyHouse. I refer to my dogs as "angels in dog suits," and now I refer to Marion, my pet sitter, rightully so, as "an angel in a human suit" ! With much gratitude and never ending appreciation, thank you again Marion! Woof! xxxoooxxx slobber, slobber- Smokey,L.V.,Bella .. And less sloppily-xxxooo Rose,Rene and Vincent
Marion took care of our pets and condo for 10 days while we were on vacation. We paid for her plane ticket to visit us and she came a little early to meet us and review our care guidelines. She was a huge fan of our cats and even posted photos of them on her Instagram account! We paid a minimal amount for some of her food while she was with us and she stayed with us a few days after we returned until she headed off to her next job. She's definitely very attuned to pets' wellbeing and needs and will make it her top priority to bond with them!
Marion took great care of our dog and cat while we traveled outside of the country. She sent us daily updates and we loved seeing pictures of our babies in her instagram. We were nervous because it was our first time using a petsitter but she did everything in her power to help us feel at ease. Our cat is usually shy around new people but she was out and playing with her within 2 hours of being at our home. Our dog grew very attached to her and was sad to see her leave. We could tell that our pets were very well taken care of. Will definitely contact her again in the future. Thank you!
Marion did a great job with our crew. I was a little apprehensive at first because she had limited experience with horses, but she picked up their routine right away and everything went fine. Even with our skittish one. If your horses are relatively uncomplicated and don't need intense handling, Marion can do it. She was also very good with our fearful dog. He has a hard time meeting new people but he loved her. My husband and I really appreciated her daily updates. We would definitely have her sit for us again.
Marion provided catcare for my 5 cats several times, and they looked forward to her visits. Marion is wonderful with animals and developes good rapport with them. She communicated well about their care, and it is good to come back to happy pets. For one visit, she came on the spur of the moment, which was appreciated. She is a very reliable pet sitter and has a real heart for animals. I recommend her highly for petcare!
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