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Semi-retired teacher/writer with excellent references and very experienced with cats, dogs and birds

Canada

Testimonials

They have 8 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s) – As a writer, I will spend lots of time with your pets

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 7 October 2021
Until: 15 December 2023

Occupation

Writer/teacher

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

I am a non-smoking female and a semi-retired teacher/part-time travel writer who is very experienced with taking care of cats, dogs of all sizes and birds, gerbils and fish. I also have experience with animals who require medication. I sometimes travel with my spouse, a semi- retired editor who is very good with pets, particularly dogs. We are both in excellent health and enjoy long walks with dogs as well as play time with both cats and dogs.
Currently, I'm taking care of Lola, an elderly German Shepherd in Miami Beach for the third time.
I've had repeat assignments in Manhattan taking care of two smaller older dogs who require medication and a young cat.
My last assignment (three weeks) found me taking care of a young Pomeranian puppy who required several walks per day to establish proper toilet habits. A week later, I was caring for an outdoor cat and a rabbit. Another assignment involved caring for a cockatiel who spent a good part of his day outside of his cage and a canary - both of whom had very specific diets and cleaning regiments.

Prior to that, I took care of a four-month-old puppy who required ear drops to be administered daily and lots of walks to help establish his toilet training.

My most recent cat sitting experience involved taking care of two elderly cats, one of whom had to receive medication daily in the form of an ointment placed on a tumor. I also followed careful instructions re their diets and cleaned the litter box out daily and kept the area clean around the box as well as the rest of the house.

Prior to that, I took care of two middle-aged cats and a large dog on an isolated property for three weeks. In another assignment, I took care of two small dogs and two birds in Long Beach, CA one of whom had to be let out of his cage for a few hours a day and then returned in the evening.

I can provide excellent references re my pet sitting abilities along with positive testimonials from AirBnB as to my suitability as a guest in your home.

I look forward to speaking with you regarding your assignment if you could provide a telephone number and the best time for me to call.

Why they want to house sit

I love being around all animals and I love quiet time to write. I also enjoy long walks with dogs while exploring new areas. As a part time travel writer, I welcome the opportunity to visit many different areas of the world in both rural and urban settings.

Their experience

I am very experienced as both a pet owner and a pet sitter. Currently I'm caring for an elderly German Shepherd for the third time and this past fall I was taking care of two smaller dogs and a cat for the second time. My last assignment (three weeks) found me taking care of a young Pomeranian puppy who required several walks per day to establish proper toilet habits. A week later, I was caring for an outdoor cat and a rabbit. Another assignment found me taking care of a cockatiel and a canary who required my company for several hours per day. Both of these lovely birds had very specific dietary and cleaning regiments.

Recently, I visited the home of a professional family taking care of their four-month-old puppy which I highly enjoyed as it allowed the two of us to explore Manhattan on our long walks together. Horatio also required ear drops every day for the 10-day sit.

My most recent cat sitting experience involved taking care of two cats, one of whom had to receive medication daily in the form of an ointment placed on a tumour. I also followed careful instructions re their diets and cleaned the litter box out daily and kept the area clean around the box as well as the rest of the house.

Prior to that, I took care of two middle-aged cats and a large dog on an isolated property in Nova Scotia for three weeks. In another assignment, I took care of two small dogs and two birds in Long Beach, one of whom had to be let out of his cage for a few hours a day and then returned in the evening.

What can they bring to the assignment

Experience, maturity, kindness, level-headedness, knowledge of first aid, a strong sense of responsibility and excellent references as both a pet sitter and as a trusted and reliable guest in your home.

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, Nicaragua, 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, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 7 October 2021
Until: 15 December 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 8

Testimonials

Great House Sitter!

In spite of the complications we find today during the pandemic, I felt comfortable with Sherel and her partner coming to my home to watch over my pets. Given the situation we decided not to met in person and instead had a meeting over zoom to make arrangements. It is a little more work to explain all the details for pet and house care without being able to show hands on but Sherel was very attentive to everything I had to share and I had a comprehensive set of instructions to elaborate on the details of house and pet care. This made the handover easier I think for both of us while providing us with the recommended seperation being that we were not from the same household or bubble. While I was away Sherel was responsive to any questions I had about how things were going and was proactive in contacting me with any concerns she had, When I came home things were in as good as a condition as I left them and they even cleaned and washed the beddings in their room for the next potential visitors which was a very nice gesture. I have no hesitations with recommending Sherel for a house sit and I am certain that you would find her to be a very trustworthy person in your home.

Juanita, Canada, 22 March, 2021

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

Excellent house sitter

Sherel and John took excellent care of our dogs! They gave our elderly dog his thyroid medication daily and left our house very clean. We would gladly trust them with our dogs again.

Heather, United States, 08 March, 2020

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

Cat Sitter

Sherel was proactive and quick to respond to communication. Our cat Salem seemed well looked after.

Jada, United States, 11 January, 2020

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

Lovely Sitter

Sherel did an excellent job with Jasper. Took him for several walks a day instead of just taking him to the backyard because he prefers it. She was very sweet and left the house in excellent condition.

Bobbie , United States, 03 August, 2019

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

Recommended

Sherel and John stayed at our home and took care of our dog, cats and fish while we were away for about 2 weeks. The pets were very well cared for and the house was in good shape when we got back. It was evident that they cared about the well being of the pets, which is appreciated. They always replied to our messages in a timely manner. Thank you!

Reut, United States, 03 May, 2019

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

Peace of mind

It was a pleasure to meet Sherel and John. We felt comfortable leaving our cats and house in their hands. Upon our return, we found the cats healthy and content, the house clean and tidy.

Gwendolyn, United States, 18 March, 2019

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

Superb dog sitters and home sitters!

Sherel and John were so easy to have in our home. Very considerate, energetic, communicative, trustworthy and fun! We enjoyed having them a day ahead to enjoy dinner and time together and a couple days after our return to catch up. My dogs loved them and were well loved. Hoping to see them again some day soon. Thanks so much for making our vacation worry-free.

Sharon & Reggie, United States, 30 March, 2018

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

Great Housesitters!

We just returned home from a carefree 2 week vacation. As soon as we met Sherel and John, we were at ease that our pets would be in good hands. As it turns out, they were in great hands! Both Sherel and John can work from home so spent a lot of time here with our pets. This is much appreciated since our rescue dog Ginger has some separation issues! And is still puppy like. Our standoffish cat Hazel even warmed up to them. We came home to very happy pets that had obviously bonded with Sherel and John. The house was clean and our car was clean and full of gas. John even kept our birdfeeder full and fed a neighborhood stray cat for us! We highly recommend Sherel and John as house sitters, so you can enjoy your time away without a care in the world!

Kerry, United States, 18 March, 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: 4 November 2021