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Well-Traveled Woman Seeking Pets, Gardens and Homes to Care For

United States

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s) – I have had many pets, raised chickens when I lived in the South America, and lived in Iowa for over 15 years, so I've been around lots of farm animal and helped with feedings.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 28 October 2019
Until: 24 September 2020

Occupation

Public health professional

References

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About this sitter

I am a public health professional, photographer, mother, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Suriname, South America), and racquetball coach. I was born in North Carolina (USA), raised my children in Iowa (USA) and on the campus of New York University- Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and most recently completed my Registered Dietitian training with a dietetic internship in Phoenix (USA). With the children grown and flown, I've moved back to North Carolina and am working as a technical writer for the Dept of Health & Human Services on a variety of public health programs. My job is mostly remote so I have wonderful flexibility to house and pet sit. I would be honored to be invited into your home and would greatly enjoy the opportunity to care for your pets and gardens. Thank you.
In a house sit I am looking for a safe environment where I can care for pets, gardens, and the house itself while enjoying a new country/culture/people.

Why they want to house sit

In the last five years I have house and pet sat in Abu Dhabi, France, Italy, England, and numerous states in the USA; I simply love animals (though not snakes or horses) and the opportunity to be somewhere new. I have so enjoyed all the cats, dogs, fish, and chickens I've taken care of. Additionally, walking dogs is a great way to learn about a community. When I was in Bristol, I walked Lily (or rather she walked me!) for hours every day. In a park there a woman approached me and held out her hand exclaiming, "You must be the new Paul?" Paul is Lucy's owner. Through pets I am able to met people and get to know places in a more intimate, perhaps even more honest, fashion. Additionally, being in a new place allows me to recharge. I love to see new gardens, new art, and to taste regional cuisine.

Their experience

For 16 years I owned a Queen Ann Victorian built in 1896 and have dealt with normal mishaps such as leaky faucets, broken central air, and cracked window panes. I’ve also had the challenge of the painters catching the house on fire while trying to remove lead paint, a flood that made everything in the basement float, and a hail storm that required a new roof, paint job, and new screens. I would say I’m a well-seasoned home owner. I know how to care for a home, what to look out for, and when to take action (and when to call in the professionals!). I will look after your home with the utmost of care.
As for pets, I can still name every cat and dog I’ve ever owned. I’ve also had fish, hamsters, chickens, and guinea pigs, and had the opportunity to care for rabbits. Honestly I don’t do snakes because of an over exposure to the fer de lance, anacondas, and boa constrictors of South America. But I’m enamored with lizards, skinks, and turtles because I find them beautiful and plucky. My dog, Sally, is a Nova Scotia duck trolling retriever, sort of a special smaller golden retriever, whom I rescued from a neglectful home. My cat, Sebastian, came to me after he was found abandoned and stuck in a tree in a bitterly cold ice storm. I’ve only been without fur in my house for 17 days of my life; animals are incredibly important to me. I believe animals make us more human. I will cherish your animals as I do my own.
In addition to caring for my children, my home, and my animals, I am an avid gardener. In Iowa (USA) I had a large vegetable patch as well as flowers and ornamentals. Every year I stole a bit more yard and turned it into flower beds; I’m not a big fan of lawns though of course I can mow. Additionally, I have a large number of indoor plants from cacti to African violets to orchids. I know how to care for plants and enjoy doing so.
As for pets, I can still name every cat and dog I’ve ever owned. I’ve also had fish, hamsters, chickens, and guinea pigs, and had the opportunity to care for rabbits. Honestly I don’t do snakes because of an over exposure to the fer de lance, anacondas, and boa constrictors of South America. But I’m enamored with lizards, skinks, and turtles though I’ve never had the opportunity to care for them. Our dog, Sally, is a Nova Scotia duck trolling retriever, sort of a special smaller golden retriever, whom we rescued from a neglectful home. Our cat, Sebastian, came to us after he was found abandoned and stuck in a tree in a bitterly cold ice storm. I’ve only been without fur in my house for 17 days of my life; animals are incredibly important to me and my family. I believe animals make us more human. We will cherish your animals as we do our own.
In addition to caring for my family, my home, and my animals, I am an avid gardener. In Iowa (USA) I had a large vegetable patch as well as flowers and ornamentals. Every year I stole a bit more yard and turned it into flower beds; I’m not a big fan of lawns though of course I can mow. Additionally, I have a large number of indoor plants from cacti to African violets to orchids. I know how to care for plants and enjoy doing so.

What can they bring to the assignment

I have a lot of experience (see the response above) including house sits in numerous countries and states, which makes me a valuable house and pet sitter. Additionally, I want to mention that I am curious and engaged, interested in everything from the pets to the people to the land. I will truly appreciate any opportunity that you give me.

Available to house sit

Africa, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, South East Asia, Spain, Sri Lanka, United States, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 28 October 2019
Until: 24 September 2020

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

The Best

The question marks at the end of my last testimony were emoji images of kitties, not question marks. There's no question, Anne is the best

Katherine and Chris, United States, 16 October, 2018

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

The Best

Anne was by far the best sitter I've ever had. She is very organized, clean, considerate, kind, and good with my kitties. I asked her to come a couple of hours early to go over details, and she accommodated. She got all the details all and was very respectful. My other party's schedule changed a bit. Anne was patient and work with me as we ironed out the particulars. She sent pictures of the kitties being happy when I was away. She told me her plans and was very upfront and good about it. Anne left a goodbye note with a gift! Most of all, my fur babies have never been so relaxed when I got back. My last pet sitter, before Anne, was very good but my shy kitty was very nervous when I got home. All kitties were meowing a lot and acted as though they had anxiety which isn't like them. Anne has a police report which made me pick her above orhers. I made the right choice here. I will for sure use Anne again in the future if she's not booked, bar none. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Anne ????????????

Katherine and Chris, United States, 16 October, 2018

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

House sit in the Limousin

The Geissinger-Chandler families clicked immediately. Even before Anne and her girls arrived, we already felt that we knew each other via what's app messages and photos. As soon as they arrived we knew that the animals and house would be in good hands while we went on holiday. Our daughters enjoyed their time together (especially caring for some snails in the garden!) and are still in touch, and we all loved hearing their incredible stories from around the world. We were certainly lucky to have them and hope that they will be able to come again - maybe without us going away!

Alison, France, 05 August, 2017

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

Stockholm 2016

Anne and her lovely daughters took excellent care of my 3 cats for a week. Two of my cats had health issues and had to be medicated in different ways, and they took care of the situation. They were experienced, professional, neat and helpful. I would have them back anyday!

Marie, Sweden, 10 November, 2016

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

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Last updated: 28 October 2019