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Experienced, Trustworthy House Sitter and Animal Lover

United States

Testimonials

They have 11 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s) – I also have experience looking after animals with special needs, such as dispensing medication (e.g. insulin injections, antibiotics, etc.). If a homeowner has multiple animals or animals with special needs, there may be a charge for my services/time.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 30 July 2018
Until: 31 December 2021

Occupation

Art history professor, editor, and writer

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

I have 10+ years of experience house and pet minding in the US, the UK, the EU and Canada. I enjoy stays in both the countryside and in cities. As I love animals, I prefer assignments that include caring for animals rather than basic house sits (although the latter are fine, too). For rural assignments, I ask for the use of a reliable vehicle in exchange for providing excellent care for clients' animals (including having transport should an animal require medical care). I have a New York State driver's license plus an excellent driving record.

My only other requirement is to have a strong, reliable wi-fi connection as my work (teaching online university courses, writing, and editing) is all remote/online.

Why they want to house sit

House and pet sitting provides me with an opportunity to experience life in other cultures and parts of the world. In particular, rural house sits provide me with the kind of quiet and tranquility that I appreciate so much as a contrast to my life in loud, large, and noisy New York City.

One of the wonderful benefits of house and pet sitting is that I have made wonderful new friends. My clients most often become good friends with whom I remain in touch and often house/pet sit for again in several instances. I regard their animals as lovely new friends as well and keep track of them (and miss them!) once we've parted ways.

I think I am a nomad by nature and house and pet sitting allows me to live a life that is less confining (for me).

Their experience

Yes! I have 10+ years of experience pet and house minding. In addition to being experienced, I love animals and thus enjoy tremendously getting to know new ones. I can provide a list of references in addition to the testimonials here. I don't provide a copy on this site as I want to respect my clients' privacy but am happy to email them to me at your request.

What can they bring to the assignment

I bring great enthusiasm for new experiences, reliability, a love for animals, a real sense of pleasure in learning new tasks and meeting new people. I am mature and not easily ruffled, so even crises - from ruptured water heaters to sick kittens - are not overwhelming. Clients always feel comfortable leaving their homes and loved ones in my capable hands and I'm proud to say that my clients are all dear friends now!

Available to house sit

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Middle East, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 30 July 2018
Until: 31 December 2021

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old

Testimonials

Wonderful Housesitter and Caregiver of Pets!

I have found Debra to be a wonderful and caring sitter for my group of cats (of different personalities). She has made an excellent and trustworthy house-sitter, and I would recommend her highly for anyone's household. Her experience in caring for animals was evident, for my cats appeared to be very relaxed and happy upon return. She was easy to keep in communication with, and I found her to be a lovely person to get to know. You will be in good hands with Debra! (I wish I could have her more often!)

Susan, United States, 04 October, 2018

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

Excellent pet sitter

Not only did Debra care for our cats and dog with love and dedication, she taught our dog to walk on the leash without pulling. We still thank Debra daily for this extra gift. She took good care of our home and communicated with us when issues arose.

sandra, United States, 06 August, 2018

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

Great Sitter

Debra was wonderful with our dog, Jasper. She took him to the dog park nearly every day she was with him, which he loved. We would definitely recommend her and we will be having her back!

Bobbie , United States, 30 July, 2018

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

I wish she would come back!

Debra makes my trips away, so easy. She is very low maintenance, very caring with my precious dogs, and a responsible driver of my car. She is excellent at keeping in touch if required, and the dogs wish she would come and live here. I would recommend her without hesitation but please leave her available to come back to Ireland! Oh, she is clean, honest, funny, smart and the locals liked her. Book her if you can (but not when I want her!)

Patricia, Ireland, 28 June, 2018

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

I couldn't ask for a better dogsitter!

I met Debra on Skype and I liked her immediately. When she arrived the dogs loved her, and the cat decided to sleep with her. I was sure that my beloved pets were in very good hands and I left with peace of mind. My home is in the countryside, not so easy to reach and to maintain, but Debra was organized and easy going, so everything worked fine. She is very friendly, I will keep in contact and maybe she will be back.

Marina, Italy, 05 January, 2018

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

I'm very happy to have found Debra on MindMyHouse. As my long-standing house sitter was unavailable, I was anxious about leaving my pets with someone I didn't know. Debra put me at ease at once. Her lovely demeanor, professionalism and flexibility stood out right away. Debra was kind and patient with my two rescue dogs, one of which is quite shy and takes a bit of time to warm up and sent regular updates. I highly recommend Debra and will be keeping her in mind for any future needs I may have.

Nadia, United States, 21 July, 2017

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

Thank you, Debra!

We were really pleased to have Debra in our home. She is wonderful around animals. Our Jack is a geriatric cat and Debra made sure to give him all the attention that he needed. She was also very patient with his very vocal personality! We really recommend Debra, she will treat your home and your pets as if they were her own. Thank you and a big hug from Scotland.

Luz, United Kingdom, 17 May, 2017

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

Came home to happy cats!

Debra flat and cat sat for us in London during April/May 2017. We came home to two very contented cats, both had put on weight, which is great! They seemed so contented which is something we have never had before when we have left them. The flat was immaculately clean and Debra had very kindly left a selection of fresh veg and fruit so we were able to make a meal. Throughout our trip Debra would send us emails letting us know how the boys were, and also some photos, which was extremely reassuring. Debra is great, simply cannot recommend her highly enough.

Charlotte , United Kingdom, 08 May, 2017

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

The Perfect pet sitter!

Debra was so easy to be around. She was flexible with dates which was really helpful, and if I could have kept her forever I would have. The dogs loved her and were well behaved and content when I got back.She drove my car and was careful with the house and open fires. I havent one negative thing to say. I hope she comes back for another dose of rural Irish life. We miss her.

`Patricia, Ireland, 15 April, 2017

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

The Perfect Petsitter. ^__^

Debra is a lovely lady, she will take a good care of your pets and your house. I felt really confident to let her in my house with my two cats. She literally saved my trip to Guadeloupe cause I put my ad at the last minute and she responded really quickly and made herself available. My cats were happy when I came back. They had a good time ;) I hope you'll have a chance to have her as your petsitter :)

Tricia, France, 30 January, 2017

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

Recommendation for Debra Thimmesch

Debra looked after our house on the outskirts of Paris for two weeks over the Christmas period, while we were abroad. She is obviously self-reliant and a very experienced house-sitter. We spent a day with her before we left and felt totally confident leaving the cats and the house in her hands. And we were right. She kept in touch while we were away and updated us on a regular basis. We came home to two very contented cats and a lovely clean and tidy house. We would 100% recommend Debra for caring for your pets looking after your house. William Long and Daisy Temple

William, France, 18 January, 2017

  • 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: 15 October 2018