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Experienced, Trustworthy House Sitter and Animal Lover

United States

Testimonials

They have 16 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Tortoise/Turtle(s), Rodent(s) – I also have experience looking after animals with special needs such as medication and other medical interventions. For services beyond the usual, I tend to ask for compensation.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 23 October 2022
Until: 31 March 2023
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Art history professor, editor, and writer

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

I have 15+ years of experience house and pet minding in the US and abroad. I enjoy stays in both the countryside and 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 outside of the U.S, I request the use of a reliable vehicle in exchange for providing excellent care for homes and animals (including having the ability to take animals to the vet, if necessary). I have a valid driver's license (US), an excellent driving record, and auto insurance. As I work remotely (I'm an art historian; I tutor and mentor undergrad and grad students, write about art, travel, and cuisine, and am an editor), I require a reliable, consistent wi-fi connection.

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. I do enjoy city house/pet sits, too. I like contrast!

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 15+ 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 available here on MMH.

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 most of my clients are dear friends now!

Available to house sit

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

Availability dates

From: 23 October 2022
Until: 31 March 2023

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
1 June 2022 to 23 October 2022

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 15

Testimonials

Cala’s best friend!

Right from the start, Debra was an absolute delight! Our dog adored her from the get-go. She arrived a few days ahead of our travels so that we could show her around the area & introduce her to some friends & neighbours - all of whom were equally enchanted with her friendliness & outgoing nature. She had bonded so well with our elderly “Sprolly” (Springer/Collie mix, called Cala) that when we returned home & after Debra had left, Cala would still be looking for her! What better recommendation could there be. We shall definitely have Debra back again & she has promised to return!

Maureen, Ireland, 22 February, 2022

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

Debra has cared for my cats, home and yard for the past two summers (May-Sept) 2020 and 2021. And I hope she comes back every summer! Debra always leaves the house exactly as I left it....what a relief! She has a knack for gardening and a penchant for cleanliness and order. My cats adore her and somehow seem even more well adapted and loved on when I return every fall. Debra is quick to keep in contact according to necessity or your desired level of communication. And above all she is a good and fun person to know. I absolutely recommend Debra to take good care of things for you in your absence.

Debi, United States, 04 October, 2021

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

Highly recommend

Debra proved herself to be reliable, kind and great with our small dog. She kept in contact with us during our trip and left the house in perfect condition when she left. She is a kind woman that I would gladly have her again in our home.

Justice, Italy, 27 January, 2020

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

Debra and our kitties: a love story

Debra recently stayed at our place for a little over a month as we travelled overseas. From the beginning, I had a really good feeling about her as we communicated and organized the house sit. Boy am I glad I trusted my instinct! We have 3 cats with unique personalities and one of them is quite picky in terms of who she is willing to trust. Therefore, we really need to make sure that the person who is going to stay with them knows how to deal with pets that are more anxious. Right when Debra arrived at our place, we knew we had made the right choice and that the kitties were in good hands! I could tell our wary Lily would definitely warm up to her and that the other cats would get all the loving they need (lots of it). We left without a worry in the world, knowing that our cats and our home would be well taken care of! While we were gone, we got regular updates and adorable pictures of our three feline friends. The chemistry was obvious and we saw how happy our cats were with such a lovely mama to take care of them. Next time we travel, we will definitely be contacting Debra again!

Lea Noemie, Canada, 04 November, 2019

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

Debra

Debra looked after our house and pets while we were away for several weeks at the beginning of the year. She provided exemplary care of our pets and home. Excellent communications prior to and during our trip. She clearly works hard to justify her excellent references, and is very experienced and highly capable.

John & Jane, Ireland, 09 August, 2019

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

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.

Stephen, 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: 1 June 2022