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From: 24 June 2020
Until: 1 January 2022
Technical Writer, Software Tutorial Production, Consulting
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For most of the past four years I've been sitting for 26 families through another website, but joined here as well to find sits in times of cancellations, and now the pandemic. Here is my profile from that site:
Describing myself is complicated because I'm an interesting person:
First, I am a non-smoking, educated, professional man. I am a warm soul, a lover of animals, a vegetarian in fact, and a good Shepard of what resources are in my care. You can trust me to take care of your home, plants, and creatures.
I grew up with dogs (several Cocker Spaniels, a tiny miniature Dachshund, and a huge Weimaraner, plus helped my father with his 4 German Shepherds) and gardens, on beautiful properties.
Starting in college, I adopted my own cat, Athena (a rescue), We shared 11 wonderful years. Sadly, she passed on, but the love remains.
I will make sure your loved ones are well cared for and would be happy to send you photo updates from my cell phone regularly.
Second, I am introverted at home, a writer, an inventor (with one patent so far), an entrepreneur, and I enjoy chipping in for the local parks and environmental efforts. I'm also a neat-nick and will keep my environment clean and orderly. I don't tend to have many guests, preferring to see people out and about. I'm a science and computer geek. My BS degree was in Environmental Health.
Right now I have made it through a career change after working from home in Alaska as a technical writer and problem solver for one software company client, for most of the time since 2003. Before that, I had multiple clients. Three years ago I decided to leave Alaska to live somewhere that was frozen less than 6 months a year.
My father is my main technical writing client at present, as I help with his real-time Foreign Exchange (FOREX) market data business. (Contact me for details). I've also begun work on a new book of my own. Helping my father at a discount is a good match to house sitting.
He keeps me busy working 40 to 50 hours a week, over the Internet, and I'm getting to explore the country as I decide where I might like to settle down more permanently. I also do occasional website development and other project management for clients on a per contract basis, when I have time.
House sitting is working for me for now, as I explore our country and see where I want to settle down after fifteen years living in Girdwood, Alaska, the ski town for Alaska. I'm also open to foreign placements and have a passport in good standing. I expect 2020 will be my final year of back to back house sitting, as our business is close to being sustainable, though I can see house sitting while on vacation as attractive.
Homeowners like and appreciate me, and they find me very attentive to their needs--as you can see in their own words if you read my (now 26) endorsements they've written on my profile. (Look on the left side of my profile and click "See More" to expand them all.)
An Albuquerque couple has had me for 5 repeat sits so far, from 3 weeks to 3 months each, as they are a couple enjoying their retirement and traveling often. I was invited back multiple times after spending 70 days the Winter before last, to care for a cat named Cinnamon and a beautiful home full of lovely plants and beautiful landscaping, in Albuquerque, NM. I was also there June 1 through August 28, the summer before last, three weeks last winter, and a similar period last summer, and for six weeks in the Autumn. And they've requested me again for the future.
Cinnamon is an in indoor/outdoor cat, so every day I made sure he is happy, fed, clean, eats his medicine, and enjoys lots of daily play time. In addition to checking the mail and giving the owners lists of all non-junk mail, I open and followed up on whatever they wanted to know more about, as I do for many of the families I help. I water the indoor plants and the yard, a daily task in New Mexico summer. And I care for three turtles in the side yard, giving them daily bits of cherry tomatoes, bananas, and whatever else they appreciate.
Two years ago they also adopted Harry, a brindle colored 9-year old rescue dog. Harry is big, at 72 pounds. He seems to be a pit-bull/retriever mix, but we are not sure. Either way, he added 3 happy walks a day to my schedule.
Starting their garaged car for a few minutes weekly is another one of my tasks, to keep the batteries charged and engine flowing. They added me to their auto insurance for one car while placing the insurance for the other one on "garaged" status--this way I can take care of errands and if necessary get their pets to the vet. The money they save by garaging one car was about equal to what adding me their policy cost, and my being able to get around is a real plus. I sold my own car when I flew out of Alaska year and have been flying from sit to sit, since.
My previous sits include the following: three months in a beautiful Victorian home in Evanston, Illinois, where I cared for two very furry Manx cats, Zuni and Auggie, as well as the house, and regular mail calls relayed through the internet. They also added me to the insurance for one car, and put the other car in garage status, allowing me to use their car for general shopping and errands.
The first summer I sat for a couple in West Palm Beach (Singer Island), I was caring for a lovely home, garden, and pool, keeping the house lived in and maintained to deter crime, and protected from any hurricanes that might happen. I also dealt with building inspectors, sent photos of mail, and scans when they asked me to open it, and other things upon request.
Since my Albuquerque sit with Cinnamon the cat, I did a quick 2 week sit in Tempe, Arizona (they gave me a wonderful endorsement here) for Mr. Bigglesworth the cat.
Then a 3 week sit in the Seattle (Renton), Washington area, for a small Terrier, named Toby last Autumn. They also had me back for another month the next February & March. Toby is now about 14 years old and loves teaching me his very particular ways. We enjoyed our time in-house, and our daily walks for 45 to 75 minutes or so, around his hilly neighborhood. Sometimes I drove him to parks in the region to share more exciting adventures.
After my first sit for Toby, I went on a sit scheduled for 2.5 weeks in Gig Harbor, WA but ending 9 days early as the homeowner injured his back and needed to return. Rosie was a wonderful (98 pound), large flat haired retriever, and Ole' the cat was huge and loving too. Because the homeowner returned ahead of schedule, I had a last minute challenge, solved by visiting a friend.
Next, I went on a 7 week sit in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, caring for a lovely little pair of dogs: Weber, a toy Chihuahua and Sparky, a Shiba-Inu/Chihuahua mix through early January 2017. It was a great sit and I'm likely to return next year.
After my first sit for Toby the Terrier in Renton, WA for a month, that couple then recommended me to their friends in Covington, WA, where I cared for Penelope, a very large indoor/outdoor cat through the end of March. They've also invited me back.
This happened again, with one sit leading to another. In April and May of last year, I cared for Sammy the cat, in Ashland, Oregon (a beautiful, pedestrian friendly town with a 10 month long Shakespearean Festival). While I was there, their next door neighbor got to know me, and after I left, she invited me to care for her own cat for a month in September.
I've been updating this profile on and off since I began. Now it's at the point where detailing every sit seems excessive. But if you have any questions, I'm glad to expand the list for you.
Instead of speaking for myself, though, I suggest you simply look at what the families have written about me, about my care for their homes, beloved pets, cars, yards, pools, and plants. I do my best to treat every household as I'd want my own home to be treated, were the roles reversed.
Update, November, 2018: Now I'm a two month sit in a lovely home in Daytona Beach, FL caring for three little dogs, 2 cats, and 3 fish tanks.
Update: Currently, on a sit with Mirabelle the cat in Portland, Oregon, with three more sits scheduled.
Update: Currently on a repeat for two dogs sit in Camano Island, Washington, with three other sits scheduled in Washington and Oregon through early December.
Update: Currently on a near 4 week sit in West Friendship, Maryland. Heading next to a 4 1/2 month sit in Libertyville, IL.
Latest Update: Currently in the middle of my Libertyville, IL sit caring for Cosmo the Macaw, plus Tiggy and Shadow, two elder cats. This was to be followed by a sit in Asheville, NC, then another in Saint Thomas, VI, but both have not committed due to the COVID-19 crisis. So, I'm next available in starting June 24th, 2020.
My references are excellent. There are currently 26 great endorsements on my profile. Scroll back to the top, and look on the left side as you scroll down. You may have to click "See More" and "more" to expand and read all 26 endorsements.
"He gave us great peace of mind, while we were traveling through Europe," is a quote from Florida clients. All of these homeowners will be willing to talk with you. You should be able to see their endorsements on my profile here.
I really appreciate having a clean, safe place to stay while I concentrate on work, writing and exploring various communities. A beautiful place, with the Internet, enables me to concentrate and do all the various office things required to develop my business. Being in a clean space leads to more ordered work.
I need to work 6 to 10 hours a day at my computer and use the internet and my cell phone interacting with people around the country. Most of that I would do from the location of my sit, though I also like to do some work at cafes so I see live humans.
Walking, biking, canoeing, and other active outdoor things appeal to me. Dogs that need walking are ideal clients, because I love walking with company, and it helps me clear my head and center my work several times a day. I'm even more of a cat lover. As to the rest, I also appreciate birds, and most other kinds of animals, and have cared for a variety from Parrots to Gold Fish, from Rabbits to Turtles. I'm also quite happy to simply tend a garden and home without pets, as I did on Singer Island, Florida. It's been a while since I had a pet free sit...but I am sure I could appreciate that too.
My last rental was for eleven years, from a landlady who was out of state 9 of 12 months per year, typically. I managed her several properties for her during much of those 11 years, taking care of writing leases, renting to tenants, and managing contractors as necessary for repairs. She is elderly now, but more than happy to provide a wonderful reference.
My family was in the home building field for three generations, and I can draw on their skills for planning and managing any needed repairs and renovations.
Write to me for a link to see my resume on LinkedIn.
It's been fun exploring our beautiful country after fifteen years of living in Alaska!
Hopefully you will see having me as a caretaker for your home and loved ones as a win/win/win/win situation, where not only do you get an excellent house sitter, but you also help me make a positive difference for my father, and hopefully for the world as I work on his projects, and here and there on my new book. ...and if you have plants and pets, they win too, as they are loved and well cared for.
Feel free to ask any questions.
Longer sits are preferred.
-- Naturally (While Not Obligatory) Tips are Customary and Very Appreciated -- When I care for your home, I offer my attention, experience, and effort. If you return happy for it, please consider what that is worth to you. Often the alternative is paying an agency or sitting service up front to visit your home a couple times a day, or kenneling your pets. Having a good sitter makes life better for your pets, provides better protection for your home and gardens. Sharing a good tip makes it a true win-win. I give extra, so you may feel my service is a bargain, and you may enjoy a true vacation, or at least an easier trip. Your tips to me, help cover my out of pocket travel to get to your place, and move on to help the next family. And if they are big tips, then they cover something fun for me, like seeing a show, visiting a doctor, or taking a few days off.
My 26 written endorsements from other families I've helped here, attest to this work ethic, and satisfactions delivered.
If you can't afford to tip, please, have no worries, as I'll understand. You can still write me an awesome endorsement!
Note 2: Not to judge anyone for their own choices, however, I won't sit for tobacco smoking households.
It's very important to me not to be in a place where the tenants have been smoking tobacco inside, or even by the patio doors. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to remove the tobacco taint, and I'm simply not compatible with it. Please respect this is a critical requirement for me to help you. Thank you for understanding.
It allows me to see the country after 15 years living in Alaska, and it allows me to work for my father's software startup at a lower wage while we strive to become profitable.
Yes, I've been sitting back to back for around 4 years now. I have 26 wonderful written endorsements from the families I've helped so far. Several families have had me back, with one family having me back five times so far.
I've cared for dozens of dogs, dozens of cats, and a variety of other beautiful beings, with a variety of needs. Thankfully, I have good friends who also care for myriad animals, so I'm able to tap their experiences too.
Loving care for your pets, plants and home. Decades of experience with responsibility since earning my own science degree. An attitude to always seek the best solutions for all involved. Very clear communication and listening skills. Respect for your property, priorities, and perspective.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
From: 24 June 2020
Until: 1 January 2022
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2019
Age: 46-55 years old
Total completed house sits: 0
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