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Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Goat(s), Farm animal(s) – https://youtu.be/1Pbcd17Gvsg
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From: 24 February 2022
Until: 17 April 2024
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We’re Lana and Frank. We believe you will come to know us not only as fun and adventurous, but also trustworthy, responsible and reliable.
16 ANIMALS AND VACATION TIME!
We know what to do and do it well so you can relax when you leave your pet family to us because we used to experience exactly what you go through when leaving our own four-legged family members behind. 3 horses, 5 pygmy goats, 1 dog, 3 cats, 3 bunnies and 1 baby doll sheep meant finding two special people who would love them and keep them safe as well as keeping our home as clean as they found it.
WE BELIEVE WE ARE THE CONSUMMATE PET LOVERS FOR THE JOB-
Owning a 200 acre (81 hectares) remote mountain farm a mile from the nearest neighbour and 35 minutes to the nearest town meant we absolutely needed to be self-sufficient, know how to handle emergencies, and be constantly vigilant to ensure our animals remained safe.
Whether saving Jack’s (border collie) life from a mountain lion attack or safely removing a large, thorny stick from deep in the throat of a choking, 430 kg. horse, our cool heads and first aid training always came through.
Tending gardens and apple orchards were part of everyday life. Our remote location meant repairing almost everything ourselves as well as sometimes doing our own construction.
IT WAS A TOUGH BUT GOOD DECISION -
Our pets were family and our decision to expand our lives and live in the Mediterranean was a difficult one but it has turned out to be right for us. Jack, our Border Collie, was already with our son and really it was only the horses that needed new homes. Luckily, I had an extensive network of horse friends and my babies are with families who love them as much as we do.
It has always been my and Frank’s dream to live in Europe, and the more we travelled, experienced different cultures and met wonderful people, the more compelled I was to make this happen. On our 20th year wedding anniversary, we spontaneously decided it was time. Within days after this decision, we began selling everything we owned in North Carolina and Key Largo, FL. Finally, we are living our dream. We spend six months in Capri, Italy intending to make it our home base, while also finding as many new and interesting adventures as we can along the way.
Both of us have a background as executives in health-related professions including integrative health clinics, a mountain health retreat facility and the phyto-pharmaceutical industry which demanded the highest standards of cleanliness and compliance.
LOVING OUR WORK NOW
Four years ago we both developed new careers based on our passions - Lana is a writer, designer and photographer. She is working on cataloguing her adventures with stories, videos and photos while also keeping up with her home design store.
Frank who started out as a professional musician at 16, is currently a full time composer for movies and jazz pianist. (www.middleseajazz.com)
The nature of our work provides the opportunity to do it anywhere on the planet.
LOVING OUR PLAY
We are very, very active and in excellent health. We are both sailors (Beneteau Oceanis 281) and believe sailing helped us develop a greater sense of situational awareness and contributed to understanding the need for good preparation. Frequent 10-12 km hikes, sea kayaking and tennis 2-3 times a week keep us young. T’ai Qi and Qi Gong serve our minds, bodies and spirits as a daily cultivation. Both of us have travelled extensively and explore in depth the areas we land. We drink wine in moderation and enjoy cooking. Neither of us has ever smoked.
We are sincere regarding our social responsibilities and have founded, and currently direct non-profit entities in the US and in Malta. www.caelumterra.org. We are currently working on a project that will provide free up to date information to the public, based on our research and vast experience in the field of Alcohol Use Disorder.
We are currently enjoying a slow exploration of Europe. We are very interested in returning to Rome as often as possible. Although, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are certainly in our sights for 2022, we are keeping our hearts and minds open to all unexpected opportunities. We are equally at home in big cities as well as quiet locations.
WHEN ARE WE AVAILABLE?
We are reliable candidates for short-notice assignments and consider all pet sitting dates. We live six months each in Capri, Italy and Malta and easily travel from either location.
We value pet sitting opportunities that lead to a growing friendship and do our best to initiate an open process that leads to the advantage for both parties to determine suitable merit.
We find it best to Whatsapp or Zoom and begin a conversation prior to either of us arriving at a decision. Follow up questions via email sometimes prove effective to a final determination.
An important consideration is trust in keeping the commitment. As soon as we are in agreement for the assignment and we purchase transportation tickets, we will send you a copy of the tickets and other travel arrangements. We ask that you respect our investment.
WE VIEW OUR PET SITTING ASSISGNMENTS AS THREE PARTS
#1 – GETTING OUR FURRY FIX WITH HANDS-ON LOVE FOR YOUR PETS
You never have to worry about your pets not getting enough care and love when you’re away. We really miss having pets in our life right now, so caring for yours helps fulfil our need to give squeezes and hugs.
#2 - ENSURING YOU REMAIN WORRY-FREE
We do our very best so you enjoy your time away from home and have learned that frequent reports of our activities with your pet family are an important part of maintaining your confidence.
#3 - Experiencing a local perspective.
For us, pet sitting allows us to experience the world from a bigger, but more intimate perspective. Living like a “native” in unexpected places allows us to experience a sense of community in other cultures that makes us more open, aware and helps keeps us young! Knowing what it’s really like to eat, sleep, speak and go to market in a different culture definitely nourishes our lives.
WE WERE ACCIDENTAL PET SITTERS FOR TWO DECADES
We are well-known for how well we cared for our 16 animals and many of our friends and relatives begged us to let them bring their pets to our farm estate when they travelled. This grew over several decades providing a lot of experience that has since proved useful and also provided excellent credibility when we began pet sitting in other people’s homes.
We began house sitting via online sources in 2019 and were chosen for assignments in France, UK, Singapore, Italy and Malta but, due to Covid restrictions, we were only able to travel for the UK assignment. Now we’re even more qualified and ready to begin pet sitting again.
WE BELIEVE WE ARE THE CONSUMMATE PET LOVERS FOR THE JOB
We have had every type of experience you can imagine. Owning a 216 acre (87 hectares) remote mountain farm a mile from the nearest neighbour and 35 minutes to the nearest town meant we absolutely needed to be self-sufficient, know how to handle emergencies, and be constantly vigilant to ensure our animals remained safe. Whether saving Jack’s (border collie) life from a mountain lion attack or safely removing a large, thorny stick from deep in the throat of a choking, 430 kg. horse, our cool heads and first aid training always came through.
Tending gardens and apple orchards were part of everyday life. Our remote location meant repairing almost everything ourselves as well as sometimes doing our own construction
We take pride in how we serve your needs and combine it with knowledge, experience and a great love of all animals.
See Our Video: https://youtu.be/1Pbcd17Gvsg
Croatia, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States
From: 24 February 2022
Until: 17 April 2024
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2019
Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 1
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