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Reliable, Mature House Sitter - Loves to Take Care for Pets and Gardens

Canada

Testimonials

They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s) – Great dog walker and I attended dog training classes - please see also my reviews and references

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 19 December 2022
Until: 18 March 2023
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Writer

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Greetings from Doris : )
I love taking care for pets: cats and dogs, gardening, and quiet places. I treat other people's homes like my own: keeping it tidy, being responsible and reliable, and caring for animals - both cats and walking dogs.
House-sitting can be any time from 2 weeks to 6 months, preferable in Canada, Japan, Argentina, Europe, or the USA.
I am a passionate traveler - North America and Europe mostly. Since I retired I have had time to read, write and enjoy gardening and quiet life.
I am taking care of pets and houses now for more than ten years and stay constantly in touch with email reports about the well-being of the pets.
Please see the reviews below.
If you are looking for a mature, responsible house and pet sitter, drop me a line!
Looking forward to meeting you.
Doris
REVIEWS
 I can't say enough about our excellent experience with Doris as our house sitter. Not only did she maintain excellent communication, both before, during and after our trip, but she also provided a wealth of information to help me with my future small business. Our animals received excellent care and were truly sad when she left. She welcomed us home with a much-needed snack and meals for the next two days! What a gem!
 House care *****
 Garden care *****
 Pet care *****
 Communication *****
 
BARBARA ( Ontario, Sep 2021 - 4 weeks)

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We were so fortunate to get Doris-Maria to pet sit and house sit for us this fall & winter! Even though our plans changed a bit, and hers changed a lot, it worked out perfectly for both of us! She is a fantastic pet caretaker - we have a 2-year-old German Shepherd cross that needed a lot of exercise and attention, and she had it covered! He never had it so good! Doris-Maria has taken care of our home better than we do, everything was clean, fridge stocked, pantry organized, and ready, for our return. She was diligent to keep in touch via email and let us know how things were going back home. I would not hesitate to have her pet sit, and house sits for us again, nor would I hesitate to heartily recommend her to anyone with or without dogs to look after. Thank you, friend, Doris-Maria!
 House care *****
 Garden care *****
 Pet care *****
 Communication *****
 
DAVID (Mackenzie Towne SE) , Oct 2020 - 6 months)
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We were so happy to have Doris-Maria take care of our house and our three cats. We could spend 5 totally carefree weeks on holidays and on coming back we found a wonderfully organised house, three happy cats who quite visibly adored her. Doris-Maria quickly found her way around the house and in the city, she is such an interesting person to exchange with and she finds solutions whenever there is an unusual situation.
We very warmly recommend her for both house sitting and pet sitting !
Organised *****
Reliable *****
Self-sufficient *****
Tidy *****
Pet care *****

ULRIKE Ulrike & Klaus - Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
21 Jul - 3 Aug 2021

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Suzanne - Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
1 - 15 Feb 2022
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Doris-Maria left my house sparkling clean and even replaced some food items that had aged-out while I was away, so I have fresh milk and eggs. She seems very kind and caring. My cat was quite unfriendly to her, alas, only deigning to let her pet him a couple of times. I don't know how to convince him that his life would be better if he wasn't so snooty! My only issue with Doris-Maria is that she doesn't have a phone -- she communicates only via email - and replies right away.
Organised *****
Reliable *****
Self-sufficient *****
Tidy *****
Pet care *****

Received | Feb 17, 2022

Why they want to house sit

I adore animals! Both dogs and cats! And I lost my dog 'Bentley', travel buddy of sixteen years. Now I am taking care of other people's pets and houses. And I am an avid gardener. All combined - plus being totally independent timewise, tidy, and reliable - I would be the perfect house sitter for your pets and your home.

Their experience

Oh, yes, I am very experienced, not only from having my dog and cat for 16 years. I did last year a 6-month house & dog sit in Calgary, then cared 5 weeks for 3 cats in Brussels, and during the last summers, I house-sat (including garden care) in Ottawa, ON. See the pdf photo referral. In Fall I took care in fall for three dogs in Brockville, ON, and this winter for a cat in Santa Fe, and then three weeks for an adorable dog in Geneva, NY. I received five-star reviews for these house-sits - however through a different agency. See the reviews below.

During the last years, I also took care of friends' and relatives' gardens, houses, pets, and their mail. When I traveled in the past to the US to stay there over the winter, I rented places where the owners sometimes were not present for weeks or months at a time.

REVIEWS FROM FORMER HOUSE SITS:

https://www.housesitterscanada.com/house-sitter-pet-sitter/pet-garden-lover#reviews

I can't say enough about our excellent experience with Doris as our house sitter. Not only did she maintain excellent communication, both before, during and after our trip, but she also provided a wealth of information to help me with my future small business. Our animals received excellent care and were truly sad when she left. She welcomed us home with a much-needed snack and meals for the next two days! What a gem!
 House care *****
 Garden care *****
 Pet care *****
 Communication *****
 
BARBARA ( Ontario, Sep 2021 - 4 weeks)

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 We were so fortunate to get Doris-Maria to pet sit and house sit for us this fall & winter! Even though our plans changed a bit, and hers changed a lot, it worked out perfectly for both of us! She is a fantastic pet caretaker - we have a 2-year-old German Shepherd cross that needed a lot of exercise and attention, and she had it covered! He never had it so good! Doris-Maria has taken care of our home better than we do, everything was clean, fridge stocked, pantry organized, and ready, for our return. She was diligent to keep in touch via email and let us know how things were going back home. I would not hesitate to have her pet sit, and house sits for us again, nor would I hesitate to heartily recommend her to anyone with or without dogs to look after. Thank you, friend, Doris-Maria!
 House care *****
 Garden care *****
 Pet care *****
 Communication *****
 
DAVID (Mackenzie Towne SE) , Oct 2020 - 6 months)
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Suzanne - Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
1 - 15 Feb 2022
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Doris-Maria left my house sparkling clean and even replaced some food items that had aged-out while I was away, so I have fresh milk and eggs. She seems very kind and caring. My cat was quite unfriendly to her, alas, only deigning to let her pet him a couple of times. I don't know how to convince him that his life would be better if he wasn't so snooty! My only issue with Doris-Maria is that she doesn't have a phone -- she communicates only via email, and replies right away, but I would encourage her to consider getting a cellphone.
Organised *****
Reliable *****
Self-sufficient *****
Tidy *****
Pet care *****

Received | Feb 17, 2022
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We were so happy to have Doris-Maria take care of our house and our three cats. We could spend 5 totally carefree weeks on holidays and on coming back we found a wonderfully organized house, three happy cats who quite visibly adored her. Doris-Maria quickly found her way around the house and in the city, she is such an interesting person to exchange with and she finds solutions whenever there is an unusual situation.
We very warmly recommend her for both house sitting and pet sitting !
Organized *****
Reliable *****
Self-sufficient *****
Tidy *****
Pet care *****

ULRIKE Ulrike & Klaus - Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
21 Jul - 3 Aug 2021
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What can they bring to the assignment

- Love for and knowledge of animals
- Being reliable, tidy, honest, and dependable
- I report about the well-being of your pets regularly by email
- I am an almost 'professional' gardener
- Want to know more about me? Check me out on Google, just type in my full name: 'Doris-Maria Heilmann' and see what comes up : )

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 19 December 2022
Until: 18 March 2023

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
20 December 2022 to 22 March 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2020

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 2

Testimonials

Happy Dogs and Home with Doris!

We went away with the knowledge that our senior dog often gets depressed and stops eating after some time with a house sitter. Well - not with Doris. He was happy to see us, but then went running to Doris for breakfast, as if to say, "Hi Mom, nice to see you, but Doris is my girl!" It made us so happy to see how well cared for our dogs and home were. She must've thrown the ball for our ball-obsessed young dog a 100 times a day!! He loved it. She also took them individually on two walks a day - they were in heaven!! When your animals are well-cared for you couldn't ask for anything more! Though we couldn't ask for more, with Doris, you sure get more! You couldn't tell she was in our home, it was so tidy. She lovingly cared for our garden and houseplants, bring some sad looking ones back to life and instructing us on how to best care for them. And she cooked us an amazing meal of Wiener Schnitzel!! The best part, though, was how she teared up leaving my dogs. They were loved and the absolutely loved her - and that truly was the best part of having Doris stay! We wouldn't hesitate to have Doris back, in fact, we hope to co-ordinate more trips around her availability when possible! If you are looking for someone to care for your animals better than you do and someone with a heart-of-gold, you have found her in Doris!

Nicole, Canada, 19 July, 2022

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

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Last updated: 19 December 2022