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30 Yrs Experience: Love Goes Round and Round, Responsibly..and Happiness spreads~

United States

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Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – I've been taking care of animals, both pets and farm animals, for my entire life, with enthusiasm and joy!

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Availability

From: 31 January 2024
Until: 9 November 2025

Occupation

Housesitter/Writer/Servant Leader

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About this sitter

I am Heidi...I am first. a caregiver for animals. During this current stint of housesitting, I have been non-stop caring for animals since May of 2019. Traveling from Massachussets to DC to Oregon, California and then to England, Spain, France and Ireland, all during 2020.

Lockdown in England when I didn't know where I would be staying, became a wonderful escape on an island on the south coast, with a couple for whom I had potentially been planning a sit. They called to offer their third floor, previously home to International exchange students, now vacant because of the pandemic. I was blessed to get that offer! I helped support them with their three dogs for four months, until I could get a new housesit in Spain!

Lucky me! So Blessed and SO GRATEFUL!

Caring for the beloved home and animal companions of homeowners around the world is among my chief joys and most fulfilling pursuits in life.

I take paid housesits when they are offered, and when I am sitting without pay, I work as a writer and a general creative, drawing a modest income that affords travel between sits and a light budget for provisions while for the duration of each housesit.

Why they want to house sit

Having begun housesitting back in 1993, I’ve long wanted to live the full time life of a digital nomad/travel writer & housesitter....
And recently Life changed for me. My closest companion of the last 14 years, Shadow, had to be put down on the Fourth of July.

Shadow was as loyal as a dog, but lived in the body of a feisty feline. He came to me at two years old when the couple who'd raised him feared his agressive need for attention might end up causing an issue with their coming baby.

I could never comprehend that behavior in humans, but as I got to know Shadow, I began to see that they might have been right. It became a regular ritual of ownership, his over me, of course, that each day or two he'd have to climb up to my shoulders and lick my ears. Claim me. Make sure I know that I am his. And, presumably, let all other males in my vicinity know that this person belongs to him.

SHadow was with me through thick and thin, including through and beyond Hurricane Katrina. We moved a total of 21 times in the 14 short years we shared, most of them coming in the recovery time after the storm, when nothing was secure.

Not to go on too long here, as you can imagine, caring for animals would relieve my deep (shockingly so) sense of loss and loneliness for Shadow. Cats, of course, and prior to Shadow's coming I would have claimed that I was a Dog Person. Now, I think, I would call myself simply an Animal Person.

Their experience

I have been housesitting for more than 30 years...and straight through non-stop since August of 2019. Across the US and Europe, and all during the pandemic, when I was in England.

Lockdown I was blessed to be invited by a family with whom I had connected about housesitting in the previous months...they reached out to see where I would go for Lockdown. They invited me to come spend lockdown in their third floor since the international Student Exchange program was suspended, obviously, for the pandemic.

I accepted the generous offer and was blessed to have a BEAUTIFUL place to be during FOUR MONTHS of Lockdown in the UK.

Entering the fourth month and the worst of lockdown ending, I flew to Spain and then to a housesit in the South of France and in the Alps, as well, for 2 months. I didn't realize just how BLESSED I WAS to spend lockdown on a beautiful and quiet Island on the south coast of England. SO blessed.

Here are some REVIEWS of my housesitting:

Here is one off of the Nomador.com website, for a two-week sit in Bourgogne France: (Translated from French)

1st Nomador experience for us, we met Heidi, a wonderful woman, full of love and respect.
We left with confidence, Heidi sent us news of our 2 dogs very regularly, photos and videos.
Heidi took care of our dogs with great love, and our dogs gave her back well. We found our dogs in great shape, physical and psychological, Heidi was able to meet all their needs.
We are so happy to have this experience and to have met Heidi. Heidi is an exceptional person, whom I can only advise you to meet, to know.
She is caring, caring, respectful and loving.
Thank you so much !!!!!
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Since 1993 I have had house-sitting gigs around the globe, including a beautiful condo in Tai Tam, Hong Kong for a realtor friend in the city...I cared for his pampered kitties who were absolutely adorable...as well as homes in New Orleans, one with a wonderful Bouvier des Flandres dog for the headmaster at Trinity School and his wife as well as another for a couple who have long been friends of mine.

I've also lived as a housesitter aboard a houseboat in Sausalito on a three-year housesit, taking care of my friend, Puff the Magic Cat. I also managed the rental on the back of the houseboat.

I took care of house and Dogsitting for Lucky the hound dog in Mill Valley, Ca on two occasions! What a pleasure Lucky dog was...he was up there in years but BOY! did he LOVE taking a drive in the SUV and going up Tam mountain for a run-around!!

After a Young life as a horseback riding instructor across the US, and a stallion carer, colts wrangler and groom at Live Oak Arabians in Baton Rouge, La. in 2008 I helped take care of an Appaloosa Horse Farm in Natchitoches, giving the horses their proper feed and medication while the owner and his wife took their lead mare to a show in Texas

With my background in horses through professional experience, I am happy to care for my equine friends and quite good with them! (even if I do say so myself)

Besides everything I’ve entered above, Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, Chickens, Gerbils, hamsters, pigs, calves and cattle and B&B Guests! ..I've pretty much taken care of them all at one time or another and would LOVE to give your guests, be they four or two-legged animals the love they deserve while you are away!

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REVIEWS FROM HousesittersAmerica dot com:

1. “Heidi was a dream come true. I couldn't have been happier. She sent regular videos and really bonded with my special needs dogs. She even got her a new toy! The house was in great shape when we got home. I would have her back anytime and if you are lucky you will get her to take incredible care of your home too.”
DEBORAH ( Washington, Nov 2019)

2. “Heidi house sat for us while we were out of the country. She took care of 20 animals while we away and when we came back they were all in love with her!! Heidi is a kind, warm person with an amazingly open heart and spirit. She is truly a joy. My husband, Jason, and I would highly recommend her to care for your home and animals.“
TRACY ( Washington, Oct 2019)

3. “Heidi was a wonderful house sitter and was EXCELLENT with our dog and 2 cats. She was excellent at communicating and keeping us up to date with the the lives of our pets. She is a lovely positive person and I whole heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for someone to care for their animals and home.”
THOMAS ( Maryland, Aug 2019)

What can they bring to the assignment

(CALIFORNIA HOUSESIT, Fall 2021):
Rating: 5.0 Heidi was a fantastic house sitter. She sat at our house in Socal for 2 weeks and took really good care of our boys (dogs 2) and our house. She communicated quite often and sent of video clips of you boys daily. We couldn't be happier and strongly recommend her for your sitting needs. We'd surely hire her again.
House care Garden care Pet care Communication

JEFF ( California, Sep 2021 - 2 weeks)

(Nomador.com Housesitting Website - Sept 2020) FROM BOURGOGNE, FRANCE (translated from the native French)

“1st Nomador experience for us, we met Heidi, a wonderful woman, full of love and respect.
We left with confidence, Heidi sent us news of our 2 dogs very regularly, photos and videos.
Heidi took care of our dogs with great love, and our dogs gave her back well. We found our dogs in great shape, physical and psychological, Heidi was able to meet all their needs.
We are so happy to have this experience and to have met Heidi. Heidi is an exceptional person, whom I can only advise you to meet, to know.
She is caring, caring, respectful and loving.
Thank you so much !!!!!”
[End of Final Review post-lockdown from France]

Dear TrustedHOMEOWNERS
I have been a STELLAR sitter, receiving five star reviews and radiant references on here and over other sites, as well as via word-of-mouth, for the Thirty plus years I've been a housesitter.

NOTE: I have been in EUROPE since 5 December 2019
LONG BEFORE the COVID19 pandemic - I spent Lockdown on an island far from any large cities. Four months.
AUGUST 2 update: not sure where my previous bio disappeared to or why, here it is back! Whew!

JULY 12, 2019 UPDATE

Life has changed for me, as of the Fourth of July 2019 when My closest companion of the last 14 years, Shadow, had to be put down.

Shadow was as loyal as a dog, but lived in the body of a feisty feline. He came to me at two years old when the couple who'd raised him feared his agressive need for attention might end up causing an issue with their coming baby.

I could never comprehend that behavior in humans, but as I got to know Shadow, I began to see that they might have been right. It became a regular ritual of ownership, his over me, of course, that each day or two he'd have to climb up to my shoulders and lick my ears. Claim me. Make sure I know that I am his. And, presumably, let all other males in my vicinity know that this person belongs to him.

SHadow was with me through thick and thin, including through and beyond Hurricane Katrina. We moved a total of 21 times in the 14 short years we shared, most of them coming in the recovery time after the storm, when nothing was secure.

Not to go on too long here, as you can imagine, caring for your beloved friend animals would relieve my deep (shockingly so) sense of loss and loneliness for Shadow. Cats, of course, and prior to Shadow's coming I would have claimed that I was a Dog Person. Now, I think, I would call myself simply an Animal Person.

It occurs to me, remembering happier times, that My Recovery would be aided by a setting that fosters my writing, as well. I am hoping to find a place where I might be inspired to just write and write and work and write some more.

If I were driven by a sense of purpose, to serve the homeowner, and to be driven to provide love, especially, for a home or for animals or for both...I would find succor and fulfillment

. I love dogs, all sizes (I used to also exclusively love ONLY BIG DOGS...but no longer! Now, I've been a caregiver for Chihuahuas and Malteses, Shih Tzus and Poms...along with the usual suspects, Golden Retrievers, Bloodhounds, Great Danes, Black Labradors, Bouvier des Flandres, Saint Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds, Standard Poodles, Irish Water Spaniels and Giant Schnauzers.

I"ve also worked quite a bit with horses. I worked at a leading Arabian Horse Farm in Louisiana in the 90s, where I was in charge of halter-breaking all of the colts as well as feeding, walking and exercising two stud stallions and two mares.

Throughout the 80s, 90s and beyond I have, at times, worked as a Western seat riding instructor, wrangler, trail guide and farrier, so you could say I'm fairly comfortable with the equine species.

I’ve encountered some injuries which prevent me doing an enormous amount of physical work, but I can quite capably care for two or three ponies or horses, as long as there isn’t a lot of muddy paddock or heavy wet straw for me to poo-pick.

I've had as my own or lived in close proximity with guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters and mice, ducks, chickens, geese, snakes, parrots, cockatoos, cockatiels, parakeets, ferrets, goats, sheep, and cattle.

Outside of having my own lovely amazing creatures, I've often cared for those belonging to many others, as listed above. My radius expands always, to include these creatures in my loving embrace and care.

I would be deeply honored should you choose me to care for your beloved creatures, and my heart would beat so gladly to be chosen from among many great potential carers, to be yours.
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Hello and thank you for taking a peek at my brand new profile!

I'm Heidi and I am SO GRATEFUL to have lived a wildly varied life of great adventure! I have crossed the Atlantic on a 66ft sailboat through a tropical depression! I have lived in the Azores and Hong Kong, The Caribbean and a number of cities in the US. I LOVE people and I love to travel.

Teaching Laughter Yoga to hundreds of people has brought me the greatest joy, as yet, though! And I plan to incorporate that with all the modalities of personal development that I have studied in my 'wildly varied' life!

Caring for and teaching Laughter Yoga and other activities to the elderly has brought me some of the deepest fulfilment of my life.

Teaching horseback riding to Girl Scouts in Texas and Louisiana and to a mixed income camp comprised of upper class Manhattan children and inner-city Kids at a Camp in Maine are among the most delightful and fulfilling work with children that I have done.

I have had house-sitting gigs around the globe, including a beautiful condo in Tai Tam, Hong Kong for a realtor friend in the city...I cared for his pampered kitties who were absolutely adorable...as well as homes in New Orleans, one with a wonderful Bouvier des Flandres dog for the headmaster at Trinity School and his wife as well as another for a couple who have long been friends of mine.

I've also lived aboard a houseboat in Sausalito on a three-year housesit, taking care of my friend, Puff the Magic Cat for some old friends. I also managed the rental on the back of the houseboat.

I took care of house and Dogsitting for Lucky the hound dog in Mill Valley, Ca on two occasions! What a pleasure Lucky dog was...he was up there in years but BOY! did he LOVE taking a drive in the SUV and going up Tam mountain for a run-around!!

I also took care of an Appaloosa Horse Farm in Natchitoches, giving the horses their proper feed and medication while the owner and his wife took their lead mare to a show in Texas

With my background in horses through professional experience, I am happy to care for my equine friends and quite good with them! (even if I do say so myself)

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, Chickens, Gerbils, hamsters, pigs, calves and cattle and B&B Guests! ..I've pretty much taken care of them all at one time or another and would LOVE to give your guests, be they four or two-legged animals the love they deserve while you are away!

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, Chickens, Gerbils, hamsters, pigs, calves and cattle AND, wonderful B&B Guests! ..I've pretty much taken care of them all at one time or another and would LOVE to give your guests, be they four or two-legged animals the love they deserve while you are away!

AS an innkeeper and an activity director, as a teacher and a coach, as a Laughter Yogi...the one thing that drives them all for me is a strong sense of purpose....Service. Bringing love to bear in the pursuit of connection, blossoming relationship and engagement/enthrallment with life for everyone.

JULY 12, 2019 UPDATE
(Links to Testimonials follows)
Life has changed for me, as of 8 days ago.. My closest companion of the last 14 years, Shadow, had to be put down on the Fourth of July.

Shadow was as loyal as a dog, but lived in the body of a feisty feline. He came to me at two years old when the couple who'd raised him feared his agressive need for attention might end up causing an issue with their coming baby.

I could never comprehend that behavior in humans, but as I got to know Shadow, I began to see that they might have been right. It became a regular ritual of ownership, his over me, of course, that each day or two he'd have to climb up to my shoulders and lick my ears. Claim me. Make sure I know that I am his. And, presumably, let all other males in my vicinity know that this person belongs to him.

SHadow was with me through thick and thin, including through and beyond Hurricane Katrina. We moved a total of 21 times in the 14 short years we shared, most of them coming in the recovery time after the storm, when nothing was secure.

Not to go on too long here, as you can imagine, caring for animals would relieve my deep (shockingly so) sense of loss and loneliness for Shadow. Cats, of course, and prior to Shadow's coming I would have claimed that I was a Dog Person. Now, I think, I would call myself simply an Animal Person.

I love dogs, all sizes (I used to also exclusively love ONLY BIG DOGS...but no longer! Now, I've been a caregiver for Chihuahuas and Malteses, Shih Tzus and Poms...along with the usual suspects, Golden Retrievers, Bloodhounds, Great Danes, Black Labradors, Bouvier des Flandres, Saint Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds, Standard Poodles, Irish Water Spaniels and Giant Schnauzers.

I"ve also worked quite a bit with horses. I worked at a leading Arabian Horse Farm in Louisiana in the 90s, where I was in charge of halter-breaking all of the colts as well as feeding, walking and exercising two stud stallions and two mares.

Throughout the 80s, 90s and beyond I have, at times, worked as a Western seat riding instructor, wrangler, trail guide and farrier, so you could say I'm fairly comfortable with the equine species.

I've had as my own or lived in close proximity with guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters and mice, ducks, chickens, geese, snakes, parrots, cockatoos, cockatiels, parakeets, ferrets, goats, sheep, and cattle.

Outside of having my own lovely amazing creatures, I've often cared for those belonging to many others, as listed above. My radius expands always, to include these creatures in my loving embrace and care.

I would be deeply honored should you choose me to care for your beloved creatures, and my heart would beat so gladly to be chosen from among many great potential carers, to be yours.

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Hello and thank you for taking a peek at my brand new profile!

I'm Heidi and I am SO GRATEFUL to have lived a wildly varied life of great adventure! I have crossed the Atlantic on a 66ft sailboat through a tropical depression! I have lived in the Azores and Hong Kong, The Caribbean and a number of cities in the US. I LOVE people and I love to travel.

Teaching Laughter Yoga to hundreds of people has brought me the greatest joy, as yet, though! And I plan to incorporate that with all the modalities of personal development that I have studied in my 'wildly varied' life!

Caring for and teaching Laughter Yoga and other activities to the elderly has brought me some of the deepest fulfilment of my life.

Teaching horseback riding to Girl Scouts in Texas and Louisiana and to a mixed income camp comprised of upper class Manhattan children and inner-city Kids at a Camp in Maine are among the most delightful and fulfilling work with children that I have done.

I have had house-sitting gigs around the globe, including a beautiful condo in Tai Tam, Hong Kong for a realtor friend in the city...I cared for his pampered kitties who were absolutely adorable...as well as homes in New Orleans, one with a wonderful Bouvier des Flandres dog for the headmaster at Trinity School and his wife as well as another for a couple who have long been friends of mine.

I've also lived aboard a houseboat in Sausalito on a three-year housesit, taking care of my friend, Puff the Magic Cat for some old friends. I also managed the rental on the back of the houseboat.

I took care of house and Dogsitting for Lucky the hound dog in Mill Valley, Ca on two occasions! What a pleasure Lucky dog was...he was up there in years but BOY! did he LOVE taking a drive in the SUV and going up Tam mountain for a run-around!!

I also took care of an Appaloosa Horse Farm in Natchitoches, giving the horses their proper feed and medication while the owner and his wife took their lead mare to a show in Texas

With my background in horses through professional experience, I am happy to care for my equine friends and quite good with them! (even if I do say so myself)

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, Chickens, Gerbils, hamsters, pigs, calves and cattle and B&B Guests! ..I've pretty much taken care of them all at one time or another and would LOVE to give your guests, be they four or two-legged animals the love they deserve while you are away!

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, 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, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 31 January 2024
Until: 9 November 2025

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MindMyHouse member since 2022

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 1

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Last updated: 17 January 2024