House Sitter   Debra Rice

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House Sitter Debra Rice

Location:   Virginia Beach, Virginia

Age:   67

Experience:   4 yr 9 mo

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About Debra Rice:

Greetings!    I recently retired after 40 years service with the U.S. Department of Defense.  I love people, animals, and travel and I am honest, responsible, outgoing, independent, flexible and caring.    I love exploring new places especially when art, theatre, music, architecture or nature are involved

    I've loved animals as long as I can remember --my earliest childhood memories involve raising an injured baby pig on a bottle and raising a baby rooster the neighbor's children no longer wanted.   I've found that I can be intuitive with animals.  In the past couple of years, on two occasions, I've been able to alert friends that their cats were behaving oddly such that they got them prompt medical care.


         I grew up on a farm where I helped raise our dogs, pigs, and goats.   I've successfully cared for the pets of family and neighbors  including dogs, cats, birds, fish, iguana, and  hermit crabs.   I also help care for 3 neighborhood stray cats (I had them spayed so we aren't adding to the feral population:))). 

       I am financially independent, own my own home, and I'm pretty hands on with home maintenance and yard work.    

       I'd like to house-sit to better experience a new place.   Currently, I'm most interested in sits in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and the United States but would certainly consider other locations. Surprises often present the best adventures.     In/near the U.S., currently most interested in the Hamptons and Woodstock NY; Charlottesville, Lexington, and Staunton VA; Asheville and Beaufort NC; Charleston SC;  Key West FL; New Orleans LA; Hawaii and Puerto Rico.    I would not be interested in remote locations.  

      I have attached references from two long term friends/neighbors regarding my character and qualifications.  For info, I had extensive background checks for 40 years for work.  I have criminal background checks from both the Virginia State Police and the FBI that I can provide .      


Best regards,

Debra Rice

Virginia Beach VA



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References 2

Vivian Hance

Acquaintance in Virginia Beach, Virginia

November 2, 2011

Merrill and Vivian Hance
823 St. Denis Court
Virginia Beach, Va. 23455

To Whom It May Concern,

Ms. Debra Rice has come to our rescue many times to take care of the zoo in our home. We have 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 birds and 2 Hermit crabs. When my family travels to our mountain home we are rest assured that they are well taken care of as well our home. Our mail and newspapers are always placed just so on our kitchen table. I have noticed upon our early arrival that our curtains will be open to let the sunshine in, and our porch lights on to lite our way when it’s a late arrival.

There are many special qualities that Ms. Debra Rice possesses, but the most important is she is very trustworthy. I am confident you will rest easy, with the choosing of her to fulfill the responsibilities to take care of your home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Vivian Hance

Date of Service Nov 2, 2011

Lucinda Bedogne

Acquaintance in Chesapeake, Virginia

November, 2011

To Whom it May Concern,
Debra Rice is a close friend of mine that I have known for over 35 years and lived with for two years before I got married.  She is an honest and conscientious individual and one you can always count on to be true to her word. 
Debbie is extremely mature and responsible and is always very diligent in whatever she does. She is not flighty or impulsive in any way but rather consistently takes time to make sure that she does things correctly and thoroughly.
She has a real heart for animals and always has given her pets the greatest of care and even feeds and cares for neighborhood stray cats that do not belong to her out of her compassionate heart.
I believe she would do an excellent job in house sitting and taking care of people’s pets while they are away from their homes.
Lucinda Bedogne

Date of Service Nov 1, 2011