My husband Sanford and I are active, retired, and non-smoking . We have the skills, desire, and life experience to provide excellent
care for your pets and your home/garden.
I am a visual artist, decorator, and avid gardener. I taught art at a
major university in the US for several years. My husband Sandy started
and managed a consulting firm for 30 years before retiring. He is a
talented pro/am photographer.
Animals have always been part of our lives, bringing us great joy and
happiness. We love working with them and learning about them. We do
volunteer work for an animal welfare organization in our spare time.
We'll consider pet/house caring assignments of any length, and we're
willing to commit for up to a year. We're very good with dogs, cats,
and other small mammals (e.g., rabbits) and have some experience with
poultry. We have no experience with farm animals, but we'd consider
We're strongly motivated by the animal care aspect of house sitting. We
truly enjoy the company of animals, and know from personal experience
how stressful it can be to leave loved animals with a carer. It's our
goal to make leaving your pet as comfortable as possible for both you
and your pets and, of course, to care for your home and property to the
very best of our ability.
We enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures. Our children have
left the nest and do not live nearby, so we have no responsibilities
that tie us to a specific location. Minding pets/houses is a good way
to combine our love of animals and our desire to experience other
cultures. But first and foremost, it is a commitment to care for pets
We have many years' experience with animals, including special needs
animals (e.g., blind, deaf, elderly, epileptic, allergic, etc.). In
particular, we have the patience and desire to provide the TLC they
need. We can prepare and administer home cooked diets, medication, and
subcutaneous fluids for pets. Our years of experience have made us good
at identifying ailments and potential problems before they become
serious; we know when to call a vet.
We've owned seven homes (including rental properties) and know how to
use a house gently and keep it clean and tidy. We've successfully
completed many DIY projects including total renovation of three kitchens
and two bathrooms as well a host of smaller projects. Household
emergencies don't rattle us, and we know when to call for help.
We have common sense, significant life experience, and we're flexible.
We're good at solving problems, and we have excellent references
We come with positive attitudes, a strong work ethic, willingness to
learn and adapt, and curiosity about the world. We're also pleasant and
We will gladly provide references on request.