WE KNOW HOW MUCH IT ALL MEANS TO YOU
know what it’s like to leave your home, personal items and cherished pets to an
unknown person. We
used to experience exactly what you go through when you decide to leave your
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. Our experience defined what
qualities were important in a sitter and that's who we strive to be for you
We believe we
are the consummate pet lovers for the job
a 200 acre (81 hectares) remote mountain farm estate 1.6 km 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. Medical
training is important but is most critical to be able to think quickly and sensibly
in any emergency. This can only be learned
by experience and we have it.
On our farm estate, 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.
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. On our 20th year wedding anniversary, we began
selling everything we owned in North Carolina NC and Key Largo,
FL. We now live in Capri, Italy and Malta. For the last
three years, we have travelled as often as possible but that’s not the only reason
we are pet sitters.
Three-part pet sitting
#1 – Hands on love with
your pets and getting our furry fix!
hope your pets will love it, but we miss our pets so much and it’s important for
us to fulfil our need to give squeezes and hugs.
#2 - Experiencing a local
us, pet sitting allows us to experience the world from a bigger
perspective. We believe experiencing a
sense of community in other cultures makes us better global citizens. Knowing what it’s really like to eat, sleep,
speak and go to market in a different culture nourishes our lives.
#3 - Ensuring you remain
important to us that 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.
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.
our work now
years ago we both developed new careers
- Lana is a writer and a possibilities coach.
(www.selfcreatinglife.com) WG is
currently is a composer and jazz pianist. (www.middleseajazz.com)
nature of our work provides the opportunity to do it anywhere on the planet. Siince we only work at home, that means your pets enjoy more company.
Loving our play
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. We
drink wine in moderation. We enjoy cooking and have become know for our great dinner parties.
We have never smoked.
are sincere regarding our social responsibilities and have founded, and
currently direct non-profit entities in both the US and in Malta.. (www.caelumterra.org )
are well-known for how well we cared for our animals and many of our friends
and relatives begged us to let them bring their pets to our farm when they
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've had almost every type of sitting you could imagine. Farm animals, puppies, pregnant pets, fish, horses, special needs animals and pets needing medications. We have great references and pet owners who will personally communicate with you.
We are currently enjoying
a slow exploration of Europe. We are very interested in returning to
Rome as often as possible. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
are certainly in our sights for 2020. We are at home in big cities
as well as quiet locations.
When are we available?
We are reliable candidates
for last minute assignments and consider all pet sitting dates. We
live six months each in Capri, Italy and Malta and easily travel from either
value 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.
find it best to Sykpe or Zoom and begin a personal conversation prior to either
of us arriving at a decision.
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.