About Diane & David
My husband (retired several years) and I (retired August, 2016) are interested in home and/or pet sitting assignments anywhere in the world. We love meeting new people and visiting new places while pampering pets. We prefer assignments of at least two weeks so we can continue with our quiet, relaxed lifestyle of being "at home" and enjoying yo...
My husband (retired several years) and I (retired August, 2016) are interested in home and/or pet sitting assignments anywhere in the world. We love meeting new people and visiting new places while pampering pets. We prefer assignments of at least two weeks so we can continue with our quiet, relaxed lifestyle of being "at home" and enjoying your pets' company; however, the booked sitting schedule sometimes dictates shorter periods available on our calendar.
We like to spread out our sightseeing as we do not like being "on the go" constantly. We adapt easily to most environments; but we won't lie, we do like the creature comforts of A/C if it's over 90F/32C degrees (LOL) and we need at least basic internet to keep up with the THS posting assignments! Comfortable furniture for reading/watching TV, a couple of bright bedside reading lamps (we both like to read in bed), hanging, bureau, shelf, frig and freezer space is always appreciated..
David is an avid walker who enjoys the company of dog(s) on his long hikes/walks; while I am the cat lady who loves brushing them daily or having one on my lap while watching grand slam tennis matches. If there is one during our stay I will ask if you get that channel. Another plus for us on USA sits is a nearby bicycle path; as whenever possible we try to drive and bring our bicycles. I sometimes have my sewing machine with me in case the mood to be creative strikes me.
I enjoy taking pictures/videos of your pet; so I can send them to you while you are away. Let me know if it’s OK to share them with others, and whether or not I can use your pets’ names. I would never do so without your advanced permission. After all — we aim to totally please.
Why we want to house sit
In August of 2016 we found ourselves both retired and pet-less for the first time in over 40 years. That's what we wanted, right? To be carefree to travel whenever and wherever we pleased. We had no living parents, nor grandchildren pulling us in a particular direction -- we could go wherever the wind blew us. What we realized rather quickly was we missed having pets around; we both had had cats and dogs our entire lives. Our last pet, an 18 year old female cat named Pringle, moved cross country (July'16) with our younger son, Kyle, to (1) keep him company and help him adjust to his new home, city and first teaching job following college, and (2) it gave us the freedom to travel extensively. Imagine how thrilled we were to learn of Trusted Housesitters? Now we could really have the best of both worlds.
Because we have been homeowners and pet owners ourselves we know what is required to maintain and properly care for both. We know the importance a feline or canine member plays in your family and we take the responsibility of their care and well-being entrusted to us very seriously. Even though only "borrowed and temporary", we considered it a privilege -- one we would reward by caring for your home and pampering your pets as we did for our own.
For several years now we have chosen to book our vacation stays in homes (VRBO) as opposed to hotels, to be able to live more as a local than as a tourist. We prefer preparing our own meals, complimented with a glass of wine, then finishing it off with a good book or an old (TCM) or sub-titled movie. Pets curled up close by or on our laps is a bonus. All this we could do as home and pet sitters. We choose to sit in non-smoking environments; ideally for a period of at least a couple of weeks to a few months, but will consider all lengths of stays. Our simple, small request is that you DO A REVIEW FOR US SHORTLY AFTER WE COMPLETE YOUR ASSIGNMENT.
What we are able to bring to the assignment would be that of caring for your home/garden and your pet(s), as we did for our own. My husband owned and operated a Disaster Restoration/Cleaning franchise for many years. In an emergency situation, he would know exactly what to do immediately to mitigate your damages. He and his employees were bonded and insured in order to work unsupervised in people's homes.
Until August, 2016 I worked in a gaming casino and had a state gaming license. In order to obtain that (see attached photo) I needed to pass extensive background and drug testing via fingerprinting and hair sampling (both methods not required for the THS verifications). We are both (1) non drug users (only prescriptions by our doctor), (2) non smokers, (3) mature (check out our birth dates -- lol), (4) casual drinkers (perhaps a glass of wine with a quiet dinner at home), (5) trustworthy (been bonded, insured and state licensed), and (6) are quiet people who never raise our voices (very calming for your pets’ comfort).
With over 40 years of experience of working together we’ve settled on a separation of duties that works for both of us. We like to have projects and keep busy around the property — David has a green thumb and loves puttering around in a garden while I prefer organizational types of cleaning tasks inside the home. I handle our calendar and everything associated with it, i.e. managing our communications with prospective pet owners (before, during, and after the sit), booking the assignments, arranging our transportation, and accommodations/VRBOs between pet sits.
David is an awesome fixer-upper/DIY maintenance guy, who actually likes vacuuming every day, keeps your pet-hauling vehicle clean, waters plants and mowing the lawn. We grocery shop together, he’s a fantastic cook and I am a meticulous clean-up-the-kitchen gal. (I try to put everything back from where David gets it). With the pets I handle their FOOD IN (feedings, medicines and water), while David takes care of their FOOD OUT (scooping and disposing of), and dog bathing when needed, is a shared activity. While David is the official dog walker (I join him occasionally, especially if there is more than one), I devote as much attention to cats as they can handle and periodically brush both cats and dogs. If we watch chickens, I feed, water and collect the eggs, while David does the cooking of those eggs, and once again he is the “FOOD OUT” guy for them too, if you know what I mean?
Our top priority is the care and well being of your pets; and keeping your home perpetually clean as well as tidy runs at a close second. As the communicator, I will correspond with you (including photos and/or videos) at your desired method and pace while you are away. Please be sure to let me know whether or not I can share those with others; I wouldn’t do so without obtaining your prior, written permission.
As we are basically homebodies, when outside the mainland USA, Canada or Mexico we don't usually see the need to rent a car as we hardly use it much. (The exception was renting one for 5 months in the UK to get us to and from our 12 pet sits). We do, however, appreciate the offer of a vehicle made available for minimal use like replenishing provisions or transporting dogs to a beach, or to a favorite hiking trailhead; it also comes in handy for an emergency, too.
Over the last 4+ decades we've had 4 Labradors, 6 cats, fish, birds and a hamster. One of our labs had two litters of pups (15 total) and one of our cats had one litter of kittens (4). We feel comfortable saying that, without a doubt, we can guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with our care of your pet(s), home and property/vehicles entrusted to us. We know you will enjoy your time away more if you know "all is well on the home-front".
We are available to email, Skype, or FaceTime chat if you have any questions of us which will assist you in determining if we are, indeed, the perfect candidates to care for your precious pet(s). We can be reached via the THS site or by using our email set up specifically for our pet owners: SitsForFree@gmail.com. It’s never too early to inquire of our schedule as we often book 6-12 months out (our longest one was 346 days in advance!). Ohio, cold temperatures, snow and freezing temperatures . . . are all things in our past. When we are not pet sitting we are usually in Arizona or Mexico, both favorite places for us.
Lastly, as we have a son and DIL in Tucson, and another in Scottsdale we welcome sits in those areas during the holidays.