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 visiting new people and 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' com...
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 visiting new people and 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 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 and a couple of bright bedside reading lamps are always a welcomed bonus (we both like to read in bed). 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 a grand slam match during our stay we will ask if you get that channel. While in the USA we travel with our bicycles where David likes varied terrain to train for a cross country bike trip in a year or two, while I prefer a less challenging course. I also have my sewing machine with me in case the mood to be creative strikes me.
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 then 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 after we complete your sit 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 and not hesitate 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 have a state gaming license, which required hair sampling and fingerprinting for extensive background and drug testing in order to obtain (see attached photo). 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 the garden while I prefer organizational types of cleaning tasks inside the home. I handle our calendar and everything associated with it, from managing our communications with prospective pet sit owners, booking the assignments, arranging our transportation, right down to where we stay in between those sits. David is an awesome fixer-upper/DIY maintenance guy, who actually likes vacuuming every day, keeping the vehicle clean (especially if it was used to haul pets to their exercising areas), and mowing the lawn. We grocery shop together, he’s a fantastic cook and I am a meticulous clean-up-the-kitchen gal. 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. While David is the official dog walker (I join him occasionally, especially if there is more than one and they need to be on their leads), 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 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 at your desired method and pace while you are away. As we are basically homebodies, we don't usually see the need to rent a car as we hardly use it much. We do, however, appreciate the offer of having one made available for minimal use like replenishing provisions or transporting dogs to a beach or walking areas; it comes in handy for an emergency, too. We usually bring our own vehicle if sitting in the mainland USA, Mexico, or west of the Mississippi, and occasionally if we are east of the Mississippi.
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 home, pet(s) 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.