Hi ! I'm a dual citizen of the USA and Argentina (US born), with home bases in Austin (West Lake Hills) Texas, in rural Connecticut (CT), and also in the downtown historic district of Buenos Aires. A professional with several graduate degrees in the social sciences, and a small business owner (semi retired). Bi-lingual in English/Spanish, and I...
Hi ! I'm a dual citizen of the USA and Argentina (US born), with home bases in Austin (West Lake Hills) Texas, in rural Connecticut (CT), and also in the downtown historic district of Buenos Aires. A professional with several graduate degrees in the social sciences, and a small business owner (semi retired). Bi-lingual in English/Spanish, and I "get by" in a few other languages as well..
-30+ years of experience as a house, pet and plant sitter.
-25 years running my rental property business, and 13 years managing vacation rentals for myself and others. I also work and volunteer internationally as a freelance photographer.
-Reliable, responsible, and I take care of your house/property and your furry family members as if they were my own. :)
-I get along great with dogs, and I take care of pets of all kinds, but I do mostly cat sitting. I have a special connection with cats. Some claim I'm a bit of a "cat whisperer." Feral, shy, aloof, skittish and cranky senior cats usually warm up to me quite quickly.
-Experience with elderly and special needs animals.
-Worked many summers on a CT dairy farm that has been in our family for five generations (experienced with farming and farm animals).
- Skilled gardener with indoor and outdoor plants (including vegetable gardening), and I have also worked at a plant nursery.
-Collector of vintage modern (midcentury) furniture. So you can rest assured that I take the highest care of home furnishings and NEVER set down a beverage without a coaster!
-Know how to maintain a home swimming pool, unfortunately :)
-Have owned, cared for, and managed real estate in multiple countries.
-Equally comfortable in rural and urban settings, from a small village to a giant urban metropolis.
-Adapt easily to new situations, languages, and cultures.
-Have worked/studied/traveled in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Central and South America.
- I volunteer for the fabulous, non profit, no-kill organization and shelter in Austin, Texas: Austin Pets Alive!
-Smoke free, alcohol free, gluten free vegetarian.
- I NEVER invite anyone to enter your home without your permission. Nor will I ever spend even one night away unless it's an emergency, you have been notified, and I have your prior permission. Just fyi.
Past house-pet sitting assignments include the following locations:
Durham, CT; Guilford, CT; East Haven, CT; Branford, CT; Madison, CT; Wilton, CT; Boston, MA; Cambridge, MA; East Sandwich (Cape Cod), MA; New York City (Manhattan) and Sagaponack (Long Island) NY; Little Compton, RI; Silver Spring, MD; Tunbridge, VT; South Royalton, VT; Arlington, VT; Stanford, CA; Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco, CA; Berkeley, CA; Mountain View, CA; Los Altos Hills, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Studio City, CA; Woodland Hills, CA; Sherman Oaks, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Venice Beach, CA; Silver Lake, CA; Topanga Canyon, CA; San Diego, CA. La Jolla, CA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Austin, TX; West Lake Hills, TX; Point Venture/Lago Vista, TX; San Antonio, TX; Rockport, TX; Orcas Island, WA (San Juan Islands); Victoria (BC) and Vancouver (BC) CANADA; Mexico City (DF) MEXICO; Santiago, Iquique, and Punta Arenas CHILE; Buenos Aires (Cap Fed), and Ushuaia/Rio Grande (Tierra del Fuego) ARGENTINA; Montevideo URUGUAY; Tromso and Oslo, NORWAY; and Wiesbaden, GERMANY.
I'm a sitter on 5 different house and pet sitting websites, including Trusted House Sitters. Some of my external references are from home-pet owners who contacted me through one of the other services.
My sitting schedule tends to fill up many months in advance. The THS calendar on my profile isn't always indicative of my availability. If you have specific dates in mind, please ask. Thank you. :)