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House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in the United States
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  • 2024: 29Apr-29May | 3Jun-25Sep
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College professor who loves animals

56, College Professor - Program Manager

Hello, I am Shawn. I am a full-time college professor on sabbatical who is currently working full-time online as a consultant. I have been a digital nomad on and off for almost a decade.

I fell in love with pet sitting, when a family member asked me to stay and take care of their pets for several weeks. Those weeks spent loving on and caring for her pets (dogs, cats, and fish) also really brought home how desperately I missed having furry and feathered friends in my life on a day-to-day basis.

Like most animal sitters, I love animals. In addition to the traditional pets (dogs, cats, fish), I also had birds and small parrots most of my life.

I am a neat nerdy girl who does not smoke/use tobacco products and who likes to read, cook, walk, explore new places, and take pictures.

Since I work online, I am there during the day to interact with your pet, accept packages, etc. I really love having an animal on my lap, shoulder, or nearby while I am on the computer. I also find taking breaks during the day to walk, cuddle, or play with an animal friend makes me happier and more productive. It also really adds to their lives too.

Note: Since I work online, your home must have a spot for me to work and a reliable high-speed internet connection.

As a college professor and regular volunteer, I have been fingerprinted and have had background checks.

Photos - I am also the eldest child of a career photographer and grew up in the family business. While my real passion is nature photography and documenting what is special about an area, I am also pretty good at taking portraits. I will gladly take pictures of you, your family, and your pets as a little thank-you for choosing me. Just mention you would like some pictures when you are showing me around your home and walking me through your pet's needs and routines. Think of the best spot for pictures in your home or yard beforehand. Daylight works best, but at night we can turn on extra lights to help things out. I can take photos with your camera/cell phone or with my own. If I use my camera, it may take me several weeks to sort through and send the digital images.

My Career - I earned my doctorate (in international business specializing in developing and emerging market countries) and became a college professor later in life. Before that, I was a project and program manager doing technical and strategic projects. I spent seven years as a full-time faculty member and the chair of a project management degree program at the University. So, I am vetted, reliable, and responsible.

Experienced Traveler - Before becoming a nomad, I would take a month or two off most years to explore a new area.
Over the years, I have managed to make it onto all seven continents and have spent three to six weeks exploring about 50 countries. My favorite thing to do in each new area is to take off by myself and walk the area, especially in areas with lots of street food options to try. I have a special love for developing and emerging market countries and have been everywhere, from Zimbabwe to Antarctica.

So, I am hardy and used to moving and being in new places and taking care of things on my own. I have also owned several homes. I can take care of your home and pet needs.

Video conference - Thank you for reading my profile and considering me to watch after your home and your babies. I will take care of them like they are my own and will cherish doing so.

If you are interested in having me watch after your home and pets, let's talk live to see if we are a match. I have a Zoom video conferencing account and all you need for a video chat is an internet connection and the link I send you. I will also be happy to talk via Skype, Whatsapp, or Facebook Messenger

Reviews (5)
I was elated when Shawn reached out stating she would be in Seattle during our needed dates, as she has sat for Pip and Hoot before. Pip remembered her and immediately accepted her back into the home. Hoot attached himself to her like velcro. Shawn is an excellent communicator and immediately reached out when she noted a change with Pip's behavior. We were able to act quickly and resolve the issues. Shawn is clean, friendly, responsive, responsible, and truly an amazing home and kitty ... MORE
SHANA ( Washington, Jul 2023 - 5 nights - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Shawn's was wonderful communicating with us. We were very lucky to find her on short notice and felt very comfortable and at ease when we met her. She took wonderful care of our bunnies and home. We would recommend her services and be happy to have her house sit for us in the future.
ALEXANDRA ( British Columbia, Sep 2019 - 3 days) From House Sitters Canada
Shawn exceeded our expectations in every way. She was most accommodating in changing her plans due to my wife's unexpected illness. During her stay she left the house spotless and was most courteous - she even gave us a gift, definitely above the call of duty! Shawn built an amazing rapport with our dog Ozzie, giving him his meds and even doggie massages. It is especially commendable that Shawn was willing to take on the care of a palliative dog. We have no hesitation in recommending Shawn as ... MORE
PAUL & MELANIE ( British Columbia, Aug 2019 - 1 week) From House Sitters Canada
No rating Shawn was in charge of our home and pets for 3 weeks. She was the first person that I booked on this site. She has a zoom account so we were able to do a video chat and get to know each other before she sat. I felt comfortable with her right away. She was accommodating and great with our animals. I received many texts and photos of Jojo and the bunnies while we were away. I could tell that she is definitely and animal person and cared for them like they were her own. I joked with her ... MORE
KELLY ( Oregon, Jul 2019)
No rating I can not recommend Shawn enough! She took such amazing care of our sweet kitties, Pip and Hoot, while we were out of the country for a month. We received consistent updates, pictures, and we were able to problem solve some potty issues with Pip, due to Shawn's amazing communication and truly listening to our cat's needs. When we returned, it was clear she had formed a close bond with both Pip and Hoot, she even received the "I'm ignoring your goodbye's" treatment from Pip, which is truly an ... MORE
SHANA ( Washington, Jun 2019 - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
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