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I also sit unpaid sometimes, depending on the length and the location.
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Rates are always entirely negotiable.

House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 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), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
  • I've cared for a four small-holding farms. One in Portland Oregon with pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, cats and a dog. Another in France, in 2020 with a 38 year old pony, a 38 year old mule, two dogs and two cats, Another in Spain, with 12 horses. Another in England with chickens, three dogs and a cat.

Preferred Locations
  • Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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  • 2022: 5Feb-31Jul
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Love Goes Round; Joyfully, Playfully, Responsibly,

61, Writer/VoiceOver Actor

Love Goes Round; Joyfully, Playfully, Responsibly, Meaningfully..all with a Good Cuddle for your fur babies (or your scaly and/or slimy reptilian ones)!
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***HOUSESIT IN VERMONT SEPT 2021
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Heidi H is dedicated to making her clients happy and feeling taken care of!
She flew across the country at the drop of a hat to take care of our little fur baby!
You have found a lovely trustworthy house sitter in Heidi!***

Please, IMPORTANT NOTE: I am fully Vaxxed. If you are not, please plan to mask and/or properly social distance or avoid crossing paths and provide a video walk-through for the sit, as many unvaccinated homeowners have done,

THIS is ALL so that I don't risk getting the mild vaccinated version of the variants and can give you the BEST HOUSESIT/PET-CARE POSSIBLE.
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SEPTEMBER 2021 EDIT: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Why I Live as a housesitter:
As a writer, I see stories everywhere...the videos and photos that I take and send to my homeowners, help them to see the story that their beloved pals and pets are living...and this imbues a sense of connection...I LOVE this! I LOVE helping homeowners experience happiness, laughter, joy at the sight of their best friends being well-cared for and exceptionally happy!

I always hope to find a place where I might be inspired to just write and write and work and write some more.

I am driven by a sense of purpose, to serve the homeowner, and to be driven to provide love, especially, for a home or for animals or for both...I find fulfilment and joy in this

My Experience:
I love dogs, all sizes (I used to also exclusively love ONLY BIG DOGS...but no longer! Now, I've been a caregiver for Chihuahuas and Malteses, Shih Tzus and Poms...along with the usual suspects, Golden Retrievers, Bloodhounds, Great Danes, Black Labradors, Bouvier des Flandres, Saint Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds, Standard Poodles, Irish Water Spaniels and Giant Schnauzers. They are all wonderful companions and entertainers!

I"ve also worked quite a bit with horses. I worked at a leading Arabian Horse Farm in Louisiana in the 90s, where I was in charge of halter-breaking all of the colts as well as feeding, walking and exercising two stud stallions and two mares.

I have worked as a Western seat riding instructor for seven years, a wrangler, and most recently, a trail guide in 2017, so you could say I'm comfortable with the equine species.

Also, I fed and mucked out for 12 horses in Spain for a week, fed and monitored a 38 year old horse and a 38 year old mule in France for six weeks, and fed and mucked out for two Exmoor ponies in England for three weeks...all of this through 2020 from June through August.

2019 was mostly spent crossing the US, caring for dogs and cats and hermit crabs and ducks and pigs and goats...chickens, too! From Washington DC to Portland, Oregon to California and Seattle. We live in a beautiful country!

Also in 2020, I cared for 2 large dogs in France for three weeks, three Siamese in London during Christmas for three weeks, three fluffy nutter Labradoodles and cockapoos in Dover, England for three weeks, two delightful tabbies in Dover for six weeks, chickens, three dogs and one cat in Littlehampton, England, AND MORE! if you want to know more just ask...lots of cats, lots of dogs and lots of farm animals festooned my life and dreams from May of 2019 until now as I travel the world as a housesitter, loving animals and homeoners along the way!

I would be deeply honored should you choose me to care for your beloved creatures, and my heart would beat so gladly to be chosen from among many great potential carers, to be yours.
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Life has changed for me. My closest companion of the last 14 years, Shadow, had to be put down on the Fourth of July 2019.

Shadow was as loyal as a dog, but lived in the body of a feisty feline. He came to me at two years old when the couple who'd raised him feared his agressive need for attention might end up causing an issue with their coming baby.

I could never comprehend that behavior in humans, but as I got to know Shadow, I began to see that they might have been right. It became a regular ritual of ownership, his over me, of course, that each day or two he'd have to climb up to my shoulders and lick my ears. Claim me. Make sure I know that I am his. And, presumably, let all other males in my vicinity know that this person belongs to him.

SHadow was with me through thick and thin, including through and beyond Hurricane Katrina. We moved a total of 21 times in the 14 short years we shared, most of them coming in the recovery time after the storm, when nothing was secure.



Hello and thank you for taking a peek at my brand new profile!

I'm Heidi and I am SO GRATEFUL to have lived a wildly varied life of great adventure! I have crossed the Atlantic on a 66ft sailboat through a tropical depression! I have lived in the Azores and Hong Kong, The Caribbean and a number of cities in the US. I LOVE people and I love to travel.

Teaching Laughter Yoga to hundreds of people has brought me the greatest joy, as yet, though! And I plan to incorporate that with all the modalities of personal development that I have studied in my 'wildly varied' life!

Caring for and teaching Laughter Yoga and other activities to the elderly has brought me some of the deepest fulfilment of my life.

Teaching horseback riding to Girl Scouts in Texas and Louisiana and to a mixed income camp comprised of upper class Manhattan children and inner-city Kids at a Camp in Maine are among the most delightful and fulfilling work with children that I have done.

I have had house-sitting gigs around the globe, including a beautiful condo in Tai Tam, Hong Kong for a realtor friend in the city...I cared for his pampered kitties who were absolutely adorable...as well as homes in New Orleans, one with a wonderful Bouvier des Flandres dog for the headmaster at Trinity School and his wife as well as another for a couple who have long been friends of mine.

I've also lived aboard a houseboat in Sausalito on a three-year housesit, taking care of my friend, Puff the Magic Cat for some old friends. I also managed the rental on the back of the houseboat.

I took care of house and Dogsitting for Lucky the hound dog in Mill Valley, Ca on two occasions! What a pleasure Lucky dog was...he was up there in years but BOY! did he LOVE taking a drive in the SUV and going up Tam mountain for a run-around!!

I also took care of an Appaloosa Horse Farm in Natchitoches, giving the horses their proper feed and medication while the owner and his wife took their lead mare to a show in Texas

With my background in horses through professional experience, I am happy to care for my equine friends and quite good with them! (even if I do say so myself)

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, Chickens, Gerbils, hamsters, pigs, calves and cattle and B&B Guests! ..I've pretty much taken care of them all at one time or another and would LOVE to give your guests, be they four or two-legged animals the love they deserve while you are away!

What can they bring to the assignment
Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, Chickens, Gerbils, hamsters, pigs, calves and cattle AND, wonderful B&B Guests! ..I've pretty much taken care of them all at one time or another and would LOVE to give your guests, be they four or two-legged animals the love they deserve while you are away!

AS an innkeeper and an activity director, as a teacher and a coach, as a Laughter Yogi...the one thing that drives them all for me is a strong sense of purpose....Service. Bringing love to bear in the pursuit of connection, blossoming relationship and engagement/enthrallment with life for everyone.


Reviews (4)
Heidi was a fantastic house sitter. She sat at our house in Socal for 2 weeks and took really good care of our boys (dogs 2) and our house. She communicated quite often and sent of video clips of you boys daily. We couldn't be happier and strongly recommend her for your sitting needs. We'd surely hire her again.
 
JEFF ( California, Sep 2021 - 2 weeks)
No rating Heidi was a dream come true. I couldn't have been happier. She sent regular videos and really bonded with my special needs dogs. She even got her a new toy! The house was in great shape when we got home. I would have her back anytime and if you are lucky you will get her to take incredible care of your home too.
DEBORAH ( Washington, Nov 2019)
No rating Heidi house sat for us while we were out of the country. She took care of 20 animals while we away and when we came back they were all in love with her!! Heidi is a kind, warm person with an amazingly open heart and spirit. She is truly a joy. My husband, Jason, and I would highly recommend her to care for your home and animals.
TRACY ( Washington, Oct 2019)
No rating Heidi was a wonderfully house sitter and was EXCELLENT with our dog and 2 cats. She was excellent at communicating and keeping us up to date with the the lives of our pets. She is a lovely positive person and I whole heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for someone to care for their animals and home.
THOMAS ( Maryland, Aug 2019)
 
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