Love Goes Round; Joyfully, Playfully, Responsibly,
Regarding my rates, NOTHING is set in stone. I am typically, very open to negotiation.
Note: If there is bus/train or air travel involved in my getting to the sit, the cost is covered by the homeowner.
My rates often vary from family to family. If you think I might be a good fit, reach out. You never know! I am here to serve and after thirty years of doing this, I feel confident that you'll be content and your babies will be too!
Regarding Holidays: Any Sit that includes a Holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Fourth of July, and any Bank Holiday or Federal Holiday, Day rates are double for the entire sit.
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.
Love Goes Round; Joyfully, Playfully, Responsibly, Meaningfully..all with a Good Cuddle for your fur babies (or your scaly and/or slimy reptilian ones)!
I carry my own Petsitter Insurance. This is what I do.
And I come to take care of your pets and your home and that is where I remain for the bulk of the time I am sitting for you. I don't run off to do sightseeing or visit museums. I'm there for the animals you care about.
I travel to your home not to save money during my traveling adventures, but to care for beautiful animals who long for companionship and/or playtime.
The stories I've heard break my heart - about sitters who end up spending only minimal time with the pets for whom they're meant to care. Thank goodness that's not true for ALL of my fellow sitters.
***HOUSESIT IN VERMONT SEPT 2021
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, that's your choice, but please let me know.
THIS is so that I don't risk getting even the mild vaccinated version of the variants and can give you and your pets the BEST HOUSESIT/PET-CARE POSSIBLE.
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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 write some more and be home and present with lovely pets, taking lots of breaks to play and laugh for what good is life without laughter and joy. The same is true of writing, I believe.
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
I love dogs, all sizes... 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 paid Western seat riding instructor for seven years, a wrangler, and most recently, paid as a trail guide in 2017, so you could say I'm comfortable with the equine species.
In 2020 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 January 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.
I have spent years 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)