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I'm listing as free, but paid gigs are obviously awesome, too! Especially if I'll have traveling expenses getting to you. I'll be honest...while these insane gas prices are the norm, paid sits are probably going to draw my attention a little more.

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
Preferred Locations
  • Washington
Availability
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  • 2022: 27Nov-16Dec | 20Dec-30Dec | 2023: 4Jan-28Jan
  • On a house-sit right now

Responsible, reliable, and fairly normal!

52, On sabbatical.

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I'm a responsible, reliable, but free-spirited adult who loves to travel, and adores other people's animals and kids, because while I LOVE kids and animals (and they usually love me) I'm just not up for the long term parental/pet owner commitment thing, myself. But, I pet-sit, house-sit, and baby-sit pretty frequently, and I can provide glowing references upon request. Please check out my reviews!

Consequently, I'm everybody's favorite fun aunt and pet sitter when they need to get away for awhile, which works out GREAT! I get my temporary kids fix (furry & non), and then I'm back to my non-tied down life. I love it, and my friends & family get someone who can confidently handle any situation, provide all the TLC their pets need, and provide them the sure knowledge they won't come home to find their house rented out to a lovely family from Norway, and their pets and furniture sold in a wildly successful pop-up yard sale.

At the moment, I'm wrapping up a six month, cross-country road trip, and heading back to my home in Tacoma. It'll be good to be home for a couple of weeks, but I've had the most amazing time on this trip! I've especially enjoyed experiencing cities and neighborhoods I never would have, otherwise, thanks to expanding my pet/house sitting circle. And it's due in no small part to the interesting people (and their awesome pets), that I've met since I started using this website. In fact, I've loved it so much, I've decided I don't really want to stop, yet. So, I'm going to keep taking the occasional pet/house sit in the Washington/Oregon area, for now. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for ten years, but there is so much I've yet to see and do, here. This should be a great way to change that.

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Ok, some random, somewhat relevant details about me, so you can (hopefully) get a sense of what I'm like, in no particular order:

I have a great sense of humor, and really appreciate that in others.

I'm a pop culture freak (especially as regards books, art, tv & film), and a voracious reader. Really loving British television shows, right now...feel free to share your faves, as I love to find new ones!

I love the art of food, and the wonderful diversity of cuisine I get to experience while traveling, but I hate to cook...mainly because I'm terrible at it. So, as long as you have a microwave, fridge, and wifi (for ordering delivery and streaming Netflix), I'm good. As a bonus, that means you're much less likely to come home to a smoking pile of rubble, and a hastily scribbled apology note. Yay!

I will walk your dogs as often as you like, wherever you like. One of the things I hate about not having my own, is they're a great way to get my own exercise, and there is absolutely NO getting out of it. If your dog is like most dogs I've pet-sit, it's not putting up with any of my couch potato nonsense, which I LOVE!

I'm a non-smoker, and except for the occasional visit with certain relatives, a non-drinker, so you WILL come home to a house that smells the same as it did when you left, AND a fully intact liquor cabinet. IMPORTANT: I really don't do well with cigarette/cigar smoke, so I'm afraid I will have to decline if you are not a cig/cigar smoke-free home. I should clarify that while I'm not a pot smoker, myself, that kind of smoke doesn't seem to bother me. So...oddly...I can handle that smoke smell. In other words, seeing the bong you forgot to hide won't make me clutch my pearls in horror, and the slight aroma that sticks around in the homes of heavy pot smokers doesn't kill me. PLEASE don't feel the need to Febreze, Glade Plug-in, or otherwise deodorize....that actually will kill me. I'm the girl who can't walk down the laundry aisle at the grocery store, unfortunately. Instant headache.

Ok. That's all for now. I'll cheerfully answer any questions you have when we FaceTime, Zoom, or phone. I look forward to hearing from you! I promise, your pets will love me, and I can honestly say my human clients (in all my varied work endeavors) adore me about 99.9% of the time.










Reviews (5)
Michelle was great! She took great care of our 3 golden retrievers. She gave them lots of exercise and love. She also took great care of our house. We can home to a clean house after a 2-week vacation. Michelle was great at sending us updates every couple days so we knew that all was well at home which allowed us to relax on our vacation, which is priceless. She communicated with us well. We would recommend Michelle in a heartbeat!
 
TRACY ( Washington, Nov 2022 - 2 weeks)
Thank you, Tracy & Eric! I appreciate your generosity, and the fun and peaceful time in your beautiful home, with your sweet dogs. Call me any time!
Michael was an amazing sitter. She gave me regular updates with lots of pictures. She was very respectful of my house and property and left it clean and tidy. She was easily accessible at all times for me. Blackie and she really bonded. She says she would like to sit again which is wonderful. I would recommend her for anyone with a pet.
 
NANCY ( Oregon, Oct 2022 - 2 weeks)
Thank you so much, Nancy! I really did fall in love with Blackie, and I appreciate your hospitality. It was a wonderful stay! With any luck, I'll be back in June. :-)
Excellent Pet and house sitter, Michelle communicated with us during the hurricane and keep us informed about all the happenings. I would definitely recommend her and would love to have her pet sit for us anytime.
 
MARCEL ( Florida, Sep 2022 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Thank you for the kind words, and for going above and beyond with the mail forwarding, Marcel! It was an absolute pleasure to stay in your beautiful home, and to take care of Ritz. If I'm ever back in Florida, I would love to do it again. :-)
Michelle did a great job taking are of my cat Willie. She sent photos while I was traveling, and I came home to a very clean home!
 
ANITA ( Mississippi, Jul 2022 - 3 weeks)
Thank you for the kind review! It was a pleasure hanging out with Willie in your lovely and comfortable home. He is such a cool cat, and you are a great and thoughtful host. I really appreciated your generous hospitality. I would definitely pet-sit for you guys any time.
We were so fortunate to find Michelle on this website. It was our first time hiring a house/pet sitter that we didn't know personally but right from the start, Michelle felt like someone we had known for a long time. She is so determined to keep your house, garden, pool and pets on track in the way that you do yourself and it is so appreciated. Knowing that everything and everyone you love is being well taken care while you're away means the world and Michelle delivered. I wish she lived ... MORE
 
MELISSA ( Florida, Jun 2022 - 11 Days)
Melissa, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a sweet and thoughtful review! I really appreciate it, and more than that, I'm so glad you were happy with the experience. I think it'll go a long way towards putting people's minds at ease...I know inviting a stranger into one's home ... MORE
 
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