I work and live in London. Due to renting my house and sometimes being away for work I feel it would be unfair to keep any pets of my own :(Having grown up with many pets throughout my life, this is an unusual situation for me...) I do work Monday to Friday, 9-6, so would only be available before (if local) or after work and at weekends. Occasionally, if I am house sitting, I can do the odd day working from home.
I have been pet sitting for years for colleagues, friends and friends-of-friends. This has included many, many cats, greyhounds, rescue dogs, hamsters, house rabbits, lizards and a parrot!
As a child we grew up surrounded by animals. Over my lifetime I have had 6 cats, 5 dogs, 2 budgies, 3 hamsters, 2 guinea pigs and a rabbit. I also kept a few tanks of tropical freshwater fish when I was a teenager. I worked in a conservation park for 8 years. I didn't work directly with the animals but over my time there I had some amazing experiences with hand reared gorillas, tigers, primates, antelope and other small cats. This also means I have a wealth of animal care experts to hand!
A few ago, I had to have my beloved cat Murphy put down, he was 21. I was very much tempted to get another pet (not that he could ever be replaced...) but I currently rent and live with 3 other people, which could be disruptive and unfair on a furry friend.
I was using Pawshake a few years ago and ended up making some great friends. Two of my Pawshake contacts moved back to the US but I still keep in regular contact and I visit the owners of two lovely Maine Coons every time I visit New York now. It’s a great online community.
Most recently I have been regularly caring for my friends rescue dog - he has a variety of needs and had severe abandonment issues and fear of other dogs, so I would often look after him during he day if she needed to attend meetings. He required very specific training and routines but I’m pleased to say that he has made huge strides and is a very confident dog now - so I have no concerns about caring for animals that need a bit of extra care and attention.
I can provide lots of references if needed alongside the reviews on this site.
I understand how much trust it takes to leave your pets with a stranger, but I truly believe it is better for pets to stay in their own familiar environment than to to have to go through the stress of kennels. For that reason I am more than happy to do overnight stays - this is often easier for the commute to work.
I hope you might consider me as someone to look after your pet. I would be more than happy to meet for a coffee or come and meet you and your pet to see how we get along.
Ps. By way of a reference, I have been made the legal guardian of two cats that I sit, it's written into the owners will! I didn't even know that was possible.
But there you go. True story :)
My future plans to be a crazy old cat lady are coming together nicely.....
Emily stepped in and helped us with our two cats when we really needed it - and she surpassed all our expectations. The care she showed them was incredible - she went above and beyond, and we could see from photos she sent that they were very happy and comfortable while being looked after her. I didn't get to meet her face to face because of lockdown but she has proven completely trustworthy and reliable - and went the extra mile for our wee girl cat when she was a bit frightened and hid in a chimney.
I unreservedly recommend Emily as a cat-sitter. Five stars all round.
We will always rebook Emily for looking after our guinea pigs! We felt totally at ease leaving them with her.
I've had a lot of experience with administering medication to cats and dogs as well as grooming and clipping claws.
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