Hi, I made quick video for you, which you can find at:
The dog in the photos is Cassie, an elderly staffie with a severe phobia for people taking photos.
I enjoy looking after other people’s pets (and if I stay over to petsit while you're on vacation, that certainly does not have to be in Portsmouth but can also be in places like Brighton). For example, in Florida in the 1990s, I looked after Peter Betzer family’s dog and cockatiel, several other marine science colleagues’ cats and USF librarian Susan Sherwood’s iguana and macaw while these people were on vacation.
In Florida, I also got into seabird rehabilitation with the wonderful, globally well-respected bird champion and oil spill contingency planner Lee Fox. Freshly arrived from Amsterdam, I decided that volunteering might be a great way to grow roots in the local community so I started calling around. Someone from Lee’s facility PSRC happened to be the first to call back.
As part of my own household, I have had two feral quaker parrots (Myiopsitta monachus) and emigrated with them twice, three rescue cats who also emigrated with me three times (two cats twice and one cat once), and a cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus).
I grew up looking after and interacting with a wide range of animals (cats, dogs, horses, calves, pigs, a guinea pig, stick insects and more), and roaming the moors and woods behind our house (Brunssumerheide). I rode horses for a while, too.
Dogs tend to like me. Some (strangers!) come running when they see me and spontaneously throw themselves at my feet, even, or want to stop by for a quick hello. Dogs trust me.
No longer having pets of my own these days enables me to travel more easily and look after other people’s homes and animals and occasionally rehab a bird.
I have rehabbed a few pigeons (Columba livia). Pigeons are highly intelligent gentle creatures that I had essentially ignored for decades, embarrassingly. The most recent one stayed with me for six months and taught me a lot. I am very grateful for the experience. I have also on occasion grabbed a highly inquisitive pigeon who had ventured into a store and set it free again.
I clean and disinfect with F10, a high-end veterinary product. It may be good to let you know that I am on Pawshake as a private person; I don't operate a pet-sitting or house-sitting business even though I possess professional knowledge.
Feel free to contact me if you would like me to look after (your home and) animals for a while. I travel. I am currently based in Britain, but am also often in places like Amsterdam (and then I adjust my profile settings). I am Dutch, and as you can tell, have lived in the US before and am now based in Britain. I speak enough German to get by, as well as a bit of French and a few words of Spanish.
Last but not least, I love playing and running wih dogs.
Please note that no slang of any kind was intended in this profile.
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