I am an ex-builder and handyman, retired from my own small renovation and building business. I am originally from Finland, but have been living in Australia for the last 25 years and call it my home. I am reliable and responsible, house-tidy and non-smoker. I love animals and spend much of my retirement time reading, on-line learning, cooking and catching up with friends and relatives online.
I have had several pets throughout the years, the latest being two gorgeous Jack Russel terriers who were with me from tiny pups to great old dames, for absolutely great 15 and 16 years. My eldest suffered from various ailments especially towards the end, including blindness, so I became proficient with various medications, treatments and special diets she needed for her conditions. I also became practised in dealing with her limited mobility with extra attention and patience – so taking care of an older pet with special needs is absolutely not a problem.
I enjoy regular walks around the neighbourhood several times a day, and knowing that for dogs these walks are not only about exercise but about socialising, reading the latest ‘pee-mails’ and meeting neighbours, I always have the patience for their interests, their wellbeing being my highest priority. Although I have more experience with dogs, I have also lived with cats and happily look after them, too.
I would like to look after your pets in their own home, as that’s what I found to be the best solution for my own too – and as long as there, would obviously be happy to look after the house and plants and garden too.
Being retired, I am free to go anywhere and am flexible to come and go, currently living with a friend. Because of this, however, I find it difficult to have a pet of my own just now, but being an animal lover through-and-through, I really miss their company. Hence the pet-sitting seems like a perfect solution – hopefully for you too!
I am also flexible location-wise in the greater Sydney area, and have a car which I can take with me or leave behind as needed.
My dog and I think Taito is perfection. He is so caring, skilful at administering medication, of which my dog needs a lot, and communicated with me regularly. Macduff not only did not suffer from separation anxiety but took my arrival home very calmly! I just hope that Taito was as happy as we were, and that he never stops being available for dog sitting.
My dog remembered Taito from his last visit and was so pleased to see him. Taito is perfect with my dog who requires lots of medication and suffers from separation anxiety; he could not be better.
I have experience in looking after old dogs with special needs and diets, including giving medications, dealing with a blind pet and the patience to deal with limited mobility and a need to carry a pet around during walks. I can also provide a National Police Certificate at the request, as well as several written references from pet owners whose pets I have looked after.
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