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Available in states:
Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Washington
Preferred locations:
Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Dalton Gardens, Rathdrum, IDAHO; Seattle, Bellevue, Bothell, Snohomish, Monroe, Spokane, Liberty Lake, WASHINGTON; Round Rock, Austin, Georgetown & Leander, TEXAS; Portland, OREGON; Reno, Sparks & Las Vegas, NEVADA; Peoria, Pekin, Springfield, Morton, ILLINOIS
Is / Are:
Age group:
55 plus
Available from:
December 29, 2015 through March 7, 2016
Current bookings:
Healthy, Respectful, Attentive, Flexible and Caring pet lovers.

We are adventurous, healthy, non-smokers, no drugs, no pets and have our own transportation. We reliably commit to dependable short or long term property, home and pet care services. We can also be present or absent when your realtor 'shows' your home to prospective buyers, too.

I earned a modest pension from the Department of Homeland Security / U S Customs and Border Protection officer and the USDA - Forest Service which I took on June 29, 2013 in Washington. My daily law enforcement duties at DHS / CBP included terrorism detection, inspecting and admitting approximately 500 people per day seeking entry into the USA. Inspections included their intentions, possessions and vehicles. I worked in ID and WA as a seasonal forestry technician for the USDA. I supervised manpower programs as a HRP coordinator employing enrollees from 16 to 80 years old in west central MI, enforced recreation law and right-of-way administration. Also active as a fire fighter / fire fighting and chain saw instructor and casual driver's license examiner.

I was a live-in part-time kennel caretaker and groundskeeper at Cedar Dale Kennels (now CedarDale Pet Resort) in Genoa City, WI. I cared for dozens of dogs & cats at night after finishing my full time day job in exchange for an apartment above the grooming business office. I fed pets, gave them their medications, let them outside in their kennel runs on week nights. On weekends I cared for the pets mornings and evenings. I scrubbed down and sanitized each kennel / run on Sundays. Duties allowed for only 5 days off in 505.

My wife, Wendy, ran a licensed home daycare and raised her 4 children on a small farm for 18 years on San Juan Island in Washington. They raised and cared for alpacas, cows, pigs, a horse, laying hens, a dog and 2 cats. Wendy is a realtor and may or may not accompany me on sits during peak real estate periods.

Two house and pet sittings in Austin, TX area were completed in October, 2013. I took care of dogs, cats, a snake & 6 hens and dealt with A/C malfunctions in both house and pet sit locations. A month-long Irvington Historic District in a 4-story condo and pet sit (2 dogs, 1 cat and plants) in Portland, OR in December, 2013 was very nice. I completed a two week sit for two cats in Denver, CO in January, 2014. We had a two-day sit (2 dogs) for relatives in Hayden, ID while they attended the Seattle Seahawk Super Bowl parade. We completed a 24-day house and pet sit ( 1 dog, 1 cat) in West Seattle in Feb. / Mar., 2014 and a month-long Travis Lake / Austin sit (2 cats) for a retired Army colonel and his wife on April 27,2014. Another sit (2 cats) was completed in Springfield, IL on May 12th. We had a repeat client (2 cats, lawn watering, hot tub maintenance & fish pond) in Denver, CO from May 18th to June 22nd, 2014 for our last sit. We've been working on downsizing and settling into our new home and lives in Coeur d'Alene, ID since July, 2014.

As an internship coordinator at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (michaelfields dot org) in East Troy, WI I helped with the evening milkings (100 Holsteins) and tractor operations at the Walworth County Farm in Elkhorn, WI. I volunteered as a field aide and order packer in Elkhorn at Shepard's Sanctuary Farm - CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in exchange for a half share of weekly organic produce. This year I had a small garden plot in an organic community garden just 1/2 mile from our new home.
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