Hello! I'm your friendly neighborhood nerd/goblin :)
You might often see me at a local park or coffee shop with a book in hand, but one of my biggest hobbies is cozying up to play games while my cat Benny keeps me company. I am a freelance artist and illustrator, and take occasional babysitting shifts (usually working with toddlers up to roughly 8-10 year olds) since I left my job at the daycare.
I also have roughly 5-7 years as an experienced cat foster through VOKRA. I've had a lot of experience with young, senior (who needed special diet and medication) and feral/skittish cats. Cats are my absolute favourite animal (quickly followed by owls and dinosaurs- we can still count dinos around here, right?). I haven't fostered with VOKRA since we adopted Benny due to pet limitations in our apartment, and because Benny is an anxious kitty so I would need a separate room to slowly introduce any new cats to the house.
I unfortunately cannot take any pets into my home for this same reason, but I am happy to offer overnight and full-time care for any pets that need it. I have found pets often just enjoy the presence of someone with them; I used to sit in the same room as my shy fosters and read books aloud to them or play music. I also enjoy working with very casual training for both cats and dogs (I had German Shepherds and Golden retrievers growing up so I have plenty of experience with dogs as well, it's just been a while).
My main motivation to be a pet sitter is to help ensure that anyone who needs care for their pets can find someone who really will care for their pet's needs. I love spending time with all kinds of animals, and will happily keep you updated with pictures while you are away (I know I always appreciate that when I am not around my Benny and Chai).
I have chronic migraines and hEDS, and occasionally my joint pain does not permit me to do a whole lot. For this reason, my focus in pet care is limited to small animals, small dogs, and cats, as I cannot lift heavy weights. I can definitely do short 30 minute walks for any pet that needs them, but longer walks would depend on the day. This is also the reason why I am looking to supplement my income with pet-sitting, as most retail jobs would be too physically demanding for me.
I am fully COVID-vaccinated, as is my partner, and I will happily abide by any house-rules you might have in regards to the care of your pets, plants, and home.
* Home visits (1 or 2 x day): Each visit will be between 30-90 minutes, when possible I will aim for an hour average. It will include feeding, fresh water and litterbox clean. Depending on the comfort level of your pet, I will also gladly shower them with pets and play time, or simply keep them company and chat to/with them :)
If you need plants watered or mail brought in, please let me know.
*Dog walks: Small dogs only, please. Walks will be around 30 minutes near your home. No offleash areas. Please let me know of your doggos comfort and training levels in advance (ie. Are they reactive? What key words are they responsive to? What is their recall response?). For walks longer than 30 minutes please book 2, I will walk your pet for 30, take a short break for my joints at a coffee shop, then walk them for another 30.
*House sitting: please let me know of your pet's full routine and needs, as well as any other care your home might require, like watering plants, bringing in mail, trash/recycling taken out, and how long your pets are comfortable on their own in case i need to step out for 2-3 hours and can't bring them with me (do they have separation anxiety?)
I look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you look after your pets whenever you need! :)
Mari is the perfect cat sitter! We recently adopted a kitten and Mari has been great with her! She is reliable, caring, knowledgeable and has great communication. We are so happy to have Mari in our lives!
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