"The Desert DogFather"
In-Home Pet Sitting
WHAT'S "DESERT DOGFATHER?"
When you’re going on vacation, I’ll move into your home to stay with your dog(s) and/or cat(s) to care for them (and your home).
If you just need some periodic in-home pet care during the day, I love doing that too — if my schedule permits.
Move-in / Overnight-stay: $45-per-day/night for one animal; $15-per- day/night for each additional animal.
Daytime visit: $25 for a one-hour visit. . . which includes a walk, treats, a little loving, and freshening the water bowl; $10 for each additional animal. Please contact me and we can discuss your specific need(s) and I’ll put together a customized proposal / rate for you if you’re going to need regular service; or if you need me to stay longer than an hour.
SERVICES / WHAT YOU GET
I strive to care for your animals as if they were my own. And to leave your home as if no one was there the whole time you were away. On the final day, I wash any towels and bedding that I’ve used.
- 2 - 3 walks and daily feedings
- Administering meds
- Litter-box cleaning and/ or yard “poop patrol”
- Mail and newspaper pick-up
- Plant watering
- Rotation of lights on-and-off; and opening / closing blinds
- Taking garbage and recycling out and bringing the cans in
- Home security checks.
- Periodic update texts, with photos of your pet(s) on walks, or relaxing
In addition, if you need, I’ll even take you to the airport (Palm Springs International) as you depart and/or pick you up on your return. . .so you don’t have to pay for a taxi or Lyft/Uber. . . nor inconvenience a friend for a ride.
I’m a responsible “50-something” who’s opted to step out of the corporate rat race — to consciously downsize and simplify my life while living in Palm Springs 9-months each year. I bring all 22-years-of-experience as a pet- and home-owner to my service for you and your animal(s).
in Seattle and Portland, I was privileged to have two feisty welsh terriers and two spoiled fox terriers. So I completely understand the peace-of-mind that comes when someone you trust moves into your home to care for your beloved pet(s) while you travel. (Plus, as kids, my sister and I had a toy-poodle "sibling" for 14 years, . . so I was raised to know how to love and care for an animal as a member of the family).
In 2015-16 during an extended mid-life spirit quest I drove 37,000 miles and 48 of the United States. Along the way, I ended up house and pet-sitting (both dogs and cats) in Madison, WI, Portland, OR; Santa Rosa, CA; and Palm Springs, CA. Since I no longer have animals of my own, I loved it — and my friends / clients were very happy with my services.
My “day job” is owning and operating Full Plate, LLC. I cook and grocery shop for desert residents in their homes - or for desert vacationers who've rented houses. But the nature of that work provides ample time to devote to house and pet sitting as well!
REFERENCES AND CUSTOMER REVIEWS —
TOM T. AND PAUL G. - Palm Springs, CA
Jay has spent extended periods of time house sitting and taking great care of Rusty, our Lakeland Terrier. He follows all the regular routines we outline — and sends us updates and photos.
Rusty adores Jay! And we do too, because he provides tremendous peace of mind —plus he leaves our house in better shape than when we left! We strongly recommend him to anyone who loves their animals and wants a responsible person house sitting while travelling.
ANDY W. - Palm Springs, CA
I recently had Jay stay at my house to keep the household running smoothly and, more importantly, to be an “uncle” to my dog, Silas.
It worked out perfectly. Jay met with me before I left and easily gathered information about my expectations. On the day I left, he even chauffeured me to the airport! I received pictures of Silas and updates on important issues around the house every few days while gone. Jay always replied promptly to anything asked about from afar.
The true test was coming home. Silas was happy to see me, but I could tell he had enjoyed Jay’s stay. You just know. And, everything in the house was in tip-top order. The bed had been made with clean sheets and all towels were freshly laundered. Because of his great cooking skills, I even had a yummy treat prepared by Jay, lovingly saved in my freezer. Many of my neighbors met Jay while he was walking Silas during my absence. They all commented on how friendly he’d been and how frequently they saw him out with Silas.
Not only was I thrilled and comforted by Jay’s efforts, I’ve already booked him to stay again on my next vacation, and have given his name to friends — highly recommending his service. Say “yes” to Jay!
RIO R. - Santa Rosa, CA
Jay cared for my house and my 2 dogs and particularly ornery cat for 3 weeks while I traveled to the UK. Having worked with him for a number of years in Seattle, I felt completely at ease — something I don’t usually feel when others care for my critters.
Jay sent regular photos and witty updates, which gave me a snapshot into the daily goings on — I’d look forward to hearing his amusing take on my pets various adventures.
On my return, my house was immaculate, something delicious was in the oven, and my critters were all happy and well-cared for. “Uncle Jay” (which is how I refer to him when I talk to my critters) is now part of our family. When he visits, they promptly forget who I am, in favor of loving on Jay. Yeah, he's that good.
I whole-heartedly recommend having Jay take care of your pets, home…as well as his cooking! Seriously, you really can't go wrong. Three very-enthusiastic paws up!
BELINDA G. - Portland, OR
When we took a trip to Spain last year, one of our biggest concerns was leaving our 20-year-old cat, Kanji, in good hands. It was obvious a pet hotel wouldn't work and we rejected the idea of a daily drop-in because her advanced age and medication needs seemed to dictate more oversight.
Jay came to our rescue, giving us peace of mind that our old kitty would be in good hands, and our home would be safe while we were gone.
We’ve been frequent travelers over the years, and have occasionally had to send frantic email requests to friends or family to check the house, manage the trash pick up, or do drive-bys to assure our stopped paper and mail delivery hadn't mysteriously started back up. Jay's presence relieved us of any of those concerns, and we were able to thoroughly enjoy our trip without any concern about our home and pet.
Not only did Jay take us to the airport on our departure day, but we came home to a house that I suspect was cleaner than we left it! I only wish Jay still lived near us, so we could always use his services.
ROBIN W. - Madison, WI
Jay stayed in our home and watched our high-maintenance cat for a month while we were out of the country.
Not only did Jay care for the cat so well that she exhibited none of her usual "retaliation" habits in our absence, but our house and yard were actually in better condition than when we left it. If only I could have Jay all the time!
CLAUDIA P. - Madison, WI
I highly recommend having Jay look after your fur babies’ emotional and physical needs when you travel.
My kitty, Ole, suffers severe separation anxiety — which he expresses by peeing outside the litter box. I’ve learned to prepare a special rag basket for him (it’s tough to outsmart a 5-year-old cat…but hey, I’m trainable!). But when Jay’s taking care of him, Ole doesn’t feel the need to use it! His sister, Lena, thinks Jay is the cat’s meow, too — even sleeping with him, which is the ultimate kitty compliment!