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Married Couple works as Pet/House sitters in Portland Area
Posted October 1st, 2011 - 6:07 pm by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
My name is Morgan and since last June I have been working with my husband as a professional pet care provider in the Portland area. We have experience house sitting for dog and cat owners while they travel for any length of time. Our schedule is flexible and we are interested in caring for your cats or dogs. We have over 15 years experience as both cat and dog owners. We have worked with all different breeds of dogs. We generally charge $15 a day per dog and $10 a day per cat. This includes walking, grooming, feeding, and playing with the dog/cat. If you're interested, we would love to send you our references.
Thank you,
Morgan and Jack McGuirk
(210)827 2367

Posted October 1st, 2011 - 6:31 pm by from Palermo, Italy (Permalink)
wonder why people will ask professional house and pet sitters if there are so many non professional house and pet sitters with very good experiences just like !

Look around people in the several c.s. groups for house and pet sitters !

Posted October 1st, 2011 - 7:47 pm by from Nyon, Switzerland (Permalink)
and here is definitely not the place to ask for money for pet/housesitting...

Posted October 1st, 2011 - 10:25 pm by from Amherst, United States (Permalink)
While I agree making money is not the purpose of this site, I think it is actually helpful if this is a couchsurfing member who has been verified [are they?] to offer their professional references, to show what the prices are, and express this... because....

one who is seeking a couchsurfer to petsit is really in need of services that require possible backup.

If they are unable to procure a house/petsitter they might have to either put their pet in a locked up kennel, or cancel the trip.

As well, an exchange might take place where the person fails to arrive, or has a flight delay, or get ill while there. If this was simply a couchsurf situation, we each take care of ourselves.

But in the petsitting scenario, an animal's life may be at stake.

I think it would be helpful to have someone I trust as possible backup.

Sure, there are other places to advertise, but if I am a couchsurfer, and want to support this as a community, my seeing services offered by someone who has couchsurfed or offered their space for such would be an extension of this trust.

Caring for an animal requires more than a spare space. As we know, some couchsurfers offer only that, some offer only to stay with someone else and offer a story.

It may be a slippery slope, I know, but in this specific scenario, I support having contacts here who offer this with a fee, as long as one is informed in advance.

This would be full disclosure, not taking advantage of anyone.

Just my humble opinion as someone who has a dog as a roommate.

Posted October 2nd, 2011 - 2:18 am by from Starbuck, United States (Permalink)
I can see both sides of this debate. On the one hand, I do believe that this forum should not be used like a free "want ads". On the other hand, it is not that easy to find a dog sitter who is willing to come and stay when you need them without paying them.

We have a dog, Ziggy, who is part of our family. He enjoys car rides, but would rather be running free at home than in a kennel. We have had CSers stay here with Ziggy when we have traveled, and we have cared for a CSer's dog during a trip to Alaska. In no instance did any money change hands. This was possible because we live on a lake in Minnesota, a place where people like to come and stay during the summer. Ditto for us going to Homer in June.

This winter we have been invited back to visit friends in Costa Rica. Would anyone like to come and stay here in Minnesota with Ziggy in January? I think not. If we want to go, we have to pay. We would love for a CSer to offer to come and stay here. We have lots of room, and could offer an extended stay before and after our trip. We would offer food, a car, even a small stipend for expenses, but it is not going to happen. We will either pay to board Ziggy, or stay home.

Posted October 2nd, 2011 - 7:40 am by from Palermo, Italy (Permalink)
verified is not a guaranty its just you payed money to have a green v label and that your address is checked out .

If verified is a guaranty people should know not to make money business i here .

join http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=840

Posted October 2nd, 2011 - 1:55 pm by from Amherst, United States (Permalink)
No, it is not. It is a fine line, I know, but in an abstract way, advertising goes on here by the act irked groups choosing certain commercial places to have events at... It promotes those businesses. And how does one share a great event that happens in one's town without mentioning things that cost money?

I do not live in the Portland area ...but after writing, I checked out these people and saw plenty of listings for them of trades of stays where people were happy. Those personal references mean something, especially those details and that those references can be contacted here to ask questions.

If they don't, then i should not feel safe for myself either. But no guarantees exist in any situation. One must make decisions based on personal judgement and ask for more info.

I appreciate that sometimes a person needs to have a few dollars to survive. A lot of folks these days are having to be very creative to get by.

One thing on references... And the self descriptions...the details here help me figure out more about how a person lives, whether they a partying or Eco minded, or responsible or such. I would find this very helpful in this scenario.

Posted October 2nd, 2011 - 8:10 pm by from Nyon, Switzerland (Permalink)
Well, people get greedy and want to make money wherever they can. That's a reason why the CS website has been sold. A reason why people ask money for petsitting...

Posted October 3rd, 2011 - 1:25 pm from Charlotte, United States
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Posted October 3rd, 2011 - 1:55 pm from Charlotte, United States
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