Petsitting & Housesitting Services
Hello! Nice to meet you. I'm Dawn. I created a life I love and one that brings love to animals around the world—and peace of mind to their humans. I have completed extended stays of 2 weeks to 3 years in Ireland, France, and England plus stays up to a year here in the US.
I feel fortunate that my location-independent work as a writer and artist affords me the freedom to share love with so many beloved pets. Often it supports my writing and art, too!
When you have to be away, we'll be right there.
Hire Dawn to care for your animals.
I've cared for a variety of breeds of dogs, cats and other pets great and small. Even chickens, rabbits, hamsters and donkeys plus the occasional gecko (no snakes or rats please;). We provide photos of your pets and adapt to their routine. Home base is Central Virginia—and I love travel!
Contact Dawn with your travel dates or to arrange for local and regional feed, walk and play visits (currently in Bedford County, Virginia) or, depending on my availability, for overnight stays in your home. I do still travel for extended stays of one week or more and consider exchanges on a case by case basis for overseas locations. You can also find me on Rover. *
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PETSITTING. Reviews from Rover.
PETSITTING. Everything We Had Hoped For! Dawn Was Absolutely Fantastic as a dogsitter and housesitter! We have a mostly blind 10+-year-old Golden and a newly adopted 4+-year-old Golden / Chow mix. Dawn was everything we had hoped for in a housesitter and dogsitter. She walked the boys often and texted pictures throughout our trip. I called and texted often and she was always available to let me know how our "kids" were doing. We will definitely call on Dawn as a dogsitter again. It's so nice to be comfortable and relaxed on an extended time away from home when you know your family is being tended to and not locked away in a fenced area. Thanks, Dawn! ☼ B.K.
PETSITTING. They Seemed So Happy When We Arrived Home! My boys were taken great care of with Dawn's dogsitting services. They seemed so happy when we arrived home. We love Dawn and she will be invited back! Thanks, Dawn. We will do it again! ☼ T.F.
PETSITTING. Patient & Calm in the Midst of Wedding Chaos. Dawn took care of our dog Bowie during our wedding, and I can't say enough good things about her and her dogsitting help. Bowie took right to her, and I knew we didn't have to worry at all about leaving him. Dawn was quick to reply to our messages and patient and accommodating with all of the last minute wedding chaos. :) We would absolutely have Dawn watch Bowie the next time we're in Georgia. Thanks, Dawn! ☼ A.R.
PETSITTING. Best Petsitter We've Ever Had—Our Pets Were Calm & Relaxed! Dawn is the best petsitter we've ever had. She took exquisite care of our animals and property, and kept us posted as much as we wanted during our vacation. As a result, we had complete peace of mind that our animals and house would be okay while we were gone, which was such a gift. When we arrived home our pets were calm and relaxed and excited to see us. Exactly what we hoped for. Dawn was a huge gift to us. ☼ J.H.
PETSITTING. Trustworthy Dogsitter—Our Dog Really Loved Being With Dawn. I am delighted to have the opportunity to recommend Dawn as a trustworthy dogsitter. She is a wonderful, caring individual who loves animals and would be an excellent dog sitter and caregiver. Dawn cared for our dog and our home when we were out of town, and our dog, Bailey, absolutely loved being with her. She is a very responsible and loving person who is extremely trustworthy, and I would feel comfortable recommending her to care for anyone's pet or home. ☼ J.L.
PETSITTING. Took Our Dog to the River, Dogsitting in Our Home. Dawn spent seven days dogsitting in our home in England in July 2018. She was a tremendous help in the looking after of our female retriever. She took her out for walks in the morning. It was extremely hot while Dawn was here and she took our dog Dulcie to the river at Sinsford in the heart of Thomas Hardy country to let her exercise and play in the river. Dawn sent me email pictures of the dog while out walking which is a caring and reassuring thing to do. I very much appreciated that aspect. Dawn was a considerate guest in our house, very tidy and was a delight to host. Thank you very much, Dawn! ☼ M.P.
PETSITTING. Worry-Free Vacation. We've Been Telling All Our Friends How Happy We Are! It's been such a worry-free vacation knowing how our furry family is being so well cared for! We've been telling all our friends about how happy we are that we found you. Really hoping you will tell us you will come again. ☼ C.R.
PETSITTING. Dogsitting Services: Appreciate Everything! Thank you for taking care of Addison! She was happy to see us get home. I so appreciate everything you did. Will definitely use you again for dogsitting services. ☼ J.T.
PETSITTING. Responsible, Trustworthy, and Friendly... A Great Pet Sitter! Dawn sent regular updates while I was out of town and I was at ease knowing that my dog was in good hands. I hope to have her back the next time I go on vacation. Thanks! ☼ J.G.
PETSITTING. Dawn Looked After Our Two Dogs This Summer for Six Weeks. She was a pleasure to deal with from the beginning. Our two dogs were very happy and healthy when we got home and the house was in great shape. Dawn sent us regular updates while we were away and also dealt with a few issues that cropped up at the house in our absence. I highly recommend her for any house/pet sitting job. ☼ O.Z.
PETSITTING. Dawn Made the Trip to New Orleans at the Last Minute when the housesitter I had booked had a family emergency. She dealt patiently with an issue getting into the house when she first arrived and was professional, creative and displayed independent problem-solving the entire time. She took care of my kitty with love and care, ensuring that her various dietary restrictions were accommodated. I have nothing but positive things to say about Dawn and would recommend her for any housesit you have. ☼ T.M.
PETSITTING. Dawn Looked After Our House and Cat in Suburban Philadelphia for Almost Six Weeks towards the end of 2020. We were very satisfied with the way Dawn did this. She was communicative and helpful when necessary, but she did not bombard us with questions. She was extremely organized, careful and she followed the house instructions that we had left. She arrived and left exactly as scheduled, but she was also flexible when we had to delay our return.
When we got back the house was in perfect condition. She had meticulously cleaned the kitchen and everything was put away in its place. Our cat was happy to see us but she had clearly had a good time with Dawn and was not at all anxious or distressed. We would very much like to have Dawn come back again. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking for a mature, responsible and careful person to watch over their home and animals. ☼ J.T.
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What I Believe — All God's Creatures Great and Small Are Our Teachers. Listen to Them. Learn from Them.
I believe each and every animal brings something special to the world. If we pause long enough to really look into their eyes and listen to their hearts, we will receive that gift and it will bless us. Animals are our teachers and, in many ways, more connected to the heart and soul of this life. They know that life is working in our favor. Their vulnerability and trust inspires me. It makes me believe in magic and wonder and goodness. I learn something new from every creature I meet.
I'll meet you and your animals on the way! 💕