Hello pet owners! My name is Sophie, and I am a 24 year old student from Australia. I am a Dutch-Australian dual citizen, however currently my Dutch is only at A2 - B1 level. I am in my second year of my Master's in animal behaviour and animal welfare at Utrecht University. Since the coronavirus has meant my study is online, I have moved to Rotterdam from Utrecht and I am now available around Rotterdam and can travel to Delft and Den Haag. I am the daughter of an equine veterinarian and my extensive experience with animals is demonstrated in the skills section. I have worked with alpacas, primates, and horses.
I am motivated to become a petsitter due to the menagerie of beloved pets I have left at home. I miss them enormously! Prior to arriving in the Netherlands, I had two dogs, one lizard, one bird, one cat and two horses at home. I am extremely comfortable with all aspects of their care, many of these animals had been with me since I was a small child. Previously, I have owned tropical fish and a range of farm animals. I can offer a range of services. I am a responsible student, and also babysat and housesat during my entire Bachelor's degree, so I understand how to take care of someone else's home and pets.
Services: I can offer a range of services, and precise needs can be organised with me directly. These include home visits, overnight stays and dog walking.
Pet sitting - house visits can be arranged one or two times daily, depending on your needs. Services include feed and water, walking, cleaning of tank/cage, giving the pet attention, grooming and bathing.
Overnight stays in your home are also possible for pets needing more attention.
Dog walking - typically, I walked my dogs at home for 1 hour. This is my usual duration for a walk, however more or less time suits me as well. I am comfortable with up to four well-behaved dogs on a walk at one time.
If you have specific requirements do not hesitate to contact me.
I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Sophie is just such a lovely person! Friendly and easy-going and clearly experienced with dogs. She followed all my instructions to the word, handled my hooligans like a pro & left my house spotless. She comes highly recommended!!
Sophie is awesome!
She took excellent care of our 2 cats while we were on vacation. Even our shy cat was very comfortable with Sophie on day 2!
Communication with Sophie was very easy, and she’s very accommodating and a nice person to be around—for humans and animals :). You can tell the minute you meet her that she is a true animal lover.
Nothing like coming home to 2 happy cats in a very clean environment.
I have extensive animal work experience from Australia. They are listed below:
National Zoo and Aquarium (2017-2018) - weekly volunteer in primate section of zoo, dealing with all aspects of care including cleaning, feeding and medicating.
Manx Park Thoroughbreds (2013-2017) - morning stable care of 7-12 yearling thoroughbreds.
Retford Equine Veterinary Clinic (2012-2017) - stable hand, looking after all aspects of horse care, including clients horses.
Australian National University (2015) - provided care three mornings a week for the possums in care of the Research School of Biology.
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