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Fully vaccinated 3 Covid boosters & flu etc as needed each year. Looking for sits beginning mid-April 2024. Please contact me.
Many homeowners contact me directly. I appreciate all my homeowners many of whom ask me to extend or return for both paid and free sits. Tips welcome and appreciated.

House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Cat(s), Fish, Chickens/Ducks/Geese, None
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in the United States
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2024: 7Jan-7Apr 2024: 7Apr-14Apr
  • On a house-sit right now

Sandpaper kisses & Wagging tails!

71, Retired & creative

Sandpaper kisses and wagging tails - I love caring for your pets, plants and property. Pets warm up asking for love on their terms and we become well acquainted. Multi-species, rescue & elder pet experience.

Communication with pictures keeps you informed and able to relax. My specialty is mid to long term sits (2-6+ months) in 12 states with and without pets. I am familiar with onsite Airbnb or renters (separate entrance), security cameras and alarms. Ask me in advance & I’ll work with you to accommodate.

A former home and pet owner (cats, dogs, rabbit, fish, Guinea pig). Varied career K-12 substitute teacher, I taught teens & adults Sears Driving School & now a freelance creative writer / content.

Experience: 35+ (Paid & free) sits in 12 states July 2016 to present with a pause (rented) during pandemic in Colorado. A combination of city & rural locations; I have the ability to remain calm during weather or other events, highly organized & clean. With rising costs I prefer close proximity to grocery, farmers markets and other stores &/or delivery access.

Equipment: wood & pellet stoves, generators, mowers, out buildings. Chickens, snow removal, wildlife & wild bird feeding. Orchards, greenhouses, care of your vehicles & more. To date no loss of property or pet under my care.

I enjoy photography, volunteering, writing and learning about the history of your area. A 'bit of a quiet homebody' giving attention to pets & plants. Diagnosed pre-diabetic 2021 I cut my blood sugar A1C numbers to near normal, I cook & eat healthy. (I can but rarely drink, non smoker / no drugs) Most of my work requires good WiFi & I love music.

December 2023 I finished my 4th sit for Afor (see my refs) in Denver. I will give all locations consideration but with rising costs help with travel costs for long distance is beneficial. Thank you

Additional references (this & other sites) from happy homeowners & professionals. Tips appreciated and welcome!

Reviews (11)
Kathy is great with our kitties. They enjoy having her stay with them and always cuddle up to her. We appreciate her communication and thoughtfulness. She leaves the house clean and takes care of all the basic house duties while we're gone. Kathy is a great person to call for your next sit.
AFOR ( Colorado, Dec 2023 - 1 week - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Kathy communicated with us but due to other circumstances was not able to stay with our animal for the planned stay. We did let Kathy know ahead of time about our dog and she assured us she'd be able to handle her. This did leave us in a bind and we ended up having to pay for a dog sitter which was a very unplanned expense. We appreciate Kathy's communication but the situation was unfortunate.
MEGHAN ( Colorado, Dec 2023 - 3 weeks)
The safety of your & all my owners pets is of utmost importance. Leaving your sit after days of continual communication with your husband while trying to stay put my own housing at risk. Tessa and I bonded in the confines of your home (she slept glued to my side). On walks her reactions were scary ... MORE
I can't say enough good things about Kathy. She was highly professional from beginning to end, and my cat loved her. She was able to handle unexpected issues without breaking a sweat. My water heater sprung a leak while I was gone, and she seamlessly coordinated with a plumber to have a new one (upgraded model that I choose) installed the next day. She also handled minor sprinkler issue with the help of my neighbor, who had nothing but praise for her. Highly recommended. I would not ... MORE
DAVID ( California, Nov 2022 - 4 months)
Thank you Dave and please thank Larry (neighbor) for allowing me to ask questions. He and his wife were very helpful, I’m grateful!
Kathy was a dedicated sitter and our kitties and plants thrived in her care. She took excellent care of the house and garden, and reported regularly on the house and cats. We were able to trust her implicitly with all aspects of our home. We recommend her to anyone looking for someone easy going, caring, and trustworthy.
RICK ( New Mexico, May 2022 - 3 months)
No rating Kathy was so positive and helpful during her visit. She took great care of our pets and was very communicative and clear! I would recommend her to watch your pets any time, except when I need her again! :)
ELIZABETH ( Colorado, May 2019)
No rating Kathy was a wonderful sitter. She knows exactly what to do with cats and handled our rambunctious kittens well. She took great care of the house, cooked extra chicken for the kitties and kept us happy with cute pictures of Milo and Millie while we were away. I appreciated Kathy's communication and kept us a breast of the goings on at home. We'd definitely have her sit for us again!
AFOR (Wheat Ridge Colorado, Nov 2018 - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
No rating Kathy was an excellent guest in our home. She took great care of my two kitties. They seemed to miss her after she left!!! I would use her again in a minute. Contact me if you have any questions.
CONNIE ( Oregon, Apr 2018 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating Kathy did a great job of housesitting our dog and cat. She sent us frequent updates on the animals via texts and we appreciated that. She walked our dog daily and I know he enjoyed that. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a house sitter.
SUSAN ( Oregon, Mar 2018 - 3-4 weeks)
No rating Kathy was an exceptional housesitter for our cat and a lovely person. Kathy is quiet, calm, and dependable. Pictures of our cat were sent often while we were away. Her experience with pet sitting proved valuable when I nearly forgot to include Veterinary details before we left. The house was tidy when we returned. I highly recommend Kathy for housesitting and will call her for future housesitting needs.
TERESA ( Oregon, Jan 2018 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating Kathy McElveny was just what the doctored ordered. She bonded with our 3 cats quickly, keep us appraised of how they were doing, sent us pictures of our babies and gave us peace of mind while we took a month off to do a road trip from the west coast to the east coast and back again. She took one of our babies to the vet when needed, secured our home during a fall storm and keep the house in good order for our return. We would recommend her for taking care of YOUR babies when you need someone to ... MORE
DEBRA ( Oregon, Sep 2016 - 4 weeks)
No rating We could not have found a better fit for our first house sitter. Kathy is extremely conscientious and caring, She kept our home in tip-top shape while we were traveling and went way above and beyond expectations. Kathy was an excellent caretaker for our cats and property. Our cats adored her! They were very well cared for in our absence and possibly healthier upon our return than they were when we left. We would not hesitate for a nano second to recommend Kathy for any house sit. She will ... MORE
CHRIS AND MIKE ( Oregon, Jul 2016 - 3 months)
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