2. Katie VanBuren
- 9 hires on Thumbtack
- Serves High Point, NC
"Katie recently babysat my two fur girls for a weekend, for the first time. This was my first experience leaving my girls with anyone outside our extended family; so it was very important for them to feel safe and secure with Katie.
We began our relationship with a visit to our home, where Katie would be providing care to Jez and Max. Jez (Jezebel; my dog) not only felt comfortable with Katie, but loved her at first sight; in fact would not leave her side during Katie's visit. I was beyond relieved as Jez (a rescue dog with a hard beginning) is a high-strung, nervous girl. Max (Maxine, my cat) was her usual disdainful self but also comfortable in Katie's presence.
During our first meeting, Katie and I determined her visitation schedule and what each girl's needs would be during each visit - including the length of the visit, to ensure their social and security needs were met. Katie offered to text me each time she arrived for and departed from each visit, including sending photos of the girls.
She then followed up with me after our meeting, as well as a few days before our scheduled weekend; to ensure she had all required information about the girls as well as to request additional information in case other needs manifested themselves.
During my time away, Katie exceeded my expectations specific to texting me with reports of each of her visits and how the girls were doing - and providing photographic evidence!
When I returned, Jez and Max were very relaxed and happy aside from being excited that I was home.
If you are looking for a conscientious, caring, committed, organized, professional pet sitter, please consider Katie. I couldn't be happier with her services; especially her knowledge and understanding of animals and needs. She was lovely with my girls, which I appreciate more than words can express as they are so precious to me.
Please let me know if I can provide additional information about Katie's abilities and her compassion and caring. I will be happy to sing her praises! Sincerely, Ruth Owens"