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Jon M.

19 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
$39/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

About Jon

3 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi there! I'm a longtime pet lover and am eager to care for yours. I'm that guy who greets dogs on the street waiting for their humans to finish shopping, and I know which dogs and cats live where in my neighborhood. :) I've been sitting and walking dogs since October 2013 and volunteered with the Seattle Animal Shelter for a few years before that.

Like people, every pet is different, and I enjoy getting to know them and giving them attention, playtime, cuddles, and treats as well as meals, walks, medicine, or other needs. I've had basic behavior and first aid training I can call on in an emergency, though thankfully I haven't had to. I also know cats after having one for 13 years, and I've cared for tortoises, rats, and other pets too. Animals usually take to me pretty quickly, but if not, I'm good at earning their trust with a combination of patience, treats, and non-threatening behavior. I've only been unable to win over one dog so far, and I'm proud of the frequent comments I get about pets taking to me much more quickly than most people, or pets liking me who rarely like anyone.

Since I don't work a 9-5 job, I'm available to sit or walk for you 7 days a week. Please note that I can't board pets in my own home, but when I watch them, they're in familiar surroundings where the only different thing is me. I like to meet you and your pet(s) at your home to get acquainted, go over questions, and show your pet(s) that you think I'm ok. While you're gone, I'll send regular photos and updates, unless you don't want me to (look out for roaming or other charges if you're outside the US). I'm also happy to get the mail, water plants, take out the trash, or other light household chores.

I happen to have Asperger's Syndrome (mild autism), which seems to give me an edge in communicating with our furry friends. At my old building, there were 3 dogs on my floor, and even when their owners were on the balcony with them, all 3 dogs would gather around me. :) I'm excited to meet you and your pet!

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Jon M.

19 Reviews
11 Repeat Guests
$39/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within an hour
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 9, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$39 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 7 miles
19 Reviews
Jon was very responsive before and during his stay with our dog. He contacted us to let us know he was running late on the day he arrived, and texted with questions and updates as they came up.
I have trouble trusting people to walk my large, strong reactive dog, but Jon does an AMAZING job with him. I'm so glad I find someone to work with him. I've already booked more time with him!
Jon is a great cat sitter! We got pictures every day and our kitties were very relaxed and happy when we came home. We will definitely ask him to sit for them again.
Communication was good. We got photos and status updates. Dog and house are intact. What more could we want? It's all good. Thanks, Jon!
Jon was great with our large poodle! He was very conscientious and responsive to our directions and her needs, and we arrived home to a happy dog. We definitely recommend him.
We had lots of consternation about leaving our 55 lb., 9- y/o pooch with someone new for a bit over 2 weeks. This was the first time that he, Drama, was cared for by someone other than family.
Jon stayed at the house and was, frankly, wonderful. Clearly Drama had bonded with Jon and trusted him (we had Jon come over three times ahead of our vacation to get Drama accustomed to Jon as well, and of course, did our due diligence to qualify Jon).
Living in a close-knit community, I've had a couple of neighbors already (only been back 2 days) provide unsolicited comments of how well they also thought Jon had cared for Drama.
I will confess that Drama is a pampered pooch. So, we had lots of requirements for his care. Jon was terrific and apparently followed all our guidelines to the T. He provided us updates during our vacation on both the house and our pooch. On our return, we found both pooch and house in good condition.
I have no hesitation in recommending Jon and will certainly employ his services in future.
Oh, I should also say a word about Jon's commitment. Just prior to his scheduled stay with Drama, he had a death in the family and of course would have flown out for the service. Knowing what this would do on our end, he voluntarily elected to make his apologies to family and honor his commitment to us!
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Jon was very nice and courteous. He made sure my dogs were happy and had plenty of play time with them. He was also a respectful guest at our house while we were away. We got daily updates and adorable pictures of our pups from Jon during our vacation. Highly recommended!
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Just as in January 2016, Jon did a wonderful job of taking care of my home and dog. I'm hoping he will be available for my next trip.
Jon took wonderful care of my dogs and home while I was away. I won't hesitate to call on him again.
Jon has watched our dogs on many occasions, and is so great with them. Would highly recommend! They are a bit high energy, but he does well at getting them stimulation and keeping them entertained. They feel so comfortable with him, and I always feel at ease when we are gone that he will take good care of them.
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Jon was very friendly and accommodated our difficult schedule.
Jon was great and the dogs loved him. He took Willy and Frida for nice long walks and kept us posted with lots of pictures! Thank you so much for taking such good care of them. Will definitely use again.
Jon took great care of our dog, Daisy, for an extended weekend away. While we were out, he sent us frequent pics and videos which let us know that everything was fine at home. He arrived a little early on the first day, and it was reassuring to touch base in person before I left. And he was able to stay late to make sure our dog wouldn't be left alone in the evening in case we were delayed. Very communicative and responsive.
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I am the mom of two very trusting and affectionate kittens. I admit I spoil them, although I do set boundaries so they won’t be brats! I was very nervous about being away for over a week without good cell and internet services. They also are at a stage where they both love and need more human attention than an older cat. Once I introduced Jon to them, I was confident that they were in good hands. He paid attention to them and their needs, the schedule and small training issues. Jon is very assiduous and asked questions about behaviors that he noted. He communicated with me by whatever mode could be available, with pictures and details of their day, which made my day as I was missing them. Even out of touch for 48 hours at one point, I knew all would be taken care of at home. They clearly bonded with Jon and trust him, which meant I came home to my same sweet, confident (now) pre-teen kittens. I know they will enjoy being with Jon even when they are older and not so needful.
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Jon was great with our pups! They loved him instantly at the meet and greet. Jon was very flexible with our schedule and flight changes/delays. He sent us messages and photos daily to keep us updated on the dogs and how much fun they were having. I think the dogs were more sad that he left than excited that we came home!
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Once again, we loved having Jon come to our house and hang out with our dog. Jon is caring and kind and our rescue with separation anxiety really likes him and feel comfortable. Jon is on time and reliable and a great person!
Jon was an excellent sitter for our dog who has separation anxiety. Charlie doesn't do very well by himself and Jon made him feel comfortable and took great care of him and our house while we were gone for a few days. He took him everywhere and when we returned, our dog seemed calm and well cared for. We will definite use Jon again!
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Wow - Jon was just great taking care of out 17 year old cat and 4 year old Wheaten Terrier when we left town for a few days. He is always prompt with communication and was great at giving me confidence that our pets would be well cared for - and they certainly were! He sent me a quick text when he had a concern and I appreciated that he paid such close attention to our pets. Jon seems to have a natural way with animals.

The house was immaculate when we returned and the animals were clearly happy and well cared for.
I intend to use Jon again both when we travel and also for mid-day walking if I need to work long days. I don't hesitate to recommend him for your pet-sitting needs.
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Jon was professional and friendly and the dogs seemed very happy and content when we got back home. I would recommend him to anyone looking for someone to watch their dogs and will definitely book with him in the future!
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