Serving neighborhoods within a three-mile radius of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York
PetSitting , walking, boarding, schmoozing...
Telephone: (845) 309-2580
Who will love your pet while you are away, and your current pet sitter or walker* is indisposed or unavailable for a while? Richard, we say! Should the unconditionally-loving furry in your life need boarding, a sitter or substitute* walker, we old cats (Juniper and Jonquil) highly recommend our mature and capable human, Richard Sonnenschein for short term assignments.
*Richard substitutes for--DOES NOT replace--current walk providers. He wants to burn calories while occasionally helping Poughkeepsie pet owners who walk their own dogs, or whose regular provider is on vacation or indisposed.
Richard(below)holds an injured Northern Saw Whet owl treated by wildlife scientist Glenn Proudfoot.
Holly, Richard's best friend, holds the injured owl. The owl's eyes look very much like my right eye. I wonder if we're related...
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Especially, the songs.
Until recently, I'd believed Richard to be a strictly cat and dog person, but I guess he'd be quite comfortable sitting for birds and fish, too. I know I would be.
I'm Juniper just checking out the possibilities. Life is good, and I'm enjoying every moment...
Richard is kind, playful, and generous with kibbles. LIFE IS GOOD!
Please Note: Richard will substitute for--not replace--current providers.
Here's jonquil in your face, and you know me by now. I'm just having a little snooze on sun-warmed slate in my garden.
Yes! Should Richard not be boarding a dog during the time you need placement for your furry (no kitties at this time--sorry), he will happily open his heart and door to your pet. Your dear pet will never be left alone. Richard and/or Holly will be there 24/7. That's why we only board one pet at a time. And you will pay a mere $15.- per day! Wow!!
And your beloved, low maintenance cat may be afforded a visit from Richard for as little as $5.55. That's $5.55 for 5 minutes (see details)
Richard's first "house sitting" job was as live-on-site caretaker and interpreter for the Fort Klock Historic Restoration. As the caretaker of this national landmark, he maintained its buildings and grounds as well as conducting interpretive tours for visitors and groups of children from area schools. Holly designed colonial period garb for each of them to wear, and during her summer visits to him there, assisted Richard in maintaining Fort Klock's herb garden, and in guiding tours. http://www.FortKlockRestoration.org
Short and long-term house and/or pet sitting assignments are accepted. Prices will make you purr...
Richard will take good care of your house,too ! Would you like to have your house looked after while on vacation or away on an extended business trip? Richard will check in on it once--or more times--daily, or help you arrange for highly qualified live-in presence, all according your wishes.
(to enlarge any image, just left-click on it) Below: #14. J&J in Autumn by RS
During an inspection of a Poughkeepsie house in his care, Richard discovers high winds have damaged the chimney cap, and immediately reports it to the absent owners .
VeryLightHome&Grounds Maintenance help for Poughkeepsie
Senior citizens. SENIOR CITIZENS ONLY, PLEASE !
PLEASE NOTE: Richard is taking some time away from his work as a lecturer and BTW instructor in Driver Education, so he may devote more time to some projects in the performing and creative arts that have been on hold for decades. He is not a professional landscaper, though he has had hands-on and supervisory experience in maintaining the grounds and buildings of large estates.
Richard DOES NOT replace professional providers of grounds maintenance. If you routinely keep the grounds of your home, but would now and then like a helping hand with your lawn mowing, trimming, weeding and raking; or if your regular provider is unavailable, give Richard a call. If he hasn't burned enough calories for the day, and isn't busy painting rocks, looking for driftwood or pickling eggs, he'll come over. Check Richard's no-dawdle-hour rate. Richard will get into shape his way, while many "zumba" their way to svelte.
Care to have a hard-to-reach light bulb or furnace air filter replaced? (Are you certain the company you've hired to service your furnace is replacing it regularly?Are you absolutely certain?) Have a job to do around the house that will be much easier done with extra help? Do you hear noises coming from somewhere in your house that you'd like to have identified? Ask Richard to have a listen to the problem. If he can't solve it, he'll refer you to someone very capable.*
Do you like the "Aethelred The Unready" T-shirt Richard is wearing? Guess the make and age of the lawn mower pictured above, as well as its country of manufacture, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a free T-shirt. Just e-mail or call. T-shirts are available in red and blue.
Odd Jobs&Errands For Seniors
Have the odd job you'd like done? Richard, himself a bit odd, likes a good challenge. So, bring on the odd jobs. Richard's prices won't add to the gray hair you may already sport. Check it out!
Ask about our 'Look in on senior citizens' service.
*Serving neighborhoods within a three-mile radius of Vassar College
The shorter the distance we must travel to and from clients, the lower our costs. That saving is passed on to customers with prices that always purr for them, never bark at them.Please see our Purrices page.
p.s. Does your furry need a ride? Short trip?
Should your furry need a ride, and should we, at that time, have access to the Extra Large Vari-Kennel we've been able to use in the past, Richard may be able to help.
...and should ever
your pet become lost, contact Richard with pictures and info. He'll post it immediately, right here on this page. So, if you lose or find a pet, let us know, and then scream your head off.
Jonquil on his pillow-padded satellite dish scratching post made for him by a friend.
We're capable,mature, and our services will make you purr...