Hi there, my name is Laura! I'm from San Francisco, California and I moved to Berlin in 2017. Before my move to Germany I was a school librarian, focused on teaching kids responsible research habits and nurturing a love of reading. Nowadays I am enjoying learning German, reading voraciously, and messing about with watercolors.
Growing up my family had two cats, and when I started college it felt natural to adopt two cats of my very own, Maya and Tigerlily. Both of my sweet and sweetly grumpy girls had about a dozen nicknames each, something I still do with all cats that I meet. Sadly my girls both passed away at the ripe old age of 17, and I still feel the loss every day.
My two motivations for joining Pawshake are that I enjoy spending time with cats and dogs, and I'm very good at caring for them. As well as over 30 years of experience caring for my own family pets, I have often been a catsitter for friends and family. Recently I had the opportunity to spend a month providing live-in dog care and housesitting, which was a wonderful adventure.
Typically my visit with cats will begin with getting down on the ground and having a few minutes of petting, or just letting them check me out if that's what they prefer. Then it's a quick check to clean up any messes, a bit of play and food, more play and pet time, and finishing off with a clean litter box. I'm experienced with giving cats medication, both in pill form and as injections (feline diabetes is no joke!). I always spend between 30 and 45 minutes with your cat per visit.
In addition to caring for your pets I'm happy to bring in the mail and water any houseplants.
Laura was great with our 2 cats, even with a special feeding needs for our older girl. Our cats didn't even care when we got home, which shows me that they were very well cared for and got lots of love while we were away!
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