StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

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Name of sitter: Nelmarie D

Area: Hatfield (Pretoria)

Note: Nelmarie happily looks after pets who are not in his/her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: BA Visual Studies

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: March 2018

Experience with animals and own pets

When I was just six years old I got my first pet, a cat, I named him Stitch, after that we were inseparable and he was always by my side. I always felt drawn to animals when I was young and felt that animals are such beautiful creatures. To this day I still have a tremendous amount of love for all animals.

After Stitch passed I never got another cat because I did not want to create the sense of replacing him. I always thought of my next cat, and what he or she would be like. Then on a sunny day in the middle of the road I saw a small dark grey ball of fur, seemingly walking to nowhere, I jumped out to go fetch her and she came running to me too. Then there was no question about it, I called her Smokey. I nursed her with a bottle for she was too small to drink by herself; she however, was like no other cat I have ever seen. She was wilder than your general housecat, and then I felt it was more responsible for me to let my parents adopt her, so that she could have more roaming and hunting space, for I stay in the suburbs and they have a much larger house and yard. I sincerely hoped that 3 acres would suffice her needs and tame her wild side just a bit.

There are a lot of stray cats where I live and my nature is to put out some food/milk for them, so every day I did. I accepted my strays as my own, giving them some comfort, so that they don’t have to hunt on that tiring Friday night, you could say that I provided them with some “take-aways”. Now obviously there would be some consequences to feed the strays in the area, more and more strays became attracted to my home. I never minded this; I only wanted to show my love as much as I could.

One stray caught my eye, I noticed that she was pregnant and I immediately had to address the situation. I decided to keep giving her food and making sure the others don’t steal it, I would watch her for many minutes, waiting to gain her trust. After a few months the kittens were born, Nougat & Fudge. I fed them, they were tamer and trusted me a lot.

One day I came home to realize that Nougat had now made my home officially hers too, and obviously I just let it slide you know… because that’s what love is.

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StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Nelmarie passed our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies. This means that she scored at least 80%. Please do feel free to ask for any team member’s individual test score.

Feedback from References

Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Nelmarie accompanied my petsitter, Chanté, when she stayed with my pets. (They asked permission, which I gladly granted.) They also visited us twice at home and I saw how Nelmarie interacted with my animals. She is warm, affectionate and clearly crazy about the dogs and the cat. She is responsible and asked insightful questions about their routines, food, medication, etc. She helped Chante to take the bulldog to the vet (no easy task) and remained positive, helpful and friendly. She even cleaned before we came back. I would completely trust Nelmarie to take care of my animals!

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StudentCo Client Reviews

Please note that not all pet parents complete our feedback questionnaire - for a full list of any sitter's experience, please do feel free to ask.

Visits with Luke(Pug) and Leia (Beagle)

My name: Prenisha Chetty

Name of pet sitter: Nelmarie D

My pets (breeds and names): Luke(Pug) and Leia (Beagle)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 6/6/2018 8:25:23 AM

Stay-overs with Leesi and Faye

My name: Liane Gast

Name of pet sitter: Nelmarie D

My pets (breeds and names): Leesi and Faye

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

My girls adore Nelmarie.

Leesi went ballistic seeing her again so I know they love her.

It's super sweet to see how excited they get when Nelmarie walks through the door!

Date of Review: 8/13/2018 8:46:47 AM