Penny and Remus in Woodfin

Me, Penny, and Remus are old pals. I’ve catsat for them several times in their home in Woodfin, North Carolina, and it is always a pleasure. The first time I met Remus, an older tabby, he hissed at me at every opportunity. Now he purrs loudly accepting chin rubs and swiping his face on my…

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I ran into Birdie the four-pound Maltese

A photo of Paul holding Birdie, a four-pound Maltese dog.

As i worked on my laptop one evening, a familiar voice said hello and there was Birdie and her owner Jess! Birdie is a four-pound Maltese with the longest bangs ever. This was a pleasant surprise.

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Maple the Cat and Kindal the Dog in Asheville

Kindal the Dog and Maple the Cat take an afternoon nap together.

It was my third time taking care of Maple the Magnificent Cat and the first time caring for Kindal, an elder, stately dog who has his own way of doing things. It took about 36 hours before Kindal was able to overcome his anxiety at this unknown petsitter (me) in his home. Kindal would carefully…

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Frida and Georgia (and Diego) in Leicester, North Carolina

Georgia the Cat cuddles with me on the fourth day of catsitting.

Tragically, much like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s relationship, Frida the cat doesn’t get along with Diego and his sister Georgia, also cats. They’re kept on different floors of a spacious home in Leicester, North Carolina (pronounced “les-ter,” the English way) where I laid in wait to serve wet food, dry food, and crunchy treats.…

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Maple the Magnificent in Kenilworth

Maple the Magnificent cat in Kenilworth in Asheville grooms herself.

Maple is no ordinary cat. She loves to wander the Kenilworth neighborhood in Asheville at all hours of the day and night. I imagine she follows the same route greeting neighbors both human and animal. I used to worry when she wouldn’t return immediately but I learned Maple is an independent, magnificent cat unafraid of…

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Shih Tzu Dog Siblings in Arden, North Carolina

Jadeie and Jonesy are Shih Tzu siblings and cuddly dogs.

Born just minutes apart, Jadeie and Jonesy fit the description of Shih Tzu dog personalities — they’re affectionate, cuddly, and smell like Doritos. Of all the dogs I sit, these two are the ones I’ve spent the most time with. Every crossing of the threshold into their home in Arden, North Carolina, is met with…

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Polly Pamps and Patchouli in South Asheville

Patchouli aka. Choo-Choo is a sweet loveable dog in South Asheville.

Swifter than a speeding train, Polly is a cute 10 year old dog whom I’ve known since she was a puppy. Polly excels at all of the superlatives a dog can claim including the ability to fetch her favorite ball in record time. She loves to announce herself to every visitor, letter carrier, and woodland…

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Ruby in Paradise (Weaverville, NC)

Nestled away in a corner of Weaverville, North Carolina, among stately trees and luscious foilage, is a house with a family of four: mom, dad, kid, and Ruby, their nine-year-old, 60 lb. dog. As I entered their home to dogsit, Ruby trotted forward with a greeting followed by a rush to the back door where…

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Juniper, Kepler & Kudo in North Asheville

Many years ago I met a student named Lauren at UNC-Asheville who went on to become a physician. Along the way she got hitched to Rob and had two super cute kids with another due this year. I haven’t seen Lauren in person in more than ten years. Facebook, however, has kept us informed of…

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