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House Sitting And Pet Sitting: The Not-So-Obvious

House sitting and pet sitting consist of much more than simply showing up and throwing down food. To do a professional house sitting or pet sitting job, one must be able to carry out instructions exactly; one must be punctual, friendly and attentive toward animals, and consistently observant and vigilant. (Having an education in Veterinary Technology and experience owning a home doesn’t hurt either 😉 ).

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Vigilance is always important and is especially crucial when it comes to house sitting and pet sitting for pets who take medications, dietary supplements, and/or fluids. When caring for a household with multiple pets and involving multiple medications and supplements, attention to detail is a MUST. A trustworthy and professional pet sitter will take due diligence to make sure all pills and vitamins are kept separated and portioned out correctly (as the owner has left them or exactly as the owner has instructed). He/she will administer the appropriate pills/vitamins to the appropriate animal in the appropriate dosage at the appropriate time of day without fail. If there is any confusion whatsoever, the professional pet sitter will contact the owner (or other appropriate contact as specified by the owner) to get clarification.


This is the kind of care you can depend on from Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care!

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…And because we have an in-house Registered Veterinary Technician, administering meds, supplements, and fluids to pets that need them is no problem!


House sitting and pet sitting means being observant — from the street curb, to the stoop, to the inside of the home, to the back yard. Doing a quality house sitting or pet sitting job means looking out for damage and mishap in and around the home. Of course, we always hope for the best, but should something adverse arise, your professional house sitter can help catch it before it becomes even more costly. For pets’ sake (pun intended 😉 ), pet sitting/house sitting also means looking out for blood, vomit, diarrhea, and other signs that the pets may be in distress.


Here at Duck & Turtle we believe that this awareness is a major part of what our clients pay for! We want to be those eyes and ears watching over your home and your pets when you cannot be! 🙂


House sitting and pet sitting consists of spending social time with the animals, giving them mental stimulation, helping them feel secure and safe, and being aware of their behaviors. Playing with them gives them the social contact they need as well as exercise. It also gives them stimulation, which eases their anxiety. The best is petting them, preferably while letting them lie on you or near you. This helps them feel safe, helps them bond with you, and helps them feel that their lives have not changed too much.


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Of course, being a professional means making sure each animal in your care is eating their fair share throughout the day. The same is just as important for drinking, so that the animals stay hydrated. Once we were caring for three cats who shared a water fountain and seemed to be fine with drinking from it, as we would have to refill it regularly. One day, however, I turned on the kitchen faucet to wash a fork and one of the cats rushed over and began to drink from it fervently. From the look of it, he may not have drunk from the cat water fountain all night! So I let the cool water run slightly until he was quenched, and I remembered to do this for him each time I visited, just in case he was refusing to drink from the shared cat fountain.


It’s these little, not-so-obvious things that a top-notch pet sitter will pick up on!


House sitting and pet sitting also consists of maintaining a level of activity at and in the home — alternating outdoor lights, alternating indoor lights, alternating blinds/curtains, vehicle activity in the driveway, having main door ajar with screen door shut to circulate air, etc. A quality and professional house sitting/pet sitting job also means ensuring mail and packages are safe by bringing them inside in a timely manner. It means maintaining cleanliness — sweeping and tidying up after oneself, taking out any trash generated, wiping down surfaces used, etc.


At Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care, we believe in leaving your home not just as we found it, but BETTER than we found it!


We LOVE providing above-and-beyond service to people and their pets!


It is why we got in this business…


To help people…


To help you


To help you seamlessly maintain care of your most precious and irreplaceable things — your home and your pets…


To help you have “one-ness” of mind and not worry a bit about home while you are away…


We’re here for you!


At Duck & Turtle, our goal is your COMPLETE peace of mind.

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~Duck & Turtle

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At Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care…

• We offer care to dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other exotics/pocket pets in addition to looking after your home while you are away.

• We ask that you contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your planned departure to allow us to accommodate you. All pet sitting/home sitting services are subject to availability. (Note: Although we ask for at least 2 weeks advance notice, we are often booked several months in advance. Therefore, the earlier, the better. 🙂 )

• Cancellations submitted within 24 hours of first day of service are subject to a $20.00 cancellation fee.

• Extensions on dates of service requested during service period (in other words, requests to extend service while service is already in progress) are subject to availability and will incur the following charges in addition to base charges:

$5.00 (+ tax) per additional visit for Day Visits

$10.00 (+ tax) per additional night for Overnight Care

• Households requiring care for more than 5 pets will incur additional charges.

• Dates of service which fall on the following holidays will incur additional charges: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

• Our services are provided within a designated area of Albuquerque. Please visit  to view a map of our service area.

• Outside of our service area? Not sure? Please call (505) 410-7954 or email to check availability. Thank you! 🙂


Our Goal Is Your COMPLETE Peace of Mind.

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Duck & Turtle’s Care Menu


Day Visits (morning/evening)       $20 per visit (+ tax)

(includes feeding/water, medicating, walk, play/social time)


Overnight Care       $45 per night (+ tax)

(includes evening routine, overnight stay, morning routine, play/social time)


 Midday Visits (with Overnight Care OR Day Visits)       $10 per visit (+ tax)

(includes feeding snack, short walk or let-out, play/social time)


Home Sitting (e.g. plant/lawn care, no pet care)       $20 per visit (+ tax)


Mail retrieval, litter box cleaning, doggy waste pick-up, minimal plant watering, and key pick-up and drop-off are complimentary.

Households requiring care for more than 5 pets will incur additional charges.

Dates of service which fall on the following holidays will incur additional charges: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.


For more information or to reserve dates, please give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or email us at


Thank you! 🙂



Our Goal Is Your COMPLETE Peace of Mind.

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Meet Our Family!

Hello All!

We are Jarrett and Daniel – partners and co-owners of Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are here to provide you with care for your beloved pet, property, and plants while you are away from home! We offer day visits/feedings to dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other exotics/pocket pets. We also offer overnight stays if your pet gets too lonely by themselves. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, Daniel has professional experience to medicate your pet for you and administer subcutaneous fluids to your pet as needed. Jarrett maintains Professional Pet Sitter Accreditation through Pet Sitters International and is well versed on the ins and outs, ups and downs of pet-sitting and home-sitting.

We started this business because we both have a deep love and respect for animals and because we know what it means to be homeowners and pet “parents” and how important it is to leave those most precious and irreplaceable things in the right hands. We LOVE to make sure our home and pets have all the proper care and attention they need and deserve, and we will bring that same love, care, and attention to your home and pets. You can rest assured that when you leave your home and pets under our care, things will run just as smoothly as if you had never left!

And now, we’d like to introduce you to our big little family!

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A little bit about us…..

Daniel (left, dark blue shirt) is originally from Malawi, a country in southeast Africa, but was raised on the beautiful island of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which he calls home. As a kid, Daniel loved everything about animals. He grew up with multiple cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, and birds in the home and spent much time building chicken coops and raising his own chickens. Upon graduating high school, Daniel moved off-island to attend college in Albuquerque, New Mexico — a place he had visited only twice in his life! He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Central New Mexico Community College in 2009 and passed the National and State Board exams to obtain his license. Through both his clinical rotations and employment, Daniel has experience working in several veterinary clinics in and around Albuquerque.

Jarrett (right, light blue shirt), is a longtime New Mexico resident originally from Roswell, New Mexico. He grew up with pets as part of his household since the time he was born, owning several dogs throughout his childhood, as well as cats, hamsters, birds, and a rabbit. After graduating high school, Jarrett moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico on a full-ride academic scholarship. He studied Music, Theatre and Dance, Creative Writing, and Media Arts and graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of University Studies. While studying at UNM, he maintained four to five regular home and pet sitting jobs, which he found to be quite fun and rewarding!

In the spring of 2009, Daniel and Jarrett became first-time homeowners and began to expand their brood. What started off as one dog and two cats has wonderfully become three dogs, two cats, and three box turtles!


Murphy Lee!

Murphy Lee!

Murphy Lee (above, napping ☺) is our male tabby who just LOVES to be baby-talked. We adopted him from a close friend of ours who needed a good home for him when she could no longer keep him. He is our eldest and most outspoken. He will hide from strangers but will warm up to people when he has learned their voice and heard it several times.



Kourry (above, in his Halloween costume) is our original Cruzan dog! He is a dachshund/terrier mix who hails from Daniel’s home in the Caribbean, St. Croix!! We met and fell in love with him during our trip to St. Croix in 2008. He was a shelter dog on an island inundated with strays. So, we brought him back to New Mexico with us. He was such a good boy on the 14-hour trip back to the states, and he has been our little “prince” ever since!

Matilda Squeeks!

Matilda Squeeks!

Matilda Squeeks (above, power napping) is our female muted calico. We adopted her from Animal Humane New Mexico when our previous female cat (Olivia) wandered away from our new and unfamiliar home, and Murphy Lee got lonely without a pal. Squeeks (for short) is quite sassy and independent but also very loving and playful. She’s never shy around strangers and LOVES a good massage!



Ruca (above, in her Halloween costume) is our original New Mexican dog! Her name is Chicano slang for “girlfriend,” which is fitting since she is from New Mexico and is Kourry’s first girl friend! ☺ She is a shepherd/heeler mix that we adopted from the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Shelter after she’d been returned a couple times for being “too aggressive.” She certainly has a lot of energy and is ALWAYS ready to go run and play outside but is not aggressive at all. In fact, she is a very gentle soul. She’s also very talkative and not shy about telling you what’s on her mind!



Sangoma (above, playing outside) is our most special dog! He is an Australian Shepherd who also happens to be a double merle (possessing two copies of the merle gene). Because of this, Sango (for short) was born with vision and hearing impairment.  He first came to us as a foster but quickly became a part of the pack. He has a fun-loving spirit and is full of life!

Tuddly Juan!

Tuddly Juan!

Tuddly Juan (above, looking skeptical) is our first box turtle who was given to us by a friend in 2010. We’re not actually sure of his(?) age or sex, but we love him anyway! ☺ He loves munching on strawberries and cooling off under the sprinklers. During the winter months he hibernates in the backyard and pops up every spring to join in on the family fun!

Update: Our brood has recently grown to include two more box turtles! Their names are Tuddly Deux and Tuddly Drie …pictures coming soon! 🙂

Thanks for getting to know us and our family! We look forward to meeting you and yours and serving your pet and home care needs!

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