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Debbie Mills has owned and operated Country Care Homesitting Service since 1989. Country Care ensures that the pets are safe in their own environment and that houses are in good order while the owners are away. Dedicated to professionalism, attention to detail, and responsibility, Country Care promises you peace of mind while travelling.

Insured and Bonded since 1989

To set up an appointment for a consultation and to schedule visits:

Home Phone: 613-832-4103
Cell: 613-620-2723

Debbie Mills
104 Kilkenny Dr. Box 8013 RR#2
Dunrobin, ON
K0A 1T0

About Country Care Homesitting Service

Customer Reviews & Thanks

Thank you Debbie for taking such good care of us - It's nice to know you're coming when we miss Henry and Ma so much. We really appreciate your cuddles!

Love, Falstaff & Ophelia

Many thanks again for a job well done. It is wonderful to go away and have peace of mind regarding our pets and our home. It looks like you had a big challenge with the water leak - thank goodness you were here to find it before it got worse! We had a wonderful vacation - thanks for your contribution.

Sincerely, Linda

Thanks again Debbie. Don't know what we would do without you!

Marg

It's nice to go away and know the cats are happy and that you're checking the house.

Thanks, Lois

Thanks Debbie - We really appreciate the wonderful way you care for our house and Lady.

Wendy

Debbie, thanks for checking everything. We're not sure what you do with Cleo because she is so affectionate after your visits and hangs around much more than usual!

Kathy

Rates & Services

Service Rate
Initial ConsultationNo cost
Empty home visit (no pets, but includes plants & other services)$18 per visit
Home with pets (any number, including cats and small animals, but NO dogs)$20 per visit

Initial Consultation

At your convenience, before you leave, Debbie will visit your home to chat with you about what will be done each visit. You will provide her with a spare key to use, as well as your contact information during your absence, and the phone numbers for emergency contacts, insurance, contractors (snow/lawn), your veterinarian, home alarm company, etc. She'll get to know your pets and their habits, and will take notes regarding feeding times, favourite toys, and any other pertinent routines or quirks.

Additionally, you'll get to know Debbie as a reliable and experienced petsitter, and be given reference information if desired.

Daily Notes

For every visit to your home, Debbie will provide you with a brief journal entry detailing the condition of the home, the mood and behaviour of your pets, and any other items of interest. These notes will be available to you to consult on your return for your peace of mind.

Home Care

Country Care will ensure your home is secure and maintained, with a "lived-in" appearance while you are away. This includes bringing in the mail, turning lights, TV or music on or off, watering plants, filling bird feeders, minor snow clearing, dealing with contractors for snow or grass, checking sump-pumps, and any other duties specified by the client.

Home intruders often look for particular signs that a home is empty. A dark home with closed curtains, a stuffed mailbox, piling snow or uncut grass, and without the evening sounds of TV or radio is a cue that the residents are away. A housesitter that attends these tasks can reduce the risk of theft or damage to your home.

Empty-home visits are usually every 24, 48 or 72 hours, in compliance with your home insurance policy.

Cat Care

Debbie is a cat-lady through and through! She has years of experience in cat cuddling, nutrition, and general health. Cats are most happy when left in a familiar environment while you're away: having a friendly daily visitor will ease their loneliness, and they'll be much less stressed than if kenneled or brought along on vacation.

A visit to a home with cats will include: fresh food and water, playtime, letting outdoor cats in or out, cleaning litter boxes, light grooming, cleaning related to pet mishaps, and lots of petting and attention.

Debbie will keep in touch with your veterinarian should troubles occur.

Small Pets

Pets such as birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, and insects will be fed, have cages cleaned, and be petted (where applicable!).

Dogs

Because dogs are naturally pack animals, they often become stressed when left at home alone for long periods of time. If you are planning a vacation, Debbie would recommend kenneling your dog, or having it stay with a friend or relative. Country Care Homesitting Service does not look after dogs or provide walking services, but some recommended businesses for dogs are provided in the links section.

Region Served

Country Care Homesitting serves the West Carleton and Kanata North areas of Ottawa, including Kinburn, Carp, Dunrobin, and Constance Bay.

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Recommended Resources

Recommended Books


The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier

Drawing on her experience as a nutritionist and groomer to develop her holistic method of raising cats, Frazier advocates natural foods and gives recipes for maximum nutrition. She advises against flea collars and deplores declawing. Her simple cleaning routine solves litter box problems. Anecdotes show how and why her advice is effective, and both owners and cats will benefit from her grooming and handling suggestions.

Think Like A Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Most often feline "misbehavior" is the result of owners not understanding their cat's needs. In this comprehensive book that takes readers through every step of cat ownership, Pam Johnson-Bennett helps you understand the instincts that determine feline behavior, positive and negative. An authoritative resource for cat owners of all stripes, Think Like a Cat covers everything from where to get a kitten to choosing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious medical problems; from selecting an irresistible scratching post to avoiding litter box problems.

New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn

This easy to use and well researched book is a must for you. Every one of my holistic clients has Dr. Pitcairn's book and many have told me how frequently they read it for treatment of minor problems, nutritional information and how to make lifestyle choices to improve health for themselves, their animals and our planet.

Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life by Elizabeth M. Hodgkins

In this controversial new book, dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq. raises the alarm regarding the dry food we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life turns today's conventional wisdom of cat care on its head with completely new, yet remarkably easy-to-follow guidelines for every cat owner. From kitten-rearing to the adult cat's middle years to caring for the geriatric cat, Dr. Hodgkins explores the full spectrum of proper cat care, as well as the many deadly feline diseases that are rampant. This indispensible manual belongs on every modern cat owner's shelf.

Ottawa Pet Services


All Canadian Pet Services Network

A directory of pet sitters across Canada, organized by province and region. Includes a glossary of terms and resources for pet owners.

Cat's Paradise

Cat boarding services located just outside Kanata, with lovely outdoor cages for cats.

The Cat's Meow Inn

Cat boarding services located in Perth, ON, with beautiful environments for your cat.

Loving Paws

Loving Paws serves Ottawa and Gatineau with housesitting, petsitting, dog walking, and other services using a number of contracted sitters.

Pet Care and Nutrition


ASPCA Pet Care

Current articles and tips on pet care including nutrition, health, poison control, grooming, travel, and more.

AAHA Healthy Pet

Health, nutrition, and behaviour advice provided by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Holistic Petcare

An excellent site describing common pet illnesses and how to treat or prevent them using holistic diet and treatment, but without neglecting the importance of veterinary care in some situations.

Ottawa Animal Shelters


Arnprior Humane Society

The favourite shelter of the Mills', the Arnprior Humane Society is a no-kill shelter that provides clean large rooms for the cats as an alternative to cages. If you're looking to adopt, this is an excellent shelter to find a healthy pet with a clear personality.

B.A.R.K.: Bytown Association for Rescued Kanines

A no-kill rescue organization for all breeds of dogs in the Ottawa area. It operates using foster homes while finding permanent homes for dogs that have been abused or abandoned.

Ottawa Humane Society

The Ottawa Humane Society is always in need of adopters, volunteers, and donations.

Petfinder

A huge, searchable directory of pets of all types available for adoption. These pets are from individuals, shelters, and breeders from throughout North America.

Contact Information

Contact Country Care Homesitting Service by phone or by email. Please include relevant information such as the dates you will be away from your home, frequency of visits required, number of pets, and contact information. Debbie will contact you to arrange an initial meeting and discuss your personal needs.