From 2005 - 2011, I worked at a community church as office manager and as a house/pet sitter on a part-time basis. My assignment included caring for the minister's dog while he and his wife went on vacation, during holidays, weekends, weeknights, and on short notice whenever required. The dog required special attention (accustomed to sleeping with his owner and did not get along with other dogs). He was never left alone, was walked 4-6 times daily, and treated like part of the family.
From 2008 - 2010, I did house sitting and bird sitting for a personal friend when she traveled out of the country with her husband. The exotic birds were beautiful and did not liked being handled but I managed to care for them uneventfully.
Thank you for the opportunity of caring for your pet/home. I would be glad to provide written references upon request.