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Rick About Me

Rick w/girlfriend  

My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog thinks I am










The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. 


















There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams














The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney














If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.



















A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
-Josh Billings




"Most of us have been told Angels have wings.  Some of us have learned they have paws."




If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
-Will Rogers

Rick's Place


  Where Pups "R" People Too!

   Not your average dog sitter!

Here's Why!



   Evelyn   Evelyn (wife)

Quiet Angels

Written by my wife Evelyn Available at  Amazon

But first I want to say that in the interest of full disclosure

I have watched hundreds of dogs for Rover, friends, neighbors and relatives.  As such, I need and use many dog related products.  Whenever possible, I use Chewy  (" the Amazon for pet products") for convenience, wide selection, security and dependability.  (Sometimes they cost a little more, however I know what I getting, whom I'm getting it from and when it will arrive.  I feel that I can't be too careful when ordering from the Internet!!!)

So you'll know, I may receive a referral fee for sales initiated on this page. I figure that I may as well make a dollar doing it. (I already recommend them anyway)

When searching for a pet related pet product, I would appreciate it if you would begin your searches here. (it will cost you nothing, but means a lot tome)  If you should find something that you like, feel free to buy it knowing that your purchase will be safe & secure.  I recommend Chewy for prompt delivery, quality products and customer service.   

  Now that I've cleared the air, I'll begin  

The Day That Changed My Life...

On Easter Sunday, 1994 I experienced a VERY severe brain injury that left my entire right side permanently impaired. On a scale of 1-10 I was told that, “I was an eleven, nearly died, was lucky to be alive, would never be the same and that my best friend Capone probably saved my life!” (Quiet Angels)

Upon losing my ability to walk and to fluently communicate, I became reclusive. My so called friends avoided me like the plague. (It seemed that no-one I knew wanted to be associated with me since my injury) It wasn't pretty!  I missed being around others, took it very hard and sank into deep denial and depression.  I began taking antidepressants and drinking heavily while seriously questioning the importance of life!  I would sit in a stupor wallowing in pride, self pity and despair for hours. 

That was a long time ago.  I have came a long way since then!  Now, it's just a bad dream that I'd like to forget!!!  If it weren't for my wife, Capone, Jake and Dr. Vincent, I honestly don't believe that I would be here today!. (The Rest of the Story)  

Big Mistake!

July 27, 2016 - After years of rehab and recovery I got a job as a p/t Greeter at Walmart with help from the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation and SPARC to earn income while making new friends and rekindle friendships that I never could by sitting at home. (Sooner or later, just about everyone in our vicinity walks through those doors.) 

February 2, 2017 Due to age, pain from sitting / standing for extended periods, and medications I resigned from Walmart.  I did my best to hang on one day at a time but it wasn't working out. (I still can't believe that I endured that long.)  The more I worked, the worse I hurt. (It's difficult to continually appear cheerful when you hurt.)  I was devastated!  I felt that if I couldn't even succeed as a Greeter at Walmart, what could I do?

I was giving up when I found Rover's work from home program

After filling out the application, passing the background check and meeting the requirements, I got my first booking within the hour of notification of acceptance from a lady in Chicago that was planning a trip to Springfield.  I remember it well because I thought that it would take weeks, months or never like everything else that I tried.  (My only qualifications are love for dogs, common sense, a cell phone and time.)

I knew virtually nothing about Rover and was totally unprepared.  My cell phone was low on battery and was charging in an outlet close to the floor.  I laid down on the floor to talk while trying to text.  It was a very nice lady from Chicago 4 - 5 hours away from here.  She was coming here for the weekend and needed a dog sitter.

At the time I was petrified!!!   That was a long time ago.  I have supplemented my retirement income watching dogs through Rover without risking any of my own money ever since. It has graduated into the easiest and only successful money making venture that I've ever attempted.   

Rover offers an app to download on cell phones; then dog owners can simply click on the app to search the desired zip code or city to find sitters in the area.  Then Rover refers them to you. (It's that easy!!!)

BY the end of 2017, I watched dogs from Indiana, Missouri, Virginia, Washington D.C., W. Virginia and most notably S. Korea along with a countless number from nearby communities here in Illinois all booked through Rover.  (I only began doing this for Rover five months earlier in mid July.)

Not bad for a man that was told by his doctor, "Odds are that you will NEVER get better!!!"

Personally, I don't feel that You could ask for a better sitter!!!

I Count my Blessings everyday!  I was given something most people never  get, a second chance for a reason; I owe it to my dog however, I wasn't able to return the favor!I miss him!!!  

With him gone, along with me knowing that I can never replace him, I prefer not to even try.  Instead, I appreciate others allowing me to watch theirs.   

Most dogs enjoy being with me knowing how much I enjoy being with them!  I NEVER leave them unattended unless it's absolutely necessary.  I bake them healthy treats.  I pull a dog trailer with my tricycle around the neighborhood or simply spend time relaxing in our back yard listening to music while watching dogs, birds and butterflies. (weather permitting)  On hot, cold and rainy days I watch television while reminiscing about family, friends, previous co-workers and pets that have came and gone through the years; especially Capone & Jake.  

(I am happy to add that what started out as a form of rehab to meet people, gain confidence, self worth/respect, and earn a little "Fun Money" quickly evolved into a viable retirement income doing something that I love!!!)

Things that I DO NOT miss with Rover:

  • feelings of uselessness, loneliness, frustration & boredom

  • to be on anyone else's time

  • to have to wake up so early everyday anymore.

  • to commute and sit... frustrated ... in traffic

  • working endless hours for promises with little or no pay

  • to go and work in a place of business.

Things that I DO LIKE about watching dogs with Rover:

  • the company of dogs & their owners

  • It's my business -  I choose dog size, weight, breed, number of dogs that I choose to watch at one time, clients, set my own rates / schedule, etc...

  • great way to make friends

  • anonymity

  • No investment, storefront,  inventory, employees, extensive record-keeping, or having to sell products to anybody.

  • clients find me

  • No boss, competition or pressure 

  • I work from home or anywhere else I choose. 

  • No prospecting, soliciting  or selling

  • I have free time to spend with family and friends.

  • I have an income to supplement my retirement. 

  • I work when I want & take time off whenever I want

  • NO special training, education, or skills required.  The only skills required are love for dogs, spare time, a cell phone & common sense.

  • Easiest money I've ever made

  • I actually make  REAL money doing  something Fun & Easy

  • Rover  insurance & guarantee

I TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY!  I GIVE YOU MY WORD!!! (I am proud to add that I have watched numerous dogs referred to me by Rover without a negative experience or complaint.)

YOUR TRUST MEANS THE WORLD TO ME!!!  I know that you must love dog(s) as much as I  do or you wouldn't have read this far. 

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your interest,


Portable Tricycle       -       Pet Trailer

I love being a dog sitter with Rover & think maybe you could too!

Tell a friend:

  • To read my Rover profile & Reviews, click HERE

  • Join me to become a sitter, click  HERE to Learn More   (If I can succeed while enjoying myself, I feel that just about any dog lover that could spare some time could also!!)
  • To read description of Quiet Angels: The Rest of the Story written by my wife, click HERE

  • Your input is requested!!! - patronage, recommendations, referrals, comments, products, & suggestions are appreciated!!!

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Quiet Angels

 "Dogs are Quiet Angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly" 

For Anyone Who Has Ever Loved a Dog....  An amazing dog story that I couldn't at first figure out was real or not because the writing is captivating and the life story of this dog and those he loves and who love him back is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, and always heartfelt...
10 Stars!!!!!!! - This story is about a man and his dog - and so much more!!! It brought tears of laughter, tears of sadness, and has given me a new-found hope for my life!!  As a reader who does not know this family, I ask that you PLEASE read this book!!! It can't help but impact your life!!!

Never Give Up Hope - Beautiful story of a man and his family facing a terrible medical crisis and surviving it against all odds. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are an animal lover like me.

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