John and I are a professional couple in our mid-forties who desire to explore the world by an unconventional lifestyle through pet and house sitting opportunities.
We are open-minded, outgoing, adaptable cross-cultural couple that is eager to seek out new adventures and learn about different cultures from around the globe. We are financially independent travelers and as former homeowners & pet owners we definitely know the care and responsibility that is both required and expected. John (born and raised in Rhode Island) worked as a Regional Manager for a nation retail chain for 15+ years and prior to that in a family business that manufactures saddle pads for horses. Shannon (born and raised in northern China and came to the States in 2001) worked as a Bio Pharmaceutical Chemist in the States and as a Stock Market Analyst in China. We are both avid hikers, have a love of the both rural and urban locations and exploring these new places. We prefer to live a minimalistic life style so we can enjoy the real things in life, such as great relationships with good people, animals and places.
John and I don't treat a staying in one’s home as a vacation, but as an exchange of trust and care. We would like to house sit as we enjoy discovering and exploring local communities, traditions and cultures. We enjoy 'living as a local' to immerse ourselves into traditional living instead of staying in hotels and just being ‘tourists’. Taking care of other people’s pets, especially dog walking, gives us great opportunities in seeing new things and meeting new people. We consider ourselves as travelers who wish to see the real world with open eyes instead of being blinded by the commercial neon lights. John and I both have a love for nature, all critters both big and small, and especially dogs & cats! So it would be great to explore the world while making some new human and animal friends along the way. We are very serious in providing loving care for your pets and home, as they were our own, allowing you to have complete peace of mind while you are away!
John and I are full time, experienced house/pet sitters since beginning of the 2012 after we decided to travel the world for few years. We are responsible and trustworthy; clean and tidy, always ensure our host’s pets and home is our top priority. We have already successfully completed 19 assignments ranging from 10 days to 10 weeks in the USA, Caribbean, Europe (France, Germany, Austria, the Azores, and the UK), Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand. Along with taking care of normal house pets like dogs and cats, we also cared for chickens, goats, guinea pigs, kangaroos, possums, sugar gliders and a collection of fish and birds! Once we are chosen for a pet sit we are 100% committed, have never backed out and keep in good communication both prior and during the assignment.
As former homeowners, we are very experienced in caring for properties and are very capable of maintaining the home and grounds, or dealing with any problems that may arise. We are excellent organic gardeners as we grew our own veggies all year round, both indoor and outdoor. We grew up with family pets, dogs, cats, snakes, fish, turtles, etc. John had a 16yo Doberman that passed on in 2005. Shannon grew up in China on family farm and she knows how to handle farm animals like chicken, ducks, goats and pigs. It is a privilege for us to be entrusted with other people most precious possessions, something we never lose sight of, and it has given us the most incredible and joyous experiences. In the past years we had been actively involved in renting our house out for travelers through airbnb and also staying in other people’s homes during our travels. We have great feedback from our guests and references from our hosts, check it out; .airbnb /users/show/115599. John and I also belong to other pet sitting s and we will provide great reviews and references from them.
Best Wishes and Happy Travels, Shannon & John