We are an active retired and responsible,honest, non-smoking, married couple who love to get our “pet fix” whilst take care of your home and pets while you are away.
We are both keen cyclists and walkers who enjoy the outdoors and exploring new areas - even better with a happy dog along for the walk. In the evenings we are usually quite content to relax with a good book, TV and the company of an equally contented pet happy and relaxed in their own environment
James worked for the Government of Canada for 32 years and Jane worked at the Calgary Public Library for 18 years. James is a born and bred Canadian and Jane was born in England and moved to Canada in 1970.
Yes, we like to travel and enjoy the various pets we meet along the way. It has proved to be a great way for us to enjoy our "pet fix" while we enjoy this part of our life when we are not full time pet owners. A mutually beneficial arrangement we feel.
In the last 12 years we have enjoyed over 30 successful house and pet sits in New Zealand, Canada,and various locales in the U.S.A. including Hawaii for the same sit each year.
September 2013 we house and pet sat in Burgundy, (France), Majorca (Spain) and Malta.
July 2014 we spent 6 weeks enjoying a couple of fabulous sits in England. We returned in May 2016 and enjoyed a month pet sitting at 3 homes. September 2017 and September 2018 saw us back for a repeat sit and a new opportunity in lovely Lymington Lab sitting. We consider ourselves very fortunate!
Many of our house sits have included pool care and as homeowners ourselves we are competent in handling general maintenance issues as needed.
James has a talent for making friends with even the most shy and elusive cats. In no time he is wearing a dog or cat on his lap. Jane is equally at home with dogs or cats and has raised and trained Golden Retrievers for several years. Jane has experience with horses, having owned and ridden in the Canadian Rockies. Our pet care has included various fish including the unique opportunity to hand feed an Axolotl!
We understand the importance entrusted in us to take very good care of both your home and pets and to ensure their routine is closely followed.
Our aim is for you to return to contented unstressed pets and to a home that is as clean and tidy as you left it. Our own home on Vancouver Island, B.C is well maintained and respected and we extend the same care to homes we visit.
Repeat bookings have given us the chance to reconnect with the pets we have taken care of and the owners we have become friends with. Our references can viewed by clicking the "Reference" tab. More current and extensive references are linked to another house sitting site which we are happy to provide.
We are also open to Home Exchanges with like minded folk who will treat our home with the same care and respect we treat the homes we sit.
We look forward to hearing from you to discuss your requirements with you.