We are a non-smoking couple from Portland, Oregon USA who owned and maintained our own homes for many years, raised children and a variety of wonderful pets, including large and small dogs, cats, tropical fish, rabbits and more. We also have experience maintaining pools and spas.
We enjoy traveling and living in many cultures and look forward to caring for your house, with or without pets, while you enjoy a worry-free vacation or trip
Why we want to house sit:
We are retired, after running our own successful business. We enjoyed caring for pets and our own home and like to do so in other cultures and countries, as well. Housesitting is a wonderful way for us to do this and to help other pet-owners and homeowners enjoy their time away knowing that we will give their pets and home the best of care while they travel.
What we bring to the assignment / relevant experience:
Having owned our own home for many years and maintained it, yard, garden and hottub/spa ourselves (as well as owning and managing commercial property for over 30 years) we bring many years of experience to caring for your property. We both grew up with a variety of pets, including large and small dogs, cats, tropical fish, rabbits and more, and have continued to love having family dogs, cats, etc through our adult lives. We treat every home and the pets we sit for as if they were our own, yet respect the privacy and routines of the home and pet owners we are sitting for. Between us we have general handyman skills, pool & pump maintenance and repair skills, property management and administrative skills.
We have been house and pet sitting since August Our experiences caring for pets and property as sitters convinced us quickly that we wanted to housesit full-time so we sold our family home of 28 years and have been sitting ever since!
We are always looking for warm climates to house sit in, with or without pets. We are happy to take longer term sits although will consider anything over 3 weeks.
Our recent experience and upcoming commitments include:
April - August 2017 we return to Mexico for two repeat sits. September - October 2017 we are back in Port Vila, Vanuatu for a repeat sit. Mid-December to mid-Jan 2018 and for 3 weeks in February 2018 we return to the Sydney area for repeat sits.
February 2017 one month - Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii - 2 dogs
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 two months - Ajijic, Mexico Repeat sit - 1 dog
October 2016 one month - Sandgate, Brisbane, Australia Repeat sit - 2 dogs
June-September 2016 four months - Port Vila, Vanuatu Repeat sit - Pool & 1 dog
Mar-May 2016 three months - Tooma, NSW Australia - working farm 6 dogs, 3 cats, 18 chickens, 5 geese, horses, cattle & sheep
Feb 2016 two weeks - Port Vila, Vanuatu - 1 dog & 8 rental units
Feb 2016 two weeks - Port Vila, Vanuatu - 1 dog
Jan 2016 four weeks - Sydney northern beaches, Australia - 3 cats & 6 chickens
Dec 2015 four weeks - Sydney northern beaches, Australia Repeat sit - 2 kittens
Nov 2015 two weeks - Port Vila, Vanuatu Repeat sit - Pool & 1 dog
Sept/Oct 2015 six weeks - Sandgate, Brisbane, Australia Repeat sit - 2 dogs
August 2015 three weeks - Russell, New Zealand Repeat sit - 1 dog
May-August 2015 three+ months - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Pool & 1 dog
Apr 2015 three weeks - Ajijic, Mexico Repeat sit - 1 dog
Mar 2015 two weeks - Ajijic, Mexico Repeat sit - 1 dog
Mar 2015 two weeks - Ajijic, Mexico Repeat sit - Pool & 3 dogs
Feb 2015 two weeks - Antigua, Guatemala Repeat sit - 1 dog & 3 cats
Feb 2015 two weeks - Ajijic, Mexico - 1 dog
Jan/Feb 2015 one week - Antigua, Guatemala - 1 dog & 3 cats
Dec 2014/Jan 2015 seven weeks - Ajijic, Mexico - 1 dog
October 2014 two weeks - Ajijic, Mexico - Pool & 3 dogs
September 2014 three weeks - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Pool & 1 dog, 1 indoor cat, 6 outdoor cats & chickens
June/July 2014 eight weeks - Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand - 1 dog
Apr/May 2014 four weeks - Sandgate, Brisbane, Australia - 2 dogs
Mar/Apr 2014 six weeks - Sydney northern beaches, Australia - Pool & 5 dogs (yes, FIVE!)
Jan/Feb 2014 three weeks - Townsville, Australia - 2 dogs & 1 cat
Jan 2014 one week - Melbourne, Australia - 1 dog
Dec 2013 four weeks - Sydney northern beaches, Australia - 1 elderly cat
Oct/Nov 2013 five weeks - Oahu, Hawaii, USA - 2 cats
Aug 2013 two weeks - Portland, Oregon, USA - 1 cat