We are a young retired couple who love to travel, meet new people, learn about areas, and get our pet time by caring for other people's homes and pets. We believe in leaving your home spotless and doing what we can to make your trip a success. Need a drop off/pick up or someone to retrieve your vehicle? We are there for you. Want regular s or texts - no problem. Most importantly, we want your pet to be happy and in their same routine while you're gone.
Why we house sit
I've lived in Juneau my whole life and Dan grew up in Seattle and on Whidbey Island north of there, coming to Juneau in the Coast Guard. Once he met me, he knew he couldn't leave! Because we didn't see many places growing up, we have always enjoyed travel but we really enjoy immersing ourselves in the local community rather than your typical tourist activities. We like making friends wherever we go and hosting them back home when possible. We love pets but no longer have our own so caring for yours gives us our pet time.
While Juneau will always be our home, especially since my parents live just a short distance from us, we are frequently traveling, or looking to travel and most times can schedule our travel to coincide with yours. In fact, we recently housesat simultaneously for two couples whose homes are about 15 miles apart while they vacationed together. We have enjoyed the housesitting we've done thus far and look forward to caring for your home and/or pets as if they were our own. When we travel, we usually have family watch our home or have a housesitter of our own so we know the importance of having a good housesitter that will take care of all the little details so your return is as pleasant as your trip.
We've been married for almost 38 years and own a home in Juneau, Alaska - accessible only by boat or plane - there are no roads. Growing up and living here has made us very self sufficient in dealing with any property issues. We enjoy gardening and can take care of any yard needs as well. We don't smoke, are self-reliant, and clean.
We've had cats and dogs all our lives and Lisa had rabbits, mice, lizards, and even a skunk growing up. When our dog passed, we decided not to get another because of our retirement and travel plans so pet sitting is a perfect match for us. Large, small, indoors or out, we'll make sure to give them the care they need. We've done several housesits to date and have received excellent references from each, available on this site and a document I can provide. But perhaps the best reference is the repeat housesits and the referrals to friends that we've received. We are proud to say we have sat for a homeowner who runs a petsitting business and have been referred by her to others and are returning to sit for her. Both she and the friend who referred us have said what a difference we made in the sociability of her skittish cat whom she adopted as a feral kitten who went from never coming to strangers to napping on my feet.
Following is a listing of our housesits (updated December 2017):
- February 2015 Parksville, British Columbia, Canada 2 weeks Springer Spaniel
- October 2015 Greenbank, Washington, USA 2.5 weeks Cat
- November 2015 Bainbridge, Washington, USA 4 days 2 Cats and 4 Chickens
- January 2016 Langley, Washington, USA 2 weeks French Bulldog (Referral)
- June 2016 Greenbank, Washington, USA 3 weeks Cat (Repeat)
- January 2017 Parksville, British Columbia, Canada 2 weeks Springer Spaniel (Repeat)
- February 2017 Greenbank, Washington, USA 2.5 weeks 2 Cats (Referral)
- September 2017 Greenbank, Washington, USA 3 weeks Cat (Repeat) *
- September 2017 Langley, Washington, USA 3 weeks French Bulldog (Repeat) *
- October 2017 Bothell, Washington, USA 5 days 2 Dachsunds
- October 2017 Freeland, Washington, USA 2.5 weeks Jack Russell mix (Referral)
You'll notice most pet pictures include only Dan as Lisa is the one behind the camera. You can follow our adventures during and between housesits through her account as alaskan_red, on at JuneauAKGirl, or on her blog at alaskanred.wordpress . Thanks for considering us and please don't hesitate to contact us.