Retired professional couple to care for your home and pets

Username docrbud  

56 - 64 years
Sep 7,2024 My Calendar
Retired Psychologist
7 - 21 Days, 3 - 6 Weeks, 6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months, 3 + Months

Elaine and Jeff have been married for over 30 years.  We have been home owners and dog and cat owners most of that time, as well as dog and cat lovers since childhood.  Jeff is very mechanically inclined and we have owned and both maintained in-ground swimming pools, and we both are avid gardeners so we can take great care of your home, gardens and pets.  We  are extremely healthy, fit, and active compared to others in our age group and most of our friends are at least a decade or 2 or 3 decades younger than we are.  We are fully covid vaccinated and have the booster shots. We try to always cook a nice meal for our home owners so they don't have to cook on their return travel day.

We retired a few years ago, Jeff as a chef and Elaine as a Psychologist. We are honest, quiet, neat, responsible, non-smokers.   We are house/pet sitting as a means of slow, affordable travel.  We have 8 excellent refernces available on this site from previous house/pet sets. Elaine has recently completed a pet first aid course which is primarily for cats and dogs and the certificate can be viewed in the gallery.

Homeowner Feedback / endorsements (9)

“ We highly recommend Elaine and Jeff as house/pet sitters! ”

Sit Dates Apr-8-24 - Jun-4-24 Homeowner mountainplace, Member Since Feb-19-23

Location Mars Hill North Carolina United States

We were very pleased with Elaine and Jeff.  

They took very good care of the house, plants and our little dog.  It was the first time we used a service like  Housecarers, but Elaine and Jeff put us at ease, enabling us to thoroughly enjoy our two months away.

 We came back to a clean house and a very happy little dog.  We highly recommend them and would use them again in the future if they are available.

“ Jeff & Elaine were great! ”

Sit Dates Dec-8-23 - Dec-18-23 Homeowner hughes2006, Member Since May-11-06

Location Alexander Arkansas United States

Jeff & Elaine immediately bonded with my little fur baby and took excellent care of him. He's even more spoiled than when I left, if that's even possible. The house is cleaner than when I left and they even made stir fry for dinner when I got home. They collected all my mail and even sent me pics of a couple items I had been waiting on. I would gladly have them back for future house sits.

“ Wonderful House/Petsitters!! ”

Sit Dates Nov-1-23 - Nov-16-23 Homeowner hillcountrytx, Member Since Jun-18-07

Location New Braunfels Texas United States

Both Elaine and Jeff were wonderful. I spoke with Elaine when she was out of the country but could tell from the conversation that my place and my animals would be in excellent hands. They arrived right when they said they would and immediately volunteered to do things around the house while I was gone. I actually extended my stay by a week since I felt so comfortable with them. I have a cat who can be a challenge and he just took right to them. One night I was back they even cooked me dinner!! And it was wonderful. I had a weedeater that I had never used and Jeff took over and said he'd take care of what needed to be done out in the yard. I know they book up real fast (since I've asked about future dates), but if you're lucky enough to have them apply for your sit, definitely have them. I'm in the U.S. but they're also familiar with sits in foreign countries. Each one is very capable on their own - but getting them both is really a bonus. 

“ Looking for a competent sitter? ”

Sit Dates Sep-28-22 - Nov-2-22 Homeowner PorqueElvive, Member Since Mar-20-16

Location Cuenca Ecuador

Elaine and her friend Deb arrived in a timely manner. I like my sitters to stay a day or so so we can get to know each other and the cats don't panic when we leave. Elaine took notes and pictures of things she needed to know like how to set the alarm and turn it off again. She was organized and patient with us when the internet suddenly went off and the installer was out of the country. The cats seemed happy and comfortable with her when we returned home. She made chicken soup and dumplings as well as a big salad that we shared together the evening we arrived home. The next day, they departed early in the morning.  The towels had been washed and folded on the dresser in our bedroom, so we knew they were all clean and ready for use. The cats looked for her for a couple of days after she left. 

“ Elaine‚Äôs got it handled ”

Sit Dates Jun-10-22 - Jul-9-22 Homeowner Jana9767, Member Since Jan-3-14

Location Ocean view Hawaii United States

Elaine was great, she managed my very active small farm in Hawaii with ease. She was well rounded in caring for plants, animals, and property. Elaine was great with communication. There was no over/under communication and we mostly texted which is my preferred method of communication. There were a couple problems on my farm that came up that she handled well. I also got to know Elaine on a personal level in an overlap of my departure and her arrival I really enjoyed getting to know her. Thanks Elaine!!!!


Sit Dates Aug-4-22 - Aug-9-22 Homeowner lovecats1X, Member Since May-6-09

Location Bainbridge island Washington United States

What a wonderful couple to house sit for me! I highly recommend them for their thoughtfulness. They took  great care of my Gardens outside, watering as needed and also, of all my indoor plants. And my pets! They gave them such loving care for the kitties purring and purring and cuddling when I got home. Again go for them. They do a terrific job. He took me to the ferry when I had to get the ferry and my airplane and I had a wonderful Curry dinner waiting for me when I got home that they had left. I even had problems with my dates they were needed and Elaine was very patient with me to get all sorted out go for them.  They're highly recommended wonderful House sitters.

“ Elaine and Jeff were absolutely fantastic! ”

Sit Dates May-2-22 - May-31-22 Homeowner Scotlandbound, Member Since Feb-12-22

Location Dallas Texas United States

Elaine and Jeff cared for our 2 cats and our home while we were gone for the month of May. They are exactly the sort of people you dream of having to care for your pets and home. So conscientious, thoughtful, reliable and trustworthy! They asked great questions and did everything we asked, plus so much more! They have such big, loving hearts and not just took care of our cats, but really loved them - and that meant so much. They were kind to us also, sharing travel experience, preparing a delicious meal for us when we returned and giving us a ride from the airport. We arrived to a house in better shape than we left it!! Our minds were at ease when we were traveling, knowing eveyrthing was well taken care of at home. I would highly recommend them and would love to have them housesit again! 

“ You Won't Be Disappointed! ”

Sit Dates Jun-4-22 - Jun-9-22 Homeowner ErieHousesit, Member Since Jun-2-10

Location Erie Colorado United States

Jeff and Elaine are amazing house sitters! Our dog, Molly, was so happy and our home was so loved and taken care of while we were gone. They felt like family when they arrived and they love what they do...traveling and caring for others through house sits. You will not be disappointed by having them as house sitters, in fact, you will find out they quickly become friends. 

“ Wonderful Pet Sitters ”

Sit Dates Apr-7-22 - May-10-22 Homeowner mcgrufus, Member Since Apr-14-19

Location Arlington Texas United States

We were very pleased with Elaine and Jeff's month-long pet sit for our dog and cat.  Communication was excellent before and during the sit.  They sent periodic updates and photos of our fur babies.  They regularly played with our dog and even fed our fussy cat by hand to encourage him to eat.  They also gave the cat, who is elderly, his daily medication.  Both pets were happy and unstressed when we returned home, which was a huge relief to us. 

In addition, we have an in-ground swimming pool that requires regular cleaning and chemical adjustments, due to an abundance of surrounding trees, but it was sparkling up our return.  Part of the pool cleaner broke and they had it repaired at their own expense.  We also have a number of potted plants and new grass that needed frequent watering and tender care.  They were thriving upon our return.

The house was in good order and clean when we got home and they even left us homemade Thai food so we didn't have to cook upon arrival.  Our utility bills were surprisingly low for the month we were gone.

In summary, we could not have had a better experience than we had with Elaine and Jeff.  We highly recommend them to care for your pets and your home.

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