We are Marie-Michele Lajoie and Guy G. Beaudry, a couple of financially independent professionals (non smokers) currently living in our luxury home in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Both born in Montreal and university graduates, we married in 2009 and while we do not have children together, Guy has a 19-year old son now in college in Montreal. Having preferred renting apartments and homes instead of hotels in recent years during both our business and leisure travels, we know to treat other people’s properties with care and respect. We are now ready for new experiences, meeting new pets, new people, visiting new venues and tasting new foods.
We are both definitive animal lovers. Of all kinds. Living in the country, we are privy to enjoying all kinds of wildlife from deer to fox to horses to cows to birds to wild turkeys to goats and even bisons (!) at Omega Park nearby. We also feed birds and deer at home in the winter.
We have a definite penchant for and deep experience with cats and dogs. Our 14-year old Siamese Tabby Seal Sasha (on many of the photos in the album provided above) has been with us for over 10 years. We also owned other cats before. Especially Chanel for 22 years (!). Marie-Michele used to call her parents home on long distance from South America just to speak to her Siamese (chocolate point) Chanel (you know how much Siamese cats just love to chat)! Pablo, Brute, Picotin and Lili have also been an intricate part of her life for many many years. We also owned and simply love dogs; Guy still misses George the Basset Hound (and goes crazy at the sight of any hound for that matter (!)) as well as his childhood friend Cookie the Terrier). While we do not own a dog at this time (because we like to travel so much), we nonetheless crave every opportunity to care for them when we visit with friends and when we do travel abroad. In short, we are very familiar with the needs for love and attention of animals, especially cats and dogs. Guy was even a member of the board of directors of Montreal’s SPCA at one time.
We have owned homes in the city (Montreal) as well as in the country and are therefore very familiar with how to care for a home. We are used to handling routine maintenance matters and have become experts at managing workers called in to look after more specialised housework.
As much as we love travel and meet new people, we are also laid back and enjoy staying home, especially in the mornings, caring for the animals first and then cleaning the house, catching up on news, on our writing and our photography work. Then, after 1 pm, we like to go out for walks and running errands as well as discovering the region. We return home to prepare our main meal or go out to dinner from time to time. We like house sitting because it allows us to marry our love of animals with our love of travel, while you can enjoy your own journey with the knowledge that your loved ones and your home are taken care of in a professional, respectful and experienced manner.
Having traveled extensively together in the last 10 years, mostly for work (Bahamas, Barbados, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, France, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico), we are now ready to experience travel for leisure as we have recently transitioned from active work life to, basically, retired life: our “New Project”!
Our life, pet and home ownership and travel experiences have equipped us both with the ability to adapt to various locations, cultures and climates in both urban and more remote settings. We’ve experienced the desert, the jungle, the mountains, the beaches, the dense world capitals. And of course, decades of Canadian winters with -50c temperatures at times! Not to mention the sometimes unspeakable driving conditions on highways and city streets of Quebec.
When traveling for leisure we also much prefer staying in one locale at a time for a good while in order to slowly soak in the way in which the locals live and truly learn and live the way of the locals. Now, caring for someone else’s pet and home while listening to soft music is something we are keen to do as it is highly therapeutic (zootherapy, you know?!) and enables us to marry our desire for travel while meeting new people and our abilities at caring for homes and animals.