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We are from New Zealand and have spent the last 18 months travelling and pet sitting.
We have travelled to South and Central America several times previously and on this trip we headed north from Buenos Aires, through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Aruba, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico from where we flew to Europe and bought a car which enables to pet sit 'off the beaten track'
We are new to the housecarers platform and as yet have no references posted here.
Please click on the above link to our web site which will take you to our facebook page to view our references.
We have had six consecutive pet sitting commitments in France and Italy between the 23rd August and the 4th December, we are curently pet sitting in France till the 21st of December after which we will be spending time with our family in Germany till the end of January and then pet sitting in Goudargues France till the end of February and then pet sitting in La Magdelaine France untill the last week of April.
We currently have no commitments from the end of April 2018 till August 2018.
John is a retired engineer and internet consultant and Denise is a retired schoolteacher .
We are both in a second relationship having parented 4 children each previous to our current relationship, these 8 children (and an ever increasing number of grandchildren) are now located around the globe. We both love pets and when our children were growing up we had cats, dogs, chickens, tropical fish, rabbits and guinea pigs.
For the last couple of decades, pre-retirement, we spent several weeks every year traveling and we decided long ago before discovering pet and house sitting it best not to have any new pets of our own so pet sitting and interacting with other people's pets has been great.
We sold our home in Auckland, New Zealand in 2016 with the intent to travel the world independently for a few years keeping an eye open for somewhere to retire to at a later date but are currently enjoying our transient lives.
Why we want to house sit
We are recently retired, financially independent love animals and both have the travel bug.
It is our goal to spend the next couple of years travelling around the globe and we are making pet and house sitting a part of our lives, not to save money (we are financially independent) but to get a taste of how people live in different countries and pet sitting has enabled us to do this.
Spending time in new environments has been enlivening and looking after other people's pets has been like icing on the cake. We have also made new lifelong friends.
We started pet and house sitting in NZ in 2015 and spent Christmas - New Year 2016 pet sitting in Portugal prior to heading off to South America mid 2016.
We have had a dozen or more assignments (plus one repeat pet sit in NZ) through other pet and house sitting platforms but 4 of our most recent pet sits have been arranged through personal recommendations and every sit has been a great experience.
We are resourceful and capable of handling almost any issue that may arise with pets and properties.
As well as being responsible pet owners and lovers we have practical experience having owned and looked after our own homes and investment rental properties for many years.
When John's children were growing up he bred Rhodesian Ridgebacks and we have both attended dog obedience training classes with our own dogs in New Zealand.
John trained as a mechanical engineer in the U.K. in the late 1960s and enjoys DIY and building projects around the home.
Denise trained as a teacher and she enjoys informing John when and how things need to be done. ;-))
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