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Username jcmd2018  

56 - 64 years
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Retired Systems Designer
3 - 6 Weeks, 6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months, 3 + Months

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We've been house/pet sitting for over five years now and have met great pets and amazing owners. We always look forward to our next assigment, with return engagements flourishing into great friendships. Caring for pets has provided much enjoyment, while meeting new owners has offered learnings and some long lasting relationships. All in all, the experiences have provided the best of both worlds, the love of pets and a chance to meet wonderful people.


We are an active, responsible and handy couple who love to make new friends, furry and human, as well as integrate into new communities and live like locals. Jacqueline is a retired teacher who has always loved to paint and has continued to do so in her leisure and in giving classes to various groups. Mario is a retired software development type, who spent a number of years working for the Canadian government, followed by assignments as a contract resource in both the private sector and the government. Mario still holds his secret security clearance (renewed in Sept accredited by the Government of Canada. Having lived in the country for over 30 years, we are fairly resourceful when it comes to dealing with such items as pumps, generators, pool maintenance, special tools, etc. We are quite handy, therefore often look forward to odd jobs to occupy our time, while the pets are resting. We are recognized as being tidy and a very responsible couple. We are both fluent in French and English, and have some Spanish that we've picked up throughout our travels. Jacqueline's Spanish is coming along nicely following some training and a few courses. Always available to chat to determine if we might be the house/pet sitters for you.

Why we want to house sit

We want to house and pet sit because we like to live in local settings discovering communities, cultures and languages. Making friends with homeowners and their pets is much more important to us than visiting busy centres, resorts, etc.. We had a very busy lifestyle when our children were home as they were elite athletes and we travelled extensively with them. We often thought of having a pet, but it would have been unfair to it because of this lifestyle. A compromise was to pet sit. When house sitting wasn't required, we took people's pets in our own home. It was always a rewarding experience! The only tough part was seeing the pet leave our home.... Then, we discovered and tried it. When we finally landed our first housesit, it was exciting, but more than that, we discovered it was for us!

Our experience

We have sold our home (30 years) and own rentals; thus, have the knowledge and experience to care for your home. We have cared for pets often, mainly dogs and cats; however, we have sat on hobby farms where we helped with the care of sheep, horses, donkeys and poultry.. We spent a lot of time at riding stables with our daughter; thus, are familiar with that setting as well. We are loving and affectionate. We are very tidy and like people to come back to a welcoming home and happy pets.

Homeowner Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ We struck gold in choosing Mario and Jacqueline ”

Sit Dates Oct-31-20 - Apr-30-21 Homeowner holabird, Member Since Sep-18-20

Location Cobourg Ontario Canada

Inviting house sitters into your home for six months is a major decision. But it only took us a few days after arriving at our winter destination in Costa Rica to realize that we had struck gold in choosing Mario and Jacqueline.

They sent us almost daily pictures of Jacqueline snuggling up to Jazz, our 18-year-old standoffish cat, then a portrait she had painted of him, then a gentle question--do you mind if we do some re-arranging and minor repairs here. We said yes, not quite knowing what to expect. They showed their deep sense of caring when Jazz stopped eating and acted lethargic for a day and a half.

They took him to our vet and immediately phoned us with the news that we had been dreading: Jazz was suffering and the vet was recommending euthanasia. Jacqueline and Sandy had several tearful conversations and we realized there was no alternative. We asked Jacqueline if she would mind seeing Jazz through to the end, and she said of course. We could tell that she had bonded to our sole surviving pet in a way that would make this arrangement appropriate.

When we got home, we found she had arranged the ashes in a small shrine with those of our two other decesased pets, and made a large red heart from which she had hung their ID tags. So thoughtful. The other surprise when we got home was a four-page, single-spaced note explaining all the improvements and repairs they had done on our behalf.

They had wiped down all the dusty books in our library and dusted the shelves, rearranging the books according to size and subject area. They had washed all our windows inside and out. They had rearranged our spice drawer, putting everything in labelled, identical containers and arranging them in alphabetical order. They had scrubbed all faucets to get rid of accumulated calcium deposits, repainted some soiled garbage bins and the scuffed stair risers, cleaned all picture frames with window cleaner, and glued loose rungs on dining room chairs and kitchen stools.

They even recaulked small cracks around the kitchen counter and master bedroom shower. Our crossover was complicated by COVID lockdowns and our mandatory quarantine when we returned, so we did not have an opportunity for them to walk us through all the improvements.

But it was like coming back to a new house and we much appreciated everything they did. I joked that we will probably spend months discovering the extras they did not list for us, and so far we have -- including a lovely dish that Jacqueline left on my side of the bed imprinted with pine needles found just outside my window. Rating: 11 out of 10.

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