Trustworthy, Caring Home & Pet Sitting

Username KathPerr  

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Age
65 + years
Availability
Jun 23,2024
Occupation
Retired
Gender
Female
Term
1 - 6 Days, 7 - 21 Days, 3 - 6 Weeks, 6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months, 3 + Months

Hello Home & Pet Owners!

We are a retired Canadian couple (9 years), who have since been travelling the world and home & pet sitting. Though we've travelled worldwide, during the pandemic we have been sitting in Canada only. We enjoy the adventure of travelling but also love to settle in and care for others' pets and homes from time to time. We are animal lovers and welcome the opportunity to spend time caring for and giving attention to pets. We also enjoy the outdoors and the chance to be out in the yard pulling weeds or picking fruit. We particularly appreciate the friendly nature of a home and pet sitting arrangement — the home owner has a vacation with complete peace of mind while we receive the opportunity to spend time caring for beloved pets and their homes — what could be better than this win-win exchange!

Just before the pandemic began we spent about 6 months sitting homes and pets, interspersed with travel, in the UK, Ireland, France, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain and Morocco, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We are eager to care for other people's property and pets! We are animal lovers and, since our travel lifestyle prohibits having our own at this time, truly appreciate this chance to be with pets and to give their owners a worry-free vacation.

We have spent this past two years in Canada, on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan BC with our time split between house sitting and rentals.

We have owned both homes and pets, understanding the diligent care required in maintaining both. To us, pets are family members, to be considered and cared for as such and believe that pets belong at home especially when they may be missing their usual family connection. We are responsible, honest, caring and trustworthy nonsmokers.

With plenty of experience home & pet sitting for varying periods of time, from two weeks to 10 months, our 5-star reviews and references from home owners, a video, photos and background information can be found at kathperreault under the menu heading Encounters Home & Pet Sitting.

In the summer of 2017, we cared for a paraplegic dog for two months, who had no use of his hind legs. He required daily walks in his wheelchair as well as physio exercises to build muscle strength. It was most gratifying to see him transformed from a subdued, and confused little fellow (his disability was recent) to an eager, confident explorer as he became adept with his wheelchair. His home had a large yard and garden which required regular care, fruit picking and preserving, lawn mowing and watering, all of which we took on energetically.

Summer 2018 we cared for an eccentric dachshund in Victoria for 3.5 months, enjoying immensely his quirky personality. This care situation was the opposite of one winter sit in Costa Rica, where we attended to 13 (!) rescue pets in a remote jungle location. Despite the heavy work load, we organized efficient routines to handle it all well. With the diversity of the jungle environment, the heat, the wildlife and the rambunctious but lovely pets we cared for, it was a most enriching experience. We came away attached to the pets and continue to be in touch with their ‘mom’  to receive updates on their well being. We travelled and sat for cats, dogs, chickens, an iguana and even peafowl throughout the UK, Europe and Cyprus in 2019, arriving home before the pandemic restrictions began in March 2020.

We especially enjoy taking photos and videos of the pets and writing entertaining anecdotes to keep owners updated (if they wish). Both worked in education before retirement, Aaron as a school psychologist (and professor at UBC) and Kath as a health/education assistant at a secondary school. We enjoy hiking, cycling, kayaking, enjoying nature & wildlife, photography, art (both seeing & creating it), travel, a good espresso, food & baked goods, being creative with food preparation, snorkelling, reading and we both have a keen curiosity and openness to life, its mysteries and joys.

It is our view that providing a worry-free vacation to home & pet owners in exchange for accommodation is the perfect win-win travel solution for all concerned. Aaron and I will always treat your home, pets and garden as though they are our own, returning them all to you in first rate condition, happy and healthy.

Homeowner Feedback / endorsements (3)

“ Excellent Cat Sitters! ”

Sit Dates Sep-18-21 - Mar-1-22 Homeowner LoveMexico19, Member Since Apr-11-19

Location Nanaimo British Columbia Canada

Since my husband and I were away for over five months this year, I was quite concerned about leaving my two cats, Phoebe & Joey.   It is very important to me that they receive the love and attention that they are used to. 

Kath elimated my concerns by regularly sending messages about their sit and forwarding pictures of the cats, which allowed me to see that the cats were happy and relaxed with their temporary family. The cats adopted Kath and Aaron without a problem! 

There were a few minor maintenance issues at the house during the house sit which Kath & Aaron were able to handle without any problems.  It is comforting to know that both your pets and home are well looked after while you are away.

Overall, Kath & Aaron are the best house/pet sitters we have ever had.  I look forward to having them house/pet sit for us again in the future.

“ Professional Responsible Communicative and Caring ”

Sit Dates Nov-10-21 - Nov-14-21 Homeowner LeoandJr, Member Since Oct-18-21

Location Vancouver British Columbia Canada

You could not ask for a better house sitter than Kath. She initiated conversation, directed us to her webpage for review, set up a video introduction and made us feel at ease leaving our pets and home in her care. She sent reminder emails closer to the date and stayed in touch and sent us pictures throughout her stay. She was so lovely to chat with and easy to arrange things with. She left the house absolutely spotless. The cats told us they were well loved while she was here:) I would highly recommend Kath to anyone. 

“ I absolutely and highly recommend Aaron and Kath! ”

Sit Dates Mar-2-19 - Mar-23-19 Homeowner sailorbrit, Member Since Nov-28-17

Location Breezy Point New York United States

We began our introductions across the web chatting about ourselves to get to know each other; when they arrived, our experience was as greeting old friends come to visit. Though we like to have more time with our sitters before we leave, having reviewed the house and met our cats via Skype earlier, we were satisfied that Aaron and Kath needed only a brief intro to the house before we set off on our holiday, confident that our home and ‘furbies’ were to be well and truly looked after.

During our trip, Kath sent photos and updates about Mac and Jack’s goings on that were reassuring and helpful.  We enjoyed our holiday in full confidence in Aaron and Kath’s care of our cats and home.

On return, we found our two cats very happy and relaxed and our home sparkling clean.  They took very good care of our house plants and orchids and I was thrilled to find everything where we usually keep it – there are few things ‘worse’ than coming home and not being able to find what one needs in the kitchen!  Their attention to detail ensured that everything was cared for in the best manner possible.  They also made us a wonderful dinner on return so we didn’t need to worry about cooking for ourselves.  

Importantly, both Kath and Aaron exude a calm confident manner that translates to happy and content animals. I was sad when they left as I wanted to spend more time getting to know them; I will definitely ask them to return, not just to house sit, but also to visit to deepen our friendship.

I absolutely and highly recommend them!


 

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