We are an experienced housesitting couple. We have cared for everything from a 700 acre sheep farm and a quail hatchery, to suburban homes with pets. We have experience with dogs, cats, horses, sheep, partridge, quail, chickens, and ducks in these assignments, and have experience with many other animal types. We are in demand and scheduled out through February 2019 in Australia, England, Scotland and France.
Here is a recent reference:
Kate - House / Pet sitting Reference 15 April 2018
"I knew as soon as I met Jim and Shelly that I had struck pure gold in terms of the perfect house sitters - and boy did I!!
They took on my home and precious animals whole heartedly and 100%. They spent time with me before I left to make sure everything was clear, sent update messages while I was away of how everything was; contacted me immediately if they were unsure of anything; and gave SO MUCH love to my animals I knew my animals were on a holiday too!
"Jim even trained my gorgeous dog, who had a lunging/ nipping issue with bikes and men (she's a rescue dog) not to lunge and nip! I came back to this happy, perfectly behaved dog I couldn't believe it!! And the cat was in heaven with Shelly's extra special love. When I got home, the house felt loved, cared for and enjoyed. It was spotless clean and everything just as I left it.
"Leaving your home and valuables in the care of strangers is one thing but leaving your precious animals is a whole other story.
"Jim and Shelly treated my home and animals with such love and care, I almost felt like I should be paying them for the privilege! It left me worry-free to fully enjoy my travels, knowing everything was perfectly safe and happy at home.
Cannot rate these guys highly enough!!!!!! I was so lucky to find them.
We are really proud of doing a great job for the people we sit for. We love animals and truly honour the trust our hosts put in us to take care of things. We hope you will consider us as your first choice.
More about us:
We are recently retired, Jim after 30 years with IBM in USA and AU, and Shelly after 20 years as a beauty consultant. We are recently re-married and are now spending a few years exploring the different areas of Australia and the world.
We are professional, quiet, neat, caring, and honest. We have both had pets - dogs and cats - all our lives. Dogs seem to love us and cats seem to thrive in the peaceful environment we bring. Shelly was a volunteer at pet rescue centres in Denver, Colorado USA for years and is completely comfortable with animals that need special care. Jim has owned and cared for dogs of all ages and will, upon request, do loving and gentle training of young dogs or dogs with undesired behaviours. Examples are available upon request.
Jim owned a hobby farm in NSW for five years and Shelly was brought up on a farm in Michigan, USA. We are both comfortable with the life and chores on a farm or taking care of domestic farm animals. At the other end of the scale, we both have lived in large cities, Shelly in Denver for 20 years, and Jim in Melbourne and Sydney for more than a decade. We are thus very comfortable with the responsibilities that city or suburban life requires.
We will care for your house as if it were our own, leaving it better than we found it. Jim is a talented if not enthusiastic handyman, while Shelly has a gift for gardens. We both have completely clean police records (certificates available) and can provide references from other housesitting sites on request. You can also visit our , for more information.
Thank you for considering us and we hope to be of service to you.
Jim and Shelly Vincent