I am 66-yrs old, single, long retired from a long successful broadcasting career and now traveling and taking on housesitting assignments in the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. I sometimes travel with my female partner when she gets away from her career. I am a Canadian living in a beautiful gated community on the California coast overlooking Catalina Island - but there is so much more to see and exprience.
I am non-smoking / non-drinker. I own my own home and am houseproud. I understand the value of caring for your home and making sure your pets get special attention and care while you are away. I was lucky enough to share many years of my life with my golden retriever, but currently do NOT have any pets. I have excellent references attesting to my good character and sense of responsibility.
I am looking for housesits longer than two weeks and have experience with clients who go away for a short 2-week vacation, or who have to leave their home on short notice for a family or business emergency; but I also have experience with clients who go abroad for 2-6 months confident that I am taking care of things at home. My resourcefulness assures that you have a worry- free vacation and/or work-related time away from home.
For my part, I look for opportunities around the world where I can explore and be a tourist as I take care of your pet(s) and home. Over the years I have done housesits in the USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, and China.
Besides overall care of your home and pets I can:
- drop you off and pick you up to/from local airport or cruise terminal
- keep in touch with you by , fax and/or phone with updates and urgent messages. I can even send digital pictures of your pet(s) periodically so you can be assured that they are doing well
- monitor and sort your mail and packages; forward urgent mail as per your instructions; and pay the occasional unforeseen bill
- water house plants; monitor lawn sprinkler system or water lawn and garden
- arrange and supervise a limited amount of maintenance and/or repairs using services of local professionals
- start your vehicle(s) periodically to keep battery charged and fluids circulating
- take your pet(s) to vet for scheduled check- ups or to the groomer
______________________ CLIENT RECOMMENDATIONS ______________________
"Bernard is the gold-standard of housesitters" ER Houston, Texas
"He left me alone to enjoy my vacation should all be well, and he always gave the impression that I didn't need to worry about anything, he would be able to handle any difficulty" HP, Woodcliff Lake NJ (NYC Area)
"Bernard took care of my home, pets and car for three months while I was working in China. It gave me great comfort to have Bernard to rely on. He went beyond the call of duty.... The house was well-maintained, my mail forwarded, and my pets well-tended" KC, San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland)
"Not only did we find our home in the same condition we left it with Bernard, the cat and our plants were also thriving" EK, Toronto, Canada
"Throughout our 3-month trip to Katmandu , he kept us updated via s. We came back home to find the house secure and tidy. Our dog was also clean and healthy" MD, Los Angeles (Valencia) California
"He was always available by phone and . In one instance when I needed an important, time- sensitive package, Bernard quickly responded During our seven month absence, we had no worry that our house and cat were being cared for and were in good hands...." EG, Houston, Texas
"My trip to the Far East was much more enjoyable, knowing that everything was secure and safe at home, in Mr. Forster's care" KM, Manhattan (NYC)
" He kept me informed of pertinent events connected with my home. I found his manner and responsible attitude very reassuring. In short, Mr. Forster proved to be trustworthy and an excellent choice to housesit my home"
HRP, Rochelle Park, NJ (NYC Area)
"Mr. Forster is by far the best housesitter we have ever had"
SS, Las Vegas, Nevada
" In every way, he lives up to his claims..... He is also very nice, ....he is honest and has integrity". CH Phoenix, Arizona