ALL ABOUT US
Hello! We are Canadians, retired 3 years, adventurous, fit and young at heart. We are travelling and seeing the world, stopping at times to home & pet sit. We have extensive experience with home and pet sitting over recent years and truly appreciate the opportunity to enjoy and care for others’ pets at a time when we can’t have our own due to our travel lifestyle. We truly appreciate the win-win nature of the exchange, providing the peace of mind that home & pet owners need for a worry-free vacation, while meeting our own needs for shelter and the nourishment provided by time spent getting to know and caring for their pets. We are animal lovers — I doubt your pets will get better care and attention than we will give them.
WHY WE WANT TO CARE FOR YOUR PETS and HOME
House and pet sitting is a beautiful addition to our world-experiencing lifestyle! While we love to move about and see the sights, we also love opportunities to be homebodies and live the stable life of caring for a home and pets for a time. When we are caring for pets and their home, that will always be our top priority. Pet and home sitting facilitates this perfectly. We are both big animal lovers and are quite rejuvenated by our time spent caring for and sharing pet love. We have made life long friendships with home owners and their pets through our house sitting connections, and appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch with how our temporary charges are doing.
We have plenty of experience worldwide – from the one small pampered dachshund we cared for this summer (3.5 months) in Victoria, Canada to caring for 13 rescue pets in a remote Costa Rican jungle last winter/spring for 10 weeks (5 dogs/8 cats). While there one of the cats was stung by a scorpion and we nursed her back to health with chamomile baths to her eye. Happily she recovered as good as new. We have administered medication to cats and dogs, for worms and ticks, as well as performing tick removal.
Last summer we cared for a small disabled dog. Dickie was paralyzed in his back legs. Along with caring for all his needs, including toiletting, we encouraged him to learn confidence and skill in his new wheelchair. It was most gratifying for both of us to see him go from a subdued, seemingly depressed little fellow to a confident, capable little walker eagerly exploring the world. So — yes, we are experienced, and this is only the beginning of the stories! (Stay tuned for short stories here about each of our delightful experiences in pet and home sitting.)
We are retired, Kath from health/education assistant in a secondary school and Aaron as a school psychologist and UBC professor. With these backgrounds we were required to be strong communicators and compassionate human beings. During our many years working in schools we were both required to have clean criminal record checks.
We are local to the Victoria area in summer and travel most winters to warm areas. We are open to consideration of a sit in most areas of the world, though we have some definite strong interest points, and are currently booked for much of the next year (though there are openings – just ask!).
WHAT WE CAN BRING TO THE ASSIGNMENT
We are responsible, honest, clean, nonsmoking, physically fit, non-partying animal lovers with many 5 star reviews and references. We love to hike, kayak, cycle, travel and see the world, do photography, read, write, spend time interacting with animals, and we enjoy a balance of social and solitary time.
We are previous home and pet owners and understand the responsibility involved in caring for both. We consider pets family members, to be treated so — your pet’s care takes priority when we are sitting. We have owned a home with a pool and hot tub and are fully conversant in their care.
We love the process of providing photos, videos and anecdotes of the pets’ daily life to the HO while they are on vacation (though only if desired).
With us, you can trust that your home and pets will be well loved and cared for while you have a worry-free getaway. We always make your home and pets top priority when sitting, and you will return to happy, healthy pets and a clean, orderly home. If you have further questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or view our profiles at Trusted House Sitters, Mind My House, House Carers, House Sit Mexico and House Sit Canada.