Wilhelmina: House & Pet Sitters from Ontario, Canada

Trustworthy, retired lady will care lovingly for your pets and home.

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  • Wilhelmina (68)
  • Retired
  • Female
  • Ontario, Canada
Reference Score
Reference - average score 5.0 (6)
Charges for House & Pet Sitting
No
Previous house sitting experience?
Yes
Animal care experience?
Dog(s), Cat(s), Reptile(s), Fish, Poultry, Cockatoo, African Grey
Police check?
Yes
Available to housesit when?
Available anytime
Available to housesit where?
Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Caribbean Netherlands, Chile, Show more Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Caribbean Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico Show less
Travelling with children?
Unconfirmed
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Introduction

I am an adventurous, retired lady who loves animals especially dogs and cats and considers it a privilege to be entrusted with the pets and private homes of friends and strangers. It is important to me to ensure that pets and home owners are happy as it provides much satisfaction when any assignment is considered well done. The best part, however, is the love received from the pets when I cuddle and play with them!

My passion for travel is about experiencing more of Canada along with other countries and cultures. I have been fortunate to enjoy many short term vacations during my working life (i.e. UK, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Cuba, Bermuda, Mexico, US, The Netherlands -- my place of birth and Canada -- my home). Now that I am retired and have more time, my preference is to stay in one place, explore the immediate area and perhaps meet new people.

I have experienced living in the country and appreciate the peace and quiet it offers and now live in the city with many activities available to enjoy. I also enjoy quiet days of reading and lots of walking. Ontario, Canada is a place of extreme temperatures so I am used to heat, cold and lots of snow --too much at times!
I do not smoke.

Why I want to housesit

Over 15 years ago when I was changing jobs, I traveled to Mexico for a month to do volunteer work. While there, I met a number of expats who offered me the opportunity to look after their pets and homes while on vacation. As a result, I was able to stay in Mexico for 3 months and the seed was sown to actively pursue this lifestyle in retirement.

Pet and house sitting provides the opportunity to travel in Canada and internationally more often and for longer periods of time. It will broaden my experiences and provide an opportunity to meet new people from other cultures. I prefer the comfort of a home rather than a hotel and love the opportunity to care for other people's pets as I receive so much in return and the antics of some pets make me laugh!

Currently, I am learning Spanish and would welcome an opportunity to practice. I also very much wish to return to the Netherlands --my place of birth.

What I bring to the assignment / relevant experience

I have proven myself as a caring, reliable and dedicated person and I have lots of life, employment and home owner experience to bring to any assignment.

For over 40 years, I have owned a number of homes and have taken care of gardens, pools and shoveled snow. I have experience with painting and other updating and decorating of homes and have fixed a broken toilet or leaky faucet.

For many years, in order to help friends and relatives on vacation or weekend trips, I have lovingly cared for dogs and cats of all sizes and temperaments both in the owners home and in my own home.

I am capable of handling a demanding assignment as I did for one of my repeat assignments during a recent winter in Ottawa, Canada. The owner's pets included three dogs and one cat and the large property where I stayed was actively listed for sale and being shown on a daily basis to prospective home buyers. This required an extremely tidy home and taking the three dogs out of the house for each showing. During the assignment period, there was a major snow storm which meant I also had to shovel snow before each showing --a bit hard on the back! In addition, I looked after the mail, phone messages and informed the owners of all activity on a daily basis. In the end, it was all worth the effort as the home owners received an offer while on vacation.

My career background includes experience in both the not for profit and for profit sectors working primarily in Hospitals and Charitable Foundations.

References

  • House / Pet sitting Reference

    Penny and Jim Harman

    We have had the great pleasure of using Willy as our pet sitter on numerous occasions and in a variety of situations. Two years ago we used her services to take care of our six month female cat, Sophie. Sophie stayed with Willy at her home and it was obvious that the care she received was impeccable when we picked Sophie up. She had eaten well, was well groomed and had truly bonded with Willy. Upon a visit to our apartment, Sophie met Willy at the door and followed her to her chair to greet her properly. We also had the opportunity to use Willy's services at our cottage to look after Sophie and the cottage. Once again, Willy proved to be extremely reliable. The next time that we hired Willy, we had added a 9 week old kitten to our family. Willy once again provided a safe and secure home to both of our pets. We have no difficulty leaving our pets with Willy and we know that they will be well cared for.

    Jim and Penny Harman
    London Ontario

    • Organised Housitter Rating - 5
    • Reliable Housitter Rating - 5
    • Self-sufficient Housitter Rating - 5
    • Tidy Housitter Rating - 5
    • Pet care Housitter Rating - 5
  • House / Pet sitting Reference

    Donna Haycock

    I would like to recommend Willy Fry as a candidate for pet and house-sitting. Over the past four years Willy has been providing house and pet-sitting services for me on numerous occasions.
    Willy is reliable, trustworthy and flexible. She is a very caring person and quite affectionate with my four dogs and cat. Willy is detail oriented in maintaining my home, respectful of my personal property and has always made it a priority to keep me informed of situations that require my attention.
    In addition, Willy has also provided personal attendant care services for my son, whom is disabled. In this role, she provided supervision, meal preparation, and transportation services.
    Willy is an extremely capable and competent individual and considers her role as an important component in maintaining consistent care for my son, animals and home.
    In summary, I highly recommend Willy as a pet and or house-sitter.

    • Organised Housitter Rating - 5
    • Reliable Housitter Rating - 5
    • Self-sufficient Housitter Rating - 5
    • Tidy Housitter Rating - 5
    • Pet care Housitter Rating - 5
  • TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

    Janet Nix

    Willy looked after my Cockatoo and African Grey parrots for 3 weeks. She was perfect for the job. Patient in learning their personalities and very calm and quiet when getting to know them. It worked, when I returned they were both happy and in no way stressed.

    • Organised Housitter Rating - 5
    • Reliable Housitter Rating - 5
    • Self-sufficient Housitter Rating - 5
    • Tidy Housitter Rating - 5
    • Pet care Housitter Rating - 5
  • House / Pet sitting Reference

    Stuart and Janine Fraser

    Wilhelmina (Willy) is totally reliable and we feel very fortunate to have "found" her. We came home to find happy and well-cared for pets and a spotless house. On top of all this she is a really nice person and somebody we shall be proud to call our friend. We hope that Willy may be able to sit for us in the future

    • Organised Housitter Rating - 5
    • Reliable Housitter Rating - 5
    • Self-sufficient Housitter Rating - 5
    • Tidy Housitter Rating - 5
    • Pet care Housitter Rating - 5
  • TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

    Catharine Crawford

    Willy Fry is a warm and professional person who treats home and pets with a the highest regard. She follows instructions and can be trusted with reliable and honest provision of service, and in a very friendly manner.

    • Organised Housitter Rating - 5
    • Reliable Housitter Rating - 5
    • Self-sufficient Housitter Rating - 5
    • Tidy Housitter Rating - 5
    • Pet care Housitter Rating - 5
  • TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

    Ted and Cindy Bomers

    Willy recently took care of our 2 elderly cats while we were on vacation. The cats adored her and our female cat even spent some time on Willy's lap, something that she rarely does!
    Willy contacted us daily by e-mail giving us an account of our cats' activities. Willy is extremely conscientious and thorough.
    Having the pets keep in their regular routines is a priority.
    On our return, the house was spotless, plants watered and linens and towels were laundered.We couldn't have asked for a better house sitter.
    We would love to have her pet sit for us again if the opportunity arose.

    • Organised Housitter Rating - 5
    • Reliable Housitter Rating - 5
    • Self-sufficient Housitter Rating - 5
    • Tidy Housitter Rating - 5
    • Pet care Housitter Rating - 5

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