Why we want to house sit
I am a university researcher, and my partner Karen is a retired teacher (and part-time laboratory assistant in my research group). As an academic, I travel a great deal for work, mostly for extended periods while conducting research, working with industry partners, or collaborating on manuscripts. We discovered house sitting as a way to meet new people and have a home away from home while abroad. We love animals, but our work travel (often for up to 6 months a year) makes it impractical to have pets of our own, but we would much prefer coming home to the companionship of a friendly dog or cuddly cat. We are service-minded, so house sitting gives us an opportunity to give something back by taking loving care of pets and gardens, in gratitude for the many wonderful experiences we've had while travelling. We are healthy and active, and enjoy including pets in our daily exercise.
And finally, another reason we love house sitting is that we have the opportunity to take care of gardens. Karen has a very green thumb and loves taking care of veggie gardens, fruit trees and doing general grounds maintenance.
We have excellent references, not just on this site but also many others which we can provide as required.
As homeowners ourselves, we understand what it is to keep up a property and leave it in wonderful condition. We have owned and lived in urban and rural homes, and even own an remote off-the-grid acreage with house and cabins (near Whistler Canada). We've done all the upkeep, renovations and repairs on our properties. We have completed more than three dozen sits and have taken of homes and pets in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Alaska, Spain, France, Bali, Australia and New Zealand, so we're comfortable in just about any setting and we're familiar with many of the maintenance and repair issues that may arise.
We do not smoke or drink, and prefer a quiet evening, cooking a nice meal and sharing the peace of your home with your pets.
We have cared for, among other pets: lots of dogs and cats, parrokeets, a Galah, fish, turtles, hamsters, chickens, guinea pigs, pigs, rabbits, horses, a donkey, goats and sheep and have not only kept stables clean, but have also helped rebuild a stable! We've minded a sheep station in Western Australia and an 1850s cottage in Oslofjord, Norway, a macadamia nut farm in Queensland, a country home and garden in the French Alps, along with many other homes with various pets (30+ sits). We can take care of maintenance problems as they arise. Karen previously built a house in a remote off-the-grid area so she has lots of skills using various tools and machinery. Our motto is to 'treat it like our own,' so you know you will come home to a clean, well-cared for house and pets that have been well-exercised, and well-cared for. If there's anything you'd like accomplished to improve your home or gardens, we're willing to take it on.
One year in Norway while housesitting, we finished off a bathroom renovation, landscaped the property and repaired the bicycles. In Sweden, we planted the garden for the owners and fixed up their garage, and in New Zealand and Australia we have been groundskeepers for several large estates, supervising staff (gardeners, housekeepers) and taking care of swimming pools, vehicles and gardens.
We are both energetic, outdoor-loving people, who daily run, walk and bicycle. We love to incorporate dogs in our daily outdoor activities and have cared for as many as three at a time. We will love your pets as if they were our own.