About Jaro & Charlie
We are Charlie and Jaro, a Canadian-Dutch couple travelling the world with our little Banana, OUR FIRST RESCUE DOG. As FULL-TIME FREELANCERS, our favourite way to travel is to Volunteer and House & Pet-sit, because rented apartments are great, but they do not come with furry friends to play with! House & Pet-sitting is great because it allows us...
We are Charlie and Jaro, a Canadian-Dutch couple travelling the world with our little Banana, OUR FIRST RESCUE DOG. As FULL-TIME FREELANCERS, our favourite way to travel is to Volunteer and House & Pet-sit, because rented apartments are great, but they do not come with furry friends to play with! House & Pet-sitting is great because it allows us three to spend time with more animals, and to ensure that they are getting ALL THE CARE THEY DESERVE AND ARE USED TO while their owner is away.
Why we want to house sit
Having lived and volunteered in countries like Spain, Turkey and Greece, we are used to the horror stories of owners leaving their home for month or years and LEAVING THEIR PETS BEHIND to starve. The amount of people who do this goes beyond belief. This is why we believe so much in House & Pet-sitting: the fact alone that you wish for someone else to live in your home in order to ENSURE THE COMFORT AND SECURITY of your pets warms our hearts and restores our faith in people!
Foremost, we bring LOVE to your home while you are away. Having both been dog-owners all our lives, we know that the option of a kennel doesn't offer much of it. And if you are on this website, surely you are hoping that your pet will have the same loving, active yet peaceful time they usually have with you. Which we can assure you, we will do our absolute best to provide. We also much PREFER NATURE AND PEACE to rambling cities, and LOVE TO HIKE. So your pets are in for some adventurous times with us around!
We have volunteered at homes, and House & Pet-sitting in many countries for the past year. For 3 very cold winter months, we looked after a DOG, 4 CATS and little FISH in a beautiful home in Bulgaria. We FED, WALKED and WITH THE PETS, CLEANED THE HOUSE DAILY, and the odd job here and there. Before that, we were House & Pet-sitting a villa in Turkey while the owner was away. We FED, WALKED, PLAYED, and TOOK CARE OF MEDICAL NEEDS of 9 DOGS and 6 CATS, including fostered strays, a new-born puppy found in a bin, and an abandoned house-dog discovered in a horrible and very sick state. He is now very well and living in the UK with a wonderful family! We also did some GARDENING and MAINTENANCE around the house, as well as kept in clean and tidy. Since then, we have hopped around the UK doing short-term house&pet-sits, one of which we are going back to. Can't wait!
For two years, Jaro was a full-time, in-house volunteer at dog shelters, and is used to taking care of many dogs with different needs, from strays to puppies, to fancy house-dogs that come with their long list of comforts!
For Charlie, responsibility kicked in when she was 16 and started babysitting for 3 families per week, from 4 to 5 children per family, including new-borns, autistic children, and of course, pets! Which as you can imagine, included lots of tidying up and flawless cleaning. She also House/Pet-sat on weekends for a family in her home-town.