About Heather & Chris
Hello there! Chris and I are fit and active '50 something' year old animal lovers, who enjoy traveling. Chris is very handy around the house - Mr Fix It - and I am the person who does all the research and communicating and will keep the house clean. We are the perfect team for your house sit! We are members of two local walking groups and cy...
Hello there! Chris and I are fit and active '50 something' year old animal lovers, who enjoy traveling. Chris is very handy around the house - Mr Fix It - and I am the person who does all the research and communicating and will keep the house clean. We are the perfect team for your house sit! We are members of two local walking groups and cycle together too. Chris is a keen skier. I play tennis and enjoy dancing. I have completed 19 successful house sits since 2008. Chris came into my life four years ago and has done 9. I can provide excellent references and have enhanced security clearance thanks to my job as a teacher. Our availability is flexible but ideally we are looking for house-sits during the English school holidays and for the occasional long weekend.
Why we want to house sit
My work as a supply teacher and Chris's semi-retirement provides opportunities for us to travel. The reasons we enjoy house sitting so much are that we can visit different places, enjoy looking after others treasured pets, meet new people, enjoy the comfort of living in someone's home, and become temporary members of the local community.
Twenty years ago I did a one year teacher exchange to British Columbia, Canada. I swapped homes with Cindy, Mal and Shandy, and it was a very positive experience. It was my introduction to a dishwasher, air conditioning and my particular favourite, a remote control garage door!
In spring 2008 I discovered house/pet sitting. My first was a dog sit in Hackney, London, looking after Benson a lively two year old spaniel. We enjoyed many happy walks and outings together.
Full of enthusiasm my next charges that summer were two chow chows, Elsie and Eddie. They were amazing, and caused quite a stir, often mistaken by unknowing children as little lions!
In February 2009 I traveled to Las Vagas to dog sit an American fox hound called Henry. What a memorable trip that was!
In August 2009 I visited the historic city of Cambridge to look after three maine coon cats. They were gorgeous and quite mischievous!
Two weeks later I looked after two tenterfield terriers in an eighteenth floor apartment in Singapore. Oscar and Pokey were delightful dogs and I had a real cultural experience.
August 2010 saw me traveling to Hawaii (main island) to take care of Sadie and Freda, two mixed breed medium sized dogs in their lovely tropical home. I visited the local beaches, volcanoes, botanical gardens, and even gazed at the stars!
Next came a house-sit in August 2011 - four weeks in San Diego, U.S.A., looking after 10 chickens, Thunder the dog (a cross between a german shepherd and a corgi!) and a large vegetable garden. Food was plentiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the Californian way of life.
In June 2012 I visited Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast for a week, taking care of a sweet chocolate labrador called Otto and his four feline friends - two indoor and two outdoor cats, Ziggy, Kitten,, Bob and Tabatha!
Chris then joined me on my pet sitting adventures. Together in August 2013 we visited Sitges near Barcelona, taking care of apartment cats Muffin and Mia, who were simply delightful!
Following that, in May 2014, we had the pleasure of taking are of Murphy a lively cocker spaniel and Skye, a chocolate labrador in a beautiful rural location in Northumberland. We made a return visit in September last year.
May 2015 we stayed a week in the village of Chew Magna near Bristol looking after cuddly cats, Dora and Newton, boisterous guinea pigs Coco and Conker and four affectionate chickens.
August 2015 (three weeks) and August 2016 (10 days) saw us in Dorset with Milky the adorable cocker spaniel and a tropical fish tank in a beautiful village near Poole.
Easter last year Chris and I had the pleasure of caring for dogs Ruffle (collie/spaniel mix) and Tumble (labrador/retriever mix), and Scrabble the hamster, in a idyllic rural home in East Sussex. We loved the surrounding countryside and were treated to 10 days of wall to wall sunshine - unbelievable!
In May 2017 we had a four night pet sit in a prestigious area of Rome, living in an apartment with Pascal the comical Boston terrier, and three cats, amazing!
Heather then did a six day dog and cat sit in Derby during July 2017 with a female friend, exploring great local parks and visiting family.
Next Chris and I enjoyed a ten day visit to rural Devon in August, looking after three dogs in a 'picture postcard' thatched cottage, breathtaking!
In September 2017 we paid a return visit to rural Northumberland. It was wonderful to see Skye and Murphy again and spend time in a very modern and spacious property.
And Chris and I spent a week in October 2017 looking after a country estate in the South Downs National Park. It was an amazing experience! There we had the company of Daimler the Dachshund, Waffle the Labrador (who was in the advanced stages of pregnancy), three hens, three Kune Kune pigs and some goldfish!!
Finally this May we spent a week in Somerset with mother & daughter Springer Spaniels Madge and Dottie, and their 10 chicken friends! A great experience!
We can't wait to find out where our next house sit will be!