About Helen & Robert
We are well traveled, originally from Bristol, UK, and now live in beautiful West Wales. Pets have been 100 % part of our lives, who traveled far and wide with us too. Throughout Helen's professional life working within the third (voluntary) sector as a paid professional, supporting others in need within local communities, until August 2016. S...
We are well traveled, originally from Bristol, UK, and now live in beautiful West Wales. Pets have been 100 % part of our lives, who traveled far and wide with us too. Throughout Helen's professional life working within the third (voluntary) sector as a paid professional, supporting others in need within local communities, until August 2016. Since then Helen has set up her own professional house - pet sitting/home boarding business. Almost everyday she is now caring for other peoples pets and enjoys every moment.
Robis a Senior Electrical Design Engineer based in Dorset Monday to Friday, and spends weekends supporting the pet sitting activities in Wales etc. We still love to use 'annual leave' time to support others to take time away knowing their home and pets are in safe hands, using Trust Housesitters to help us choose various 'holiday' destinations. We are NON SMOKERS and are FULL driving licence holders and have our own transport.
Why we want to house sit
As homeowners too, we understand how difficult it is to leave a home empty and to leave family pets behind whenever you need to get away. Its very difficult to know who you can trust. When we first discovered this site, our initial response was 'WOW' what a great idea and loved the idea of genuine pet lovers looking after other peoples pets whilst they have a well deserved break away, as well as house sitting at the same time. What a great experience for all concerned ! We love to travel and explore all parts of the UK, as well as into Europe and other parts of the world !
Having had our own dogs, cats and rabbits since owning our own homes from the age of 19 years old, with now 30+ years experience of pet care and confidence around dogs/cats and other animals !
Our pets have been our 'family', and have been replacement 'children' ! Helens life has been completely committed to the pets care, well being and needs and ensured they have also had their 'holiday foster home' to go to, when unable to travel away too. This ensured the pets had the same 'family' each time and which welcomed the pet into their homes for the duration of my holidays, with the same comforts on offer.
Having owned 4 dogs from puppy/young age to end of life (a black Labrador Retriever, an Old English Sheepdog, a Staffie x Collie, a Shih tzu x Collie) and 2 cats and a rabbit, and took the dogs to Dog Agility for fun social time too. We have also enjoy walking and cycling many miles through countryside across the UK and Europe with the dogs.
Helen has previously volunteered as a Rehoming Homechecker with Bath RSPCA Rehoming centre and also The National Animal Welfare Trust for approx 10 years when still living in Bristol. She now volunteers with The Cinnamon Trust as a Volunteer Dog Walker for older people who are unable to exercise their pets due to a change of health circumstances. Sadly after losing Ralf, a 13 year old Shitzu x Bearded collie boy to cancer, who had been her constant canine companion since he came with the house purchased in 2007. Helen has become committed to local volunteer dog walking to help those in a less fortunate temporary position in their lives
Helen is also a qualified Pet First Aider & training Instructor in this field of expertise, and holds a current DBS check. Helen has worked on a Lottery funded projects supporting vulnerable older people with a local charity. She worked within this sector for 20 years, and is a trustworthy, approachable person with a lot of common sense too, knowing how to turn off a stop tap for water, how to reset the electric when a switch has tripped the system, undertake small repairs/DIY !
Rob trained and qualified as an Electrical Engineer since leaving school, and has 2 adult children from a previous marriage. He is an avid ski-er and has competed internationally in Dragon Boat racing.
Previous initial house/pet sitting experience was with close family/friends, but have now successfully completed many house/pet sits with Trusted House Sitters, (some also within our home ) with repeated requests to provide care again, which is really satisfying to know expectations have been met with home & pet owners. As mentioned above, Helen has now started up my own independent professional Pet sitting business, which has become exceptionally established very quickly. However we still like to use Trusted Housesitters for our 'time off' and to visit and explore other areas and countries through caring for others pets whilst they take their own time off too. We have cared for Jack Russells, Whippets, Beagles, Australian Shepherd Dog, Rottweiller, Labradors, Golden Retreiver, Spaniels, Border Collies, Labradoodle, Shitzu, Norfolk terrier, Portugeuse Water Dog, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese Terriers, West Highland Terriers, Deerhound, various cross breeds of all sizes, various cats, kittens, Chickens, Geese, pond and tank fish, bearded dragons, Macaws, Ponies, to add to the repertoire of experience !!
We not only care for your pets, but make sure they have lots of fun, adventures, and plenty of walkies, but will also ensure your home is kept clean and tidy and secure, which can give you peace of mind and time to relax whilst you are away, knowing your home and pets are in safe hands.
Thank you for taking time to read this profile and please do not hesitate to ask us any questions. Regards, Helen & Rob