About Lisa marie & Daniel
We are a retired couple who love to travel, meet new people, learn about areas, and get our pet time by caring for other people's pets. We believe in leaving your home spotless and doing what we can to make your trip a success - need a drop off/pick up or someone to retrieve your vehicle? We are there for you. Want regular emails or texts - n...
We are a retired couple who love to travel, meet new people, learn about areas, and get our pet time by caring for other people's pets. We believe in leaving your home spotless and doing what we can to make your trip a success - need a drop off/pick up or someone to retrieve your vehicle? We are there for you. Want regular emails or texts - no problem. Most importantly, we want your pet to be happy and in their same routine while you're gone.
Why we want to house sit
I've lived in Juneau my whole life and Dan grew up in Seattle and on Whidbey Island north of there, coming to Juneau in the Coast Guard. Once he met me, he knew he couldn't leave! Because we didn't see many places growing up, we have always enjoyed travel but we really enjoy immersing ourselves in the local community rather than your typical tourist activities. We like making friends wherever we go and hosting them back home when possible. We love pets but no longer have our own so caring for yours gives us our pet time.
While Juneau will always be our home, especially since my parents live just a short distance from us, we are frequently traveling, or looking to travel and most times can schedule our travel to coincide with yours. In fact, we recently housesat simultaneously for two couples whose homes are about 15 miles apart while they vacationed together. We have enjoyed the housesitting we've done thus far and look forward to caring for your home and/or pets as if they were our own. When we travel, we usually have family watch our home or have a housesitter of our own so we know the importance of having a good housesitter that will take care of all the little details so your return is as pleasant as your trip.
We've been married for almost 38 years and own a home in Juneau, Alaska - accessible only by boat or plane - there are no roads. Growing up and living here has made us very self sufficient in dealing with any property issues. We enjoy gardening and can take care of any yard needs as well. We don't smoke, are self-reliant, and clean.
We've had cats and dogs all our lives and Lisa had rabbits, mice, lizards, and even a skunk growing up. When our dog passed some years ago, we decided not to get another because of our retirement and travel plans so pet sitting is a perfect match for us. Large, small, indoors or out, we'll make sure to give them the care they need.
We've done several housesits to date, only some of which are listed on the TH site as we are active on other housesitting sites as well. We have received excellent references from each but perhaps the best reference is the repeat housesits and the referrals to friends that we've received. We are proud to say we have sat for a homeowner who runs a petsitting business and have been referred by her to others and have returned to sit for her. Both she and the friend who referred us have said what a difference we made in the sociability of her skittish cat whom she adopted as a feral kitten. While they told us the cat likely wouldn't come to us, especially not to a man, and likely wouldn't come in the house or spend time with us, they were thrilled to find that within a week, she was coming to me and a few days later, coming to Dan. Just a short bit later and she was coming in the house for breakfast and to sleep with us or nap at my feet. On our recent repeat visit, she was so different - spending time with us, begging to be stroked, and even a little lap sitting!
Following is a listing of our housesits (updated December 2017):
February 2015 Parksville, British Columbia, Canada 2 weeks Springer Spaniel
October 2015 Greenbank, Washington, USA 2.5 weeks Cat
November 2015 Bainbridge, Washington, USA 4 days 2 Cats and 4 Chickens
January 2016 Langley, Washington, USA 2 weeks French Bulldog (Referral)
June 2016 Greenbank, Washington, USA 3 weeks Cat (Repeat)
January 2017 Parksville, British Columbia, Canada 2 weeks Springer Spaniel (Repeat)
February 2017 Greenbank, Washington, USA 2.5 weeks 2 Cats (Referral)
September 2017 Greenbank, Washington, USA 3 weeks Cat (Repeat) *
September 2017 Langley, Washington, USA 3 weeks French Bulldog (Repeat) *
October 2017 Bothell, Washington, USA 5 days 2 Dachsunds
October 2017 Freeland, Washington, USA 2.5 weeks Jack Russell mix (Referral)
January 2018 Greenbank, Washington, USA 1 week Retriever (Referral)
January 2018 Parksville, British Columbia, Canada 3 weeks Springer Spaniel (Repeat)
February 2018 Greenbank, Washington, USA 2 weeks 2 cats (Repeat)
March 2018 Kirkland, Washington, USA 3 days 1 cat
*we split up and sat at two houses simultaneously while the owners vacationed together
Because of these additional and repeat housesits and referrals, we can provide references in addition to what is on this website. We can also provide a police background check.
Here are some excerpts from just a few of our references:
January 2018 - Morans
Our little fur baby is 11years old and while she is overall friendly with everyone, she took to Lisa Marie and Dan as quickly as we did. They were incredible with her.Not only with her daily feedings, medication and exercise, they went above and beyond. Hailey got to go on beach expeditions which she absolutely loves. And we got photos of our happy girl while we were traveling. It was very reassuring to see her running along the beach. Now when I ask Hailey where’s Uncle Dan or Aunt Lisa she immediately looks at the front door, I’m sure she’s hoping they will walk through it soon!
While we aren’t perfect housekeepers, we try. I have to say when we arrived home the house looked better than we had left it. Everything sparkled. And sitting on the kitchen counter was a freshly baked coffee cake; the coffee ready to turn on and two cups left out for us. The fireplace had a log burning and the chairs were set up, ready for us to cozy up to the fire. We felt like due to the wonderful efforts of Dan and Lisa Marie , we had arrived at a bed and breakfast! Their positive energies and attitudes fill our home. I wish they were neighbors, they are such a wonderful couple. They are the very best house and pet sitters we have ever experienced.
March 2017 - Wozabs
"We had the fortunate experience of having Lisa Marie and Dan take care of our home and two kitties for a month. They were extremely conscientious about the daily routine the kitties are used to and also all the various home procedures. They communicated with us and sent pictures."
January 2017 - Stokke
"We knew from the start that our house and beloved pet (Bodie) were in the best of hands with Lisa and Dan. Bodie easily bonded with them and was sad to see them go"
November 2015 - Ross
"I have 2 cats and 4 chickens and numerous indoor plants and garden and yard to take care of and they were superb. They even picked all the orange rinds out of the chickens' compost before they gave it to them!
You'll notice most pet pictures include only Dan as Lisa is the one behind the camera. You can follow our adventures during and between housesits through her Instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/alaskan_red, on Twitter at JuneauAKGirl, or on her blog at https://alaskanred.wordpress.com/
Thanks for considering us for taking care of your home and pets. Please don't hesitate to get in touch. Until then, make every day a good day!