We're mature, stable, experienced, flexible, trustworthy and resourceful. We enjoy dogs, cats, horses, and birds. In our 33 years together, we've had three Golden Retrievers, two English Springer Spaniels, two cats, two horses, and numerous peach-faced lovebirds. We're non-smokers, and we helped design and literally built our own home. As homeowners ourselves, and as landlords of two rental houses, we know what it means to treat your home as if it were our own. We also know the importance of security, so we'll be alert and keep a watchful eye on your property while you're away. In fact, we believe that providing security by our presence in your house is one of the most important benefits we offer. We have impeccable references from previous house-sit assignments, and FBI background checks for both of us, and we look forward to hearing from you.
We've completed 12 assignments in the past five years. For 4-1/2 months in 2013, we were on a house-sitting assignment on the Caribbean island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. On Vieques, we cared for four dogs, a feral cat and a home with extensive tropical gardens and plantings.
For 7 weeks in the autumn of 2013, husband completed a solo house-sitting assignment in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, caring for three dogs and providing security by his presence in a colonial-style house with tropical gardens. In the autumn of 2014 he completed another solo house/pet-sitting assignment in the same house for 6 weeks.
In early 2014, we completed a 3-month house-sitting assignment on the Greek island of Corfu, in the Ionian Sea near the Greece/Albania border. We cared for a guest villa that is rented to tourists from mid-April through October, providing security by our presence during the off-season.
In 2015, we completed a 2-week house/pet-sitting assignment in a rural village in Canterbury, New Zealand. Then we did a 2-week house/pet-sit near Sydney, Australia, followed by another 2-week house/pet-sit in the hinterlands above the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, Australia. In the autumn of 2015, husband completed a 6-week solo house-sit at a beachfront VRBO on Playa Corona, Panamá, managing the rentals while the owners were away. This included handling reservations, arrivals and departures, and supervising housekeepers and maintenance staff, all in Spanish.
In 2016, we completed a 3-month house-sitting assignment in the village of Xul-Ha, in the state of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatán peninsula of México. Husband completed a one-month solo house/pet-sit on the Caribbean island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, in October, 2016.
In January, 2017, we completed a 3-1/2 week assignment in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México, caring for a 4-story house, plus one dog and one cat. And we also did an 11-week house/pet-sitting assignment in the town of Álamos, Sonora, México.
Husband did a solo 17-day house/pet-sit near Mérida, Yucatán, México, in autumn, 2017. And we are presently on a 2-1/2 month house/pet-sitting assignment in Mandurah, Western Australia, in the winter/spring of 2018.
We have traveled throughout México, Central America and Puerto Rico, and are culturally sensitive and respectful. We have also traveled in Italy, Greece, England, Wales, Belgium, New Zealand and Australia.
Here are some reference letters from previous assignments:
Hello: If you are reading this, you must be considering having Dave and Sue house-sit for you. The first thing you must do is contact them and say “Yes, yes! Please stay at our house!” Here’s why: From January to June, 2013, Dave and Sue cared for our house, four dogs and a cat, on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Vieques can be challenging, requiring patience, resourcefulness, independence and just plain hard work. Dave and Sue have all of those qualities in spades. Furthermore, they are fluent in Spanish and appreciate and function extremely well in the local culture.
When we entrust our house and pets to house-sitters I don’t expect miracles. All I ask is that everything looks as we left it when we return. Imagine my surprise when, upon returning to Vieques in June, I found everything in much better condition than when I had left. The house was spotless and the grounds, ½ acre of tropical plantings, immaculately tended. They had become friendly with the neighbors, too. Best of all, the animals were in good health and clearly adored them. If that weren’t enough, Dave and Sue are wonderful to be around. They are both so personable and caring—and fun!—that I found myself wishing they would stay around a little longer instead of heading off to their next adventure. In a nutshell, they were the best house-sitters we have ever had, and we have had many. Dave and Sue are welcome back here anytime. If they stay at your house, you won’t be sorry. I would be happy to elaborate more, so feel free to contact me by email or phone.
Larry, New Hampshire, USA
Hello to anyone considering having Dave and/ or Sue as house-sitters. Dave house sat for us from September 5 till October 24, 2013 at our home in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. His wife was not able to accompany him as she had a job as a pediatric nurse caring for a sick child in Colorado, USA. Dave cared for our three dogs (two Belgian Shepherds and one Standard Poodle) and our home. The dogs were well cared for including daily walks. Unlike other house sitters we have had in the past, Dave spent most of his time actually on our property, not going off for many hours at a time. In México this was very important as the thieves watch the house and wait for it to be unoccupied and then break in. Dave found our house-sit on a website where we're listed. We corresponded via email and telephone a few times. When Dave arrived the day before we left, we immediately knew we had not made a mistake choosing Dave as a house sitter. It is not an easy thing to leave your house and pets with someone you do not know. We left on our 7-week trip feeling relaxed and comfortable with our decision to have Dave take responsibility. When we returned it was obvious that the dogs adored Dave, and the house was just as we left it. Please feel free to contact us if you are considering Dave as a house sitter.
Gail & Luis, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México
To whom this may concern:
David and Susan stayed at our villa in Corfu, Greece, from January – April, 2014. We couldn't have asked for a nicer couple. During their stay they helped maintain the garden and took care of some small jobs and always kept us informed of any maintenance required. On their departure, they left the villa extremely clean, ready for our next guests. We would definitely recommend them as house sitters, and if they wanted to look after the villa for us again, we would be more than happy. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this any further.
Hugh, London, UK
I most certainly lucked out getting Dave and Sue from Estes Park, Colorado, to house-sit my place in the little village of Xul-Ha, Quintana Roo (southern Yucatán peninsula of México) for three months this last winter, 2016. Although the yard had always been well cared- for by my partner and by a neighbor, maintenance on the house itself had been mostly neglected for years. Dave and Sue had a work ethic that made all things well, fixing all the little things that go wrong in a house such as toilets, sinks, and doors as well as large projects like power-washing the flat roof and painting with a special white roof paint that Dave knew about from previous tropical caretaking experience. They painted interior walls, supervised installation of new ceiling lights and shelves, and cleaned and cleaned. They took on home-improvement projects like a new steel security door for the rear of the house, acting in my stead.
Besides that, when I visited, Dave was able to speak fluent Spanish to my neighbors with whom I was finally able to communicate a number of neighborly and business issues. I left them $1,200.00 USD to pay for supplies and they accounted for every penny in detailed weekly reports, and returned the remainder to me.
They facilitated the transition to a succeeding caretaker and left her with all the information necessary for her to continue smoothly where they left off. They've probably got something lined up for next winter by now, but if I can't find a permanent long-term renter by then, I'd love to have them back. Maybe there would not be as much work to do the next time around.
Leonard, Spokane, Washington, USA
I write in recommendation of Dave and Sue as home caretakers and pet sitters. For nearly the entire month of October 2016, Dave stayed at my home in Vieques, Puerto Rico, with Sue joining him towards the end of the month. During this time, I travelled. For me to leave my four very beloved dogs, especially for that length of time, is a difficult and almost unheard of thing. However, Dave came with glowing credentials, so I signed him on.
The dogs were perfectly cared for. One is a senior with a special diet and another, also a senior, requires an insulin shot twice daily. All of this was carried out to the letter. We kept in touch throughout my absence, and I knew from the start that there would be no problems. On return home, I found a tidy house, four safe and happy pups, and a very clean Jeep as well (which Dave had use of during his stay).
I recommend Dave and Sue without reservation and would not hesitate to engage their services again myself. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.
Very truly yours,
Dorothy E, Vieques, Puerto Rico
Great house- and pet-sitters! Dave and Sue took care of our beloved pets for 3-1/2 weeks in January, 2017. We live in a neighborhood where little English is spoken, and they both handled things beautifully. They're friendly, reliable, organized, tidy, and good at pet care. We would be happy to have either of them or both of them (Dave house-sits on his own part of the year) to house-sit and care for our pets again! Gayle S., Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México