About Daniel & Robin
We're a non-smoking couple from the UK and USA who met in Bali, Indonesia whilst studying traditional music (gamelan) and dance. In early 2015 we decided to leave our home of almost 3 years to explore the world together and have been pet sitting almost continuously ever since (and would like to think we're now pretty experienced sitters!). We'r...
We're a non-smoking couple from the UK and USA who met in Bali, Indonesia whilst studying traditional music (gamelan) and dance. In early 2015 we decided to leave our home of almost 3 years to explore the world together and have been pet sitting almost continuously ever since (and would like to think we're now pretty experienced sitters!). We're currently on our 35th house sit in Charlottesville, VA (where we are looking after 2 cats, 2 goats, 1 chicken and some fish) and are happy to say that there's no pet or place we haven't loved on our travels so far!
Why we want to house sit
We love travelling and are fortunate to work online but we also love pets and miss having our own. Happily, house and pet sitting gives us the opportunity to have both and live a life less ordinary. And whilst seeing major tourist attractions is exciting, we're also really interested in soaking up traditional and local cultures, and experiencing the daily lives of people around the world.
So far, we have had house sits in the USA, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. We have also cared for:
- 53 cats (Domestic Long and Shorthair, Devon Rex, Russian Blue and Norwegian Forest Cats)
- 19 dogs (including Coton de Tulear, Shetland Sheepdog, Jack Russell, Corgi/Jack Russell mix, Yorkshire Terrier, Rat Terrier, Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Boxer, Golden Labrador, Russian Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, German Shepherd mix, Doberman Pinscher and Australian Shepherd)
- 1 hamster
- 2 goats (Nigerian Dwarf)
- 3 chickens
- 24 fish
- 1 hedgehog
- 1 hermit crab
And we're glad to say, we've been asked to come back every time!
We are confident looking after animals with medical needs or conditions and have had direct experience caring for pets with epilepsy, respiratory and skin infections, and eye and heart conditions. We have also hand reared abandoned kittens and rescued stray cats and dogs.
We have lived and travelled in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, in developed and developing countries (where it's not safe to drink from the tap, and power or water cuts are a common occurrence) and are always respectful of local cultures, customs and religions, and willing to try to learn some of the local language.
Properties we have looked after and lived in include: villas, apartments, small and large houses, in large cities, rural villages, tropical islands, and the desert. As a result, we're comfortable living anywhere and are resourceful and up for a challenge.
We're pretty handy too, and can tackle a range of DIY and gardening jobs and also know how to clean swimming pools, drain septic tanks and work water pumps. Both of us are car (automatic and manual) and scooter drivers, with clean international licenses.
As we work online we are flexible in terms of where we can travel and how long we can stay for. Additionally, we would also be in the property and with your pets for most of the time, keeping it secure, giving them plenty of love, and sending you regular email and photo updates.
Most importantly, we understand it is a big leap of faith to let a stranger into your home and leave them with your precious pets. Therefore we take the responsibility to love your pets and respect your property very seriously. This is why we always stay in constant touch while homeowners are away via email or WhatsApp, and before the sit, are willing to Skype, meet, or arrive a few days early.