About Diane & Jeffrey
We retired from our careers in The USA in 2015 and have been living abroad ever since. Jeff had a career in Animal Nutrition, working primarily with livestock herds. Diane was working as a Nutritionist/Diabetes Educator. In 2015 we sold our home in Wisconsin, nearly all our belongings, and moved to Ecuador to experience life in a new way. We l...
We retired from our careers in The USA in 2015 and have been living abroad ever since. Jeff had a career in Animal Nutrition, working primarily with livestock herds. Diane was working as a Nutritionist/Diabetes Educator. In 2015 we sold our home in Wisconsin, nearly all our belongings, and moved to Ecuador to experience life in a new way. We love learning about new cultures and have been traveling and exploring ever since. We have traveled to over a dozen countries in North America, Central/South America and Europe. No matter where we are in the world, we love being with animals – from lap dogs to farm hogs - we love them all! We are hands-on animal caregivers and in the past 2 and a half years we have helped care for over 100 cats and dogs, volunteering at animal shelters in Ecuador. The unconditional love and every-bounding energy animals bring to a life and home is priceless! We have had the pleasure of being pet owners & know how important it is to have your pets cared for while you're away. We are looking for new experiences & love caring for your animals, pets (aka four-legged family members) when you need to travel. As a bonus, we speak intermediate/advanced level of Spanish as a second language (English is our native language).
Why we want to house sit
When we sold our home and set out to travel, house/pet sitting seemed like a perfect match. We love to be on the move from time to time, and we love animals. Diane is a pet-lover (dogs, cats, and just about any 4-legged furry friend). Jeff loves pets too, but also has a passion in caring for farm animals. He has a degree in Animal Science and has lived with and worked with farm animals nearly all his life - a farm boy at heart. We love to be outdoors and being active with animals, but we also like some "big city time" too. All those city cats and dogs need some lovin' too right?! We like traveling in a way that provides an experience of living as a local yet isn’t permanent. The nomadic lifestyle suits us well. So far, we've had many wonderful experiences pet, house and even business sitting experiences, and have developed great relationships along the way, both with humans and animals! We're excited to help you care for your home, your pets, and/or you animals so you can relax and enjoy yourselves while you're away.
We have been international pet, animal, farm and business sitters since early 2016. Even better is that all of our sits have asked us to return again! We have a reputation that proves we are top-notch sitters. We've cared for cats, dogs, pigs, cows, chickens, a B&B, a car rental business, and even bats! We've been house sitters in a city of 800,000+ people, in small towns villages, and on remote farmsteads, and even on a couple islands. We have been National Park house sitters/grounds keepers for historic lighthouses on wilderness islands miles off shore (with very little electricity, running water and no wifi) for months at a time. We love the diversity of spending time in big metro areas, small cities, rural farms, and even occasionally, on islands miles off shore. We were nominated, as a couple, for the USA National Park Service Volunteer Herzog Award in 2016. Together we are a housesitting power couple: Diane rules at organizational skills, technology, problem solving, thinking on her feet, and dealing with all those unexpected situations. Jeff is one of the hardest working people you'll ever meet who loves to be busy, whether it's caring for animals, gardens, crops, yards, cleaning up around the house, or whatever needs to be done. He is an absolute workhorse of a human being! There's no physical job too hard or challenging for him. What we share in common as a house sitting couple, is our love for animals, our get-it-done nature, and our openness to new experiences. We both love animals of all kinds, but Diane is the “uber” pet-lover. The cats and dogs of this world turn on her fur-baby "mommy gene". Jeff is the farm animal pro as he grew up on a farm and has spent his entire career working with livestock. We focus on caring for your pets and animals as if they are our own, and respecting your home and possessions because, after all, it is YOUR home not ours. We strive to leave every home & animal more loved and cared for than when we arrived.