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Experienced bilingual couple available to care for your home/pets

United States

Testimonials

They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Pets: Dogs, cats, birds, horses, chickens

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 5 October 2019
Until: 14 December 2019

Occupation

Retired

References

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About this sitter

We are a bilingual (English/Mexican Spanish) married couple, available to care for your home either short- or long-term. We worked and lived in México for over eleven years, from 2001 to 2012. Husband is retired after three distinct careers, and is now double-certified to teach both English and Spanish to speakers of other languages. In retirement, husband has his own translation business and is also the U.S. representative for Spanish language immersion schools in four locations in México. Wife is a registered nurse with 30 years of hospital experience, mainly in emergency medicine, plus eleven years of non-medical work in México.

Why they want to house sit

For us, international house-sitting is an affordable way to experience different parts of the world from the perspective of a local resident. It enables us to escape the cold and extreme winds of our hometown in northern Colorado, USA, during the winter months, and to live in a more agreeable climate. We enjoy being able to care for houses while the owners are away, giving them peace of mind. It's a "win-win" situation for everyone!

We're mature, flexible, easy-going, responsible, honest, trustworthy, reliable, and clean and tidy around the house. We love having the freedom of being able to work or stay in touch with family and friends from anywhere by simply plugging in our laptops.

Only rarely have we been able to meet homeowners before accepting an assignment as we've usually been in a different country, So please don't be put off by the fact that we're not "local." We can chat on Skype or FaceTime to become acquainted.

Their experience

Since husband retired, we've completed 17 house-sitting assignments.

From Jan. 20 through May 30, 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.

From Sept. 4 to Oct. 24, 2013, husband completed a solo 7-week house-sitting assignment in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, caring for three dogs and providing security by his presence in a colonial-style house with lush tropical gardens.

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 2014, husband completed another solo 6-week house/pet-sitting assignment at the same home in México where he had been in the autumn of 2013. The homeowners were so pleased with his work that they paid his airfare (unheard of!) to return for a second assignment!

In 2015, we did three house/pet-sitting assignments over a 3-month period: one in New Zealand and two in Australia. Also in autumn of 2015, husband completed a 6-week solo assignment in a beachfront house on the Pacific coast of Panamá.

For three months in early 2016, we cared for a house in the small village of Xul-Ha, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, at the southern part of the Yucatán peninsula. Husband completed a month-long solo house/pet-sitting assignment on the Caribbean island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, in October 2016.

In January, 2017, we completed a 3-1/2 week house/pet-sit in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México. And we also did an 11-week house/pet-sit in Álamos, Sonora, México, from February to May, 2017.

Husband did a 3-week solo house/pet-sit near Mérida, Yucatán, México, in the autumn of 2017.

In the winter/spring of 2018, we completed a 2-1/2 month house/pet-sitting assignment in Mandurah, Western Australia, and husband did a 5-week house-sit in Progreso, Yucatán, México.

In 2019, we've done a 2-week house/pet-sit in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, followed by a 3-1/2 week house-sit in Progreso, Yucatán, México.

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, Australia and New Zealand.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are experienced, mature, flexible, reliable and trustworthy. We enjoy dogs, cats, horses, and birds. In our 34 years together, we've had three Golden Retrievers, two English Springer Spaniels, two horses, two cats 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. Having lived/worked in México for over eleven years, we're bilingual and bicultural. We have impeccable references (ask and we'll send them) and FBI background checks, and look forward to hearing from you.

Available to house sit

Argentina, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Fiji, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, South Pacific, Spain, Thailand, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Availability dates

From: 5 October 2019
Until: 14 December 2019

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old

Testimonials

Great house- and petsitters!

Dave and Sue took care of our beloved pets for 3 weeks in January, 2017. We live in a neighborhood where little English is spoken, and they both handled things beautifully. We would be happy to have either of them or both of them (Dave housesits on his own part of the year) housesit and care for our pets again!

Gayle, Mexico, 13 March, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Friendly

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Last updated: 19 February 2019