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Trustworthy Teacher who loves dogs & cats

United States

Testimonials

They have 13 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Rodent(s) – Yes. We are experienced with and love cats, dogs, birds, fish and rabbits.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 28 January 2022
Until: 2 April 2025

Occupation

Recently RetiredTeacher

References

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About this sitter

In these days of a world-wide pandemic, we are blessed to have excellent health and 2 Moderna Vaccines plus boosters to protect all our homeowners.My husband Bob and I love to travel worldwide.Bob worked for a major airline, and is now retired with flight benefits. I am a patient teacher who retired in August 2015. I began teaching with the Peace Corps, and learned to adapt to new cultures and situations. We can hop on a plane and come help you all year long for any period of time...even last minute. We love dogs, cats, gardens and adventures. We do not smoke and we are not into partying or late nights. If we say we will help you, we will! Consider it done with respect for you, your pets, and your home.

Why they want to house sit

We enjoy meeting new people, new cultures, and taking good care of homes. We have fallen in love with clever cats in Switzerland and smart dogs in L.A. for 2 month long periods. We learn and grow in wisdom from seeing the world and making new friends. Can't wait to meet you! I promise we will be there for you...no worries.
I grew up with dogs as pets. We have a 14 year old cat Star, who our daughter will watch while we pet sit. I have managed my own business and can help with yours too if needed. I have a green thumb and enjoy gardening and taking care of plants.

Their experience

Yes! I have lived in Switzerland and Jamaica, New York City, Miami and Las Vegas... so you see I can adapt to change. We own our home... and I understand how important it is to respect your home and property as if you were living in our house with our cat Star. Our most recent house sitting includes Switzerland for a month, Miami, Jamaica, California - all these home owners can provide excellent references.

What can they bring to the assignment

My husband Bob is very handy and can fix just about anything, should the situation arise. He is funny and fun loving...the kind of guy that everybody likes! He is security conscious and good to have around a house. I am a sweet person -(so they tell me.) I bring a sense of humor, a logical and practical demeanor, and the desire to help. We are tidy people who do not smoke and respect antiques and valuables...leaving a house as we found it.
After teaching for thirty years, I know how to deal with problems and multi-task with life! Just let me know how we can serve you the best and we will be pleased to assist. And we will have FUN meeting you too!

Available to house sit

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 28 January 2022
Until: 2 April 2025

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 10

Testimonials

Melissa and Bob just pet and house set for me for a week in my beach condo in San Clemente, week of Thanksgiving Holiday. This was my second time to have them over. They were very kind to accept arriving a day before my flight to make sure my doggie and cat are comfortable around them. They were very detail-oriented asking all questions related to the needs of my pets. They are very ethical and beautiful animal lovers. I asked to have photos for my lovely babies while I was traveling and Melissa was blessing me with a photo almost daily :) When I came back, my condo looked exactly the same as I left it and my pets were happy and calm; they didn't even care to sleep with m, as they are used to, and preferred to stay with Melissa and Bob in their room as they stayed an extra nigh with us after my arrival. It was simply a pleasure having them over and will always be a pleasure having them over any time. Thanks Melissa and Bob very much for loving my Tass and Justice! Basma/ San Clemente, CA

Basma, United States, 01 December, 2022

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

The Best of the Best for the care of your pets and home

Melissa and Bobby Lilly are the best pet sitters we have ever had. They are a retired professionals. They have taken great care of our dogs and bird on several occasions. The meticulous care they take of our Cocker spaniels and conure is evident throughout the sit and when we get home. Our house is always immaculate, as is our car. We consider them friends and are always thrilled when they are available. They deserve these accolades! If you are lucky enough to have them offer to sit for you, you will understand how excellent they are.

Madeleine, United States, 25 September, 2022

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Wonderful house sitters

Melissa and Bob, Were wonderful house sitters. They took lovely care of our home and cat. During the their stay they kept in touch and sent pictures. We recommend them. Ann

Ann, United States, 11 August, 2022

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Wonderful pet and housesitter

Melissa spent one week in my apartment in NYC taking care of my 3 darling pets. She came one day before we left to make sure there was time for my one very shy dog to get used to her and we had a great time chatting and getting to know each other. Melissa is a wonderful and interesting woman, kind and respectful. She took excellent care of both my pets as well as our apartment. She left our place in better shape than she found it and even left us painted eggs for Easter as a welcome home surprise. I recommend Melissa in a heart beat. Thank you again for your kindness and for allowing us to spend a week without worrying.

Nadia, United States, 10 April, 2021

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Very good House-Pet Sitters

Melissa did an amazing job of Pet-Housesitting for our two Pomeranians. her husband Bob accompanied her. We left specific instructions for feeding, medications, walking the Fur Kids, a few chores for the pool and watering plants. They texted us pictures of Spike and Pixie and we felt completely comfortable leaving them to care for our Pets and home. She and Bob took us to the airport and would have picked us up but, there were conflicting flights. This was not a requirement and it was very nice for them to do that. When we came home the house was the same as when we left. They are both delightful and very interesting people. I would have Melissa and Bob again to Pet-Housesit. If you are looking for a reliable, trustworthy, team to Pet-Housesit I highly recommend Melissa and Bob. Bob was a great help as especially with the pool chore and keeping the bamboo leaves swept up. You will love them as much as we did.

Sydney, United States, 29 February, 2020

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

We are super happy we found Bob & Melissa

We were fortunate to have found Bob & Melissa to look after our home in San Diego and 15-year old dog, Roxy, while we were overseas for 3 weeks. They arrived a day before we left so that we could familiarize them with the house and Roxy's habits and schedule. We also had a little time to get to know them—what a cool couple! Melissa is obviously very experienced at knowing the right questions to ask when it comes to caring for a new home and pet. Bob is a wonderful source of all kinds of information, from home repair, martial arts, travel...you name it. I always get nervous about leaving our dog behind, but Melissa sent us updates pretty much every other day, including a few photos, of Roxy being walked, pampered, and generally happy and well. We let them use our manual shift car to transport Roxy to/from the beach where she likes to walk. Bob not only know show to drive a manual, he's also an ex-pilot! I knew that if he can manage a commercial airplane, my car was in expert hands. We arrived home to find the house clean and in order and Roxy happy to see us! Bob & Melissa are a terrific couple that we would definitely consider again to house and dogsit for us. Thank you, Bob & Melissa! Jenn & Dan, San Diego, CA

Jennifer, United States, 04 October, 2018

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Wonderful, caring pet sitters!

Melissa and Bob flew across the country to stay in our Cincinnati home for 10 days, to care for our two Cockers and two birds, while we were in the UK. Fabulous people, genuine, funny, intelligent and considerate. Our dogs loved them and we were so grateful they were available and willing to come help us. If you get a chance to have this lovely couple come take care of your pets and house, you'll be as pleased as we are. Thanks, Melissa and Bob! Maddy, Dave, Bob , Stan, LeRoi and Little Sister

Madeleine, United States, 22 September, 2018

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Handy around the house

We hit the petsitting jackpot with Melissa and Bob!

Melissa and Bob Lilly just finished pet/house sitting for us while we were away for 10 days, and I couldn't have been luckier in having two amazing people to take care of our dogs and birds! Very nice couple, who have a natural affinity for and ability to care for animals. Both are retired professionals who were extremely reliable, conscientious and nice! Our dogs loved them and our green cheeked conure developed a bond with Bob. We were kept informed daily about how things were going, and the house, pets and even my car was in immaculate condition upon our return! If you have the great good fortune to have these nice folks take care of your world, consider yourself very lucky!

Madeleine, United States, 30 August, 2018

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Handy around the house

Amazing Couple!

We have used Melissa and her lovely husband Bob twice. Once for a one month long trip and one for a week long trip. Our dog Samson and our new bird Tuscany were well taken care of and we had reports constantly. The house was clean and in a tidy condition when we returned and found our home and animals well taken care of. We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you!

Eleni , United States, 22 July, 2018

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Wonderful house sitters!

Melissa and her partner Bob took care of our two cats and house for one month whilst we did a cross-Canada road trip. Both of them are incredibly friendly and kind. From the first skype call with them we immediately knew that we had found fantastic house sitters, they asked the right questions and were genuinely interested in us, our house and animals. During our trip, they sent regular emails and texts with updates of how they were settling in, how the cats were adjusting and what wonderful things they got up to whilst exploring Montreal. The entire time it felt like our life back home was in fantastically good hands and didn’t have any worries during our trip. When we returned home, our house was SUPER clean and tidy, the garden looked great and the cats were happy. They did all the dishes and laundry, left us some goodies in the fridge and a lovely note. Our home was ready for us to unpack and settle back in. We unfortunately didn’t get to meet due to some unforeseen circumstances, and we hope we will meet them in person one day. To anyone looking for house/pet sitters we would highly recommend Melissa and Bob, they are the best. We would welcome them back into our home at any time in the future!

Anne & Micha, Canada, 13 September, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Month Long Vacation House Sit

Melissa and Bob house sat in our 2500 square foot home for a month and watched our small Bichon Frisee while we were away. They made us feel better by keeping in contact with us through emails and texts when something was needed. We were able to see how much fun our dog was having with them and it made us feel better. We had a fairly easy home to house sit for and other than the rat that got stuck on our mesh wiring that they had to throw away our home was in perfect condition upon our return, with sheets washed, dishes put away and a clean house. We would have them house sit in a heart beat

Eleni , United States, 15 July, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

Resourceful, kind couple

Melissa and Bobby showed up when they said after a very long drive. They were very friendly, courteous and have a great sense of humor. My dogs were comfortable with them immediately. They managed with patience through a four hour power outage because of a wind and rain storm. Showed us how resourceful and calm they handle unusual situations. Our home was clean and everything in it's place. The dogs were happy and healthy. Couldn't ask for more. Would have them back anytime.

Sharon & Reggie, United States, 09 March, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

House/pet sitting in San Clemente, CA

Melissa and Bob were very neat, clean, responsible and caring . They took very good care of my two cats and my condo while I was traveling. I feel they are both ethical and very trustworthy.. I would invite them to care again form my cats whenever I need .

Basma, United States, 30 September, 2016

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

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Last updated: 28 January 2022