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Female couple--responsible, experienced, good with pets

United States

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s) – Former vet technician--experience with medications and shots; former cat and kitten fostering experience

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 1 October 2022
Until: 21 March 2023

Occupation

Freelance editor

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are a pair of freelance editors and world travelers who enjoy experiencing new places and new cultures. After living for many years in Washington, DC, USA, we traded our settled life for one as full-time travelers.

Why they want to house sit

We enjoy traveling slowly and experiencing a place as the local residents do, not as tourists. Housesitting allows us to do that. It also lets us do other things we enjoy, such as cooking and gardening. We both love animals, but our nomadic life means that we cannot keep pets. So it is a pleasure to look after other people's animals for a while.

Their experience

Yes, we've done about a dozen housesits, some for friends and some found on this site or Trustedhousesitters.com. We've looked after cats, dogs, fish, horses, and gardens. We've housesat in the United States, Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia for periods ranging from a week to four months.

What can they bring to the assignment

We have been homeowners ourselves, so we know how to keep a house clean and well maintained. We are also both animal lovers: We have served as a foster home for cats and kittens from local rescue organizations, and Melissa has worked as a veterinary technician, with experience monitoring the health of pets and giving medications. Chris is an enthusiastic gardener.

We are dependable, honest, quiet, respectful of your property, nonsmokers, non-drug-takers, and environmentally aware. We are also smart, friendly, and adaptable. We have international drivers’ licenses and clean driving records and have never been in trouble with the law. (Chris is a retired employee of the U.S. government and passed an FBI background check when she was hired.) We are experienced international travelers comfortable living in unfamiliar places and foreign cultures. We speak some French, German, and Spanish and a little Indonesian.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 1 October 2022
Until: 21 March 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2014

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 1

Testimonials

Responsible, caring and conscientious couple who looked after the house and the animals beautifully.

Melissa and Chis are a delightful couple who were everything we could hope for as house sitters. They took care to clarify our "Welcome" notes with us before we left so that they could be sure they knew what to do. the cats obviously loved them and have thrived whilst we have been away. The house is in good shape and they have kept the gardens tidy. We are hoping to welcome them back sometime soon and the cats will be waiting for them!

Carol, France, 23 November, 2021

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

Extremelery reliable and professional

Melissa stayed at our house in Penang, Malaysia for a couple of months with her partner during our stay in Europe. We had a diabetic cat who needed his insulin shots and glucose control twice a day. She is a professional handling animals, and we could leave both our own cat and the extremely shy stray-cat in her good hands. Also the garden and the house were extremely well taken care of. We received regular reports, and could enjoy our vacation without worries. I can most warmly recommend them to any future assignments.

Marja-Kaisa, Malaysia, 06 January, 2019

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

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Last updated: 10 July 2022