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Dream House Sitters - Experienced, Reliable & Trustworthy. Excellent References

Canada

Testimonials

They have 10 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s) – We are very fond of cats and small to medium size dogs

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 6 January 2020
Until: 31 December 2021

Occupation

Semi retired relationship consultant and operations manager

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Hello,

We are Dennis and Diane Jennings a professional, happily married couple in our 60's.

Non smokers, no drugs and no pets of our own. Our children are adults. We have 2 wonderful grandchildren.

We are fit, energetic, sociable, easy going, practical, flexible, trustworthy, honest, helpful and supportive.

We have excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

We can be counted on to do whatever needs to be done when the unexpected comes up.

We love gardening, walking, travelling, exploring new areas, meeting new people and learning new things.

We enjoy biking, skiing, boating, swimming and the outdoors.

We take pride in looking after any home we have lived in as if it were our own.

Our landlords have referred to us as "Dream Tenants".

Our homes are clean, tidy, organised and welcoming.

We are looking for house sits close to a village, town or large city.

Minimum house sitting of 1 week up to several months.

Central heating if not a warm climate, or a good supply of heating materials. Internet access, cell phone connection very important.

Use of bikes and your car if available.

We often rent a car if the location requires that it would be needed.

Prefer a house with gardens although an apartment in a city is also fine for us.

Why they want to house sit

We are recently retired and are travelling and experiencing new places and people. House sitting offers that opportunity for us.We have the benefit of free travel so we have no problems going to foreign countries with ease. We can also be called upon with short notice which is an added benefit to many homeowners. We also like learning new languages and connecting with local people.

Their experience

July 2017
I am so grateful that I had Diane and Dennis house and pet sit for me for two weeks this summer.
It gave me such peace of mind knowing that they were there while I was out of the country.
I am normally very wary of having people look after my very spoiled dog, but they did a fantastic job! Not only was the dog happy, my house and garden were looked after perfectly.
I highly recommend the Jennings for anyone looking for honest, professional and meticulous house sitting services.

Katie Turner
Chilliwack BC
Canada
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Walmer/Deal UK May 29 - June 10 2017

Wonderful Couple who have just been Sitting for us.

Dennis and Diane have been House and Pet sitting for us. They came a couple of days before we left for an 8 day trip, as we have a new rescue dog from Mauritius, who is quite nervous of strangers. It was the first time we have left her, so we were worried she may not be happy with new people.

However, it was love at first sight for little Lilly, and she bonded with Dennis immediately. We had a very nice 2 days with them before the trip, and we were able to leave feeling very happy and reassured. House and pets were perfect on our return. Wonderful couple who we hope to meet up with again.

Jacqueline, United Kingdom, 10 June, 2017
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Sheffield UK May 18-26 2017

Looked after a rabbit and kept apartment clean and tidy. We are waiting for the testimonial from the homeowner Sarah Clarke.
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Hawaii Kailua Hawaii April 24 to May 9, 2017

Looked after home and garden. Awaiting testimonial from home owner Myrna Zezza.
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Reference Radlett England UK April/May 2016

Dennis and Diane looked after our UK home and animals (dog, two cats and rabbit) for two weeks in April and again for two weeks in May 2016. They had use of our second home in Cambridge between sits and use of our second car for the entire time.
They are a lovely, friendly couple who went out of their way to look after our property including working in the garden and cleaning the house. They were easy to communicate with and flexible with their arrangements so that everything was convenient for us. They endured terrible unseasonable weather with good humour.

I would highly recommend them as house sitters.

Regards
Patricia McIntyre

Contact information on request
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Reference Florida November 2015

Dennis and Diane were excellent house sitters for us. Looking after our home, plants and 2 cats for two weeks while we went on vacation.
They are very trustworthy, they took great care of our home, garden and the cats. Everything was left as they found it. We would definitely recommend them as very competent house sitters.

Jim and Trish Radican

The Villages Florida

radican2000@yahoo.com

352-391-1216
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Reference Hawaii August 2015

I needed a house sitter at very short notice and The Jennings really stepped up for me. My other house sitter had to cancel and I was so worried about my trip and also how to have my 94-year-old mother in law looked in on while I was absent. They arrived in time for me to leave and did such a great job with my home and all the tropical plants that needed constant watering.

My mother in law was so happy to have them at the property, she felt cared for and safe. The house was clean and tidy and they did some extra work for me I came home to windows and screens washed. What a treat!!
I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for trustworthy and competent
house sitters.

Myrna Zezza
808-254-6407
Kailua Hawaii
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Reference Gibson's BC Canada September 4-26th, 2015

Diane and Dennis house-and-garden sat for us for three weeks in September, 2015. They were excellent with communication during the selection process, including scheduling a Skype call. They were willing to meet us a few weeks before the house-sit but were gracious when I had to cancel very last minute. They responded quickly by email and phone.

During the house-sit, Diane and Dennis were willing to "file reports" during our absence, but I suggested that wouldn't be necessary. Although there were no emergencies to deal with while we were away, I had confidence that they would be able to handle one if it should arise because they have been homeowners themselves for many years.

The Jennings left the house as clean as they found it, and Dennis even did some weeding in the garden. They made sure that the garden was watered on the dry days. My plants all survived just fine.

When I explained about our "green" home, and all the recycling we do, they were more than willing to comply with our many house rules, and enthusiastically recycled and saved energy and water.

All in all, Diane and Dennis did a fine job of looking after our house and garden, and we appreciated the peace of mind that their house sitting provided so that we could enjoy our holiday. I absolutely recommend them as house sitters.


Gail Hunt
www.thisgreenhouse.ca
www.thisgreenlife.ca
www.gailhunt.com
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Reference: Oakington Cambridge UK June 21-29, 2015

Dear Dennis and Dianne,

Thank you so much again for taking such excellent care of our house in
Cambridge whilst we were on holiday in June. And of course of our pets
too. They seemed happy and maybe a bit spoiled with too much attention :-)

The house was clearly well cared for, with some serious work by the
two of you in the garden. What a lovely surprise to find the grass
mowed and trees trimmed. That was really beyond what we expected.

We hope you were able to enjoy the house, and would have no hesitation
in recommending you to other owners who require sitters. Please feel
free to direct them to us through the website or directly to my
e-mail.

Warm wishes,

David Africa
davidafrica@gmail.com
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Reference: Kailua Hawaii

Diane and Dennis Jennings

Over many years, they have been my house guests and have house/pet sat for me for several weeks at a time.

I trust them emphatically.
They are clean, respectful, thoughtful and very conscientious.
They are service minded, flexible and reliable.
They are the sort of people that ‘Task themselves’.
In other words, they take initiative to do what is needed.
This an important quality when caring for another person’s property.

On one occasion at my home, we had especially strong winds and the canopy blew over off the deck. It could have caused damage to my roof, gutters, house paint and potentially caused damage to my neighbours house.They acted quickly and saved the day!

They took good care of my home, better care than I of my own home.
Plants are in great condition. A few new ones were added!
My pets (I had a Bichon dog, and an elder cat) are loved up and nurtured.
My cars are clean, full of gas, etc.
My homes are always tip top when in their care.
Once Dennis even cleaned my windows and screens! What a guy!

They are wonderful people and I am so glad to have them stay and house sit for me.

If you are considering them to care for your home, property, pets, plants, cars… you would be most fortunate to have them!

If you would like to contact me, please do.

Best,

Ardyth Brock

808-728-1728

ardythb@me.com
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Reference: Fort Lauderdale Florida

Diane and Dennis house sat for us for two weeks, they took care of cats, boat, car, and handled any problems that had come up for us.

We would highly recommend them and trust them 100% to take proper care of our house, property and cats.

They left our house cleaner that we left it and handled a minor repair that came up.

We felt very secure with them in our home and we would definitely use them again in the future.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Trish and Jim Radican

352 391-1216

radican2000@yahoo.com
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What can they bring to the assignment

We have many useful skills that any homeowner would benefit from.

We love gardening and we have created many beautiful gardens, Indoor plants will thrive.
Maintenance, painting, DIY
Pet sitting cats one or two dogs, birds, chickens, rabbits
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organisational skills, we have event planning experience
We have trained logistic teams to produce quality events
Excellent problem solvers
Collecting mail, forwarding mail
Answering phone calls
Meeting guests, supervising service people
Property Management Background
Teaching and Training Background
Computer Skills

Available to house sit

Argentina, Austria, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Pacific, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Availability dates

From: 6 January 2020
Until: 31 December 2021

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2014

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 9

Testimonials

Another successful and stress free house sit

At our request, Dennis and Diane made a return visit to our home in the Lake Chapala area. We had a couple of extra assignments related to our dog care. They handled them responsibly and with compassion. Once we arrived home from our vacation, our home was in better condition than we left. Despite the ongoing renovation work, we came home to a clean and tidy house. Thank you for another wonderful house/pet sit experience.

Tammy, Mexico, 18 December, 2019

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

The Best!

They were attentive to our aging dog Jessie and made us feel confident leaving our home in their care very interesting people with many different life experiences. Dennis has home maintenance experience so could not ask for more. Our home was left immaculate and Jessie was so calm and happy.

Joanne, Canada, 17 December, 2019

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

Perfect house and pet care

I was lucky enough to have Diane and Dennis return again this summer to Florence for a month. When I returned home I found my cats looking even better than when I left! They brushed and cared for all the cats and fed our tortoise special fruit and salad treats. All the plants were well watered and the house looked great. I really hope they like Florence enough to come back again. Thank you both for everything!

Mary Ann, Italy, 21 September, 2019

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

A reliable, fun, energetic and caring couple.

I had no worries leaving our home and beloved dog in the hands of Dennis and Diane. During the almost four weeks that we traveled, we received reassuring updates and pictures. Upon return, we found that our home and fur baby were lovingly cared for. We are very happy to have gotten to know them and are pleased that they enjoyed their stay in our home and village. We will definitely invite them back.

Tammy, Mexico, 25 May, 2019

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

House/pet sit Mexico, November 2018

I give Diane and Dennis more than 5 stars! They went above and beyond in caring for our house and my dad's dog Ginger. The original sit was for about 10 days and when my dad and his wife returned they asked Diane and Dennis to stay on a bit longer as they had to go to Guadalajara for a few days. My dad was very impressed with the way the house was when he returned, so clean and Dennis even dug up some concrete that my dad had started and finished it off by planting some more plants. My dad loved it! Our home and Ginger were very well taken care of and I will never hesitate to have them sit for us again!

Rebecca, Mexico, 08 January, 2019

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

Great petsitters provided warm and loving care!

Dennis and Diane were able to housesit for us on fairly short notice. They did a great job, and we returned to a very happy dog and cat, who had obviously been doted upon, and a house that was cleaner than when we left! I highly recommend them, and if the timing worked out for them and for us, would ask them to care for our pets and house again. (They are also extremely kind people!)

Gayle, Mexico, 07 December, 2018

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

Perfect Housesitters

I was very fortunate to have Diane and Dennis Jennings stay at our home in Florence. My husband showed them around Florence and left the next day to join me in Greece and he said they were a wonderful couple who obviously knew their way around the world and would be fine even though they don’t speak Italian. They sent me photos and regular updates so that I could enjoy my holiday knowing our cats and tortoise were cared for. Our cat Felix quickly realised he could get Dennis to open the taps for him for a fresh drink. They looked after our garden and watered the plants and everything was perfect on our return. They stayed a whole month and endured some hot weather until we returned to Florence and I was very happy to meet them. I hope to ask them to come to London to house sit too in the future and have told my friends to use Mind My House to find trusted house sitters too.

Mary Ann, Italy, 28 September, 2018

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

Our First Sitters

Always something special about first times whether it be your first taste of foie gras or your first meeting with new friends. Dennis and Diane were excellent first time sitters for us. Dennis was especially careful and thorough in asking for and noting our requirements for the house and 'the boys' and we returned to find our dogs well and happy and the house ready for us to settle back into. We were very happy with them.

Brian, Mexico, 06 November, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden

I came home to a happy bunny and a well cared for home too

Diane and Dennis were wonderful, they asked lots of questions about my rabbit and my home, making sure they knew everything to make sure both were looked after well. Arien was happy, well-fed and had plenty of time to run around. They gave her the suggested treats and treated her like their own. I came home to a clean and tidied flat, they even washed the bedding which I was very grateful for after a day travelling. I'm thrilled Diane and Dennis enjoyed looking after Arien and enjoying the local sights. Thank you both

Sarah, United Kingdom, 14 June, 2017

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

Wonderful Couple who have just been Sitting for us

Dennis and Diane have been House and Pet sitting for us. They came a couple of days before we left for an 8 day trip, as we have a new rescue dog from Mauritius, who is quite nervous of strangers. It was the first time we have left her, so we were worried she may not be happy with new people. However, it was love at first sight for little Lilly, and she bonded with Dennis immediately. We had a very nice 2 days with them before the trip, and we were able to leave feeling very happy and reassured. House and pets were perfect on our return. Wonderful couple who we hope to meet up with in again

Jacqueline, United Kingdom, 10 June, 2017

  • 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: 13 January 2020