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Mature Couple Looking for Rural Locations

United States

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – We currently care for 2 abused/rescue dogs in our home. Nutty and Diddle are our latest in a 40 year line of many rescue dogs and cats. We have the compassion and understanding to provide the loving care your animal family members require.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 12 September 2021
Until: 1 March 2023

Occupation

USDA-Natural Resource Conservationist

References

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About this sitter

My wife and I are looking for a rural home, farm, or ranch to sit.
We have been married for 47 years, no children, no drugs, no smoke, no alcohol.

Both retired Professionals.

He 30 years with USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, 5 years with The Nature Conservancy, 1 year with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and certified Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor.

She 30 years of Public Utility Service, Drinking Water Supply, Waste Water Treatment, Solid Waste Management.
We have both owned, leased, and worked on rural properties, farms and ranches

We have owned and cared for all types of pets, and livestock.
Both are healthy and physically active.

Why they want to house sit

We are looking to travel, but would like to spend more time in one place than the typical vacation tourist. Spending a longer time in an area allows us to develop new friendships, appreciate other cultures and different natural environments

Their experience

We have 7 prior Home/Farm Sits since 2015
1. Powell River, British Colombia, Home for 1 month with a cat, Briar
2. South Africa, 2,500 acre Commercial Organic Farm Sit for
6 weeks with 5 dogs, Maxie, Nguni, Boris, Bruno, Snoopy,
2 milk cows (hand milked daily) and 10 pigs, coordinated daily
with farm supervisor and staff
3. Centralia, Washington, Farm Sit for 1 month, 3 Horses
(Hunter/Jumpers) Allegra, Dickens, and Illi, 1 Parrot, Eeyore,
2 barn cats and 5 chickens.
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico, Home Sit, for 3 weeks, with 2 dogs,
Gunter and Spotty, and 'The Cat'.
5. 2019 returned to #4....
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Home Sit, for 1 week, with a dog Spotty,
and 'The Cat'.
6. 2019 Aug, Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, home sit,
2 weeks, 2 cats,
Steve and CiCi
7. 2019 Sept, Courtney, British Columbia, Canada, home sit, 3 weeks
one cat Emily
8. 2021 June, Port Orchard WA. 2 weeks 20 acre farmsit 4 goats, 10
chickens, 2 cats 1 dog

We're home owners, ourselves so we know what your concerns as home owners are likely to be. Lived on and worked on farms and ranches for 40 years.

We WILL NOT take care of your home like it is ours, because it is NOT ours.

We WILL care of your home like it is YOURS because it belongs to YOU. We WILL FOLLOW ANY AND ALL requirements you may have, when we agree to accept the assignment.

What can they bring to the assignment

We bring honesty, dependability, and experience, to carry out your home sitting requirements.

We're both good communicators, Spanish is our secondary language and currently is at a moderate level. Immersion will rapidly bring us back to a proficient level.

We can provide Minor/Major home/ranch repairs, emergency human and veterinary health care, Ranching, Farming, Gardening and Landscape skills.

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, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 12 September 2021
Until: 1 March 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2015

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 6

Testimonials

Above and Beyond

Patrick and Meg came to the cool green Northwest to escape and get a break from the spreading southern drought. Very shortly thereafter the Pacific Northwest experienced the worst heat wave ever on record. We have never had anything like it with temperatures above 100° for three days. These two folks used their experience and creative ingenuity and random bits of materials in our tool shed to rig extra layers of shade for our animals. They worked tirelessly hosing down the roofs of sheds to keep our critters cool. And they must have been watering the garden continuously. We did not lose a single plant, not even the lettuce, not even the plants in little tiny pots, not even a single tomato in the greenhouse where temperatures must have been upwards of 120. They worked tirelessly to care for our place and animals under ridiculous conditions, when what they had actually been hoping for and expecting was two weeks of 80 degree cool green respite from baking heat at home. We are incredibly lucky that these two were the ones who were here when the heat wave arrived because they knew just what to do. I don’t know that any local farm sitter would have. Thank you Patrick and Meg!

Sean, United States, 18 July, 2021

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

Wonderful folks! Excellent House Sitters!

Patrick and Meg were so interesting to meet and we were glad we had the time to get to visit with them, both before and after our vacation. We came home to a supper prepared for us, and both our cats were so relaxed it seemed they hardly realized we had been gone. The house was just as we had left it. I highly recommend this couple as reliable, trusted house and pet sitters. You will be fortunate to have them take care of your home and pets.

Jackie and Rod, Canada, 13 September, 2019

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

Just book them fast!

We were fortunate to have Patrick and Meg come to Ruidoso and stay with our dogs for 2 weeks in June, 2019. We're so grateful to them for their excellent communication, despite our lacking in that department due to the loss of a loved one before they arrived. We felt confident in them from the minute we spoke, and meeting them only confirmed that. They are very confident and skilled with dogs, and listened carefully to our wishes. They had patience as our youngest rescue dog Huey took awhile to warm up to them! I was worried about that but only for a short time, as the first night away we received a texted picture of Huey snuggling on the couch with Meg. Our Ruidoso home is 3 levels with tons of steps at high altitude. Despite this, Patrick and Meg took the dogs on long walks every day. The dogs were fit and trim when we returned, and the house was spotless. Laundry was washed, beds clean, and we could not have been happier. Many thanks to Patrick and Meg. We highly recommend them for any housesitting job, as we feel they could handle anything!

Kerry, United States, 02 July, 2019

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

INCREDIBLE!!!!

We have had some great house sitters through MMH, but no one tops the cake like Patrick and Meg!! We had zero issues and they went above and beyond with our house and our animals. You know when you come back from being on vacation and you just know that your animals were well taken care of because they are not desperate to see you. I mean, they missed you, but maybe they're even a little bummed because you're not Patrick and Meg? It was like that. Our house was immaculate and we couldn't have asked for better folks to hold down the fort. We hope they can come back. We would trust them with our baby. Run, don't walk on this opportunity to have these communicative, conscientious and caring folks watch other the homestead so you can enjoy whatever it is that brings you away from home.

Cash, United States, 05 January, 2019

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

My Favourite Housesitters!

I have no hesitation in recommending Patrick and Meg Conner as the best of housesitters. They were responsible and thorough and followed all of my instructions impeccably. They went over and above to help us out when our multi-day hike came up short on food. My cat, who's often shy with strangers, adored them and was well-cared for. They were always friendly and pleasant, and took good care of my house and all my possessions. I only wish all housesitters were like them.

Terry, Canada, 05 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: 12 September 2021