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Retired Aussie couple looking for Europe, Pacific, or USA stays

Australia

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonials (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish – We don't have any pets at the moment, as we like to travel, but both of us have been brought up with animals as pets, and we have completed three sits in England, Ireland and Australia to date (Jan 2017).

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 28 June 2023
Until: 24 April 2025

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Retired teacher (Veronica) and science lab officer (Michael), are looking for stays for periods between 3 and 8 weeks or more.
We love to travel, and are willing to stay at your place and look after it and your animal as if they were our own.
I am handy around the house, and Veronica speaks German, if these attributes are any use to you.
We have always had pets, and are willing to exercise, and look after, yours.

Why they want to house sit

We want to experience life in other countries, as the locals do. Get to know your neighbours and neighbourhood, be able to look around 'different' areas, away from the tourists, and we are at a stage in our lives where we can do that. Both of us have travelled many times but only for 4 to 6 weeks but now we would like to spend more time exploring, but away from typically touristy places.
We are honest, trustworthy Aussies, and we are sure you will be confident that we have your interests at heart. We will treat your place as our own.

Their experience

We like to stay at apartments when we have travelled in the past, rather than hotels, so staying in another person's house will not be so different. As we have recently retired, now is the time to explore. We have a coastal house and garden as well as a townhouse so we know how to look after and maintain properties. We have 3 references as we have completed 3 house sits in England (2 weeks, 8 weeks and 4 weeks) and Ireland (2 X 10 weeks), Fiji (4 weeks), 2 houses its in USA and 5 house sits in Australia (weeks have ranged from 2 weeks to 5 weeks). All these house sits have involved looking after animals, primarily dogs. We have also house swapped with people from Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

What can they bring to the assignment

Honesty and integrity, capable with maintenance issues if necessary, and a love of animals. We enjoy interacting with the neighbourhood and local community. We are very tidy people and take pride in looking after our own houses and we will do the same to your home.

Available to house sit

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Caribbean, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 28 June 2023
Until: 24 April 2025

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: 7

Testimonials

Seattle WA house sitters

Michael and Veronica had our minds at ease the whole time we were away. They were communicative, friendly, responsible, and clean. Best of all, they were so attentive to our two dogs and two cats. They kept a log of the many, many, many miles of dog walks they gave to our lucky pups and they made themselves part of our neighborhood. I would highly recommend Michael and Veronica to house sit for you.

Angela, United States, 04 August, 2023

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

June 2023 Honolulu, Hawaii - Peace of mind and confidence

Michael and Veronica are genuine, nice, calm, capable, love animals and are respectful of your home and your routine. They are easy to fall in love with and make you feel like they are the family you have always dreamed of. We will happily remain in contact with them, and they will always be the first ones we will request!!! They made this experience extraordinarily easy from the beginning. They were consistently reliable, providing us with their airline confirmations as soon as we solidified the sit. Easy to communicate with, prior and during our vacation. When they arrived, they were easy to talk to, knew how to properly interact with our dogs and made us instantly comfortable. They even brought use beautiful gifts. They maintained perfect routine of our dog walks, feeding and medication, and even were able to get our anxious dog to be leashed and walked, something that my husband and children are never able to do. Our house and car looked impeccable and are dogs were depressed for two days after their departure. We and are pets are so grateful to have them in our house and lives. They are the most professional, responsible, wonderful people you could ever welcome into your life. Thank you. The Cisternas Family.

Sharon, United States, 04 July, 2023

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

Wonderful Love ā€˜nā€™ Lurcher Parent

Michael was recovering from an op so Veronica did the sit for me solo and she was fantastic. The dogs were so happy and contented and I have made a new friend. Veronica liked after them so well and the house was tidy and clean when I returned. Do not hesitate to use Veronica and Michael if they reply to your ad. They are gold star.

Yvonne, United Kingdom, 28 January, 2023

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

Perfect House Sitter

Veronica was the perfect house & dog sitter. She sent me regular photos and updates from Toby whilst I was away. She kept my flat immaculate and looked after all of my plants. I would highly recommend Veronica to anyone, and would welcome her back. Thanks again :) xx

Nicki, United Kingdom, 27 August, 2022

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

Well recommended!

Michael & Veronica looked after our 2 rescue dogs for 2+ weeks in September, 2018. We live in a quiet area outside the small town of Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji. We could not provide a car but M&V were happy to catch the bus to town whenever they needed provisions. They were exceptional dog-sitters, walking our dogs every day down to the beach and exhausting them! We spent 2 days with M&V after our holiday and could see that our dogs had bonded well with them, and M&V even walked our dogs after we got back. We live in a safe neighborhood but unfortunately,while we were away, 1 neighbor was broken into and another was robbed at knife-point. M&V took it very well, and did not panic. We were sorry to say good-bye to them. They left our property in good condition and our puppies lamented their departure.

Linda, Fiji, 03 October, 2018

  • 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: 28 June 2023