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Quiet, Mature Couple Seeks Varied Housesits – We Love Animals and Gardens!

United States

Testimonials

They have 6 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), Reptile(s), Other animal(s) – We are experienced in providing affection and play, feeding, grooming, routine health care, administering medications (from pilling a cat to giving injections to cats and snakes), assessing when veterinary care is required, dog walking, litterbox maintena

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 8 October 2019
Until: 12 October 2021

Occupation

Retired Educator

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are retired (Educator, Corporate Finance). After simplifying our possessions and leaving behind the office lifestyle that tied us to one place, we are enjoying the freedom to pursue shared interests in travel, photography, reading widely, writing, and hiking. Having lived in a range of dwellings and environments over the years as our needs dictated, from apartments to houses in cities, suburbs, and semi-rural settings, we adapt easily to new environments and thrive on variety. Places to walk or hike are appreciated. Stays of several weeks to a few months give us a chance to deeply experience each place, as well as form connections with any animals in our care.

Why they want to house sit

At this point in our lives, housesitting allows us to combine travel with a “home base” that gives us time to reflect and write. Hurried trips to check off items on a sightseeing list do not interest us, but living in one place for up to a few months lets us learn about that place in a meaningful way. It also provides opportunities for animal companionship, as our current focus on travel precludes keeping pets of our own.

Their experience

We've had a variety of housesits, from urban condos to very rural homes, and have enjoyed both the homeowners and their pets. They've been pleased with us, too, as our excellent references will attest. Our housesitting and animal care experience goes back to Melanie's college days, and we housesat for friends, including animal and garden care, long before we began housesitting as part of our travels. Our volunteer work focused on animals: Melanie walked dogs and socialized cats at a no-kill shelter, and we both volunteered for a wildlife rehabilitation facility, where we took care of injured and orphaned songbirds, raptors, reptiles, and mammals including providing home care for orphaned babies that required round the clock care . We have lived in several rental properties and left them in better shape than we found them, as the full return of our deposits and references will attest. We’ve successfully raised vegetables and houseplants, as well as tended friends’ landscaping and houseplants. Melanie completed plant science and vocational botany courses for fun, and helped set up community gardens in two locations.

What can they bring to the assignment

In addition to extensive pet and gardening experience, we have the time, attention, maturity, and work ethic to be responsible caretakers of your property and pets. We are self-reliant problem solvers with a good deal of common sense, yet are quite capable of following instructions. We are quiet folks and get along well with neighbors. As former part time travelers who used cat sitters ourselves, we understand owners’ needs for regular updates via email, texts, or calls, and are happy to accommodate.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 8 October 2019
Until: 12 October 2021

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: 4

Testimonials

White Mountains of AZ

Melanie and Michael were fantastic, great to communicate with during set up of the sit and during. The dogs were spoiled with walks and pets and house and plants were well cared for during their stay. Would highly recommend them.

Anne, United States, 11 September, 2020

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

Excellent House Sitters who adore cats

Melanie and Michael are wonderful people: down to earth, kind, compassionate, dedicated, and dependable. They originally came to sit for our house and three cats for approximately three weeks while we took care of closing a house in another state. We ran into complications and Michael and Melanie were flexible and extended their stay a month longer. During that time, they also received a shipment of furniture from the house closing and had to rearrange our furniture to make room. Their extension of their stay and their dependability have made us indebted to them, not to mention the excellent care they gave to our cats, we could not be more pleased with both of them. They alleviated much stress for us by keeping in touch and we thoroughly enjoyed our communications, especially speaking with them while we were away. They were extremely sensitive to our wishes concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, they wore masks and disinfected surfaces. Our cats reacted to our being back like they never missed a beat and we know this was due to Melanie and Michael's genuine care. If anyone needs a dependable couple who are fun, helpful, and good natured people, these two will fit the bill and you will not go wrong to have them as house sitters. We look forward to keeping in touch with them and their travels and are honored to call them friends.

Lisa, United States, 14 July, 2020

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

Top catsitters

Melanie and Michael took perfect care of our beloved cat Misu and of our house during the Christmas holidays. We immediately understood that they were an experienced, dedicated and trustworthy couple. They were impeccable in their approach and behaviour and our cat befriended them immediately (even if usually he is a rather diffident cat with strangers). They showed genuine interest in the well-being of our cat, they kept him calm and happy while we were away. They dedicated him quality time and attention (which is not always so common). Furthermore they constantly sent us pictures, short videos and short reports which made us feel very comfortable and relaxed while abroad. When we returned the house was in sparkling conditions. We recommend Melanie and Michael thoroughly. They truly are cat whisperers :) We also became good friends which is another positive aspect of using pet-sitting! Thank you again Melanie&Michael and we really hope to have you again in Malta in the near future!

Sara, Malta, 17 January, 2020

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

Dream House Sitters

Melanie and Michael are experienced and professional. From the first time we spoke, I felt that our home and kitty cat, Josie, would be in good hands. They were. As we were traveling internationally we didn't ask for any updates during our 2 week trip and trusted as was well. It was! When we returned we had a sparkling clean home, milk in the refrigerator and a new basil plant (which was not necessary as I think we left them with a nearly dead basil plant). Lastly, Melanie and Michael figured out how to mute the smoke detectors that decided to expire during our vacation, a feat that we could not have easily accomplished ourselves. Thank for house sitting Melanie and Michael. I hope you will return to our home someday!

Sami, United States, 18 July, 2019

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

Best Sitters Ever

Melanie and Michael were fantastic. They were so professional and personable. We just recently moved from Texas to California with our two dogs and new baby. Thanks to them we were able to fly back for Christmas with our families knowing that our two dogs were safe and sound at home. They made sure our dogs were fed and walked everyday and looked after our house as if it were their own. They gave us daily updates of both dogs and left our house tidier than when we left. We would absolutely recommend Melanie and Michael for any pet/house sitting needs.

Kathleen, United States, 07 January, 2017

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

Caring Sitters

Melanie and Michael were incredibly caring sitters. Our dog and cats were loved and cared for beautifully. They were organized, very very good at communicating with us and sharing pictures and information. The house was clean and perfect when we returned. They even kindly cared for our terminally ill cat. You could not find better sitters!

Carolyn , United States, 14 September, 2016

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

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Last updated: 8 September 2019