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Responsible, Experienced, Friendly, Active, Clean, Early Retirees

United States

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonials (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Tortoise/Turtle(s), Reptile(s) – We're not into milking cows or tending a herd(?) of sheep, but we will try most others. We love animals.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 4 December 2023
Until: 5 December 2026

Occupation

Retired in 2020 , but I got bored and am back working.....mostly online.

References

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About this sitter

Joan and Bill are active early retirees, originally from Michigan but moved to Scottsdale, AZ forty years ago. We have lived in France and Brazil, plus the U.S. states of Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Arizona.

We absolutely love animals; we love life; we love to travel; and we love new adventures. We are clean, responsible, honest, and friendly. We own our own home and had a wonderful Havanese dog by the name of Picasso for almost fourteen years until he recently passed away. He was our best friend and we miss him. We are waiting patiently for a new puppy, but we are fourteenth down the list with our favorite breeder so it will be two or three litters more before we get a new pal.

Bill and Joan met while in school in Ann Arbor. After graduation, Joan was a teacher and the owner of several businesses. Bill was in sales, was a commercial Realtor, then was a concert promoter/producer for the next 30 years. We have owned several nationally acclaimed theaters/venues in the Phoenix area.

As far as what we are looking for in a house sit.....we require a clean house ....and you will certainly find it totally clean when you return. Good wi-fi is an absolute must as we spend a good part of the day at home on our laptops. Good instructions pertaining to your pet(s) are very helpful and important.

Why they want to house sit

Bottom line is that we house/pet sit for the fun...and joy...of it. We love animals and we love to travel. We have had pets all our lives and sitting allows us to travel and get our puppy or kitty fix all at the same time. Let's face it......this website has also created a great way for both homeowners and sitters to enjoy travel at a reasonable cost. We don't have to pay high hotel rates and you don't have to put your pets in an impersonal kennel for exorbitant dollars. We put our dog in a kennel once and it was not the personal, friendly or happy experience that we had hoped for him.

Their experience

We have cared for pets all of our lives. You can find a recent testimonial below plus we can furnish other references from other websites. We have completed lengthy house/dog sits in London England; Wake Forest,North Carolina; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Sturgeon Bay, WI; Phoenix, AZ, several in California and others. Pets included dogs, cats, fish, turtles, and even a boa constrictor. All owners were very pleased. We have several more sits coming up in the next few months in Napa and a suburb of Paris France.

We have owned many homes and commercial properties of our own and are experienced in remodeling both residential and commercial real estate. While we are not looking to do a remodel for you, we do have an understanding of construction and can often diagnose household problems quickly should an issue arise while you are away. We understand pools and their operation; air conditioning systems, and general gardening. We give you peace of mind.

More importantly, we are experienced in taking care of pets, cleaning and primping our new friends, administering medicine as required, and generally are patient, kind, and loving with all pets.

What can they bring to the assignment

With Bill and Joan, you get maturity, honesty, cleanliness, and a couple who love life. We are non-smokers and don't have parties in our clients' homes. We spend a lot of time at home on the computer while the market is open during the day and promise that we will keep your animals happy and engaged much more than the average sitter.

If you need a ride to and/or from the airport, we can help. If you have a special project going on while you are gone, we can supervise. We will take care of the mail and make sure the house is secure if we go out to dinner.

You won't have to worry about a thing while you are gone, except to enjoy your time away. We will keep you updated every few days by email, Skype, or WhatsApp with pictures. You will be welcomed home to a clean house and a happy pet.

Last updated: 2 May 2024

Available to house sit

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 4 December 2023
Until: 5 December 2026

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2017

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

Masterful House Sitter

Bill was masterful as a house sitter. He was like a professional in the ways he was prepared to care for our home and dog, Cooper. He arrived as promised, kept in contact throughout, and cared for our home in a fastidious way. Cooper loved him. Bill needed the minimum of instructions, because he instinctively knew what was expected of a person caring for a home and a dog. If you want a person to care for your home in a professional way, who will care for your home and pet as you would yourself, call on Bill Bachand. You will be thrilled with the experience. Warren and Diane Green Valley Arizona

Warren, United States, 31 October, 2022

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

3 week house and pet sit

Bill and Joan watched our house and pets for 3 weeks in July/Aug 2018. They did an amazing job caring for our pets, which included a Labrador, 2 cats, a python, and fish. Our dog and cats were clearly very well taken care of and appropriately attended to, as were the fish and snake. We received regular pictures of the animals from Bill and Joan, as well as frequent updates. Bill and Joan also cared for our house, tending to the garden and mowing and watering the lawn. It looked better than when we left it! Likewise, the house was very clean and organized, just as it was when we left. They washed all of the used linens and put clean sheets on the bed they slept on. Bill drove us to and from the airport, which was such a relief as we got home late with 2 young children. They are both very friendly, professional, and clearly love animals! They even left a welcome home surprise of a chocolate cake and flowers!! Communication with Bill and Joan was very easy throughout. I would not hesitate to invite them to housesit for us again. They made travelling easy and carefree. It was wonderful to know our pets were in such good hands!

Jen, United States, 09 August, 2018

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

Testimonial for Bill and Joan Bachand

Bill and Joan pet and house sat for us this past summer and we were extremely pleased with the care they took in watching our Boston Terrier, as well as, our house. They are are wonderful people, who have had both personal and professional experience with pet and house care. They are dependable, organized, clean and compassionate people. We highly recommend them as house sitters!

Erica, United States, 10 September, 2017

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

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About this house sitter

MindMyHouse member since May 2017