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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) – Love cats and dogs. We are both good dog trainers, are happy to sit puppies as well as mature dogs.
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From: 29 January 2023
Until: 1 July 2025
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We are Canadian citizens living part of the year in Sweden and part of the year in Australia (and sometimes home to Canada during the summer to see family). And sometimes housesitting around the world because we love the experiences we have when caretaking pets and homes. We have many excellent references and verified testimonials from previous sits, so please just ask.
One of us is a university professor (science) and the other is a retired teacher. We travel a great deal for work, mostly for extended periods while conducting research in different laboratories around the world. We discovered housesitting as it seems like a great solution for people like ourselves who travel more than 6 months a year because we really prefer to live in a house rather than a hotel. We love pets, and are much happier coming home to take the dog for a walk or cuddle with the cat. Work related travel makes it impractical to have pets of our own, but we both love dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses and we can even take care of chameleons!
We do not smoke or drink, and prefer a quiet evening sharing the peace of your home with your pets. We are very security conscious and will always ensure that your property is protected. Our motto is to 'treat it like our own,' so you know you will come home to a clean, well-cared for house.
We have experience and expertise in pet and farm animal care, as well as carpentry and building upkeep. We love gardening and will take good care of your plants, and can also handle most property maintenance problems as they arise. Karen is retired, so is keen to do pet and garden care, and loves to keep busy around the house. As people who have owned (and still own) houses ourselves, we understand what it is to keep up a property and leave it in excellent condition. We have owned both urban and rural properties, on the grid and off the grid, with alternative power, including generators, solar, wood stove heat, etc., so we are comfortable in just about any setting. We've taken care of several homes with swimming pools and are familiar with their care and maintenance.
One year in Norway while housesitting, we finished off a bathroom renovation, landscaped the property and repaired the bicycles and outbuildings. In Sweden, we planted the garden for the returning owners who were pleasantly surprised to come home to a blooming veggie patch. We have taken care of a sheep station in Western Australia, a ski chalet in Switzerland, a farm/nature reserve in Costa Rica and many other beautiful homes and estates in various parts of Europe, USA, New Zealand and Asia. We've taken care of all sorts of pets, including horses and bees. We love to take dogs out on walks and runs.
We are immaculate housekeepers
Mostly when we are housesitting, Aly needs quiet time for writing and working on manuscripts, so our only requirement is good internet. One of us is generally home most of the day, and very happy to undertake projects and gardening as well as pet care.
We are both energetic, outdoor-loving people, who daily run, walk, swim, or bicycle, and enjoy exploring new places. Housesitting is a wonderful opportunity to experience a new place without being tourists.
We are happy to provide our many excellent references from previous housesits, we have never received anything less than 5* as sitters (and have completed more than 50 house sits over the past ten years).
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, 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, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam
From: 29 January 2023
Until: 1 July 2025
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2017
Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 2
We have had many sitters over the years and never had people as excellent as Alyssa and Karen. Due to Covid we had not been able to look after the place ourselves much in the last year. Besides being really professional about housesitting and knowledgeable about animals, other culture's people, gardens, internet, and house maintenance- they made us feel like it was about as good as if we were there except they had all the fun! There were so many improvements made and I would trust them with any task. Their housesitting resume is almost intimidating and though they are both powerhouses, they turned out to be so sweet and kind and super easy going. No one before them has ever left EVERYTHING done. They kindly also helped me with a potential replacement when it was time to move on. We hope they will come back sometime!
Alyssa and Karen came to Ecuador to watch our home while we traveled.They were wonderful house sitters as well as a couple we enjoyed spending time with after our return. They kept in touch with us every few days during our month-long trip, made friends in town while we were gone, and the house was in perfect condition when we arrived back home. The garden, which can be unruly, was very well taken care of even at this time of year, which is our driest season. You would be wise to choose them to watch your home while you are away. Wish they lived closer, so we could have them back when we travel again! Thank you both so much!
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