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Experienced House-sitting Couple who Loves Animals!

United States

Testimonials

They have 4 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), Goat(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 1 June 2020
Until: 31 August 2021

Occupation

Not stated

References

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About this sitter

Michelle grew up in Hawaii and Simon hails from England. We have spent the last 14 years living in Denver, CO where we ski and hike and camp and ride bikes everywhere! We love the outdoors! However, we do miss the beach, sailing, snorkeling, and diving.

Michelle had a 20+yr career in IT and Simon had a 20+yr career in the wine world. We still have our home back in Denver which we are renting so we know the importance of finding the right people to take care of your home and "babies".

We also have a home in Bali that we live in during the winter months and rent out or exchange during the summer months.

Why they want to house sit

For us, housesitting is not a holiday but rather a way to "live" in a different country and enjoy the local culture and spend time with animals.

Our approach is to travel slowly, spending much time in one area. We like to immerse ourselves in the local cultures and languages. We are particularly keen on learning other languages and experiencing new places. We love to visit local markets and cook meals at home. Simon, being the cook of the family, likes to take cooking classes and test out the regional spices. In the mornings, we enjoy long walks especially with animals in tow and a good cup of coffee :)

We also miss having our own furry family members, so taking care of some else's pets allows us the joy of being around animals again! After 6 housesits in 2 years, we realized the hardest part is leaving them. We think about all of them! Our primary focus of housesitting it taking care of the pets and the house. We never leave them alone for more than 2-3 hours.

Their experience

6 housesits in 2 years; 4 through this website. Also, we have owned 5 houses (still own 2) that have been in many different locations from tropical locations with our own pool to a mountain cabin at 3,200 meters in elevation.

We have owned many pets including cats, dogs, horses, birds, fish, goats, gerbils, rabbits, chickens and hamsters over the 25 years we've been together. They are not just part of the family but our "babies". As our furred and feathered (and scaled) babies have passed on, we have always volunteered to pet sit (and house sit) our friends’ animals. We love them like our own.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are non smokers, love animals, can tend gardens (Michelle has the green thumb) and will take care of your home like it was our own. We are neat freaks and will keep your home very tidy. Michelle even makes the bed in hotel rooms! :) We are flexible with timing but have learned we prefer the longer assignments...ie. more than 2 weeks at least.

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, 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: 1 June 2020
Until: 31 August 2021

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2017

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 4

Testimonials

THE BEST OF THE BEST!

From the moment we met Simon and Michelle, we just knew our home and animals would be in the most sensible, loving and reliable hands! We have quite a menagerie of geese, chicken, dogs, cats and alpacas but both Simon and Michelle were thrilled by the opportunity to care for them and were completely undaunted by the feeding routine and other routines so important to the day-to-day upkeep of a small hobby farm. Simon and Michelle are a delightful couple. Our neighbours and friends quickly became their friends and within a week they were part of the community. Michelle wrote wonderful and funny regular updates of our animals’ antics and it was so lovely to enjoy them through her eyes. When we returned home it was transparent that Simon and Michelle had thoroughly taken care of our home and bunch of mad cap creatures – who appeared not to have missed us at all! ???? Our neighbours all commented on how thoughtful and lovely Simon and Michelle were and some firm friendships were formed. Not only will we welcome Simon and Michelle back, but there’s a group of people in this community who look forward to their return in the future.

Gabi and Pete, Australia, 13 November, 2019

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

Friendly and helpful House and Petsitters

Simon and Michelle are a lovely couple, they came to us in September 2018 for just over 2 weeks to look after our house, our dog Merlot and cat Shiraz. We met them before and enjoyed a meal together and had plenty of time to hand over the animals and the house. Whilst we were away they were brilliant at keeping us informed and sent lots of photos of the animals and house. When we returned Simon had prepared a beautiful meal for us, which was much appreciated. We would not hesitate to recommend them to others and we hope they come back to see us on their future travels. We wish them well in the future.

Sue, France, 12 October, 2018

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

Excellent 5* petsitters

Simon and Michelle looked after my house in Spain for five weeks. They kept on regular contact with messages and photos. They integrated well into the village (and now know the village and residents better than I do. My two Labradors love them and they even gained the trust of my semi feral cats. The house was better than when i left it. I would highly recommend these two for any sits.

caira, Spain, 05 August, 2018

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

These guys are the best!

Simon and Michelle spent 3 weeks at our house in El Valle, Panama caring for our cat and our rescued street dog. They did a phenomenal job, almost too good - our dog was depressed when they left! They were great about staying in contact and sending pictures of the animals. They integrated into our little local community and got to know our friends, who all loved them. They picked us up from the airport (2 hours away!) upon our return and even left us a pot of homemade soup. If you can get these 2 to house-sit for you, grab them!

Sami, Panama, 09 November, 2017

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

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Last updated: 25 May 2020