They have 6 testimonial s (view below)
Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s) – See above.
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From: 10 July 2020
Until: 31 December 2021
Retired from Mattel Toys as Director, Human Resources
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My husband, Jim, and I are happily retired from business careers and enjoy traveling on multi-week visits to Europe and other locations several times a year. We try to mix it up with city visits, small towns/hamlets and rural locations -- each having their own charms. Insinuating ourselves into such diverse settings and experiencing in a limited way what life is really like in each unique location is so rewarding to us. We're energetic and inquisitive travelers, but are also easily entertained by good books, country hiking, city walks, historical sites and museums. Walking 1-2 hours a day has always been a regular part of our routine.
House sitting affords us even more opportunity to indulge in our favorite activity of traveling. We have lamented that the only downside to our frequent travel has been that, as long-time animal lovers, we are now unable to have pets ourselves since we are gone so often. Our lives have been greatly enriched by the dogs and cats who have been our friends and companions and shared our homes with us through the years, and we greatly miss having such loving housemates. When we are home we somewhat fill that void as volunteers at our town’s excellent no-kill animal shelter. They trained us to be large dog handlers there, walking and socializing a largely pit bull/mix population of homeless dogs grateful to be exercised and played with. We are also on the cat team, and at the Shelter’s request have recently fostered damaged and terminally ill cats. We relish and appreciate the opportunity to care for and enjoy the wonderful pets of others.
In addition to our testimonials, we have the following reference letters from before joining MMH.
1). "When my family and I went to Brazil for two weeks, I arranged for Jim and Geri to housesit for us, primarily to care for our very intelligent, high-energy dog Elle, our love of life. They came early to get acquainted and hit it off with her right away, as well as picking up the chores required for swimming pool monitoring and maintenance.
We returned to a clean house and pool, and an Elle who had become quite attached to the very long walks they provided. We realized that she had become so attached to Jim, particularly, that she seemed to grieve for a while after they left, and would look eagerly to the door when anyone came, hoping it was he returning.
Before that, the Pilgrims occasionally helped me with logistics for large charitable events I was involved with (multi-day walks and bike rides). They traveled throughout the country to do so when called upon, and were dependable, interacted well with the clients, and were resourceful when things went wrong. They have my recommendation."
2) "The Pilgrims have asked us to provide a letter of recommendation, which we are glad to do. They came to stay at our house on several occasions to look after our 95 lb. American Bulldog, Curly, and our door-dodger cat, Bart, while we went on vacation. We go away during our Chicago area winters, so Curly was not interested in going on official walks. But he did want to go in and out frequently, and Bart usually tried to streak out the door after him, so vigilance was called for.
They performed all tasks asked of them. Everything in the house was always in good order when we returned, and the animals, the primary responsibility, were in good health and happy."
Palos Park, Illinois
We bring a love for "all creatures great and small", had the cursory exposure to horses/farm animals that one gets growing up in Oklahoma, plus the array of turtles, gerbils, lizards, guinea pigs, fish, rabbits, etc. from our daughter's shifting menagerie as she grew up. We housesat in Texas last summer on a ranch/farm that included cattle, chickens, a horse, two donkeys, a dog and a cat. We both drive stick shifts and Jim keeps an international drivers' license current. We are very tidy, flexible, conscientious, responsible, reliable and dependable -- don't smoke or drink and are vegetarians. We would care for your animals and your abode as if it were our own.
Austria, Belize, Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South East Asia, South Pacific, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam
From: 10 July 2020
Until: 31 December 2021
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2017
Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 6
I was a bit apprehensive when I received Geri's and Jim's application as I never had anyone pet/home sitting from so far away as the States. But their profile and the excellent testimonials made me decide to speak to them on Messenger and then all my doubts vanished. Starting from their arrival they are punctual and thorough and above all understanding and flexible. I was happy to get every day updates on the welfare of the kitties as well as frequent photos. On my return I found the persians well looked after, calm and loving. The house very clean and tidy and the kitties quarters immaculate. They are a pleasant, down to earth, worldly couple and I wholeheartedly recommend them to look after anyone's home and pets. Thank you dear Geri and Jim!
I was hesitant to let someone stay in my house for a month while we were traveling. And at the same time, we didn't want to put our two dogs in a kennel for that long either. Well, we hit the jackpot with Geri and Jim. They are a sweet couple who were more than we could have asked for. We received regular pics of our dogs (one with Jim rolling on the floor with our 8lb Bichon:) They communicated often. We had an issue with one of our dogs starting to limp regularly and they administered medication. You won't go wrong with Geri and Jim. They are gems. Just don't book them when we are going out of town!
Geri and Jim have been very nice dogs- cats -house and garden sitters. We have left our animals, garden and house to this charming couple. During our hole holidays we were in contact and Geri had sent us all informations about what was happening at home! We found our animals happy ,well fed, house and garden in perfect condition. We can warmly recommend Geri and Jim to any other house owner,
Geri and Jim were a delight to have house and pet sit for us. They both have such a warm and friendly demeanor and our pets just loved them! They did everything (and more) than we had asked and our house was left in such beautiful condition. They checked in with us regularly and called with any concerns in the moment. I can't recommend Geri and Jim more. They are compassionate and caring people. You will be able to totally enjoy your vacation knowing they are with your family back home.
Geri and Jim are a charming couple who looked after our boys for 3 weeks. They arrived exactly as planned, departed promptly and kept our place in very good order.They are excellent communicators and emailed us every 2 or 3 days when we were away. Our 3 boys were clearly well fed, cared for and happy on our return. In fact they probably wouldn't have bothered if we hadn't returned! Our plants were watered as requested and our house was left very clean and tidy. They had even laundered their bed linen and towels before our return which we did not expect.
They were punctual, which is a great attribute. They cared for our multiple animals including horse, donkeys, chickens, cows, dog & cat like they loved them. They kept in contact and let us know immediately if there were any issues. They kept our house just like we had it. They even washed their sheets and had clean beds when we got back. This was our first time having housesitters that we didnt know. It could not have been a better experience! You cant get a better couple than this!
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