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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), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – See above.
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From: 5 September 2022
Until: 31 December 2023
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 and house/pet sitting around the U.S. and internationally. We try to mix it up with city visits, small towns and rural locations -- each having their own charms. We're energetic and inquisitive travelers, but are also easily entertained by good books, country hiking, city walks, historical sites and museums. Walking an hour or so day is a regular part of our routine. We live now in a small town in Indiana, after many years in CA.
House sitting affords us even more opportunity to indulge in our favorite activity of traveling. Unfortunately, the downside is that we are now unable to have pets of our own since we are gone so often. Our lives have been greatly enriched through the years by the dogs and cats who have been our companions, and we miss having those loving housemates. So we have volunteered at our animal shelter and been trained as large dog handlers, walking and socializing homeless dogs. We have also served on the cat team, and have fostered damaged or terminally ill cats. We 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, the love.of our 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 too 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, birds, fish, rabbits, etc. from our daughter's shifting menagerie as she grew up. Together with dogs and cats, we’ve cared for chickens and ducks in France, and housesat in Texas on a ranch that included cattle, chickens, a horse, two donkeys, plus a dog and cat. We both drive stick shifts and Jim keeps an international drivers' license current. We are tidy, flexible, conscientious, responsible, and dependable -- don't smoke or drink and are vegetarians. We would care for your animals and your home as if it were our own.
Argentina, Austria, Belize, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam
From: 5 September 2022
Until: 31 December 2023
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2017
Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 8
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We've had lots of house sitters over the years. Jim and Geri were two of the best. They stayed for 4 weeks with our two kitties and lots of plants. They were genuinely concerned about the cats' well being and communicated with me regularly. One of our cats requires medication and they handled that chore with ease. Jim repaired several small issues with bird feeders and garage door remote opener without being asked. My husband asked them to ship something to him and they shopped around for the most economically shipper instead of just finding the closest. We really appreciated that! When we arrived home, our house was clean, plants had thrived and kitties were happy. We would certainly use Jim and Geri again and highly recommend them.
Claudia , United States, 09 August, 2022
Although I've used housesitters many times before, I was very nervous this year since my cat is getting old and has some health issues. However, after reading the testimonials and then speaking with Geri & Jim Pilgrim I was sure that the trip was just meant to be. Not only did they keep my cat eating - they managed to coax her enough so that she gained over a pound (this from a cat who has rejected just about all the food I've offered her). I also have a sweet pittie who just loved his outings with them whether on a walk or to the dog park and an indoor/outdoor cat who slept right outside their room (and still goes up to check to see if they are back!). They kept in touch frequently and sent some of the cutest photos. It really made me feel at ease as I was traveling. They coordinated with the vet in town as well and gave the cat her liquid medication (which she of course, is not crazy about). If they are available and interested, you can't go wrong. Very capable couple and so nice to be with. They arrived a few days early as I had hoped so the animals could get used to them and left the morning after I got home. A wonderful experience!
Elaine, United States, 27 April, 2022
Friendly, dependable pet sitters
Geri and Jim cared for our dog, Mia, for a few days and did a great job. They are very responsible, well traveled and friendly people. I highly recommend Geri and Jim. Not only did they take very good care of Mia, they took great care of our home.
Laura , United States, 04 August, 2021
Grab them as fast as you can!!
Geri and Jim are the best sitters a person could hope for! I found this site a week before my trip. Thankfully Geri and Jim were available for the week that I would be away. Just talking on the phone with them put me at ease. They took the long road trip down to FL to stay with our 2yr old Silky Terrier. I received daily updates and photos. He enjoyed all of the daily walks and car rides. A hurricane did come through, and they made sure he felt safe and snuggled. I felt as if I left him with family. They left the house very clean, my neighbors raved about them, and my dog was truly cared for! Geri and Jim always have a place to stay here in FL!!!! I hope you have the chance to have them in your home.
Lauren, United States, 22 July, 2021
In one word: Fantastic!!
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!
margarita , Cyprus, 05 January, 2020
You and your animals will be thrilled
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!
Dave, United States, 28 August, 2019
Dog and Houssitting
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,
Tatjana, Portugal, 22 December, 2018
Great House Sitters & People
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.
Illana, United States, 31 July, 2018
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.
Michael, France, 27 May, 2018
Just really great people!
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!
T&T, United States, 22 December, 2017