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Full-time, International Housesitters. Retired couple will exchange house sitting for pet cuddles! Come home to happy pets and a clean home

United States

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Reptile(s)

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 31 October 2020
Until: 15 December 2021
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

My husband Tony and I retired early. Me from a career in Communications and Event Management. Tony from a career in Hospitality Management. He was born in SE London, and still has his EU passport. I'm originally from South Florida. We have two grown sons, who have not, as yet, provided us with grandchildren, so we have time to get our travel on and plenty of love to share! Our other hobbies include long walks, bicycling, swimming, gardening, reading, food & cooking, and music. We are non-smokers, have clean driving records and TSA Global Entry status. Tony has valid licenses in both the US and the UK. To learn more about us, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HappyHouseSittersInternational/. Our references and reviews are on the notes page.

Why they want to house sit

Traveling is one of our greatest shared pleasures and now that we're retiring we are looking forward to much more! So far, we've been to Italy, France, England, Ireland, Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Barbados, the BVI's - all over the Caribbean. We've traveled a bit in the US too, though not nearly as much as we'd like. We are newly retired and em-bark-ing (see what I did there?) on a new adventure; full-time house/pet sitting, enabling us to see the world while sharing our love with your furbabies. Instead of leaving our pet behind when we travel, we'll be heading toward yours. We will make certain that they are kept healthy and safe, and feel well-loved until your return. We can hardly wait to meet them!

Their experience

We're experienced 5-star sitters who have completed sits with wonderful dogs of all sizes, cats, chickens and fish, in both urban and rural settings. We've cared for vegetable gardens, lawns, pools and wild bird feeders. We've enjoyed sits in the UK, France, the US and Mexico thus far. We've been blessed to share our lives with two of our own wonderful dogs during our 35 year marriage; Thor, a Malamute Shepherd mix, and Summer, a Springer Spaniel.

What can they bring to the assignment

We have been homeowners ourselves for 30 years, so we're familiar with home maintenance and upkeep, including pools. We're very clean and tidy and firmly believe in leaving your home and car in better shape than we found it. We will live gently in your home and love your pets extravagantly.

Available to house sit

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South East Asia, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 31 October 2020
Until: 15 December 2021

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
19 July 2019 to 14 December 2019, 5 January 2020 to 15 February 2020

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2017

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

Perfect Housesitters

Linda and Tony were absolutely perfect. We couldn´t have wished for better sitters. We arrived home to a very relaxed dog who clearly hadn´t missed us at all. The house was immaculate with towels and sheets washed and the bed made up. As if that wasn´t enough there was a delicious Aubergine Bake ready to go in the oven! If you are lucky enough to get to meet Linda and Tony, snap them up!

Marina, Spain, 02 January, 2020

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

Cat sitting in the Irish winter!

Linda and Tony took wonderful care of our two house cats and indeed of our home for three and a half weeks- mid November to mid December 2019. Despite truly foul weather, they made the most of what this time of the year has to offer and remained cheery. Finally they prepared a delicious dinner for two bone-weary travellers - totally unexpected but much appreciated. This was the first time that we had house/pet sitters and I can only say that it was a truly positive experience. They would be welcome back anytime!

Moira, Ireland, 13 December, 2019

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

Great professional House-sitters!

Linda and Tony stood out over the other potential candidates for our house-sit as being highly professional and motivated. We Skyped with them prior to offering them the sit and we liked them immediately. Having offered Tony and Linda the sit, communication between us was excellent and we agreed mutually convenient travel dates and arrival times – in fact they were extremely accommodating as we had to extend our trip by several days and that wasn’t a problem for them. Linda sent me a prepared list of questions and required information which I completed, and which acted as a good reference for my more complete notes which we left for them. We also agreed that they could use our car. As soon as we met Tony and Linda, we loved them! We had planned their arrival for 2 days prior to our departure which gave us ample time to get to know them, show them our home, the animals and our area. We found we had a lot in common and they were extremely easy to be with. They immediately warmed to our dogs and cats (and chickens too) and the love was quickly reciprocated! We left very early in the morning of our trip, but both Linda and Tony were up to see us off and Linda even helped to prepare our picnic lunch for our long drive ahead. Once on holiday, communication was great between us. Linda would occasionally send me a message if she had any questions or needed some clarification, but otherwise, I was able to follow the activities of our cats, dogs and chickens on Linda and Tony’s Facebook page which I really liked. Towards the end of our trip, one of our dogs developed a scratch on her leg. Linda and Tony responded very promptly and after having consulted with us, took our dog to the vet. It was nothing serious but was worth checking. In addition, Tony enjoys doing ‘stuff’ around the house and garden and he did several great things for us, inside and out, without us asking. On our return, the house was spotless with everything in its correct place and there was a delicious 3-course meal waiting for us. In conclusion, Tony and Linda are, without doubt, a ‘professional house-sitting couple’ and the benefits are clear: • All communication was promptly and clearly dealt with • Any potential problems were pre-empted or dealt with in a prompt and efficient manner. • Care of all our animals was done with love and considerable attention to detail • Care of our home was exceptional and again, with considerable attention to detail We can’t recommend Tony and Linda highly enough and look forward to having them house-sit for us again soon.

Victoria, France, 25 November, 2019

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

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Last updated: 15 September 2020