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Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Goat(s) – cats and dogs are favorites. Willing to learn about others.
They have a police check
From: 13 December 2019
Until: 5 January 2020
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We are a married couple (38 yrs.), ages 60 and 63, and soon-to-be-retired from our careers as college professor and secondary mathematics instructor in Texas, USA. We are non-smokers who drink only an occasional glass of wine.
House sitting enables us to travel "with a purpose." We find it gratifying to know that our presence provides another family peace of mind about their home and pets while they are away. House/pet sitting also enables us to stay in one place long enough to feel the pulse of the community and perhaps develop new friendships around the world. Hopefully no one will ever describe us as "tourists."
We are both currently employed teachers but each year we are available approximately 2-3 weeks mid-December through early January and 3 months mid-May through mid-August.
We have owned and maintained our own homes for 38 years. We often receive compliments on our lawn and landscaping as well as the cleanliness of our home both inside and out. We are very conscientious about efficient use of electricity and water. We don’t like to waste. We are faithful recyclers.
Jerry: Energetic, multi-talented and mechanically inclined with skills in: plumbing, light electrical, light carpentry, painting, and gardening. * Former volunteer EMS (paramedic) and fire fighter * Have built several houses with Habitat for Humanity * Eagle Scout * Oversee my church’s landscaping and some building maintenance * Basic Spanish language skills * College educated * With current employer 38 years. Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award 3 of last 15 years.
Melani: Crafts-minded with interior decorating skills * Great scone baker * Reliable & steady partner/assistant in many of Jerry’s projects * College educated * With current employer 15 years * Recently inducted into Teacher’s Hall of Fame at her school.
We both grew up with and love dogs and cats. Our friends’ pets all like us and seem to end up in our laps. We are willing to care for just about any animals. So far as sitters we have successfully cared for dogs & cats (including 3-legged ones), fish, chickens, ducks, goats (surprisingly smart and crafty creatures), rabbits, and a hamster. For larger livestock, we would need instructions but we are teachable and quick learners.
We enjoy trying new foods, hikes in the woods, bicycling, kayaking, rafting, sailing, reading, swimming, snorkeling, tennis, volleyball, etc.
Valid driver’s licenses and passports (USA). Jerry has international driving permit and is competent with both right and left hand driving. In summer 2015 Jerry drove ‘on the left’ in New Zealand for 90 consecutive days with no issues. In summer of 2017 we spent 42 days driving on the left in Scotland and United Kingdom. No accidents.
Credible, professional references, clean background (police) checks, and letters of recommendation from previous sits.
Available for advance face to face interviews via phone or Skype.
Jerry & Melani
Yes, 7 years. We have traveled as house sitters in the USA to Vermont, Hawaii, and Bainbridge Island. We have also traveled as sitters to Canada, Germany, France, Scotland, England, Sweden, Denmark, and Ireland. See letters in References section.
Canada, Caribbean, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
From: 13 December 2019
Until: 5 January 2020
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2016
Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple
Jerry & Melani arrived to our flat in Västervik, Sweden, a few days before our departure for Uppsala, Sweden, in June 2018. Their mission was to care for our 16 year old cat for 2 weeks, feeding, brushing, accompanying down the stairs to the garden and later up again and cleaning the cat box. We immediately felt that they were the right couple for the task, open, friendly, listening and got along well with their new protegee who normally is a bit shy to strangers. During our absence we had mail contact and were confident that all went well. When home again we found the cat and the flat in excellent condition - we are more than satisfied with their job and recommend them for new assignments!
Our first experience with house-sitters was a very positive one. Jerry and Melani arrived somewhat jetlagged but were friendly and receptive to all our requests. There are certain people that you feel very assured and comfortable around and although we left a day after their arrival, I had no doubts that we were in good hands. Our home and pets were looked after well. Even when there was a little hiccup with one of our dogs, Jerry was quick to notify us. We were grateful for his attentive care. Highly recommended. You couldn't do better. Many thanks to you both.
Jerry and Melani are careful and conscientious. We have had the pleasure of working with many house and pet sitters over the years and this couple is among the best. Our home was left neat and clean; our cat-children were well taken care of. Our kitties are extremely affectionate and Jerry and Melani went out of their way to spend time with them and play with their favorite toys. They love animals and it shows. I deeply appreciate the care this couple took on the front-end to make sure they understood our housesitting needs and that we were a good fit. They also went out of their way to work with our schedule. I did not worry about my home and would eagerly work with them again in the future if they were available.
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