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Leave your home and special companions with peace of mind

United States

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Farm animal(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 6 December 2019
Until: 31 October 2020

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We sold our property and are currently traveling the world, full time house sitting. We are confident, reliable, adaptable, clean and caring people who love animals. We are both younger retired people, we raised three wonderful children who are standing on their own two feet. We have always been hard working all of our lives we have been home owners for over 30 years, fixing, up-grading, selling and purchasing properties to a point where we were able to purchase and develop bare land.

We have had the wonderful experience of designing, building our last home on 10 acres while creating a mini-permaculture farm incorporating many types of plants; fruit trees, vegetables, vineyard’s and hops. Our mini farm provided the good life for us and our dogs, cats, chickens, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl and goats while all living in harmony with each other.

For years Paul coached soccer at club, high school, California North State Olympic Development program and college. We arranged tours throughout the United States and many countries in Europe on a number different occasions with different teams.

Why they want to house sit

Needles to say neither of us are stagnate, we are physically and mentally active people who love to travel with a purpose and believe house sitting has the potential to help fulfill our needs and the needs of property owners. Our goal (no soccer punt) is to travel living with different people and experience life in a natural daily environment.

Their experience

Paul was an Electrician and a Soccer coach. Karen was in court administration, K-8 school teacher and a social worker. We have over 30 years’ experience in home ownership, raising animals and development of properties. Our past experiences and knowledge have given us expertise and pleasure in plant cultivation, construction, building, maintaining, fixing and improvising issues as they arise. We are not procrastinators; we will address any issues in a straight forward positive manner.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are very healthy, dependable, clean, non-smokers, organized, competent, independent, conscientious, self-motivated, very trustworthy and honest. We bring a willingness to perform, ability to adapt to any situation from just a house-sitting job to a circumstance requiring multi-tasking skills in a complex environment. We see our assignments as an opportunity to help you, let you relax while we take care of your home as it was our own.

Available to house sit

Argentina, Belize, Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 6 December 2019
Until: 31 October 2020

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2018

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Testimonials

Karen and Paul have been a much needed blessing to us and our pup.

We’ve been welcoming Sitters, yearly, for over a decade (several repeats) through several platforms with positive experiences with the exception of our last three long assignments which we (and our pups) were hugely letdown. Hence, we published the assignment well ahead of time. Paul and Karen applied and were shortlisted from several applicants. At the time, > 1 year ago, we had three Retrievers but sadly, by the time Paul and Karen came to ours, two of our ‘pups’ passed away leaving us with only one Labrador boy. Sadly, Paul and Karen had their well equipped van stolen in England shortly before they were due to start our sitting assignment but, despite such huge distress and in a foreign country, they honoured the start date and ETA. This, again, showed their professionalism and commitment to honour their charges. They are still caring for our senior boy and looking after our small holding property for another three weeks. This has been a sit since April and it has been a worry free trip for us, a much needed blessing. We don’t foresee any problems on our return. We have found Paul and Karen to be very accessible, straight forward and of honourable word all along from the day we’ve initiated communications. Always easy to liaise with and to the point (clear communications and no ambiguity). We felt reassured of their commitment to honour our needs. We weren’t mistaken and, to date, we have not been disappointed. They knew our boy was still grieving the loss of his two best friends and adjusting to being an only dog and they have kindly nurtured him with genuine concern from the beginning, taking him on his much loved daily walks, feeding him as per schedule including his daily supplements and offering him quality family time. They have been down to earth, observant, caring, proactive, meticulous, honest, forthcoming and very responsible. Our oldie has been known to have the occasional counter surfer episode with sitters - behaviour learned late in life with previous family sitters with children - and he did steal from their fruit bowl, once, resulting in Paul and Karen contacting us worried as he managed to eat a few items, including a mango, seed and all. They were honest and promptly reported the incident. Luckily, our boy, true to the Breed, sailed through the episode with no major adverse reactions. Regular reports and photos have been hugely appreciated. Paul and Karen have been wonderful in every way! 5 stars folks and awesome Sitters! It is as if we’ve known them for years and we are so grateful for their help and commitment to deliver loving care to our precious boy. We have no reservation in welcoming them back as Sitters/ Family Guests/ Friends and no reservation recommending them as Sitters! Paul and Karen are an asset to the Pets/ House Sitting community and will, no doubt, be a God send to other Pet House Owners. Safe and happy travels. Farewell! Marie and Malcolm Westwood.

Malcolm, United Kingdom, 10 June, 2019

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

Great House Sitters - Highly Recommended

Paul and Karen house sat at my home in El Valle de Anton, Panama for about three months and did a great job. I have very high expectations around cleanliness and home maintenance which are difficult to achieve in a remote village in Panama with it's tropical climate. Paul and Karen were in regular communication and maintained the property very well. I appreciated how quick they were to respond to any issues that arose. Paul is very handy and easily tackled many small repairs. During their stay they also used my vehicle and I returned to find the house and car clean and ready. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

Zach, Panama, 10 February, 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: 12 May 2019