They have 7 testimonials (view below)
Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Guinea pig(s)
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From: 1 August 2023
Until: 30 September 2024
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We are Deb and Andrew a fit and young at heart semi-retired professional couple in our early sixties (non-smokers). I worked for 30 years as a physics and maths teacher and then Faculty Head before retiring five years ago. Andrew is a self-employed electronics design engineer currently working in the field of medical gas supply within hospitals. We are now very fortunately in a position where we have been able to reduce our work commitments and plan new adventures. We are keen to take on short or long-term pet and house sitting assignments in the UK and further afield and absolutely love the company of cats. We are considered by our friends, family and former employers to be particularly responsible, flexible and conscientious and we would take great pleasure in looking after your property and pets.
We are very excited about having the time and opportunity to explore new places, and very much enjoy making sure pets are safe, happy and don’t miss you too much while you are away. We particularly enjoy caring for cats and have now looked after 23 different characters, some of them on more than one occasion as we have been invited back for several repeat sits.
We would also take very good care of your home; keeping it clean and tidy. Staying in someone’s home seems to be a very good way to discover somewhere new and to better experience a variety of locations by living in a local community.
Over the last five years we have completed twenty housesits in the UK and Europe, through this site and others, and are now also being invited back for return sits. We have thoroughly enjoyed every one and our experience of caring for very many lovely cats and looking after houses, gardens, and now swimming pools, is growing.
As a couple we have had over twenty years with our own cats, and Deb has lived with them throughout her childhood. The only reason we don't have a cat at this stage of our lives so that we can spend time travelling and a large part of housesitting for us is the opportunity to meet new cat characters.
We have renovated and made improvements to our own house and another property which we currently let out to tenants. This has given us considerable experience using a combination of our own skills and also contractors where required.
We are a competent, mature and respectful couple, calm and caring in our approach to cats. We are able to deal with all the little presents they can sometimes bring home with them, and equally experienced in the care of house cats. In all cases we adapt to their needs and personalities and have had excellent feedback on our pussy cat relationships from owners.
We would be able to cope with any basic or essential home maintenance should it be required and always leave homes clean and tidy.
We consider communication and reassurance while you are away an important part of the house sitting assignment and send regular updates and photos during our stay. We are always considerate of neighbours and the local environment. We would take great pride in keep your house clean and well cared for and pets safe and happy for your return.
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From: 1 August 2023
Until: 30 September 2024
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2018
Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 7
First time I saw Deborah's and Andrew's application and their testimonials it was quite clear that I had found the perfect companions for our cats - and the perfect sitters for our house and garden. And my assumption should proof true. Barely arrived in our house in Munich, Andrew conquered Elsa's heart immediately. The otherwise shy cat threw herself on her back in front of him and let herself be pet without hesitation. She just looked at me (being quite surprised), as if to ask "Is there anything wrong? You wanted to go away - just do it!" So we started into our journey the next morning, being very trustful and relaxed. Thanks to Deborah's updates, we knew what was going on during the 4 weeks of our absence and how the cats did. It was great to hear that the second cat (Sally) even started to sit next to them while watching TV (a thing she typically doesn't do with us....). On our return we found a very tidy house, everything looking very much the same as we had left it. Really great experience from the beginning until the end. I highly recommend Deborah and Andrew to anyone who is looking for trustful and reliable house sitters. Very well done, both of you! Thank you very much!
Deb and Andrew looked after our cat Pascha, our House, Garden and Pool for 4 weeks. This was our first time we had someone sitting our house - but we are glad we "picked" Deb and Andrew. Our house was spotless, clean tidy and organized. Pascha was healthy and they must have "taught" him manners, since he is not pushy for food anymore early morning. And they also got rid off wasp nests we haven't noticed before our departure.. When we got back from our trip - even the fridge was full - thank you very much. We absolutely recommend Deb and Andrew as very reliable and friendly house- and cat-sitters.
Deb and Andrew took care of our cat Misu during the recent winter holidays 2021. We met them a couple of days before our flight so we could get to know each other and they could get familiar with Misu. They managed to connect with him after a few days and with the passing of time he became totally affectionate to them (even purring and playing) although he is usually a rather cautious cat. We were super pleased! They communicated with us daily via chat and video and also sent pictures of their interactions with Misu. They took very good care of him, cooked his meat and fed him as per our instructions and also brought him some Christmas presents :) We can totally recommend Deb and Andrew! They are very nice people, honest and reliable. Our property was also taken care of and we found a spotless and clean house on our return. Thank you and we hope to have you visiting us and Malta again in the future! Sara, Steve and Misu
How very pleased and grateful I am that Deborah and her husband agreed to housesit for me to take care of Bubble and Squeak for a five day stay whilst I visited a life-long friend in Somerset. They are a charming couple and very easy to get to know even though our time together was brief. They take a very professional approach to housesitting and didn’t seem to be troubled by a quick handover for which I was most grateful. On my return the cats were happy and contented and the house was very tidy and clean. I will certainly welcome them back on future occasions.
Deb and Andrew were the most perfect house sitters- we couldn’t have asked for more. They were so friendly, communicative and flexible in the lead up to our time away. They made us feel completely relaxed about leaving the cats and our home- it genuinely felt like we were leaving them with family. Communication during our holiday was spot on with great photos and little updates. They made friends with our neighbours and looked after our home as if it were their own. On our return, the house was spotless (cleaner than we left it!), Andrew had fixed some bits around the house and done some gardening and Deb had even made us a delicious lemon drizzle cake. Wow! Deb and Andrew are fantastic. They made the whole process feel so calm and effortless. We would have them back in a heartbeat and recommend them whole-heartedly to anyone looking for expert house sitters.
Debs and Andrew looked after our house and garden for two weeks in September 2020 whilst we were away on a road trip up in the north of Scotland. In the lead up communication it was easy for us to make the judgement that they would be reliable and trustworthy, Indeed, Debs and Andrew turned out to be friendly, very nice, competent people. Communication whilst we were away was fuss free and spot on and they looked after house extremely well. We returned to a spotlessly clean and tidy house and well -tended garden. Fresh milk and bread, home-made apple crumble (made from apples from our garden) and a replacement teapot which I broke in our haste to get organised just before we set off on our travels, were just a few of the kind and thoughtful touches we benefitted from on our return. We know they enjoyed our house and area and we would be happy to ask them again, and equally happy to recommend them to you.
Deb and Andrew were great! They came to visit the animals the night before our departure, stayed in contact with us throughout our trip, and took wonderful care of our cats and apartment. When we came back to the apartment they had even bought some bread for us, which was great and something we didn't think to have on-hand. I definitely recommend them.
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