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Trustworthy, Caring Animal Lovers

Canada

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – Our excellent and ample references are on Trusted Housesitters website and even more at kathperreault.net. If you are not able to view there, I am happy to send you a document with all references and reviews.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 7 October 2022
Until: 6 January 2024

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Hello! We are Canadians, retired over 7 years, adventurous, fit and young at heart. We are travelling and seeing the world, stopping at times to home & pet sit. Since the pandemic began, we have stayed in Canada, at times taking on sitting responsibilities. We have extensive experience with recent home and pet sitting and enjoy having the opportunity to care for others’ pets at a time when we can’t have our own due to our travel lifestyle. We truly appreciate the win-win nature of the exchange, providing the peace of mind that home & pet owners need to have a worry-free vacation, while meeting our own needs for shelter and the nourishment provided by time spent getting to know and caring for their pets. We are animal lovers — I doubt your pets will get better care and attention than we will give them. We also live cleanly and will always leave the home well cared for and clean.

Why they want to house sit

House and pet sitting is a beautiful addition to our world-experiencing lifestyle! While we love to move about and see the sights, we also love opportunities to be homebodies and live the stable life of caring for a home and pets for a time. Pet and home sitting facilitates this perfectly. We are both big animal lovers and are quite rejuvenated by our time spent caring for and sharing ‘pet love’. We have also made life long friendships with home owners and their pets through our house sitting experiences, and appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch with how our temporary charges are doing.

Their experience

We have experience - from the one pampered & eccentric dachshund we cared for summer 2018 (3.5 months) in Victoria, BC, Canada to caring for 13 rescue pets in a remote Costa Rican jungle winter/spring 2018 for 10 weeks (5 dogs/8 cats). Summer 2017 we cared for a disabled dog in Powell River, Canada - Dickie was paralyzed in his hind end. Along with caring for all his needs including toiletting, we helped him learn confidence and skill in his new wheelchair. It was most gratifying for both of us to see him go from somewhat depressed and insecure to a confident, capable little walker eagerly exploring the world again. We nursed a kitty in the jungle who had been stung by a scorpion and she happily survived as good as new. We have administered medication to cats and dogs, for worms and ticks, as well as performing ample tick removal. During this sit we spent 2 months caring for 13 rescue pets in the Costa Rican jungle.

We spent Nov/Dec/to mid-January in Mexico, having completed a sit with two dogs, a mom & son duo, in Playa del Carmen. They (and we) loved their jungle walks. We then spent 6 weeks near Montreal Canada caring for a Yorkie Bichon cross and his home — quite the weather contrast with record snowfall in Quebec this past winter! After shovelling up to 6 foot drifts, our 3 weeks in New York where we cared for Jack and Mac the black cats, felt quite balmy in comparison. A month on peaceful Salt Spring Island with a senior yellow lab and her 10 chicken friends was a welcome respite. We spent two months with Madeleine the kitty in Langford, near Victoria BC earlier this year, a real treasure of a girl, friendly and affectionate.

In early 2020 we returned to Canada from a long tour of travel and sitting in the UK: Ireland, Scotland & England, France, Cyprus, Turkey, Spain and Morocco, during which time we cared for 13 dogs, 17 cats, 7 chickens and a rooster, one bearded dragon, one peahen and her chick (who actually hatched during our sit!).

It was truly a journey of a lifetime, which we returned from just before the restrictions regarding the pandemic were set in place. We have stayed since in beautiful BC where 6 months of sits were cancelled.

Beginning in August we home and pet sat again, in Victoria Canada (with recommended social distancing and other protocols in place of course) for 2.5 months, over 3 locations. We currently (Feb 2022) have re-established our relationship with pets & caring for their homes, while in the process offering home owners in Duncan, North Vancouver, Whistler, the West End of Vancouver and Nanaimo a chance for a worry-free getaway, into 2022. After completing our 6 month sit in Nanaimo later this month, we are booked to sit on Vancouver Island, in Powell River and in Baja until October 2022.

So the reply to this question is yes, we are experienced, and this is only the beginning of the stories! For more see https://kathperreault.net.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are responsible, honest, clean, nonsmoking, physically fit, non partying animal lovers with many 5 star reviews and references (link to our website listed here). We love to hike, kayak, cycle, do photography, read, spend time interacting with cats and dogs, and we enjoy a balance of social and solitary time. We are previous home and pet owners and know the responsibility involved in caring for both. We consider pets family members, to be treated so — your pets’ care will take priority when we are sitting. We have owned homes with a pool and hot tub and are fully conversant in their care. We have done a fair amount of gardening, harvesting, pruning and lawn care.

We are retired, Kath from health/education assistant in a secondary school and Aaron as a school psychologist and UBC professor. We are local to BC in summer and travel most winters to warm countries. We love the process of providing photos, videos and anecdotes to the HO while they are on vacation, of their pets’ daily life (if desired). We are both strong communicators, as was required in both our previous employment in education.

With us, you can trust that your home and pets will be well loved and cared for while you have peace of mind on your vacation.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 7 October 2022
Until: 6 January 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2018

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 4

Testimonials

Two of the best!

Kath and Aaron were conscientious and super organized. They took great care of my cat, my house, and my property. Everything was sparkling clean and nicely trimmed when I returned home and my car obviously adored them. I have no hesitation recommending them.

Terry, Canada, 02 July, 2022

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

Our new Canadian friends

Kath and Aaron came to sit for us almost by happy accident. They couldn't fulfill our previous dates but they were drawn to our animals, particularly Bailey, so Kath got in touch in case we could find a fit in future. As it happened, we were planning a very short trip which coincided with their plans to visit Cyprus in October. These two people are very much in tune with animals and their obvious love for all creatures was immediately apparent. We were delighted to offer these intrepid travellers a few nights of r and r before they took on the task of caring for our zoo. What a splendid job they did too. In fact when they came to leave, our crew lined up to wave goodbye with Iain wiping the dogs' eyes with a hanky. A very funny moment. If you are lucky enough to cross paths with Kath and Aaron you will be safe in the knowledge that your animals are in loving arms.

julie, Cyprus, 02 November, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Kath and Aaron are the Very Best House/pet sitters!!!!

It is our absolute pleasure to recommend Kath and Aaron for pet and house sitting assignments. From the very beginning of our correspondence there was an atmosphere of trust and a feeling that Kath and Aaron were a right fit for our 14+ years cat, Madeleine and for the caretaking of our home. When my husband and I decided to choose Kath and Aaron for a house/pet sitter it was because we were very impressed with Kath and Aaron’s credentials and references. After checking references we knew that we had chosen the right candidates for looking after our cat, Madeleine and our property. It was comforting to know that Madeleine was so well cared for. Kath and Aaron were conscientiousness in dealing with Madeleine’s nutritional, grooming and safety needs but also spent valuable and quality time playing and cuddling Madeleine. Kath and Aaron were proactive in making sure our dear, sweet, affectionate cat was well looked after for the duration of 7 weeks that we were away. Kath and Aaron kept my husband and I updated regarding any concerns on the homefront and through prompt communication made recommendations and dealt with any problems with decisiveness and professionalism. Kath and Aaron took care of our property (one acre) meticulously … we came home to an immaculate home, a well maintained garden, my car in pristine condition and a very happy, contented cat. And after a very long 14 plus hour travel day home, we were greeted by Kath and Aaron who had kindly made us dinner (a delicious curry) which was such a lovely gesture. We could not have had a stress-free and worry-free holiday without Kath and Aaron looking after our home and our cat Madeleine. My husband and I for future holiday plans will definitely contact Kath and Aaron to house-sit for us again. Thank you Kath and Aaron … we couldn’t have enjoyed our holiday without you … hopefully see you again in the future. Karen and Ash and Madeleine Victoria, B.C. Canada

Karen, Canada, 22 June, 2019

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

Highly Recommended

We can’t recommend Kath and Aaron enough. They took excellent care of our cats and our home and sent regular updates and photos full of details that brought great peace of mind. Kath and Aaron thank you so much for everything and we are happy to be contacted as references in future and if we go away in future we will definitely contact you first.

Jeanie, Canada, 24 September, 2018

  • 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 June 2022