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A Couple of Old Souls

United States

Testimonials

They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Rabbit(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Farm animal(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 4 September 2018
Until: 23 December 2018

Occupation

Lara: Farmer/Tax Lady, Jabari: Customer Support Engineer

References

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About this sitter


Hi there!

We are Lara and Jabari, and we're thrilled to be part of this wonderful community of people willing to share their homes and beloved pets.

Jabari works remotely and is able to take his job with him wherever the wind carries us. He's a self-proclaimed homebody and in his leisure time you can often find him reading, programming, going for walks, or catching up on his favorite TV shows. Lara has her homebody moments too, although she is equally happy digging in the dirt or going for a long hike. She works seasonally doing taxes in the winter and farming in the summer/fall.

Why they want to house sit


Adopting someone's way of life by means of living amongst their things is a uniquely intimate experience, and we're grateful to have had our preferences and opinions shaped by each of the places we've lived and visited.

Thanks to housesitting, Airbnb and our well-loved camping gear, we've had the opportunity to see much of the country in our 5+ years together. However, many of our fondest memories have not taken place on the road, but rather in the lovely spaces we've rented and watched for others — like the cozy and colorful sublet in Berkeley or the historic home on Capitol Hill where we house-sat in Salt Lake.

Slowly but surely, we are building an ideal of the creature comforts — big and small — that our own home may one day feature. As aspiring homesteaders, we also relish the opportunity to sit farms and homesteads of all shapes and sizes. Pursuing a semi-nomadic lifestyle offers us many opportunities to see how others live and to expand our understanding, in addition to exploring new places as more than a passerby.

Their experience


We've been formally housesitting for the past three years and have watched over homes and pets in Vermont, Tennessee, Missouri, Utah, Montana, and New Mexico.

Between the two of us, we have experience caring for bunnies, cats, dogs (pitbulls, Australian shepherds, red heelers, Dobermans, French/English bulldogs, labs, Swiss mountain dogs), chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, pigs, and cattle (both beef and dairy).

And if you have a garden or farm, you can rest assured that you've left it in good hands. Lara is an avid gardener and has been farming for four seasons now, having worked on farms in Vermont, California, Colorado and Missouri. She is a plant and animal lover and feels comfortable undertaking outdoor projects should the need arise.

What can they bring to the assignment


Lara is the more experienced animal caretaker, thanks to her varied farm apprenticeships, but Jabari is an excellent helper and is known to quickly win the affection of pets and critters of all types.

Also, moving seasonally, we pack light and adjust quickly to new spaces and routines. As self-proclaimed neat freaks, we aim to leave your space cleaner than it was when you left.

Lara is an excellent problem solver, and Jabari is cool under pressure. Or as we like to say, 'Teamwork makes the dream work.'

Available to house sit

United States

Availability dates

From: 4 September 2018
Until: 23 December 2018

Do they charge?

They sometimes charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2018

Personal details

Age: 26-35 years old

Testimonials

Absolutely Wonderful!

Lara and Jabari were perfect. We were so impressed at how they noticed even the slightest little thing with our pets health and brought it to our attention immediately. We have rescue animals who don't easily adjust to change and within 48 hours everything was normal. Our animals were in great shape when we returned after a 5 week absence as was our home. Our local community fell in love with them. They are kind, honest and very organized. They handled every issue that came up with our property with great professionalism. We felt so blessed to have them.

Tammie, United States, 15 November, 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: 13 August 2018