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PROFESSIONAL, SEMI-RETIRED, NON-SMOKING, PET LOVING COUPLE

Canada

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Pig(s)

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 10 July 2021
Until: 30 June 2023
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Semi-retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are a reliable, trustworthy, active, empty-nester couple who enjoy traveling. Our past home ownerships have given us many skills in renovations, repairs, maintenance and landscaping which will give a homeowner peace of mind that we are capable house sitters. Caring for and loving our pets has always been an important part of our family life since we were both young children and this is a joy we have shared with our two sons. Many of our happiest cherished memories are the ones we have shared with our furry family members while enjoying long walks, playing at the beach, camping or cuddling on the couch together. For these reasons our friends have entrusted us with their homes and pets many times in the past while they travelled. This experience has given us the confidence in knowing that we can take care of and respect other people’s property and pets.
Prior to being semi-retired we were both business owners. Vic owned a commercial and residential pool and hot tub company in Fernie, B.C. which included retail sales, repairs, service and maintenance for seventeen years. Heather is semi-retired and continues to have a small bookkeeping and income tax preparation business with a variety of clientele since 2000. We also operated an Airbnb suite within our home and felt proud to attain the level of Superhosts because of our outstanding guest reviews. Our guests always commented positively on our high standards of cleanliness and hospitality.
Being experienced travelers to many countries we are very adaptable to different environments and cultures and we enjoy “living as locals”. We welcome you to contact us for further information about us and are happy to provide references.

Why they want to house sit

We feel that house and pet sitting is the perfect pursuit for us because we love animals but our current life situation does not allow us to have pets at this time. We miss the companionship and the time spent with our furry companions. It brings joy to our hearts when we see happy pets and look forward to many shared moments such as walks in new places and snuggles on the couch. We welcome the opportunity to make a pet feel loved and comfortable while their family is away. In 2018 when both children left home to pursue studies we decided to begin a new chapter in our lives which includes travel, learning a new language and volunteering our time. We love to travel and welcome the responsibility of taking care of a home and property. House sitting gives us the opportunity to visit new interesting places that we might not have otherwise considered. We have a lot to offer a home owner through our experience of owing homes and caring for pets.

Their experience

We have pet/house sat in South/Latin American countries and many times for friends in Canada while they have travelled. We enjoyed the companionship and activities shared with their pets. It is important to make a pet feel loved and cared for by keeping them on their routines and giving them lots of attention. Having had pets in the past we understand animals and their needs. We have extensive experience in home maintenance particularly with pools and hot tubs, lawn and gardens and coordinating trades people. We are an adaptable, well travelled and highly organized couple that would make great house sitters for you.

What can they bring to the assignment

We can bring our love of animals and home owner experience to our housesitting assignments. We have a flexible schedule and adaptable to many new situations. Our first language is English and we are studying Spanish with Vic at advanced level and Heather at beginner level.

Available to house sit

Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Fiji, Greece, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South Africa, South Pacific, Spain, United States, Uruguay

Availability dates

From: 10 July 2021
Until: 30 June 2023

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
8 December 2020 to 5 January 2021

Do they charge?

They sometimes charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2019

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 2

Testimonials

A Delightful and Caring Couple and Wonderful House and Pet Sitters

Heather and Vic Meek house-sat for us for a month in late February-end of March, 2020, a sit that was shortened a few days due to the Corona Virus travel restrictions that were going into effect. We had hoped to get to spend a little time together, but the travel restrictions forced the schedule and it was time to get back to Canada before the airlines quit flying! On our first full day together, it was clear to us that we could confidently rely on Vic and Heather to care of our home and pets---and leave without any apprehension. They are warm, friendly, caring, and very competent sitters -- taking wonderful care of the 2 cats (one with special needs), and our two dogs--both of whom are needy for attention! Vic took time with our young Lab to reinforce obedience/commands and has skill working with dogs. Additionally, we had a appliance repair tech come our before we left, and Vic knew almost as much about refrigerators and washing machines as the repair tech---a wealth of experience in home and mechanical maintenance. And, their experience in home ownership and sitting was evident, they picked up the security/telecommunications systems and special routines quickly and asked all the right questions. We found Heather and Vic to be very efficient in their planning and communications before and during the sit, extremely competent in managing the house and pets, and very caring in that they took extra time: to continue our practice of visiting our elderly, home bound friends; helping a young neighbor practice English and volunteering with our English Conversation Club program. Our full time worker (Moises) enjoyed Heather and Vic very much--Moises could not have been more complementary--- to paraphrase his observations: "if everyone was as caring, this world would be a better place". In short, this was a 10 of 10 experience for us---it would be difficult to find more friendly, considerate, and competent sitters as Heather and Vic Meek, and we can heartily recommend them to others. Heather and Vic have an open invitation to return to our Costa Rican home, as sitters or as guests, and we hope their future plans will allow that to happen.

Linda, Costa Rica, 04 April, 2020

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

A Friendly, Caring and Very Capable Couple

Heather and Vic house and pet sat for us in our home in Costa Rica. From our initial contact we felt very positive that they would be excellent sitters and they certainly proved us correct. Heather and Vic treated our home as their own and took great care of our dog and cat. They maintained regular contact with us, sending updates and photos of the pets. Vic is an expert on all aspects of swimming pools, so ours was in pristine condition on our return. He also is quite handy and easily managed to make a repair to our electric gate opener which had developed a problem during their stay. Upon our return home, we found everything clean and tidy. We really enjoyed getting to know Heather and Vic and hope they will come back to sit for us again in the future. If you are considering them for a sit, rest assured that you won't be disappointed. We recommend them 110%.

Ed, Costa Rica, 13 December, 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: 6 September 2021