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Reliable and caring. Single woman.Animal loving. Mid or long-term house-sitting

Spain

Testimonials

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Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Goat(s)

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 27 August 2019
Until: 16 September 2020

Occupation

Language Teacher, Traveler, Freelancer

References

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About this sitter

*** CURRENTLY HOUSE SITTING IN NORTH Spain until end of July.

I am Rocio, and I have just returned from a 5.5 year long journey by bicycle from Japan to Spain. I am 40 years old, healthy and fit with a positive outlook on the world. I was born in the Spanish country side surrounded by animals and nature and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. Since my early childhood, our furry pets were always a part of our family. We had rabbits, cats, and dogs, and actually one of my first jobs when I was still a teenager was walking out neighbor`s dogs and watering their plants. :) I have travelled extensively since my early 20s and have lived and worked in several countries. I speak Spanish, French and English fluently and I am quite comfortable with Portuguese and Italian. My Japanese is conversational and I can get by a little bit in German too. The last 5 and a half year I cycled across 30+ countries and circa 65 000km from Japan to Spain. A mid or long-term house sitting would be an excellent opportunity to catch my breath. I am a non-smoker, clean, and I enjoy waking up early and follow my morning routine before the day starts. I don`t mind to house sit in a remote and solitary location amid plenty of nature. I am the type of person who can enjoy a simple living and solitude is rarely an issue. Left to my own resources, I am myself quite a DIY person and can handle basic repairs around the house, as well as basic gardening too. I listed only 3 countries for house-sitting, but I would consider any other location if it suits my needs.

Why they want to house sit

I lived and worked in Japan teaching languages for 5 years and in 2013 I left on my bicycle with the aim to reach Spain with my own power. It took me 5,5 years on the road to finally reach Spain, where I am currently spending some time with the family. 5,5 years cycling solo across Asia and Europe is extremely enriching but the road is also quite demanding. I am now ready and eager to stop and give myself time and space to evolve in a single location for a few months looking after your beloved pets and your house, grinding and making coffee in the morning, cooking and baking bread, reading a lot, writing a book about my travels and taking time to develop on online activity. After being always in movement and outside for the last years, I would be now very happy to spend plenty of time around the house. House/pet sitting would allow me to feel I am still traveling as I get to know a new location and at the same time it would be like a home away from home, and I will care for it as if it were my own, with utmost respect.

Their experience

Besides the occasional house-sitting for friends and family ( watering plants, collecting the mail, feeding, walking and giving love to their pets), I took my first official house sitting assignment from word to mouth a few weeks ago in the neighboring town. I did not know the lady. She left on vacation for 10 days. We had a first meeting right before she left. She explained her house eccentricities and I made a note of her instructions for the care of Ruso and the basic maintenance of the garden. I would send her updates and photos so that she would stay reassured and could enjoy her time away with peace of mind by letting her know everything was going fine. It was a great experience that highly benefitted both of us, and I am now very eager to be assigned a longer house-sitting of minimum of one or two months to start with, but negotiable for longer.
Since I am new on this website and I don`t have any testimonials here yet, I can provide positive references (20 +) from hosts from other hospitality/exchange websites I have been using during my cycling journey in different countries.
Police check record, pending, in process

What can they bring to the assignment

For pets, having their owner away is disruption enough, so I understand the importance to maintain consistency and therefore respect their routines and the homeowners instructions. I also understand that every pet has its own personality and it` s important to know what they like or dont` like. Some pets like a belly rub, others prefer to be left alone.

As for the care of the house, I understand that every homeowner may have their own requests concerning home and gardening and I am willing to follow instructions of what is required to perform my assignment at its best, while making a conscious use of the resources ( water, electricity, etc). I feel confident with handy tools and DIY to do basic repairs if required and after consulting the home owner, of course.

Also, so that you can have peace of my mind for your home and your pets, I will be happy to send you updates and photos to let you know that everything is working out fine.

And after you return, you will find your house and your happy pets as you left them.


Available to house sit

France, Portugal, Spain

Availability dates

From: 27 August 2019
Until: 16 September 2020

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2019

Personal details

Age: 36-45 years old

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Last updated: 13 June 2019