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Caring and Reliable Retired Couple

United States

Testimonials

They have 13 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 21 August 2022
Until: 31 July 2023

Occupation

Retired Systems Engineer

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

We are caring, dependable and experienced pet sitters. Since 2008, we have cared for all sorts of animals in 28 different locations. We love to immerse ourselves in new environments and experience local life. Home owners have provided many kind testimonials about us. Our home is near Baltimore, Maryland, USA. We are non-smokers.
Terry worked part-time at a petting farm helping youngsters get to know animals. She is also a recently-retired substitute teacher with a Master’s degree in Special Education. She enjoys music, singing, reading, traveling and socializing.
Fred is a retired engineering risk manager. He enjoys nature, hiking, gardening, traveling and meeting people from other cultures. He speaks French, Spanish and German.

Why they want to house sit

Taking care of your pets will probably be as much fun for us as for them! We enjoy meeting locals and experiencing everyday life and events in communities which are new to us. It is also fun to just relax in our temporary home. We always manage to find wonderful things to see and experience wherever we go.

Their experience

During our pet sitting assignments within the USA and around the world, we have taken care of the various animals listed in the Pet section below. In October 2009 we house sat in a remote village in Portugal, taking care of dogs, cats and a parrot. In the winter of 2014, in Pennsylvania, in addition to house pets we took care of goats for the first time. Later that year, we cared for 3 pigs, 35 chickens, 3 ducks, a dog, 2 cats, a hamster and some gold fish in the French Alps.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are a fit, trustworthy and respectful retired couple. We have never smoked. We enjoy pets. Minor chores pose no problem at all. We cope with situations as they arise, like replacing an internet router that fried during an electrical storm. We are very conscientious about following the owners’ specific instructions regarding the care of their pets and home. Home owners have been pleased to find everything clean and neat upon their return. Over the years, we have received many kind testimonials from them (some are attached below).

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, 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, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Availability dates

From: 21 August 2022
Until: 31 July 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2007

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 22

Testimonials

Great reliable sitters!

Fred and Terry were great. A warm couple, they took time to meet us prior to the sit and for us to get to know each other. Our pets and home were well cared for. We'd recommend hiring them.

Sabrena, United States, 07 August, 2022

  • Tidy
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Friendly

Wonderful couple we wish we could have spent more time with!

Fred and Terry spent 11 days with our Chihuahua while we were away. Not only did they take care of our "Randy" with loving care, they took great care of our house as well. They were wonderful, and we wish that they lived close by, because they would definitely be our good friends! It was a pleasure having Fred and Terry at our home.

Karen, United States, 08 October, 2021

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

A lovely couple!

From the first moment we started communicating, I knew that Fred and Terry were a super lovely couple. They arrived a day before we left for our vacation so that they could learn our dogs routine and get to the know our home and the area. They sent us pictures of Cody during our trip and were in constant contact. Cody was well taken care of as well as our home and plants. I recommend them highly! We feel like we became friends and I hope to keep in touch with them.

Jan, United States, 21 July, 2021

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

Two Lovely People to House and Dog Sit!

Fred and Terry are wonderful people who love to travel. They were respectful and careful to take good care of my two dogs, and garden and my home. We got along very well on the days we were together, and I feel two strangers arrived, then two friends left. I'd love to see them again, and highly recommend them! Sharyn Bates, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Sharyn, Mexico, 23 January, 2020

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

Wonderful House Sitters

It was such a pleasure to have Fred and Terry house sit for us. They were organized, professional and also super friendly. We felt very comfortable leaving our home and our dog in their care and we returned home to clean house, a well cared for garden and a happy dog! Thanks so much Fred and Terry!

Erin, Canada, 06 August, 2019

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

Loved having Fred and Terry here

Our cat Buddy need a bit of extra care in regards to his special diet, and he also demands a lot of attention and affection. Fred and Terry took excellent care of him and of our home. I'd recommend them highly.

Marcy, United States, 15 June, 2019

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

Dream Team Terry and Fred take on Pack of Five!

We were so thrilled to have Fred and Terry Beckmann mind our home and five pack of big dogs for a week while we went to a wedding out-of-state. . I am a dog trainer and I was unsure at first if I could just turn my well-trained dogs over to anyone. Fred and Terry rose to the occasion and were able to handle our dog pack like champions. They followed our instructions and were reliable in every way. On a personal note, we got along with them like close friends--they are delightful people and easy to talk with, kind and trustworthy. Fred and Terry arrived a couple of days before we departed so we spent that time together to get to know each other and the dogs and plan our respective weeks. We enjoyed getting to know Fred and Terry--we were lucky to have them take care of our precious pets and home! We hope they will come back again!:)

SUSAN, United States, 19 March, 2019

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

Caring and Reliable Retired Couple

Fred and Terry took beautiful care of our two large dogs and home for two rainy weeks! They came a day early so we could get to know each other, reassure the pets, and see how put together our days. We corresponded while away and returned to enjoy the best dinner of our vacation Terry had prepared. They are both generous with their time, energy and selves, down to earth, thoughtful, caring and do a wonderful job stepping into your shoes while you are away. When a problem arises, in our case a dog/skunk entanglement, they figure it out! The dogs and we knew as soon as we met, that all would be fine. Fred and Terry are truly a treasure!

Ada, United States, 15 September, 2018

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

Excellence!

Fred and Terry house sat for us and and took excellent care of our dog Lucy and our two cats Molly and Daisy. Our house was also well cared for and beautifully clean and tidy when we got back. They were reliable, honest and a lovely couple. I can without hesitation highly recommend Fred and Terry as house sitters.

Ruth, Germany, 24 July, 2018

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

Absolutely Wonderful!

Fred and Terry house sat for us for two weeks in April 2017. I cannot begin to express how wonderful they were! Friendly, conscientious, trustworthy; these are just a few of the descriptors that come to mind. They provided excellent care to our poodle and our cat. They sent us regular updates on how the pets were doing. They took care of my greenhouse and it's plants. And they left the house spotless. They are a fantastic couple, and I hope our paths cross again in the future. We cannot recommend them highly enough!

Randal, United States, 27 April, 2017

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

Great people, great sitters

Terry and Fred were absolutely wonderful when they stayed at our home in Aptos, California and watched our two dogs and our home while we were in France. They kept us updated and were even able to help us get papers we had left at home that we needed for our travels. We are so grateful to them. We would ask them again in a heartbeat.

Illana, United States, 18 September, 2016

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

Definitely dependable

It is hard to believe that it is four years since Terry and Fred minded our house in Madeira. Complaints? Only one! They have been so busy we haven't been able to get them back again. Really good and dependable couple.

Charles, Portugal, 15 September, 2016

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

A pleasant charming couple

Fred and Terry were delightful and looked after all our animals including pigs and our home with no problems. I would be very happy to recomend them to anyone.

Kate, France, 15 September, 2016

  • Tidy
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Friendly

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Last updated: 24 May 2022