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Retired professional couple who love life, pets and travel

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s) – Ruth grew up on a farm & has some experience with farm animals

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 8 March 2023
Until: 16 October 2024

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Eddie is Scottish, a retired psychologist; Ruth is English, a retired social worker. We returned to the UK in Sept 2019, after living in Australia for 30 years. Prior to that We lived in Leeds. We love nature, travel, walking and animals. We've been house-sitting almost full-time since Sept 2000 and have completed over 60 sits.

Why they want to house sit

House sitting allows us to explore the UK, Europe & further afield in a cost effective way. We love looking after animals and enjoy being useful doing odd jobs and gardening. We like to free up other people so they can travel or visit family & friends.

Their experience

We've successfully completed over 50 house sits despite having a number cancelled due to the Coronavirus & travel restrictions. We have looked after dogs, cats, pigs, goats, alpacas, horses, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, tortoises and fish. We had a large house and garden in Australia along with a diabetic cat, who needed insulin injections. We are flexible, keen to improve our French & Spanish or learn other languages. We have many reviews on other sites, e.g. over 30 reviews on Trusted Houssitters (all 5-star).

What can they bring to the assignment

We bring maturity, responsibility, intelligence and caring and experience of over 50 housesits. We will respect the home owner's wishes, follow the routines they have established for their animals and maintain a high standard of care for the animals and house. We are especially conscious of the need for strict hygiene in the current climate. We are adaptable, fit and active, vegetarians, non-smokers & we have a car (in Europe).

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, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 8 March 2023
Until: 16 October 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2019

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 5

Testimonials

Excellent house sitters

Eddie and Ruth were excellent sitters. The sit was planned before the virus situation and they were happy to change dates Scourie of times to accommodate our change of plan. They are a very interesting couple with a wealth of experiences. Nothing seems to faze them. They communicated well both before and during the sit. Our animals were well looked after and they informed us of relevant health issues. They left our home very clean and tidy and did everything we asked of them. We would love to have them back. We can wholeheartedly recomend them.

Elizabeth, United Kingdom, 06 October, 2020

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

Costa Rica farm sit

Eddie and Ruth looked after our place for 3 weeks. They took over from longer term sitters until our arrival. We unfortunately did not get to meet them. But we have a lot of experience getting house sitters and I knew they would be good! Everything went perfectly. Dogs happy, house fine, garden watered. These are dependable people and we recommend them to you!

Warren, Canada, 09 February, 2020

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

Did a great job twice

Ruth and Eddie are a friendly helpful couple, obliging and amenable to assist in meeting your individual requirements, in our case five elderly Siamese cats. We were away in NZ and they arrived prior to our departure and quickly understood what was needed of them, and were happy to look after our aged menagerie. They are a friendly helpful couple, completely trustworthy and reliable. We would willingly have them house sit for us at any time. We mentioned that they have sat twice, as they came back prior to our return to fill in for a few days. We wish them well in the future, hopefully finding suitable properties to further their travels.

Richard , United Kingdom, 20 December, 2019

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

December in Dorset

Eddie and Ruth did a great job looking after our house and Saffi, our cocker spaniel. They were very easy to get to know and communicate with and dealt with any issues that arose when we were away. We would highly recommend them to anyone and hope we will see them back here again in the future.

Chris and Lyn, United Kingdom, 17 December, 2019

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

Friendly helpful house sitters

Eddie and Ruth are fun, friendly, reliable, professional people. They did a great job minding our house and garden and left it very clean and tidy. They are a very well travelled couple who are adaptable and used to coping with emergencies and when our boiler packed up they took it in their stride! We'd be more than happy for them to look after our home in the future.

Claire, United Kingdom, 28 October, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Handy around the house

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Last updated: 1 January 2023