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Mature & responsible animal lovers with thirst for adventure & travel! We are newly retired and eager to see the world! We own a beautiful home, have raised dogs who have lived long and active lives, and have pet sit in the U.S., Caribbean & Mexico

United States

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Bird(s), Fish, Guinea pig(s) – We are petsitters on TrustedHouseSitters as well. Here is a testimonial we received from a home and pet owner in North Carolina: Denise and Rick were fantastic pet and house sitters. Somehow our house (and dogs!) looked better when we returned than when

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Availability

From: 13 August 2022
Until: 31 December 2023

Occupation

Retired

References

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About this sitter

We are a youthful, well-traveled, open-minded, and flexible couple who love animals, beauty in all forms, and adventure. We are newly retired (Denise, Asst. Dean at University and Rick, Technical Project Manager) though may find ways to work part-time remotely. As recent empty-nesters, we downsized and relocated from Charlottesville, VA to the Phoenix area to reside closer to parents. We took exceptional care of our home and 3.5 acres, and our Labrador dogs lived to ages 14.5 and 16. Now, that we've lessened our loads, we're eager to explore! Ideally, we are looking to house/pet sit homes that are clean & tidy, have modern amenities, and located either in city centers, the countryside, or quaint towns and villages. We've had dogs (that required both rigorous and minimal training) and cats as companions, and are loving and attentive to animals. We have experience with dogs, cats, fish and guinea pigs, and would love to be in the company of and learn about other animals including horses, donkeys, goats, hens, and chickens. We are both in great physical shape and love to walk dogs for long and short distances. Rick is very handy and can fix just about anything in and outside of a house. We both love to hike, swim, bike, cook, dance, read, and watch films, and Denise is an avid yogi and knitter (perpetual beginner!).

Why they want to house sit

It seems like a lovely way to see the world! We lived in the Caribbean years ago and rented a villa which came with a cat and dog, and loved this arrangement. We would rather stay in cozy homes than hotels, and would enjoy the companionship of pets.

Their experience

We are relatively new to this model though have house and pet sat for friends and family for many years. We genuinely enjoy the company of furry companions and strive to keep them healthy and content! We have cared for friends' little & big dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. We have also hired pet and house sitters over the past 15 years and each sitting was a positive experience for everyone.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are highly responsible, good communicators, and take house/pet sitting seriously. We are non-smoking vegetarians, prefer peace & quiet, favor cleanliness and order, and have solid experience with dogs and cats of all ages. We know how to train puppies and care for senior cats and dogs, and Denise is intuitive and empathetic with animals of all kinds. It is not unusual for anti-social cats to warm up to Denise! We have been fortunate to travel to many destinations around the world, and love to explore new locales and cultures.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, 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, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 13 August 2022
Until: 31 December 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2020

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 2

Testimonials

Thank you, Denise and Rick, the Best Housesitters we have had!

From the moment we skyped, we knew that Denise and Rick were the right people for our house sit. A couple of weeks prior to Denise and Rick's arrival, we lost our chocolate labrador, which was unexpected and happened very quickly, so we were very delicate, emotional and undecided whether we could go on our travels to the UK, because of leaving our younger dog, our Labradoodle, India who is only 4 years old. Denise and Rick couldn't have been more understanding and sympathetic.............India was well looked after, taken on walks, trips out in the car and given hugs and affection. We returned to a happy girl! Our house, on our return, was lovely, clean, tidy and a hot meal was waiting for us, which was a lovely gesture. Socially, Denise and Rick were fantastic, we shared good food, the odd drink together, all over some interesting conversations. Great Housesitters, that we can highly recommend!

Julie, France, 28 April, 2022

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

Denise & Rick are Top Notch in Pet and House Care

For excellent pet care and a well managed home, I highly recommend Denise and Rick. They are organized, tidy, trustworthy and personable—a lovely and kind vegetarian couple who tenderly cared for my 3 dogs, and cat. They efficiently managed the operation of my coastal home in Mexico for nearly three months. All was organized and in shipshape upon my return, and to my surprise, a delicious dinner was waiting on the table. It was not until later that I noticed their custom spreadsheet of housesitter duties pinned to the fridge—muchas gracias! As a bonus, Rick speaks Spanish and Denise is a pet charmer par excellence. Communication is easy, as they are responsive, thoughtful, intelligent, energetic, enthusiastic and electronically-connected. As a homeowner, I recommend putting this couple at the top of your list!

Trilby , United States, 10 August, 2021

  • 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: 30 July 2022