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Young Retirees Seeking Adventures To Have & Animals to Love!!!



They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Guinea pig(s), Reptile(s)

Police check

They have a police check


From: 31 July 2022
Until: 16 January 2032




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About this sitter

Mark and I are young retirees (ages 52 and 47) with adventurous spirits, love for animals, and an ever-thirsty passion for travel. Mark is a Navy veteran and originally from North Carolina. I am from Indiana. We've lived in Arkansas for the last 25 years while raising our four sons. We enjoy active hobbies together including scuba diving, camping, hiking, and riding bikes. We've tried bicycle camping and even taken a seven-day motorcycle camping trip through Colorado! Mark is a "foodie" at heart and an amazing culinary wizard (from my perspective of course). I have a green thumb (and several green fingers!) having spent many years nurturing plants in our lush garden oasis/backyard. In the early morning hours (we're early risers) we enjoy watching the sun rise, reading, and bird-watching while enjoying a nice cup of coffee! Mark is the big-picture thinker between the two of us and I manage the details and organization. Mark and I both have Master's Degrees in Business and after spending several years in the corporate "rat race", have decided it is time to follow our dreams. We're excited about all the adventures that this new chapter will bring...

What are we looking for in a house sit? Given our desire to experience new places, cultures, food, and people, we are open to various opportunities. We want to be in a safe area (should be obvious, right?) with access to internet and mobile networks to stay in touch with friends and family. Our experience with animals is mostly with dogs and cats but we are open to learning to care for other animals --except Mark says no spiders! :)

Why they want to house sit

Travel and People. There are many types of travelers in the world, most of which are tourists. We consider ourselves xenophiles and enjoy immersing ourselves in foreign cultures, learning new customs and languages, meeting new people, and trying new foods. During our vacation travels thus far, if the crowds were going one way, you would find us going the other. We seek a more authentic experience with the locals rather than a calendar of tourist activities. During our years of working and raising a family, travel time was precious. We were limited and rushed. Now, we're blessed to have the opportunity to slow down our pace, truly taking in all that each destination has to offer! We are SO excited for the future!!!

Animals. Over the years, we have loved and lost three wonderful dogs and two cats and will always cherish the memories in our hearts. When Zebedee (our chocolate lab) passed away, we decided there would be no more animals --losing them is painful. However, our resolve only lasted a couple of years before we rescued a German Short-hair Pointer who was about two years old--We named him Garin. He was the best dog we ever had and such a blessing! Mark did all the training and everyone who met Garin was amazed at how well he behaved. We even considered having him become a therapy dog! We enjoy animals (and they us) so much that sometimes we adopt each other --even if for a time! Our neighbor's cat, Gunther used to come calling each morning and spend all day with us, playing, napping, and stealing our hearts. If we left for a couple of hours, he would sit on the ledge near our front door and run to us when we pulled in the driveway. Just as we "adopted" Gunther (or he "adopted" us), we will do the same to love and care for your animals during our house sit!

Their experience

We are experienced house/pet sitters and have several reviews on multiple house siting sites -This one, Trusted House sitters and House Sit Mexico.

What can they bring to the assignment

Allowing people you don't know to care for your most beloved possessions is a matter of trust and our desire is to set your mind at ease. We are financially independent and, therefore, focused solely on caring for your home and pets while you are away. This means we will not be spending hours online teaching English, blogging, or editing videos to generate income. We will communicate as frequently as you'd like with updates/pictures to set your mind at ease. I am very organized and neat and promise to keep your home in the same condition you left it, if not better!

We have experience remodeling our own home and are comfortable with tools should an emergent need arise. If you have any plants that need care, I will water and maintain them. We are experienced pet owners and will follow any detailed instructions you provide. We have cared for dogs, cats, fish, a guinea pig, (and even a chameleon) and neither of us are allergic to anything. We don't smoke (or use tobacco of any kind), do not use illicit drugs (should go without saying), and only drink socially. We are early to bed and early to rise. Some would say we have "boring" lives but our excitement comes from living life to the fullest through the places we go, people/animals we meet, and the memories we make! Now that doesn't sound boring, does it? :)

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South East Asia, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 31 July 2022
Until: 16 January 2032

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services


MindMyHouse member since 2020

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 0


Excellent sitters, Lucy was sad they left

Mark and Natalie are excellent house minders and dog sitters. They left our home in excellent condition and our dog Lucy wanting more of them. Highly recommend.

Mike, United States, 20 October, 2021

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


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Last updated: 31 July 2022