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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), Other animal(s)
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From: 16 August 2021
Until: 29 April 2023
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Hi soon-to-be-friends and fellow travelers!
We're Reston and Robbie…an American couple with old souls who, together, make a great team. :)
We were lucky to find each other 2 years ago and every day since has been driven by passion and adventure, fueling us to stay true to that spirit.
We are experienced international travelers and have taken care of houses, pets, and gardens in states and provinces across the globe.
We are looking for unique or cozy places to hunker-down and work on our websites, businesses, and art. We're not afraid of remote and unusual places but would certainly need Wi-Fi.
After spending several years in the corporate "rat race", we have decided it is time to follow our dreams, and we're excited about all the adventures that this new chapter will bring...
In light of the current circumstances, we are cautiously optimistic, and are excited to be traveling again.
Given the threat of COVID-19, we will be limiting outside travel/contact and will be extremely responsible.
We work hard, study hard, and play hard.
Life is just too short to take any of it for granted.
We are both college-educated corporate professionals (and digital professionals) who are lucky enough to be able to work remotely.
Because we work for ourselves, we are location independent and thereby, have extremely flexible schedules.
We both speak English and some beginner-intermediate Spanish.
Words that best describe us:
Stable, creative professionals, good communicators, conscientious, ethical, and honest, intuitive and nurturing, trustworthy, active, easy-going, friendly, helpful, positive with humorous attitudes, attentive, reliable, detail-oriented and hands-on, kind, level-headed, personable, resourceful, discrete, healthy, dynamic, patient, enthusiastic, adaptable to different cultures, avid travelers, tennis players, optimists, fun-loving, hard-workers, warm, natural caregivers with a deep love for animals who value peaceful locations for writing and inspiration.
We practice yoga, meditation, and a plant-based diet daily, and we
thrive when we have a routine. We enjoy working outside, a walk with the dogs, and full day of activities at home. We never retire for the night without a clean & tidy kitchen and a happy satisfied disposition from a full day of work, and we try to live as zero waste as possible and limit our footprint
In our free time we love:
Listening to podcasts, sunny days, playing cards and boardgames, long talks, Mediterranean food, spending time with friends and family, and exploring unfamiliar locations while meeting new people because it often inspires ideas! Oftentimes, you can find us curled up with an open book or watching something simmer on the stove.
Are you looking for a reliable, respectful and enthusiastic couple to take care of your property and or pets/garden?
We consider house-sitting an exercise in living well and helping others.
We feel like being in someone's home gives us the opportunity to have a more connected experience, explore new places and cultures, and get the most out of this precious life on Earth.
We love the simple adventure of living in a new place, experiencing a new horizon, and learning about the local area. We really embrace the lifestyle of travel and staying in warm, welcoming, lived-in homes - especially when they come with adorable, loving pets.
The benefits of being in a place that someone cares about and lives in really makes a stay feel special for us.
We like to make each trip away as seamless and hassle free as possible for the owners (and pets), and we will do all that we can towards that end for you.
In this phase of our life, we do not want to live a conventional 9 to 5 life, and we have made the decision to take an alternative path.
Because of this, we think MindMyHouse can combine our digital nomad life with our passion for travel and other cultures.
Our desire to have pets is only tempered by our love for an adventurous/travel filled life. Pet sitting while having the opportunity to visit/explore different locales, satisfies and marries the two desires perfectly together.
We have everything that makes us happy... A simple life, with minimal “stuff”, so as long as we are together, we are home.
Experienced in caring for dogs, cats, horses, cows, lambs, llamas, goats, rabbits, sheep, chickens, turkeys, parrots, cockatiels, several fish & reptiles (including rescues, geriatric, and sick animals).
We're loving and gentle with pets, patient, kind, warm and calm in voice and demeanor (very good with shy and elderly pets also, who, sensing our genuine care, warm up quickly).
Ready and willing to give extra care and attention or any medication if needed.
We are very conscious and alert to any subtle changes or needs in your pet while you're away.
We will go the extra mile to ensure their health, happiness and well-being and communicate with you throughout and quickly, should any needs or concerns arise.
We truly enjoy caring for and being in the presence of animals, and we like to immerse ourselves in nature as well, so we are very happy to have dog companions to walk with!
We are sought-after house sitters among our friends and neighbors, and when they have left their pets with us, we have been more than happy to have their company, take them on walks, play and give them lots of love.
As pet owners ourselves, we understand the importance of leaving these precious creatures in somebody else’s hands and pride ourselves on looking after homes and pets as if they are our own.
Do you own a large estate with gardens or a rental property with guests to look after?
We're experienced in property management, customer service, (handling AirBnB guests) and are used to working with people from all over the world and managing staff from cleaning people and gardeners to contractors in addition to hosting prospective buyers for properties.
We excel at keeping a keen eye on the property no matter the conditions-- whether in the middle of monsoon rains in a crowded city in India or during the dry season in an isolated cabin in rural Guatemala.
ESTATE, GARDEN & GUEST CARE:
We are genuinely interested in caring for a property that was a family estate with history and work to be done.
We have strong passion for horticulture and are skilled at maintaining, beautifying and restoring gardens of all shapes and sizes and can be handy with a chainsaw or a lawnmower.
We are avid gardening enthusiasts with green thumbs (having spent many years nurturing plants in our lush garden oasis/backyard), so your vegetables, herbs, and plants are in good hands.
We are both handy and have knowledge of plumbing, irrigation, pool maintenance and upkeep, and basic carpentry skills.
We bring a positive spirit and energy to your home and animals while providing you with peace of mind to enjoy your travels.
The security, upkeep of your home, and well-being of your pets is our priority, and we will follow your instructions to the letter.
We are open to traveling absolutely anywhere in the world, and we are able to entertain ourselves for days on end with a simple connection to Wi-Fi and good books to read.
We are conversational people and tend to make friends wherever we go, but we prefer to be at home together, alone, and in bed early and wake at sunrise daily, to read and bird-watch while enjoying a nice cup of coffee!
We work for ourselves (so around more for safety and animal care).
We can cope well in an emergency and are perceptive, creative-problem solvers, who think quickly on our feet.
We are tech savvy and can communicate and share in various ways, and also possess handyman/woman skills, and the knowledge of first aid.
As a resident in your home, we bring a steady routine to garden or pet care.
We both have excellent driving records, credit reports and house-sitting references.
We are just freshly joining this site.
We have glowing references from both personal and professional standpoints and welcome requests for references regarding a few of our recent sits and posted letters of recommendation from happy and satisfied pet/house owners that we've supported.
These home-owners are happy to chat via email or phone to share their experience with us as caretakers.
Also, we're happy to come a few days before or stay a few days after if you'd like to visit and get to know us.
We'll do whatever we can to put your mind at ease and value open communication in order to help you travel without concern – including sending photos / videos, having email chats or Skype conversations.
Or, just letting you vacation and/or travel without concern, knowing we'll contact you should an emergency arise.
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, Venezuela, Vietnam
From: 16 August 2021
Until: 29 April 2023
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2021
Age: 36-45 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 2
We spend three days with Reston & Robbie before our departure. They are a delightful, happy couple, who dove right into their house sitting duties. They took great care of our home and were loving companions to our three dogs for seven weeks. Sally, Stella & Harley were comforted during thunderstorms and treated to daily walks to their favourite river. Sadly Reston & Ronnie had to catch a flight out to their next sit in Europe the day we arrived home, but we were treated to an amazing dinner waiting for us on our return. The house was sparkling with table ready for us with fresh cut flowers from the garden. Reston & Robbie made our trip back to Canada stress free, staying in contact, sending pictures of the girls and dealing with a few household hiccups, with ease. Best of luck with your current Europe housesit and to your many future house sits. Thank you Reston & Robbie !
This was Reston and Robbie's first housesit. I think they are naturals. They were especially in tune with the needs of our needy dogs and they paid special attention to our often-overlooked, yet demanding cat. They were also able to successfully transition to new house/animal sitters seamlessly, orienting them to all the myriad of details about the house, plants, and pets. They were very good at communication and generally a warm, friendly, and caring couple. This enabled them to organize, schedule, and pay people who were working in the gardens and pool. Definitely, we recommend them and expect them to do many more successful house/dog/cat/garden sits!
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