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Retired single man - mature, reliable, experienced pet and home sitter

United States

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Rabbit(s)

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 1 March 2023
Until: 31 March 2024

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Hi. I'm a single, retired man. Originally from Southern Indiana, I spent two decades working professionally in the midwest. Following several vacation visits, I fell in love with the Caribbean, eventually moving to the Virgin Islands.

After 30 years of living and working in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, I retired and have since returned to the U.S. mainland.

I normally spend winters in southwestern Arizona. I am active – walking, cycling, hiking, kayaking and sailing (when possible).

A non-smoker, I have also been fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Why they want to house sit

I find housesitting (along with RVing – which I have been doing on and off since 2017) is an excellent way to visit and and gain some understanding of unique, varied and special places. At the same time, it’s satisfying knowing that I can provide a valuable service to pet and home owners while pursuing my travels.

Their experience

My short-term housesitting experiences began with some unique boat and ‘island’ sits, while first working in the British Virgin Islands.

The first opportunity for extended housesitting came in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Friends in St. John asked me to care for their cat and property while they embarked on a year-long, bucket-list-style RV expedition. I served as their home base for mail, bills, vehicles, etc., as they crisscrossed the U.S. mainland and Alaska in 2016-17.

Along with several subsequent, three-month sits in St. John – including one in the spring of 2022, I have concluded three additional extended housesits in the U.S.

In 2021, I housesat in trendy Austin TX, and then in rural Mountain View AK. Each was for five-weeks. And, I concluded a nearly six-week housesit in beautiful Palm Desert CA in late-summer 2022

A Reference from St. John follows the Testimonials below.

What can they bring to the assignment

I will provide attentive, personal care for your pet(s), while maintaining your home and property as if it were my own.

I am happy to provide regular email, text and photo updates of pets and property. I can also gather and forward (or scan and email) mail as desired.

I'm also capable of and enjoy handling plant care, basic property/home/vehicle maintenance, and yard care, etc. as required.

Being retired, I'm flexible as to travel dates, etc.

Available to house sit

Belize, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 1 March 2023
Until: 31 March 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2021

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

Good communication

Gary sat for me during the hot desert summer. He communicated well, was very flexible, left my house clean, and sent pictures of my cat and the community. He is highly recommended!

Suzanne, United States, 21 October, 2022

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden

Fantastic Sitter - Responsible, Thoughtful, Clean - highly recommend!

We feel so lucky Gary answered our ad. He took wonderful care of our house and cat for 5 weeks. From our first conversation to our last text, his attention to detail and down to earth personality allowed us to relax and know our house and cat were in capable hands . Gary regularly sent us updates and pictures/video of our cat. He gave her medication daily as requested. He even brushed her coat when he realized she likes it. He watered the plants and retrieved the mail. He let me know if there was anything in the mail that might need attention. Gary was great at communicating things were fine at home and we should enjoy our vacation. We live in a rural area and having someone who could keep themselves entertained and deal with any unexpected issues was important. We had no doubt that Gary would handle anything that came up and keep us informed. We were on another continent and having that peace of mind helped make it a wonderful trip! Gary kindly stayed an extra day for us when our plans changed. The house was immaculate when we returned. He thoughtfully asked if we needed anything from the store for our return. As an accountant and engineer, we have high expectations. Gary exceeded them in every way. We would happily use Gary again and highly recommend him.

Jennifer, Portugal, 05 October, 2021

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

Couldn’t have asked for a better house sitter!

Gary was an excellent house sitter while we were away for 5 weeks. He was easy to communicate with from our very first phone conversation until his departure after we returned. Gary arrived the day before our trip and drove us to the airport in the morning. He also picked us up after 11pm at the airport when we returned. Gary kept in touch about mailing we received and sent me picture updates on one of our flowers that started blooming while we were gone. We appreciated how clean our house was upon our return and Gary cleaned the range/stove like nobody else had ever cleaned it before. I highly recommend Gary as a house sitter and I would be happy to share any other information about his stay at our house in Austin, TX.

Ana, United States, 25 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: 25 January 2023