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Exp house/bus.sitters, self funded retirees, 4 references, non smokers, home in Portugal



They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – Experienced with domestic animals, nurtured wild animals

Police check

They don't have a police check


From: 1 December 2023
Until: 31 December 2024
(see their busy times below)


Self Funded Retirees


They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

As experienced house/ business sitters we are proud to have maintained a 9.8 score on with over 80 plus reviews. We, therefore, take pleasure in referring you to our house sit (2017 to 2020) 3 years being the BnB we established (on behalf of the UK Owners) within a 6-bedroom estate majestically located on a 200-acre rural property in Tasmania, Australia. The house is listed on under The Great House Buckland Tasmania and Airbnb We were able to turn our hands to all aspects of this estate. We nurtured many wild animals that got to know us
We have a reference & can email on request.

From there we established our home in the Algrave , Portugal

Next adventure Dusseldorf, Germany April to June 2022 a 10 week house/ dog sit The beautiful 3 year old french bulldog called Sylvester required medication morning and night for a heart condition.
We have a reference & can email on request

We venture back to Australia, Sydney for a few months each year to look after our son's dog Mr. George a 5 year old cocker spaniel while they are in Europe .

From (October to December 2022) we were in Ithaki Island Greece a 10-week housesit / 1 dog and 16 cats! Up to 23 some days & all fed twice a day including 6 housecats. What a great experience this was . Cuddles 24/7
We have a reference & can email on request

Then Port Vila, Vanuatu ,South Pacific April 14th to end June 2023 . Large estate on 2 acres of beachfront land with the responsibility for 2 rescue dogs. One German Shepherd Ms Millie 13 years ( on medication ) and a Staffordshire mix Ms Havannah 9 years . We also had the added responsibility to oversee 5 days per week one gardner and two house maids
A reference for this housesit is on this site

We look forward to being of continued service in 2023 and beyond

Why they want to house sit

Authentic travel opportunities, the love and care of animals.

Their experience

Yes, 4 house/animal sits Tasmania Australia ( 3years) Dusseldorf Germany ( 2.5 months) Ithaki Island Greece ( 3 months) and Vanuatu South Pacific (3 months)

What can they bring to the assignment

Most importantly quality time for your pets as we have no committments and care given to your property. We are not vocational tourists . We have been pets owners i.e. dogs and cats over a period of 35 years

Available to house sit

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Middle East, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates

Availability dates

From: 1 December 2023
Until: 31 December 2024

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
24 April 2023 to 30 September 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services


MindMyHouse member since 2021

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 1


Leonie and Jeff da Zilva

Great sitters!

Ingrid, South Pacific, 03 July, 2023

  • 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: 23 September 2023