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Responsible, mature, empathic caretakers

United States

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Goat(s) – We love, cherish, and adore animals. They warmly love us back.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 27 December 2022
Until: 30 June 2023

Occupation

Web developer

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

We're the type of people who rescue worms and snails from the walkway, and give water to dehydrated honeybees. Our housesitting and travel CVs are many pages long.

We’re a couple of old soul artists, 41 and 39 times around the sun so far. Christine is a writer, Gabe is a musician; our business powers combine into Kitestring Studio, a web development company.

We’re looking for a safe, cozy place to reside while genuinely caring for the home, animals, neighbors, and surrounds.

Why they want to house sit

We housesit to give quality care to the community; we want to help our fellow neighbors around the world.

As travelers, we prefer to live like locals and avoid the noise of tourist traps. Instead of bouncing from place to place, we want to fully experience a neighborhood: to immerse ourselves within, better understand, and appreciate the local culture.

Travel Backgrounds:
Christine was raised by three generations of wanderlusts who taught her to appreciate living out of a suitcase. Her travels often doubled as work with various theatre companies and performing at international fringe festivals.
Gabe has mostly traveled with family members to remote and populous regions, and in recent years has enjoyed solo adventures to better connect with people and places.

Their experience

We have decades of experience as a long-term and short-term house-sitters and pet-sitters in the U.S. and Australia, long before we knew about these housesit networking websites.

Individually and as a team, we've cared for children, indoor plants, outdoor gardens, fish, goats, chickens, dogs, and cats.

Our extensive positive references don't exist online. Christine used to have a profile on Care.com; she recently retired her teaching and nanny work. We're happy to provide references upon request.

Regarding background checks:
We're proud to say our records are spotless. For example, Christine has professionally worked with children since 2002 (teaching, directing in theater, coaching gymnastics, nannying). She has passed every strict annual criminal background check; the most recent check covered the 2019 school term. Nothing has changed or affected those records in the past three years. Gabe operates by the same integrity, ethics, values, and honesty.

Here's a few recent reviews from people Christine has housesat and nannied for:

Rachelle M. Dec 28th, 2018
Punctual, Dependable
Christine is reliable and trustworthy. She is honest and thoughtful, and above all, she treats everyone around her with respect and kindness. Christine has provided countless families (including mine) with pet and house-sitting. She takes her responsibilities seriously, and treats other people's pets and personal spaces with utmost care. I could not recommend her more highly.

Richard W. Mar 15th, 2020
Would rehire, Punctual, Dependable
Christine took care of my 6 month old, and it was a great experience. She had no problem adapting to his schedule, getting him down to nap as well as I ever have, and keeping him active and happy. Her flexibility and professionalism was a lifesaver when my son needed odd-hour care while I was transitioning out of my paternity leave.

Elizabeth O. Jul 12th, 2019
Would rehire, Punctual, Dependable
My kids love Cricket. She is so creative and finds great ways to interact with many different personalities. She does a good job one on one or with a group of kids. As a parent, I'm really happy when my kids like their caregiver. My cats really like her too.

Judy A. Oct 11th, 2017
Would rehire, Punctual, Dependable
Christine is wonderful with kids and dogs. She's practically part of our family. She also takes great care of our house when we're traveling.

What can they bring to the assignment

We follow your directions to the letter.
We're openly communicative.
We wholeheartedly care for all living creatures.
We bring curiosity and adaptability to learning new ways of life in every environment.
We don't smoke, drink, or play loud music.
We don't invite strangers to your home.
We don't irritate your neighbors.
Fostering community is very important to us.
We hold high regard for homes as sanctuaries.
Our motto is to leave everything better than the way we found it.

Available to house sit

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 27 December 2022
Until: 30 June 2023

Do they charge?

They sometimes charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2022

Personal details

Age: 36-45 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 2

Testimonials

Fantastic house sitters!!!

Gabriel and Christine were fantastic House sitters, they were so reliable and great at communication. The dogs (and children) loved them and they took great care of the house while I was away. They were so friendly, the villagers still talk about the ‘lovely American couple’ who looked after my dogs! Thank you both and enjoy your travels, you’re welcome back anytime!

Chloe, United Kingdom, 02 December, 2022

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

Great sitters, easy going friendly young couple.

Gabe and Chris were super sitters! They looked after our 2 dogs and house beautifully. They took on our young puppy and continued his training perfectly, keeping in touch about progress and I felt very relaxed having them in our home. I would highly recommend them.

Kate, France, 16 November, 2022

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

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Last updated: 27 December 2022