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Just retired energetic couple with lots of time for your beloved pets

Netherlands

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonials (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Reptile(s) – I have been a breeder for Guinea Pigs.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 10 February 2024
Until: 20 December 2025

Occupation

Retired IT marketing communication analist and company secretary.

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

Hello, we are Robert and Petra from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
During our lives we have had several pets: dogs (including big ones), cats, birds, fish and Guinea pigs, most of the time living all together. So we know the special needs for young as well as older animals and their desires.
Watching your beloved pets is for us a happy event, since we have none ourselves anymore.

Why they want to house sit

Combining a stay in a new and unknown location with pets around us who we can take care off and who give us friendship back and who we can cuddle is a situation that we missed the last couple of years.
Since we have a boat where we prefer to go to when we like, its not comfortable for us having our own pets anymore. We bought our boat (in Friesland) when waiting for covid-19 to come to Europe in March 2020, so we were able to do our lockdown having a rural holiday for a couple of months, and we loved that time. Google Friesland and water tourism, if you like rural and when you are a bit organised and adventurous with an older boat (or camper on the water). All facilities were closed in the harbours at that time, so we had to adjust.

Their experience

We are used to pet sits for our friends in their homes. Since we are in our sixties we are no party-animals anymore and prefer our comfort and a relaxed stay, but also miss our work and the challenges we had before. We are now in a situation that we like to sit houses with or without their pets in more rural situations. Two or tree times a year we like to go for an amazing holiday in our boat in Friesland again, but we have the time to ourselves, so we are free to help out pet lovers that need time for themselves or for holidays or what so ever.
For a couple of years I was even a Guinea pig breeder, because my little daughter (then) was so enthousiastic for that kind (although a bit boring) animals and some of her friends and the pet-store were so keen of the baby’s we were breeding.
All our pets that we welcomed in our house came from a shelter or were abandoned or had had some troubles at first. I have a lot of stories about them, that are very joyful.

What can they bring to the assignment

See above, we are a very relaxed and friendly couple, that still love each other very much. We can spend weeks together on our small boat in perfect harmony. We are starters with this organization, but also are very experienced with house sitting and we travelled around the world as much we could and therefore at this time we are not experienced in what we need to say to you and in what way to present ourselves to you, in a way you can find you can rely upon us, what you absolutely really can!
Of course we are very tidy and neat and very well organised. We speak different languages well enough and read even more, and we both are highly educated. We hardly do anything with social media. I was a system-analist in IT and als was very interested in communication and marketing in the IT-branche and my husband was a company secretary.
We have traveled a lot in our lives, around the word and mostly not organised, the last years without children in Airbnb’s and as we like it. Now, as we are just retired, we can fill our personal lives unlimited with things we always wanted to do more frequently and we decided that the best way for ourselves and people and animals around us was to join an organization that is not too commercial (not limiting clients to much) and bring people together who have a lifetime of good memories for doing something out of the box with mutual trust. Sorry, I can sometimes be too serious, but if you are interested, tell us what you need for a secure feeling! We can only tell you in our most innocent way that you have reliable, mature people (us) to handle with and we like to spend time with animals that are beloved. Please don’t ask us for commercial reasons!

Last updated: 10 February 2024

Available to house sit

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 10 February 2024
Until: 20 December 2025

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2023

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

Petra & Robert in Spain looking after our pack of dogs & cats and a pregnant poodle ....

Petra & Robert from NL stayed at our finca in Spain, Marbella, for 8 days in June 2024 to look after our 5 dogs & 2 cats. They did an amazing job! Even beforehand, we felt as if we had known each other, because Petra contacted us some time before in order to get more detailed information about the animals. So we felt they came well prepared and even visited us a few days before with their rental car, so the dogs could know them and we could have a first impression of each other. We kept this contact during all the time of our travel and we felt absolutely at ease. They sent us pictures from time to time with updates about the dogs & cats. Petra even kept the plants and flowers well-watered and looked after, it was just amazing! On our return very late they received us with a supper, soup, wine and it was more than a coming home. Petra and Robert are such a lovely couple! They are used to travelling and extremely well organized. They transmit a calm, peaceful energy which even relaxed the “rooster” of our pack, they give them the attention they need and the dogs respected them from the very first moment. We can only recommend, if Petra & Robert are offering you to look after your pets, say YES! We wish you both a wonderful year wherever you will do more pet sittings, and enjoy your peaceful boat in Friesland in summer! Carola & Jan

Carola, Spain, 10 June, 2024

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

Ideal house-sitters :)

Petra and Robert are absolutely wonderful, very friendly and interesting, we felt comfortable with them right away and really enjoyed spending the evening with them before our flight. Petra and Robert are super communicative, loving, and caring -they obviously love animals and have plenty of experience with pets of all ages. Our very old dog needs lots of extra care these days.. they made sure he got all of his medicine, cleaned up after his accidents, and even carried him up the stairs! They sent lots of updates and photos so we didn’t have to worry. They bought him tasty food when he wasn’t eating well and even took him along on their day trips. :) He truly had a wonderful time! Petra and Robert also took great care of our home. They were very diligent about setting the alarms and locking up. When we got back, it was really like we never left.. Everything was perfectly tidy and lovely! If you have the opportunity to treat your pet and yourself to a visit from them, I would not hesitate for a moment- highly recommended!

Amber, Germany, 26 March, 2024

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

Perfect House sitters

Very pleasant couple who I would gladly have return and highly recommend.

corinne, France, 08 October, 2023

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

Brilliant pet sitters

It was a pleasure to have Petra and Robert looking after Jack. They are clearly both huge animal lovers and Jack was well looked after whilst we were away on holiday. Communication before and during the house sit was excellent. Petra and Robert sent us regular updates and photos of Jack. The house was tidy on our return and no issues whatsoever. Petra made us a tasty meal on our return from holiday; which was kind. We would thoroughly recommend Petra and Robert as pet and house sitters. Rob and family Leigh on Sea, Essex. England.

Rob, United Kingdom, 02 September, 2023

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

Very great sitters

Due to private circumstances, I was looking for cat sitters at relatively short notice and actively wrote to people who were sympathetic to me. Luckily I found Petra and Robert, who also contacted me and were interested in looking after our cat gang. We agreed very quickly that it would be a good fit and that the two of them would come to us. Petra and Robert were absolutely sweet and considerate to us from the beginning. They came to stay with us the night before we left and we had great conversations and dinner together. They wanted to learn as much as they could about the cats so they would know all their needs and preferences while we were gone. The cats liked Petra and Robert from the beginning, even our shy specimens came to greet them. The day we left, we had problems with the drain in the kitchen, but Petra fixed it right away without needing a handyman. During our vacation we had a good feeling, because we were sure that Petra and Robert would handle everything perfectly. We were in constant contact and always informed about everything. Petra brushed all the cats so they were really shiny and looked very neat when we came back. Petra cooked us a very delicious meal for our first evening back home, which we enjoyed very much. Petra and Robert are absolutely lovely, reliable, animal loving and great people who I can only recommend!

Daniela, Germany, 28 May, 2023

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

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About this house sitter

MindMyHouse member since January 2023