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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), Farm animal(s) – I do want to add that a lot of my experience caring for animals came from growing up. Where we haven’t been looking after animals for almost a decade, it stays with you. Of course we would look for specific instructions as one person can care for an anima
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From: 11 March 2023
Until: 11 June 2024
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Hello! We’re Kyle and Melissa. I can honestly say we’re pretty open to all different kinds of house sits or pet sits - we love making new friends, we love animals, we love travelling and adventuring and making memories, and I truly believe you can do this anywhere in the world. Besides what we may be looking for in a house sit, I want to give you our background so you can see if we’re what you’re looking for in a house sitter!
We grew up in the same town in Ontario, but didn’t know each other until 2014 - within a year of meeting we were engaged, and a year after that we were married! We both have always had a desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives, and were always attracted to entrepreneurship. We’ve owned different businesses together since 2016, and honestly can’t imagine working without each other anymore.
I should add that we don’t drink or smoke - I imagine that’s something that you would like to know while choosing someone to stay in your home and watch your furry family members!
A couple years ago we sold our cleaning company, sold all of our belongings, packed our little Mazda3 with whatever would fit, and moved to Alberta. Community is so important for us, and we know amazing people out here who have really impacted us in our lives. It has been such an incredible experience moving across the country and experiencing different places.
We spent much of our youth being very diligent in building businesses and stewarding our finances to prepare for our future, and after almost a decade of delayed gratification, we now feel called to start exploring different cultures and ways of life, seeing the world and making memories. We are so excited for this next chapter of our lives!
We love rock climbing (indoors only at this point but would love to learn to rock climb outside), love food and trying new things, reading, we enjoy having fun whether that’s going for a hike, going mini putting, going on spontaneous road trips, wakesurfing (we have yet to learn to ocean surf but it’s definitely something we want to learn!) and just laughing and enjoying life.
Melissa speaking here… my husband makes me laugh every day of my life. I put a picture of a Canada Strong & Free 150 year celebration magazine, because we actually got married on that very day - Canada’s 150th birthday - July 1, 2017. We also got engaged on July 4th the previous year at the border of the US, so needless to say, our anniversaries are always filled with fireworks, so fireworks have always been a very special thing for us.
We both grew up with animals, Kyle with dogs and Melissa with everything from turtles and birds, to dogs and cats, to ferrets and rabbits and hamsters. We LOVE animals, and the picture of the dog here is our beloved Brisco. He lived a long life but sadly it was his time to go in 2017, and just due to our focus on building our future at that time, we chose not to get another fur baby because we didn’t feel it would be fair to them with the amount of time we were away from home. We are so excited for the future though when we have a house where we can have pets and we can teach our future kids the responsibility of taking care of another living being.
Besides our cleaning company, we had a mobile detailing company for cars, we had a little snow removal business, and built a network marketing business which we recently moved on from just due to some changes that started to go against our values. We now have an apparel start up, are personal shoppers for people, and usually have other things on the go to fill in the gaps. We know we will likely venture down some other business paths in the future as opportunities arise, but right now we want to take a breather, steward what we currently have first class, and adventure.
We are so excited to meet you and to serve you! Our cleaning company really made us appreciate that a home is not only most peoples’ biggest investment, but a sanctuary in many ways. We have always treated others homes and possessions as though they are our own, and are so grateful for this platform to meet people, see new places in the world, and get to love animals along the way. What more could someone ask for?
Where we are more than happy to just watch after someone’s home and/or plants, pets add a special factor. To me they’ve always been companions - loyal, always there when you need them, and with a special way of cheering you up when you’re feeling down. I know in our bio I mentioned we chose not to get another animal for the time being because we aren’t home enough, but my love for animals has never gone away, and house and pet sitting is the perfect way to have the best of both worlds.
I was a receptionist at a doggy daycare/boarding/grooming facility, and was then trained as a groomer. Honestly, I was always smiling at work and still squeak with excitement every time I see animals out my car window (can anyone relate?).
Besides pet sitting, house sitting is such a cool opportunity to switch up routine, see new places, experience new areas, and get new decor ideas (I’m actually not joking about this haha having a cleaning company and seeing so many houses and businesses has greatly expanded my idea of a dream house!). It’s such a blessing to be able to see how other people live, and I’ve got to believe that some amazing relationships can forge through these experiences as well.
I also wanted to add on here that we do love to relax and have fun, but we’re not afraid of hard work, either! If while you’re away you’d like to hire someone to detail your house so it’s immaculate when you get back, we are open to that! We specialized in detail cleans, so doing light fixtures, baseboards, above doors, fans, vents, window sills, blinds, fridge clean outs, etc.. all the places that are a pain to clean and are often neglected (understandably so). Regardless of whether you want a big clean done, we will obviously make sure your home is exactly as you left it when you come back. We respect peoples’ homes, greatly appreciate the opportunity to creatively travel with free accommodations, and definitely don’t take the chance to do so for granted!
P.S. I’m not really on social media at all, but I put our website for our apparel startup that will be launched shortly! I’m not sure if video calls are ever in order to have a meet and greet before sitting, but we are happy to do so so you can get to know us a bit more and make sure it’s a good fit! We are pretty easy to work with, and I’m sure if I needed house sitting or pet sitting, that would make me a lot more comfortable so I’m happy to provide that as an option if desired.
Having owned a cleaning company, we had the keys to most of our clients homes, and we were often their first choice to look after their home while they were away! From house sitting, to pet sitting, to baby sitting, our cleaning company and the relationships we forged definitely gave us ample experience.
Besides past clients, we’ve helped friends, family members, and neighbours while they’re away. Only a couple of times have we actually lived in someone’s home while they’re away, simply due to the fact that we lived so close to them and could stop in daily.
We love people, we love animals, we respect peoples homes and belongings, and we truly hold and live out the philosophy of the golden rule. Not only treating others as you wish to be treated, but also applying this to peoples possessions.
Due to our expertise in cleaning, if someone would like to have an added service of a fully detailed house (light fixtures, vents, baseboards, fans, fridge clean outs, etc.) we are happy to provide that service! We enjoy relaxing, but we’re not afraid of hard work, and we know the peace of mind that can come from arriving home to an immaculate house, with nothing left to do but unpack and relax.
Regardless of whether someone wants extra things done during our sit, we know the importance of leaving a place as you found it (if not, even better!).
For those of you with pets, having grown up with pets, we know the care and attention they need and are so excited to get our animal loving fill while also helping someone out!
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From: 11 March 2023
Until: 11 June 2024
They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
25 May 2023 to 13 June 2023
They sometimes charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2023
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 0
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