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Reliable Caring Edinburgh Couple with excellent references

United Kingdom

Testimonials

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Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s) – Yes, we have lots of experience with cats and dogs. Little birds, tortoise, gerbals, chickens and ducks.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 12 May 2021
Until: 7 December 2022

Occupation

Artist

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Hi, welcome to our profile page. We are a dependable, early retired, active and fun loving professional couple living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We tend to be always busy doing something and do the best we can to stay fit.
We love to travel, explore new places and meet new people. We do however miss having pets ourselves and have discovered that house / pet sitting is very much of a win win situation.

We both love the home and our chosen professions reflect this. Ron is winding down both his architect's and residential letting agent business's.
I am retired and enjoy painting and gardening.

We always have lots of fun decorating and taking care of our daily home duties. We also enjoy gardening and have a large garden in Edinburgh where we grow organic vegetables.

We are very flexible, hands-on enthusiastic people who can take care of many situations that arise within a home. Ron is fabulous at fixing things and very innovative. My strength lies more with the daily running and making sure that everything runs well and looks good. We are both experienced in showcasing houses if you are in selling mode.

Over the last four years, we have been fortunate to housesit in Canada, France, Italy and Spain. Many of these are repeat visits that we really enjoy as we get to know people and make friends.

In the language department, I am quite fluent in French after living in Montreal for 35 years and have a good understanding of Italian having lived in Milan for 2 years. Ron speaks English and Scottish (translator sometimes needed :0) but is currently trying to re-learn his schoolboy French.

Since taking early retirement we have both taken up painting and hope to do a little of this in the many places we plan to travel to.

We love cats and dogs and would take excellent care of them for you. We appreciate that it is difficult for animals to be separated from their owners and we are especially sympathetic to this. When we can we bring the pets (usually) with us on our outings.

Ron bred Springer spaniels for years and has a good experience with dogs. Like me, he's also a wee softy with cats. We both have had our lives enriched by having them and do miss them.

I was a volunteer for years at the SPCA in Montreal. My job was to socialise the stray cats when they were brought into the shelter. I would also work with young people to show them how to help the cats.

We enjoy spending time and having fun with animals and always consider their needs and comforts first. We would give them the same attention as we would give our own pets. I also have some experience with chickens, geese, hamsters, guinea pigs, tropical fish and birds. We are open to new adventures in taking care of other animals too.

We would really enjoy taking good care of your home and would consider it a privilege if we were selected. It would be very important to us that you felt happy and relaxed in your travels and would have no trouble keeping you up to date (daily if needed) and happy to chat on Skype or FaceTime.

We also have excellent references upon request.

Why they want to house sit

We love to travel and have found that living with the locals is the best experience and the most fun. We have also become friends with most of the people we have house sat for which we really enjoy.

Their experience

We have been housesitting for about 9 years now and can supply excellent references.
One of the nicest parts of pet or home sitting is that we have become good friends with all our house sits. This has been an added bonus for us.
We housesat for a lovely couple who had a little dog in Tuscany five times. This couple have a 5 star B&B where we welcomed the guests and made sure their needs were met during their stay. Also, taking care of the pool etc..
We dog sit every year for a family in Montreal, Canada. Pool duties.
We housesit for various people in Paris on a regular basis and for another woman in St. Germaine en Laye.
We also housesat for a couple in the south of France near Bezier, they had 3 cats.
Another lovely couple in the South of France, Salle Sur L'Hers with a little cat.
We housesat for a lovely lady in Florence with 2 very elderly cats who needed lots of attention and medicine.
We did another cat sit and housesit was for a lovely young lady in Padua, near Venice over the Christmas time 2017.
Most recently we did a repeat housesit in Malaga for a lovely couple with two cats.

What can they bring to the assignment

We have lots of enthusiasm and energy. We are warm and friendly and care very much about animals.

We also have lots of experience show casing homes and leasing homes and dealing with contractors if needed.

We love to garden and have no trouble using most garden equipment. We can also take care of a pool.

Available to house sit

Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 12 May 2021
Until: 7 December 2022

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2011

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

Total confidence

Moira and Ron house and pet-sat for us two years ago at our place in southern France and did an impeccable job. We returned to a house and garden in perfect condition, and our cat Henry, who can be hard to please, had obviously taken a shine to them. And they are a lovely generous couple who we have since visited in Edinburgh and hope very much to see again. We would thoroughly recommend Moira and Ron to any house owners in need of sitters: you can have absolute trust in them in all respects. John and Emma Bowles

JOHN, France, 16 November, 2017

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

Attentive, caring, interesting and happy people

Moira and Ron came at our house for 10 days. They took care of our old cat. We didn't know if they would be able to give her his medicine. But it was not counting on the sweetness, the attention and the kindness that Moira and Ron have for the animals. Regarding the apartment, the plants were more beautiful than when we left, the apartment was clean, tidy .. Everything was aboslument perfect. And because they are very generous people, we had the chance to have surprise gifts to welcome us. We only spent an evening together, the day before we left, but since then we have been trying to keep in touch because they are interesseting, friendly and funny people. After having had them as pet-sitters, it's hard to find as well afterwards.

Amélie, France, 12 November, 2017

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

Perfect House/Cat-Sitter

Moira and Ron took care of our apartment and cats in Paris. They were the perfect house sitter, took care of everything as if it were there own, left the place spotless and tidy, and we even came home to a nice surprise - new plant on the balcony :) The cats were very well taken care off and didn't miss us at all. Communication was very easy and they kept us informed during the holidays about the cats. I would recommend them without any doubt.

Christiane, France, 12 November, 2017

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

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Last updated: 12 May 2021