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Canadians, 50 housesits so far, 100% positive recommendations, retired, non-smoking, RCMP police checked, love cats, dogs, gardening and doing handyman work

Canada

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s) – Cats and dogs. Older pets requiring extra care have become a bit of a specialty!

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 23 May 2020
Until: 29 June 2021

Occupation

Retired

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are a mature, flexible Canadian couple who were able to retire early. We have been married 43+ years, and are looking for house sits in interesting European cities and locations. We have handled backed up pipes in New Mexico, strong winds and heavy rain on top of a mountain in Spain, and pedigree show dogs in Scotland. Not much fazes us and we have the energy, ability and enthusiasm to house sit just about anywhere.

Harry is a freelance writer and skilled handyman. Having maintained three homes of our own, one of which is our stone home in Provence, he has come up against and coped with just about problem imaginable, meaning peace of mind for you.
Liz is a retired business professional, bird watcher and avid gardener who has turned a Canadian clay backyard into a colourful three season blooming garden. (Canadian winter remains a challenge to get much colour growing). An accomplished 'cat whisperer', Liz is very experienced acting as 'staff' to animals - ready and willing to provide care, cuddles and combing. Older cats who require a little extra care have become a specialty. One of our own feline princesses, Maggie, enjoyed a 21 year pampered life.

Why they want to house sit

We both enjoy seeing new places and cultures. We have done the tour/hotel route and prefer the in-depth experience that actually living in the area provides. We are looking for house and pet sits in more urban areas. We are currently without our own pets and quite frankly, miss not having furry people around to spoil and pamper. I think that pets provide a great depth to everyone's quality of life, and I really enjoy pampering, cuddling and caring for them.

Their experience

We have been housesitting almost continuously since December 2008. We have successfully completed housesits in Washington DC, Paris, London England, Rome, Berlin, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, France, Sweden, Monaco and throughout Canada and the US. We have been asked to return by most of our homeowners and have 100% positive recommendations from every one.
Here is a sampling from our many recommendations -


If you are looking for someone reliable and trustworthy to look after your precious home and pets while you are away, and Liz and Harry DeYong are willing to housesit/petsit for you, then you have won the lottery. I don’t believe you can find a finer couple of people than these two.
They have taken care of our lakeside home and acreage in the country, plus our two cats (one of them 17 ½ years old and needing a bit of extra care), and when we returned after two months travelling, it was a joy to find two very happy cats, and everything else – the house, yard, vehicles, equipment – in even better shape than when we left.
Debbi and Peter R.
Lake Murray, SC


It’s the first time we have been able to relax in a vacation in this manner and we cannot thank Liz & Harry enough for making this possible. We would have no hesitation in recommending Liz & Harry to any prospective clients – anyone using them would be very lucky indeed.
Gary and Kate L-R
Bayfield, Ontario

Harry and Liz are experienced and professional house-sitters and a pleasure to interact with. They are very familiar with how to keep a home and animals and both went above and beyond the call of duty in looking after our home and animals.
Robin and John G-B
Reigate, England

We have several homeowners for whom we housesit regularly. Of course, personal contact details from any of our homeowners will be made available.

What can they bring to the assignment

Our philosophy on housesitting is that both sides benefit. We get to experience a new place and enjoy your pets while you get to go away knowing that your home, pets and possessions are in capable and caring hands.
Your pets will be glad to see you come home but sorry to see us leave. We will forward any mail and provide a constant presence and security inside your home.
We also provide 'letters from home' - emails and pictures sent on a regular basis to give you additional peace of mind that things are well on the homefront.
You will find your home has been respected and cared for as if it were our own. Because we believe in a straight exchange, we do not accept payment nor do we pay any fees, rent, bond or utility charges.
Harry and Liz have Royal Canadian Mounted Police clearances and both have been bonded. We have personally owned and maintained 5 homes over the years and know the importance and value of your most cherished possessions.

Available to house sit

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 23 May 2020
Until: 29 June 2021

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: 6

Testimonials

Best cat sitters ever!

Work and travels often take me abroad, and this means painfully leave my sweet Tik with baby sitters. But this time it was a total peace of mind, Liz and Harry were the best Tik sitters! I was even afraid that Tik would prefer Liz to me...! Highly reccommended, they did everything beyond expectations. Thanks a lot guys, will be a pleasure to have you back!

Cristina, Italy, 05 January, 2019

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

Liz & Harry were purrfect!

This was my first experience with house/cat-sitters and Liz and Harry put me at ease right away. I knew immediately that they were serious when Liz told me she had been researching my cat's breed and planning various games. They were easy to reach before their arrival and flexible with a date change and sent wonderfully newsy notes from home the entire time I was away. I came back to a clean apartment and laundered linens, but most importantly a very happy fur baby. In fact, Zephyr is still sleeping on their bed. I would be thrilled to have them cat-sit for me again at any time. Thank you!

Leslie, Switzerland, 04 November, 2018

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

1 month sucessful petsit!

Liz and Harry took care of our dog and cat during 1 month while our vacations. We were completely stress-free the whole time cause they did an amazing job. When we came back our pets were happy and in good shape. It was a very good experience. Thank u!

pilar, France, 16 January, 2018

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

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Last updated: 23 May 2020