House and pet sitting

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We are living nomadically and travelling slowly, which provides us with opportunities to experience all that a community has to offer. House and pet sitting add bonuses like furry friends to keep us company, green spaces and gardens to putter in that beautify our surroundings, and further connections with homeowners and neighbours. We combine house and pet sitting with other accommodation options based on a very loose list of places we want to visit and when. We are members of a large network of house and pet sitters around the world who do not charge homeowners for sitting. Instead, we enjoy the trust-based exchange of services whereby we care for homes, pets, and gardens in exchange for clean, pleasant accommodations.

If you’re interested in learning more about house sitting, there’s no better resource than the House Sitting Magazine and blog.

View our profiles and references on the following sitter/owner matching platforms:

Trusted Housesitters (click here for a 25% membership discount)

We have also used the following platforms in the past:

  • Kiwi House Sitters (a must if you plan to sit in New Zealand)
  • House Sit Mexico (since we have no near-term plans for travel in Mexico we have not renewed our membership–use coupon code omnwe2lpobh for 20% off your membership fee)
  • (we have put our membership on hold but you can still click here to receive a 6-month bonus on your annual membership)
  • House Sitters Canada (though we have booked a couple of sits through this site, we didn’t find anything to apply for in the almost two years that we were pandemic-grounded in Canada; for this reason we decided not to renew)

Watch our brief introductory video.

We have been updating our skills by completing online courses like:

  • How to Start a Pet-Sitting Business (taught by a veterinarian, this course included modules on pet first aid, administering medications, and animal behaviour)
  • Dog Behavior: Problems and Solutions (through and Arizona State University)


  • All home-owner reviews posted on our house sitting platform profiles are copied to the Completed sits section, below.
  • Landlord reference letter (2009-2014).
  • AirBnB: We use AirBnB frequently and have many references available there. Check them out on the AirBnB site if you have an account, or here for a PDF version (partial list) if you do not. Our Trusted Housesitters profile also links to our AirBnB reviews.

Completed sits

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • May 16-24, 2023
  • 1 dog, Samson (Yorkipoo, 16 years old)

Wow! Ken and Coral are absolutely top-notch people and house/pet sitters! I don’t think anyone could ask for any better! They treated our little Samson like gold, and he knew it! haha! He loved them in return. In fact, they left yesterday and Samson is still looking for them. Our home was left in immaculate condition, and throughout our trip, Ken and Coral communicated with us and sent us pictures. They are kind, easy-going people who truly love travelling and animals. We would welcome them to come to our home again anytime. Just amazing people!

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • April 28 – May 14, 2023
  • 2 dogs, Ozzy & Roxy (Australian Labradoodles, 13 & 2 years old)

“Coral and Ken looked after our doods, Ozzy and Roxy for just over 2 weeks. They were just fantastic. They came with 5 stars reviews and I know why! A few days before we left, they came over for lunch and a dog walk. They are clearly pros as they asked all sorts of questions about our home and the dogs. By the end of our visit I knew that Oz and Rox were going to be in great hands. While we were away, we received regular updates and photos on the dogs and goings on at the house. We arrived home to two very happy dogs who clearly had bonded with Coral and Ken and the house was immaculate too. We would love to have Coral and Ken back anytime that their schedule permits. Thank you so much for taking such good care of our doods and home!”

Maple Bay, British Columbia, Canada

  • March 29 – April 23, 2023
  • 1 dog, Buddy (Border Collie/Lab, 9 years old)

Thank you to Coral and Ken for looking after Buddy and maintaining the bird feeders. We were kept up to date on everything happening at home and with Buddy which made for a worry free vacation for us. And pictures to prove it! We are very grateful for their professionalism before, during and after the sit, but mostly returning to a happy Buddy. Also, everything was sparkling when we arrived home. They are truly pro’s in this incredibly interesting lifestyle they have chosen.

Port Townsend, Washington, USA

  • March 7-21, 2023
  • 2 dogs, Cooper (Dachshund, 6 years old), Jaz (Dachshund, 11 years old)

“We couldn’t have been more pleased and impressed with our THS Coral and Ken. They were absolutely terrific. Even before the sit, they were communicative. They thoroughly read our on-line guide and asked thoughtful questions. They accommodated our pre-trip schedule and came several hours early so we could introduce them to our two doggies, give them the house tour, and even go with us to “doggie recess,” the daily off-leash gathering of dogs in our nearby park.

During our trip, Coral and Ken communicated daily, sending pictures and brief notes about what was going on. When there was a brief crisis with a spring outbreak of ticks, they handled it with ease. Throughout our trip, we never worried about the house or our pups because we were confident they were in good hands.

When we returned after 2 weeks of travel, the house was in perfect order and our dogs were relaxed and happy. Coral and Ken even left us a delicious enchilada casserole that we gratefully heated up after a long, red-eye flight. All-in-all, we can’t say enough about these two excellent TH sitters. If you have a chance to have them stay at your home and care for your pets, you’ll be very happy. We hope they’ll consider sitting for us again.”

Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada

  • February 25 – March 4, 2023
  • 1 cat, Brutis (American Shorthair, 16 years old)

“Coral and Ken were an absolute dream to have stay in our home and take care of our senior cat Brutis! Our house was left in impeccable shape and our cat was happy as can be! They were amazing with their communication and sent us the best pictures of Brutis! We would have them back in a second and highly recommend these sitters.”

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

  • February 3-24, 2023
  • 1 dog, Oliver (Cocker Spaniel, 4 years old)

“Coral and Ken were our first house sitters with Trusted Housesitters and they were fantastic. We had used house sitters through other programs and had mixed outcomes. From the initial interview we knew that we would be in good hands if Coral and Ken accepted our sit. Coral was so organized and thorough; she helped us prepare for the sit so that they would be successful. Knowing that we had great, experienced housesitters coming to look after Oliver lowered my stress level immensely.

They arrived the afternoon before we left and had thoroughly reviewed our welcome guide. Coral had questions prepared to clarify anything they needed to see in person. We had a lovely visit while they saw Olivers routine and familiarized themselves with our home. When it was time to leave we were very confident that Oliver and the house were in good hands.

While we were away, we received daily photos of Oliver…snuggling by the fire, out for a hike, being naughty. I could tell he was happy and having fun from the look in his eyes. They were even tuned in and understood his communication…we received a message, “Oliver says he’s allowed icecream.” Of, course he’d say that because he always gets a small bowl.

When we returned home Oliver was delighted to see us but made sure that he gave both Coral and Ken a nice goodbye snuggle. The house was clean and tidy, exactly as we had left it. There was milk in the frig and fruit on the counter. The exchange was seamless. I would feel very fortunate to have Coral and Ken housesit again.”

Lagos, Portugal

  • December 21-31, 2022
  • 1 cat, Little Monster (6 years old)

Ken & Coral are a very professional couple who took great care of our Little Monster. Excellent communication throughout their sit, and we felt confident that they would be proficient in dealing with the situation if he got himself into a few scrapes. They were very organised and respectful of some of our not-so-normal requests. Our local hedgehog family ate well, and Monster was happy and chilled on our return. We returned to a spotlessly clean home. We highly recommend this wonderful, dependable couple. Thank you

Long Valley, New Jersey, USA

  • September 28 – October 9, 2022
  • 1 dog, Mr. Kipling (2 years old)

Ken and Coral represent the best of the ‘trusted housesitting experience’ – they are competent, good communicators and are a delight to meet and get to know. As ever the exchange takes place over such a brief time (they come, we go – we come back, they go!) – leaving me wanting to ask them so much more about their fascinating lifestyle.

Despite leaving them with a mild medical issue for Kip – they took this in their stride and communicated regularly giving me comfort that all was in order. They weren’t over-faced by the brief – Kip is a very energetic dog and they gave him plenty of outdoor time and exercise – even though the weather was not very kind. The house and Kip were in good order when we got home – absolutely sound experience and because Coral as a consummate planner – I can highly recommend them for any task they choose to undertake.

Best Wishes and Thanks again!”

Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

  • September 20-26, 2022
  • 1 dog, Eddy (13 years old); 7 chickens

“Coral & Ken are inspiring. I want to be them when I grow up! They are kind, generous with their time, patient, and caring. They came a day early at our request as this is the best way to learn the “systems” of our home and animal care. We had a delightful meal together and they shared their fascinating life stories with us. They took instantly to Eddy and he to them. In fact, when we returned, Ed was confused as to who his “real” parents were! And we were only gone five days! Because of the good questions they asked (no one has ever asked us where the turn-offs for gas and water are!), we discovered a leak under the house. I phoned the plumber before we left and Ken and Coral handled all interactions with our plumber. The leak was fixed. Both Tim & I felt the house was in good, experienced hands. Ken and Coral didn’t even mind that our hens were molting and VERY stingy with their eggs. They took great care of them anyway. Ken and Coral drove us to the train station and picked us up when we came home. But, wait. It gets better! They made us a full-course dinner for our return. And, my goodness, it was delicious. They spent one more night with us, allowing us to have some good chats. They also let us tour their fabulous nomad vehicle before they left. I love these two and you will, as well.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • August 31 – September 5, 2022
  • 2 dogs, Maverick (Yorkshire Terrier, 10 years old), Rosie (Pomeranian, 8 years old)

Coral and Ken were amazing house sitters! They were prepared, organized, and are clearly traveling/house-sitting experts. My dogs were able to get some beach time and were relaxed and happy while I was away. I would be happy to have them back!”

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • June 25 – July 3, 2022
  • 1 dog, ZipZip (2 years old)

We have had loads of sitters across various platforms and these two are really five stars. Our difficult doggo seemed to be somewhat at ease with Coral and Ken (which is saying a lot for a very scared little rescue!)

Our house was spotless when we came home which is always a treat. Would love to have them stay again!”

Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

  • May 13-20, 2022
  • 1 cat, Tom (18 years old)

We were delighted to have Coral and Ken look after our aged cat Tom and fish and our house. We were able to chat to them prior to them arriving and they kept contact with us throughout the week. We really appreciate the detailed update they gave us on leaving about what they had done during the week. The house was left beautifully clean and tidy. Thank you Coral and Ken for helping us to enjoy our week away knowing Tom was being looked after so well.”

White Rock, BC Canada

  • March 10 – May 1, 2022
  • 1 cat, Mica (15 years old)

We feel very lucky to have secured the services of Coral and Ken to cover our first, lengthy post-Covid trip. Having met with them ahead of time, we felt confident to leave both our home and Mica in their clearly capable hands. During our absence, communication was easy and at just the right frequency. On our return, we were thrilled to find a sparkling clean house, a well maintained garden, a contented cat AND dinner in the fridge! They are gems. If you are able to book them for a sit, you won’t be disappointed!”

Victoria, BC Canada (Repeat)

  • February 1 – March 6, 2022
  • 3 dogs, Harriet (), Tiggy (), Saigon; 3 horses (Hobart, Dante, Bella)

Coral and Ken have just finished their second fabulous sit for us. While we enjoyed sunshine in California, they did an amazing job of looking after our three small dogs and three horses, not to mention quite a few houseplants for nearly five weeks. They were unfailingly professional, caring, humorous, and resourceful and any host would be extremely lucky to have them sit. Our house was absolutely immaculate on our return and all critters had been wonderfully cared for. We very much hope they will want to come again and we hope they enjoy their next adventures. Travel well Coral and Ken.”

Nanaimo, BC Canada

  • November 5, 2021 – February 1, 2022
  • 2 dogs, Piper (14, Westie), Churro (6, mixed rescue)

“Ken and Coral Pearce sat for us for 3 months. Our two dogs grew to love them so much that when they left the dogs were at the door crying as they saw them drive away with their suitcases stowed in the car. We could not have gotten a more caring and responsible couple to look after our home and pets. Ken and Coral went out of their way to care for our pets and our home. Ken did some home repairs while they were here that required attention. Our house was left immaculately cleaned. Coral even left a fridge full of food for us on our return in case we needed to quarantine after leaving Mexico. Coral and Ken have become our friends. Even our neighbors have befriended them and have had them over for dinner. We would have them back again in a heart beat.”

Bragg Creek, AB, Canada (Repeat)

  • October 30 – November 4, 2021
  • 1 dog, Kosmos (13), 2 cats, Aspen and Charlie (5 months)

“This is the second time that Coral and Ken house-sat for me. Please see previous review. Coral and Ken took wonderful care of my home and pets and, again, left the home in a wonderfully clean and tidy state! I will welcome Coral and Ken back anytime I have another sit!”

Bragg Creek, AB, Canada

  • October 7-25, 2021
  • 1 dog, Kosmos (13), 2 cats, Aspen and Charlie (5 months)

“Coral and Ken were amazing house-sitters! They attended to every detail, left the house spotless and tidy, and took wonderful care of my 3 fur-babies…an elder dog and 2 kittens still learning the ropes. They even chopped extra wood for me to have, and cleaned the oven!!! I got regular updates on how things were going. I felt so relaxed and confident about the great car my pets and home were receiving which allowed me to have a fabulous and relaxing time away. Thank you Coral and Ken!”

Calgary, AB, Canada

  • August 4-31, 2021
  • 1 dog, Abby (7 years old, mixed breed)

“Coral and Ken, with their son Kyle and wife Candice providing coverage for a few days, housesat for 4 weeks this summer. They were a fantastic team. We greatly appreciated the conscientious attention and care that they all gave our dog Abby, our garden, and our house while we were away. We enjoyed the periodic pictures and updates they sent. We were amazed (and thrilled) at how clean and orderly they left everything, despite having dealt with issues like a wonky oven and wasp infiltrations. Coral emailed us very helpful end-of-sit notes, and they even left us a nice card and gift. Overall, their group effort worked out great. We’d be truly delighted to have them back anytime!”

Sidney, BC, Canada

  • July 1-28, 2021
  • 2 dogs, Ozzie (14, standard poodle) and Quinn (11, standard poodle)

“Coral and Ken took care of our home and our two elderly (almost 11 and 14 1/2) male standard poodles for four weeks. They were the absolute best! They are true professionals, were very respectful of our home, attentive to details, kind and caring with the pooches. Communication from start to finish was clear and cordial, I just had a sense they “got it”. Communication while we were away was regular, I felt any questions asked were necessary and appropriate, and the anecdotes and information about the dogs made it clear they were getting to know them and their habits. There is so much to running a household, especially with pets, and I think that Coral and Ken had the perfect balance of take charge/check in. The things we missed or forgot to mention, they made it work, or they asked about it. We had a great holiday because we felt everything was in excellent hands. We came home to happy pups, a spotless house, gardening done, hot tub maintained, they even fixed our kayaks and washed the dog’s beds! They made it look easy! I really could go on and on! My husband Murray said it best “It’s like we came home to a holiday”. These people are competent, respectful, professional, and, above all, kind and caring. Thanks Coral and Ken, for all!”

Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • September 8 – January 8, 2020
  • 1 cat, Desi (12 years old)

“We feel very fortunate that we chose Coral and Ken to care for our cat and our home during our extended trip to the Maritimes. They regularly sent us pictures of our cat Desi and ensured that she was well cared for. They kindly looked after picking up packages for us and personally delivering our gifts to our son at Christmas. The condo was spotless when we got home, cleaner than we had left it and everything was just as we left it. Ken even did a little home maintenance for us during his stay. Coral and Ken are very experienced and skilled house and pet sitters, you can definitely trust them to care for your pet(s) and home as if it were their own.”

Christchurch, New Zealand

  • March 14-30, 2020 (ENDED EARLY ON MARCH 22)
  • 2 dogs, Louie (Golden Retriever, 1 year old), Charlie (Spoodle, 9 years old)

“Ken and Coral were the perfect house/pet sitters. My dogs Charlie and Louie were very well looked after. Unfortunately with the coronavirus I had to cut the holiday short by a week and they were very understandable and the communication with them both was excellent. Thank you for looking after my dogs and house and I highly recommend them to look after yours.”

Snells Beach, New Zealand

  • January 31 – February 16, 2020
  • 1 dog, Pip (Border Collie, 3 years old)

“If Ken and Coral apply to sit for you grab them with both hands, they were first rate. Communication from the word go was great and they went above and beyond to make sure our garden survived in a period of drought. Not only that, they had to deal with an unexpectedly sick dog, taking her to the vet, administering medication and keeping us informed of her progress. The house was spotless on our return and everything just as we had left it. Highly recommended.”

Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020
  • 3 dogs, Harry (Yorkinese, 12 years old), Theodore and Adeline (Morkies, 4 years old)

“We feel that we won the lottery when Coral and Ken agreed to take care of our three little pups for two weeks this past Christmas. They were utterly caring and responsible and responsive. Mature, calm, warm and wonderful with the dogs, we cannot say enough good things about them! While we were away our senior dog had a medical issue and Coral and Ken handled everything with confidence. They tracked each dog with precision and got to know each of their idiosyncrasies, and so were able to notice when our dog was not well and also when he began to return to his normal self. They gave the pups a bit of training and we came home to a quieter version of our little Theodore! As for coming home, we returned to a spotless home with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and some food awaiting us in the fridge. They checked with us as to our preferred frequency of updates, and sent us news and photos as we asked. Anyone would be very lucky to have them care for their home and precious companion animals. Thank you Coral and Ken from the bottom of our hearts!”

Ajijic, Mexico

  • November 23 – December 2, 2019
  • 1 dog, Namo (14 months old), 1 cat, Bodhi (2 years old)

“Coral and Ken were marvellous house sitters!! I enjoyed communicating with them via whats app, and felt that they were always available when I needed them. I was super impressed when I read their resume and list of previous sits, and they met and exceeded all of my expectations. Coral and Ken are low maintenance, thoughtful people who treated our dog and cat as their own. Ken enjoys dog training, and our 14-month dog (still a puppy at heart) enjoyed and benefitted from Ken’s attention. They even sent us a video of our dog\’s progress. Our cat is super relaxed, and felt at home enough to enjoy many nights on their lap while watching some television. Coral and Ken had a few curve balls thrown at them, as there is a construction project on site of our home (soon to be finished). They managed to put up with the noise of that, and remained positive and upbeat about their stay. I would highly recommend Coral and Ken to any home & pet owner. You will find great peace of mind while traveling, knowing that they are in charge. Please private message me at anytime if you’d like to discuss them further.”

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • November 1-23, 2019
  • 1 cat, Ziza (15 years old)

“Coral and Ken were wonderful house sitters. They are very warm, caring and conscientious. I met them before leaving and was confident everything would be well cared for. Carol and Ken also took extra special care of my many plants, made sure the hummingbird feeders were filled, and kept me updated with photos and texts. I came home to a pristine home and a happy cat. I’d happily have them back!”

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • October 21-26, 2019
  • 2 dogs, Casper and Toto (1- and 8-year-old Bichon Frisées)

“Coral and Ken are wonderful, interesting and very conscientious people. They were very caring and attentive to my dogs, and very respectful of my home. I had complete confidence in them while I was away and the dogs accepted them like family. Ken also kindly fixed my stove which now works better than ever. I wholeheartedly recommend them as model housesitters, and I wouldn’t hesitate to welcome them again, if they were available.”

Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

  • September 16 – October 5, 2019
  • 2 cats, Boots (10 years old), Molly (11 years old)

“We have had the pleasure of hosting Coral & Ken at our home 3 times over the past 3 years. Each time, they have stayed with our 2 girls Molly & Boots and we could not have had anyone better. They kept in touch with us about the girls’ antics and how things were going at home. We never once worried about being away and returned home to a spotlessly clean house. Our girls were well cared for and much loved in our absence. Coral & Ken are the purrrrfect couple to care for your “children” and your home. We welcome them more as friends than as house sitters!”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • July 24-28, 2019
  • 2 dogs, Starsky and Hutch

“Coral and Ken took excellent care of our two dogs while we were away. Our dogs were very happy and our house was spotless when we arrived home.They kindly dropped us off and picked us up at the airport, which was a nice touch! It was also great to get know them and hear all about their travels.

We really appreciated having them as house sitters and would highly recommend them to anyone else!”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • July 7-19, 2019
  • 1 dog, Gracie; 2 cats, Telly and Earl

“Thinking of booking Coral and Ken for a house sit? DO IT! You won’t regret it!

Coral and Ken stayed at our home and took care of our two cats and larger dog for almost 2 weeks. We couldn’t have felt more comfortable and confident in our decision to have them pet sit. They are very responsible, reliable, kind, capable and professional. They both went above and beyond for us in many ways including helping our busy family to and from the airport, mowing our lawn, and leaving a lovely fruit bowl for us on our return home. There was great communication when we were away and beautiful photos of our fur babies were sent. This was our first time having someone look after our dog besides a friend, and Coral and Ken were definitely a great fit. They understood and respected her needs, were secure in walking her on and off leash and had great training insight too. Our dog now sits for her food which she wasn’t doing before! All of our pets were well taken care of and missed Coral and Ken. Also, our house was in tip top shape upon our return which was so appreciated.

We would HIGHLY recommend this couple for any house or pet sit and would feel so grateful to ever have them return to our home again.

Best of luck on your future adventures and thank you for everything!”

Victoria (Metchosin), British Columbia, Canada

  • April 30 – May 21, 2019
  • 5 dogs, 3 horses

“We were absolutely thrilled to have Coral and Ken look after our five dogs and three horses. They were professional, caring and humourous and communicated thoughtfully both before and during the three week sit. We have two elderly dogs, one of whom is now “special needs’, two middle years pooches and one mischievous 6 month old pup. They dealt with the various needs of our pooches with love and attention to detail (giving meds, putting Zoe into her support harness for walks etc.). They also became proficient in horse care with the guidance of our trainer, and our little herd clearly flourished under their care. Our house was absolutely spotless on our return and there was a lovely home cooked meal in the fridge. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Coral and Ken most highly. We hope they will come back to us in the future. Thank you so much Coral and Ken.”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • March 17 – April 16, 2019
  • Home upkeep, snow shovelling

“Coral and Ken were 5 star sitters in every regard. They had read our Handbook and were very familiar with our house upon arrival. When being shown around the house, they were very attentive and asked relevant questions. We felt completely comfortable upon leaving. They even drove us to the airport. Since we no longer have any pets, there was really very little need to communicate, but Coral was excellent in passing along telephone messages, and making us feel smug by giving us updates on the weather. They are very personable and friendly. They even were invited by a neighbour in for coffee. They picked us up at the airport and when we got home everything was super clean and they had even left us a bottle of wine and some fruit, which was most welcome after a 16 hour flight from Australia.”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • March 9-15, 2019
  • 1 dog, Cali (3 years old, Golden Retriever); 1 cat, Allie (14 years old)

“Ken and Coral took great care of our pets and home while we were away. We came home to a clean and tidy house and happy and relaxed dog and cat. I would not hesitate to recommend Ken and Coral or to have them house sit for us again.”

Oliver, British Columbia, Canada (Repeat sit)

  • September 18 – October 7, 2018
  • 2 cats, Boots (9 years old), Molly (10 years old)
Boots & Molly

“Once again we had the pleasure of having Coral and Ken house sit for us. It is truly amazing that two people can settle in as well as they do, especially to the routines of 2 cats. So what is so special about Coral and Ken?? They treat your home with the utmost respect, leave it spotlessly clean and the best part is that our cats miss them. They have become more than just house sitters … we think of them as our friends and look forward to their next visit.”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • August 19-26, 2018
  • 2 dogs, Phil (5 years old), Chester (8 years old)

“Ken and Coral were wonderful housesitters! Quick and timely to communicate, they were easy to make arrangements with, and kept in communication the entire time I was away. When I returned home, it was clear they took great care of my home and my dogs were happy. I would definitely recommend them as housesitters!”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • July 6-22, 2018
  • 2 cats, Pip (2 years old), Zooka (8 years old); 2 fish
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“Ken and Coral were exactly the sitters we needed. Professional, organized and thorough, we were So grateful for their stay. Periodic photos of our pets- regular check ins- all were appreciated but I was especially comforted by their organization as we approached their arrival. Our home was cleaner than I’ve ever seen it on their departure. Thank you both and we hope to meet again soon!”

Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, UK

  • May 18-23, 2018
  • 1 dog, Elsie (Jack Russell cross, 6 years old)
Coffee time with Elsie

“Coral and Ken were fantastic housesitters. The house was actually cleaner when we got back! They take the job seriously, had read our instructions thoroughly, and kept in touch with photos and texts. Also, a big credit, they kept all my seedlings and plants alive over the 5 days we were away. Great with our dog too. Highly recommend :)”

 Deal, Kent, UK

  • April 14 – May 17, 2018
  • 1 dog, Coco (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 13 years old); 2 cats, Tiger and Totty (4 years old)
Coco, Totty, and Tiger

“WOW! Coral and Ken were amazing…not only were my pets incredibly loved and looked after…so was my house! Thank you both for treating my home and furry family as your own. I wouldn’t hesitate to invite you into my home again and hope you’ll come back ha ha! I got updates on my babies with pics and felt completely at ease knowing they were safe while I was away for over a month! Thank you again…my babies send their love!!!”

Limassol, Cyprus

  • March 27 – April 13, 2018
  • 1 dog, Tia (German Shephard cross, 1 year old)
With Tia in Limassol, Cyprus

“Coral and Ken have just finished house sitting for me and my dog Tia. My first time with a housesitter and boy what a change. I received pictures of my dog while away and came back to a very happy animal as well as a well organised and immaculate house, neater and tidier than I keep it. While I was away I had some challenging circumstances and found Coral and Ken very sympathetic and supportive. Absolutely first class and no hesitation in recommending them.”

 Kalkan, Kas, Turkey

  • March 2 – 13, 2018
  • 2 cats, Smokey and Otis (Siberian Forest, 4 1/2 years old)

“Coral and Ken are fantastic house sitters. We could tell straight away that they have a genuine love of cats. They kept us updated while we were away. On our return we found the house even cleaner than we left it. We highly recommend this friendly couple for house/pet sitting.”

Napoli, Italy

  • February 20 – 27, 2018
  • 2 dogs, Gaia and Odin (Belgian Turverens, 10 and 4 years old)

“Coral and Ken are an amazingly kind couple who took wonderful care of our crew. Sometimes I hate how short the housesitting overlap can be, because it never gives you a chance to really get to know people…and these guys are folks I would love to sit around and chat with for hours. They are so sweet and dealt with a water leak and a hot water outage (during the winter) with complete calm and grace. When we came home, our dogs wanted to stay snuggled up with them and that is always a good sign of loving people. I would definitely invite them back in a heartbeat, not just as housesitters, but as friends.”

Canalicchio, Umbria, Italy

  • January 29 – February 19, 2018
  • 1 cat, Gusta (2 years old)

“Ken and Coral set the bar at the very highest level. They are the most wonderful pet and house carers you could wish for. They are precise, considerate, respectful and caring. During our almost 3 week absence they looked after and loved our cat and invented new games for her. Our home is better now than when we left: very-handy-man Ken fixed a chair leg, a faulty ring on a hob and pruned my vines (I wouldn’t entrust that to just anybody). He drove our car expertly – even to pick us up from the airport in Rome late Sunday night when we had an unforeseen return flight crisis. Their kindness extended to cooking a return meal for us, leaving us with ample supplies of wine and a gorgeous plate of fresh fruit. Simply the best.”

Stans, Switzerland

  • December 7, 2017 – January 5, 2018
  • 2 cats, Siena (9 years old), Peppino (7 years old)
  • See blog post

“Ken & Coral are the perfect house sitters. Our cats and our flat were very well taken care of during our 4 weeks trip to Australia. We couldn’t have chosen better than this really nice couple.”

Waterford, Ireland

  • November 15-27, 2017
  • 1 cat, Michi (3 years old); 2 dogs, Bess (4-year-old Border Collie), Millie (1-year-old lab cross); chickens; ducks
  • See blog post

“Ken and Coral were fantastic house sitters, can’t recommend them highly enough. We met briefly in the airport before we both went our separate ways, we felt very confident leaving the care of our pets and home to them. We were updated regularly with photos of the dogs having a wonderful time on the beach and in the mountains. There were some small unexpected things that came up that Ken managed to sort out without any trouble. The house was left impeccably clean and tidy! The dogs were happy and healthy, as were the ducks, hens and cat. They also left us a well-stocked fruit bowl which was very much appreciated after our long flight, and a beautiful Poinsettia to start us off on our Christmas decorating. We got to share a relaxed cup of tea before we again went our separate ways. Coral and Ken are a lovely couple and did a fantastic job.”

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK

  • October 15 – November 1, 2017
  • 2 dogs, Tia and Dobby (12-year-old Staffordshire Terrier, 7-month-old Chihuahua), 2 cats, Rugrat and Scampi (4 years old), 1 reptile, Kai (10-year-old Bearded Dragon), 1 hamster, Little Vamp (1 year old)

“Ken and Coral are fantastic housesitters. They cared for our pets as if they were their own, followed their routine and even continued to take our new puppy to training classes! Our pets really took to them and enjoyed their company. Ken and Coral treated our home with respect and it was immaculate when we returned home. We left a car for them to use, which was returned to us cleaner than we left it and with a full tank of petrol. They even did a few odd jobs round the house, which was a real bonus. Ken and Coral were highly organised and stayed in touch before they arrived so we knew their itinerary. During our trip they sent photos and updates every few days, which was just the right amount. I would highly recommend Ken and Coral for anyone looking for kind, caring, responsible housesitters. We would love to have them back if our travelling schedules match in the future or even to pop in for a cup of tea or dinner if they are in the area. Thank you both and we wish you well on your future travels and housesits. Lots of love Charlotte, Yvonne, Dylan and all our furry (and non furry) pets!! Xxx”

Melksham, Wiltshire, UK

  • September 6 – October 15, 2017
  • 3 dogs, Syd and Leia (12-year-old Jack Russell Terriers), Molly (4-year-old Jack-a-Doodle)

“I met Coral and Ken at the train station and immediately warmed to them both. We were able to spend a day with them before we left. We were very confident to leave our dogs with them. Whilst we were away we were sent photos of their walks with our dogs, who I must say looked very happy. We also received emails and were kept informed about how things were at home. We arrived home to an amazing welcome Coral had also cooked us a meal which was very welcome. The house was absolutely spotless and our dogs were very content and we could tell that they had been loved, fed and walked just as we would have. We would highly recommend this wonderful couple who we would now call great friends.”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • August 31 – September 4, 2017
  • 2 dogs, Wylie (6-year-old Golden Retriever), Blaise (3-year-old Golden Retriever)

“We absolutely loved meeting Coral and Ken…and so did our dogs! Our home was so well cared for – plants watered, floors cleaned, sheets and towels washed and the bed re-made, among other things. They both went over and above in caring for our dogs as well – they were tired boys when we arrived home after all the walks and balls they had over the weekend! We would recommend Coral and Ken for any pet and house sitting they apply for…they’re just fabulous people!”

Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

  • August 13 – 23, 2017
  • 2 cats, Molly (9 years old), Boots (8 years old)

“Coral and Ken were fabulous pet sitters for our 2 cats. They arrived when they said they would and immediately befriended our girls. While we were gone they took care of our home as we would, even mowing the lawn and visiting with our neighbours. When we returned, our home was impeccably clean and our cats didn’t even seem to have missed us. We are now looking for a new holiday so that we can have them come back. We highly recommend them as house/pet sitters.”

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  • July 11 – 17, 2017
  • 2 dogs, Rocket (7-year-old Boxer), Jazmin (12-year-old Poodle)

“What wonderful interesting attentive people! They were meticulous in leaving our home neat and clean. They were organized, asked great questions and left the house in perfect condition. Our pets were very well cared for and Ken provided insight into how we might be able to manage a new behavioural issue with one of our dogs. They sent us updates with funny photos and comments. I’d go away again just to have them back.”

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • June 11 – July 10, 2017
  • 1 cat, William (10 years old)
  • See blog post.

“Coral and Ken Pearce (the “Two Pearces”) cared for our house and cat, William, whilst we were away for a month in Europe. We can’t speak too highly of them; they are a responsible, caring and resourceful couple, well-travelled themselves. They took excellent care of our house and of our fun-loving rather demanding-of-attention cat, as well as the indoor and outdoor plants and handled other matters that arose. Ken even proved to be quite the handyman and fixed a broken hinge on one of our kitchen cabinets! The house was spotless when we returned, and William was a well-cared for and happy pussycat. We hope that our future travel plans and their own commitments will permit that they can come to us again. We wouldn’t hesitate to ask them first!”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • May 17 – June 10, 2017
  • 1 cat, Flannel (10 years old)
  • See blog post

“… we honestly don’t know where to begin with how fantastic they were. They went over and above to make this experience exceptional. They cared for our place and pet with the utmost respect, and attended to the ‘little’ things that ended up making a huge difference. While we were away (for 3 weeks), they baked rhubarb muffins and left some in the freezer for us, they took our spring yard waste to the dump, weeded & mowed our lawn & garden with care, manually attended to our irrigation once we learned it wasn’t working properly (right before we left), and replaced everything that they used. They even cleaned our gas fireplace cover. We really appreciated their timely updates while we were away as well. Our home was clean and our cat was happy. We would have them back in a second and refer them to any friend or family member without question.”

Granada, Nicaragua

  • March 28 – April 6, 2017
  • 1 dog, Chuy (chihuahua, 12 years old)

“Coral and Ken are awesome! I was very pleased to meet these two and welcome them to stay in my home in Nicaragua. They are a very nice couple, responsible and were super attentive, respectful and caring in regards to my home and dog. I hope to cross paths with them again. :-)”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • March 10-14, 2016
  • 1 cat, Peanut (17 years old)

“Coral and Ken came to my home the day before I was to leave on a 4-day trip. They met my cat and obviously had lots of experience with cats. They were sure to note feeding schedules, habits of my cat, and the location of cleaning supplies. They were very diligent in making sure that the litter box was cleaned, and when I arrived home, my house was very clean and in order – and the cat was happy! Ken went the extra mile by offering to take me to the airport for my flight, and he also picked me up on my return, an unexpected bonus! I enjoyed the company of both Coral and Ken, and I would highly recommend them to anyone requiring a sitter of their home, with or without a pet.”

In progress and upcoming sits

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • May 29 – July 2, 2023
  • 1 dog, Beinn (French Spaniel, 3 years old)

Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada

  • July 5-25, 2023
  • 2 dogs, Maggie & Zola (Weimaraners, 2 years old)

Oliver, BC, Canada (repeat)

  • September 2-23, 2023
  • 2 cats, Boots (12 years old), Molly (13 years old)


Please use the contact form below if you are interested in having us sit for you.

  • Locations within easy access of Vancouver/Calgary through December 31, 2023 (2 weeks to months-long sits)

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  1. Hi Coral and Ken, Ive sent you a message via facebook messenger asking whether you’re available for a 2 week sit in July in Spirit Bay between Metchosin and Sooke or a few days in late May back in the Highlands for Rose and Sally. Both have asked me to return but I am already committed elsewhere so I wanted to reach out to you to see if you might be available.

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