House and pet sitting

Reviews of completed sits Upcoming and in-progress sitsOur availability

We are living nomadically, or slow travelling, and this provides us with opportunities to experience all that a community has to offer. House and pet sitting can add bonuses like furry friends to keep us company, green spaces and gardens to putter in and 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.

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

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These are in addition to house sit reviews that are available on the house sitting platforms noted above (and copied to the Completed sits section, below).

  • Landlord reference letter (2009-2014)
  • AirBnB: We use AirBnB quite a bit and have several references available there. Check them out on the site if you have an AirBnB account, or here for an offline version if you do not.

Completed sits

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
Zooka&Pip_Calgary (2).jpg

“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); garden

“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); remote house, watering

“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); 2-bedroom home; plants
  • 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); 4-bedroom home; lawns and garden
  • 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); 2-bedroom home

“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); 2 bedroom townhouse

“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

Oliver, British Columbia, Canada (Repeat sit)

  • September 16 – October 4, 2019
  • 2 cats, Boots (10 years old), Molly (11 years old)

Ajijic, Mexico

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


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

Snells Beach, New Zealand

  • February 7-16, 2020
  • 1 dog, Pip (Border Collie, 3 years old)

Timaru, New Zealand

  • April 11-28, 2020
  • 2 dogs, Penny (Yellow Lab, 13 years), Trixie (Whippet/Italian Greyhound cross, 4 years old)



  • October to mid-December 2019 (except for sit periods noted above)

New Zealand and area

  • January to June 2020 (except for booked sit periods noted above)

Vancouver and Calgary areas

  • June 2020 to August 2020

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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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