House and pet sitting

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:

References

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

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)
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“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)
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“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
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“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.
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“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
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“… 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
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“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 town house
“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

Stans, Switzerland

  • December 7, 2017 – January 5, 2018
  • 2 cats, Sienna (9 years old), Peppino (7 years old)

Canalicchio, Umbria, Italy

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

Availability

Italy, Croatia, Spain, or other European countries

  • January 6-29, February 19 – June 2018

Vancouver, Calgary

  • June 2018 – September 2018
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