our house and pet sitting life

Since deciding, back in 2015, to retire early and start traveling full time we wondered how we would cope being on the road all the time and not having a home base of our own. And then we discovered house sitting.

House sitting has transformed the way we travel, enabling us to explore different parts of the world at a slow pace, integrate with local communities and best of all – spend time with wonderful pets.

The concept of house sitting for home owners is a real game changer.

We know that many people find it very difficult to travel when they have much loved pets at home.

The drama around finding a friend or family member to stay or to drop over to check on animals is often too much to bear. Plus, the cost of kenneling pets is usually prohibitive and adds significantly to the travel budget.
 

As house sitters, we provide valuable services to home & pet owners –  two responsible and caring people to care for pets, maintain property and deal with whatever else needs attending to.

Home owners can take off with peace of mind while we keep the home ticking over and the pets’ routine maintained.

Here, check out our house sitting blog posts…….

our house and pet sitting references

In our 3 years of full time travelling and house sitting we’ve had the honour and pleasure to provide home and pet care services to over 25 home owner families.

We’ve loved looking after 26 dogs and 19 cats – that’s 45 different temperaments and feeding styles.

You can browse through our home owners references here. Contact details are available upon request, please send us a message for information.

Sue and Dave Pearse were exceptional house sitters for us.

They looked after our student, dog and cat and house.

Everything was super clean and tidy on return. We are very happy and can’t recommend them enough.

Our pets were very happy with the arrangement too.

Dave & Sue were over to take care of my Lhasa Apso boy Truffles, and a new axolotl friend for a week.

Truffles was in love with Sue right away (he prefers pretty ladies) and I was totally comfortable leaving the pup under their care. He was out for walks daily and I am glad that his daily routine wasn’t upset at all. Furthermore, Sue sends me daily snippets in a video which I enjoy watching over and over! I was welcomed home with a very happy and clean Truffles, and they washed all my mats as well! The unit was probably cleaner than before I left, and everything is so neat and tidy.

Thank you Dave and Sue, will defo seek you out for any future house sittings if you are available.

Kevyl

Sue & Dave took great care of our property and cat over 2 months or so. They’re very sociable and good company and made a number of friends during their stay. They also coped admirably when extremely high winds caused havoc!

We would be pleased to have them sit for us again and are happy to wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone. We hope to see them again.

Phillipa

 

Sue and Dave stayed with our two little dogs, Holly and Mia, at our house for 6 nights.

We are very happy with how well they looked after the puppies and the house. The dogs were happy to see us on our return, but I got the feeling that they’d have been just as happy if Sue and Dave stayed longer!!

Karen

 
 

While we were away on our holiday, one of our dogs started showing signs of being unwell. Dave and Sue picked up on it right away and got in contact with us. We are lucky that they were so diligent and attentive, otherwise the vet told us that we would have lost our dog Bob. This is a key benefit of having amazing house sitters. If we would have had a friend coming each day to feed and walk the dogs they probably wouldn’t have picked up on the signs until it was too late. Thank you for taking Bob to the vet and then the pet hospital, it truly saved his life.

Dave and Sue did an amazing job, our house and dogs were well cared for and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Thank you, firstly for looking after our house and dogs so well, and secondly for saving Bob’s life. The difference was coming home to a well looked after house and two happy dogs, as opposed to the scary difference which would have been telling the kids that we lost their favorite dog Bob while we were away.

Wishing you both all the best with your future travels, we would love to have you house sit again, anytime you like.

Carly

Sue and Dave have been the best house sitters we have ever had.

They looked after our lovely labradoodle to the highest possible standard giving her lots of love and attention.I don’t think she even noticed we were not there!

Our house and garden were left in immaculate order, clean and tidy.

Sue and Dave well exceeded our expectations and I would not hesitate to recommend them as future house sitters.

Jill & Ken

Dave & Sue stayed in my home recently & took great care of my Labrador dog Ruby & my kitten Madi.

They were just wonderful, my home was clean & tidy on my return.

I wouldn’t hesitate to have them back. I wish them all the very best in the future : )

Julie

We had the pleasure of having Dave and Sue look after our house, dog and chinchilla recently for a week.

Just looking at their references and their travel blog suggested we needed do no more research and asked if they would sit for us which they glad accepted. I met them at the train station smack on time and although I had just received bad news about our holiday being cancelled, they were absolutely fine if we had to cancel the whole stay. Luckily we found somewhere else and all went as planned.

They are lovely people and kept us fully informed of what was going on at home including pictures of the pets and one with them soaking wet through walking Millie.

We have already said we will give them first refusal on our next trip, that’s how much we liked them.

We came back to a lovely clean house with a bunch of flowers to welcome us home. Also, we had a black bin liner full of fallen leaves, so a little gardening had been done by the looks of it 🙂

So if you are thinking about asking Sue and Dave to house sit for you, think no longer, they are great.

Many thanks you two 

Paul and Jane

Our cat had been ill and was recovering when Dave and Sue arrived – she looked better when we got home. They sent pics and updates without us asking which was really reassuring.

The house looked great when we got back, and they’d left a note and flowers too!

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others looking for capable, thoughtful and reliable house sitters.

Rosie

Sue & Dave spent a week looking after our excitable terrier Alfie. From the first time we spoke to them, we knew that they would do a great job house sitting for us, and we weren’t wrong.

Alfie was clearly well looked after and the house was really clean and tidy when we got back. Sue & Dave were really easy to arrange things with, and they made great efforts to make sure that they were fitting in with our plans. All in all; we couldn’t have asked for more…

Perfect house sitters!

Rob

 
 

For us it was a privilege to have Dave and Sue Pearse look after our home and much loved dogs.

It is hard to imagine there could be any couple better at house sitting for us.

Between them they formed a bond with our two dogs from the first moment and given that one of the dogs is pretty timid speaks volumes for their natural animal management abilities of which they take great pride in.

They made it possible for us to have a wonderful worry free holiday.

Our home was handed back to us in immaculate order.

We can not speak highly enough of Dave and Sue.

Tina & Owen

FANTASTIC house sitters.

Sue and Dave were the first house sitters we have had and we entrusted them with our beloved ten year old cat and our new puppy. We couldn’t have found more diligent, responsible and trustworthy people had we interviewed prospective house sitters from a worldwide application list. Our sorrow is that Sue and Dave live on the other side of the world in Australia and we couldn’t call on them each and every time we wanted to go away.

They cared for our animals like they were their own, kept in contact whilst we were away via text, email and Skype and we returned home to a home cleaner and tidier than we left it. The care and passion that this couple put into looking after our animals and home could not be surpassed and have made a very difficult house-sit to follow.

Thank you Sue and Dave!

Kate

We were away overseas for 4 weeks over Christmas into January 2017, leaving our house, pool, gardens, 10-year-old cat and our 1-year-old dog in Sue and Dave’s capable hands.

It was good to know beforehand that they are experienced with home and pool maintenance because as it turns out, there were issues with our dishwasher and pool equipment while we were away. Sue & Dave dealt with both circumstances efficiently and professionally – notifying us and making arrangements for repairs with the proper companies on our behalf.

They also sent us updates on our pets from time to time (as we were missing them). It was reassuring for us to know that our pets were being looked after by genuinely caring people. We came home to a clean house, the gardens looked great, and our animals were happy and content.

Definitely will be using Sue & Dave again!

Nicola

Sue and Dave house and pet-sat for us for three weeks. They were so attentive and loving to our two dogs and our cat meaning that we were completely reassured and relaxed about their welfare while we were away.

They sent regular up-dates and photos which were lovely to receive when we were so far away.

They coped with several plumbing emergencies in our absence and the house was clean and tidy on our return.

Sue and Dave are genuinely lovely people who inspire confidence and trust. I would not hesitate to recommend them and hope to use their services again in the future. The dogs spent several days looking for them after they left so I’m sure they would be happy to see them again too!

Sue & Dave took care of our 2 fur babies (cats) and house for 2 weeks in June/July 2016.

They made us feel very comfortable from the start and made a lot of effort to make sure we were. They kept in touch while we were away sending updates on the cats – one of which can be quite high maintenance and needs daily tablets. They couldn’t administer it the way we usually do but managed to find a way to get the job done without any stress to them or the cats.

We came home to an immaculate house (cleaner than we left it!) and very chilled out cats that didn’t seem bothered in the slightest that we left them (or were home again!)

We would happily recommend Sue and Dave as sitters and have them back again any time.

Nicole

To leave my cats, house and business in such capable hands made my two week break truly perfect and worry-free.

Sue and Dave plan, organise, communicate and care like true friends.

They tackled a more involved house-sit, a guesthouse, effortlessly.

Looking forward to seeing them again at the end of the year.

Elaine

Sue and Dave are a responsible experienced and capable pair. We recommend them highly as house sitters.

They looked after our cats and home for a period of 6 weeks. They communicated clearly and promptly before and during their stay at our place and were quick to understand what we wanted. They looked after one of our cats who was ill for a few days very reliably, administering medication and taking him to the vet for a check. They attended to some car maintenance tasks willingly and these tasks were really outside their house sitting brief. They kept plants watered and paths swept and the house was tidy to return to.

We would not hesitate to ask them again to house sit. There really isn’t any higher recommendation is there?

Felicity & Ian

Sue and Dave were beyond fantastic. When we advertised our house-sit, something stood out about Sue and Dave. They came with great references and had loads of experience with animals…… and they did not disappoint!

We are so lucky to have found them. Our animals were so well cared for, and this was obvious when we returned home. They were well groomed and all looked so healthy. Sue and Dave knew i was anxious about leaving the animals due to a previous house sitting experience, but they really put my mind at rest. In the lead up to us going away they stayed in close contact, and while we were away we had regular photo updates of what are beloved fur babies were up to. This for me was exactly what i needed to help me relax on holiday knowing that they were in great hands.

When we returned home not only were the pets in great condition, but the house was so clean and tidy. There were essentials in the fridge, and even a framed photo of the pets from while we were away. It made us feel so comfortable walking back into our own home, all the sheets were washed dried and back on the bed, the house smelled amazing, and it was just lovely. Previous house sitters we have had just did the bare minimum that is expected but Sue and Dave went above and beyond. We are so grateful.

We wish them all the best for their travels and we hope and pray that they one day want to come back to house sit for us again.

Sian

We were extremely lucky (and so were our dogs) to have Sue and Dave look after our “fur babies” for 2 plus weeks.

From our initial Skype we felt very comfortable with our choice and this was fully endorsed throughout their sit. We were impressed by the way they related to our two dogs and we had no hesitation in leaving them in their capable hands. Their communication prior to, during and post sit was very thorough.

On our arrival home it was clearly evident both dogs and our home had been well cared for.

If you want friendly, trustworthy and responsible sitters we can highly recommend Sue and Dave to others.

Barry & Jane

Sue and Dave looked after our dog Bindi and our home.

They were absolutely fantastic. They sent us messages to update us throughout their stay. We came home to a very happy dog and a very clean house. Sue even washed the linen for me, very thoughtful.

I hope they will be available next time we need a house sitter.

Thanks so much Sue and Dave

Denise

From the moment Sue and Dave contacted me about sitting for Ginger and Astaire I felt they were the right fit. Both experienced sitters, they seemed genuinely interested in looking after the two rascals and were great at keeping in contact and checking in before the sit.

When we connected in person I was incredibly impressed with how much time and care they took reading the manual and there was no denying how comfortable Astaire and Ginger immediately felt with them. Two sometimes tricky kitties, they were definitely on their best behaviour with Sue and Dave and I have my suspicions that they may like them better than me ;).

I wouldn’t hesitate recommending these two amazing Aussies for a house sit and I’m already in conversations to have them back in Bangkok again soon if it works out. I highly recommend these two amazing people to care for your precious fur-babies anytime.

Rachael

Sue and Dave house sat for us in September 2015.

They are a lovely couple, reliable, trustworthy and paid attention to all the small details.

Our pets loved them and so did we. On our return the house was clean, pets brushed and a lovely vase of hand picked flowers to welcome us.

We thoroughly recommend these two as excellent house sitters.

Dot & Helen

Sue and Dave Pearse house sat for us in our home in Richmond. They were really easy to communicate with and were very willing to work in with our plans.

They looked after our elderly Jack Russell and our cat over a few days whilst we were out of town. I found Sue great to communicate with and they did a great job of caring for our precious family members for us. We were able to relax and enjoy our time away, as we knew that our animals were being well looked after.

I would recommend them for anyone needing someone great to house sit for them.

Nicki & Owen

Sue and Dave proved to be professional friendly reliable.

They cared for my pets and home exceptionally well and paid attention to the details of the care program and are welcome back any time socially and professionally.

Pat

Sue and husband house sat our home in Dunedin NZ. They

were excellent and our dog, birds and fish were well cared for.

Anne & John

get in touch

We’re always happy to talk about our house and pet sitting lifestyle, so drop us a line if you’d like to find out more or to just have a chat some time.

We’d love to hear from you.

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