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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Reptile(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Channel Islands: ALL   England: ALL   Scotland: ALL   Wales: ALL  
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2024: 13-20 Sep

Caring, Conscientious and experienced

46, GDPR/SharePoint support

65, Business Development/Semi-Retired

About Us

We're Kate and Mike, established sitters from Devon who have been house and pet sitting full time for the past five years. We're friendly, caring, non-smoking professionals, who want to use this opportunity to care for some beautiful animals, embrace the responsibility that comes with looking after someone's home, and have some amazing adventures along the way! We both hold animal care certificates and Kate is also qualified in Pet first aid and CPR.

I work remotely in I.T and data protection, helping organisations adapt to changing technologies and GDPR. I'm also a qualified social media specialist, with a fascination for the impact of social media on society and the individual. While I love words, and can often be found with a book in hand, I also adore being outside, particularly by the seaside - there's nothing better than beach combing on a blustery morning! Other interests include amateur entomology (I have a particular fondness for beetles), and history.

After 30 years working as a Civil Servant for the Ministry of Defence, I went back to University, completing a Business Management Degree in 2016. I am particularly interested in helping small businesses find ways to improve their processes and marketing - often small changes will give big results! Having been a home owner, and worked as a Unit Security Officer for MoD, I am safety conscious, very reliable, and comfortable dealing with unexpected situations. Very gregarious, and at home in any company, I love meeting new people, new animals, and seeing new places.

Why we want to house sit
We both value trust and responsibility and pet and house sitting allows us that responsibility, whilst we also get to spend time with a variety of new friends (both animal and human). Aware that leaving your beloved pets and house with strangers is a significant act of faith, we look to providing reassurance, whether that is through a comprehensive pre-sit questionnaire, regular updates by text or messenger (if wanted), or the satisfaction of seeing you come home to a tidy, clean home and happy pets.

We have both looked after and owned numerous cats and small animals over the years, have a large amount of dog and cat sitting experience and, in Kate's case, have several years' experience volunteering at a Wildlife Trust. This included caring for a variety of exotic animals, as well as reptiles (including bearded dragons and tortoises), invertebrates and smaller mammals.

Our experience
Both of us have kept many much loved pets throughout our lives (everything from cats, guinea pigs and gerbils, to giant African land snails and stripy mice). As pet sitters we have looked after and loved numerous dogs and cats, including those with additional needs due to age or ill health. The welfare of the animals in our care is always our highest priority and we both hold animal care certificates. In addition, Kate's work at a Wildlife Trust has enabled her to gain hands on experience in caring for the health and well-being of a wide range of animals, from Parrots to Ring-tailed lemurs, and marmosets to Meerkats. She also holds a Pet first aid and CPR qualification.

Your home
As a previous home owner, Mike has the practical experience of looking after a property, and dealing with any emergencies which may arise. Both of us are highly security minded, particularly when we are trusted with somebody else's home, and we take our responsibilities very seriously.

Clean, tidy and well organised, we will respect your home, look after it as though it was our own, and return it to you just as you left it.

Perhaps the most important part of a successful house sit is communication, and we are both experienced, personally and professionally, in successful communication and information exchange.

We will always ask for detailed information on your home and pets before you leave, and we will also ask you to tell us how often you would like to be contacted while you are away (we will be more than happy to give daily updates with pictures and videos etc. of your pets. Equally, you may wish to completely relax, without any contact from us, in which case we would only contact you in the unlikely event of a significant emergency).

House and pet sitting can provide wonderful opportunities. It allows us the joy of looking after your beloved animals and home, whilst meeting new people and exploring new places, while you are able to relax, knowing your home and pets are in well qualified, caring hands. We look forward greatly to meeting you soon.

Kate and Mike

Reviews (5)
Kate and Mike did an outstanding job in looking after Chester and our home. We returned home from our holiday to a spotlessly clean house and a very happy cat! We Would highly recommend them.
ANGUS (Swindon England, Jul 2023 - 5 days)
This was my first experience posting a sit and the whole experience has been simple and stress free. Kate and Mike were the perfect fit for my house and little cat and took care of everything as if it was their own. Mike even started my car occasionally so that I didn’t come home to a flat battery ! I was away for 3 months and during that time received regular updates and short videos of Astra from Kate via WhatsApp and came home to a happy, healthy cat and a tidy home. I would definitely ... MORE
DIANA (Bideford England, Feb 2023 - 3 months)
Great communication from Kate and Mike starting with a zoom meeting we had before the sit began . Pics of Hetty during the sit and frequent updates . House was cleaner than I left it ! Highly recommended and would be happy to have them both back anytime ☺️
SIOBHAN (Crediton England, Oct 2022 - 2 days)
Kate and Mike were an absolute delight. They updates us on their progress on the journey up, arrived on time and are obviously experienced house sitters who asked all the right questions and made us feel completely at ease at the prospect of leaving our house and Hooper in their care. Communication was excellent throughout and we came back to a clean house and a happy cat - they had even bought us some gifts as a thank you for having them! We can recommend Kate and Mike wholeheartedly and ... MORE
TORBEN (Cardiff Wales, Jul 2020 - 5 days)
Kate and Mike were super sitters! Great communication from the outset, and came to visit about a month before the sit. We were put very much at ease with that, they were calm and nothing seemed too much bother. They had handover at each end of the sit from our relatives as we were away, and communicated with them so all went very smoothly. Doodle has been very well looked after and enjoyed their company. We will definitely come back to you for future sits!
JULIA (Torquay England, Jul 2019 - 1 week 1 day)
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