Hello. I am Christopher and I love nature, people, and animals. I am interested in house sitting around Scotland to look after pets, and care for people's homes and their gardens.
I am a happiness and well-being researcher by profession. I have recently returned to Scotland after an 18-month cycling journey about happiness and I am in the process of writing a book about the experience. A house sit - whether it short or long - would really help with that writing process. I also know Scotland, particularly the central belt, quite well and my focus would be on my writing and looking after your home and all the beings that live within it rather than exploring far and wide.
I am comfortable looking after most animals. I am both a cat and a dog person. I might not have much experience with some animals but I am very quick to learn. I enjoy gardening and I am therefore happy to do things in the garden.
Though I have done the odd house sit in the past for friends and family and their animals, this is the first time I've used a house sitting website. I therefore only have a few references. However, because I am currently in Scotland I'd be happy to meet up beforehand and/or have a telephone call. I also have references for other sharing communities, such as Airbnb and Warmshowers. Plus there is also my personal website and blog about happiness. If you search Christopher Boyce Adventures in Happiness you will find me.
I am a vegetarian and a non-smoker.
Wow what can I say. Thank you so much. We left Christopher in charge of 2 dogs and cat and house for just over one week. Then the covid 19 crisis hit and he was amazing. He was flexible when dates etc changed. He stayed another week after he should have as my family member who was meant to be coming to the house could no longer travel. The dog walker had to stop walking the dogs and he then stepped up to this job too. He arrived the night before we went on holiday and we went through all the ... MOREWow what can I say. Thank you so much. We left Christopher in charge of 2 dogs and cat and house for just over one week. Then the covid 19 crisis hit and he was amazing. He was flexible when dates etc changed. He stayed another week after he should have as my family member who was meant to be coming to the house could no longer travel. The dog walker had to stop walking the dogs and he then stepped up to this job too. He arrived the night before we went on holiday and we went through all the routines. He was a fab communicator and went over and above when reassuring us when we were on the other side of the Atlantic. We were not sure re getting home due to travel restrictions but ensured we had landed safely in UK and were on way home before leaving. House was in good condition on return.
RACHEL (Bathgate Scotland, Mar 2020 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Christopher was with us for 2 months looking after our springer spaniel and writing his book.
He communicated well throughout his stay and our dog was well looked after with lots of long walks. We found him to be a quiet, pleasant, self-sufficient guy who left our property in very good order.
We hope to read his book one day.
AILEEN (Ardwell , Jan 2020 - 2 months)
This is the second time Christopher has looked after our flat and cat for us. Again, his communication was prompt and clear, he arrived punctually, took on board all our requests and we felt completely comfortable with our arrangements. We got a couple of text updates (as agreed) while we were away and arrived back to a happy cat and clean flat. Thanks again!
ZARINA (Leith , Nov 2019 - 3 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Christopher was an excellent house and cat sitter. We really felt comfortable having him look after our cat and home - he inspired confidence immediately. We came back to find a happy cat, and he had left the flat so clean you wouldn't have known anyone had been here. His communication was excellent throughout. We wouldn't hesitate to have him stay at our place again, or to recommend him.
ZARINA (Leith , Oct 2019 - 4 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Christopher was a most excellent house and cat sitter. He followed all my instructions relating to cat care and wellbeing, but was also conscientious to ask questions if he wasn't sure of anything.
The cats bonded with him well and the place was immaculate on my return. I would highly recommend Christopher to house and pet sit to anyone.
CLARE (Lanark Scotland, Aug 2019 - 1 week 1 day)
With a house sitter looking after your pets, house and garden - you can really relax. Happy days.