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  • 0 - 1 week
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), Farm Animals
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  • England: North West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber  
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Dog lovers & chicken sitters !!

64, Retired

59, Electrician

My name is Mac and my husband is John. I am 64 & John is 59. In September 2014 I retired from BAE SYSTEMS in the payroll office. I had worked for them for 37 years. It is a military aircraft corporation and so, I was security cleared by the Ministry of Defence. My job in payroll obviously meant great confidentiality and trustworthiness. John is an electrician in a hospital where he job shares. This means he works 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off. When he is off, we will be travelling and pet/house sitting. He has been with the hospital for 24 years.

I am allergic to cats so I can't stroke and cuddle them. That would be John's job! Otherwise I am ok with them in the same room, feeding and cleaning litter trays.

Please note, we are NOT running a business. Our services are mutually free. We want to do this for the love of your pets and seeing another part of the country. We would never invite our friends or family into your home. We don't have any children.

We are fit, healthy and young at heart. Between us we enjoy canoeing, sea fishing, playing squash, cycling, camping and touring the UK in our Bongo campervan. Our lifetime ambition is to walk the entire 2500 mile canal towpath network having already completed well over half of this. John also restores classic Japanese motorbikes from the 70's & 80's.

We joined Housesitters in September 2014 and have always endeavoured to meet home owners before we sit.

Our first pet/house sit was in November 2014. Since then we have sat at dozen's of family homes, whether they be dogs, cats, poultry, lizards, we have also managed small farms with up to 160 sheep and a couple of horses.

We love our travels and walking and have stayed in many homes and treat them with utmost respect. John enjoys an alfresco cigarette and never smokes indoors.

We live in a village 3 miles south of Preston, Lancashire, We have been dog owners for most of our lives but sadly they have passed at a ripe old age. We must have been doing something right!! HELP, we need your dog(s) to go for walks!!

No more dogs of our own because of the nationwide travel that we are now able to do. Pet/house sitting in the UK is a great way to have the company of your pet(s) and give them the love, affection, care and walks that they deserve while you are away.

Thanks very much for taking the time to read our profile. Please get in touch, we may be able to help.

Reviews (35)
Mac and John did a faboulous job of keeping my little family happy and well walked. They looked after the house and even helped to set up an Airbnb let I have. They are keen walkers and took the dogs with them on outings. When I returned it was lovely to spend time with them and to see how happy and relaxed my dogs were in their company. I've of my dogs Oliver can be a bit naughty and a worry to leave, but he had been well behaved for them and they kept a careful eye on him. I have asked ... MORE
 
DEBORAH (Cromford England, Feb 2019 - 1 week)
Mac and John were amazing house sitters. They are possibly the most organized people we have met and had thought of everything. Their communicate was exemplary and made us feel comfortable right from the first time we spoke. Our pets loved them and they obviously had a great time whilst we were away. The best aspect of Mac and John is how lovely and relaxed they both are. Hoping to book them again.
 
BEN (Southport England, Aug 2022 - 5 Days (Mon-Fri))
Mac and John were amazing! They took this house sit at short notice, and agreed to look after our 4 dogs 2 cats and a few chickens. We felt confident in their abilities to care for our animals and home whilst when we were away. Their calm and gentle approach gave us confidence in their abilities. I would love for them to sit for us again
 
ALEXANDRA (Llanfynydd Wales, Mar 2022 - 5 days)
John and Mac were great and our dogs loved them. The house was immaculately clean when we returned from holiday which was brilliant. They had even replaced some broken light bulbs and a faulty door handle which was very kind! Overall very easy to communicate with and totally trustworthy. Would happily recommend to look after you house and pets while away.
 
KIRSTY (Huddersfield , Feb 2022 - 10 days)
We struck gold with our first house/pet sitting experience. Mac and John are very capable, friendly and professional. After meeting them we felt reassured that our home/chickens and dogs would be well looked after. They helped us understand what to look for in a house-sitter for the future. We returned to a clean and tidy house, a mopped kitchen floor, and 2 contented dogs who slept for the rest of the day. We would love to have them back should our dates coincide with theirs.
 
JANICE (Braunston, Daventry England, Nov 2021 - 3 days)
I can't speak highly enough about Mac and John, they are truly excellent sitters! It was great to meet them ahead of the sit and regular comms helped make things seamless. Our dog Millie has clearly had a fabulous time with them and she's a bit disappointed that, now we're home, the house is back to being an office during the day. I would have no hesitation recommending Mac and John, but book early they are in high demand!
 
JULIE (Blackburn England, Oct 2021 - 8 days)
As soon as we met Mac and John, we knew we were all in safe hands. This was our first house sit experience and they were really helpful as they have done some many sits over the years. They asked us a comprehensive set of questions about the house and the dog so we felt all bases were covered. They did a daily diary and showed us photographs of where they had taken Sydney during the week which was lovely to see. The house was cleaner than when we left. We would recommend Mac and John without ... MORE
 
BRIDGET (Chichester Harbour England, Sep 2021 - 1 week 1 day)
Cannot fault Mac and John whatsoever. We came back to a sparkling clean house and garden tidier than we left it. Our dog had been showered with love and attention and her already little legs walked off! Would highly recommend.
 
CAOLINE (CHORLEY , Jul 2021 - 2 weeks)
Thanks for taking the time Caroline. Great review. See you next year, if not before. Mac
Mac and John were wonderful sitters for two very different dogs, one being a puppy. We were extremely pleased with the state of the house and garden on our return. We would be pleased to see them again anytime.
 
ROSE (Stocksfield England, Jul 2020 - Two weeks)
Absolutely first class, fully recommended, dogs happy and more, house clean and everything in order. Who could ask for more. Very professional and a great help, they even brought their own dog tags, brilliant. We have a big house, a B&B and all was calm and well looked after, thank you. They are now friends and the dogs love them, we will certainly look forward to asking them again to look after the house and our three dogs, Jack, (a Jack Russell not easy), Dora (a food loving Labrador, they ... MORE
 
SHEILA (Reeth England, Nov 2019 - 4 days)
We could not have asked for kinder, more helpful, more conscientious carers for our house and dogs than Mac and John. Not only did they wear our two energetic collies out with wonderful long walks, but John fixed several electrical and other issues in the house and Mac made the kitchen sparkle. And on top of all that, John left home-made pies for us to just heat and eat! We could not recommend Mac and John more highly.
 
CELIA (Kirtlington England, Sep 2019 - 9 nights)
Honestly cant thank Mac and John for looking after my home, poochy and cat for 10 days. Their communication was amazing, they took lots of pics of their adventures with my dog and provided me with a day to day log of the adventures too. My house was left spotless, bedding and towels were washed before I came home. Honestly love these two, would recommend 100% and we cant wait to have them come again! Xx
 
TASHA (St. Helens , Jun 2019 - 1 week)
Mac and John are perfect house sitters, we used them for the first time and they went well over and beyond what you'd reasonably expect. Looking after lots of animals of various types, doing odd jobs and leaving the house spotless. We couldn't ask for more. Also lovely people to share a meal with - what could be better. We 'd love to book all our breaks around their availability!
 
MIKE (Near Ludlow , Jun 2019 - 4 days)
Mac & John were fantastic house sitters and took the best care of our puppy Efa. Their communication was quick and efficient and we were more than comfortable having them stay in our house. John even did some gardening and made our back gate dog proof which was definitely above and beyond! Efa just adored them and was happy as anything when we got home. Would definitely recommend Mac & John as house/dog sitters.
 
HEATHER (Shawbury England, Apr 2019 - 3 days)
Mac and John were great and very experienced house sitters. We felt totally comfortable leaving our home and animals in their capable hands. Communication was great and they came to visit before the actual short house sit to familiarise themselves. We would have no hesitation in recommending them and hope they will be free to house sit again for us sometime in the future.
 
SUSAN (West Lavington England, Mar 2019 - 3 nights)
This was the first time we used the housesitteruk site and obviously were a little nervous at the prospect of strangers coming to look after our fur babies. Mac and John are however fantastic. We met beforehand and soon felt at ease that they would look after everything just fine and that is exactly what they did. Our dogs have been cared for with love and have had fantastic walks and outings wit. Mac and John. Our house was left spotless and they even surprised us with dinner ready cooked on ... MORE
 
NICOLETTE (Leagram with Little Bowland England, Feb 2019 - 3 days)
No rating What can you say about Mac and John except wonderfull ! Coming back from my holidays to find two happy dogs and a cat plus a lovely clean home nothing out of place and I'm not sure what they eat or cooked ,I can't recommend them enough they are two lovely people ! I hope they can sit for again in the future ,to go away and know your animals and home are safe is worth so much .
JOAN (High Peak England, Jan 2019 - 1 week)
No rating We found Mac and John to be trustworthy and very capable sitters. Our labrador Boris, can suffer with separation anxiety, but not with these two. He was so well taken care off, he actually missed them when they had gone. Mac had even left us a journal of his daily activities. Our instructions were followed to the letter, and we returned home to a 'clean as a pin' house. Very happy to recommend them to anyone who reads this review, and hope they will return to sit for us again. Thanks guys, you ... MORE
SUE (Oakham England, Dec 2018 - 1 week 6 days)
No rating Mac and John left us yesterday having looked after our 3 labradors and home for 5 days. We returned home to find the dogs happy and clearly well looked after and our home as we had left it ....well, better than we left it actually!! They had even cut the lawns! Their bedding/towels had been washed and dried. Fresh milk, bread and some other provisions had been bought and left for us and also a lovely lasagne. As they had had to leave for their long journey home before we arrived they ... MORE
MARGARET & SIMON (Llandysul Wales, Sep 2018 - 5 days)
No rating John and Mac are the answer to anyone who wants a house sitter. My dogs and cats had the time of their lives. The dogs were walked and walked, the cats looked after and our house and garden were left immaculatey. I could not recommend them more highly and I want them to come back next year!
SARAH (Taunton England, Jun 2018 - 2 weeks 2 days)
No rating Thank you Mac and John for looking after our whippet Misty in our home while we were away for 2 weeks. She is genuinely missing you and still looking for you around the house and runs to the gate outside to check if you're there. Thank you also for looking after the house and plants so well. It was so nice for us to come back to a clean and tidy house after the 2-day journey home. Selfishly we don't really want anyone to know how wonderful and trustworthy you are as house and pet sitters as ... MORE
JULIE (Peebles , Mar 2018)
No rating It was our first time using this site so we were a little apprehensive but Mac and John exceeded our expectations and were great in every way. Their communication was quick and responsive and they clearly love animals (a 60Kg American Bulldog called Charlie in our case). They took time to find out about Charlie's character and even took pictures and kept a little diary of their time with him. That would have been more than enough but they even carried out some jobs around the house. We felt ... MORE
PHIL & ELISE (Bath England, Mar 2018 - 1 week 1 day)
No rating Our house was immaculate when we came home. The dogs were happy and exhausted. Truly trustworthy couple.
REBECCA (Haverfordwest Wales, Oct 2017 - 1 week)
No rating Mac & John stayed at our house for 10 days to look after our slightly mad 3 dogs. A cockerpoo who loves everyone, a paranoid Pomeranian who barks at everyone and everything and a 14 month old Akita who can't decide if he's meant to be the boss or be bossed! When we arrived home, both the house and the dogs had been well looked after. We were able to see pictures of walks they all went on and could see just how relaxed the dogs were in the care of Mac & John. I think the Akita was a bit of ... MORE
RACHEL (Roosebeck England, Jul 2017 - 1 week 4 days)
No rating Thank you to John and Mac for the wonderful care of our dogs and home. Great to come home to 2 very settled Golden Retrievers with clean house and garden. John and Mac were very thorough, considerate, knowledgeable and fun.They visited us before we left. made regular contact, provided forms for details, sent photos, made a log of their journeys along the canals and recommended new places to visit. We would have no hesitation in having them sit for us in the future and highlyrecommending them to ... MORE
JOHN (Hinckley England, May 2017 - 3 weeks)
No rating What can we say?? This was our first time using a house sitter and the whole experience has been a very positive one. Mac and John are both lovely, genuine and considerate people who I would gladly have in my home again. We left for almost two weeks, leaving 2 dogs, 2 Guineas and 2 fish to care for. We came home to lots of very happy pets and two very well walked and fussed over dogs!! The house was immaculate and John had even done a few odd jobs round the house for us! Thank you!!! We ... MORE
RACHEL (Kettleshulme England, Aug 2016 - 2 weeks 4 days)
No rating Mac & John are nothing less than magnificent. Our dogs adore them, our cat adores them and our neighbours adore them, the garden and house looks fantastic, we can recommend them in an instance even though we want to keep them all for our selves. We hope that we will have a long and happy friendship with them and they are forever welcome at our home even when they are not housesitting. Thanks again guys we will be in touch soon. Trish, Neil, Phoebe, Henry, Misty, Bobby, Fishes and lasts but ... MORE
TRISH WIGGLESWORTH (Mirfield England, Aug 2016 - 1 week 4 days)
No rating It was great having them both,they did so many things for me that needed doing .Yes would like them very much to come back on another occasion.Thank you both again for everything
JOHN (Isle Of Harris Scotland, Jun 2016 - 3 weeks)
No rating Hi Mac and John came to sit for our precious dogs Stanley & Lucy for a 5 night stay. The dogs took to Mac and John straight away meaning we could go on holiday feeling confident the dogs would be having a good time. On our return we were given a diary and slideshow of all the places they'd been. Lots of lovely walks, the dogs were content, well walked and looked after with kindness. Our home was well looked after too. We would thoroughly recommend Mac and John and gave already ... MORE
JAYNE (Bridlington England, Mar 2016 - 2 days)
No rating Mac and John looked after my very energetic Staffie for a long weekend at the end of February. They had two meetings with her beforehand just to make sure both parties were happy with each other. I had one very tired but happy dog when I got back and I have already agreed 3 more sits with them for later in the year. They are a lovely couple and I would recommend them to anyone.
RUTH (Ashton on Ribble England, Feb 2016 - 3 days)
No rating What can I say..... Mac and John were totally brilliant with our two dogs and two rabbits. Until now we've really worried about leaving our Golden Doodle as he suffers with anxiety when we leave him... we've already asked Mac & John to help us out again as the dogs were so chilled out when we returned. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.
ANGELA (Wilpshire, Blackburn, England, Dec 2015 - 4 days)
No rating It was the first time I have used a house sitter when I have been away so I was a little apprehensive about it. Mac and John, however, took my dog, Ty, on lots of lovely walks (in spite of wind and rain) and looked after him very well. Not only that but John did a few excellent DIY jobs around my house while I was gone. How brilliant it was to come home and have things I hadn't had time to do sorted out! Ty was happy and relaxed on my return and My house was clean and tidy. I wouldn't ... MORE
BARBARA (Caernarfon, Wales, Nov 2015 - 1 week)
No rating Mac and John stayed in our home with our dogs whilst we were away on holiday for 10 days. This was the first time we had used a house sitter and we are so, so grateful that Mac and John chose to stay in our home. Our dogs, like most peoples, are our pride and joy and entrusting someone else to look after them is sometimes a scary ordeal. Mac and John couldn't have made it any easier for us, and the pooches! They kept a photo diary of all the places they had visited and walks they had ... MORE
KAY (Whitehaven, England, Jul 2015)
No rating Mac and John came to my house to look after my dogs and Chickens. I could not recommend them enough. They are so lovely and clearly love animals. 2 of my dogs are not very sociable with strangers, but really did take to Mac and John. It was great to leave my home and animals to such lovely people. On my arrival back home I was given a slide show of all the great walks and places they had visited while staying at my house with dolly my French bulldog having a great time in woods and pubs. ... MORE
CLAIRE (Leeds, May 2015)
No rating This is the first time we have used House Sitters, so was understandably rather apprehensive. We couldn't have been more put at ease by Mac and John who visited first to meet our two dogs, Rosie and Max. We enjoyed a weekend away knowing our pets and house were in good hands. When we returned the house was immaculate and the dogs even sulked for a few days! I think they missed Mac and John! I will definitely be asking for their services again in the future and would not hesitate to ... MORE
ANN (Leeswood, Wales, Apr 2015)
 
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