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I worked in San Francisco for many years, then returned to the UK to care for my mum. I now have freedom of movement (no family ties) and love to travel, to meet people and to love and care for pets as I would my own (more so actually!). I genuinely love all animals and put great effort into caring for all the pets I sit. And these days, while still extremely active, I like to live a little more comfortably. And I really like the idea of an exchange of services that's not for money. So a house sit is perfect. I have lots of house sitting experience and have received exceptional reviews, wherever I've been in the world. I'm a genuine person and would love to offer you and your pets my services.

House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Marshall Islands, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2021: 1Apr-15Nov
  • On a house-sit right now

Pete - an exceptional sitter

55, Sitter/Writer

Hi, I'm Pete, a VERY highly-regarded sitter with a huge amount of experience - I've been sitting very successfully for many years, and I get invited back by my owners all the time.

I'm trustworthy, reliable, respectful and kind, and have all 5-star reviews over many sits (at least 25 now with Trustedhousesitters.com, a UK-based global site) - my written reviews are exceptional. While I'm relatively new to this site (joined in July 2019), I already have two excellent reviews, and can supply detailed reviews from the other site. I've copied the most recent ones below and would be happy to share my password to the full site so you can confirm my reviews. I'm a genuine person, and I genuinely care.

I'm self-reliant, have coped with many different situations, I'm always completely respectful of the owner's home, and extremely clean and tidy as well. And, of course, I love to be around and care for animals. Dogs and cats are my speciality, but I've looked after goats, sheep, chickens, fish, reptiles and birds too.

I'm a freelance writer and this allows me to sit almost all of the time, so I do treat all my sits with absolute care and take the job seriously - I'm not just a holiday seeker! I genuinely care, and my reviews back this up.

I've just completed a 3-month sit in the Caribbean (extensive weeding on a 14 acre property) and am now back in the Bay Area looking for my next assignment.

My most recent reviews from Trusted HouseSitters:

Leighsha - San Ramon, Costa Rica
5 Mar - 9 Apr 2020

Pete did a FANTASTIC job looking after our fur children. Our three kitties were already quite spoiled but with the cuddles and attention he gave them they are all three completely rotten now. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 situation began to unfold shortly after my husband and I left for our trip. Pete sprung into action offering to do whatever he could to assist us. He offered to stay longer at our sit if we needed due to being stuck in the US. He communicated daily with updates and photos of the kitties as well as updates on the local situation in Costa Rica. This definitely helped put our minds at ease! When we arrived back home we found the house spotlessly clean and very happy and healthy fur children. In fact I was having a conversation with them last night and all three expressed how much they miss their Uncle Pete, Poncho especially. He's the youngest and demands a little extra attention of which Pete happily supplied. Hahaha!!!JD and I enjoyed getting to know Pete and feel that we will have a lasting friendship. It is not often that you meet such a kind and genuine person that you can trust with the things that mean the most to you...your home and your family. Pete gets 5+ Stars!!!
Till next time we see you our friend...Pura Vida!JD & Leighsha

Kevin and joanne - Paso Robles, California, United States
8 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020

Peter is our holy grail of dog sitters. I mean honestly he has been our only one through trusted housesitters yet but when you come home from vacation and everything is in order and the dogs basically tell me to go away and extend our vacation, then you know Peter is amazing. He is very lovely to converse with, he likes things to be crystal clear so that there's no confusion on anyone's part, he sends updates and photos, and even bought a few things for the home and pets along the way. We did let him borrow the car so that he could take the dogs to the beach or the vet if needed, which made me feel safe about their love and care. He is a very courteous driver, a bit grandma-ish in that regard however i am totally fine with that of course! We are having him back in May so yep, y'all are gonna hear from me again! Part of me didn't want to leave such a good review because then he won't be as available for me anymore! Ha. But honesty is my downfall, so here you have it, folks. He's pretty much family to me now!

Pet care
Received | Feb 20, 2020

Leslie - Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
18 Nov - 6 Dec 2019

Terrific. Peter took care of our house and two cats
For several weeks. He is an experienced sitter.
He is kind, conscientious, smart and very very responsible. And he left the house spotless.
He is perfect.

Pet care
Received | Dec 21, 2019

Jan and tim - Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
16 Sep - 23 Oct 2019

All the great things people have written about Pete are true! He's an excellent communicator, very organized, highly responsible and a delight to deal with. He is very tidy: left the house very clean and took excellent care of our car - he drove our Prius so conservatively, he got the best gas mileage we've ever seen! He kept in touch with us while we were traveling for 5 ½ weeks, sending notes and photos and keeping us posted.

We were very surprised by an early frost and he dealt creatively with our potted plants, and shut down our drip irrigation system adeptly. He even replaced some of the plants he thought were goners! He also swept up piles of leaves that fell, which we hadn't even thought to ask him to do.

We would welcome him back anytime as a house sitter, a friend and a neighbor.

Debby - San Francisco, California, United States
30 Aug - 8 Sep 2019

Fantastic, would definitely love to have him come back another time.

Pet care
Received | Sep 12, 2019

Rachel - Portland, Oregon, United States
17 Jun - 16 Aug 2019

Peter was our first house sitter through this service and we were so lucky and grateful we found him! We are a couple with a 14 year old cat who were going out of the country for 8 weeks, so we needed someone we could trust to take care of things while we were abroad. EC, our cat, had no medical issues, so we thought this would be an easy stay. Four weeks into our trip, EC developed symptoms that concerned Peter (and us) so he quickly got her to our vet and, unfortunately, this began a series of tests, vet visits and even hospitalization until our cat was stabilized. After she was released, Peter administered multiple medications every day, spoke frequently to medical professionals and navigated a confusing and scary situation until we got home.

Peter could not have been better. He was as concerned as we were and kept in close contact with us, taking copious notes and adding his observations to what we were hearing from the medical professionals. When EC wasn't eating, he bought all kinds of things to try to entice her to eat and hand fed her. He learned how to give her pills, liquid meds and transdermal applications - our cat's first experience with any medication! It was a very difficult time and we are so grateful to him. Many people may not have even noticed that there was a problem until it was too late, yet Pete was very watchful and proactive. When we spoke to our vet upon our return, she made sure to let us know how impressed she was by him.

We fully recommend Peter without reservation to anyone who wants a trustworthy, kind and caring house and pet-sitter. He is a wonderful person and we will always be very thankful that he was with our cat when she needed help.

Pet care
Received | Aug 21, 2019

Brian - Eugene, Oregon, United States
1 May - 10 Jun 2019

Pete sat for us for more than 5 weeks while we tripped around in our camper. We honestly can't imagine anyone taking better care of our house, dog and fish than he did. Our Golden Retriever, Lucy, received so much love and attention (and hikes) that as Pete was leaving she gave us that 'really guys?' look. She loved him!

Our house and deck plants received the same quality of care. Pete is extremely organized and kept the house in immaculate condition.

While we were gone we had a variety of workers in to take care of our pond and landscaping and Pete coordinated with them to manage access, the dog's safety, and communications with us.

As we traveled Pete shared pics and videos of Lucy hiking, running on the beach, and enjoying our back yard. He gave us regular updates on how things were going (great) which we appreciated.

Our dog requires an hour or two of excercise each day, and Pete was more than up to the task. We even think that on occasion he wore her out! Unthinkable!!

Pete is smart, funny, fun and easy to talk to. So great communication skills in addition to everything else he's good at.

So - need a sitter? Pete's your man! He's awesome.

Pet care
Received | Jun 13, 2019

Jane - San Francisco, California, United States
18 - 27 Apr 2019

SUPERB! EXCELLENT! OUTSTANDING! Oh my goodness. What can I say? I guess I will simply add to Peter's accolades. This was my first experience with Trusted Housesitters, and if other housesitters come anywhere NEAR my experience with Peter, this could change my life!

Peter is a delight. He was wonderful to my animals. I think my dog is depressed because Uncle Peter isn't here. I'm sure he gave her more attention and walked her more than I do. He sent photos of the animals every day, saw that my plants got enough water during an unseasonable hot spell, and my house was spotless when I walked in. Peter had even made up my bed with clean sheets.

Fantastic. Peter, we miss you!

Pet care
Received | May 2, 2019

Stephanie - Maple Bay, British Columbia, Canada
9 Mar - 2 Apr 2019

I highly recommend Pete as a house and pet sitter! We were away for three weeks during which Pete took great care of our senior cat and our two dogs. The dogs got lots of exercise and we got photos and updates! We are hoping Pete will come back the next time we go away!

Pet care
Received | Apr 16, 2019

Thank you for your consideration. All the best, Pete.

Reviews (3)
No rating We are thrilled to recommend Pete who took care of our dogs for 15 days. The dogs absolutely adored him and his attention to detail in their care was outstanding. When we arrived home, the house was immaculate. Pete's personality is warm and friendly and he shares our idea of excellence in pet and home care. We would definitely use him again and the pets hated to see him go.
FRAN ( Arizona, Oct 2019)
Pete was our house sitter for us for three months this year. He took excellent care of our Terrier dog which included giving her medications twice a day, and monthly heart worm and tick medicine, as well as giving her lots of love and attention. He communicated with us on a regular basis which we appreciated, and kept the house very clean and tidy. We welcome him back if he is available next year.
ERIC (Vieques Puerto Rico, Apr 2021 - 3 month)
Thank you Eric and Carolyn, I really enjoyed my time on the island. I miss the sunsets, the beaches, and, of course, Jazzy. Take care, keep in touch, and I hope to see you again next year. Best wishes, Pete.
No rating Pete was a very attentive and conscientious house sitter. He let us know how our dog was doing and he took great care of our house and plants.
JULIE ( Oregon, Aug 2019)
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