House Sitters Profile: Kate & Dave

 
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We had kate look after our place and puppy for 2 weeks. She and her partner were amazing. very down to earth people and most of ... [more]

MARK (California, Dec 2014)

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Kate & Dave (We give your pets and house TLC!)

54, Writer
58, Business Development
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Availability

15 Jul 2017

About Us

We are experienced, ultra-responsible house- and pet-sitters. Active and healthy, we love animals, are non-smokers, and have no children.

Because we travel so much, we have no pets of our own; being housesitters is a great way to spend time with animals.

As owners of a casita in Mexico, we understand the importance of taking good care of your place. Dave is an experienced gardener.

Kate is a former university professor. Currently she works as a writer and book editor, which she can do anywhere in the world. Dave is a retired business development guy and a photographer. We enjoy cooking, reading, yoga, swimming, hiking, biking and skiing. We love the mountains and the beach, and we enjoy spending time in both rural and urban areas.

In 2013, we decided to leave our hometown of Santa Cruz, California, and live a traveling life. We like to stay in homes versus hotels in order to have a more authentic, intimate experience with the local communities.

Kate chronicles our adventures on her blog(www.kateevanswriter.com).

For an article on How and Why We Housesit, see:
http://beingandwriting.blogspot.mx/2015/02/how-and-why-we-housesit.html

Some quotes from our references follow. We can provide you with their contact information upon request:

Charlie: "When we met Kate and Dave we felt they would be good stewards of our home, large garden and 2 dogs and felt confident to leaving our home and animals in their care. This feeling was even more validated when we returned home. They took great care of our 2 big male rambunctious golden retrievers! We received fun pictures of the dogs with big smiles on the beach, on hikes and playing with Kate and Dave. We think the dogs had more of a vacation than we did! They also let us know of any issues regarding the house or dogs in a timely manner and very conscientious about garden care. When we returned home the dogs were calm and happy, the garden and house plants flourishing! And they had a wonderful meal for us after our 20 hour journey home. We both highly recommend Kate and Dave as competent, responsible and caring house sitters."

Mark: "As a first time user of house sitting. I was very unsure about leaving strangers in my house with our pup. They were AMAZING! From day one, no problems whatsoever. They took care our house and dog as if it was their own. Our dog was depressed for the following week after they left. I HIGHLY recommend them any day of the week."

Bill: "Kate and Dave took care of our 2 acre farm - vegetable beds, fruit trees, and animals - with loving care and attention to detail that went well above our bare minimum needs. The animals include a cat, 20 rabbits and 40 fowl (turkeys, ducks and geese). Not only did they keep up with the necessary chores, they also did many of the "optional" tasks! The time of their stay was early summer, when lots of fruits and veggies were ready for harvest, and it's no small task to keep up with it all, but they did it. The house was clean and tidy when we returned and everything was in order. Would not hesitate to have them house sit again, and can only give the highest recommendation to anyone else considering them."

Kamryn: "Kate and Dave were everything we wanted in a housesitter. First, they are a joy to be around if you get were meet them in person. Then, when we were away, they was reliable, communicative, thorough, and clean. Plus, I think our dog and cat were truly disappointed to see them go! I can't recommend them highly enough."

Lee: "Kate and David did an outstanding job with both watching my home and my pet. My dog Lola was taken for daily walks and was enthralled with both house sitters. She was in excellent health when I returned and my home was kept up immaculately while I was away. Kate and Dave are mature, reliable, friendly and clean house sitters and wonderful people."

Ann: "Kate and her husband Dave house-sat for us last October. They took care of watering our plants, feeding and walking our dog, taking out the trash and keeping our home organized. When my husband and I returned from our trip, our place was cleaner than when we left! I would always recommend Kate & Dave if you need reliable folks to watch over your property."



 
*FREE: House sitting is usually free, for both sitter and house owner, although this is completely up to the individuals. There are usually some costs that need to be covered by either the sitter or the house owner e.g. electricity, phone usage, vet fees etc. How these costs are handled needs to be agreed before the sit begins. House sitters pay a single annual membership fee, while house owners pay nothing to advertise their house or to contact sitters.