Housesitters Who Care
Duane and Lori have these references to offer.
"We did 5 house sits in the countryside of Spain, Wales, Ireland, Denmark, England and 3 close to London during 2009 for a total of 8. We cared for 7 dogs, 3 cats, horses twice, ferrets, parrots twice, ducks, geese, bees and gerbils, along with a number of gardens. You may have the email address of any of the European homeowners upon request. May we suggest that you contact someone with the same animals as you have."
"In 2011, we went back to the US were we did 6 house sits throughout the SW states - California, Arizona and New Mexico. We had as many as 7 cats at one time and at another position we had 5 dogs all at once. We also had an African Gray at one location."
"In 2012, we returned to Europe and did a couple of long-term housesits in Spain and Portugal. We really loved our time in these countryside locations."
"In 2018, we did a couple of longterm housesits in Mexico, Chetamal Yucatan and Lake Chapala outside of Guadalajara. We've found that Mexico is one of our favorite countries with some of the friendliest people we have ever met."
"2019 brought us back to the Southwest US where we did a 3-month housesit in Atascadero, CA. A lovely spot in the country where we were fortunate enough to be able to observe a family of Quail raising 48 babies, as well as, baby rabbits and turkeys."
from: Kathy Yoshiwara
Thanks for taking such good care of our house and garden and kitties!
I will get the nook and other items in the mail (probably UPS) tomorrow and e-mail you the tracking number. (Do not worry about the cost; you have done plenty for us.)
Okay, no more Healthy Gourmet Indoor Chicken Entree. Usually the kitties eat everything, but Miso is a little more cautious. Thanks for the tip. And thanks for out-foxing the mouse! They are very cute, but I do prefer that they stay outside. I hope you got to see our very cute yard bunnies, as well.
Just this afternoon I heard a lot of quail chatter and rescued six babies that had fallen into the water! They all dried off, and I hope they rejoined their family. Then I put a plastic net over the pond and put out a water dish on the ground nearby, so I hope that solves the problem -- I can't face any more drowned baby quails. (They don't usually have babies this late in the season; I wonder what is different?)
Thank you for the kitties' wheat grass, and all the other things you did to keep our little household going. We wish you all the best in your future travels, and if you ever feel like coming back to the California central coast, we would be happy to see you."
~Best wishes, Kathy
from: Sally Mayes
"LORI AND DUANE
I placed our advertisement on the Housecarers website in some trepidation since I have had a series of really bad experiences with dogsitters lately. Some did not even stay in the house but moved out leaving the dogs alone for long periods. Others did not air the house resulting in black walls and on one occasion I came home at midnight after a very long flight to an empty house and no food or water at all.
I had twenty eight replies and ended up with a shortlist of four. Lori and Duane’s website is excellent and I enjoyed reading their references. When we finally talked I got the impression that they loved dogs and were very caring people.
They have just left my home in Portugal after four weeks and I can honestly say that the whole house and garden are much cleaner than when I left – Lori even turned out my food cupboards for me! Duane has kept all my plants alive through a heatwave and there was not a leaf on the ground.
We have three dogs, two of whom are very old (Poppy is 17 now) and they were clean, happy, well fed and obviously adored Lori and Duane.
On my return I was given a wonderful vegetarian meal, a full account of every penny spent with receipts and a warm welcome.
The fridge was re-stocked and the house was immaculate.
I would highly recommend Lori and Duane to anyone who wants their pets to be loved and cared for in their absence. You will not regret it!"
~Best wishes and many thanks, Sally
Feb 21, 2012: From: Alan Handforth email@example.com
"To whom it may concern.
We would like to direct this message to anyone who is looking for a reliable couple to look after their treasures (animals) and belongings.
We had Lori and Duane stay at our small country hotel in the Malaga area for 7 weeks.
We have had other sitters before and to tell you the truth, we have been let down for 2 years in a row, and had almost decided to drop the idea of house sitters.
Then we saw Lori and Duane’s ad, mailed with them and made the decision to try it one more time.
Well Folks, it has restored our faith in human kind!!
We found two gems, totally reliable and very caring, not only for our cats but also the use of electricity, heating etc. etc.
They looked after our gardens, no weed to be found anymore and Duane even climbed the highest trees to rid them of numerous procession Caterpillar nests. He mailed us the photographs. He even installed our repaired swimming pool pump.
And on our return everything looked spic and span!!!
They certainly have a great attitude to life and live it too.
WE RECOMMEND THEM WITH ALL OUR HEART.
~ Hetty and Alan Handforth Malaga
August, 2010: From: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I first met Lori and Duane when they were housesitting for my boss who has an African Grey. This was for 2 weeks. I liked them when I first met them, and then more and more as I got to know them. Lori and Duane then house sat for me, looking after my 2 Tonkenese cats for 10 days. The cats adored them and they took excellent care of them and my home. ( I even came home to a defrosted freezer... a job I'd been putting off for ages!!)
I would highly recommend Lori and Duane. They love animals and are very at ease, and very good, at caring for them. They will respect you and your home and I'm sure would take excellent care of your vegetable patch."~ Regards, Viv Roe.
August, 2010: From: email@example.com
"I would highly recommend Lori and Duane to look after your animals and property. They are kind and loving people both to animals and to complete strangers. They looked after our 2 horses, cat and walked our lively dog for two weeks. The house and yard were immaculate on our return. They even prepared and froze fruit and vegetables for us which would have otherwise gone to waste. We only asked them to mow the lawn but they tended our large garden too and even had a wonderful meal prepared for us on our return. In the short time that we overlapped, we learned of their wealth of life experiences (there is not a lot they have not done) which included caring for sick animals and people. They did not care for "exploring" our local area much, (which we were surprised about) but they prefer to absorb themselves in the surroundings in which they find themselves, in other words your animals will not be left on their own for long. Our neighbours and people who met them all thought they were charming.
August, 2009: from: Fiona Porter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Lori and Duane
November, 2008: “I would trust Duane and Lori to housesit for me based on their great performance in painting for me. They are also clients of mine, and they are very organized, always on time for meetings, and so easy to work with.” ~ their web designer.
November 2008. To Whom It May Concern;
November, 2008: To Whom It May Concern;
November, 2008: To the prospective clients of Lori and Duane,