We had a wonderful house sitting assignment that allowed us to become immersed in Island Life. “Oh what lovely pets and kind owners”.
Ocho and Queenie
Merida, Mexico – 2 Short Term Sits
Sept., 2016: We were very fortunate to have the pleasure of minding two families in the heart of Merida. These mini sits looking after charming cats and dogs allowed us to enjoy everything that Merida has to offer.
Playa Sisal, Mexico- 18 days
Sept.-Oct., 2016: What a joy it was to discover this isolated corner of the Yucatan.
When we first contemplated the opportunity of pet sitting for 12 rescue dogs we had a lot of questions. How will this work, who feeds them, how do you walk 12 dogs, what are we saying yes to?
The Beach Crew
Actually it worked very well, Karen has done a wonderful job of providing a loving home for these beautiful animals. Overall, the dogs are very well behaved and it was a such pleasure to spend time there.
Thank you to Karen and her mom for sharing the joy!! Hugs
If you are looking for a very cool place to escape to, take a look at Karen’s vacation rental property directly on the beach. A more peaceful place would be difficult to find.
Sept.,2016. We had the pleasure of sitting for our new friends Vikki and Carlos in Caucel, a suburb of Merida. They have a successful property management business and are pet sitters themselves, so they knew what is important to owners who leave their property to house sitters.
3 playful cats
1 lovely rescue dog
Oascar the rescue turtle
beautiful song birds
We were amazed at how much fun turtle watching can be!
“Thank you again for a job well done with heart and soul”
Vikki and Carlos, Merida
Laguna De Apoyo – 4.5 months
April. to Sept., 2016: As we were leaving, we found it was very difficult to say good bye to our newly adopted family. Yes, house sitters do become attached to the pets!!
and a lovely cat
There were so many happy moments spent caring for this crew.
This is one of those very special assignments that will always be close to our hearts.
We hope to return often to visit with the wonderful owners and their pets.
Pica, Bella, Simba and Teddy the inhaler.
“We highly recommend Doug and Johanne for any and all house/pet sitting positions. Doug and Johanne took wonderful care of our 5 dogs, 1 cat, paraketes, chickens and turkeys while we were visiting with family in the United States for 4 1/2 months”.
I have recently been confronted with the above dilemma and you may well be too.
Let me share with you what I experienced when I mustered up my nerve and got behind the wheel of a car in Nicaragua.
Chaos like you cannot anticipate meets you as you pull out onto the road. All of your senses come to full attention, adrenalin rushes in. I don’t remember this being on my driver’s test – ever!!
Be prepared for a myriad of massive trucks, barreling buses, taxis, horse carts, tuc-tucs, scooters, bicycles and pedestrians all vying for the same narrow ribbon of concrete that is misnamed a highway. To me there is no rhyme or reason, but somehow it all seems to have a flow.
The road way itself is littered with the pesky pot holes and heavily camouflaged speed bumps. Don’t be looking for signage or directional arrows for guidance as they are most often forgotten or misplaced. Sometimes what you think is actually a road headed back to town will instantly morph into a goat trail or alley into someone’s yard.
Oh and that one way that I headed down in the wrong direction? The locals were generally amused and forgiving.
I have yet to mention the living moving obstacles which will include; dogs, chickens, horses, cows, lots of cows, and the old guy pushing an ice cream cart.
Little kids laugh and play unsupervised along the sides of the road and the buses load and unload at will.
The other day I found myself in the driver’s seat staring down a very large bull that had little interest in giving way to little old me. In good time he and his buddies shuffled along down the road.
Of course this is what you see in the light of day; don’t even consider venturing out after night fall, lighting is optional.
We are committed to providing the best house/ pet sitting experience possible.
Doug is from Niagara Falls, Ontario and Johanne from Montréal, Quebec. After many diverse adventures and experiences we came together in 2011 and continued to live out our dreams in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
On February 6th, 2016 we sealed our love in marriage, and set upon our new path together.
Crescent Beach Pier
We are very excited about this new phase of our lives and are eager to find house and pet sitting situations where we can be helpful and apply the skills that we share. We find it very fulfilling to assist home owners by providing them with the assurance that their home, pets and property will be well cared for while they are away.
We both have explored the globe widely and our acquired experience ensures that we are able to easily adjust to a variety of situations. We are well aware and accepting of the fact that local comfort levels vary widely.
We strongly believe in community and we have a sincere desire to contribute in a positive manner to the areas we visit. Hopefully we will leave places we visit just a little better off than before we arrived.
We travel light and are able to work around your dates and needs. We prefer to over lap our stay a few days ahead of your departure to become familiar with your home and pets.
We are very pleased to offer pet care tailored to your animals needs such as medications, special diets, exercise etc.
Staying healthy is extremely important to us both, we are non smokers and have no bad habits. ( Johanne does savior an occasional glass of wine with dinner and Doug really likes peanut butter gelato). We take enjoy every opportunity to hike and swim enjoying nature.
House sitting assignments in remote locations are always considered.
Our Past Lives
We have spent many long and glorious hours cruising the B.C. coast on our 36 ft Islander sailboat. Being on the water has taught us to adapt and to calmly handle critical situations as they sometimes arise. Doug is also a Canadian Yachting Association Sailing Instructor, and has had major offshore experience.
Johanne devoted her career to child care working in and managing Childcare Centers in California and Vancouver. Her calm and ever cheerful personality served her very well in this field.
Doug built a very successful career a real estate consultant and in management. He has also built sail boats, houses and was the Lead Surveyor on Vancouver’s rapid transit system.
Johanne, being totally bilingual (French and English) is also functional in Spanish; Doug is determined! We study every day, building our vocabulary and practice whenever the opportunity arises. “Poco a poco”.
Johanne is very good with all animals and has lovingly cared for many different pets over the years. Doug loves taking the dogs for long walks.
We both enjoy landscaping, gardening, and Doug has experience in wood framing, concrete work, simple finishing and basic electrical and plumbing.
Doug is a long time dedicated Rotarian and has had the pleasure of serving as President of two very successful Rotary Clubs. ” Being a Rotarian provides me with the opportunity of contributing to others in a small way, even as we live aboard”.
He was formerly a Board Member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Langley and as a youth mentor was a positive role model to kids.