“It is the Kind Words that homeowners send to us that truly brings the joy to what we do” 

All of our references  are completely verifiable, just ask us for  contact information of any previous owner:

“Doug and Johanne house sat for me for 6 weeks from December 2017 to January 2018. From our first contact until the end of the housesit, they were organised, efficient and professional. They took great care of my three dogs while I was away. One of the dogs needs to be given medication twice a day and this was done without a problem. They paid all the bills that arrived during their stay on time. When I came home, I was greeted by three happy and content dogs and lots of lovely touches to welcome me home – beautiful fresh flowers and food in the fridge so I wouldn’t have to go shopping as soon as I got back, which I really appreciated. I recommend Doug and Johanne to anyone who is looking for professional and competent house sitters.”

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Louise and her 3 lovely amigas

Maty, Cookie and Luna




Doug & Johanne accepted the challenge of house sitting at our “off the grid home” in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.  Managing their use of water from the rain catchment tanks and monitoring the solar batteries daily insuring all is charged , requires special skills.  The property is remote, requiring a 30 minute, (sometimes windy and wavy) boat ride to the nearest town for supplies.  They fully embraced the challenge and their commitment and professionalism were apparent.

They exhibited special care for our pets, as well as, the neighboring Buena Esperanza Indian Village.  They made many friends and are truly missed here.  We remain hopeful that they will return.


Julie and Robert

Bocas del Toro






“When we first met Doug and Johanne, it was as if we had known each other for years. We immediately felt they were part of the family. They took really good care of our home and dogs. In fact our dogs loved them so much, they were really sad when they left. They are a wonderful, intelligent and adventurous couple looking for happiness and to share it with others.IMG_1182 Jack and Shoppi and the rest of the family all miss them and look forward to our next encounter”.

R. and C., Barbados 


For many years travelling has been like a nightmare for us because we didn’t have an ideal solution for our 2 cats to be looked after. This year we were introduced to Doug and Johanne, and for the first time we can enjoy travelling without worries. We can’t express enough what wonderful people came to our home, taking the best of care for cats and home. In addition we did get continuous reports, updates and pictures of happy cats. What a delightful, trust worthy and competent couple you are, Doug and Johanne. We sincerely hope that you will be able to fill in during our absence in the future and St. Vincent be on the list of your destinations.

DSCF4760Mike and Traudl

Saint Vincent




Dixie May
                  Dixie May

“I was completely spell bound with Doug and Johanne such a lovely caring couple.  When you meet you feel as if you have known them for years. Obviously animal lovers I knew that my two precious dogs were in the best hands and I didn’t have to stress about leaving them.  On my return everything was clean and tidy with a huge vase of flowers on the counter and goodies in the refrigerator.  I couldn’t have wished for more.  They will be dog/house sitting for me again in the not too distant future.”


Sheena, Dixie May and Big Dog

Saint Vincent




“A big thanks to Doug and Johanne for taking so good care of the property and my 3 dogs during April.

It makes a big difference being far away from home to know that all is safe and well taken care off.

Doug and Johanne love animals and are experienced sitters.   We stayed in close contact, all went smoothly.   They are always welcome for future house/pet sits.”

Zulu - the surf dog

Karin and the 3 Z’s

Samara, Costa Rica

Zula the surf dog



Cappy the Wanderer.

“Doug and Johanne spread their love throughout our neighborhood and for that we are so grateful.

Doug read to the children in my elementary school library. Johanne made delicious loaves of banana bread from our new stock of bananas and gifted them to our neighbors and friends. When I told them about the very poor family that lost their father in a ferry accident, they asked if they could take food and candy to the family. Doug watered, staked, and weeded the tomato patch. Most importantly, they took the time to get to know our community and were greeted with “Hola vecinos” on their daily walks.

You see, we look for people who will fit into our neighborhood and leave a little something behind…nothing material…but friendliness and a joy of living. That they did indeed.

We look for people that will go with the flow of life on Ometepe Island and expect the unexpected. When we were in New Zealand experiencing the earthquakes, they were preparing our house for Hurricane Otto that was predicted to pass over Ometepe Island as a category two storm. They dug ditches around the house and laid old roof tiles around the back of the house in case the water rose and flooded the house.”

Ron and Deborah

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua



 Lovely Nila and Tesa

“Johanne and Doug Dyer have been pet sitting my 2 dogs and 2 cats from
January 19 until March 2, 2017.
I have been using pet sitters for about 6 years now and have had some
excellent ones but Doug and Johanne by far are the best. The truly care
about their little furry charges and you can see it in the way the
animals respond. You are lucky if you can find a free minute in their
schedule to come to your house.
They also handled some  minor maintenance without any problem.
I recommend then without hesitation.
Please feel free to call or email should you have an questions.

Deborah Moore
727 231- 4388  US
999-198-7702  Mexico



The Gang

“You will have a very hard time finding nicer or more competent house and pet sitters. Doug and Johanne are a wonderful, intelligent and adventurous couple. They are very caring and calm with animals.

My 12 dogs loved them and couldn’t wait for their daily walks on the beach. We all miss them and look forward to their return. We will welcome them to our home with open arms and paws anytime and hope that one day they will make their home here.  Safe adventures”!!!

Love Karen, Mom and the gang

Playa Sisal, Mexico



   Oscar the turtle

 “Thank you for the wonderful care that you gave our fur babies and our casa.

It made such a difference not worrying about what was going on back home. Thanks again for a job well done with heart and soul. Hugs”.

Vikki and Carlos

Merida, Mexico



 “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. Not only did they take wonderful care of our pets but also maintained our house in good condition. While sitting for us, they sent many pictures of our babies and kept us up to date on the ongoing activities. We have used sitters in the past, but Doug and Johanne are, by far, the best that we have ever had. We felt very comfortable in leaving for more than 4 months with them at our house and hope to have them sit for us again.”


Linda &   Dave

 Laguna de Apoyo,  Nicaragua






“Hey everyone, just a heads up this is the same couple that would be our first recommendation for long term (2+ weeks) sits (the longer the better I am pretty sure). We have spent several hours getting to know them, they are well traveled too so not bothered by the little nuances”.   

Eden and Denny

Fellow House Sitters

All references can be verified.

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