References/Testimonials

Cindy.Luna3.“I think you two are amazing – you have restored my faith in dog-sitters!!!  BC – April 2015

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We recently went on a two week holiday and left our two dogs and home in the care of Robin and Rick. I could not think of better dog and house sitters. Our dogs looked sad to see them go. Our house looked like it had been professionally cleaned.  I give them 10 out of 10 for reliability and responsibility and cleanliness. You would be hard pressed to find more caring and responsible people to look after your pets and home. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

— Vivian and Duncan Morris
vivian@traditional.com
March 2015

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Jake.Harley49.We had met Rick and Robin when they were caring for our friend’s golden doodle, Sierra.  We saw first hand how amazing they were with Sierra and how her safety and happiness were the most important thing to them.  We knew we had to have them care for our two boys, Harley and Jake when we were away.  Harley and Jake are mini daxies – brothers and just under a year old so still babies – MY babies!  This was the first time we had left them for any length of time and I was being the fretful mom!  Rick and Robin were amazing!  They stayed in touch and sent us cute pics of the boys out on their daily walks.  They told us cute stories of their antics and along the way taught the boys some great lessons that we are incorporating.  They took wonderful care of our home and left it clean and tidy.  They bonded so deeply with the boys that I was afraid Harley and Jake would forget me!  That didn’t happen but it was clear they had been loved and cared for deeply.  Thank you Rick and Robin for cherishing our boys. 

— Dave and Pam Mcintyre, Halfmoon Bay, B.C., February 2015

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Satchmo.“We are ever so happy with how well you guys treated our kitties and home. No one we have had in the past comes anywhere near your standards! We only wish that you were available to sit for us again next winter. I can tell by the shape the cats are in that they were treated supremely well! They both send you their love.”

— Barry & Diane, Sunshine Coast, BC, Jan./Feb./March 2014

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To go away and not worry about our pets while we are away is our definition of a relaxing holiday.  After some stressful situations in the past with other sitters we found the ultimate caregivers in Robin and Rick.  Their carefully thought-out questions about our two cats’ personalities, habits and health before our departure put us immediately at ease.  We knew we didn’t need to worry about what was happening at home.  The cats bonded well with them and we knew the kitties would be getting their pats, snuggles, and walks around the yard, just as when we are at home.  Our large cats are constantly telling us they are hungry, and it is challenging to keep their weight in check.  Robin and Rick assessed the situation and, after some discussions with us, made some adjustments that worked well for the cats’ feeding schedule and that we are following since our return.

Our pets were our priority, the house a far second; but, to be honest, the house absolutely sparkled on our return.  We are looking forward to having Robin and Rick stay with our pets again!

— Joanne and Neil, Qualicum Beach, BC, December 2013 /January 2014

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Sierra12“We are very fussy homeowners and thought it would be a challenge to find the perfect people to take care of our dog and home for 6 weeks beginning late October 2013.  However,  as soon as we met Robin & Rick we knew they would be the perfect choice to take care of our 3½ year old Goldendoodle and our home.  We felt they sincerely cared about animals and would take excellent care of our little girl.  We asked them to keep us updated on how she was doing and within 2 days of our departure they emailed us to let us know she was adjusting just fine.  They also provided us with photos of their walks through the parks and excursions to the beach.  They ensured her daily routines of walking, feeding and continual attention were maintained.   She loved them!   
We were also very grateful to have had someone stay in our home, as while we were away our freezer stopped working and Robin & Rick were able to transfer the food to another freezer. When we arrived home, not only were we treated to an amazingly wonderful home cooked meal (thanks Robin & Rick!), but our home was immaculately clean and everything was just as we had left it.   Rick even raked up the fallen leaves in the backyard!   
We hope to see them again soon as they are wonderful people.  Our little girl absolutely loved them too and she can’t wait to see them again!  We would love to have Robin & Rick take care of our little girl (and our home) again anytime!“ 
— June and Bob, Sunshine Coast, BC, October/November 2013
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Maggie40.Thanks again for taking care of everyone, it’s such a weight off our minds when we know they are in good hands.

— Jackie & Rob, Kelowna, BC  July 2013

 

 

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We are Miller’s parents, who is very active and hyper but super friendly, always wanting to go for walks, swim or, his favourite, play ball. Rick and Robin can actually keep up with him and his activities. Miller loves them and is very conscious to greet and play with them. This couple are very soft-spoken, kind, loving people. They are reliable, neat and tidy and hard workers. We feel very relaxed and confident when we walk out of the house for a holiday. Miller is also very happy to be left with them. I would not hesitate to recommend them. They are awesome!

— Bev and Jim, Shuswap, BC, July 2013

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PudWhen we saw Robin and Rick’s website, I thought it was too good to be true. We had been struggling with care for our 2 cats while we vacation often using family which wears thin after a while, especially when they live in another city!
I am thrilled to say that my fears about leaving our home to virtual strangers were unfounded. We met Robin and Rick the day before we left and I was instantly put at ease by their genuine and professional behavior. After a quick meet and greet with the cats and tour of the house, we were set to leave our home and pets in their hands for the week.
Robin and Rick gave us an email update right away, putting us at ease for the rest of our vacation and when we returned, the house looked better than when we left it. It was also very thoughtful of them to check in via email on the state of our cats once we returned.
Our cats are pretty low maintenance but the stress of a kennel stay would be too much for them which makes the service that Robin and Rick provide so valuable. I am so excited to have found Robin and Rick and would actually try to work our holidays around their availability in order to use them again.

— Jessica and Paul, North Delta, BC, June 2013

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AbbieIrisRobin and Rick are quite simply the best house/pet-sitters imaginable! From the moment we met them, we knew our pets and house were to be in good hands. They kept us updated with their thoughtful and informative emails on a frequent basis, which we really appreciated. Our month-and-a-half-long trip away from home was made much more enjoyable knowing our cats (and home!) were being so loved and well cared for. It was an additional bonus coming back to an immaculate house and beautiful yard! Both Robin and Rick are incredibly kind and trustworthy people and we feel so very thankful to have had them for house/pet-sitters.

With much gratitude
— Carlee and Brent, Nanaimo, BC, May 2013

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T&CYard.I am very fortunate that Robin and Rick accepted my pet- and house-sit assignment from October 30, 2011 to March 31st, 2012.
I have a small dog, Teddy, and cat, Chester. In my absence, Robin and Rick noticed that Teddy wasn’t quite right and took him to the vet on a few occasions. Teddy developed a few medical conditions that were quite serious and medication was required. They monitored Teddy’s well-being and emailed me updates on his condition. They also changed his diet which improved his skin disorder. Teds is no longer as oily and smelly as he once was.  Robin and Rick were/are fantastic and really cared and loved Teddy and Chester. They also emailed pictures of Teds and Chester and an adorable Christmas greeting of the house, Teddy and Chester.
Upon my return I know both Teddy and Chester missed Robin and Rick, to a point where Teddy pouted for a few days and kept looking around wondering where R&R were.
Also upon returning home, the house was in excellent condition, every room was clean, neat and tidy, which is always such a relief. As for the yard, the lawn was mowed and my 600ft driveway was clean, which is quite a job. They also restocked the firewood from the lower area of the property which was a relief for me not have to restock upon my return.
I’m very fortunate that Robin and Rick have agreed to pet/house sit for me again next winter season and I know Teddy and Chester are also very very pleased.
I strongly recommend Robin and Rick with no hesitation.

— Janis,  Nanaimo, BC, November-March, 2011

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Kitchen

“Thanks very much for the great job you did looking after everything. The cats were nice and calm and obviously had a lot of loving attention. And the house was in nice shape too.

We would like to contact you to see if you are interested in a return engagement next year.”

— Barry and Diane, Sunshine Coast, BC, October 2011

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In June 2010, Robin and Rick house/pet sat for us in Patzcuaro, Mexico. Our Thai Ridgeback, whom we had rescued, had been abandoned and abused so he does not take easily to everyone but he accepted Rick & Robin from the moment he met them. We would not hesitate to have them come back as not only our dog but our home and gardens were lovingly cared for. Robin was terrific about sending us e-mails and photos of their time in Patzcuaro which made our trip more enjoyable knowing everything at home was as it should be. If you are considering this great couple to house and/or pet sit for you rest assured you will be completely satisfied. Please contact us for any questions you might have.

— Judy & Lee Parker, Patzcuaro, Mexico
www.casaladera.com

September 2011 — “We definitely hope this is not adios.  You know we want you back as long as you care to come.  Just keep us posted on your whereabouts and what you are doing.”

“We already miss you guys!”

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2010 – To whomever is lucky enough to get Rick and Robin as homesitters: We found Rick and Robin online at Housecarers.com. Of the 24 couples who applied for the 2 month long position to watch our home and pets, they stood out (and I am so happy to find out that my instincts are still working)! Robin and Rick showed up a few days in advance, per our request, and immediately got down to the business of knowing our pets’ routines and figuring out what they needed to know to keep the house in tip-top shape. This was no easy sit!

We have 3 cats (2 deaf, 1 wild) and a very needy Golden Doodle who must be obeyed. Robin and Rick literally had them all (even our wild child) eating out of their hands. My dog has never been happier (or slimmer – thanks to their daily walks throughout the village and down the beach). Ah, the beach – it probably sounds like they were housesitting in paradise, right? Well it is paradise in season — unfortunately, they were here for off-season – and what an off-season it was. We had a true flood – first one ever – that left our little Mexican village stranded when the only bridge in and out of town collapsed. The disaster went on for over 30 days and Robin and Rick just rolled with the punches. When we finally returned they had to get themselves and their car out of town on the back of a flatbed truck because the river was still unpassable. Did they complain once about anything? Nope! Instead they got involved in helping the town recover, wrote a wonderful weekly blog about our town and our pets (so we always felt up to date) and even left us 2 DVDs they made of the great flood and its resulting damage, and another with all the antics of our pets over the 2 months.

Rick and Robin not only took care of our pets, they stole the hearts of our pets. And we, and everyone who met them during their time here, agree that they are just the kind of people you want in your life. We’ll be lucky to ever get them again because I’ve told everyone I know about them and I’m sure they’ll be in great demand. If you are considering them for pet-sitting or house-sitting, look no further. You’ve found the right people. The house was spotless, the pets were well cared for and we had a stress free vacation thanks to their constant communication.

Sincerely
Barbara and Bill Kirkwood
Casa Obelisco
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
www.casaobelisco.com

“The pets clearly still think of you guys, peeking around corners, jumping to their feet when someone comes down the stairs….thank you for being the very best pet sitters ever.”

— Barb, September 2011

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2010 – To whom it may concern Robin and Rick stayed at our house in a small Mexican village from October 4 until October 29, 2010 and cared for the house, our two dogs and two cats. The house was in perfect shape when we returned and the dogs and cats obviously well cared for. As all house-sitters must, they had to make adjustments to our clumsy feeding pattern and sleeping arrangements. We haven’t changed a thing. Our one very shy cat was even more domesticated when we returned. They walked the dogs just as we do. And Luna, the Lab, did not gain any weight. Amazing, by our standards. Not only that, Robin, a writer, and Rick, a photographer, created a written and photo record that we will always treasure. To anyone who wants a house and animals well cared for there are no better sitters than Robin and Rick.

— Phyllis and Jon Skaglund, Erongaricuaro, September 2011

“Hola Robin and Rick,
We just arrived home. The house looks beautiful. And thanks for leaving the lights on… Jon and I were very moved by the DVD. I just finished reading your last blog entry and enjoyed it immensely.  All your blogs give a wonderful insight into Mexico from a foreigner’s viewpoint and I will send them on to family and friends in the US ( some who think we lost our minds when we moved to Mexico),  We’ll miss reading your insights but look forward to following you on your next adventure.

We cannot thank you enough.” — Jon and Phyllis

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Messages from Gary and Zoe,
Barra De Potosi, June 18, 2011

“Hi Robin and Rick,

Amazingly, Clinker is still bandage-less (nighttimes, too) and so far he’s doing great.  You two are really dog whisperers; we can hardly believe that we have a halfway normal dog after so many years of spinning and mangling his tail.  Coffee, too, is showing the training you gave him.  He looks wonderful and is happy and contented.

Once again we want to tell you how much we appreciate your excellent work in caring for the house and the dogs.  There are really no words to say how wonderful it was to have a worry-free vacation.”

September 5, 2011

“The doggies are just great, all three of them.  You wouldn’t believe how healthy and happy Coffee is.  Except for his lame leg, he is a hundred percent normal dog.  There have been no inquiries about his adoption.  Gary has grown very fond of him and I am hoping that in time the adoption option will just disappear.  Clinker (bless you!) now has lots of hair on his little stub tail.  We don’t bandage him at all!”

 


We recently went on a two week holiday and left our two dogs and home in the care of Robin and Rick. I could not think of better dog and house sitters. Our dogs looked sad to see them go. Our house looked like it had been professionally cleaned.  I give them 10 out of 10 for reliability and responsibility and cleanliness. You would be hard pressed to find more caring and responsible people to look after your pets and home. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

— Vivian and Duncan Morris
vivian@traditional.com
March 2015

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