Sandy and Rob
Back in 2017 we decided to embark on early retirement in order to do some long haul travel while we still have the energy. What followed was a six-month house sitting tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It was also our 25th Wedding Anniversary tour as we were backpacking Down Under all those years ago.
We loved the pet and house sitting lifestyle so much we decided to continue. In 2018-19 we spent over 7 months in Mexico and have recently returned to the UK from another trip to Australia.
We are a happily married couple and for 5 years prior to travelling the globe we lived on the island of Gran Canaria (Spain) where Rob taught Maths in a British international school.
Previously Sandy worked in the theatre as a Stage Manager and was an Events Organiser working on many high profile events. Rob has worked in the IT and defence industry. We have both had security clearance at the highest level.
Over the years we have been pet owners (10 much loved cats and one dog between us) we have loved and nursed a number of our pets to old-age and through ill-health. We’ve had rescue cats who lived to 19 and 20 years old, we’ve also looked after kittens. Sandy has experience with pedigree cats and kittens, having been a cat breeder previously. We consider ourselves to be kind, caring, sensible, professional, practical, mature, honest, responsible and reliable and we are non-smokers. We are happy to look after your pets in a clean, safe environment and will leave your home clean and tidy too.
Why we want to house sit
We love travelling and we love pets. Currently we have one but not the other. We hope that by being house sitters we can combine both loves and you can relax knowing your pets and house/property will be excellently cared for.
Sandy’s voluntary work and experience with animals has included “Riding for the Disabled” in Bedfordshire, and “Pets As Therapy” with our collie/greyhound cross (lurcher), who loved visiting our local residential home.
Living in Gran Canaria, learning Spanish, integrating into local life and discovering the local customs was a tremendously rich experience. Our hope is to expand our travelling horizons and bring our wealth of experience to any situation. We are property owners, landlords and have been tenants and have a full range of house maintenance skills.
We have been keen narrow boaters in the UK for many years, enjoying the camaraderie of the boating community and the off-grid living it provides. Rob particularly enjoys being hands-on with the maintenance of the solar panels, tank water systems, bottled gas and the general tinkering that goes along with owning a boat.
In the UK we were also keen gardeners so enjoy looking after both indoor and outdoor plants.
We both have clean UK/EU driving licences and current car insurance and are very accustomed to drive both left and right hand drive vehicles.
Full DBS checks in last employment and previous CRB in UK.
As well as being a Mathematician and Engineer, Rob is a qualified Electrician in the UK. Also, having done major reformation work on 2 properties we owned in the UK he became a competent carpenter and plumber and has practical knowledge of all aspects of the building trade.
We speak Spanish (hablamos español).