We are a quiet couple, both animal lovers, married for 24 years. Non-smokers, non-partying. We came back to Canada 3 years ago after years of traveling and living in Poland, Russia, Dominican Republic and Tanzania. We had a beautiful rescue dog in Africa named Tanker who was extremely protective and very energetic.
We have experience caring for many kinds of breeds of dogs and different temperaments - both elderly and young, healthy and needing special attention. For example, we have looked after Border Collie, Poodle, Lhasa Apso, Shih tsu, French Pug, Great Pyrenees, Labrador, Wolf/Dog hybrid and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
We love cats too! We have cared for Siamese, Devon Rex, and Tabby and loved them all. When I was young I had a beautiful Persian Blue cat named Muffin - he was so cuddly! Jordan also grew up with cats and had a dog named Qualico.
We also have experience looking after chickens!
We have done pet/house sitting in the UK and Canada and received excellent reviews and testimonials, which we would be happy to share with you. We are an active couple - we love walks on the beach, hiking and trail walking. We can give your dogs whatever level of exercise he or she is used to. We work from home and run our own business, so we have time to spend with your pets. We vow to look after your property and pets in an excellent and respectful manner.
Jordan and I always leave a house that we have stayed at spotlessly clean and tidy. We both have police background check certificates and excellent previous house/pet sitting references. We are very affectionate, caring and patient with all animals. We look forward to meeting you and your wonderful pets!
We speak fluent Spanish and Swahili, and own a Hyundai Santa Fe which is pet-friendly. We have police background check certificates and plan on taking a pet first aid course early in 2020. We will always follow all your instructions to the letter, and show deep respect for your property we will leave your house spotless, sheets washed, etc.
SERVICES: We specialize in pet/house sitting and dog walking. Half hour-1 hour walks any day, any time between 6:00 a.m - 8:00 pm. Puppies and aging dogs are all welcome, and we will always send you photos of your dog on his walk. We can also offer a special 2 hour dog hike up to the top of Mt. Douglas or around Thetis Lake any day of the week. We provide transport to and from the walking site.
We look forward to meeting you, and caring for your home and pets with the same love that we care for our own. We live in Victoria, B.C., so - if possible, we would love to come by before you leave on your travels to get to know your animals and any special needs they might have. We really look forward to meeting you!
We couldn't have been happier with Ruth's care for our two cats. She sent regular pictures to us since we were nervous about leaving our recently sick cat alone. Their dishes and litter were clean when we arrived home. She was reliable and trustworthy. Highly recommend Ruth!
Ruth took excellent care of our cats and chickens while we were away, sending us updates and pictures frequently. She managed to win our very shy cat's trust and we came home to two happy cats. She also took excellent care of our home which was left spotless. I felt very good about leaving our animals and home in her care and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a house/pet sitter!
Our first pet sitting experience was in March, 2019 for a lovely couple in the UK near the Cotswolds. A huge Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescue dog named “Zeus” (who absolutely LOVED playing fetch with his ball) and a Lhasa Apso named “Bella” - she was a real Diva, but we won her over with treats and cuddles! It was wonderful to walk them every day in a very beautiful area, and they were fantastic companions at home. We absolutely loved it and our hosts were super happy with our services, and said that they would be happy to share references. Our next job was looking after a very sweet little Poodle named Emma in Sidney, B.C. It was amazing to take her for walks around Resthaven Island and the marina there. We totally fell in love with her, and she even slept on the bed with us every night! So cuddley! Next were two French pugs and a fish in Langford, Molly and Max - both of them rescue dogs (one from Mexico and the other from Canada)... it was great fun to spend time with them! And Beethovan the Beta fish was so handsome ;-) We are right now looking after a beautiful Siamese cat named Bailey here in James Bay... who loves cuddles, playing with his furry toys and sitting with us outside in the sun. We will soon be going to Camaroon, Ivory Coast and India for a couple of month's volunteer work and will be back in 2020 and available for house/pet sitting. As mentioned before, we have experience with a rescue dog in Africa that we took in and helped become strong and healthy. Also, in the Caribbean we rescued a cat and nursed her back to health - we had to administer medicine to her get strong and healthy. So we are totally comfortable with a wide variety of pets, including those with special needs.
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