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…perfect sitter for our Golden Riley…

August 2019

What can I say? If we were able to describe a perfect sitter for our Golden, Riley and our house, we wouldn’t come up with someone as great as Kate. When we let Riley out of her crate the first morning that we were home she headed up the stairs and instead of turning right, into our bedroom to say good morning to me, she turned to the left to check the bedroom where Kate had been staying. That speaks volumes. Thank you Kate

Darryl
Victoria, BC, Canada

…talent and knowledge…

July 2019

This is the second time we have been lucky enough to have Kate care for our dogs. We have an 85 pound Lab puppy and an 8 pound Havanese. It takes talent and knowledge to care for the two of them together, and without a doubt Kate has both. We trust her completely and are so grateful for her warmth, energy, wisdom, and special care that she provides. Without a doubt Kate is top of her class in providing for your animals and your home

Pat
Sidney, BC, Canada

…outstanding housesitter…

July 2019

Our 4th time having Kate housesit and look after our pets. We can’t speak highly enough about Kate. She is thoughtful, caring, reliable, professional – truly an oustanding housesitter

Jody
Oak Bay, Victoria, B.C, Canada

…everything is in good hands…

May 2019

This was Kate’s second time hanging out with my cat while I was away. It’s wonderful to be able to go away knowing that everything is in good hands. I hope she can return again!

Andrea
Saltspring Island, B.C., Canada

…loves our pet!…

April 2019

This is the 3rd time we have used Kate, we feel so unbelievably fortunate to have her take care of our home and pets. Very caring, thoughtful, conscientious, and responsible. And loves our pet! Without hesitation 5 stars!!

Jody
Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…hope to host her again…

March 2018

Kate did a weekend sit for us – the dogs came with us, so she was in charge of our two lovely cats. Kate was professional, communicative, and lovely to meet with. She had no problem administering medications to one of our cats 4 times a day. Her lap was always full of a purring kitty and we loved the funny photos she sent us…including the one of the “mouse offering” our hunter brought to her. We hope to host her again.

Cheryl and Richard
Maple Bay, British Columbia, Canada

…a gem…

Dec 2018-March 2019

There aren’t enough positive adjectives around to describe Kate! We were away for 3 months on a trip to New Zealand. It’s a long time to be away and we have a cat whom we are very fond of. Kate is so capable that we were able to enjoy a very worry-free trip. We were away during a very cold and wintery winter. Kate managed to take all of that in her stride. She’s incredibly capable, communicative, resilient and gave our cat all the loving she needed. We came home to a spotlessly clean house and real hospitality. We would recommend “Cat-sitter/House-sitter Extraordinaire Kate” whole heartedly. This lady is a gem. 5 stars aren’t even enough! Thank you Kate!!

Sonya and Ken
Spirit Bay, British Columbia, Canada

…excellent and caring…

December 2018

Kate sat for us the week prior to Christmas. She was an excellent and caring sitter for Mr. Boots and managed his eccentricities/idiosyncrasies extremely well. She was not shy to ask questions or provide updates which was much appreciated. Our home was left spotless and Mr. Boots was his “ole self” when we returned. I would highly recommend Kate for a home/pet sit and wouldn’t hesitate to have her back.

Raoul
Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia

…calm and happy…

December 2018

Kate was amazing! Even my kids loved her. Our two French bulldogs were calm and happy when we arrived home and she sent us updates as we travelled. She even baked us bread and cookies along with homemade soup when we returned!

Corrie
Nanaimo, British Columbia

…exceptional sitter…

Nov-December 2018

Kate was an exceptional sitter, both house and pet. If possible, our dog was even MORE well behaved on our return than we left her (and that’s saying something)! And the same goes for the house- it was absolutely sparkling clean. What a joy to come home to. You can tell Kate takes pride in her house and care of animals. She even got up at the crack of dawn to see us off and ease our minds about leaving our fur-child. Talk about above and beyond…. I hope she continues to stop by whenever possible to visit, I know Patsy would LOVE it 😉 Until the next time- Thanks Kate!

Katie and Jamie
Victoria, British Columbia

…hope you’ll come back soon…

Nov 2018

I cannot recommend Kate highly enough. She is warm, caring, mature, confident, capable, and had a great deal of time and energy for our pets. She stayed connected with us every day with texts and photos/video clips of our fur babies and the house was immaculately clean when we returned home. We came home to happy and relaxed pets who appeared not have to noticed that we’d been gone for a week! Thank you Kate … Matt and I hope you’ll come back soon.

Matt and Peggy
Bowen Island, British Columbia

…many thanks once again…

Oct-Nov 2018

Kate did a fantastic job looking after our house and animals for 2 weeks in 2017 so we were really delighted when she was able to come back in October this year for a repeat performance, from the 26th October to the 11th November. She was equally brilliant and for an added challenge she had to deal with a broken down car (ours) and ended up having to drive our Volkswagen van, which she took in her stride. The animals were blissfully happy with her, as was the house, and as before, we have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending Kate for your house/animal sit. Once again, thank you Kate.

Tim and Jill
Montcuq, Quercy Blanc, France

…fiable et parfaitement autonome…

October 2018

Kate est une femme absolument charmante ; nous avons passé de très bons moments ensemble. Elle s’est occupée à merveille du chien, du chat et de la maison qui était toute propre à mon retour et embellie par de jolis bouquets de fleurs des champs… même la voiture était nettoyée et le jardin ratissé…
Je serais ravie d’accueillir Kate une prochaine fois qui de surcroît donne régulièrement des nouvelles du bien-être des animaux. Vous pouvez confier vos bêtes comme votre logis en toute quiétude à Kate, c’est une personne fiable et parfaitement autonome.

Isabelle
L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, France

…she will continue to be our “go to” sitter…

Sept-October 2018

Well, what can I say ? This is the third time she has looked after our gang and she will continue to be our ‘go to’ sitter. We were away for almost a month altogether, with a visit home in between.
It is always great to know that when we return the animals are well looked after and the dogs are ready for a rest !!! Having been walked thoroughly !
Thanks once again Kate and hopefully you can return in the future, as we will seriously consider not holidaying if you can’t sit.
If I could give 10 stars I would !!

Amanda
Gioux, La Creuse, France

…avec attention et delicatesse…

By Anne, on 09/20/2018

Kate a autant d’intérêt pour les personnes et pour les animaux que de goût pour la nature. Elle s’adapte aux gens et aux lieux avec attention et délicatesse et elle a rendu mon chien très heureux

Anne
La-Sainte-Chapelle-sur-Loire, France

…without hesitation, 5 stars!!…

August 2018

This is our second time using Kate for house and pet sitting. She is highly dependable, sincere, thorough, delightful. Without hesitation, 5 stars!!

Jody
Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia

…fortunate to have Kate in our home and garden…

July 2018

I am more than happy to provide Kate with a reference and I must state that the reference couldn’t be any higher than our regard for Kate and how she cares for our special girl, Emmy, and our home. We have been fortunate to have Kate in our home and garden on several occasions and on each occasion she has cared for Emmy nearly as well as we care for her! There are always long walks daily with lots of opportunity to meet canine friends. The house is always immaculate when we come home with linens washed and folded, so nothing for us to do at all. Many times Kate has made salads for us which are always welcomed but not expected. If you are able to book Kate, then feel grateful that she can spare you the time

Patricia
Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

…great care…

June 2018

This is the second time Kate has house/pet sat for us this year, and we will certainly ask her again. We had just planted a new garden and put down sod, so on top of caring for our senior dog she took on watering duties as well. Kate is extremely conscientious and took great care and effort in attending to the house, dog and new garden. Thank you Kate!

Nadine
Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada

…perfect companion for Merlin…

May 2018

Kate was a perfect companion for Merlin while I was away. I think he misses her! I never worried about anything at home while I was away and returned to a clean house, happy cat, and a lovely meal. I look forward to inviting Kate back.

Andrea
Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada

…kind, warm, and caring…

May 2018

This was, without a doubt, the best scenario I could have hoped for. Kate is a kind, warm, and caring individual. As it was the first time I’ve used Trusted Housesitters I was hesitant, but she helped guide me through the process, was flexible in meeting us, and exuded competence from the moment I met her. While we were away she cared for both our home and our 6 year old small breed dog. She had read the welcome package I had sent thoroughly, because she knew what to do when our dog did start to make choking noises! We arrived home to a healthy, well cared-for pet, some baking on the counter, and a spotless home. I can’t say enough about Kate’s demeanor… she is full of calm and peace… really a lovely individual. I’m hopeful we will meet again in the future.

Pat
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

…very capable handling our rural property…

Apr 2018

We came home and had two very happy dogs greet us. Kate did a wonderful job and left us some lovely welcome home treats too. She was very capable handling our rural property as well as the dogs. We had a great vacation knowing things were in good hands at home

Wendy
Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada

…I can wholeheartedly recommend Kate…

Mar 2018

Kate recently took care of our senior dog for 10 days and we are completely happy with what was our first TrustedHousesitters experience. Kate was easy to communicate with, was happy to meet with us prior to our departure, sent us daily reports and welcomed us back home with a pot of homemade soup on the stove and a clean house. We were able to relax and enjoy our vacation because of Kate’s obvious love for animals and perhaps even more important, her independent nature. I felt that should a crisis arise with either the dog or the house, Kate would be able to handle it without a lot of drama. I can wholeheartedly recommend Kate as a home and pet sitter; we have already booked her for another sit ourselves!

Nadine
Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada

…Kate put our minds at ease…

Mar 2018

There aren’t enough good things we can say about Kate. As first time users of TrustedHousitters we were slightly skeptical about leaving our kitty and our belongings in the hands of a stranger, but Kate put our minds at ease. She was incredibly transparent through out the entire process and even coached us through some it. It made our trip that much more enjoyable knowing our kitten was in the best of hands. She shared pictures and videos of our kitten as well as left our home clean and tidy. Thank you again for everything! Max, Vanessa, and Otis

Max and Vanessa
Kamata, Japan

…absolutely great person who immediately conveys confidence…

Feb-Mar 2018

Kate looked after our house and pets (2 cats, 2 hamsters) while we were outta country on a short holiday. We got to know Kate in person a couple of weeks before we entrusted her with our pets and all of us were immediately convinced that we made the right choice. She kept us in the loop with pics of our 4 legged family memebrs on a daily basis and after our return everything totally perfect, tidy and clean…even better than we left it 😉 Kate is an absolutely great person who immediately conveys confidence once you get to know her in person. Tidy, full of care and trustful,….just a few adjectives to describe what you can expect when you have Kate a Trusted House- and Petsitter. We can only highly recommend Kate with 5***** across the board to anyone looking for a trustful and caring sitter and we’d be more than happy to have Kate for another housesit at our place anytime in the future!

Magnus and Sabrina
Den-en-chofu, Japan

…tender care and attention…

Feb 2018

Kate is lovely and gentle with pets, giving them tender care and attention. Kate is organized and reliable, and a genuinely good person! Recommended sitter! Thanks for taking such good care of my Sally dog, Kate!

Ellen
Kobe, Japan

…very diligent and caring…

Jan-Feb 2018

Kate, looked after Foxxy for over 10 days and was fantastic. She was very diligent and caring sending regular updates and photos. The house was kept super clean. She has a bright easy going personality and I highly recommend her to anyone.

James
Tokyo, Japan

…wonderful and perfect…

Jan 2018

Kate was more than wonderful and perfect she came a couple of days before I left and we got to spend some time together. She is nice, friendly and fun to talk to. As soon as I saw her smile and how she was with me, I know I chose the right person.

While I was away, she sent me pictures Of my cats and non stop reports telling me how they were comfortable and happy with Kate. My cat are 18 years old so I’m always worried and concerned about them when I leave on holiday I even feel guilty. Kate made it so comfortable and provided a big relief for me.

That’s not all!

When I returned to my apartment, I was so surprised. She cleaned my entire apartment, not only beddings but also floor, sink, kitchen, and even windows that I never got to clean since I moved in here.

She is very thoughtful, kind and giving person. She is a miracle to me and my cats!!!!

Thank you so very much Kate! I will definitely ask you to come back!!!

Yoko
Gotanda, Japan

…her special brand of calm is perfect for our girls…

Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

Kate has now been to our home three times to sit with our Shih Tzu’s, Lacy & Coco and we are already talking about securing her for the next holiday season!

Kate is very kind and caring toward our girls and her special brand of calm is perfectly suited to them. One of our girls has some issues with anxiety and Kate went the extra mile to ensure that Coco got the extra attention she needed, but I also know that Lacy was not left out in the process.

She is very social with the other dog families in the neighborhood, some of whom still ask after her! She keeps us updated with photos and information and we always feel comforted that our girls are cared for and safe.

Kate has a wonderful sense of adventure and is very adaptable to new environments. She is capable, smart, rational and trustworthy and not only takes great care of your pets, but also your home. Our apartment was completely spotless when we returned!

Don’t hesitate – hire Kate!! She really is 5-Star!

Janet
Tokyo, Japan

…so happy Kate was available…

Dec 2017

We are so happy Kate was available to sit for us again. Kate made Ruby’s well being her main priority-something that is very important to us. We came home to a happy dog, a clean house and a yummy treat. I would not hesitate to recommend Kate, she is a lovely person and a 5 star petsitter.

Sue R
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…simply AMAZING…

Dec 2017

Kate is simply AMAZING! This was our first experience using Trusted Housesitters and we could not be happier. Kate did an incredible job looking after Mishka and Chewie, our Bernedoodle puppies and the fish.

We were provided with regular updates off the pups, and our home was beautifully maintained. Kate goes above and beyond, and we even arrived home to beautiful home-made soup in the fridge! What an extraordinary person, we look forward to having you come visit soon!

Claire
Kitsilano, British Columbia, Canada

…she was a gem…

Nov 2017

I loved Kate from her very first email of introducing herself and applying to sit Suki! I just ‘knew’ she was a gem.

One of the things I enjoyed about Kate is that she kept me informed every step of the way — from her stay in Europe to landing on Vancouver island. She is very, very personable and certainly could have spent much more time conversing had I not had a schedule to meet.

What was best, though, is that she bonded beautifully and loved Suki to bits. I really appreciated being sent pictures – AND a short video of her purring! Such gestures put a nice smile on my face, warmed my insides, and reassured me that all was well taken care of. Thanks, Kate.

I came home to a very happy and content senior Suki, a tidy home, and a delicious borscht soup

I would have Kate back any time! Catch her if you can — you and your pets won’t regret her presence and loving care!

Edna
Comox, British Columbia, Canada

…she was very careful…

Nov 2017

Kate was a great house and pet sitter, and we enjoyed meeting her and so did our pets. She walked our dogs, looked after our cats and aquarium fish. She was very careful and left the house clean and tidy.

Kate a été formidable et nous avons apprécié bien sa gentillesse et l’attention elle a donné nos chiens et chats. Elle a laissé la maison très propre et tout étaient bien rangé.

Peter
Fericy, Ile de France

…a wonderful time…

Nov 2017

Kate is a so good person. Poppy has passed a wonderful time with her and my home was perfect when I came back. She is just perfect. I hope she’ll come back at home.

Kary
Saint-Cloud, France

…très satisfaits…

Oct 2017

Nous sommes ravis et très satisfaits d’avoir confiés la garde de Shamalow à Kate.

C’est une personne très agréable, ponctuelle et soucieuse du bien-être des animaux. Elle donne régulièrement des nouvelles.

Nous avons retrouvé un appartement bien rangé et très propre.

Nous recommandons !

Maud P.
Paris, France

…the house was spotless…

Oct 2017

We left our dog, our bird, our car and our house in Kate’s hands. When we returned a few days later, it was as though we’d been gone only a few minutes. Kate paid loads of attention to the animals, taking our large dog on cool walks (and sending us photos regularly). She was also able to visit the surrounding area by bike — farmers’ markets and other points of interest.

And the house was spotless!

We will absolutely ask her back! And if our pets could talk, they would demand it!


Nous avons laissé à Kate notre chien, notre oiseau, notre voiture et notre maison pendant quelques jours, et à notre retour c’était comme si nous étions partis que quelques instants. Pendant ce temps, elle a pris grand soin de notre toutou, lui faisant des balades cools (en nous envoyant les photos régulièrement). Aussi, Kate a pu visiter les environs à vélo, découvrant les marchés des fermiers et d’autres points d’intérêt.

Sans question nous allons lui demander de revenir ! Et si nos animaux domestiques pourraient parler, ils l’exigeraient !

Susan et Marc
Lille, France

…the best of the best…

Oct 2017

This is the second time Kate has sat for us, and for a time there was a possibility she couldn’t come, we were prepared to cancel our holiday !!!

Instead we went on holiday, safe in the knowledge that our menagerie was going to be well cared for, despite the complexities of our ‘gang’

Kate is without doubt the best of the best !! And we seriously hope that she will be able to sit for us again, the dogs certainly appreciate the lovely long walks and Kate is loved by all our French and English neighbours. We feel blessed to have Kate in our lives.

Amanda
Gioux 23910 France

…an amazing job…

Sept 2017

Kate did an amazing job looking after our home and our pets. What an interesting lady she is too. It was a pleasure to have her to stay and we very much enjoyed her company.

Karen
Trémolat, France

…absolutely no hesitation in recommending Kate…

Sept 2017

Kate came straight from Canada to look after our dog, our cat, our fish and our home. We had arranged for an extra couple of days before we left for everyone to get used to each other.

Kate looked after everything for just over 2 weeks, keeping in touch with us by email with photos etc. and upon our return we found the animals happy and contented and our home clean and in perfect order. Kate even offered, and did, some gardening for us. Perfect.

We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Kate for your house sit, and would be delighted if she chose to come back here the next time we go away. We know our animals would be delighted too. Thank you Kate.

Tim
Montcuq, France

…I am delighted…

July 2017

I am delighted to be able to share my thoughts about Kate. She has become our most trusted and loved pet-sitter here on Pender Island. Our dog Lewis is old and has some disabilities requiring medication which Kate handled easily and confidently. Kate has a lovely calm and gentle manner with animals and there seems to be a nice respectful bond between them.

She made the effort to keep us updated about how things were going which always makes for a relaxed holiday for me, and Lewis is always calm and happy upon our return.

We are entirely comfortable having Kate in our home for extended periods of time as she is a respectful and resourceful lady.

Valerie
Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

…an excellent job from start to finish…

July 2017

Kate did an excellent job from start to finish. She is very prompt to reply to messages, was eager to ‘get it right’ and asked all the right questions She sent pictures and kept me informed. She is a very experienced house sitter and it shows. She took care of my two dogs, my extensive gardens and home beautifully. I would not hesitate to engage her services again. Thanks so much Kate.

Melanie F.
Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada

…took excellent care of our home…

July 2017

Kate was a great house and dog sitter for our pets. She took them on lots of walks and playtime on the nearby beaches. She also took excellent care of our home and was very tidy. We would love to have Kate come back again anytime!

Mike
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…my dog seemed very happy…

June 2017

Kate was only with us for a short few days, but my dog seemed very happy and well looked after. Kate is a chef by trade and very kindly left us some delicious home made soup in the fridge, very nice surprise for us.

Elaine
Ganges, British Columbia, Canada

…Kate was wonderful…

June 2017

What can I say Kate was wonderful:-). In the time between booking Kate and us leaving Ruby injured her paw and got got bit by another dog. It was a terrible week and we were conscerned about leaving her. Kate stayed with us the night before we left and in the morning we confidently left Ruby in Kate’s very capable hands and it was a great experience for all of us.

Kate us updated and contacted us when Ruby wasn’t feeling well from the medication, Kate dealt with it calmly and efficiently and truly wanted to do what was best for Ruby.

We returned home to a happy and healthy dog, our garden looking great and a clean house complete with clean sheets and towels.

I would not hesitate to recommend Kate and wish her all the best on her travels.

Sue R
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…reliable, responsible and helpful…

May 2017

We were so happy to have Kate look after our house and our puppy, Marshall. We couldn’t have asked for a more reliable, responsible and helpful person to help us out. We can’t believe our good fortune having used trustedhousesitters.com twice and found two amazing ladies that responded to our requests. Thank you!!

Susan
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…attentive care…

May 2017

Kate was an excellent house and cat-sitter for us. We appreciated that she came out and saw us and met Pippin a few days before the house-sit and really showed an interest in getting to know him and making sure that she knew what his needs were. She also patiently helped orient us to the THS experience (it was our first time).

When we came home from our camping trip, Pippin was acting like we’d never been gone, which is the highest form of praise our cat can give a cat-sitter! Our house was cleaner than when we left it, which was such a treat. We really appreciated Kate’s attentive care and would welcome her back anytime. We thoroughly recommend her to look after your home and pets.

Lauren
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…a fabulous pet/housesitter…

May 2017

Kate was a fabulous pet/housesitter. We returned home to a clean house, happy pets and a wonderful dinner cooked by Kate. She is a lovely person who fit in very easily to our home and I enjoyed getting to know her. I only hope she is not too booked up to return to us in the near future.

Linda
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…most definitely our go-to house sitter…

Apr 2017

Beyond impressed with Kate! Kate cared for our Shitzu Yorkie and Guinea Pig during our week long trip to Mexico. Given this was our first time using this site and with a trusted house sitter, she was great with guiding me through the process, gently reminding me to complete the home owners guide etc.

She phoned me to let me know when she had arrived to my home. My dog Nikko is shy and Kate intuitively made herself at home, settled in and waited for him to come to her. She texted me two other times to update me, and shared pics of Nikko exploring his favourite spots in Victoria.

When we arrived back home, my husband and I were overwhelmed, our house was hotel spotless, fresh towels put out, beds washed, homemade quinoa salad in the fridge, she even cleaned our oven. What a treat to come home to!! Kate is incredibly conscientious, trustworthy, and thoughtful.

Kate will most definitely be our go to house sitter for our next trip away!

Jody
Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada

…I have already asked her to come back…

Dec 2016-Jan 2017

Kate came to stay with our sweet Shih Tzus, Lacy & Coco, over the Christmas holiday in Tokyo. Kate was the first respondent to our inquiry and we loved her reviews and recommendations on trustedhoursitters.com. As luck would have it, she was scheduled to be in Japan during the time we needed help.

We met her over Facebook and signed right up! Kate is very easygoing, good-natured and was incredibly respectful of us, our home and, most importantly, our girls! She took the time to learn about them individually, as they are both quite different and she was so kind to them which, to us, is all that mattered. She provided us with updates and photos every day while we were gone and it made us happy to know they were in such good hands. She was also on top of all the logistics which, in Tokyo, are very complicated.

Kate is very openminded, adventurous, intelligent and nice. Our home was spotless when we returned and the girls were happy. I have already asked her to come back and will continue to do so in the future!

Janet
Tokyo, Japan

…our home was neat and tidy…

Dec 2016

Kate helped us out by taking care of our elderly cat Snowy, while we were away for a little vacation. We found Kate to be a very easy going, but responsible, caring individual. Snowy was given a great deal of love and attention while we were gone. Kate took care of giving Snowy her medications twice daily, along with all the other pet care responsibilities.

When we arrived home we found our home was neat and tidy and well cared for as well. There was even a delicious pot of home made soup waiting for us, which went down really well since we arrived back on a very cold wintery day. It was a delight to meet Kate and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have had Kate looking after things while we were away.

Cindy
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

…thanks again…

Nov 2016

Thanks for sitting for Muttley & Treacle again, they obviously love having you to stay!

Dan
Cranbrook, United Kingdom

…very friendly and professional…

Nov 2016

Kate is the house/animal sitters everybody would dream of having…
Upon arrival she was very friendly and professional in approach and totally keen to soak in as much information as possible before we left for our trip. On our return I was overwhelmed how my house was cleaner than when we left!. She has also prepared a hot soup for us when we got home.

The cat was very happy and relaxed and had obviously had plenty of attention.
I couldn’t recommend Kate enough , I would love them to come back again.

Elisabetta
Paris, France

…she is very self-sufficient…

Nov 2016

Kate is a gem. I did not have any concerns about my house or dog while I was away, and that is very important when one is busy at a work conference. She exercised my dog, played with him and groomed him. She left my home clean and organized and didn’t leave a “footprint” nor consume any of my things.

She is very self-sufficient without requiring any hand-holding. She even taught me a few things about Paris and my surroundings. She will come back and take care of my dog another time soon!

Vinona
Paris, France

…nothing was too much trouble…

Oct 2016

Kate was the perfect house-sitter and companion to your 10 month old French bulldog. Nothing was too much trouble for Kate, she gladly arranged to meet us the day before to get to know our puppy and to take him for a walk. She was friendly, warm and we completely trusted her with our apartment and baby.

I would highly recommend Kate for any future house-sitting opportunities, her prior knowledge of Paris and her fabulous french skills were a added bonus. Thank you Kate and thank you for leaving our apartment so clean and tidy!

Celia and Hugh
Paris, France

…an excellent job in all respects…

Oct 2016

Kate looked after our 3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 horse plus our property for just over a week. She did an excellent job in all respects: kind but firm with the animals who all adored her and keeping the place looking immaculate. While we were away she kept us up to date with short emails and photos to reassure us as this was our first house-sitting experience. I would recommend her very highly indeed.

Anna
Confolens, France

…genuine trustworthy person…

Sept 2016

Kate came to look after my home and pets for a short weekend I was away. I took to Kate straight away as did Louis my dog. She is a very happy genuine trustworthy person and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her for any housesit. I came home to happy pets a tidy home and a lovely meal that Kate had prepared for us. Kate sent me pictures every day and took Louis out for some long walks which he loved (he is missing you already). Would love to have her stay again!!!!

Caroline
Marseillette, France

…Kate did a great job…

Sept 2016

Kate did a great job looking after our home and demanding Vizslas. We’ve already arranged our next trip away and we’re looking forward to seeing Kate again soon!

Dan
Cranbrook, United Kingdom

…we felt secure and happy…

July 2016

Kate came to look after my home and pets on the coldest day of the year.

She brought the sunshine with her and we had a very pleasant evening together before we left for our trip. It did not take long for our animals to be besotted with her and we felt secure and happy to leave them in her trustworthy care.I cannot recommend her highly enough, for her attention to detail and her natural love of animals.

Our home was as tidy as we left it and Kate had done a few things to tidy it for us so it was actually better than before we left.If you are lucky enough to engage Kate as a house sitter you will be doing very well. We hope to see Kate again as a friend and house sitter. She will always be welcome.

Louise
Canberra, ACT, Australia

…meticulous care…

Nov 2015

Kate did a great job taking care of our home and pets while we were away. Not only do we have birds and reptiles and other critters to care for, our dog had been injured shortly before we left and needed to be given medication and have his bandage cleaned while he recovered.

He was born deaf and only knows hand signs and feels it necessary that he is doted on. Kate gave him a lot of attention and took everything in stride and everyone was well cared for. She was detail oriented, quick to contact us with any questions and kept us updated with how everything was going.

Our dog healed well in Kate’s meticulous care. When we arrived home, our bedding was cleaned and there was a homemade (delicious!) veggie lasagna in the fridge. It was such a welcome relief after an exhausting, 30 hour+ travel home. Our home offers some unique challenges, and Kate did a great job!

Helene
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

…an excellent care-giver…

Oct 2015

I travelled from Vancouver to Australia in October 2015 and a friend recommended Kate to me to stay in my condo to care for my dog. I was a little hesitant at first as my dog is high-strung and needs special care. Kate was wonderful – she truly loves animals and was an excellent care-giver.

She cared for my condo as if it were her own home and kept it clean and tidy. I really could go on and on about what a great person Kate is – very professional with a loving and gentle personality. I absolutely would not hesitate to have her look after my pet and home again.

Vicki
Vancouver, British Columbia

…we felt completely comfortable…

July 2015

It was wonderful to have Kate look after our home and pets while we were away. She is a lovely, caring person who we felt completely comfortable leaving our pets with and the care of our home. She sent us a few updates and pictures of our pets and kept our home and gardens tidy. I would love to have her stay again and highly recommend her to anyone needing a pet or house sitter.

Kara
Trail, British Columbia, Canada

…vibrant and energetic…

June 2015

Kate is a vibrant and energetic person who looked after our incredibly energetic and bouncy dog and somewhat reserved cat for 5 days.

She was more than capable of handling our dog and took her on the necessary long walks as well as continuing her (our puppy’s) exposure to different and new things and events . Kate also got into the swing of French life in an instant and chattered to our French neighbours. She was clean and tidy with the bed sheets and towels in the wash on our return.
We were comfortable enough to give Kate the use of our car while she house sat.

Delia
Châlus, France

…very conscientious…

May 2015

Kate was a very pleasant and happy person who you can get on with in an instant. she is very conscientious about getting tasks done and done in a way that you would prefer. She is very helpful and made sure that we had anything we wanted ready for our return. She was very clean and tidy and beds and towels were stripped and in the wash when we returned. she even baked us a quiche. Your animals and house will be in safe hands with Kate.

Kathryn
Azille, France

…Kate was a pure delight…

May 2015

Kate was a pure delight. As soon as you speak to her you already feel confident and I came back to happy cats and my house looking perfect. Kate kept in contact and sent some pictures. I highly recommend her and woud not hesitate in asking her to come back and housesit.

Tracy
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

…would not hesitate to leave my dog and my home in her care…

Jan 2015

Hello, I have a beloved Australian Shepherd who is part of the family and a house in Vancouver containing all of my earthly belongings. Kate Riddell is a person that I trust entirely and I would not hesitate to leave my dog and my home in her care.

In addition, I would recommend her for housesitting/pet care to friends and family.

Diane
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

…we received regular updates…

Nov 2014

I am very pleased to provide a home-sitting referrence for Kate Riddell. Kate has stayed at both our home and cottage and has watched over our pets (cats and dogs) numerous times. Kate is very organized and took time to actually get to know our pets and all of their personalities.

She was highly reliable and we received regular updates while we were away to reassure us that all was well at home. She arrived with everything she needed for her stay and when we returned all was clean and the pets very happy. I would highly recommend her to watch your home.

John
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

…an excellent and most reliable house and pet sitter…

Nov 2014

Kate has become an excellent and most reliable house and pet sitter for us. I am a veterinarian and so my pets are often special needs, complicated emotionally and physically and Kate is very senstive to their needs.

When I travel, we have Kate house sit, and cat sit and we farm out our special needs dogs to various others (it is just too many for one person) and Kate has been fabulous at coordinating all the other people in our lives and adapting to changes as they happen.

The most wonderful thing for me was that Kate treated our home as her own, and got to know our neighbourhood and enjoyed the same treasures about it that we do!

Janice
Deep Cove, British Columbia, Canada

…I highly recommend Kate…

July 2014

Kate happily took on a job house sitting for me along with caring for a lovebird and a half dozen chickens. She watered my greenhouse and garden plants, carefully tending both pets and garden. I highly recommend Kate.

Trisha
Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada

…great attention to detail…

May 2014

I have known Kate as a chef with Bluewater Adventures and as a chef with a cat skiing organization. She has also volunteered with a non profit program that I run in Vancouver elementary schools. Kate has great attention to detail as she needs to plan to cook for large groups in remote places. As a volunteer, Kate was wonderful with children, a great help with the implementation of the program and a terrific role model for children. I highly recommend her to your organization.

Barb
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

…talented, organized and responsible…

Dec 2013-Jan 2014

Kate is a very pleasant easy going person. She is very talented, organized and responsible. I was grateful to have her stay at my place. It was wonderful knowing she was a very kind and caring person. I would be very happy and relieved to have someone like her taking care of my property.

Marjorie
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

…would not hesitate to have Kate housesit again…

July 2013

Kate has done house sitting for us. She took care of our 2 dogs and 2 cats. She made sure that the house plants and large vegetable garden were watered and in good condition. We have a large rural property and I would not hesitate to have Kate housesit again.

Denise
Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada

…energetic, competent, cheerful and reliable…

May 2013

Kate volunteered with my dental team in Tanzania and was a valued member of our team. She is energetic, competent, cheerful and reliable.

Loree
Everett, Washington, USA

…an ideal house sitter…

Dec 2012-Jan 2013

Kate is an ideal house sitter. She stayed at my house and took good care of my cat. My plants were watered and it was perfectly maintained. I would like Kate to stay at my house more often because she takes such good care of it!

Sarah
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

…an excellent housesitter…

2012-2016

Kate is an excellent housesitter! She is responsible, reliable, kind, clean, trustworthy and respectful. She maintains the cleanliness and special ambiance of the home she cares for. I felt relaxed and comfortable knowing Kate was in my space. Everything was clean and all directions were thoughtfully followed through with.

I love my home and am very selective of who I have caretaking it. It is with ease that I hand my keys to Kate. She’s a wonderful and honest person as well as a great housesitter. I fully recommend Kate.

Gee
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

…you can’t go wrong with Kate…

2012-2016

My home is my sanctuary as well as my art studio. Kate has housesat for me on several occasions and has proven herself to be respectful and conscious of my creative process and my possessions. She watered my multitude of plants, including bonsai, and everything was in beautiful condition when I returned home. She is kind and conscientious and I highly recommend her to housesit.

You can’t go wrong with Kate. She is wonderful.

Risa
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

…very dependable and totally trustworthy…

Ongoing since 2012

Kate has house sat for me on four different occasions over the past 3 years. She is very dependable and totally trustworthy.

My senior cats have some challenging issues but Kate has consistently given caring and competent care to them.

When I return to my home, my cats are happy and relaxed and my house is left in an impeccable condition. When Kate is here, I have every confidence in her abilities to offer service which meets my high expectations

On a personal level, Kate has a lovely gentle personality. She is very respectful of my living space and is very loving towards my pets.

I can leave without any worries knowing Kate is there.

Diane S
Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

…we recommend her without any hesitation…

Ongoing since 2012

Kate has stayed at our house and taken care of our animals four or five times. Our two dogs and our cat are very happy when she arrives and settle right in with her. Since she is a chef, we know she takes good care of our knives and our kitchen equipment. She connects with people in our neighbourhood and enjoys her stay in our small community. Everything is just great on our return home!! We recommend her without any hesitation.

Wendy
Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

…a wonderful person in every way…

Ongoing since 2012

Kate has cared for our dogs a number of times. She has been a wonderful person in every way, and will certainly be here many more times.

Stuart
Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

…compassionate and so responsive…

July 2010-Sept 2013

One could not ask for more in terms of a landlady. Kate was my landlady for 3+ years and was caring, compassionate and sooooo responsive if anything came up. Kate is one of the most responsible people I know and is completely solution-focused when problems come up.

She is also among the most empathic people I know which makes Kate a great & really interesting conversationalist. Now that I am a homeowner again, Kate is my first choice of housesitters!

Mike
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

…she is the first person we ask…

Ongoing since 1985

Kate has housesat for us on many occasions over many years. Our home, cats and garden are always well cared for and we leave feeling confident that all will be in good hands while we are away.

We never hesitate to ask her again. She is the first person we ask when we go away! We highly recommend Kate for housesitting.

Bronwyn
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

…warm caring personality…

Ongoing since 1983

I have known Kate for 30 years or so. She is energetic, conscientious, effective, adaptable and resourceful. Kate has taken care of our house in both rural (including wood heating) and urban situations. She has managed chickens, cats, dogs, and gardens large and small. Her broad range of life, work and travel experience coupled with her warm caring personality make her an ideal person to care for your home and pets.

Dick
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 

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