Ian was an amazing pet & house sitter! He took great care of the house and our dog, Morris. Honestly, by the time Ian left Morris was genuinely sad he was leaving. He accommodated all our travel date changes due to COVID-19, kept the house super tidy, sent us regular pictures of our dog, and took him on longer walks than we take him ourselves! He even bought treats out of pocket when ours ran out to keep Morris happy. In all honesty, Ian was a superb pet sitter and we would be glad to have him stay again
It is such a pleasure to have Ian around your home. he did not actually stay in our home but he came to house sit for some neighbors and ended up getting stuck here for 5-6 months. We were able to get to know him pretty well during this time. He was so great to take care of our animals with such love if we needed to be gone. We got a new puppy, Mia, right after he got here and she has really grown to love him and is going to miss him when he leaves. Ian is so good with animals, you can tell he really loves them and takes time with them. Ian is such a handyman to have around your house. He is great to fix anything needing repair and not afraid of work. If somebody had a project he was more than willing to jump in and help. He is very flexible and super easy going. We hope he will come back and house sit for us very soon.
What a rewarding, and somewhat unusual, Trusted Housesitter experience it was, having Ian here. And surely one of the few nice things that happened during our long COVID lockdown in Panama. By the time Ian arrived in mid-March, we were already getting nervous about going to the US during a “global pandemic”. When the baseball spring training games we were planning to see were canceled in Florida, it seemed ominous. We canceled our trip and told Ian he was welcome to stay for the month he had intended to be here, except he would have to put up with us as roommates. Needless to stay, after a month Panama’s borders had shut down and, since Ian was so easy to get along with, we invited him to stay on. One month eventually became six months. In no time Ian became a part of our little family. While staying with us he cooked dinner every third night, fixed our leaky dishwasher, repaired the oven starter, put up patio lights, and helped power wash the driveway. He took care of his own laundry, always helped with dishes. What’s more, he befriended all our neighbors and their dogs! We miss him. So if you’re looking for a Trusted Housesitter, please say yes to Ian. He will spoil your pets and respect your home. And make sure you ask him for any photos he made in your absence – he is a great photographer, too.
What an absolute find Vanessa was! We feel so grateful and lucky. Not only was Charlie loved and so well looked after, with daily updates and lovely photos and videos sent, when we returned we felt that 5* star cleaners had also visited and the house was an absolute joy to come home to. We would not hesitate to highly recommend Vanessa (and cousin on this occasion, as Ian was not available) to sit for us and anybody else fortunate enough to grab her when she’s free. Come back soon, Charlie misses you!!!
I was in a crunch to find a sitter for Daisy at the last minute, and Ian came through with flying colors. It was clear the moment he walked in to greet us that Daisy would be in good hands because she warmed up to him right away. Daisy is typically a bit fearful and protective at first, so when she didn’t bark or growl at him at all, I took it as a very good sign. Ian kept me updated throughout the week with lovely photos of their outings together. He left the place in immaculate shape when I arrived home, and Daisy, while happy to see me, had clearly felt comfortable with her new friend as she pranced excitedly back and forth between us. Daisy and I highly recommend Ian as pet and house-sitter and will definitely look for him again for future trips.
I came back to my house cleaner than I left it, with my cats very happy! He gave me updates throughout the week and sent me great, professional pictures of my cats. I would welcome him back anytime!
Dear Ian. I have been going through some difficult times. So when you arrive back in your little studio in Gracia, Barcelona, and you find out that everything, really everything is pristine and cleaned so wonderfully, you go to bed in such a calm, happy way. I really have to thank you for that. And Youp the cat? He felt a bit lost the first couple of hours, because he missed you. You did everything I could hope for. Thank you so much Ian. Big warm hugs from Gert.
Ian has been a perfect sitter for 4 weeks in Nairobi in our home. He was sending news regularly and amazing pictures of our cats and parrot. I don’t think I had such beautiful pictures of them before! I can only recommend him 100%.
Vanessa looked after my rabbit and home for 8 days. The communication was easy and she was available at all times, updating me with pictures and videos of my bunny 🙂 The home was left clean and tidy. I am very grateful to find my rabbit and home in perfect order. I would definitely recommend her as a sitter!
Vanessa has been such a lovely cat sitter for my little cookie! She’s been very kind and available. she sent me pictures and videos of my cat every day. she is the perfect cat sitter: flexible, easy going, kind. I can’t wait to have her come back again!
Thank you, Ian, for your loving care of Tara and Bella! We invited Ian back to sit for us because he and Vanessa had done such a brilliant job last time! Ian proved again that he is very capable and efficient, dealing effortlessly with our holiday extensions, local fibre installations and the water restrictions in Cape Town. But most importantly, our dogs love him and Tara even has a special, very tuneful greeting wail reserved for him! Thanks again Ian for making our separation from Bella and Tara less stressful and anxious! It is such a relief to know that they are in good and loving hands.
We had the good fortune of securing Vanessa to look after our two little cats for a long weekend. She went out of her way to get to the apartment a few days before we left, to meet us and the cats and pick up the keys before returning the evening we left. Vanessa took excellent care of our home and our beloved pets, she sent us photo updates and communicated quickly and clearly. We returned to a clean apartment and very happy cats, it is such a comfort to know everything was well looked after while we were away. We would strongly recommend Vanessa as a petsitter and would we very happy to have her sit for us again!
It was great to have Ian and Vanessa stay and look after our 2 dogs for 9 weeks while we were away. They kept us up to date on how the dogs were going with regular messages and photos. They fitted into our neighbourhood with regular walks and outings with the neighbours. They made the experience easy for us and we came home to happy dogs, a tidy house with lawns mowed.
Ian and Vanessa looked after our house in Simon’s Town and a couple of weeks later, our house in White River. They are a lovely couple, who easily adapt to the peculiarities of each home, and are fast learners. We have no pets to be taken care of, which Ian thought a great pity! They are great animal lovers. I have no hesitation in recommending them as trustworthy, impeccable and resourceful house sitters. Our homes on our return were both sparkling clean, well cared for and Ian also detected a badly blocked gutter downpipe and got it cleaned out and unblocked, thus solving a problem of an area of the sitting room floor getting slightly flooded in heavy rains. We are very grateful to Ian for this. Highly recommended. Barbara Moore
Do you want to leave your house and animals with peace in mind? Then take Vanessa & Ian! They looked after my 3 cats for 7 weeks. I got regular updates with amazing photos Ian took. The cats looked very happy and relaxed on all of them. Vanessa & Ian are very experienced sitters, professional and friendly. Everything went exactly accordingly to the plan we’ve made. They kept the house clean and tidy. I can highly recommend Vanessa & Ian. For sure my kitties are missing all the cuddles they got from them.
Ian housesat and looked after my cat, 10-year-old Fatty, in our Kuala Lumpur flat for a month. I will happily recommend Ian to other hosts as a five-star sitter, and would love to welcome him back to Kuala Lumpur again. He was respectful of the property, tidy, easygoing and friendly and most importantly, really put his heart into looking after my grumpy Fatty. Fatty’s had issues with skin in the past, and it flared up during this time. Ian took care of her so well that she spent most nights with him, hanging out and being affectionate. His regular updates, proactiveness and care for Fatty is so so appreciated! From buying her a little comb to getting her comfortable and happy, I really can’t ask for more. Plus the plant care is 5 star too! I wish him the best and hope he’s enjoyed TTDI. Having Ian as a trusted house(and pet) sitter will put your mind at ease.
Thank you Ian and Vanessa for taking such good care of Bella and Tara. They are missing you terribly and keep searching upstairs for you! To all house and pet owners looking for a sitter, I can only recommend Ian and Vanessa in the strongest possible terms. Competent, caring, unassuming and friendly, they are delightful people, trustworthy but relaxed, and, best of all, fantastic with animals. Both our dogs are looking trimmer and fitter than when we left due in no small part to the extended and frequent walks on the beach! The brilliant pics which arrived every day or so, made us feel so much closer and also made us realise that while we might be missing them madly, they were having much too good a time to be missing us. Thank you both again for looking after our house, our car and most of all our beloved pets so admirably! We are all just hoping that this will not be the last time!
Ian and Vanessa must rate as the TRUSTED HOUSESITTERS most PERFECT offering. Quiet and unassuming they moved into our home caring for it with infinite care and going as far as fixing broken or dysfunctional taps, garage and shower doors. Vanessa quietly cleaned all the carpets in the house- unasked but what a surprise for me when I returned and immediately noticed an enormous difference. We expected none of this and are consequently hugely appreciative.. On our return, we were warmly welcomed with a home cooked dinner – the first time I have returned home in 40 years and not having to cook dinner, thus being able to quietly unpack and settle. Their purpose was to care for Tom and Thandi – our two cats. Two contented happy cats who refused to greet us as we walked in. It was quite clear as to whom they preferred. Thank you Vanessa and Ian for going so far out of your way to be such wonderful and considerate sitters. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime sooner rather than later.
A Second time with Vanessa and Ian, it feel like leaving the dog and the house to your sister and brother. They are absolutely not just housesitters they are your best friends and you can rely on them in any thing. And they always fix and arrange extra things that you not even have asked for. Our dogs and cat just love them, so sometimes you wonder if they don´t miss them more than us 😉 So if you are thinking of having them at you place just do it before someone else does it before you!
Ian and Vanessa couldn’t have done a better job taking care of our house and our dog Murphy. They checked in with us regularly, texting professional-level pics of Murph and updating us on his walks and interactions around the neighborhood. They arrived a day early so we could show them the house and the neighborhood and quickly adjusted. When we returned home, our place was probably the cleanest it has ever been thanks to their hard work. And Murphy, who is normally a little passive aggressive when we are away, couldn’t have been happier. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a pet sitter!
I was very nervous about going away and leaving my precious creatures, but I was soon confident that they would be in safe hands! All 25 (I had’nt counted them before!) were as well and happy as when I left, with their care being carried out exactly as I had asked and much more. My elderly pony on her medication, the loose peacock etc! All were really well and happy! My dogs would much rather have the attention of Ian and Vanessa than me with long walks, trips to the beach & grooming! The cats too I’m sure would rather I had stayed away! I cannot recommend Ian & Vanessa highly enough. Thank you!
Ian and Vanessa are excellent house sitters and we can highly recommend them. They looked after our very shy cat extremely well, made friends with him and Vanessa managed to stroke him after only 5 days – an absolute record! Vanessa is a real animal-whisperer, she has a lovely way of interacting with them. They sent us regular updates and lovely photos, which was very reassuring and meant we could enjoy our holiday even more. On our return, the house was spotless, the bed linen was changed, there were new towels in the bathroom and all the linens were washed and dried. You could not wish for better housesitters!
Ian and Vanessa sat our dog, cat, 4 gerbils and house in autumn 2016. From the first contact things were just easy and breezy. They are extremely easy going and interested people, they adjust to all situations with a lovely sense of humour and they are delightful company. We are happy to provide personal references on request via Ian and Vanessa. We can only recommend them very highly and think that anyone considering them as house sitters will be very happy.
We ended up in a dificullt position when our friend changed work and couldn´t come and house sit. An other friend tiped us to join trustedhousesitter.com. So we did a late night and in the morning we had 4 answers! We chose Ian & Vanessa Gough, what a luck! They have been better than best with everything. Our dogs and cat have never missed us for a moment, we could notice. And when we came home they had cleaned the house, taken care of the garden and done heavy cleaning work on the road, taking away rocks and mud after a strong rain. And also done small things in maitenence without being asked to do but things that had to be done one day, by us! They are verry easy going people and don´t see problems in anything and it feels like we have known them for ever. We recomened them with all our heart and hope they can come back at an other occasion.
Ian and Vanessa house sat in my place for 3 weeks and responsibilities included looking after my big dog and an Iberian pig, cooking food for them, walk the dog twice a day and water the plants. We had 2 days overlap to introduce the dog and the surroundings. The dog was a bit difficult at the beginning but both handled this very well and after my departure became very good friends. During my absence they kept me informed with pictures and reports, so I was always at ease. Upon my return the house was very clean and tidy and the fridge was full with fresh bread, butter, cheese and ham. We asked them not to cook anything for us because our flight arrived late in the evening. The plants were well watered and Ian and Vanessa even removed all weeds from the driveway and the wall along the yard to prevent snails to enter the premises.
Ian and Vanessa, what a very charming couple. We arrived home after 3 weeks away to find happy animals and a spotless house, and everything as we had left it. They had even prepared a delicious dinner for us. I highly recommend them as honest, trustworthy, reliable professional house sitters . I hope they will come back.
What lovely, warm and considerate people. Ian even cooked for us when we got home. Vanessa had done a fantastic job cleaning every room they (and the dogs) had used and the house looked great. The dogs had really taken to them and it was obvious they appreciated the gentle way in which Vanessa and Ian handled them and the long walks they had. They even took us to the airport and picked us up from the station on our return and took one of the dogs to the vets for us as her annual vaccination was due during our holiday. I would welcome them back into my home anytime and I cannot thank them enough for the kindness shown to both us and to the dogs nor recommend them highly enough. They came across as very easy going people who were happy to help where they could. They have done everything a home and pet owner would hope for and more. If anyone is looking for sitters and they are available book them whilst you can.
Ian and Vanessa spent 2 weeks with us, of which I was away half the time and home the other half. I thus got the chance to experience them both as house/petsitters and as houseguests… and in both instances, I can truly say they are wonderful people. My dogs’ love for them was my biggest confirmation that they had been very well taken care off — even spoiled with long daily walks and endless cuddles. When I returned home I found the house to be impeccably clean, they had made us dinner, and everyone was happy and relaxed. As house guests they were very friendly but never invasive, very discreet, quiet, independent… the ideal guests (I wish all my guests were like them!!). They helped in the house when needed, and even continued to walk the dogs once I was back even though I told them there was no obligation to do so. I was particularly moved by Vanessa’s dedication to animals — one of my dogs had to undergo heavy surgery while they were here and, despite my being here, Vanessa got up at night to check on my pup, making sure she was always safe and comfortable. Anyone who has them as pet/house sitters will be lucky to have them. They are welcome to return anytime.
A great and trustworthy couple! They took care of my dog and my house. My dog was always happy, and I think my house is cleaner than I left it! Wow! Absolutely recommended.
Vanessa and Ian cared extremely well for my two old, ailing, spoiled doggies. During my holiday they sent me updates about the dogs, how things were at the boat, which added to the comfort and ensured continued confidence of having them boat/pet sit for me. They are a lovely couple, caring and committed and left the boat in a spotless state. Can’t recommend them enough! Thanks Vanessa and Ian!
Ian and Vanessa were my first ever Trusted House Sitters and have converted me to the system: I felt totally relaxed about leaving house and cat in their capable hands. They were delightful company and left the house impeccable; they even made a delicious dinner for my return after a very delayed train journey. Finally, Rusty the orange cat was in perfect form – and clearly enamoured of Vanessa. I would seek their services again any time.
I could not recommend Ian & Vanessa more highly as house & pet sitters. This was my first experience of using pet sitters and I was quite nervous about leaving strangers alone in my house with my animals, but Ian & Vanessa were so reliable and conscientious that all my fears proved groundless. I have 6 cats, some living in the house and some in the garage, plus a cat who visits from a neighbouring farm for his meals, so the feeding arrangements were quite complex! Also, my Maine Coon kitten had become ill just before Ian & Vanessa arrived, and so needed extra care and attention. He was looked after very carefully, and taken to the vet when Ian & Vanessa became worried about him. Apart from the wonderful care they gave to all the cats, Ian & Vanessa also left the house and their room spotless, which was greatly appreciated. I would not hesitate to recommend them to house/pet sit for you.
Ian and Vanessa could not have done more to look after our three cats. They sent us wonderful photos and emails whilst we were on holiday and we were very reassured that we had a fantastic couple staying in our house. They made new exciting places for the cats to sleep, gave them medication and so much love. Vanessa was diligent with cleaning and watering hanging baskets and making up their own bed again before they left. Even swept up leaves for me which was not requested. Hurrah 100% success rate. I would be happy for anyone to be given my email or home telephone number if you want a verbal confirmation of this reference.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Ian and Vanessa to house sit and look after your animals. All communication from the first application on trustedhousesitters was excellent including a Skype call while Ian was still in Colarado, which was a nice touch. Ian and Vanessa arrived the evening before, it was fun and reassuring to share a meal and spend the evening with them. The day we were leaving was very hectic and they were brilliant taking the dogs for a 3 hour walk to keep out of the way. We returned after 6 days to a house much cleaner than we left it and very very happy dogs. They are a lovely couple who will treat your house as if it is their own :).
Ian and Vanessa looked after our home, cat, rabbits and guinea pigs for 10 days this October. They were extremely well organised with travel arrangements, considerate, calm and didn’t mind the fact that we had only just moved into the house and it was a little chaotic! They dealt with a bathroom leak and kept all our pets extremely well attended and loved. The house was in great hands and they kept it spotless. We were kept updated with regular photos and messages. I would highly recommend them both.
Ian and Vanessa were excellent house and pet sitters during our recent trip. They exceeded all our expectations. Not only were the cats well cared for, the plants lovely tended, but the house was immaculate upon our return. They are a lovely couple we recommend without reservations to anyone seeking a house or pet sitter.