House / Pet Sitting References
Jacob ~ Kuala Lumpur Malaysia January 2023
Fantastic sit from Yvonne & Michael! From the initial interview to the final handover, they were caring and professional throughout. Top 5 reasons they are great sitters:
- They took excellent care of our 2 rescue puppies and formed a special bond with them
- They provided regular updates on the dogs and the house
- They arrived a day early in order to meet the dogs and go through the routine
- They had a list of questions and were prepared with all possible “what if” scenarios
- They provided us with a sit-log to document the week
Bonus – they survived and managed a few days without water when the city supply was undergoing maintenance.
I would wholeheartedly recommend these 2 for any future sits. They are organised, professional, and caring. 5 stars!
Wendy & Ron ~ North Vancouver, B.C., Canada December 2022
We were blown away with Yvonne and Michael by their professionalism, friendliness, attention to detail, helpfulness and by the love they gave to our Portia!
They arrived late in the afternoon the day before I was to fly out so they could meet Portia and me, we chatted about everything Portia, we walked through all the unique fun details of our new home and we had a nice dinner. Michael took Portia for a walk before dinner to get familiar with the neighbourhood and they cleaned up while I finished packing (my husband flew to Mexico a week before me).
Portia loved them instantly and to my amazement she slept with them all night long, not mommy!! That blew me away! I was sure she would abandon them to come and sleep with me! This gave me tremendous peace about going away and leaving her at home, my husband Ron was equally as surprised!
To my amazement, Michael was tracking my flight, set his alarm and drove me to the airport at 4:00AM the next morning! Yvonne was up too and Portia drove to the airport with us. We received daily updates and photos of Portia having her zoomies in the dog park, lots of cuddling on the sofa and I knew she was not stressed in any way as she ate her breakfast and dinner just fine!
We arrived home around 10:30pm – Michael picked us up at the Seabus and we came home to a glass of wine, homemade clam chowder and freshly baked bread, so grateful!! We got lots of kisses from Portia when we walked through the door and she slept with us that night! We all had a nice visit the next day while it was snowing outside!
We highly recommend Yvonne and Michael and tried to secure them for our next two petsits, yet they had commitments already! The house was beautifully maintained and we received a report of things they uncovered as one one does upon moving into a new home (we are still finding deficiencies) which we found very helpful. We were delighted by their personalities and we consider them friends now, we will for sure stay in touch and hope to have them visit again as friends and petsitters!
Traudl & Mike ~ St. Vincent & the Grenadines October 2021 through April 2022
We can’t express strongly enough how fortunate and happy we are to have had Yvonne & Michael care for our cats Charlie and Callie, as well as for our home for the last 6 months.
We were most concerned about Charlie, who is 13 years old and still missing his dad, who passed away 2 years ago. He has had a hard time accepting other cats and kittens, which we occasionally fostered. In addition, we constantly put him in a position of getting used to different caring people during our long absences. Yvonne and Michael had that keen intuition to gain his trust,
Sadly, Callie was killed by a pack of neighbor’s dogs. We can only imagine how awful Yvonne and Michael must have felt, having to be the bearer of that dreadful news. There was nothing they could have done to avoid this happening. We feel most awful that they had to go through that kind of distress. We know that Callie was loved to pieces by Yvonne and Michael and she even “shared their bed with them”.
Not only was Michael excellent in detecting technical issues with the pool pump and other minor failures, he was also able to fix them, unless a special part was necessary. He would inform us and discuss the steps he was going to take to fix things. Michael took care of cleaning and brushing the pool and he managed to get algae growth off. We could not have done a better job ourselves.
Apart from their regular updates and pictures of our cats, they provided us with a very detailed list of what had happened during their housesitting time. They really handled the house sit like it was their own home.
Yvonne and Michael are a delightful couple, very professional and first class in all aspects. If we could, we would have them every time we needed housesitters. But for the obvious reasons, they are very popular and get booked months in advance. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most wonderful and professional care of our kitties and our home.
S. Bruce & J. Nicholson ~ Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines July 2022
We have known Yvonne and Michael Bauche for a number of years. They have house / pet sat on Bequia (SVG), where we live, on numerous occasions and we know they are a popular, trustworthy and reliable couple with plenty of experience and knowledge of animal welfare.
Recently they stayed at our house and cared for our two dogs whilst we were off sailing so we had first-hand experience of them as house sitters.
The house was kept perfectly clean and tidy and, most importantly, the dogs clearly loved them and had been happy in their company.
We would highly recommend Yvonne and Michael as house / pet sitters.
Marilyn ~ Ladysmith BC, September 2021
Yvonne and Mike were absolutely wonderful with Daisy, we could not have asked for better sitters for her. Communication was great before, during, and after the sit. They are caring and very professional and we received a ‘sit log’ by email afterwards with everything detailed! They were great with responding to our questions during the sit. It is never easy to travel with an older dog at home but Yvonne and Mike even sent wonderful pictures of Daisy to us to put our hearts at ease! They took care of our gardens, watered our plants, and kept our home in immaculate condition. Everything was super clean when we arrived home. The sit went a couple of days longer than originally intended due to airline changes in schedules and they were able to accommodate us a stay a few days longer. We so appreciate everything they did and who they are as people (who love animals) and they are a joy to be around! We would welcome them back anytime!
Ross ~ Sechelt BC, August 2021
Absolutely wonderful sitters, excellent communication throughout the stay, they left the house immaculate, even watered our garden for us!
Ruby was very well looked after.
Maja ~ Kelowna BC, July 2021
Yvonne and Michael were wonderful! They connected immediately with our dogs, Bailey and Luna – which can be more challenging with Bailey.
They communicated before, during and after the stay, just to make sure everything was on track. Our home, pets and garden were taken care of as if it was Yvonne and Michael’s own home. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a house and pet sitter! Thank you again, Yvonne and Michael!
Abi ~ North Vancouver BC, July 2021
Yvonne and Michael were amazing house sitters.
They were easy to communicate with, looked after our house and Callie so well. We’d love to have them back. On returning home, our house was very clean and tidy – and all our plants survived the heatwave, thanks to their efforts.
Callie was definitely well looked after and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Yvonne and Michael. Recommended sitters – 100%!
Lisa and Nick ~ North Vancouver BC, July 2021
We were so very fortunate to have had Yvonne and Michael as our recent house and cat sitters .
From their initial email of interest, continued ongoing correspondence, to an in-person meeting prior to our departure we felt confident with their professionalism, experience and knowledge of housesitting and pet care.
While away we had absolute peace of mind through frequent communication that our elderly cat was being well taken care of, receiving all the love and attention he craves. Upon our return our house was immaculate, grass cut, gardens flourishing and our cat was looking relaxed and happy. We appreciated the written log sent to us of issues that arose and how they were handled.
We would absolutely recommend Yvonne and Michael as trusted, dependable and experienced house sitters and hope they will return to us in the future.
Martin and Marianne ~ Bridge Lake BC, Sept 2020
We had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne and Michael in person a few weeks before their house sit. They arrived the afternoon before we left the other morning,
Had enough time to go through everything and even had a nice walk. Yvonne and Michael always kept us up to date with all our furry babies and even sent us some nice pictures.
The whole time we were gone we felt completely at easy. When we got home the House was immaculate, all the animals well cared for and the Garden and Greenhouse just done perfectly.
We could sit down and had a nice Dinner together and we would recommend them without reservation! Hope to have you back in the future!! Thank you again Yvonne and Michael
Marilyn ~ Parson BC, August 2020
Yvonne and Michael come with high recommendations for a reason: they are reliable, thoughtful and truly capable! I feel grateful that my home and animals were cared for by them.
My place was left immaculate, all animals, the garden and flowers were well cared for and there were special touches such as flowers, and a salad for us to return home to.
I’d love to have them return. I would highly recommend this wonderful couple.
Joe ~ Niteroi Brazil, March 2020
Ace house sitters!
We were aware of Yvonne & Michael’s house-sitting reputation well before they did this house sit for us. We had seen their website and blog, and it was clear that they knew their stuff.
We had tried a few times to schedule a house sit with them, but due to scheduling difficulties didn’t succeed in getting them to house sit until recently, when they came for three weeks in February/March 2020.
Their reputation is well deserved, and we could not recommend them enough – absolutely first class in all aspects. They are very experienced house sitters, with publications etc on the subject. They were clearly very comfortable dealing with all the things that might crop up during a house sit – nothing seemed to daunt them.
During their stay they had to deal with some unexpected eventualities, including an attack of vampire bats (on the dogs, not people!) and an electrical wiring problem. They were clearly well organized, and sent us a template for house guidance which we used to check the instructions we had prepared.
They raised any doubts or questions with us in advance, and we had useful conversations with them after their arrival to get to know each other and clarify various points. They clearly enjoyed sampling the local life, being comfortable touring Rio’s sites and enjoying the more local facilities.
During the visit, they were good at keeping in touch via WhatsApp, and sending us photos of the dogs to show how they were getting on.
We overlapped with them for a couple of days after our return, and they provided useful feedback. They even prepared a summary note at the end about the dogs’ behaviour, equipment issues etc.
They quickly got to know our five dogs and looked after them extremely well, and the same goes for the house and garden. The house was spotless on our return, and everything in order.
Besides being very organized, conscientious and able, we also found them to be lovely people, with charm, wit and sensibility. We would not hesitate to recommend them to others. Top marks !
Rosemary ~ Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis, May 2019
Yvonne and Michael were grand. Ten “stars” all round! They provided a thoroughly successful house-sit, measured not only by the care of my personal home, but evidenced by the sombre expression/mood of my three dogs on the day of their departure. This is Day 2 since their departure, and still they “pine”!
The “Bauches” went beyond the call of duty, spending most of their time “at home”, assisting with on-going training for “Socks”, “Brando” and “Mocha”, and doubling up on “walks” on many days.
In my absence, they even spent one precious day assisting with a local “SpayNeuter Clinic/Campaign” on the island. I am extremely grateful for their care, and heartily recommend them as exceptional housesitters.
Miranda ~ Cusco Peru December 2018
Yvonne and Michael are amazing Pet Sitters.
Always putting our cat as the priority, they stayed for approximately two weeks in our Cusco house and our kitten couldn’t have been happier.
When we arrived we were welcomed with flowers and food. We couldn’t have asked for more!
Iain and Julie Graham ~ Tala Cyprus, May 2018
Michael and Yvonne Bauche house sat for us for 3 weeks, looking after 3 dogs, 4 cats and our home and garden in Cyprus. To say they did a good job would be an understatement. They showered our pets with love and care and it was obvious from the moment we met them that they could be trusted with the task in hand.
It’s not everyone who would take on our special needs dog Bailey, who has been paralysed for 5 years, but the Bauches tackled the issues with good grace and humour and Bailey was happy and content in their care, as were all the other animals. Michael now has a new skill on his resumé. Yvonne even gave Bailey massage treatment to strengthen her legs.
Our home was treated with respect and returned to us in immaculate condition and the garden plants were flourishing. Yvonne certainly has green fingers. We were welcomed home with a lovely meal which was very acceptable after a long flight. They adopt a very professional approach and provided us with a log of all relevant events. The handovers at each end were efficient and straightforward.
The Bauches arrived as strangers but we have parted as friends I’m sure. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for reliable, honest and proficient sitters and would welcome them back anytime.
Kim and Andy El Gouna Egypt, March 2018
We were delighted with our choice of house/pet-sitters, Michael and Yvonne came highly recommended and we agreed. They are very experienced having been sitting ‘professionally’ for a number of years. We felt comfortable with Michael and Yvonne immediately; as we went through both pet and house routines. We left for our vacation knowing that our pets and villa where in good hands.
We were kept informed whilst away which included diligent care of Tee Tee; one of our dogs, who developed an ear infection. On our return we received a warm welcome, happy pets, dinner on the stove and a full report of the sit.
We couldn’t be happier with this couple who made perfect sitters and become wonderful new friends.
Suzanne & Tim Gabriel ~ St Vincent & The Grenadines.
Multiple assignments 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
One of the best house siting experiences we have had. Lovely people and got on very well with our 3 dogs. Regular updates while we were away. Returned to a very clean and tidy house they even cooked dinner for us all to enjoy on our return. You could not ask for better sitters for your home and pets. We can’t wait for them to come sit again.
Josephine Gabriel ~ Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.
Multiple assignments in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
We were delighted that Yvonne & Michael arrived early for our house sit so we were able to get to know them very well. We made an immediate connection with them both. We were more than happy to leave and even more pleased with the way they cared for Monty & Lizzy and our home.
They come highly recommended by us and would fit into any situation whether it is taking care of animals, your home or business. We hope that they like us enough to return another year as we would have them back any time as house sitters or friends. Ten out of Ten on everything. Jo & Allan
Jeff and Jan Bullen ~ St Lucia.
Multiple assignments 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Amazing house sitters who took care of our house and pets as if they were their own. Super nice people!
Carrie Zipf ~ Barbados.
Multiple assignments in 2015, 2016, 2017
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Yvonne & Michael by a friend. It is no wonder they came so highly recommended. They bonded immediately with my darling woofers and I knew I could leave my home and them in very safe and caring hands
Even though I was away for five weeks, I was able to relax and enjoy my time away and was completely at ease. Thanks to regular updates and photos I had no concerns about the welfare of my angels with paws!! Yvonne & Michael do indeed offer complete peace of mind. I highly recommend Yvonne & Michael as they are not only lovely people but also professional, conscientious and truly caring animal lovers.
As a side note, our time together in my home overlapped for a few days at the beginning and end of my holiday, and spending time with Yvonne and Michael was truly enjoyable, easy and we spent time sharing adventures, recipes and travel stories which has brought us to a hopeful lifetime of new friendships!!
Scuffy & Little Doggie ~ Barbados.
Multiple assignments 2015, 2016, 2017
We loved having the peeps Michael & Yvonne care for us while our peeps were away. And although they missed us terribly they knew they didn’t have to worry about us. We had lots of love and fuss, long walks, trips to the beach and our favorite cookies.
We liked it so much they can come again anytime. Woof! Woof!
P.S. As our Mommy writes this, we are still missing them terribly and look around the house for them every day!! Where have they gone?? Off on more adventures, we suppose!!
Nicola R ~ Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.
Multiple assignments 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
Yvonne and Mike “cat sat” for us for a week. It involved coming in twice a day to feed and love up the two cats, and spend some time with them. Also to just make sure everything was ok in the house.
They kept in touch while we were away, which gave us total peace of mind! Wish we could have them available more often – then we could get away more often!!
Sheena J ~ Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
Multiple assignments in 2015 & 2016
It was so wonderful to have peace of mind knowing that my precious pets and home in St. Vincent & The Grenadines were being managed by Yvonne & Mike.
I would most certainly ask them again. Lovely people.
Frank & Susana Wheeler
San Jose, Costa Rica 2013 & Quito, Ecuador 2016
Yvonne and Michael Bauche house sat for us for a fortnight in Costa Rica. Their references and track record were impressive and within a few hours of their arrival we were convinced that we could safely leave our property and cat in their hands.
They proved in every way to be competent, professional, quick to learn, trustworthy, dependable and caring, Yvonne’s flair for administration and animal care complementing Michael’s technical and financial abilities.
They provided us with regular updates, kept a log of callers and problems and, for example, when our car battery died, arranged a replacement. Both Yvonne and Michael are pleasant and personable people determined to make a success of their house sitting. We shall invite them again and strongly recommend them to other homeowners.
Saint George’s, Grenada 2016
Yvonne and Michael are perfect pet sitters. They loved and cared for all our dog’s needs. In fact he sulked when they left! They are reliable, friendly and very efficient. They produced a written report of their 6 week stay which was a first for us, really useful and thoughtful of them. They also stocked our fridge with essentials and had made some yummy soup for our arrival.
We would have them back to sit Spare Dog in an instant. Anyone who gets these two as sitters will be extremely lucky indeed.
Paute, Ecuador 2016
Yvonne and Michael are fantastic. They kept in touch with me before the start date; they arrived when they said they would. They are reliable and dependable. The house was clean and neat when I returned, the kitties and dog were happy. It was obvious that my babies got lots of loving, good care, and attention.
Mike kept a diary of events so that they could report happenings during my absence. In addition, Yvonne sent e-mail or FB as we agreed while I was gone to give updates on how Buddy and the kitties were doing. I want them to come back again because I know that my furry feathery family will be well taken care of as will the house.
Sarah & Pablo
Saint Lucia 2015
Yvonne and Michael came to housesit for one month for us last summer while we were travelling. Our house is not a classic housesit as we have our own rainwater tanks which need to be managed – especially in the current drought situation – and the house is isolated in wild rainforest. The washing machine is gravity fed and needs special attention and we do not have any staff to help with cleaning or garden work.
Yvonne and Michael were wonderful and I would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone, particularly if your housesit is more complex than normal. They are the first house sitters who have ever returned the house to us with more water in the tanks than when we left! In fact we returned to full tanks which was amazing!
We have three Labradors who need lots of love and attention; the dogs loved them from the moment they set foot here. When they left the dogs spent all day by the gate waiting for them to come back. Pablo is very territorial about his kitchen but they left everything perfectly in its place and there were no breakages.
We feel that the main difference between them and other house sitters is that they are professional sitters, not amateurs, and because of this they pay attention to the smallest details. In other words they listen to what you say and they do exactly what you ask them. They are highly responsible and capable of dealing with any issues which may come up.
They are definitely the best house sitters we have ever had and you are lucky indeed if they agree to housesit for you. If you get the chance, don’t hesitate – book them!
Richard & Peggy Rasp
Yvonne and Michael exceeded all our high expectations in taking care of our pets and house. During our 3 week absence they frequently kept in touch with us via email or Skype and sent photos of our pets enjoying all their attention.
When we returned home, we were delighted to find dinner and a bottle of wine ready, our pets well taken care of, a clean house, and a daily log of noteworthy events. Michael & Yvonne capably handled the accounting and fruit sales from our farm; eagerly completed various gardening and other household projects; and kept our wild bird, hummingbird, and wild kinkajou feeders stocked with food.
They are very professional, highly trustworthy, and competent house sitters (and now friends) who we highly recommend.
Kathy & Gerard Gielen
Vancouver Canada – Multiple sits 2012 through 2016
We have known Yvonne and Mike for many years and they have house and dog sat for us a number of times. Our much loved dog is always thrilled to see them again. During our vacation we could relax knowing she got lots of loving, lots of walks and treats. We also knew they would treat our home with respect as if it were their own. The “icing on the cake” for us was the aroma of a delicious meal waiting for us when we arrived home and the dog greeting us with wagging tail and wet kisses – for us and for Yvonne and Mike.
They are friendly, outgoing, reliable and trustworthy and they love animals, we would not hesitate to have them take care of our home and pet again.
Vancouver Canada 2014
I have known Yvonne and Michael Bauche for 5 years and we recently engaged them to house sit and look after our cat Tigger while we were on vacation. We were very pleased with them and the care and attention they gave both our cat and our home. We would not hesitate to both use them again ourselves and recommend them to anyone else looking for a house and pet sitter.
Yvonne and Michael are the best! They are honest and reliable in all areas. They took exceptional care of my Golden Retriever and my house for 2 months while I was away. I have nothing but positive accolades for them.
Jonathan & Karin Cox
Yvonne and Michael took wonderful care of our home and garden while we were on holiday. They are our very first port of call when we need reliable and trustworthy carers for our home. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone who wanted house sitters.
Pauline & Tony Thornley
United Kingdom 2012
I have known Yvonne and Mike for over 18 years. They are honest and trustworthy. They looked after my home and treasured Pussy cat like it was their own. And boy are they tidy! I am gladly giving a reference for them. They are one of life’s “Kind peoples”
Kim & Robert Cripps
Very nice people! Reliable, trustworthy. Took very good care of house and cats!
Ramona von Marcard
Yvonne and Michael have been the most marvellous house-sitters ever! I often have house-sitters, but these two are the Best. They are lovely with the animals and very observant with anything a house might need, and moreover Yvonne leaves your garden much better, then when you left. I wish, they would come again to Europe and stay with me, even, when I don’t go away.
Alison & Bill Brundage ~ Boquete Panama
Exceptional! Yvonne & Michael are totally responsible to care for the pet…in health and sickness. They took the animal to the vet several times. I watched them groom the animal daily. (I am the neighbor of that house and dog they watched…and direct witness to their care and attention).
The dog loved Yvonne…followed her everywhere. The house was always kept clean and neat. They were in constant contact with the home owner…and even made a wonderful video of the dog for him, it was really special. The dog died of old age months later. The owner treasures that video….. Double thumbs up !!
M.J. Thies ~ Vancouver
I have known Mike and Yvonne for many years. They are two of kindest people I know, but more importantly they are people who really make a difference in the world. I would trust them with my life, my home, my pet and anything else. They are responsible and mature, yet manage to really see the adventure in life and go for it. I am proud to call them my friends and am happy to provide a reference for them as they continue their amazing journey. Any homeowner would be lucky to find Mike and Yvonne to care for their home.
Janet & Cliff Town ~ United Kingdom
We have known Yvonne since 1978 and Mike since late 1980s. They are a lovely couple, clean, non-smokers, honest, industrious and totally trustworthy. We would have no hesitation in recommending them for any position.
Carolyn Speers ~ Honduras
I know Mike & Yvonne Bauche to be organized, trustworthy & reliable. In addition, they are kind, generous & friendly. They were wonderful with my cat, Pumpkin, who adopted them at first sight. He often visited with them & received tuna treats & unlimited play time. I highly recommend them to humans & animals alike!
Elaine and Daniel Desalliers
We got to know Yvonne & Michael very well when they were in Panama. We were impressed with their ability to interact and connect with our neighbors and their passion for housesitting. Now that we know about them and housesitting, we would have no hesitation in asking them to sit for us and would highly recommend them to friends and family too.
Bruce & Lois Kingshott ~ Vancouver Island
Yvonne worked for us for a few years in our wholesale seed company. She is a very efficient and reliable person, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
James Dallimore ~ Vancouver
I worked with Michael coordinating several complex oil refinery projects and was very impressed with his professionalism and integrity. He was easy to work with, very knowledgeable and reliable. His many and varied interests made for terrific conversations. I have no reservations in recommending him for any position (whether at a refinery or a housesit).