Services: hobocoaster pet and house sitting

tiny house via Tammy Strobel on Flickr
tiny house via Tammy Strobel on Flickr

I’m a professional House/Pet sitter seeking new bookings. Willing to travel anywhere in BC Ontario/Quebec if expenses are covered. House sitting, pet sitting (live in), hobby farm or B&B/Inn management, from $30 per day depending on responsibilities. We also offer dog walking and now dog walk/running, for more active breeds that require more of a workout: $20 for an hour’s walk, $30 for an hour’s walk/run.

About me: single, non-smoking, non-partying middle-aged journalist (employed). Former innkeeper, former horse and dog trainer. Human and veterinary first aid training. Loves animals, have looked after everything from guppies to Percherons. Very self-contained and quiet, and neighbors love me. Great security, as I am awake most of the night working. Particularly looking for live-in situations with a built-in exercise factor, eg chores, dog walking, hobby farm care, patrolling property. Decent gardener if given specific instructions to follow (it’s my weak point). Self-starter.

References out the wazoo after six years of doing this professionally. Experience and local references specifically in the Okanagan, Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, and Powell River, BC. I moved back to Ontario to look after a sick relative, but it turns out he doesn’t need me, and I’m here, so…let’s talk!

Rates vary depending on duties, number of pets, etc: generally speaking, fees start at $30 per day including one pet plus $10 per additional pet, but negotiable particularly for longer term bookings. And no, fish are not $10 apiece, don’t worry! Dog walking is $20 per hour, dog walk/running is $30 per hour, within a 45 minute transit radius of my house.

50% deposit holds the dates for a house/farm sit. Normally I eat the food that is in the house already; if you prefer I get my own food it’s an extra $15 per day. 25% of the total is due once I arrive, and the remaining 25% the day I leave, unless we make other arrangements in advance. I accept cash,, or email interac e-transfer.

You can contact me at or 646-233-3155, or use the Contact Form.


14 thoughts on “Services: hobocoaster pet and house sitting

  1. Good afternoon. We are spending a week in Tofino in June and was looking for a pet sitter for a few hours a couple of the days we are going to be there. We have two 13 year old English labs. Very sweet and mellow. I saw you work around Vancouver and Victoria but I was wondering if you could recommend someone. Thanks for whatever help you can send us.


  2. Hi Kara, I hope you see this. I don’t actually know any pet-sitters in Tofino, but the Visitor’s Information Centre is very helpful and might help you find someone. I do pet-sit up in Tofino sometimes but only live-in situations, and they’re generally a week or more.

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