David and Diane Daniel
The New Nomads
We are a couple in our early 50’s who love to travel and immerse ourselves in new areas. David works remotely and can do so from any location with reasonable internet access. We are both photographers and love to photograph interesting locations.
We are full-time travelers and are available to sit in many locations. We have completed numerous house sitting assignments in the USA, Mexico, Italy, France, England, Croatia, and Thailand.
Our love of animals is one of the reasons we find house sitting so satisfying. We love our traveling lifestyle but we miss having pets to love. House sitting allows us to spend time caring for animals while traveling. It really is the best of both worlds for us!
We are used to being flexible and adapting to new environments quickly. We are as at home in a totally urban environment as we are in a place miles away from the nearest neighbor. We have lived in everything from major cities to tiny islands. We can live as large or as small as needed – large estate or tiny apartment.
We are mature, stable and reliable. We are also non-smoking and don’t do drugs. We are financially stable as well so we aren’t looking for house sitting as a way to live cheaply, more for the experience of living in a different environment for a period of time. We have completed sits that were as short as a week and as long as 7 months.
Our goal as sitters is to give you a stress-free and enjoyable time away by taking excellent care of your home and pets. As previous homeowners who have always traveled, we understand many of the concerns you may have while being away from home.
I had a house sitting and animal care business while I was in college. More recently, we have had several housesits over the last few years and are very familiar with the expectations of the job. We have completed home and animal care assignments in the US, Mexico, Italy, France, England, Croatia, and Thailand. We can provide excellent references. Some are listed here on trustedhousesitters and we have many others that can be reached by email.
We both love animals of all shapes and sizes. We have extensive experience with owning and caring for cats, dogs, horses, mules, goats (including milking), chickens, pigs and even an emu. In the past, we have also cared for parrots, sugar gliders, several reptiles and pretty much every type of barnyard creature there is. We very much enjoy being around animals of all types and that is something we have missed these past years of traveling.
I am a good gardener and enjoy maintaining indoor and outdoor plants, and gardening. I had my own organic market garden for many years and also worked for a commercial plant and yard maintenance company for a year. David is good at lawn and garden maintenance and we have had experience maintaining pools/spas as well as fish/lily ponds.
We have had experience in managing household and yard maintenance staff during several of our sits. We are also not adverse to paying staff ourselves if need be so they maintain employment and the homeowner can keep their connection with reliable employees.
We have rented a vehicle for many of our sits and will always consider doing that if necessary, but having a vehicle provided if possible is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to hearing from you. We will consider assignments as short as a few days to as long as several months in the right situation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions.
We have a recent background check from September 2016, as well as a federal background check through the Global Entry program by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In addition, David has held a US Government security clearance.
References – we value our homeowner’s privacy and only supply contact information by request.
Claudia – Bracciano, Italy
Diane and David looked after our 2 cats for 5 weeks. They are organised and experienced and they took care of our cats very well. They also looked after our house responsibly and commendable. When we came back, everything at home was tidy and clean and the cats were very happy. We also found a delicious meal in the fridge made by them for us. We really appreciated their house-sitting. Thank you very much Diane and David!
Grant – Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Diane and David did a great job taking care of our house and three dogs for a week in the winter, including heating with the wood fireplaces and looking after our 9-month old pup, who had just been spayed and was wearing the “collar of shame”. The house was cleaner than when we left, and Diane even cooked a very tasty meal for us to reheat so that we would not have to prepare dinner when we returned home. She took careful notes on the details and quirks of house-sitting at our place. We recommend them highly.
Suzane – Reigate, Surrey, England
We were absolutely delighted to have Diane and David looking after our large, old house for 2 months. They are a personable and capable couple who treated our home with as much love, care, attention and devotion as we do. We enjoyed their company enormously at the start and end of their stay and would have them come back and sit for us again in a heartbeat. We don’t have any pets but if we did, I’m sure they would have been well looked after and loved.
Lesley – Cupramontana, Italy
Diane and David were excellent house sitters. We were confident in leaving our home and pets in their care and we weren’t disappointed. We came home to a clean and tidy house and happy and content animals. We would definitely use them again!
Linda – Cingoli, Italy
This is the second time that David and Diane have house sat for us and they are just great – very experienced house sitters. They spoiled the cats and everything was clean and tidy when they left. They also made us dinner. We would have them back anytime. They have become friends and not just house sitters.
Jade – Bangkok, Thailand
Diane and David were incredible housesitters! They communicated with us regularly, spoilt our cats and left the apartment clean and tidy. They are friendly and easy-going and I’d recommend them as housesitters.
Jana – Chiang Mai, Thailand
I was really pleased to have this lovely couple as my catsitters for 5 days. They are cheerful and caring people and true pet lovers. They sent me pictures of my happy cat instantly and when I came back Koshka seemed spoilt by attention and even gained some weight which was a wow for me given her low appetite and digestion problems! Thanks Diane and David! I can’t recommend you enough to any pet owner.
Joanna – Penna San Giovanni, Le Marche, Italy
Diane and David stayed for a month at our home in Le Marche, Italy caring for our two large sheepdogs, five cats and four chickens. They were first rate house/pet sitters and nothing was too much trouble for them. They respected our home and way of life and spoiled our animals as we do! They were very friendly and kept in regular touch whist we were away which was very comforting. We would not hesitate in recommending them and we (and the animals!) are looking forward to their return.
Kelly – Split, Croatia
Diane and David were wonderful house/pet sitters. I have two active young cats who need a lot of attention and play. I really appreciated that Diane and David, not only cared for them, but also played with them! I was able to enjoy my trip knowing that my cats were happy, safe and loved! They also took great care of my home. I hope that Diane and David will be available next time I go away. They are knowledgable, kind, and all great people! Their genuine affection for all animals is obvious and so appreciated. I recommend them heartily!!
Colleen – Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Diane and David were awesome house sitters! They went the extra mile, tightly patching up our window that shattered the day after we left and giving our chickens the extra attention they needed in the cold weather. I appreciated Diane touching in with me periodically while we were away for almost 3 weeks. We returned home to a tidy house and very happy dogs.
Maureen And Keith – The Dordogne, France
Diane and David looked after our property in December 2016. We have Horses, Cats, Dogs, and chickens, They exceeded all expectations in their house sitting duties . The annimals were well looked after and we received regular updates as to how all the animals were getting on.
They made great friends with our dogs, and treated them as if they were their own. The house was clean and tidy on our return,
They kept the outside and the stables in excellent condition, and took great pride in any work they undertook.
We would have no hesitation in recommending them as reliable, conciencious and great house sitters, and would reassure anyone that your property and animals will be in good hands with them.
Judyth – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
David and Diane house/pet sat for me for 6 months last summer. Upon my arrival home I could not have been happier. The house was clean, organized and in better condition than when I left it. My two dogs were happy and healthy. They kept me updated daily and sent wonderful pictures of the dogs in all types of situations. I truly loved having them here and so did my dogs. You will not be disappointed by this choice.
Pati – Tubac Arizona, USA
I was away worry free as David and Diane came highly recommended.When I returned, everything was in good order and all the pets were happy.
Everything that I had asked be done was.
I would have David and Diane housesit again for me anytime.
Tom And Betsy – La Honda California
When my family had to move to New Zealand for several months for work, we looked around for a housesitter to take care of our home, our dog and our cat. We screened dozens of potential applicants and selected Diane and David. We made the best possible choice. Diane and David were excellent tenants and stewards of our place. I gladly give them the highest recommendation and would not hesitate for a second to have them again. If only my job would send me away again!
Mary – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
David and Diane were the perfect house sitters. I have two cats and a dog. Diane and David stayed in my home with my pets for 3 weeks while I traveled. I received daily pictures and updates through facebook and e-mail. When I returned home the house was in fantastic condition and I know my animals really missed them. I would use Diane and David again without reservation
Sarah – The Dordogne, France
Diane and David house sat for me over Christmas last year and couldn’t have been better cat, hen and house carers. My now elderly cat adored them and was thoroughly spoiled. The same goes for the hens and the house! I’d ask them to sit again without hesitation and recommend equally unhesitatingly.
Ronda – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Diane has taken excellent care of our cat and apartment on multiple occasions, so when we were away from our Mexican-Caribbean isle for 10 days last spring, we left her in charge of our small inn, as well. She has always done a great job…our cat loves her & so did our guests & staff. She not only handled the arrivals & departures professionally, she also did a great job when appliances broke & techs were coming & going. We plan to use her services again in the future & have recommended her to our friends.