Meet your sitters

Nell Labuschagne

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Nell (38) has a degree in Publishing. She works on a freelance basis publishing school text books. On weekends she volunteers as a medic for an ambulance service.  There were always animals in her house growing up – dogs and cats, chickens and silkworms, hamsters and parrots.

 

She has house and pet sat for various clients and is very comfortable with any animal. She loves walking and playing with dogs as she is a runner who loves the outdoors. 

Caitlin Pearce

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Caitlin (23) was born and raised in Cape Town but currently lives in Makhanda during term time. She is studying a BSc in Zoology and Botany. She previously started a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medicine at CPUT and has a level 3 first aid certification.

 

Her family has owned 5 cats, 4 dogs, 5 guinea pigs, 3 hamsters and multiple fish. Her family also sponsored a donkey at the Scottish Boarders Donkey Sanctuary. She has previously house-sat dogs, cats, parrots, chinchillas and a bearded dragon. 

Chris van Rensburg

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Chris van Rensburg (35) is professional actor, voice artist and writer. He recently moved down to Cape Town from Johannesburg where he has built up the majority of his career and is now expanding his business further in order to enter the international market. 

 

He is active and enjoys yoga, hiking, mountain-biking and reading. He grew up with plenty animals around him such as birds, fish and cats. Chris has house-sitting experience and that along with his flexible schedule, makes him an ideal house-sitter.

Jean-Pierre and Mineschke

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Jean-Pierre (30) works as an Educational Administrator and Mineschke (24) is studying for her Honours in Organisational Psychology. 

 

Jean-Pierre and Mineschke have grown up with dogs and adore them. They are unable to have pets at their current residence but look forward to the day when they can be pet owners again! They get along well with both dogs and cats. They both enjoy reading, walking on the beach, spending quality time together and attending theatre productions.

Sarah Hotz

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Sarah (26) grew up with German Shepherds, hamsters, rats, birds and a hedgehog named Maggie Thatcher (she was a prickly little lady). She is originally from Durban but studied and now works in Cape Town. 

 

She has lots of experience housesitting for long periods of time, most notably while au pairing in Ireland when she found herself in charge of a house, two toddlers and a goldfish. Her hobbies include rock climbing and both road and trail running – preferably with a four-legged friend at her side.

Steve and Kirstin Kukard

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Steven (33) and Kirstin (30) are Cape Town locals, who have been married for 7 years. Steven studied music at UCT and is now a composer and copy editor. He works from home, making him an adaptable house sitter. Kirstin took over the role of Head of History at a Cape Town high and middle school. 

 

They have a love for travelling and have recently returned from living in London for a year where Kirstin was studying an MA in Education. They enjoy animals and both grew up with dogs. They are actively involved at St James Church Kenilworth

Nina van Tonder

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Nina (24) was born in Cape Town and has a Psychology honours at the University of Stellenbosch. She is currently working as a Social Science Research Apprentice and is expanding her CV with Psychology workshops, courses and other formal employment skills. 

 

She grew up in Scarborough amongst baboons, rain spiders, a wonderful Border collie, many loving cats and adorable hamsters. 

Jessica Martheze

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Jessica (20) is currently studying and obtaining her Diploma in Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition. She is also a tutor, tutoring in English, Art and Consumer Studies for primary and high school learners all over the Southern Suburbs.

 

Jessica enjoys many sports - such as hockey and swimming and she currently plays hockey for the Western Province Cricket Club as a goalkeeper. She has also recently become a certified hockey umpire. Jessica loves all types of animals, she currently lives with two dogs and a cat and she gets great joy from taking care of, and spending time with them.

Andrea Henderson

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Andrea (68) has been teaching for 47 years and is now a part-time remedial teacher at a school in Vredehoek. She studied her BA at the University of Cape Town. She also lived in Korea for six years teaching English.

She enjoys walking with her friend and her two Jack Russels, over the weekends. She also enjoys reading, cooking and entertaining. She is happy to take care of your dogs and cats and any other pets you have at your home.

Ross Flugel

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Ross (age 21) is a third year student, studying English Literature and Film Theory.

 

His interests include poetry, board games and cinematography. 

 

Ross grew up with two Labradors and has two adopted rescue cats.

Taryn Stacey

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Taryn (31) grew up in Somerset West and trained as a Beauty Therapist in Stellenbosch before embarking on a 7-year career overseas, in the Super Yacht industry. This industry installed her passion for travelling, and one of her favourite duties was caring for the yacht owners little pooch when he was onboard.

 

Taryn now freelances as a Hair and Makeup Artist in Cape Town. Taryn has a real passion for animals, and grew up with dogs, rabbits and hamsters. 

Alex Knox

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Alexander Knox (24) is a born and raised Capetonian, who is now qualified as a fine artist, having graduated from Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2015. 

 

His career means he has very flexible hours, making him an ideal house sitter. He is an active member of a running club. Alex lives with two dogs and loves meeting other people’s dogs and cats.

Rachelle Le Grange

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Rachelle (24) graduated with a BMus (Opera) from UCT in 2017, and obtained her PGCEat the end of 2018. She now works as a private music teacher. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys dancing with the UCT Ballroom and Latin Dancing society, cycling, watching movies, doing word puzzles, photography and drinking coffee.

 

She has always had pets at home, including dogs, cats, a litter of kittens, hamsters and silkworms. 

Aqeelah Phillips

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Aqeelah Phillips (20) is studying chemical biology.

She has had pets of her own growing up, including dogs and cats, which grew her love for animals. She enjoys getting to know pets and their individual personalities.

Her hobbies include hiking, outdoor activities, playing soccer, cooking and baking.

Jessica Ferguson

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Jessica (31) moved to Cape Town from P.E to study occupational therapy a few years ago.

 

She is currently studying data science and artificial intelligence.  She is looking to merge these new skills with her existing occupational therapy skills for exciting future endeavours.

 

Jessica loves playing with animals and has experience looking after homes and pets. Her primary interests include jazz, lindy hop and swing dancing.  She is also a keen board gamer and enjoys walks/runs in nature.

Danielle Scheepers

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Danielle (29) works for an online marketing company as a full-time copywriter.

Danielle grew up with one great love, a chubby little dachshund, named Purdy. She enjoys being in the garden and taking leisurely strolls with pups when possible! She also enjoys hiking, the beach, reading (a lot!) and listening to podcasts.


She is a member of Common Ground Sea Point.

Meryl Cederstroom

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Meryl (36), is an avid gardener and runner who loves the mountains. Whilst living in the US she often took her friends’ dogs on day hikes in the mountains, and even looked after a cow, three dogs, a cat and around 40 chickens when her friend went on holiday. 

 

She studied Sports Science and went on to do her postgrad to become a science teacher in the US. She is currently working for a web hosting company that enables her to work remotely. 

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