Blue World Nomads
House Sitters and Pet Sitters
“The limo’s here, your bags are packed, the list is by the phone.
Me and Snake will watch your place and treat it like our own.”
Blue World Nomads are experienced house sitters and pet sitters from Canada.
Diane is a farm-girl and Alex is a city-boy. We met, married and live in British Columbia, and are now a 50-something, adventurous, non-smoking couple. We have traveled both ways around the world together, managed a variety of hospitality and recreation businesses, owned and operated a popular guesthouse, and now are traveling once again. We were owned by three amazing cats over the past 20 years, and they trained us to care for them purrfectly.
As responsible and caring homeowners, we would care for your home and pets as our own. We are homebodies who love to travel, and house sitting offers a great opportunity to travel while staying at home. As aspiring travel bloggers, we like to take time to explore an area, experience the culture and interact with locals. As homeowners, we miss the comfort of home while traveling and find comfort in looking after yours.
We know how much animals bring a home to life. Whether house cats or pet dogs, cows, pigs, hens or horses, we have always had animals as a part of our lives. There’s nothing like living in a home with pets, and house sitting gives us the chance to enjoy the love and friendship of a furry friend, if only for a while!
Homeowners ourselves for decades, we are the DIY types who can tackle any and all jobs related to property renovation, repair and maintenance. We have experience and knowledge of landscaping, gardening, hot tub care, wood stoves, septic tanks, plumbing, electrical, carpentry…and so much more!
After a decade in the hospitality industry, we bought a condo, rented it out, and went traveling. We decided in South Africa that we would open a guesthouse similar to the many “backpackers” in that country, we enjoyed the lifestyle of running a guesthouse which gave us a wealth of knowledge and experience in property management and guest experience.
An opportunity presented itself to purchase a beautiful home on a 10 acre property, where we spend our time mountain biking in the summer and skiing in winter. Since then, we have also done dozens of house sits over several years, so far hopping between Canada, Mexico, Australia and Costa Rica.
Our sits have ranged from four days to five months in length, and our pets have ranged from a Bichon/Shih Tzu to two Australian Bulldogs with various cats thrown into the mix – including several animals who have required special care, medication and vet visits.
We have cared for up to five pets during one sit and none during another. With Diane and Alex as your house sitters and/or pet sitters, you will have peace of mind knowing we will care for your home and pets as if they were our own.
We have traveled the world while others have looked after our home and pets, and we hope we can do the same for you. Below is a synopsis of our house/pet sits to date, including details of the sit and homeowner comments.
Make Blue World Nomads you next house sitters! Please contact us if you would like us to look after your property and pets.
“Man, it sure is peaceful here – you’ve really got it all.
And if you ever hit the road again, give me and Snake a call.”
– Jimmy Buffett
Blue World Nomads
House Sitting Curriculum Vitae
Ontario, Canada – 2-bed, 1-bath house
We could not ask for a better house/pet sitting experience that we had with Alex and Diane. They are awesome! From the moment they responded to my ad, it was clear that they are kind, fun, caring and clearly highly responsible people. They spent a month looking after our house and more importantly, Harley and Simba our two senior Shorkies.
The dogs clearly got the royal treatment, no question. For the week we’ve been home they keep looking at us as if to say “what did you do with those awesome humans who were here – when will they be back”.
Simba (Shorkie, male 10 years)
Harley (Shorkie, male 10 years)
Alex and Diane were highly communicative, took care of a couple of minor house related issues while we were gone and clearly gave the dogs all the love and care we could possibly hope for. You could not find better and I would highly recommend them without any reservation. We feel we have made new friends, and would hope the opportunity arises for us to meet again.
– Sharon and Dave
British Columbia, Canada – 3-bed, 3-bath duplex
Theo (Morkie, male 4 years)
Harry (Yorkshire Terrier, male 12 years)
Adeline (Morkie, female 4 years)
Diane and Alex exceeded our highest expectations for housesitting and caring for our precious dogs during their five week stay in our home. They are warm, caring, competent, responsive and very responsible. When we came home Harry, Adeline and Theodore were listening carefully to them and were happy to snuggle with them. The dogs were walked thoroughly multiple times a day, and we were regularly sent photos of happy, exhausted pups flopped out on their beds. When Theo began scratching his ear, Diane and Alex immediately got in touch for direction and we were able to instruct them on applying the medication. Within a few days Theo was better.
When we came home everything was sparkling clean, and they had left us some milk and staples so we didn’t need to lift a finger on that first jet-lagged day home. Diane had even made us some homemade ravioli and hummus. Respectful and responsible, caring and competent. Easygoing and flexible with great communication skills. Their care took such a burden off us and allowed us to have the vacation of a lifetime, while knowing our home and pets were in the very best hands.
– Sandra and Kelly
British Columbia, Canada – 3-bed, 3-bath townhouse
Oursa (Border Collie, female 8 years), Bruce (Cat, male 13 years)
Repeat house/petsit from 2018
Alex and Diane housesat for us for the second time in August 2019. While we were gone, Diane sent us some pictures and updates, and we felt very secure with Alex and Diane in our home. Somehow, they discovered that our dog really loves carrots, and so they had a bunch set-aside to give her as treats, which was so thoughtful. While we were gone, some maintenance was being done around our property, and we were thankful that Alex and Diane alerted us to it, and offered to move our car that was parked where the maintenance was taking place. Our home was clean and organized, and our pets happy and well taken care of. It’s the best welcome home you can imagine! The only downside is that I think our dog misses Alex and Diane, and was a little morose in the days following their departure. We would definitely have Diane and Alex back again.
British Columbia, Canada – 2-bed, 1-bath apartment
Sparker (Yorkshire Terrier, male 13 years)
Peanut (Yorkshire Terrier, female 12 years)
Diane and Alex were absolutely fabulous. From the moment we met before the actual sit, I felt that they were highly competent, have lots of experience, were super relatable, and caring. The pups loved them and they got lots of attention! They are super organized, have excellent communication and are just all around great people. They left my home in perfect condition. I would highly recommend Diane and Alex to anyone who wants top-notch housesitters. I hope to have them come again in the future.
British Columbia, Canada – 1-bed, 1-bath apartment
Alex and Diane stayed with our two boys for the July long weekend and took better care of our home and fur babies than we could have asked for. They were diligent on keeping in touch, meeting us beforehand and also being flexible for our return home time. We came home to two very happy kitties and an incredibly clean home. We feel very lucky to have met Alex and Diane and would be more than happy to welcome them back again sometime in the future if paths cross. They’re amazing!
– Kelsey and Kirk
Gordon (Cat, male 6 years)
Theo (Cat, male 4 years)
British Columbia, Canada – 4-bed, 3-bath house
Roxy (Ragdoll Cat, female 14 years), Leo (Ragdoll Cat, male 14 years)
It is difficult for us to imagine finding a couple with whom we could feel as confident in trusting our beloved cats and home. From Diane and Alex’s initial email of interest, continued ongoing correspondence, and in person meeting prior to our departure; we always felt comfortable with their knowledge and experience in this process.
While away we had absolute peace of mind through photos, face time and frequent communication that our cats were being well taken care of, their individual preferences and needs being addressed. Upon our return our house was immaculate, gardens flourishing and cats looking relaxed and happy. We would absolutely recommend Diane and Alex as trusted, dependable and experienced house and pet sitters and hope they will return to us in the future.
-Lisa and Nick
British Columbia, Canada – 2-bed, 2-bath mobile home
Steve (Cat, male 15 years)
Diane and Alex were able to come the night before we left for our 2 week vacation. We had a great evening getting to know them. We were confident from the moment we met them that Steve and our home were in good hands. We came home to a happy cat and our home was exactly the way we left it. And! There was even a home made snack waiting in the fridge for us.
Thanks Diane and Alex! We will definitely call on you again.
– Tina and Brent
British Columbia, Canada -2-bed, 2-bath apartment
Diane and Alex took care of our cat Lucy and our place for a couple of weeks while we were away for Christmas holidays. They were a delight to work with, took wonderful care of Lucy, and left the place spic and span.
Thanks to both of you for everything! Would definitely recommend them if you are looking for someone to take care of you space and furry friends.
– Matthew and Kendall
Lucy (Cat, female 6 years)
Puntarenas, Costa Rica – 2-bed, 2-bath beach house
Omber (Mixed Part Rottweiler, male 9 years), Felix (Mixed, male 3 years)
Diane and Alex went far and above any expectations. Although they agreed to take care of only one dog, we took on another before they arrived. They also made the trip to the city every month to pay our internet bill at the bank. They fell right into the Pura Vida beach life and made friends with our neighbors. They took great care of Omber and Felix and did their best to keep up with repairs on an older house exposed to the ocean elements.
– Howard and Cynthia
British Columbia, Canada – 1-bed, 1-bath apartment
Josie (Mini Dachshund, female 12 years), Milly (Manx Cat, female 1 year)
Diane and Alex were the most incredible house sitters and we could not have asked for a better couple to look after Josie and Milly. From regular updates, to a spotless home upon return, we would happily have them look after our pets again in the future. Thanks again to both of you!
– Ziggy and Katie
British Columbia, Canada -3-bed, 3-bath townhouse
Curiosity (Cat, female 4 years), Tenderfoot (Cat, female 4 years)
We knew as soon as Diane and Alex met our two cats, one of which has seizures, that they’d be in good hands with them. They were attentive to the details, asked a lot of questions and made note of all the important information. We never worried about our cats and didn’t feel the need to do daily check-ins or have pictures sent as we’ve requested other sitters to do. When we got home, our cats were relaxed, happy and our house was very well taken care of. They will be our first choice to cat and house sit if the need arises again.
– Karen and Drummond
Queensland, Australia – 3-bed, 2-bath house
Lucy (Australian Bulldog, female 3 years)
Betty (Australian Bulldog, female 2 years)
I needed someone who understood the importance of being kind and accepting to my girls. Alex and Diane communicated with me from day one, and remained contactable at all times. They hung out with Betty and Lucy like they were their own, taking them for walks, swims and the park every dayy. They even taught them new tricks and manners! They found a mark on Betty’s chest that required surgery to remove a tumor (thankfully benign) which resulted in a wound requiring daily treatment. Diane and Alex provided the best care during a complicated recovery process. They respected our house like it was their own. The lawns were mowed, the house was always clean and the mail was checked. I couldn’t have found a better couple to look after our girls.
Baja California Sur, Mexico – 2-bed, 1-bath house – No pets
Diane and Alex house sat for us at our Mexico property from nearly five months. We had problems with the water system a few times and they dealt with it very well so that now all is perfect. Also I have another property a few blocks away and had issues there and they volunteered to deal with those problems as well.
Diane and Alex are very personable and trustworthy. They communicate well and have the confidence to deal comfortably with any issue that may arise. I highly recommend Diane and Alex as experienced house sitters.
British Columbia, Canada – 2-bed, 1-bath house
Bailey (Cat, female 3 years)
Diane and Alex we so wonderful, nothing but amazing things to say. It was such a weight off knowing everything was in great hands. We could tell right away that they would take good care of our Bailey and our house while we were gone. She was extremely content when we got back – we had specific directions for her diet and they followed them perfectly, it looks like she had lots of play time as well, she loves her new toy! The house was immaculate and the plants we healthy, they even left us a welcome home pastry. We can highly recommend Diane and Alex to come take care of your house and your pets!