StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

If you like this profile, remember the name "Christene S" and simply click here to tell us more about your pets and when you will need a sitter. StudentCo will let you know if this pet sitter is available (if not, you will be introduced to another, equally awesome, team member).

The next step is the meet-and-greet. This is an informal meeting at your home so you (and your pets!) can get to know a potential sitter. You are invited to discuss your needs and expectations openly, and then decide whether you would like to proceed with a booking. The meet-and-greet is 100% cost and obligation-free and will be arranged for a time that suits you.

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Name of sitter: Christene S.

Area: Pretoria (Menlopark)

Note: Christene happily looks after pets who are not in her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: BSc (Medical Sciences) - in progress; BA (archaeology and anthropology) - completed

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: December 2015

Experience with animals and own pets

I adore animals and have been involved with them in many ways, including volunteer work at the Pilansberg Wildlife Trust, caring for newborn kittens and spending time working at a vet.

At home, I am lucky to share my life with 2 cats - Twinkles and Izzy. They are my world!

I am comfortable looking after dogs, cats, fish and parrots.

Note from StudentCo:

Christene has shown commitment and a true love for animals as a volunteer with our Wednesday Wollies Walks project, where she volunteers her time as a dog walker for shelter dogs.

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Feedback from References

P. Dell - pet sitting

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Christene is an amazing young lady. Very responsible, very reliable and lots of initiative. She will be a asset to your organisation!

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

J. Porteous - pet sitting

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

I met Christene Smith through a friend of mine. I had to travel for work and had no one to look after my 2 cats and dog. My friend then mentioned that Christene loves taking care of pets so I asked her to babysit for me and what a pleasure it was. She is really fantastic with animals.. She sent me pictures on a regular basis and kept me updated with their activities. From the time she walked into my house my pets loved her and believe me one can always trust your dog. If they don't like you, they will not welcome you in with open arms and my little dachshund could not get enough of Chirstene. I would highly recommend her.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!


StudentCo Client Reviews

Please note that not all pet parents complete our feedback questionnaire - for a full list of any sitter's experience, please do feel free to ask. Also have a look at pictures of some pets this sitter has looked after at the bottom of this profile page. Yay!

Stay-overs with Charky and Jessie - Dachshund and Labrador

My name: G. vd Niet

Name of pet sitter: Christene

My pets (breeds and names): Charky and Jessie - Dacshund and Labrador

Service used: Stay-over Service

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Christene instilled confidence and she was a pleasure to have in our home.

Note from StudentCo: Christene has stayed with Charky and Jessie more than once - more reviews from this family are available upon request.

Stay-overs with Dexter the Dachshund, Jackson the German Shorthaired Pointer and Cassandra the cat

My name: Anel van der Merwe

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Dexter the Dachshund, Jackson the German Shorthaired Pointer and Cassandra the cat

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Visits with Diane, the Eclectus parrot

My name: Lizel

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Diane, the Eclectus parrot

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Will definitely use the service again.

Stay-overs with Dexter, Jackson, Cassandra

My name: A. van der Merwe

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Dexter, Jackson, Cassandra

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 23 August 2016

Visits with Fluffy the Dwarf rabbit

My name: S. Mohungoo

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Fluffy the Dwarf rabbit

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures.

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: We are completely happy with how Fluffy was taken care of by Christene.

Date of Review: 10/5/2016 12:45

Stay-overs with Jackson and Cassandra - Cat and German Shorthaired Pointer

My name: A. van der Merwe

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Jackson and Cassandra - Cat and German Shorthaired Pointer

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures.

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Date of Review: 10/3/2016 18:20

Stay-overs with Mocha (Arabian Mau) & Jenna (Manx)

My name: Sue Heymans & Martin Naude

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Mocha (Arabian Mau) & Jenna (Manx)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

Christene managed to get the cats to warm up to her and to trust her within a day or two which is fantastic.

We hope that she will become a regular pet sitter every time we go away.

Date of Review: 4/19/2017 2:46:17 PM

Stay-overs with Mocha (Arabian Mau) & Jenna (Manx)

My name: Sue Heymans

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Mocha (Arabian Mau) & Jenna (Manx)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

We are very happy with Christene and hope to retain her as our permanent sitter for stayovers when we are out of town.

Date of Review: 7/6/2017 8:20:53 AM

Stay-overs with Jenna, Mocha and Skye

My name: Sue Heymans

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Jenna, Mocha and Skye

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 4/5/2018 6:14:03 AM

Visits with Lucy (Cat) and Legolas, Luna, Arwin, Lilly (Chinchilla)

My name: Mornay Smith

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Lucy (Cat) and Legolas, Luna, Arwin, Lilly (Chinchilla)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

We would love to use your services and this sitter again in the future.

She handled our exotic pets extremely well.

Additionally, our cat which is on medication, was well taken care of and she took to Christene immediately.

Date of Review: 4/4/2018 7:56:50 PM

Stay-overs with Jenna and Skye (cats)

My name: Sue Heymans

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Jenna and Skye (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

Christene stayed over at our house two to three times per year for weekend trips, and we've also been away for two weeks last year.

I used to worry myself sick every time we went away, but now that Christene looks after the cat kids I have complete peace of mind.

I recommend her wholeheartedly.

Date of Review: 6/12/2018

Stay-overs with Skye and Jenna (cats)

My name: Sue Heymans

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Skye and Jenna (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments:

Christene looks after our cats - stayover - whenever we go away for the past few years.

I used to hate going away and leaving my cats and worry constantly about them.

Now I am completely relaxed and can enjoy our away time, with Christene staying home with them and looking after them.

Date of Review:

StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Christene scored 98% in our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies.



Some pictures of the pet children during pet sitting

Charky - a Dachsie with endless energy!

Play-time for Jessie!

Jackson loves running!

Jackson loves running!

Jackson is one handsome dog!

Jackson is one handsome dog!

Dexter the Dachshund

Dexter the Dachshund

Cassandra the cute!

Cassandra the cute!

The vibrant Diane

The vibrant Diane

Fluffy, relaxing

Fluffy, relaxing

Dexter, snoozing

Dexter, snoozing

Mocha

Mocha

Jenna

Jenna

Mocha

Mocha

 Jenna

Jenna

Jenna

Jenna

Mocha

Mocha