StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Christene S

Area: Menlopark, Pretoria

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.


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.


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:

Visits with cat, Mack

My name: Mary Gaeddert

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): cat, Mack

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 were 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 was very good and I would request her again.

Date of Review:4/1/2019 5:36:53 PM

Stay-overs with Rover (ginger cat)

My name: Alice Stolp

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Rover (ginger 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 were 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

Date of Review: 4/10/2019 8:14:36 AM

Visits with Sam and Dani (Staffies)

My name: Dion de Beer

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Sam and Dani (Staffies)

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 were 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

Date of Review: 4/29/2019 8:16:06 PM

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 were 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

My name: Lizelle van Vuuren

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): -

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 were 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

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 were 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: Christine is our regular pet sitter for the past few years. She is great with both cats, they are super relaxed with her. She also injects our cat Jenna twice daily as she is a diabetic. I never worry for one minute while away when Christine is staying over with the cats.

Visits with Bianca and Bean (Yorkies); Geordie (Biewer Terrier)

My name: Fiona Simpson

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Bianca and Bean (Yorkies); Geordie (Biewer Terrier)

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 were 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

Visits with Willie and Bengi

My name: Rita du Plessis

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Willie and Bengi

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 were 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

Stay-overs with Shaka (Boerboel), Surie (Boerboel), Fluffy (Yorkie), Coco (Yorkie) and Chloe (Yorkie)

My name: Maria Viljoen

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Shaka (Boerboel), Surie (Boerboel), Fluffy (Yorkie), Coco (Yorkie) and Chloe (Yorkie)

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 were 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: Always a pleasure dealing with StudentCo. Thank you.

Visits with Wille and Benji

My name: Rita du Plessis

Name of pet sitter: Christene S

My pets (breeds and names): Wille and Benji

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 were 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

Date of review: 2019/07/26 03:21:59