StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Japie T

Area: Rooihuiskraal, Centurion and Brooklyn, Pretoria

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

Course of study: Bcom Management Accounting

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: September 2018


Experience with animals and own pets

I am the owner of the most loving dachshund named Buddy, who is about ten years old now. Growing up my family and I had two playful dachshunds named Worsman and Tjommie. Tjommie was the most adorable model. She walked like a real lady, almost like a queen.

The best moment of my day is coming home to see Buddy jumping up and down with excitement after being the most obedient watchdog. I have experience looking after pets and homes of friends and family and I’ve always had a passion for animals, especially dogs.


Feedback from References


Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with 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:

Over the past 18 months, Japie has worked at my guesthouse over holidays and some weekends. He also occasionally looks after our pets (2 dogs, 3 cats and a horse) while we are on holiday.

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

Reference 2

Being part of StudentCo means working with 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:

He work for me as a Cricket Coach. He works with Children, so I would recommend him to work with pets as well.

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

Reference 3

Being part of StudentCo means working with 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 him through one of my friends and have seen him a few times afterward.

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

Additional notes:

He is a hardworking and loyal person, and is capable of doing anything that is asked of him.


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 Moeba (German Shepherd), Nicky (Jack Russell), Baloo and Bagheera (cats)

My name: Caren Van Rooyen

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Moeba (German Shepherd), Nicky (Jack Russell), Baloo and Bagheera (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!

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: 10/15/2018 7:22:15 PM

Stay-overs with Nina, Zara, Grismo, Loula, Ginka, Gobeley, Achiira and Amy

My name: Alta Steyn

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Nina, Zara, Grismo, Loula, Ginka, Gobeley, Achiira and Amy

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:

Japie did an excellent job and I will definitely make use of his services in the future.

He did not only care for the pets but also handled a crisis in an excellent way - we had heavy rain in a short period of time and water pouring through the ceiling.

Japie cared for 4 dogs, 4 cats and 2 african grey parrots.

Thank you StudentCo for introducing Japie to us.

Date of Review: 12/4/2018 8:23:00 AM

Stay-overs with Vooi, Nemo and Kie

My name: Cobus Snyman

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Vooi, Nemo and Kie

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: 4

Date of Review: 12/11/2018 7:15:00 AM

Stay-overs with Maya (Border Collie Cross), Kayla (Wirehaired Dachshund) and Togo (Husky)

My name: Gwen Wilkins

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Maya (Border Collie Cross), Kayla (Wirehaired Dachshund) and Togo (Husky)

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: Not quite...

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: 4

Additional Comments:

Our dogs loved Japie very much and overall we think he did a good job.

A few points we feel could use improvement was the cleanliness of the house.

We feel he could have made more of an effort to clean the house before he left, granted our maid was coming in that day so perhaps that’s the reason he didn’t clean, but we arrived home at 7:30am and the house was in quite a state, with some empty face wash tubes lying around in the bathroom that weren’t ours, dirty sinks and floors and the sitter’s shoes and Tupperware boxes left behind.

He also brought his girlfriend with to the meet and greet, which was a bit strange, and he mentioned that she’d be staying with for the whole booking even though he didn’t ask permission first.

Though it does say in our instruction form that we don’t mind guests, I don’t know if he had access to that before he met us and also we would have preferred if he’d checked with us first.

We don’t mind guests at all, but future clients might be opposed to it so it is always better to check.

Note from StudentCo: Sitters are expected to leave homes in a clean and respectable state. We thank Gwen for alerting us to this issue, and have discussed it with Japie. Happily, this has never been an issue before and Japie has reviewed his duties in this regard.

Regarding the meet and greet: For the sake of safety, we recommend that all sitters take a friend with when meeting new families :). Sitters know that guests may only accompany them during the booking with the express approval of the family (As per their instruction sheets).

Date of Review: 2/6/2019 9:18:06 PM

Stay-overs with Nina and Zara (Bull Terriers), Grismo and Loula (Yorkie mixed breeds), Ginka, Gobeley, Achiira and Amy (cats)

My name: Alta Steyn

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Nina and Zara (Bull Terriers), Grismo and Loula (Yorkie mixed breeds), Ginka, Gobeley, Achiira and Amy (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!

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: 3/24/2019

Visits with 2 x Cats & 1x Parrot & Goldfish

My name: Sunelle Bruwer

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): 2 x Cats & 1x Parrot & Goldfish

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: As always, happy with your service. Thank you very much!!

Date of Review:4/1/2019 8:35:16 AM

Visits with Igor (Dachshund)

My name: Tinus Stander

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Igor (Dachshund)

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!

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

Additional Comments: You may want to check up on the automated processing of booking requests; I had to send Angelique a few messages by WhatsApp to confirm receipt of the booking request.

Note from StudentCo: We thank Tinus for this feedback. The issue was promptly addressed. Thank you for helping us improve!

Visits with Lakra and Lami (domestic short hair cats)

My name: Corlia Rossouw

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Lakra and Lami (domestic short hair cats)

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!

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

Stay-overs with various pets

My name: Zelnari Lourens

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Happy (African Grey Congo), Sultan (African Grey Timney), Franklyn (Ringneck), Pietie (Ringneck Blue), Zoe (Ringneck Green), Mushu ( Maltese)and Nagskaap (Maltese)

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: 4

Additional Comments: I'm sorry this took so long!

Stay-overs with Max and Sammy (Mix Fox Terriers)

My name: Gerda van Dijk

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Max and Sammy (Mix Fox Terriers)

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: I could see Japie and my babies bonded really well - Japie was sweet and the dogs were both very comfortable around him. I will use Japie always and will heartily recommend him to all my pet-parents! Thank you!

Stay-overs with Nina, Zara, Grismo, Loula, Ginka, Gobeley, Achiira and Amy (Bull terriers yorkie mixed breeds and cats)

My name: Alta Steyn

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Nina, Zara, Grismo, Loula, Ginka, Gobeley, Achiira and Amy (Bull terriers yorkie mixed breeds and 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!

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: Japie is excellent with our pets. I will definitive make use of his services again!

Date of Review: 2019/08/07 09:31:19

Stay-overs with Lilu and Maya (Rottweilers); Meis (Cat)

My name: Rentia Viljoen

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Lilu and Maya (Rottweilers); Meis (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: 10/2/2019 8:03

Visits with Jenga (Rabbit)

My name: Karen Botha-De Wet

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Jenga (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 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:

Thank you guys for taking care of Jenga and our home.

Once again a very happy customer.

Date of review: 10/18/2019 15:19

Stay-overs with Bentley (Basset), Philiph (Basset), Bobbiblu (Jack Russell Terrier), Baxter (Spaniel x)

My name: Ashleigh

Name of pet sitter: Japie T

My pets (breeds and names): Bentley (Basset), Philiph (Basset), Bobbiblu (Jack Russell Terrier) and Baxter (Spaniel x)

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: 4

Additional Comments:

From the moment I met Japie, I was confident that he would be able to handle the quad - who can be a handful, stubborn and mischievous.

The quad took to him and he interacted with them really well.

This meant I could leave knowing that they would be with someone that will cuddle, play and look after them.

I will definitely use StudentCo and Japie when we need to travel!

Date of review: 11/18/2019 9:06