StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

If you like this profile, remember the name "Michael D" 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: Michael D

Area:Valhalla, Centurion

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

Course of study: MBChB (Medicine)

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: October 2017

Experience with animals and own pets

I've grown up in a house full of animals!

Currently, we have 5 doggies (the 3 Labrador Retrievers are my own - Dusty, Alaska and Bonita); my bearded dragon Eragon; two tortoises; two hamsters and over 200 birds (yeah, that number is correct!)

There is never a dull moment. I have a different relationship with them all, because they are all so unique. I have tons of memories with them - walks, play-time, cuddles and clean-up.

I have also helped my doggies give birth and enjoyed the time with the puppies as well.

Animals have always been part of my life, and it's hard to imagine a life without my pets accompanying my journey. I look forward to meeting your pets!

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StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Michael scored 100% in our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies.

Feedback from References


J. Lobjoit - 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:

Michael has spent many holidays taking care of all my furkids and birds.

I trust he will take care of any animals you give him and treat them with no less care than the care he provides to mine.

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 Caine (Boerbol), JB (German Shepherd cross), Fudge (Swiss Shepherd), Luna (Weinermer) and Dog (Yorkie)

My name: Irene de Oliveira

Name of pet sitter: Michael D

My pets (breeds and names): Caine (Boerbol), JB (German Shepherd cross), Fudge (Swiss Shepherd), Luna (Weinermer) and Dog (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 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: 11/30/2017 4:52:27 AM

Visits with Nitro (Husky) Tinkie (Yorkie) and Knoffie (Parrot)

My name: Danie Genis

Name of pet sitter: Micheal D

My pets (breeds and names): Nitro (Husky) Tinkie (Yorkie) and Knoffie (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:

Thanks for the best pet sitting experience ever.

Micheal is the best.

Date of Review: 1/3/2018 6:56:40 PM

Stay-overs with Missy Star, Ally (Liquorice All Sorts), Gracie (Smurfette) (Maine Coons)

My name: Lorinda Gerber

Name of pet sitter: Michael D

My pets (breeds and names): Missy Star, Ally (Liquorice All Sorts), Gracie (Smurfette) (Maine Coons)

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:

Michael is a star

! In addition to our three very particular felines, he had to contend with a new and fickle alarm system.

He won over the hearts of all three cats and they seemed calm and contented after two weeks under his care.

Date of Review: 1/4/2018 8:45:49 PM

Stay-overs with Missy, Ally and Gracie (Maine Coon cats)

My name: Lorinda Gerber

Name of pet sitter: Michael D

My pets (breeds and names): Missy, Ally and Gracie (Maine Coon 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!

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

Additional Comments:

So happy I found you guys!

Michael is a gem.

Date of Review:

Visits with Nitro (Husky) Tinkie (Yorkie) and Knoffie (Parrot)

My name: Danie Genis

Name of pet sitter: Michael D

My pets (breeds and names): Nitro (Husky) Tinkie (Yorkie) and Knoffie (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:

Thanks for the best pet sitting experience ever.

Micheal is the best.

Date of Review: 1/3/2018 6:56:40 PM


Some pictures of the pet children during pet sitting

Luna was a big sleeper, early morning chill sessions

Luna was a big sleeper, early morning chill sessions

Fudge hogging the bed and stealing my blankie

Fudge hogging the bed and stealing my blankie

Early morning chill sessions with Gracie

Early morning chill sessions with Gracie

noppie enjoying shoulder sits and koppie-kraps

noppie enjoying shoulder sits and koppie-kraps

Nitro enjoyed all types of cuddles, play and walks

Nitro enjoyed all types of cuddles, play and walks

Missy all stretched out inviting attention

Missy all stretched out inviting attention

Me brushing Tinkie daily

Me brushing Tinkie daily

Caption Ally waiting for her food

Caption Ally waiting for her food