StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Michaella C

Area: Centurion (Zwartkop)

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

Course of study: B.Ed (Intermediate Phase)

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: November 2016


Experience with animals and own pets

My family has always actively been involved with animals! Since I can remember, we always had a variety of animals: Goldfish, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and dogs. My sisters and I would take turns feeding them all every day. We loved playing with the rabbits and dogs. We also enjoyed watching and caring for the chicks and ducklings.

When I was seven my aunty brought me a little Cocker Spaniel X puppy. He was mine and I took great care of him. He loved swimming - he was constantly in the fish pond! When I was 15 years old my little sister got a Jack Russel mix. My dog and her dog were instantly friends and her dog soon learnt all my dog’s mannerisms. We took our dogs on walks, bathed them and spent hours everyday playing with them.

We also had 5 cockatiels, and about seven baby tortoises. They were my mom’s tortoises and my big sister’s birds. All the animals were taken care of by everyone, but each person had their own duty towards their own animals.

I have previously taken care of family friends’ hamsters and birds when they were on holiday. I helped a friend take care of two German Shepherds last year. I also feed and play with a cat that lives in the complex next to ours. When I visit friends, I love playing with heir dogs and cats.

I believe my experience with my own pets and friends’ pets have taught me a lot about animals and has shown me how much I care about the well-being of all animals!


Feedback from References


L. Stokes - Louis Fourie Gymnastic Club

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:

Michaella has always been a great employee/asset to Louis Fourie Gymnastic Club.

She is passionate about working and interacting with other people. She easily adapts to any environment and she's a fast learner. Forever committed, presentable, well-spoken and has the drive to go the extra mile, innovative and motivated by success, she works hard and enjoys being challenged.

She has a very warm heart.

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

Additional notes: She will definitely be a great asset to any company, she will never disappoint.

E. de Kock - Louis Fourie Gymnastic Club

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:

Michaella was a gymnast at my Club for 10 years and then became a gymnastics coach at the club.

She coached gymnastics for 3 years at the club. Michaella is extremely reliable, punctual, positive and was passionate about her job.

She also has a passion for kids and the kids love her. She will be a great asset to any company.

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.


Visits with Katrien the Pot-bellied pig

My name: E. Engelbrecht

Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

My pets (breeds and names): Katrien the Pot-bellied pig

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

Date of Review: 1/11/2017 11:08:00 AM

Visits with Zabrina & Hägar (Jack Russell Terriers)

My name: C. Donian

Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

My pets (breeds and names): Zabrina & Hägar (Jack Russell Terriers)

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:

A few points:

  • StudentCo feels like it is a "tightly run ship" - this creates confidence in the service you offer and the staff you present.
  • Your website; the way it looks, feels and functions is really smart and supports the business culture you offer
  • Michaella was great. There were health issues with Mr H while I was away, she handled it like a pro, including visits to vet, even on her day off. I felt that best care possible was administered. I would have no qualms about using StudentCo or Michaella again.
  • Date of Review: 2/7/2017 6:07:42 AM

    Stay-overs with Zazu, George (dogs), Zemi, Thomas (cats), Dolla (African Grey), Voeltjie (cockatiel)

    My name: Nicci de Wet-du Toit

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Zazu, George (dogs), Zemi, Thomas (cats), Dolla (African Grey), Voeltjie (cockatiel)

    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:

    Upon return the animals are really chilled which means they feel comfortable with Michaella and that is the most important to me.

    For as long as what this lady does pet-sitting with you, we will book her with every going away.

    Highly recommend her to any other people needing pet-sitting.

    We have also been telling all our friends about your service.

    Thank you!

    Date of Review: 6/14/2017 8:34:21 AM

    Visits with Vansha (Rottweiler)

    My name: Matt Kauffenstein

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Vansha (Rottweiler)

    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

    Date of Review: 2/27/2018 6:50:23 AM

    Stay-overs with Dexter, Didi and Lexie (Maltese)

    My name: Linel Van Zyl

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Dexter, Didi and Lexie (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 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:

    I will definitely be making use of your services again.

    Date of Review: 4/11/2018 11:33:46 AM

    Stay-overs with Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    My name: Janine Nightingale

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    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:

    I found Michaella to be a lovely person that acted professionally at all times.

    She was great and I know dealing with my two very energetic pups is not easy but she simply took it in stride and sent us some adorable pictures which clearly showed

    Date of Review: 7/24/2018 4:16:19 PM

    Stay-overs with Rover (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Luna (Africanis)

    My name: Shabari Gerber

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Rover (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Luna (Africanis)

    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:

    Michaella was wonderful in taking care of our pups and they took to her immediately.

    We got daily updates even though we didn't ask for them specifically.

    As it was our first time using StudentCo, we were a bit concerned about stay over a

    Date of Review: 8/15/2018 4:59:09 AM

    Stay-overs with Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    My name: Janine Nightingale

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    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

    Date of Review: 9/19/2018 9:15:17 AM

    Stay-overs with 5 dogs, Kitty and Birdie

    My name: Elmarie Engelbrecht

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): 5 dogs, Kitty and Birdie

    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:

    Michaella is amazing.

    Thank you.

    Date of Review: 10/10/2018 7:57:28 AM

    Stay-overs with Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    My name: Janine Nightingale

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    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:

    Such peace of mind to have Michaella watch our pups when we are away!

    Date of Review: 11/22/2018 11:03:24 AM

    Stay-overs with Rover (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Luna (Africanis)

    My name: Shabari Gerber

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Rover (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Luna (Africanis)

    Service used: Stay-overs

    My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

    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:

    This was the second time we asked Michaella to stay with our pups and this time around it was for full 2 weeks.

    Although, we were nervous as any paw parent would be to go away for so long, our worries were appeased within a day.

    Michaella sent us pictures everyday and in fact, we requested her to send the same to our parents since we were overseas without internet and she had no problems with that.

    Our furbabies love her and we can see that in how comfortable they are around her.

    There were no issues with her staying at the house as well and it was in fact in a better shape than how we left it.

    Thanks Michaella.

    We recommend her for anyone looking for responsible caretakers for their pups - visits or stayovers.

    Date of Review: 1/13/2019 8:26:18 PM

    Stay-overs with Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    My name: Elmarie Engelbrecht

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    Service used: Stay-overs

    My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

    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: 1/11/2019 10:10:34 AM

    Stay-overs with Rover (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Luna (Africanis)

    My name: Shabari Gerber

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Rover (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Luna (Africanis)

    Service used: Stay-overs

    My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

    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: 4/25/2019 6:27:41 PM

    Stay-overs with Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    My name: Elmarie Engelbrecht

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    Service used: Stay-overs

    My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

    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 Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    My name: Janine Nightingale

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Indie and Esco (Golden Retrievers)

    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 Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    My name: Elmarie Engelbrecht

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    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

    Stay-overs with Roxy and Spencer (Golden Retreivers)

    My name: Celeste Braybrooke

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Roxy and Spencer (Golden Retreivers)

    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

    Stay-overs with Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    My name: Elmarie Engelbrecht

    Name of pet sitter: Michaella C

    My pets (breeds and names): Nuschka, Chino, Bella, Archie and Zee

    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