StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Michelle S

Area:Erasmus Park, Pretoria and Colbyn, Pretoria East

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

Course of study: Hairdressing

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: October 2018


Experience with animals and own pets

I am the lucky and happy mom of two beautiful dogs! Zena, a 5-year-old female German Shepard crossed Rottweiler and Zues, a 3-year-old male Boxador. They are a handful, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Zena is such an old lady and loves having her coat brushed. Zues is a crazy, clumsy pup whose best friend is his tyre. He doesn’t like balls - only HIS tyre!

Before them, I had many cats, hamsters and a bird as pets. Zena and Zues are my first dogs and I couldn’t imagine life without them. I don’t know how we survived before we got them. They are truly my furkids! Since I was small, all I wanted to do was volunteer at shelters and SPCA’s but I was always turned away because I was too young. About a year ago, I found a shelter that caught my eye and soon caught my heart, and kept it. Pretoria Dog Rescue is a no kill shelter situated close to my house.

They gave me the opportunity to foster seven 4-week-old puppies that were found in bushes and rescued by the shelter manager. Fostering and volunteering has equipped me with all the experience I could need to look after and care for animals. It has taught me so much about myself and made me realize that I don’t just love animals, but that I have a passion for them. I’m so excited to be a part of the StudentCo family and share all the love I have to offer!


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:

Michelle has been babysitting our son, who’s turning 3 in a few weeks. She’s absolutely amazing with our son and is very trustworthy. I feel at ease when she takes care of my son and I trust her with my life. She is very good with my three dogs as well, and I can see she absolutely loves animals. She will be the first person I ask to pet sit and look after my house when I go away!

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:

Michelle has been working for me for the past two years. From salon work, to babysitting my 5-year-old twins and 7-year-old boy, to looking after my four doggies. She is a sweetheart with a beautiful soul.

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

Additional notes:

She would be the perfect candidate for anyone. She always does more than what is expected of her.

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:

She is dedicated towards the well-being of animals and is a great care giver!

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 Jamie (Persian cat)

My name: Alicia De Jager

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Jamie (Persian cat)

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:

We were super happy with Michelle and could not ask for a better pet sitter.

I had absolute peace of mind knowing that my baby is taken care of while we were away.

Thanks Michelle and StudentCo! :)

Date of Review: 1/7/2019 3:25:17 PM

Stay-overs with Lisa (Jack Russell), Dante and Luca (French Bulldogs) and Brooklyn (English Bulldog)

My name: Maryka Lubbe

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Lisa (Jack Russell), Dante and Luca (French Bulldogs) and Brooklyn (English Bulldog)

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:

Hi there.

My dogs loved Michelle from the moment she came to meet us.

She had to stand her ground not to succumb to the running bulldogs :-).

She did a fantastic job and my dogs were all very happy and well taken care of upon my return.

I can definitely recommend Michelle to any paranoid (especially bulldog) parents out there.

She was great!

Thank you very much!

Looking forward to her next stay in June!

Date of Review: 3/26/2019 12:23:23 PM

Stay-overs with Lisa (Jack Russel), Dante and Luca (French Bulldogs) and Brooklyn (English Bulldog)

My name: Maryka Lubbe

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Lisa (Jack Russel), Dante and Luca (French Bulldogs) and Brooklyn (English Bulldog)

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: Hi there As always, my pets loved having Michelle look after them and I was very happy as well. Thanks so much, Michelle, for looking after them so well while I have complete peace of mind. :-)

Stay-overs with Huxley, Hayley (Yorkies) and Mia (Cat)

My name: Danelle Pienaar

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Huxley, Hayley (Yorkies) and Mia (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!

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

Stay-overs with Huxley, Hayley (Yorkies) and Mia (Cat)

My name: Danelle Pienaar

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Huxley, Hayley (Yorkies) and Mia (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

Stay-overs with Ziva and Foalan (German Shepherds)

My name: Dingenus van den Bogert

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Ziva and Foalan (German Shepherds)

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 Polo and Khaleesi (Yorkies)

My name: Alecia Jonker

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Polo and Khaleesi (Yorkies)

Service used: Stay-overs with

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: Michelle was by far the best sitter we have had and I recieved a lot of feedback and pictures. My pets were happy and very well, cared for and I would love for Michelle to petsit for us again in the future.

Stay-overs with Impie and Luna (Staffies)

My name: Chanelle van Dyk

Name of pet sitter: Michelle S

My pets (breeds and names): Impie and Luna (Staffies)

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: We were a little upset, as our DSTV remote was “eaten” by Impie! He never takes anything from the coffee table, so the remote must have been on the floor?

Note from StudentCo: We thank Chanelle for this feedback. The issue was immediately addressed, with both pet parent and pet sitter contacted. Thank you for helping us improve our service!

Date of review: 2019/07/30 19:44:05