StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

If you like this profile, remember the name "Lyla A" 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: Lyla A.

Area: Pretoria (Eastwood)

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

Course of study: BSc Human Genetics

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: November 2015

Family pets

I am lucky to share my life with 3 cats, one of whom is a very old gentleman of 16 years who is on a special diet. Growing up, I was always surrounded by cats, birds, chickens, bunnies and hamsters. I also adore dogs.

Note from StudentCo:

Lyla has shown commitment and a true love for animals as a volunteer with our Wednesday Wollies Walks project, where she volunteers her time as a dog walker for shelter dogs.

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Feedback from References


D. Tikane - NATHouse faculty house committee

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 have worked with Lyla on an executive for students in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. She served as the Vice Chairperson and I was her Chair. She was always accountable and reliable especially in times of great need. I was fortunate to learn more about her on a personal and a professiona level.

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

Additional notes: Lyla is a very efficient and organised individual who makes working with her very porductive and fruitful.

D. Vosloo - 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:

Lyla looked after our house pets with a lot of dedication and passion. She was extremely caring for our pets!

Lyla is a dedicated lady that is trustworthy and reliable.

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


StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Lyla scored 89% in our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies.

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 Charlie and Rupert (Dachshund and Dachshund cross)

My name: A. van Zyl

Name of pet sitter: Lyla

My pets (breeds and names): Charlie and Rupert (Dachshund and Dachshund cross)

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: I am truly impressed with the service received. During the interview, Lyla presented herself in a professional manner and asked very relevant questions, even things I didn't think about.

Stay-overs with Rupert & Charlie - Dachshund and Dachshund cross

My name: A. van Zyl

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Rupert & Charlie - Dachshund and Dachshund cross

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: "This is the second time that Lyla has looked after Rupert & Charlie. The booking and arrangement was seamless and she picked up as if it was an old habit. I am very comfortable with her, I trust her with the boys and my house.

If my review is used for marketing, please contact me first."

Date of Review: 9/14/2016 17:43

Visits with Shumba and Luna (Ridgeback and Beagle)

My name: C. Goodman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Shumba and Luna (Ridgeback and Beagle)

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: 10/11/2016 2:28

Visits with Shumba (Ridgeback) and Luna (Beagle)

My name: C. Goodman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Shumba (Ridgeback) and Luna (Beagle)

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: 12/30/2016 21:44

Stay-overs with Sophia the Basset and Frikkie the Bull Terrier

My name: R. van Rensburg

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Sophia the Basset and Frikkie the Bull Terrier

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:

Thank you so much for the great service we received from you and the sitter and on such short notice. Will definitely use your service again and recommend it to all our friends and family.

Date of Review: 1/17/2017 5:21:33 PM

Visits with Shumba (Ridgeback), Luna (Beagle)

My name: Colleen Goodman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Shumba (Ridgeback), Luna (Beagle)

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:

Very happy with Lyla.

Date of Review: 3/28/2017 5:56:07 PM

Stay-overs with Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

My name: Nina Newman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

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:

Lyla was reliable and a great sitter.

We were extremely happy with her service and with StudentCo petsitters!

Date of Review: 4/20/2017 6:54:03 AM

Stay-overs with Abby & Katie (Scottish Terriers)

My name: Judy

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Abby & Katie (Scottish 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 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: 5/2/2017 8:29 AM

Stay-overs with Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

My name: Nina Newman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

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: 7/14/2017 6:41:16 AM

Stay-overs with Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

My name: Nina Newman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

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:

Lyla is friendly, trustworthy and our dogs adore her!

Date of Review: 4/11/2018 5:37:10 AM

Stay-overs with Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

My name: Nina Newman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

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:

Lyla is friendly, trustworthy and our dogs adore her!

Date of Review: 4/11/2018 5:37:10 AM

Stay-overs with Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

My name: Nina Newman

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Luna (Great Dane) and Goggles (Jack Russell)

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:

Thank you once again for a great service!

It has made our lives so much easier.

Lyla is a wonderful pet sitter and person.

Thank you Lyla!

Date of Review: 7/10/2018 3:00:24 AM

Stay-overs with Abby and Katie (Scottish Terriers)

My name: Judy Thompson

Name of pet sitter: Lyla A

My pets (breeds and names): Abby and Katie (Scottish 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: 4

Additional Comments:

Finding StudentCo has really given me the freedom to plan trips knowing my fur kiddos are taken care of.

I guess it's human nature to wonder whether the sitter really does keep up their end of the deal and I appreciate StudentCo's attempt to address this concern with the location sharing.

Lyla complied with this new arrangement per my request to see how it works, but honestly I wouldn't expect that again.

Thanks again for making this service so accessible and affordable!

Date of Review: 11/6/2018 6:10:53 AM



Some pictures of the pet children during pet sitting

Oh-so-cute Charlie and Rupert

Lyla with one of the dogs at Wollies (02/11/16)

Bedtime for Charlie and Rupert

Shumba and Luna, so beautiful!

Shumba and Luna, so beautiful!

Frikkie

Frikkie

Frikkie and Sophia

Frikkie and Sophia

Abby

Abby

Newman family

Newman family

Katie

Katie