StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Talyah S

Area: Petervale, Bryanston

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

Course of study: Cambridge A level

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: January 2019


Experience with animals and own pets

Hi there! I am Talyah, a mommy to three dogs - two Miniature Pinschers named Vivo and Gigi, and a German Swiss Shepherd named Nala. I look after a Toy Pom named Sheba twice a week where I play catch with her and her favourite game, Rings.

I walk and swim with my dogs and I always make sure they get more than enough love and affection! Although there is no limit to the love I have for my four babies, I have a lifelong passion and love for all animals. I believe it is important to remember that each pet has their own unique personalities, and it is important to be able to adapt to their needs and wants.

I understand the dedication and commitment required to look after your pets. I will look after your pets as if they were my own, ensuring that they feel comfortable, safe and loved in my presence!


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:

Talyah pet sits my Toy Pom, Sheba, twice a week when I am at work. She plays with Sheba and keeps her company. She has also looked after Sheba and slept over with her at my home for 2 weeks when I was overseas. I would very highly recommend her.

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.


Stay-overs with Coda (Labrador) and Pepa (Spaniel)

My name: Natalie

Name of pet sitter: Talyah S

My pets (breeds and names): Coda (Labrador) and Pepa (Spaniel)

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: Talyah was very pleasant, friendly, and my dogs absolutely love her.

Date of review: 9/24/2019 4:36

Stay-overs with Hera, Wicked and Angel (Cats) & Ozzy, Meshuga, Skylar and Charlie (Dogs)

Pet sitter: Talyah S

Pet parent: Sally and Ian Egerton

Service type: Stay-overs

Furkids: Hera, Wicked and Angel (Cats) & Ozzy, Meshuga, Skylar and Charlie (Dogs)

Review: Talyah was simply wonderful with all of our animals - in fact, they really missed her when she left!

And the office team were equally amazing with my last-minute changes.

We will definitely use this service again and will be requesting Talyah.

Date of review: 29 September 2019

Notes from StudentCo: Thanks so much for your review, Sally and Ian! We can’t wait to hear from your family again soon! 

Stay-overs with Meshuga, Ozzy, Charlie and Skylar (Dogs); Angel, Hera and Wicked (Cats)

My name: Sally Wade

Name of pet sitter: Talyah S

My pets (breeds and names): Meshuga, Ozzy, Charlie and Skylar (Dogs); Angel, Hera and Wicked (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: Taylah was amazing with all our crazy animals and they loved her so much; in fact, they were sad to see her leave! We will definitely be using StudentCo again and will definitely be requesting Taylah again.

Date of review: 9/29/2019 12:19

Stay-overs with Bogart (Dachshund), Ingrid Sparkles (Daschund), Batman (Cat) and Harley (Cat)

My name: Shelley Meskin

Name of pet sitter: Talyah S

My pets (breeds and names): Bogart (Dachshund), Ingrid Sparkles (Daschund), Batman (Cat) and Harley (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

Additional Comments:

Tayla went above and beyond what was requested.

I came back to happy relaxed pets and a beautifully neat and clean house.

I will definitely be using Tayla again whenever we go away.

Date of review: 1/20/2020 17:26

Stay-overs with Asterix (Rough Collie)

My name: Elke Zellmer

Name of pet sitter: Talyah S

My pets (breeds and names): Asterix (Rough Collie)

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:

Happy overall, just one little improvement suggestion: please ensure that cell phones are always fully operational, i.e. have sufficient charge, airtime and data for the duration of the assignment, so that communication problems can be avoided.

I had one anxious moment on Saturday morning (29 Feb) when Talyah hadn't responded for some time (we'd agreed to communicate via WhatsApp).

It turned out she'd forgotten to charge her phone.

Not a big deal, but I was just worried that something might have happened to her or to Asterix and sent my sister round to check that everything was ok (Talyah was aware that my sister was on "standby" in case of issues).

I appreciated that Talyah waited for me to arrive back, so that she could hand my spare keys back to me on the spot, instead of us having to arrange another meeting time for a key drop-off.

One other small suggestion re first meetings: if sitter is not coming alone (which I would understand), ask if bringing a number of people along to the first meeting would be okay.

I didn't mind Talyah bringing two friends along to the first meet and greet, but the client might think they aren't trusted; or they might be a bit uncomfortable about having more than one stranger viewing their living arrangements; or, of course, they might think it a good idea. Check beforehand anyway.

Date of review: 3/3/2020 11:11

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