Viv for Today Blog - Pet sitting


Delivering exceptional peace of mind in exchange for accommodation

I care for what matters most to you

Hi there. I’m Viv, a 58-year-old pet lover, experienced property owner, and aspiring minimalist who enjoys living a clean and healthy lifestyle. When I’m not working from home as a freelance writer, I’m spending quality time with good people, walking leafy trails, wandering new neighbourhoods, trying out new restaurants, practicing yoga, reading, stopping to smell the roses, greeting every pet I encounter, and scanning house sitting sites for my next great adventure.

My housesitting sidekick is Biscuit, a 12-year-old, non-shedding, and exceptionally calm Shi-Poo. So far, we have looked after homes with dogs, homes with cats, and homes with dogs, cats and chickens, and every sit has landed us a five-star review. 

More about me

  • I am a verified sitter on Rover, Trusted Housesitters and Housesitters Canada
  • I’ve raised two fabulous canine citizens of my own (and a thriving human)
  • I understand the importance of positive training (I spent several months volunteering
    at a dog training school)
  • I first boarded pets in my home in 2002 (this is not a passing phase)
  • I work for a nonprofit that raises funds to cover veterinary fees for sick and injured pets (I truly care about the wellbeing of all pets)
  • I work from home, and I work a lot (so your pet(s) will never be lonely)
  • I’m decent at gardening (your lawn, flowers, and vegetable garden will be safe with me)
  • I can keep house plants alive (this is a skill I acquired in my mid-50s and I’m very proud of it)
  • I’ve looked after clients’ suburban homes, farmhouses and apartments to their satisfaction (I understand the ins and outs of maintaining a home, I value cleanliness, and I follow instructions well)
  • I’ve owned three houses and two condos (your home is a valuable asset – I really understand this, and I will treat yours with the utmost respect and care)

A few testimonials

Vivienne took fantastic care of my cat and my home. She sent me very cute pics of Pixelle throughout the sit. Communication was excellent from the start. I came home to a very clean and tidy apartment. I highly recommend Vivienne, she is a gem.

Sophie the cat

Friendly, helpful person. Very accommodating and flexible. Treated our dog like her own (our dog adores her now). Stayed for a few weeks in our home. House, plants and pet all perfectly managed in our absence. Highly recommend her.
Matlese Pet sitting Toronto Beach neighbourhood

Vivienne was the ideal house and pet sitter in every way! From the first contact and introductory video call, we clicked with her kind, warm, funny and easygoing personality. We enjoyed our vacation so much more knowing our home and three cats were in good hands. She was very respectful of our home, checking with us when she was not sure about anything, and she left our home spotless. We would highly recommend Vivienne and would welcome her to house sit for us again in a heartbeat!

Martha Pet Sitting PEC

My husband and I needed someone to look after our golden retriever and our house while we were away for a week and Vivienne came highly recommended by a mutual friend of ours. As soon as I met Vivienne I knew that we were leaving our dog, Walter, in great hands. We came home to a clean, tidy house and a happy dog. I will definitely have her come to us again and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.
Ottawa Pet sitting

Vivienne is an unabashed animal lover to her core. She also has the highest degree of integrity of almost anyone I know. I have known her for more than a couple of decades and would trust her with my life and have of course trusted her with my dog and my home on many occasions with only complete peace of mind. Be assured of beyond your best expectations care and management of your home and pets for perfect peace of while you need to be away from them.
Serena - Mixed Breed Vancouver Island Pet Sitting

I’ve asked Viv to house and pet sit numerous times. Always happy with the quality and attention given to my house and my dog. I will continue to use her services in the future and often recommend her to my friends.

Doug - Maltese cross puppy pet sit - Toronto

We have known Vivienne now for almost 3 years and she has house and cat sat for us numerous times. She has been an amazing house and pet sitter/caregiver, very responsible, respectful, loving and very thoughtful and caring towards our home and pets. We cannot recommend her more highly!

Andre - Cat and house sitting Sitt in Campbellford Ontario

I have nothing but good things to say about Vivienne. She loved on the pets as if they were her own. She was very communicative and sent pictures often. She was easygoing and rolled with the punches of our overly automated house :) She left our home I think in better condition than we left it! I wouldn’t hesitate to book with Vivienne again. Thank you so much!!!

Nancy - Rotty Pet sitting

This was the second time Viv house/pet-sat for us and our cats were happy to see her again. Just like the first time, Viv was absolutely lovely in every way and lines of communication were clear. It was great to return to a sparklingly clean house and happy cats who had been well cared for while we were away. We highly recommend Viv!!


I have known Viv for 20 years. I always feel confident leaving my home and cats in her capable care. She adores my cats as if they were her own and they are always content when I return. She is tidy, and I trust her to deal with any issues that may arise with my home or animals while I’m not there.

Vivienne has looked after our small dog on more than one occasion while we were away, and has always taken very good care of him. She has a small dog herself, which she cherishes, and it’s been obvious that our dog has been loved while he’s been with her. I know Vivienne primarily through another friend who is also a dog owner, who I know trusts her as completely as I do.

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