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Alison


  • Melb. Inner suburbs

My name is Alison. I’m 46 years old and work full-time as a researcher at the University of Melbourne. I moved to Melbourne for the job a year ago and am still exploring the city – one of the reasons for house sitting! Outside of work, I mountain bike, commute by bike, play soccer, and spend time with friends.

I adore animals. As a child, I had 2 dogs, numerous mice, fish and budgies. I also spent years horse-riding and helping out at a riding school in return for cheap lessons (cleaning, feeding, saddling up etc). As an adult, I have had pet rats and I was a wildlife rescuer in my final year in Sydney. I cared for dozens of sick and injured lorikeets. When I left Sydney, I gave away all my cages and equipment for rescuing animals, but when I am more established in Melbourne, I plan to volunteer here, too. I have never house-say before, but I have cared for other peoples’ dogs, cats, chickens and rats (and can provide references).

Because I work full-time, pets who can be left alone during the day are best. However, I am happy to walk before and after work and I do generally work from home up to 2 days a week which may suit some animals. I love being outside and am fit.

Before I moved to Melbourne, I lived in my own house in Sydney for 14 years. Now, I travel frequently for work and to visit family and friends in NSW, so have decided to house sit during the periods I am in Melbourne. House-sitting is a great way to spend time with animals - I do not have any pets of my own, so love to spend time with other people’s! Finally, it’s a great way for me to explore areas of Melbourne and hopefully help me decide where to settle.

As the owner of a house in Sydney that I rent out, I understand the importance of caring for other people's houses and property.

Danielle & Steve


  • Melbourne

We are Danielle & Steve. We love animals, helping people, & exploring Melbourne. We’d love to keep your pets happy & home beautiful so you can enjoy your travels worry free, knowing your fur babies are safe & secure in their own home - free of kennels, catteries & cages.



We adore all four & two legged animals, especially dogs and cats. For most of our lives we have both grown up around dogs, cats, birds, rabbits & fish (including those that walk). We are happy, healthy & an energetic duo who love to take pets for regular walks, runs or some fun park & playtime when they want.



Both working full-time in Melbourne, Danielle’s role with a local winery allows plenty of flexibility with her working hours and is mostly done from home. Spending a few hours of the day on the road seeing clients in the CBD and close surrounding suburbs, Danielle can be there during the daytime to feed and love your pets and give them all the care and attention they'll need while they are missing you.



Steve has recently moved back from Gippsland & works in the environment & public sector, so loves any chance to connect with animals, nature & local communities. Especially the opportunity to wake up or wind down exercising & playing with pets.



Danielle has housesat many properties & pets over the years when returning from overseas, or deciding to save for the next adventure. Having recently introduced Steve to housesitting, we both find it is a great social & cultural experience helping people, meeting & caring for so many pets & falling in love with their quirky personalities. All while enjoying the amazing mix Melbourne has to offer.



Without a doubt, the hardest part of housesitting is leaving the special bonds and relationships that have been built with these beautiful creatures. However, the joy & appreciation of owners returning to loving reunions & sparkling houses helps ease the pain!



We understand that every household & pet is unique & we’re always happy to do everything the way you & your fur babies like. Rest assured that your home and belongings are in safe, secure hands.



The Facts:

- No children or pets

- Full-time workers with flexibility.

- Totally mobile and own our own cars

- Happy to walk/run and feed pets; experienced with many different animals

- Enjoy gardening and love our home-grown veggies

- Meticulously clean, caring & respectful

- No criminal records & can provide police checks as needed



References of some previous housesits attached and Identification can be provided upon request.

Carol & David


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Southern suburbs, Syd. SW suburbs, South Coast, Murray & Riverina, Snowy MTS, Southern Tablelands, VIC

We are a retired couple whose home is in the UK but spend nearly half the year ( Dec-April) in Australia. We love animals but can’t have any of our own at the moment due to travelling and would love to share and care for someone else’s. We are fit, active, clean and tidy and keen gardeners. I grew up with dogs and David with cats and foster a friends two dogs when they want a break. We have no experience with chooks but are keen to learn. We have spent most of our UK winters (Australian summers) in Australia since our retirement, mostly in South Australia where we have family. Although we have seen many parts of Australia on various holidays we are keen to stay in one place for longer to get to know the community, its people and it’s culture. We are very fit and active. We belong to golf clubs both in the UK and in Australia. We enjoy walking and T’ai Chi. We both sing with Sing Australia and I sing with two choirs in the UK. We both enjoy folk, jazz and classical music. I also enjoy pastel painting and, when I’m lucky, I sell a few. I go to the gym regularly and also read and knit a lot. David enjoys cycling and walking and is a keen philatelist and numismatist. We can provide references, testimonials and/or supply names and contact details of people who will give references. I have had numerous police checks in the UK (every three years) due to my nursing, health visiting and child protection work but not one that is currently up to date. David was an accountant/auditor. We really want to see and experience more of Australia and plan to be in Australia from the beginning of December until the middle of April.



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 


Ross


Inner Melbourne house sits wanted!

Hi, I'm Ross. Professional, 41 year old guy. Looking for inner Melbourne house sits (or surrounding suburbs).

I have also been an Airbnb host on and off since 2012 so I know the importance of respecting other people's properties and space. You can see my profile and 100% feedback and positive reviews here from the many guests I have hosted from all over the world - https://www.airbnb.com.au/users/show/1417926

I love animals and I have had my own pets all my life. I understand the attention most pets require and the responsibility involved.

I am a freelance journalist (for The Age) and I work primarily from home so I am home a lot and able to give pets plenty of love and attention.

I'm very tidy, clean, quiet, respectful, reliable and mature. Non-smoker, non drugs and I very seldom drink.

I can provide immaculate references, police check and official ID such as passport or driver's license.

Happy to answer any questions or provide further details.

Many thanks,
Ross

Chris & Issy


  • Melbourne

Hi there, Chris and Issy here!

We are new to house sitting but are looking forward to showering your pets with love (and treats). We are both clean and responsible and will respect your home like it's ours. We've just moved to Melbourne and we'd love to have our own pet, so having the opportunity to share your pet would fill the big fur shaped hole in our hearts. House sitting will allow us to explore new places in our new home city.

Between us, one Mum is horse mad and the other is a vet so we both grew up with plenty of animals. We've had dogs, cats, horses, fish, chickens and other birds, and one cheeky possum named Sumo. Issy and I have had experience caring for all these animals such as feeding, exercising, cleaning and ensuring they are happy and comfortable.

I've worked in IT as a business analyst for the last 3 and a half years and Issy has worked at the Federal Court for the last five. We are both homebodies that enjoy spending time hanging out, watching tv shows and tending to the few pets we do have (our house plants). We are massive foodies and love to cook up new recipes on the weekends.

We are currently on two house sits in Melbourne and loving the experience. Issy has house sat for family friends on multiple occasions that included looking after their home and their two big dogs. I've had experience looking after all the animals that my vet mum brings home. If you would like we can send through character references.

We'd love to hear from you and to look after your home and pets!

Tash & Phil


  • Adelaide

We are an engaged couple aged 30 (Tash) and 33 (Phil) who have just returned from 6 months of travelling, and are housesitting for a year or so while we save for our wedding in 2020! In our spare time we spend a lot of time in the outdoors and at the beach, and both enjoy keeping active. We have a big soft spot for pooches but really, we love all animals big and small and have experience caring for cats, dogs, birds and fish! Longer term sittings are preferred but if we have shorter gaps to fill we can accommodate this too. We look forward to hearing from you!

Beth & Peter


  • Mid North Coast, Tweed Coast, Rural/Regional NSW, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I am a Retired School Teacher - mother of 2.
I am now living in an Over 50s Village in Toowoomba Queensland.
My partner who is also retired, will be joining me for some of my house sitting positions.
I would like to spend some time in Melbourne to see my daughter occasionally and get to know my grandchildren.
We are also looking for House Sitting along the coast of NSW and Queensland.
I have house sat previously mainly in Canberra.
I have also had 2 Golden Retrievers for 28 years and a cat while the children were growing up.
My Partner has also had pets when his children were growing up and is very experienced in anything mechanical or requiring a little maintenance wherever we are.
I am sure we would be able to care for your home and your pets.
I am able to include 2 references and I have other Phone call references but my partner has only joined me on one house sit and we did not think to get a reference. We are house sitting over Xmas so will make sure we get up to date references.
Thanking you

Beth Milne and Peter King

I have two References I will try to enclose.

Kate & Justin


  • Melbourne

Hello,
Our names are Kate and Justin, we are both young professionals who live in Melbourne.
We absolutely love dogs and cats but are unable to have any in our small shared apartment in Carlton. We enjoy pet sitting because it is a great way to explore, meet people and pets!
We've had a lot of experience pet and house sitting all over the world, having started while living in London.
You can review our profile and over 10 reviews on our Trusted Housesitters page:
https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitters/australia/victoria/melbourne/l/269602/

Brooke


  • Melbourne

I am a single, 30 year old non-smoking professional who works as a Teaching Associate at Monash University. I am currently living in Mentone though as my lease expires early July, I am looking for an alternative option to renting as I am also undertaking my PhD candidature at Monash so my funds are rather limited. I love the company of pets - I rescued my last two animals. However, this is not a prerequisite. I am extremely neat, clean and house proud. My work, studies and my regular exercise routine (Pilates and hiking) keeps me busy so I really enjoy my space and quiet time. Looking forward to having a chat. Thanks :)

Kristin & John


  • Melbourne

We are an energetic couple who have grown up with many different types of pets and absolutely LOVE all animals! Currently, we own 1 small dog with a BIG personality- a peekapoo named Knox (will not be present during house sits). Knox brings us a lot of joy and we hope to adopt more animals in the future but until then, we would love to care for your pets!

In terms of personality, we are extremely clean and organized as well as very reliable. We maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and are both non-smokers. Traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures is a huge passion of ours and is really what spiked our interest in house sitting. Our other hobbies include outdoor activities, photography, trying new cuisines, and of course, enjoying a nice glass of wine on our deck when the weather is nice.

We have lots of experience with both house and pet sitting for a variety of people in multiple countries. We would love to be your next sitter!

References & police check available upon request.

Annie Frances & Michael William


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. SW suburbs, Syd. Upper N Shore, Lower Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter Valley

Hello, I love all animals and nature. I am healthy (non smoker), sporty, energetic and a professional mature lady. I enjoy keeping a neat and tidy house and I would love to take care of your beloved pets.

I am an Australian and my partner Michael is English. Saying that, Michael has committed to an on going assignment in Mosman until the end of 2019. There may be occasions, where he can assist me when required.

Our first assignment through Trusted House-sitters, was an 18-month pet sit in Manly in 2016, taking care of two beautiful cats. This was a very successful long-term position. During this sit we also took care of our neighbours blind dog, Zephyr.

In August 2018, we completed a month pet sit in Rome, looking after dachshund's, Pepe & Nina and a cat, Rudolf. We had a wonderful time reconnecting to the city where we lived for 20 years.

We have taken good care of lots of animals over the years, including Holland, America, France, UK & Australia. We are also cat owners ourselves, and in the past have gone out of our way to find suitable pet sitters to take good care of them whilst apartment swapping abroad.

Our YouTube Video (cut and paste into your browser) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reWSq0_zBk4

WHY WE WANT TO HOUSE SIT:
We love travel and animals, so the combination of taking care of your pets, home and seeing various parts of this exciting world, is ideal for us. We don't have children, so have the freedom to travel when we want.

OUR EXPERIENCE:
We have been animal lovers all our lives. Annie lived on a sugar and dairy farm in NSW when she was a child, and grew up with animals, and feels natural with all species. I also grew up with animals, though your normal domestic pets! Where ever we travel, we always go out of our way to help less fortunate animals, taking care of dozens of cats in colonies in Rome, or feeding homeless dogs when vacationing in Greece. From taking care of pets, we have had some wonderful times, travelling to Australia, France, UK, Holland and America. A lot of these people who have let us take care their animals have become very good friends.

If you wish to know more about my work history, please feel free to view my LinkedIn account. My full name is Annie Frances Gray.

I look forward to hearing from you. with kindest regards Annie

Jan & Jeff


  • Northern Rivers, Tweed Coast, Adel Southern suburbs, Adel. Inner suburbs

We are both retired teachers , and sold our family home in October last year to spend the next 18 months exploring new opportunities while waiting for our new apartment to be built : estimated completion date Feb 2020. We intended to split our time between caravanning, visiting our daughter in Byron Bay, and staying in parks here in Adelaide where our other daughter , husband and grandchildren live. However, we have been offered a number of house-sits through word of mouth , once people heard that we were " home-free", and so we are currently staying in Hyde Pk on our 3rd house- sit.!
We have really enjoyed the experience, so much so that we have now decided to register with several agencies to widen our choices.
The best part for us has been becoming temporary pet-owners once again, after having pets most of our married lives- (cats, rabbit, Guinea pigs, and dogs). So far we have looked after a huge but gentle dog for 4 weeks over Christmas, a very cute Staffie for 3 weeks in Jan/Feb, and now we have a delightful Jack Russell along with a very sweet geriatric ( 19 yrs!) cat .We also have 5 chickens to care for over 5 weeks in July/August and are very excited about that.....
We lead quite a laid back life-style these days, lots of catching up with family and friends, dining out, movies, bike-riding ( Jeff), reading, plenty of drinking coffee in cafes, and of course trips to Byron Bay. We are therefore in a position to spend a lot of time with any pets we will be house- sitting - at present our little Jack Russell is grieving the loss of her 19 yr old dog companion two weeks ago, so she needs us to provide lots of cuddles and company at present, which is how it should be.
We would be very respectful and meticulous in caring for your property, just as we have always done with our own homes - we have been serial renovators, and really appreciate how a home is valued.
We are definitely non- smokers, and very light social drinkers, but love good food and great coffee!
We can supply a list of potential referees, or those who have had us to house-sit so far, and as former teachers, we both have National Police clearance certification for working with children - which may only be relevant if you consider your pets as extra children in the family, !! :)

Thanks, Jan and Jeff

Suzie


  • Perth S.E suburbs, Perth S.W suburbs

I have family in the Gosnells - Armadale area and want to spend time close by. I Love cats and dogs and have been an owner of many family pets. I will happily walk a dog, but cannot take on one that is young, strong or boisterous. I am a clean, tidy, non smoking vegetarian 66 year old. I have owned my own home for over forty years, so will be responsible for yours. I house sat in Armadale for two months in 2018 and can provide a reference. My police check is current for my up to date teacher's registration.

Brett & Denise


  • South Eastern, Melb. Inner suburbs

We are a retired professional couple in our 60's living in our own house in Brisbane's western suburbs. (see the photo).
We are keen to house-sit in Melbourne as our son, a doctor at Western Hospital, has our two grandchildren. They live in Kensington in Melbourne.
As owners of a large house, we are familiar with what it takes to care for and maintain a house, so we will look after and respect your home for house sitting in the same way. We also both enjoy gardening and growing our own vegetables. We have had border collie dogs in the past as family pets while our children were growing up so are very aware of exercising dogs. We are non smokers and like to fill our days travelling, cooking, reading, sailing or pursuing cultural activities. We have references and police check and would be very happy to talk on Face time or Skype to be interviewed and to get to know you.
In September/October 2018 we completed a 3 week sit for 3 rescue dogs in East Hawthorn, and another 2 week sit for an elderly cat in Ascot Vale. In December 2018 we completed a house sit in East St Kilda for a rescue American Staffy for 2 weeks. References can be forwarded.

Niesha & Romeo


  • Melbourne

Hi :) I am a single, well-travelled late-30s female, who loves animals, is trustworthy, extremely clean and tidy, and very respectful of other's space and belongings :)

I am an experienced house/pet-sitter, having done so steadily for the past 4 years, initially solely through word-of-mouth! I decided to join a reputable site to expand on my fantastic existing home/pet owners' network :)

I was inspired to start by my mother, who successfully house/pet-sat for over 8 years on the Sunshine Coast! I grew up surrounded by animals, and love to be around them.

I have experience administering medication to animals as instructed, as a few of my past pet-sits have involved older animals that require daily medication.

I can provide general maintenance of plants/gardens, and I have also looked after homes without animals.

Currently, I am an admin and project management contractor, who works from a laptop/home the majority of the time, with the occasional weekend graveyard shift on the side. Due to my flexible schedule, I tend to be at home during the day more often than a 9-5 worker.

I like a chilled, relaxed home environment so you can be assured there will be no parties or shenanigans in your home while I am there :) I am an outside only smoker, and never near open windows or doors.

I don't drive, so homes in Melbourne & central/inner city areas, up to 15 minutes walk from public transport such as trams and/or trains, would suit best.

I am a very low footprint tenant in terms of other's space, and would care for your animals as you do :)

Recently I have had a couple of days contract work outside of Melbourne every now and again, and have shared my last 2 sits with my brother Romeo, in his mid-30s. He is very tidy, responsible, a non-smoker, and fantastic with animals :) There is a recent reference for both of us uploaded. If a sit is 2 weeks+, I would bring him with me to meet you.

References are available. For extra peace of mind, I can also provide a current Police Check. I look forward to meeting you!

Claire


  • Sydney

Dear House Owner,

My name is Claire and I have recently moved back to Sydney three months ago from New Zealand. I am single and in my late thirties. I work as an Executive Assistant to Senior Directors and my office is located on the North Shore.
I have four years experience doing house sitting jobs in NZ. Mainly for family and friends while they travelled overseas. I love housesitting as it gives me an opportunity to live in different suburbs and get to experience a different part of a city I would not normally go too. I love looking after pets, (dogs and cats). Taking the mail in, watering the plants, keeping the house clean and tidy. I treat each place I have housesit as if it were my own home.
My lifestyle is mainly working, keeping fit, reading, cooking, catching up with friends, going to shows and movies, and keeping in contact with family and friends back in New Zealand.

I am also a non-smoker.

I interested in house sitting jobs on the North Shore, City, Eastern Suburbs, and Inner West.

I am available to start immediately.

References available on request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards
Claire

Katharina (Tina)


  • Melbourne, North Eastern, North Western

Hi I'm Tina,

I grew up in the foothills of the yarra valley surrounded by the array of wierd and wonderful pets my family had including peacocks, mini pigs, ducks, chickens, rabbits, ferrets and always dogs. I have lived out of home for the last ten years both overseas and interstate renting and have recently moved back home to save for future goals such as buying a house and a salon, I work for myself in Northcote and Melbourne as a hairdresser 4 days a week. I would love to house sit your pets for you so that I can be closer to work and always have furry friends to look after. I have house sitting and dog/cat sitting experience and would be happy to pass these reference contacts on to you upon request. I love to take the dogs out for walks and plays at the dog park and whatever exercise they require I will be happy to meet, my work hours vary from 7 to 10 hrs per day typically I will be home morning and late afternoon/evening - as a contractor I can be flexible if your pet requires a midday visit on working days I would be happy to discuss and arrange. It is important that I meet you and your pets prior to sitting - please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you

Warm regards

Katharina (Tina)

Ashleigh


  • Melbourne

Hi! We are a family of four... myself, husband Anthony, and two girls, ages 8 and 5. We own our home on the north coast of Tasmania in a beautiful beachside community. We like to travel a bit here and there during our girls' school holidays. We have experience caring for animals because we have a fit labrador named Roy and a chicken named Yolky that our eldest hand raised and so she's very tame and thinks she belongs in the house with Roy (they get along great!) But don’t worry, they do not travel with us, we have family who house sits for us. I have heaps of house plants, a large fruit and veggie garden, worm farm, ornamental gardens, and greenhouse. I'm always propagating something. We also have frog and fish ponds. I'm originally from Florida, U.S.A., Anthony is from Tasmania, and we met while backpacking in France! We are all great with animals, gardens, non smokers, and of course, respectful, tidy house guests. We can supply references, police checks, etc. I'm a stay at home mum, and Anthony is a tradesman, who travels for work. I'm pasting a link to our airbnb profile which would give a good indication of the type of guests we are, considering you pay cleaning fees on Airbnb yet every review makes a note of how clean and tidy we are!
https://www.airbnb.com.au/users/reviews/3347317

John


  • NSW

I am currently living in a Retirement Village. I am free to come and go as I please. I wish to become a house sitter as I want to experience living in various locations. I plan to sell my rented home in Sydney and buy a unit in Sydney or country NSW on the coast in which to live. I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. As my children had pets I have had experience caring for cats & dogs. I am a tidy individual who likes to live in a clean well kept environment. I am a man of sober habits & I exercise regularly and meditate to keep physically and mentally fit.

John Harkins bio:

John graduated from the University of NSW as an Engineer and operated his own management consulting company for many years (www.unitconsulting.com.au). John is a retired Reserve Naval Officer.A Character Reference & a Police Check are enclosed.

JOHN HARKINS’ CHARACTER REFERENCE PROVIDED BY EMAIL

Fri 2/06/2017 1:52 PM

RE: John Harkins Character Reference

I have known John Harkins for approximately 20 years.

In my role as a business managers and owner, I have worked with many contractors and consultants, and in my opinion John is one of the most honest, hardworking, tenacious and principled people I know.

As far as is reasonably, or even unreasonably possible, John will do exactly as he promised he would do, on time or early, and will tell the absolute truth about what has happened and why. In other words, if John tells you about the past, then it happened, and if he tells you about the future, then it will happen! Naturally, John can be proven wrong by circumstance and outside forces, but when it comes to things turning out the way he promised, he will make extraordinary efforts to ensure that you can rely on his word.

Further, John is extremely loyal to his personal and professional relationships and partnerships. If you entrust something to John, he will take care of it, and you, with all his strength and ability – and as a highly tenacious individual, that is saying something.

I stayed in John’s house as a “boarder” for a few days a week, for about a year, while travelling into Sydney on business a few years ago. John is a very house-proud and particular man, everything has a place and everything is in its place. He allowed me plenty of freedom to “make myself at home”, and looked after the property I left in the room from week to week, and his Golden Rule is simple: leave it as it was when you found it, or better.

In reciprocity, for a few days a week for a year or more, I allowed John to use my Sydney-based vehicle while I travelled overseas; he follows his own advice, always surprising me with excellent care and attention to my car; perhaps he leaves it full of gas, perhaps he takes it in for a service, perhaps he cleans it; common courtesy perhaps, but that’s exactly what you hope for, when you leave a valuable asset in someone else’s care.

In summary, I have no hesitation in recommending John for the role he has indicated he’s interested in (house-sitting), and I’m confident he will protect and defend the owner’s property, and consequently live up to your trust in him.

Kind regards
James Powell
WiseTech GLOBAL
e: james.powell@wisetechglobal.com | s: cargowise.james.powell | t:+61 (2) 8001 2200

Paul


  • Sydney, Central Coast

Hey There
Paul Busch here reliable and mature and active and working in Sydney @ eBay. 61 years young!

Looking for house sitting gigs over this calendar year or so.

I am a cat and a dog person...at my home in Lilyfield we have 3 cats and one Frug....

I’d love to look after your home and your animals like they were my own... I am clean....tidy and don’t smoke...

Let’s chat !! references always available

Cheers
Paul 0402896034

SIOUX & Garry


  • SA

My partener and I are travelling around Aust. At the moment are at Gold Coast then going inland looking for work. I have been housesitting for 4 years around Coffs Harbour area, have a caravan now and this is our life. We love seeing new places and meeting new people and taking photos along the way. We also love animals and are very happy to take care of them in their own environment , happy to stay in our van and just use your home for power and shower and toilet. We are very reliable and trustworthy and enjoy what we do. As my partener is a professional photographer we are travelling aroud Australia taking photos. He also used to breed dogs, which he really loved. We are non smokers ,clean and tidy and of sober habits. Both come from a country background and really looking forward to our next sitting. At the moment we are travelling through S.A.looking for casual work, on our second housesit at the moment.untill 23rd. MAY. Love it here, S.A. is so interesting and beautiful. Regards, Sioux and Garry. Hi everyone, just a small followup to let you know we are unavailable for housesitting until end of October as we have found employment for 3 months. Cheers, Sioux and Garry.

Ngaire & Adam


  • ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, WA

We are a close knit, fun loving little family of 3. Myself, Ngaire, I'm an Osteopath and own my business so need only be in the clinic 1 day a week, or sometimes not at all, and the rest of the time I can work from home. My husband, Adam, who works for a pharmaceutical company, and our 5 year old daughter Maeve, who just loves life, people, nature and animals.

In March 2018 we took off on an adventure around Australia for 6months, however we decided to rent our Essendon home out before then, and house sit full time for 7 months. Initially we thought we would return to our Essendon home following our trip, but we fell in love with house sitting! Meeting some wonderful people and forming great bonds with pets was a bonus we hadn't anticipated, and so we have chosen to continue house sitting indefinitely. We are non smokers, who take pride in our home and possessions, and care for anyone else's home like we would our own. We understand how it feels to trust someone else with your home and pets, and we take the responsibility seriously.

We are happy to care for your home, keep it neat and clean, do extra little jobs and you can trust that your house will be in the same great condition you left it upon your return. We love to explore as a family, and enjoy walking dogs or taking them out and about. We would be pleased to care for any animal in whatever they need.

Maeve is a gentle and kind 5year old who understands appropriate behaviour with pets of all types, and is very used to the house sitting lifestyle and the behaviour that is required. Obviously, we need to care only for animals who are comfortable with children, so that we make sure she is safe. She also understands caring for other people's property and is no problem in a home that hasn't been "child proofed". You won't even notice she has been there!

Previous house sitting roles have involved us caring for 3 dogs at a time, 4 cats and multiple fish in one house in the heat of summer. We are up to the challenge! We are also fine, with just a small dog who loves a cuddle, we are pretty flexible! Our experience also extends to chooks, rabbits and turtles.

We have looked after a number of homes with both pools and spas and are happy to maintain these for you with appropriate instruction for your specific requirements. Maeve is a very strong swimmer for her age, being used to both pools and and the ocean. Although we of course supervise her at all times, we have no concerns about her in a property with a pool.

As a family we love spending time exploring new places, having coffee with friends and just being together. We get out and about but also enjoy time at home so your pets would have company too. We love spending time at the beach, or catching the train to the city for an explore, and of course if there is a great park around, we love a play! We are a footy loving family, though we don't agree on our teams ;-).

We would love to hear from anyone looking for down to earth, relaxed but hard working people to care for your house or pets. We are open minded for any types of property.

We have police checks and references available (you will find many attached to our profile). Please feel free to contact us with any questions at all that you may have. We are so excited for the next chapter and the variety that house sitting brings and look forward to hearing from you!

Ian & Jocelyn


  • Melbourne

Hi
We are a retired couple living in our own home on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

About Us
We have been listed with trustedhousesitters.com for a number of years and also minded pets for people listed with happyhousesitters.com.

Our past history includes 6 years managing a 30 unit residential townhouse complex called The Outlook, Manly, on Brisbane’s bayside. Our responsibilities included the screening of potential tenants the, rentals and maintenance of those properties as well as the upkeep, maintenance and security of the complex and welfare of its community.

We are experience home and pet carers.
We have happily cared for family dogs- from labradoodle, Groodle, Westie, Jack Russell, Standard Poodle, Boxer, Springer Spaniel, Maltese and a variety of terriers and nondescripts, a variety of pussycats of various ages with a variety of temperaments, as well as fish, chickens and birds – some infirm, some on medication, some needing regular exercise and all needing love and affection in their owner’s absence. We have managed lawns, gardens micro herbs gardens and swimming pools, collected mail, collected eggs and put out bins.

We enjoy road travel and in recent years have looked after pets and properties at Mornington (4 occasions) and Brighton, Arundel on the Gold Coast, Toogum on Queensland’s central coast, and Lisarow on NSW’s north coast., This time last year we were minding Sox and Rory; a Jacky Russell and Westie in Portrush, Ireland followed by 2 weeks with Rogers, a lovable senior citizen pussycat at Cottingham, Cambridge UK for a most enjoyable 2 weeks.

We like pet minding because….
Like many travellers, we know what it feels like to see the sad face of a pet being farewelled at the pet motel. It’s something you don’t forget! And we know how it feels to go away and leave home unattended. But on the happy side, we also know the pleasure of looking after homes for people and being there for pets in need of good company and friendly support.
Now, with time on our hands, we would like to make things less stressful for you and your family pets by providing genuine care and attention in your absence; to offer you the peace of mind that your home is responsibly occupied, gardens well-tended and pets well cared for while you are away.
Our goal is to pleasantly exceed your expectations! Your satisfaction will be our reward.


Ian is originally from Melbourne.
He grew up in Burwood and East Burwood and in his younger days enjoyed the Bayside beaches. His sister lives at Farm Road, Cheltenham.
We assure you; We will care for your home and your family pets will receive a great deal of time, attention and affection while you are away.

Our references may also be seen at trustedhousesitters.com.

Stephen


  • Cairns, FNQ

I have lived and worked in Cairns for the past 20 years and commenced house sitting this year, in 2019. Previously a home owner for many years. I have always had pets (mainly dogs, birds and marine tanks). Having lived in a unit for the past two years I decided to try house sitting for a change of life style, save money with the plan to travel. My fellow workers and friends describe me as dependable, trustworthy, and conscientious.

I am a non-smoker, mature, a very clean person and handy around the home. I am confident looking after swimming pools, gardening, mowing as well as general household maintenance as required. My work is flexible allowing me to work from home if needed.

Available for long (preferred) or shorter stays.

Having been a pet owner most of my life, my pets were my family. Being a home owner, I know how I would expect my house to be looked after.

I understand the commitment and time that is required to maintain your pet’s wellbeing and would respect your property as if it was my own.

I am very happy to meet house owners prior to making any commitment.

Steve - Your happy House Sitter

jeanette


  • Sydney, Central Coast, South Coast, Adel. Inner suburbs, Adel. N. suburbs, Kangaroo Island

Great house sitter, very kind and attentive to animals. Happy to walk dogs and give all pets time and can also be there at nights and a lot of the day. I love gardens so will make sure they are watered and also pots. Clean, tidy and reliable and a non smoker.My interests are Design, Gardens , Meditation and Bush walking and enjoy a walk along the beach. I am quiet and love to read and just relax.I am a very professional house sitter and you will return to a lovely clean house. Excellent references.

maureen


  • Sydney

I am a single female and a non smoker.
I have 6 years experience housesitting and minding a variety of pets ; chickens rabbits cats and dogs.
I am an impeccable housekeeper.
I volunteer overseas, mainly in Africa for at least 3 months a year.

Linda & Charlie


  • Sydney, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast

A family of mum, dad and 12 year-old and 11 year-old girls are seeking an affordable way to holiday and show kindness to pets. We are available school holiday times. We rent our property and our landlord has provided references. Police checks are available.

This is our first foray into house sitting, a teacher and accountant with solid and reliable backgrounds will take care of your treasures. You won't have to hope we will look after your pets and property. We will assure it.

We are a clean, tidy and helpful family who will look after your property as though it were our own.

Diana


  • ACT

Hi there:-) I am a fit and fabulous 50 something woman who has experience with animals of all shapes and sizes. I grew up with pets and until recent years always had either a dog or cat or both. I bred Siamese cats in my 20's and have owned gun dogs over the years. I have owned chooks, ducks, rabbits and ferrets. I have house sat for people with aquarium fish and turtles.

I work p/time as a nanny/housekeeper so understand the responsibility involved in taking care of other peoples most precious possessions. I have excellent references from both previous house sits and my employers ( who I have house sat for also)

I am a Canberra local of 6 years about 4 of which have been spent taking care of other people’s homes and pets.

Thank you

Diana Ptolemy

Stephanie


  • Melbourne


Karen & Michele


  • ACT, NSW, QLD

Hello Myself and my partner currently live in Brisbane Queensland. We both moved here 4 years ago to study and work. Parents of 3 beautiful grown up girls.We have in the past been parents and carers of cats/dogs, chickens, goats, sheep, snakes, lizards, birds and rabbits to name a few. Now the girls have grown and moved out of the family home we find ourselves with time to explore. So combining our love of travel and respect/ love of animals here we are.
We take great pride in our family home and your home will be looked after and as tidy as you left it. We like to be busy so are happy to do some gardening, mow a lawn and small jobs around the home with your permission.
Great references.
Short notice usually ok depending on travel costs.
Happy to sms pics of your fur babies for reassurance if requested.
Karen and Michele