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Catherine


  • Melbourne, Geelong, Otway Ranges/ Great Ocean Rd

Hello everyone!

I've recently moved home to Victoria after several years living abroad in the UK and Europe. I'm a school teacher and writer, currently developing my own small business, which enables me to be quite flexible on location.

Having lived in a variety of shared houses and independent rentals over the last decade, I'm very conscious and considerate of maintaining a clean environment. I've absolutely loved my housesitting experiences over the last several months: looking after two adorable dogs (and horses!) on a large rural property in the Otways, another two lovely dogs, birds and fish on the Mornington Peninsula, one very sweet dog in Melbourne's South East and now two friendly and amusing cats in the Eastern suburbs. Always happy to help out with a spot of gardening or lawn-mowing too, especially during the spring and summer months.

By nature I'm caring and affectionate towards all animals, but especially dogs, having always grown up with our beloved family dogs as furry best friends. Not having a pet has been one of the big sacrifices of living aboard and instead I'm a very proud auntie to my sister's adopted Pomeranian! I can assure that your pets will be pampered with attention, exercise and cuddles when in my care, and I would be available to be present at home during most of the day if desired.

Happy to provide references on request. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line! I'm eager to explore new areas whilst looking after both home and precious pets, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Maddie


  • Sydney

Hi, I'm a 24 year old student, I work as a cleaner and babysitter and looking into getting into housesitting!
I have a one year old Samoyed puppy who ideally I could bring with me to housesit, she is very friendly and great with other animals.
I love animals and non smoker!
Thank you :)
Maddie

Zoe


  • Melbourne
  • Reduced Contact

Hello!

I am a single, non-smoking professional currently working in South Melbourne , so would prefer not to be too far from public transport to get to/from work (or if Bayside i could drive). Having owned a house myself in the past I am conscious of the care and security needed in keeping a house maintained, and am a house proud person in general.

I love all animals and grew up with my house being nicknamed "the zoo" as we had dogs, chickens, ducks, Guinea pigs, rabbits, budgies, rats, fish and a galah! (As well as horses but they were not in our back garden). So am more than willing to sit with pets that need looking after. Though I had family dogs (schnauzers and boxers) growing up, when I moved out of home at 19 I had my first fur-baby, a red heeler who (despite being diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age) I was lucky to have as part of my life for 13 years. I was devastated when she passed 6 years ago and really miss having that companionship and happiness that dogs bring to your life. I am not in a position to have another dog as yet (but do plan to soon) so love to look after house where I can get some doggy cuddles (or any other animal too!). As you would imagine a red heeler required regular walks and with her condition, regular medication and treatment. So I am well versed in the importance of both.

I have been housesitting for the past 8 months at various homes and am really enjoying trying out different neighbourhoods (which was one of my core reasons for doing this) and of course having the animal companionship. I am available for any length of house-sitting (longer the better) and can provide personal or professional references as required. I also have a police check which I can forward as required.

I am a responsible and reliable - and love a quiet environment. I'm a bit of a home body so would be around a lot to look after your property (and any pets) when I am not at work (which is normal Monday - Friday hours, no weekends)

I used to volunteer at Save-a-dog shelter so am used to rescue animals and their special requirement. I also grew up with Boxers and schnauzers, as well as having my own red heeler, so love and used to dogs of all sizes. In recent house sits i have looked after labs, boxers, kelpies, staffies and mixed breeds. I have also been looking after cats and chickens.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Claire & Jeremy


  • Hobart, Rural/Regional Tas, Melbourne

Dear Homeowners,

We are Jerry and Claire, a couple of early retirees (61 and 58), who decided to sell up and leave home (before our grown up children decide to move back). We spend our time travelling, sightseeing and generally having a good time while we still have some energy and reasonably working body parts. I, (Claire) ran my own arts outlet for 19 years, and Jeremy was a Service manager and Mechanical Engineer for a shipbuilding firm in Hobart. Jerry is especially handy and can fix most things that go wrong in the house. He is good with pools, all things mechanical and he does love gardening and watering, I prefer watching him at work from the sun lounge...

We had our dog Polly for 17 years, and have also been cat owners, and can now add to our list of pet care, bearded dragons, blue tongued lizards and parrots, and a pony. We have had chooks for many years and now have extensive experience with all breeds of cats and dogs big and small, of every temperament. You can rest assured that we would care for your pets as well as you would yourself, and we try to keep to their normal routine with walks, feeding etc. We enjoy a quiet lifestyle, we are at home a lot of the time, and don't go out at night very often. My hobbies include painting, reading and writing. Jerry read a lot and is keen on any form of sports being a typical Australian.

We have been homeowners for 27 years, living just outside Hobart by the sea , we enjoy country life, city life, anywhere new is fun and exciting and we are comfortable in all environments.
Since we decided to change our life and travel more, we spend some of the year in Asia (and have settled on Hoi An in Vietnam, and half the year in Australia, where we return regularly. Both our children are now living in Melbourne, our favourite city, and housesitting allows us to visit wherever and whenever we like. We feel very at home wherever we aer and find it easy to fit in to any routine or lifestyle.

We would most definately maintain your home and garden as well as you would yourself, (maybe even better), and we always keep in contact with owners regarding their pets when they are away to allay any worries, you can have as much or as little contact as you wish. We know that your pets are part of your family and we give them a lot of affection, plenty of walks and the best care possible, so that you can holiday in the knowledge that everything is perfectly well cared for.

*We have over 28 excellent 5* references and police checks and have been housesitting for over four years

Danielle


  • Sydney

Hi my name is Danielle and I am a single, mature ex country girl with loads of experience with a host of animals from ponies & piggies to parrots, peacocks, alpacas, chickens and many more. Nothing is too much trouble especially elderly dogs and cats who are my specialty as they definitely do need that extra attention. I know how precious these senior citizens are as my beloved "moose dog" lived just past his 17th birthday and I always hated leaving him during his last few years but I was lucky enough to have a gem of a carer whom I trusted to look after him when I had to leave him for the odd week every now and then.
I can administer medications, tend to grooming and dietary requirements...whatever is needed to ensure your babies are perfectly looked after whilst you are away.

I am exceptionally fit (non smoker) & will see to it they get all the exercise they may currently get and in addition there will be bucket loads of cuddles and then some, as we all know too many cuddles are never enough!

I have 2 green thumbs and have a good knowledge of plants so if you are a plant lover like me you can relax knowing that they will be as robust on your return as when you left.

I am a meticulous house keeper & would look after your home as if it were my own. All of my previous house sitters will attest to this and I can supply excellent references from all of my house sitting clients as well as having a current police clearance.

It is always good to get a feel for someone to see if they are a good fit with you & your pets and I am happy to have a one on one with you so you can see if I am what you are looking for in a house sitter......Danielle

Melissa & Anita


  • Melb. Inner suburbs, Melb. SE suburbs

Hi there!! We are Mel and Anita who have been together for 4 years. We live a healthy lifestyle, are non smokers, vegetarian, keep a clean and tidy house and rarely drink. Both professionals who work full-time in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. We had been living in Elwood for the past 5 years or so and St Kilda prior to that so weren't in the position to have our own animals. After booking in a few consecutive sits, we packed up our belongings and are now embracing housesitting full-time!! It has been so much fun, we wish we started earlier... We have looked after some funny characters along the way :)

Over the previous 7 months, we have completed a number of pet sits with various durations ranging from 9 days to 2 months. We have had the pleasure of looking after just one cat, some tropical fish and one household which had two dogs and two cats. We treat each place we stay at like it's our own and take on all of the responsibilities of housesitting, including mowing the laws, gardening, weekly cleaning, washing dogs etc. We have excellent references after completing a few housesits from this website and as we have done a couple of word-of-mouth jobs, we are more than happy to provide further information from other home owners if requested.

We are looking at buying a residence in Melbourne and enjoy doing housesits south side to fully explore other suburbs before committing to a purchase. We have a car, but would prefer to be near public transport as Anita works on Chapel Street and Mel in St Kilda.

We both have properties in other states, so understand the concerns associated with leaving your home/pets in someone's else's care, but rest assured that it/they will be looked after to a high standard! Mel is an ex PE teacher and her 4 years experience as a live in property manager in London, gave her skills and knowledge required for the general upkeep of properties (including unblocking toilets).

Mel has a current Police Clearance and Anita will obtain one if requested.

We look forward to hearing from you.

You won't be disappointed, your pets will be well cared for and your house will be sparkling on your return :)

** 2018 bookings are filling up fast - Available for February **

Stephen


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Upper N Shore, Central Coast, Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Mackay & Whitsundays, Rockhampton, Northern QLD, SA, Hobart, Melbourne, Lakes area, Geelong, Grampians, Otway Ranges/ Great Ocean Rd

Male aged 62 -

70% Work from home fit and healthy professional.

Have owned and rented homes over many years as a landlord and as a tenant and house swapped on an International basis when I first came to Australia in 1979.

Have been renting & or house/ Pet minding with excellent references for past 7yrs. Also other personal and professional reference available if required. In addition, for your further peace of mind I have a police check available,

Have cared for pets for many years and as a family man in the past have owned my own pets.

Not a handyman, but am a fastidious housekeeper..

Enjoying keeping healthy (walking, running,cycling etc - Have running shoes, will travel :)
Also enjoy cooking, reading, social media. Enjoy my own company, but of course meet up with a few friends from time to time. :)

Professionally - I'm a Mindset Mentor specialising in Helping people Turn a Mid-Life Crisis into Mid-Life Opportunties (See website www.SuccessfulLifeResults.com.au; fb-Steve Lyddy; fb-Successful Social Media Results; Twitter SteveLyddy; Linkedin Steve Lyddy

- Hope all this helps. :)

Vicki


  • Melb. Inner suburbs, Melb. SE suburbs, Perth S.W suburbs

I'm a competent, mature woman originally from Melbourne, but lived in Perth for many years raising a family.
I live a non smoking, active, healthy lifestyle & am reliable, clean & tidy.

My daughters change country locations for work so I'm not sure where I'd call home now.
I've been pet/housesitting continually for 7 years in Australia & Europe......an interesting mix of houses & animals.
I haven't been able to eradicate the habit of caring for things....be it animals, people or houses, house/petsitting provides the perfect solution.
I've a good rapport with animals, & enjoy their company as I'm always living with them. I've cared for dogs, cats, rabbits, hens, guinea pigs, fish, worm farms, & birds as well as gardens, and houses.
The last house I owned in Perth had a pool & reticulated garden, so have an understanding of the maintenance involved.
Always care for properties & pets, as if my own and return them in the condition left to me, if not better.

Police clearance & recent contactable references, on request..........although my best ones are from the animals who are pleased to have me return to care for them.

I'd greatly appreciate replies to applications, whether positive or negative. Thanks.

Jenny & Scott


  • Melbourne, Bendigo

Charlotte


  • Melbourne

Jeff


  • ACT, Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, South Coast, Rural/Regional NSW, South

I'm a fit active 72 y.o. retired pharmacist. Home owner in suburban Melbourne. Sober and non-smoker. Don't use drugs. Divorced, living alone. When married used to have 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Love dogs, especially large ones. Fine with cats. Used to own chooks.

Looking to house sit just to provide an inexpensive change of scenery. My previous experience in looking after other people's houses is occasional weekend home swaps with friends who live in country Victoria, which included looking after their dog. I'm sure that those friends would vouch for me and I could provide additional references.

Update re experience: I've recently (Dec 2017/Jan 2018) completed a 6-day sit looking after a house on 5 acres in country Victoria plus 2 Border Collies, 2 cats and about 20 chooks and ducks.

I live a quiet lifestyle. Not a party person. I look after my home with great care and would do likewise with others.

I'd suggest arriving a day (or maybe two) prior to your departure to facilitate an effective handover and help us both to feel confident in the arrangement.

I had a police check before starting some voluntary work and could probably supply a copy. Also have a Working with Children Check card.

Sue


  • Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Northern, S.E & Central, S. Western

We would love to look after your pets and home while you go on vacation, we are tea total, non- smokers, honest with a healthy life style, we love animals, we would treat your home and look after your beautiful pets as if they were our own.
I have excellent references for your perusal and we have police checks should you require them
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future
Kind Regards
David & Sue Turnbull

Michelle & Peter


  • Melbourne

We are a professional couple, no kids or pets and non-smokers who are seeking short term accomodation from Feb to August 2018. We have been renting our wonderful property for 12 years and will be homeless for 6 months whilst our wonderful landlord renovates our home. Although we have rented for 12 years, we have cared for the home as though it was our own so you can be assured that we will do the same for your home.

We love animals, but do not have any of our own but are regular dog sitters for friends and family, so any animal we care for will be loved, walked and fed and kept happy and well.

We are a respectful, happy, healthy and positive thinking couple and can provide impeccable references from our current landlord and our work places. However, you will get that vibe from us anyway when you met us.

We would love to take care of your home and animals and in return you will provide us with a haven we can temporarily call home. A home is very important to us.

Mardi


  • Melbourne

My husband and I have been house sitting around Melbourne since the end of March. We love animals and will take care of your house like it were our own. We both work full time but will take top care of your animals and plants for you.
We are looking for a house from the start of March, preferably for a longer period. We can provide references from the last 4 houses we have looked after since March 2017- these include all animals including dogs, cats and chickens!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Mardi and Craig :)

Brenda & Gerald


  • ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, Perth S.E suburbs, Perth S.W suburbs

Hi - we are a semi retired couple with business/educational backgrounds and really enjoy the adventure of exploring new locations and people. Originally Tasmanians, we settled in Perth more than 30 years ago and have travelled in every State.

We are experienced housesitters and commit to taking responsible care of homes and gardens; pets have always been part of our lifestyle.

We welcome all offers and can provide reference checks etc

Gerald and Brenda Johnstone

Gabrielle


  • Melbourne

Hello!

I am an Insurance Professional currently working full time in Melbourne CBD. I love new experiences and travel and have really enjoyed using Airbnb (for which I have excellent references).

I own my own home in Balwyn North and have a 5 year old Ragdoll cat, named Cola.

I have previously minded people's homes/pets and enjoyed the experience.

I am fastidiously neat and tidy and have the greatest respect for other people's property.

I love all pets and have grown up around cats (Siamese and Ragdoll breeds) and dogs (Shetland Sheepdog, German Shepherd and Rhodesian Ridgeback breeds), birds (canaries, quails, budgerigars, doves), rabbits, guinea pigs and fish!

I enjoy short stays in different locations as I believe that "a change is as good as a holiday."

I hope to hear from you soon.

Best of luck! Gabrielle.

Sandra


  • Melb. Inner suburbs, Melb. SE suburbs, North Eastern, Shepparton & Central North, Gippsland, Grampians, Otway Ranges/ Great Ocean Rd

Hi, I'm Sandy. I have a new granddaughter in Melbourne and endeavour to see her throughout the year. I have been privileged to house sit for several people, a number who have asked me back when the dates align. What a great experience! I am happy to provide references and as a full time teacher I have current police clearances for both WA and Victoria.
As I won't have a car, closeness to public transport is necessary. Although my little poppet is east of Melbourne, in South Vermont, I have housesat in Altona, so travel is not an issue.
I am a non smoker, drink minimally and enjoy a clean and tidy home. I no longer have pets of my own, so I enjoy the opportunity of looking after animals. Am happy to potter in the garden also.

Tamarah


  • Sydney, Central Coast, Snowy MTS

I would love to look after your home while you are away!

My name is Tamarah and I am a very clean and tidy 22 year old currently working in Sydney. I would love and care for your home and pets like they are my own.

I am looking for a house to sit where the pets are friendly and loving, there is nothing better than coming home to a them greeting you.

Jennifer & Judith


  • Melbourne

Hi,

My friend and I are from Germany and we are in Australia to learn more about the culture, the people and country itself. We both have jobs and we love love love animals. We were already housesitting for my boss as she was on holiday for 4 weeks and we really liked the experience! We are very responsible persons and we would of course look after your property and your loved ones.

We are looking forward to hear from you.

Jenni and Judith

Rosmund


  • Melb. Inner suburbs

Hello Home owners,
My name is Rosmund New I am looking forward to minding your pets in your lovely homes.
I work in the city full-time Monday to Friday. Most days l incorporate a walk or bicycle ride part of my day. My favourite way to start the day is walking through the Botanical Gardens in the city or any park.
My status is single, non smoker. I like cooking and would prefer an early start to the day. I am not interested in partying all night and very health conscious.
Currently l am living with my parents in Doncaster, intending to build on my land in the near future. I have grown up with pets all my life, from guinea pigs, budgerigars, rabbits cats and dogs.
At the moment my parents have a small white dog called Leo he is a maltese cross shitzu my father’s partner in crime. Then there is Thomas the cat, outdoor cat. All our cats were called Thomas no matter if male or female. And of course ‘Cocky’ it is a Galah which my father inherited from his friends mother that passed away. Cocky is very talkative even when trying to meditate outside. Cocky will loudly say several times ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”. So yes pets can be a lot of entertainment but definetly family.

Michael & Diane


  • ACT, Alice Springs, Brisbane, South Eastern, Central Coast (Qld), Northern QLD, Melbourne, SW Vic

Mature, responsible couple, non smokers. Michael is a retired public sevant who now does Electoral Consultancy work on a casual short term basis for the UN and other electoral agencies.
Diane is a retired school teacher. We are both fit and active, we also ran a part time petcare business for ten years in Canberra where we visited clients homes and fed and cared for pets while the owners were on holidays.
We now live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and are looking for house sits to be able see other parts of Australia and to be nearer to family for some of the year.

Particularly interested in House sits in Canberra and Melbourne so we can visit family particularly our toddler grandson in Canberra and Diane’s family in Melbourne.

Chezlene


  • Central Coast, Melbourne

Hello. I'm a warm, kind, full of life, single woman that loves, animals and the outdoors. I keep fit and live a clean, healthy lifestyle. I am a very clean individual who takes pride in my appearance, my work and my home life. I love all animals with a fondness for dogs and cats. I love walking, playing, interacting and cuddles with beloved family pets and have always treated my adopted furry families with the utmost TLC.
I am a business professional also loves nothing better than to unwind in peaceful surroundings inclusive of cuddles from the family pets.
I have house sat numerous properties and can provide references upon request.

Mary


  • Brisbane

Recently moved to Melbourne for 12 month+ contract. I am keen to explore different suburbs before deciding where to settle. I have been sharing a house in Brisbane for several years with 2 large dogs (Kelpie and Mastiff/ Labadour cross) and miss their companionship.

Last Christmas I minded a house in Brisbane with 3 small dogs, a fish tank and birds which was fun and kept me amused. The dogs enjoyed my company, playing fetch, watching TV with me and sleeping on my bed.

Earlier this year, I minded a house in Ipswich for 10 days which included 2 active dogs and 2 cats.

Shirley


  • Northern, S.E & Central, S. Western

Hello, my name is Shirley and I live in Fremantle. I'm single and a grandmother with two older children. I couldn't find a recent photo of myself, so I've included a shot taken just before Christmas with my two kids. Prior to retirement I was a public servant. I love animals, especially dogs, and I have a 6 year old groodle called Mo. I enjoy gardening and will be happy to look after your garden and plants. Unfortunately, I cannot supply references as I'm a novice but I assure you I'm reliable and caring. If necessary, I can organise a police check.

Andrew & Robyn


SYDNEY ONLY, PLEASE

Long term house & pet sitters, this Aussie couple can be relied on to care for pets (dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs), maintain pools (solar, chlorine, salt), manicured lawns, rambling yards, hedges, edges & potted plants. Seasoned sitters, we have references from all homeowners for whom we have provided house & pet sitting services since commencing house sitting in 2011. We've returned to past home owners (and pets we have grown to love) time & again. A few references are attached but most of our home owners prefer to give a verbal reference. Happy to supply details once we meet and agree to go the-next-step. :-)

We have cared for dogs & cats both young & old, healthy & infirm, affectionate & stand-offish. We have no children and enjoy lavishing attention on your fur family. So that you have your finger on the pulse of things at home we maintain regular contact by email or text, whichever you prefer. We are happy to monitor your mail and/or forward and/or scan documents to you while away. Conscious of the cost of utilities, we restrict use of electricity (washing machine, dishwasher) to Off Peak. Andrew and I both have a car and laptop with wireless connection and live an active life and enjoy taking your dog for long walks. Non smoking, security conscious, respectful, affable, responsible; we will not disappoint!

Dianna & Mark


  • Melbourne

We'll keep your pets happy and home beautiful. We're a couple in our 40s, together for 23 years, with excellent references and current police checks. We're non-smokers and have no children or pets. We run our own digital media business and work mostly from home so we can be there to feed and love your pets and give them all the care and attention they'll need while they are missing you.

We'll be available for the following dates in inner urban Melbourne:

16 February to 15 March 2018;
3 to 14 April 2018, and
~14 to 30 November 2018.*

After arriving from Tasmania in August 2015 we discovered house-sitting is a great way to experience Melbourne whilst we decide where to settle ourselves long term. We've been looking after pets full-time around the city and inner urban areas ever since.

We love all animals, especially dogs and cats. We've been owned by cats for most of our lives and have cared for birds, fish, bunnies, and reptiles, too. We successfully raised a puppy from 8 weeks to 18 months for Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania while nursing an elderly cat through her dotage with twice-daily medications, and we've since looked after other guide dog pups-in-training when their full-time raisers needed a break. We've also had a full roster of pampered pet dogs that we've minded on a regular basis in Battery Point, Hobart from 2012 to 2015.

We understand that every household is unique and we're happy to do everything your way and keep it exactly as you like it. This is especially true with beloved pets - their health and happiness is our top priority and we'll maintain their familiar routines including feeding, grooming, exercise, and lots of affection and play.

Our years of experience in puppy-raising, dog-minding, cat-caring, and general menagerie maintenance allow us to give your pets the best TLC, as well as providing exceptional housekeeping for your home.

Feel free to get in touch with us anytime - we'd love to meet you and your pets and discuss your house sitting requirements in person.

*As there are two of us, we may sometimes be able to accept bookings that overlap by a few days.

We're available in Melbourne CBD and inner urban areas including: Abbotsford, Albert Park, Alphington, Armadale, Ascot Vale, Balaclava, Burnley, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, East Melbourne, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Hawthorn, Jolimont, Kensington, Kew, Kooyong, Middle Park, Northcote, North Melbourne, Parkville, Port Melbourne, Prahran, Princes Hill, Richmond, Southbank, South Melbourne, South Yarra, St Kilda, Thornbury, Toorak, Westgarth, and Windsor.

Britt


  • NSW

Am mature aged, fit and healthy.
Have farm, animal and house sit on and off for Many years.
I travel with a pure bred choc lab. He has a beautiful nature.
We love road trips, meeting new beings, and love the freedom.
We love to clean up, and surprise the owners, when they return. Good at organizing and neat as well.
Non smoker.
References available.
Thanks

carol


  • Syd. SW suburbs, Southern Tablelands

Gillian & Peter


  • Melb. NW suburbs

We are a retired couple who live in Tauranga, New Zealand. With family in Montmorency, we visit Melbourne once or twice a year. We have 10 years experience as housesitters and we love it. We have housesat in eight homes in Melbourne and two regularly in the Gold Coast. We are very happy to care for cats, chickens and other small animals. We are non-smokers and we would take very good care of your home. References are available upon request.

Glenn


  • Melbourne

Hello. I am a mature man, 54, non smoker who has recently separated from my wife.

Whilst trying to get back on my feet again I feel that this would be a great opportunity to help out others and see parts of Melbourne that I have never experienced.

I have had pets all my life, and would look after yours as if they were my own.

I have renovated and kept neat and tidy a house so I would treat your property and possessions with the respect they deserve.

I am available as soon as required and would be delighted to look after your pets and home for you.