Brisbane, South Eastern
References available, Non smoker, Experience with Domestic Animals, Experience with Farm Animals
AVAILABLE from 18th January 2020
We are an active retired professional couple, married 30+ years, reliable, NON-smokers, neat, clean & tidy, with very high house & pet care standards.
We have been home-owners ourselves since the mid-1970's and house carers for others since 2013. During this time, we have been virtually fully booked, including numerous repeats. These repeats are also commonly booked with us well in advance and are for longer term house sits. We attribute the repeat requests to our description by more than one home owner as “the house sitters from heaven”. Our focus is to provide top quality house sit service so that home owners can truly relax knowing that their pets & homes are being well cared for in their absence. We send regular updates to you & treat your home as if it were our very own.
We have become friends with homeowners due to our dependability and our extremely high professional home care, cleanliness & tidiness. Home owners welcome:
- Our attention to security needs whatever the location & trustworthiness (eg case of lost passport of owner overseas requiring urgent contact & action at unusual hours including directing us to unlock & access private files for copying & witness by appropriate authorities prior to transmission to an overseas consulate);
- The well-honed knowledge, skills & care we provide for plants (indoor & outdoor), gardens, pool & yard maintenance including lawn mowing; and particularly,
- Our broad knowledge, experience & quality care for the diverse range of people’s pets - furry, hairy and feathered, of varied sizes, ages and breeds & with varying dietary, medication, grooming & exercise needs, indoor / outdoor, & very importantly, their needs for TLC including sleeping arrangements. We really enjoy experiencing the different personalities of people’s pets in their response to our caring standards. We were both fortunate to grow up on farms which has left us with a great appreciation of nature, animals and plants & their contribution to the daily pleasure of our lives.
We find that home owners commonly prefer to phone us rather than email on receipt of our application. We are happy to meet with owners in situations where locations & timing permit. We are also available via Skype and WhatsApp.
We are happy to provide relevant referee contact details on request. As a courtesy for home owners, given the prevalence of unwanted marketing calls, we also prefer to notify them in advance of your call.
OUR HOUSE SITTING EXPERIENCE over the years includes:
CATS – Varied breeds: Burmese, tabby, tortoiseshell, ragdoll, Persian, ginger, Russian blue; Varied ages (6mths to high teens); and requiring varied dietary, (including preparing & cooking food), medication, and grooming needs including baths. Also varied attention needs, eg lap-seeking ) play, indoor/outdoor and importantly, whether they prefer to snuggle up in bed with us at night or prefer their own bed; and exercise including walking each day.
DOGS – Various breeds including pedigreed pets, cross breeds, rescue dogs, etc – eg Labrador, Golden Retrievers, Fox Terrier, Maremma Sheepdog, Poodle, Cavoodle, Tibetan spaniel, Arab, Kelpie, Border Collie, Staffies, Maltese – all with varied grooming & bathing needs plus sleeping preferences including their own or our bed. We have enjoyed the pleasure of caring for three absolutely adorable, very intelligent, affectionate rescue dogs who have clearly responded well to their new owner’s attention and care.
GUINEA PIGS & RABBITS – commonly in pairs with care instructions provided by their young owners.
POULTRY – from just a couple pet chickens to a dozen laying hens plus a couple ducks. Besides daily feed and water needs, care has also included moving pen location & keeping pens clean, letting out and in for daytime free range plus collecting eggs.
POT PLANTS (Indoor & Outdoor) & GARDENING CARE, POOL, LAWN & YARD MAINTENANCE – Varied experience across house sits depending on climate, season, location, soil types + yard size/design/ landscape needs, etc. As well as being pet lovers, we also appreciate plants. We have broad knowledge & experience with most varieties. We like to keep them happy with regular watering and care including pruning depending on home owner’s needs, plus dead-leafing, lawn mowing and treatment and regular pool cleaning and maintenance.