More information about this house sitterHello! I am an animal loving 46 yo woman, happily looking after homes and precious family members for people, all over Qld! Formerly from South of the Border, I followed my heart....left the rat race, and have been taking care of adorable animals and homes for people for nearly 4 years now :-)
I am a perfectionist with a touch of cleanliness OCD, so you can rest assured your house will be in great hands while you are away :) I am also a non-smoker and won't be able to Sit for any households where it's a smoking household, sorry :-/
I have a huge heart for all animals and particularly love looking after the small or pampered fur or feathered babies!
I have a habit of falling in love with them all very quickly, so will most certainly look after any of your extended family as my own.
I also spent many years in Australia and the UK as a live-in carer of elderly and disabled people, where a large part of my role included housekeeping, and I am more than comfortable looking after the house and home and maintaining its smooth running in your absence. It is incredibly rewarding caring for homes for people and when pet sitting, the opportunity to love n cuddle so many beautiful pets :)
I am also happy to collect or re-direct mail, water plants, administer medication to pets where required, and maintain their health and well-being.. and any other requirements we may agree upon.
Thank you, I look forward to meeting you soon!
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"Katie recently housesat with our dog Bodhi. We were anxious about leaving him as we were away for nearly 6 weeks and like many rescue dogs, he has issues.
From the first time I met Katie however, I knew he was in good hands. I left a stack of instructions about Bodhi and the house and I knew that Katie would follow them, unlike other house sitters I’ve had.
Katie kept us up to date with photos while we were away and in every one Bodhi looked happy and relaxed. When we returned, he looked the picture of health and our house and garden were immaculate – better than when we had left! During our absence there were issues with the hot water and gas supply and Katie handled both situations with absolute competence.
That Bodhi and Katie had grown very fond of each other was evident when Katie came recently for a short visit. Bodhi was ecstatic to see her, and Katie had tears in her eyes! I have had numerous remarks from neighbours who met or saw Katie with Bodhi during her stay, about how pleasant, cheerful and competent she seemed and how happy Bodhi looked. When Katie pet-sits, it’s clear that she makes the animal/s her number one priority.
We intend to ask Katie to sit for us again next year – my husband has already asked her to pencil in some dates. We were lucky to find Katie – she enables us to go away with peace of mind knowing that “our boy” and our house will be in the very best of hands."
Gina and Brian, Sunshine Coast
"I met Katie when she was dog/house sitting for friends,
I think she had been there about 3 days and their dog was already enamoured with her! sitting on her lap at every moment and seeming very relaxed :)
She cat/house sat for us and maintained regular contact with messages and photos, and when we returned it was obvious our cat Bindi had been well cared for and was very contented, even her coat was sleek and she wasn’t dropping as much fur as usual!!
While she showed she had missed us, her behaviour was not as pronounced as it has been some other times we have been away! :) Katie followed all the instructions given and the house and garden were neat and clean, pots well watered and everything in order. She was a perfect house sitter and someone I would recommend highly!
"I felt at ease as soon as I met Katie and knew our house was in the right hands. She had an instant rapport with our old pooch who I believe misses her regular walks and cuddles with him. She was upfront with us when she thought one of our chickens went missing which fortunately was a false alarm. Everything was neat and tidy when we got back from our week away. I would happily recommend her to others and have her look after our place again for future trips."
"Katie was an exceptionally attentive sitter. She met with us a couple of times before the sit and kept in touch with us whilst we were away. All of our pets (dog, cat, chooks, birds) were well looked after and extremely happy when we arrived back from our holiday. In particular, her attention to our hand reared cockatiels was very impressive. We would have no hesitation to ask Katie to sit for us again"
Terence and Julie - Tewantin QLD
"Katie looked after my 2 dogs and bird for 7days, she is so caring with them and obviously loves all pets.
I got home and they were so happy with her, and my home was spotlessly clean and very tidy.
I got photos every day of my pets with Katie walking, playing and just having fun. I am so lucky and pleased to know her, and will get Katie again next holiday!
I would recommend her to anyone!"
Christine, Redbank, Qld
"Katie house and pet sat for us for a period of 4 weeks.
This is a tricky reference to write as it may sound disingenuous, but everything was perfect! The house was extremely clean and tidy, plants were all watered, the pets were very happy, fed and healthy (dog and cat). Katie sent regular photo updates of the pets on WhatsApp which made us feel completely confident and relaxed, Most of these photos were on numerous outings / walks with Hugo (the dog) who fell deeply in love with Katie....when Katie left, Hugo followed her down the road (which he never does!).
We could not recommend anyone more highly to look after your pets and house than Katie. We very much hope Katie will agree to house staying every time we go away.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us."
Leonie and Mark, Doonan
“Katie looked after our home on 3 acres for 3 weeks while we were overseas in May/June 2018.
As soon as we met, Katies beautiful caring energy was apparent. She is trustworthy and very understanding of our last minute packing and disorganisation.
Our house was beautifully clean and sparkling when we came home, and the garden and plants thrived under her care and attention. Katie kept in communication while we travelled and we arrived home to a beautiful welcome.
We hope Katie is available next time we are travelling.
Katie is our caretaking Angel.
We highly recommend Katie for caring for your home. We didn't have pets although they would have been treated like royalty if we had animals.
Matt Houston, Eerwah vale
"Katie is possibly one of the most genuine and caring people I've met in a very long time. When I spoke with Katie initially to find out more about her, we chatted on the phone for nearly an hour. I had absolutely no hesitations in asking her to look after our house and cat while we were away. Katie was reliable and communicative with us before and during her stay. When we got home we found the house to be spotlessly clean, the cat happy and the plants watered. What more could we ask for! Without a shadow of a doubt, I would recommend Katie in a heartbeat. Her absolute genuine care and love for pets is obvious and her nature and personality is a breath of fresh air. I will certainly be hoping Katie is available for our next vacation."
Rachelle, (Sandgate, Qld)
"We had Katie stay for a month during January 2017 while we were in Vietnam and again recently, Jan 2018 for 3 weeks. Both of these times she cared beautifully for our dog Millie, fed and watered our 5 chooks, watered the garden and took great care of our house :) While we were away we were able to touch base with Katie to see how things were going and she always kept us up to date, she walked Millie often and even took her for swims - we sense Millie misses her now!
We can't recommend Katie highly enough to anyone looking for a caring honest person to sit their home and dog. Katie is a delightfully cheery, honest and genuine person who we would have back anytime! :) Thanks Katie for making our trips so hassle and worry free! Millie thanks you too!"
Ruth & Geoff (Tighes Hill, NSW)
"To whom it may concern,
Katie has just completed a 3 week stint looking after our house and three beautiful furry children. We could not be happier with the service she provided. We returned to an immaculately clean and tidy home with three verrry happy pets who had obviously been lovingly attended to.
If you are in need of a house sitter/pet minder you need not look further than Katie, she is a joy to have around. If we go away for any length of time we will certainly have her back."
Yours in friendship,
Alexis and Judy (Salamander Bay, NSW)
"We were lucky enough to have Katie stay at my fathers house for a month whilst he travelled. Katie was responsible for looking after the property as well as the 2 family poodles. The house was kept immaculate at all times and the dogs would have gone with her when it was time to leave if they could have!
I would have no hesitation in recommending Katie to look after a property and being responsible to care for pets. We were really lucky to have crossed paths and incredibly grateful for her kindness towards the dogs whilst my father was away."
Kate Absolon (Carey Bay, NSW)
Katie looked after my senior pug, Penny, and my home for all of July. She ensured that Penny was well cared for the entire time. She took her for walks to her favourite cafe where she was able to socialise with familiar people and dogs. She ensured that Penny felt safe, secure and warm at all times and sent me many photo updates where I could clearly see that Penny was content and happy. My home was well cared for as well and spotless when I returned from my travels. I would not hesitate to recommend Katie as a pet and house sitter and would happily speak to anyone with regards to her merit. Thanks again, Katie. Penny misses you!"
Travis (Mayfield, NSW)
"Katie looked after our pets and property for 3 weeks during May/June 2017.
Katie was very reliable and easy to work with. She is a lovely person and did what she said she would do.
Our 2 pets, cat and a dog were well looked after and I’m sure missed all of Katie’s attention when she left.
The house and garden were in excellent order when we arrived home and we were very pleased with Katie’s sit.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Katie and we hope that she is available next time we are able to take a break."