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Caring, Reliable, Responsible

ID: xow



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Age group:

55 plus


academic researcher

Preferred locations:

ACT NSW SA VIC (full regions list)

Current bookings:

9 Mar 15 May 26 Jun 15 Aug 3 Oct 10 Oct

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter

I enjoy taking care of homes, pets and gardens, in a caring, reliable and respectful manner to suit owner instructions and needs.

My house sitting experience range from urban homes to rural farms, from a few days to several months. My animal care experience includes dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, chickens, ducks, fish and reptiles (among many other varieties, and of varying sizes, personalities and needs).

When identified by the owner I will ensure pet training is maintained during the home and pet sit period, or can work on training needs that the owner identifies as necessary (see review for example). I am also comfortable with administering dietary, health and medication required for the well-being of pets in keeping with owner instructions.

With indoor plants or surrounding gardens, I hand-water as instructed or required, and ensure that embedded irrigation drip-systems are running on schedule. I can assist with mowing lawns, raking leaves, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and maintaining bird baths and feeding stations.

Owners will receive regular news about their pets and home, which can include mail collection, rainfall, and creative photos of their pets and gardens (see profile photos for examples).

I am available for home and pet sitting in the southeast, from the ACT to SA. Where possible, I am happy to visit owners to meet and greet, or communicate via Mind-a-Home messages, email and phone.

More broadly, I am a mature-aged academic professional working on a university-linked book writing project (which allows me to work from "home" wherever I am home and pet sitting). I am quiet, clean-living, tidy, organised, enjoy cooking and walking, and a non-smoker.

In addition to the reviews posted on my sitter-profile, please find below feedback I have received from owners I have home and pet sat for (including from owners who have invited me back multiple times to sit for them). I can also provide details of additional referees who can attest to my caring, responsible and reliable approach.

I look forward to hearing from you, and to hopefully looking after your lovely pets, home and garden, with great care, commitment and pleasure, while you enjoy worry-free time away.
- "You are amazing, thank you. I've never come home to my place this clean!!! And the cats have kept their waist and in the best condition they have ever been in after one of my aways." (Canberra ACT 2020)
- "Thank you Charles for taking such good care of everything. The ducks and chickens were obviously well taken care of." (Sydney suburbs NSW 2020)
- "Thanks for being there and being prepared [to implement bush fire evacuation and protect or evacuate pets]. We truly appreciate it." (regional Snowy Monaro NSW adjacent to bush fires 2019/2020)
- "Everything looks great. I think you leave our house better than when we leave! Thanks again." (Canberra ACT 2019, repeat home+pet sitting over recent years)
- "Everything was perfect, wow you did a great job. Thanks so much." (Adelaide Hills SA 2019)
- “The house was in great order, clean and everything is where it's meant to be, and the cats are happy and obviously well taken care, so thanks again." (Adelaide suburbs SA 2019)
- “We were very pleased to meet you and were impressed with your organised and professional approach to house sitting. Thank you for your efforts” (Adelaide suburbs SA 2019)
- "We were extremely impressed with the way the house was left by you at the end of the house-sit.” (regional Riverland SA 2019)
- “Thank you so much for looking after our house and cat so beautifully. It was so nice to return to our home so clean and tidy…You have done an outstanding job.” (regional Riverland SA 2019)
- “Thank you so much, we felt like the house was so pristine - like moving into a new house!… We were so lucky, you are just amazing!!” (Canberra ACT 2019)
- “Many thanks for taking such good care of our house” (Canberra ACT 2019)
- “Makes such a difference knowing our [dogs, cat and chickens] are being well cared for at home” (Canberra ACT 2019)
- “It's so nice to come home to a clean house and happy dog” (Canberra ACT 2019, repeat home+pet sitting over recent years)
- “Fantastic…the house spick and span — much appreciated” (Canberra ACT 2019, repeat home+pet sitting)
- “It was so nice coming home to see our elderly dog and the house so well cared for. We really appreciate all you did.” (Canberra ACT 2019)
- “Thanks for leaving the house so tidy and for keeping everything [dog and plants] alive and well” (Canberra ACT 2018, repeat home+pet sitting over recent years)
- "We have come home to a spotless home with happy, well cared for playful dogs" (Canberra ACT 2018, repeat home+pet sitting over recent years)

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