CATS R US. Fluent in All Cat.ID: h6
|Donald and Patricia|
|Ex-University lecturer and both ex-teachers.|
|ACT NSW TAS VIC (full regions list)|
14 Dec 28 Dec 4 Jan '24 10 Jan '24 8 Mar '24 31 Mar '24 12 May '24 31 May '24
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Last update December 11:
We joined Mindahome in early 2010 so we know the ropes.
Because of a death and a consequent cancellation, and a very close family member needing support, we are able to accept a small number of bookings for 2024.
Shorter terms (nothing over say a fortnight) preferred please. We are limiting our sits to just a few these days. I won't be surprised if 2024 is filled for us in a short time. March has gone.
We are of course fully vaccinated (all 5 and also regular jabs) with the evidence available. Cats (oriental and all others) are our specialty, maybe a chook or two ... even stick insects. Or even no pets at all! Nice dogs are fine.
IF you're planning well ahead, you can lock us in now for NEXT year. That would be great.
We're holding three bookings for 2024 so the owners can at least "plan".
We would love to go to Tassie again but not in winter... any offers there? Even as far as next Spring??? One to two weeks maximum ideal please. We do have South Australia penned in (March) for our former Siamese pals from Sydney.
Thankyou for considering us, We sit cats, and we're tops with oriental cats.
I speak Oriental Cat - all dialects. Love them! I love trying to outthink them, especially Siamese and Burmese, who'll give it their all and try every trick.
All origins, shapes, sizes. From white and blue to jet black.
Also Calico etc. Birmans... Love sweet Raggies! But I'm good on local lingo too. Tabby language is important. Versatility.
Can do the usual/unusual things too (eg fish, tortoises, stick insects and silkworms). Sorry not dogs. Cats are our thing though.
THE 13+ YEARS HISTORY:
Began at Mosman many years ago. We recently finished our ACT sit with delightful chatterbox, 20 years old tortoiseshell Artemis. Yes, she's 20 and quite active! Just been back and she is amazing. Going again in January for a short sit.
In Melbourne much of pre-Covid. It does seem such a long time ago! Home just before the big lockdown. Latest at Ascot Vale. Rozelle Sydney was a favourite and a regular. Wonderful spot and lovely people. However the two rascals there relocated to SA. Just completed a beautiful stay in Maroubra with Nala the tabby and as mentioned we have just had a short notice ACT regular with Artemis the ancient one. We have completed a lovely short stay at Bundanoon with two magic residents, former rescue and now much adored cats.
Others at Blackheath, Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale, West Ryde and Avoca Beach, Batemans Bay, Womberal, Cronulla, Tormina, Mosman, etc. Melbourne again. Two chooks and an elderly very established cat at Batemans before the horrid fires. Seems an eternity now. Eli was gorgeous. His resident slave recently informed me that he has now moved to his next of nine lives but he had a great run. We gave up most alcohol together. Easier for him of course. Very wise cat, Eli.
Cronulla was a bit further back with two beautiful ladies, one Birman and the other a Ragdoll.
Three very independent types plus a bossy chihuahua/jack russell at Newtown, then at Banksia, and more recently a witches’ trio in Hornsby. Met up again at Darlington Sydney. Hopefully we'll sit them at Banksia in early 2024.
Several times Tassie which we adore. Tassie lover!!! Be nice to do another Tassie.
For those who go back a long way, I lost Lyndal who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012, and have been so fortunate to find Patricia.
She tolerates my eccentricities!
Sydney is very easy for us as we’re only two hours away at beautiful Lake Macquarie. Twin city to Newcastle. They have the beaches. We have The Lake.
Been at ACT more than once. Also Port Macquarie. Coffs area an all time favourite. My closest pal was in Coffs (lost him last year) and I’d be delighted to do gorgeous Sawtell etc (26 times Sawtell as the family grew). Most ancestral roots in Victoria. From Peter Lalor to Ned Kelly we're fine.
If all that suits, go for it!
(Us) Born in Australia
Lived in several countries (as opposed to "visited there"). Been in many other countries, travelled widely; love movies and music (although I believe that much good music probably stopped around 1985); Beethoven is King; avid readers and theatre-goers; have loads of awesome grandchildren each (but of course they live with their parents!); clean and healthy. We care about property and we're careful with ours and other people's.
I know a fuchsia from a gardenia/ magnolia... and I can tell a hawk from a handsaw. Patricia is a serious gardener! Quite obsessed by gardens.
All cats are fine. I speak and understand Cat. They often have quite important philosophical things to say. Had lots of them, met plenty during Mindahome time, and love them. I never met a cat that could resist the old charm for long... and we know all their tricks when it comes to pills and needles... even aware of "phhhttt" (sideways audible ejection of an offending pill) when associated with medications.
Have to admit we both rather like chooks too...there's something about a chook, chooking its way through the garden. I do have quite a lot of contact with birds in general - Love all birds except Indian mynas. Got some tame maggies, blue faced honeyeaters, and gorgeous rainbow lorikeets; they're real cadgers but thugs - who'd have thought it?
nb. As a former teacher/uni lecturer visiting many schools, I had police checks more than once. Non-smoker, light alcohol. Patricia was with YACS and so had police checks regularly. She is also an antique specialist (no, not me!). Everybody loves Patricia! And she is a top gardener.
Please note also that we’ll spend EVERY NIGHT and often all or much of the day at YOUR place. A commitment well ahead is not a problem (quite the reverse)...
As Carole King says... You just call out my name... 🐈🐈🐈
By all means ASK any question: you’ll receive a straight and honest reply. Phone references on request.
Best of everything.
Donald and of course senior partner Patricia.
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