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Experienced animal lovers/house sitters

ID: vpb


Angus and Claudia

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Age group:

46 to 55


Development Manager and Teacher /facillitator

Years active:

1 year

Preferred locations:

NSW Northern Rivers QLD (full regions list)

Current bookings:

12 Nov '19 28 Feb '21

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter

Experienced house sitters, affectionate animal lovers, and intrepid travellers - we provide loving care for your pets and home when your not there.

About us:
We’ve loved taking care of people’s houses in Australia, Europe and South America and have had the pleasure to own or look after many pets including cats, dogs, rabbits, tortoise and goldfish.

About Angus:
I am from Australia, originally born in Fremantle, I’ve lived a lot of my adult life overseas. I became a cat owner at 4 years of age after befriending a stray cat on the street. It didn’t take long for this stray to become a much loved, valued and fully integrated member of the family that travelled across the world with us. As I grew older, I loved having a variety of pets, everything from many goldfish to some more unusual pets such as a praying mantis, silk worms and privet hawkmoth caterpillars. As an engineering graduate, I’ve worked around the world as a project manager on built form construction projects.

About Claudia:
I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Throughout my childhood and adolescence I had 4 dogs (2 mutts and 2 German shepherds) and 9 hamsters. As an adult I developed a strong passion for cats. All of the 9 cats I owned were rescued from the street. My mother taught me from an early age how to care for plants. What started as an interest became a hobby and later a profession. I worked as a landscaper for a while, but soon realised I didn’t want the pressure of work to interfere with the pleasure I received taking care of plants. Since 2002 I work teaching Daoism Arts (Chinese philosophy) and since 2017 I became a trainer of Design for Sustainability.

As a happily married couple we enjoy healthy living, running, cycling, yoga, dancing, walking in nature, meditation, travelling, making new friends, seeing new places and experiencing the new. We own our own home and having hosted previously on AirBnB we understand just how important it is to have trustworthy and caring people staying in your house. At the same time we always went out of our way to make sure our guests were well looked after.

We are non-smokers.

Why we love to house sit:
• Having had pets most of our lives, one of the things we missed when we decided to be have a more mobile lifestyle and live in different countries was the ability to maintain our own pets. Happily since we started doing this, we have been asked to look after many other people’s pets to satisfy this need.
• We also love to travel and experience new places, we prefer to see new environments more like a local and less like a tourist. The deeper interaction with the local environment provided through being your house / pet sitter facilitates this perfectly.
• Helping you travel knowing that your home and pets are well looked after in exchange for us not having to pay hotel bills or rent is a great exchange for all of us.
• We love to experience different environments and lifestyles.

Our Experience:
We have a broad experience taking care of pets and houses. Through our own network, we have taken care of houses and pets 12 times in the last few years in Australia, England, Spain, Holland, Brazil and Argentina.

As homeowners we truly understand that your home is your castle. We love our own home and know that you do too. That’s why we always endeavor to put your pet’s and your house’s best interests first. This means making sure your animals are fed before we are, that dogs get a great walk (or run if they are up for it), that cats receive regular loving affection and lap access, and everyone gets plenty of cuddles. As Claudia works from home it means there is lots of attention to go around. We like to learn from you as much as possible about your pet’s routines and quirks so that everyone can get settled in quickly.

If there are any emergency problems in the house Angus is handy. Claudia takes great care of both the garden and house having a background in landscaping and Feng Shui. We like to leave the house as we found it, or better.

We make sure that we keep you informed during your stay away with regular photos and updates so that you can travel with peace of mind. Plus of course we are available to catch up on Skype or Whatsapp.

If we are already in the neighbourhood, we would love to meet in person with you, your house, and get to know your pets, to make sure we are a good match.

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