More information about this house sitterWe are Layla & Grant.
We're experienced House-Sitters and Pet-Sitters.
We are both 36 and work from home and last year, we moved to live in Australia, from New Zealand.
(Please see our 5 star reviews and references on our attachments/media library).
We are both huge animal lovers and we both work from home, so your pets will never feel lonely or neglected whilst you are away, because we will always give them heaps of attention!
We have owned or cared for Dogs & Cats, Kittens & Puppies, Hamsters, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Exotic Turtles, Tropical Fish, Chickens, Hedgehogs and Goats too.
We have lots of experience with taking care of many pets, mostly dogs & cats in particular.
Including puppies, dogs with anxiety, dogs with bad recall, rescue or "wild" cats, kittens, young very active dogs, elderly dogs with arthritis or severe illness and also pedigree cats and dogs.
We can also administer basic medications, such as tablets, ear or eye drops and have cared for dogs who have had minor surgery.
We have successfully handled medical situations involving a dogs' claw splitting (requiring removal) and also a situation in which another dog had seizures.
We handled all these situations calmly and with experience and all pets were just fine.
Currently I work from home as an online Freelance Content Writer and Grant assists me with Freelance work often, plus he is also a Gardener and sometimes picks up part time gardening work.
When we're not working, we both like; travel, culture, beaches, hiking, dog walking, movies and exploring local areas.
WHY WE WANT TO HOUSE SIT.
House-sitting assignments are a brilliant way for us to see the regions and local areas of a country.
I (Layla) am a Freelance Writer & Virtual Assistant and a Travel Blogger and Grant used to teach Outdoor Pursuits so travelling is our passion.
It's also a chance for us to immerse ourselves in the city/area so we can see the country/city as a local resident does - not just as a tourist does.
We are planning to live here permanently in Australia, so by house-sitting we get to explore the country and where we might like to live. So it's the perfect opportunity for us to save money, so we can use it to set ourselves up here in Australia.
Plus we can have that "pet fix" we love, we can't have our own pets until we settle somewhere, so it suits our current lifestyle.
We are also looking to continue to house-sit/pet-sit even once we get our own place, we'd love a couple of regular house-sits to do or doggy day-care regulars. So just ask us :)
We are very responsible, clean and respectful of people's belongings, their living space and privacy.
We understand this is your house you're trusting us with and we treat it as we'd want our property treated.
We're both very flexible and resourceful individuals, so we always endeavour to resolve any house maintenance problems whilst you're away and have it clean, tidy how you left it and happy pets, for you when you return home.
We are both non-smokers. We have both house-shared in various countries, both lived in a help exchange environment and we also have 5 years house-sitting/pet-sitting experience around the world.
We also have profiles and are active on Aussie House Sitters, Kiwi House-Sitters and the global site Trusted House Sitters.
Just search for Grant & Layla if you'd like to see more reviews and references.
(Or check out our reviews in our attachments/files on our profile).
THE PREVIOUS HOUSE-SITS WE'VE COMPLETED.
***Mosman, Sydney NSW - 3 x Cats (Siamese ) - House - 1 month.***
***Balmain, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Siberian Husky ) - House - 1 month.***
***Greenwich, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Italian Lagotta - 9 month old Puppy ), 1 x Cat - (Burmese), 6 x Chickens, 2 x Ducks, 1 x Beehive - House with lifestyle block - 1 week.***
***Lane Cove, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Collie cross ) - House - 1 month.***
***Kensington, Sydney NSW - 2 x Dogs (King Charles Cavalier/Kelpie cross ) - Villa/Gated Property large House - 2 months.***
***Manly, Sydney NSW - 1 x Cat (Pedigree Cornish Rex ) - Apartment - 1 week.***
***Leichhardt, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Staff Bull Terrier X) Puppy age - House - 3 weeks.***
***Drummoyne, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Whippet mix) Elderly dog with cancer - Apartment - 1 week.***
***Parramatta, NSW, Australia - 2 x Dogs (Both Terrier mixes) and 1 x Cat - Townhouse - 7 weeks.***
***Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (English Bull Terrier/Greyhound X) - 4 months ***
***Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1 x Cat - 1 week***
***Koh Lanta, Thailand - 1 x Dog (Labrador) - 1 month***
***Bangkok, Thailand - 2 x Dogs (Fox Terriers) - 1 month***
***Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (English Bull Terrier/Greyhound X) - 2 weeks ***
***Omanu Beach, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (Kelpie X) - 1 week***
***Papamoa, Tauranga, NZ - 2 x Cats - Town house - 1 month***
***Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ - 1 x Dog (Shar-Pei - Town House (brand new build) - 1 month***
***Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (English Bull Terrier/Greyhound X) - 1 month - (Reference/endorsement available to view on profile)..***
***Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (Terrier/Westie X), 1 x Cat - House - 1 month - (Reference/endorsement available to view on profile)..***
***Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand - 2 x Cats - House - 3 days - (Reference/endorsement available to view on profile).***
***Perth, Western Australia - 1 x Dog (Japanese Spitz) - House - 3 weeks.***
***Beachhaven, Auckland, New Zealand - 2 x Dogs (Fox Terrier & Jack Russell) 1 x Kitten & 1 x Cat, 5 x Chickens - House - multiple duration's.(Reference/Endorsement available to view on profile).***
***Glendowie, Auckland, New Zealand - 1 x Dog (Labrador) & 1 x Cat - House - multiple duration's. (Reference/Endorsement available to view on profile).***
*** Perth, Western Australia - 1 x Dog (Labradoodle) in a Townhouse - 8 weeks duration plus other multiple sits. (Reference available to view on profile).***
***Perth, Western Australia - 3 x Cats (Domestic Rescue cats -Apartment - multiple sits. (Reference available to view on profile).
We maintain communication with the owners whilst they're away - including weekly check-ins by phone, text or email as well as when any issues/queries may arise.
We ask for your local vets details so we can always contact them quickly in the unlikely event that we'd need to.
I also have a close friend who is a vet, who will always help us out if we need it.
We have a Housesitting checklist we give to Homeowners, so they can leave us a few instructions on their pets and their property 'specifics'.
* Where you or your dog like going for walks
*Directions to nearby parks, beaches etc.
*Pets favourite toys
*Special diet, treats or foods allowed/not allowed
*Where your pet sleeps
*Home appliance specifics
*Rubbish & recycling day
*Mail collection and who to contact if mail 'looks important' or needs signature
*Any family members or friends that live nearby that could help out in an emergency
Having this information to hand, ensures your pets have minimal disruption to their normal lives, whilst you're away.
It also ensures your property is tended to, clean and as you left it, when you arrive home.
Although we've been house sitting on other websites for years now, we're new to the Mind A Home website, so please see our 5 star reviews and references on our attachments/media library.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further details, photos or more references.
Hope to speak with you soon :)
Layla & Grant