I am a non-smoking, semi-retired writer/journalist living in Rome, Italy. I have always had all kinds of pets myself while growing up in New York and while my children were growing up in Rome. Now, both my children live and work in Sydney, but their flats cannot accommodate me for more than a few days. My beloved 16-year-old Golden Retriever died a few months ago, so I am free to travel. I still miss her. It would be wonderful to have the chance to care for and play with pets during a visit to Sydney while seeing my children once in a while. I owned my own home in Rome for 20 years and I have police clearance and house sitting references.