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Retired Animal Lovers

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Susan and William

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Age group:

55 plus



Years active:

4 years

Preferred locations:

NSW (full regions list)

Current bookings:

24 Sep 9 Oct 15 Oct 6 Nov 6 Jan '21 29 Jan '21 11 Feb '21 21 Feb '21

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter


William and I met at Grammar School in New Zealand and have been married over 40 years. During our time in New Zealand we owned several family homes where we raised our two sons who are both now living in Australia.

Over part of this time (25+ years) we had at different times four fur persons in our family too, Sirikit a seal point Siamese, Amber a seal point Burmese (who lived 22 years), Gemma a blue point Siamese and Flopsy, a white rabbit. In the time we had our girls (cats) we sometimes looked after other peoples cats in our home when their owners went away. Elderly Thea, a seal point Siamese comes to mind here whom Sirikit and Amber accepted and loved as we did. Being a geriatric she needed the extra love and attention and we provided her with that and more.

While the circumstances of where we lived had stopped us having dogs, we are both dog lovers and I particularly love collies having had two, Rusty and Rocky when I was a child. We have looked after various friends dogs over the years and love taking them out and having them nestle up to us in front of the TV.

From 2008 to 2015 we lived in Dalian NE China where I taught English to Chinese people ranging from 4 to 45 years while William had his own business building boats.
For our 7 years there we rented one apartment and have a referral from our landlord showing our good tenancy.

On arrival in Australia (where I was born) in late February 2015 we rented a nice apartment at Toronto NSW for the first year and have a reference covering our time there plus other references from house sits. We also have Police checks done.

We have been housesitting since April 2016 and we have looked after:
Dogs: Dalmatian, Labradoodle, Staffy X, Cavoodles, Cocker Spaniel, Australian Shepherd, Standard Poodles, Fox Terrier, Greyhound, Rescue dogs, Shitzu, Maltese, miniature Schnauzers.
Cats: Burmese, Siamese, Persians, Tonkinese,Tabby, Rescue cats, Tortoiseshell, Gingers, other breeds
Birds: Lorikeet, Cockatiels, Budgies
Others: Alpacas, geese, ducks, chickens, tropical and cold water fish, frog.

Now retired, we are in a position where we can spend time at home with pets when and if required. A number of the animals we have sat have been senior citizens and have required extra care with medication, special diets and grooming.

With me not having lived in Australia for many years and William never having lived here at all we are keen to explore and live in different locations in the hope that we can find our piece of paradise where we can finally settle down. We see house minding as a great way to do this and being able to look after other people pets at the same time is just the icing on the cake for us!

We are non smokers, I don't drink but William sometimes enjoys a glass of wine, we abhor drugs and are not party animals. We are handy in the garden if required.

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