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More information about this house sitterMature (58), fit, tidy, happy to look after pet/s. I am enjoying early self-funded retirement (formerly a Librarian), while house sitting and at the same time seeing different parts of the country.
I earn living expenses on the sharemarket and therefore tend to spend a lot of my time about the house working on my laptop. Being single I prefer to have some pets around to keep me company be they cats, dogs, birds or ?????, but am also open to house sits without pets. Walking is part of my daily routine and I am always happy to take along the dogs that I look after (note: sorry, but if dogs need to be walked off the property they must be manageable with a lead - I won't walk them off-lead). I have had experience administering medication for pets, including insulin shots.
I take pride in keeping the house I am staying in as clean and tidy as when the owners leave it in my hands. I have also had plenty of experience maintaining pools and enjoy working in the garden so mowing, weeding and watering are no problem.
My house sitting experience includes over 100 assignments, which have been in suburban and rural environments in NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, WA, and also overseas in Singapore and New Zealand. This has included the pleasure of looking after numerous cats, dogs, birds, goldfish, snakes, chickens, goats, geese, alpacas, donkeys, horses, cattle and sheep.
I spent the first twenty years of my life growing up in Sydney as part of a family of twelve and the last thirty-eight years in Tamworth, Canberra, the Central Coast and the North Coast of NSW, and am most comfortable in a quieter environment (aren't all librarians!). When not house sitting I live at my brother's 500 acre cattle property near Tamworth, NSW.
I do not smoke.
I do not charge to house sit. I see it as a direct swap. I provide security for the property, care for any pets, maintenance of the garden, and peace of mind that if any problems arise they will be taken care of. For this I get to experience different places while having a comfortable place to stay without having to worry about mortgage payments, rent or bills. I would not expect to pay for utilities unless usage is above normal (hasn't happened yet). I use my mobile for phone calls and access to an Internet connection or WiFi for my laptop would be appreciated but not essential.