Return Sit To Max The Labrador – Bulimba – 15 Nov – 21 Nov 2020

With both owner’s permission we split for the week in order for Bruno to look after Max in Bulimba and for me to stay with Koda in Robina. This is the third time we have cared for Max who certainly has stolen our hearts! Well it probably goes beyond that as we can’t imagine anyone else looking after him!

It is now two and a half years since we first looked after Max and in that time he has moved house and now has the addition to the family of two playmates, two small boys. He is a little slower these days but still has his big personality!

Previous Sits: 05th February to 27th April 2018 and 04th July to 28th July 2019

Robina – Qld – With Koda A Cute Manx – 05 Nov to 21 Nov 2020

Koda was our first little Manx cat that we have looked after and she is as cute as a button. We were recommended to the owners by other house sitters as they were already booked. Meeting with the owners and Koda prior to the sit we were very taken with her little personality. She is not a little cat that enjoys being picked up or nursed, but does love a brushing several times a day. Her markings make her look a little grumpy but she was far from it! Koda is an inside only cat but the owners have made the back deck secure allowing Koda some outside time during the day.

Deck Time
Cooling off on the Tiles
Don’t stop!

She has some quirky little habits which included if you went anywhere near the fridge she would immediately go to her bowl and sit patiently waiting just in case you gave in. For some of these moments she was allowed a few dry pellets. Her owners have her on a very good eating plan and all her food for the morning and evening meals were prepped and measured. They were stored in the freezer for our convenience. We likened Koda to the feline version of a Labrador. She just loves her food! Also, each night it was like she was on “neighborhood watch” duties. She would stand and peer out through the blinds for ages!

Neighborhood Watch!
Feed Me!

The owners have a lovely vegetable garden and also several flower beds in the front yard. It was extremely hot during our stay and these were watered daily AND we were the recipients of lovely fresh vegetables.

Responsibilities Included:

Feed/Water For Koda

Daily Brushing (Important Due To Her Double Coat)

Security/Mail Collection Of The Home

Daily Watering Of Gardens

Sitting With Bruno’s Namesake & Jax – Redland Bay – Qld – 28 Oct to 31 Oct 2020

We were to be Bruno & Jax’s owners first housesitters and met with their owner prior to the sit as our dates worked in well to do a short sit. We have met many dogs named Bruno either on our walks or at the dog park but never sat for one before. Well now we have! Bruno is a beautiful big chocolate Labrador with Jax the Jack Russell X as his companion. We had a lot of fun on this sit with taking the boys for walks and watching their antics in the pool.

Bruno & Jax
The Boys
Bruno & Bruno

They are the best of mates and always together. It was lovely walking along the foreshore with them which was one street over. After our walk each day they would head straight for the pool and loved to play with the balls. Bruno mostly just went for a paddle with observing from the steps but Jax was up for more activity with jumping into the pool to retrieve a ball.

The Swimmer
The Ball Boy

Jax loved to position himself on Bruno’s back to get a birdseye view of what was happening in the world. This was where he could be found many times throughout the day!

Responsibilities Included:

Water/Feed Jax Bruno X 2 Daily

Daily Walks/Ball Play

Mail Collection

Security of the Home

Our Time With Jazzie A Gentle Cavoodle – Buderim – Qld – 09 Oct to 27 Oct 2020

What a bonus to have been looking after Jazzie in her beautiful home situated amongst the trees in a lovely part of Buderim giving our stay a rainforest feel. Each day we had an array of different birds visiting us.

Jazzie

Jazzie is a very well trained and obedient little girl. She travels well in the car which allowed us to take her out for beach outings and days out. She loves a walk and each day looked forward to a short local walk or two. She made us smile when each night we were heading to bed as soon as the television was turned off she would take herself downstairs to her bed. In the morning after her feed she would then arrive at our bedside as if to say “well why aren’t you up?”

We enjoyed every aspect of looking after Jazzie including her weekly bath in her own purpose built shower! Housesitting gives us the opportunity to have exposure to different breeds and Jazzie was our second Cavoodle.

Responsibilities:

Feed/Water Jazzie

Weekly Bath Jazzie

Walks for Jazzie

Security of Home

Mail Collection

Return Sit – Palmview – Qld – Nala & Keeta – 04 Oct to 09 Oct 2020

With pet and house sitting we have met amazing pets, wonderful owners and have had incredible experiences! During this Covid19 period we have been contacted by previous owners asking if we are OK and how we are doing. When visiting Nala & Keeta’s owners and meeting their addition to their family, a beautiful baby boy they commented if we ever needed to fill any gaps just let them know and they would go away! (We also have had this offer put to us prior to Covid by other owners) We did have a gap so off they went on a short break.

Nala
Keeta

Previous Sits: 20th Dec 2018 to 04th Jan 2019 / 13th Apr to 14th April 2019

In Redcliffe – Qld – Home territory with Ruby & Buzz – 26 Sept to 04 Oct 2020

Chosen by Ruby and Buzz’s owners we were to be their first pet & house sitters. While on the sit it gave us the opportunity to reconnect to our hometown as we still have our own home leased here, on the Redcliffe Peninsula, while we pet & house sit full time. We were to be looking after Ruby a little four month old Labrador/Kelpie X & Buzz who is an elderly Labrador.

Ruby & Buzz
Buzz
Ruby

Ruby and Buzz are the best of mates sleeping and playing together. Buzz did have his limits with her and certainly would let her know when he had enough. A deep growl and a gentle snap was all it took. Ruby went on long walks each day and Buzz did only a short trip out due to suffering from arthritis in his back legs. They both enjoyed these outings and when Buzz went out Ruby had a little anxiety being separated from him.

Two in the Bed
Where is Buzz?
Licking the water drops from Buzz’s face

Feed time was quite comical with Buzz and Ruby waiting at the laundry door while we got their food ready. Buzz being the typical Labrador though, just needed to come in and inspect what we were doing each time. Buzz has medication included into his food daily. We had a lot of fun with these two lovely dogs and on the owners return have been asked would we sit again next year.

Responsibilities:

Food/Water Buzz & Ruby

Medication for Buzz

Daily Individual Walks

Security of the Home

Mail Collection

Return Sit to Little Mountain – Qld – 13 July to 23 Sept 2020

We feel very fortunate and grateful to have been offered the chance to sit again for the owners for the length of time we did during Covid19. It allowed us to be in the one spot and also return to their beautiful acreage property and to a sit that we enjoy doing. As we only have chickens here to look after and family members of the owners living in the same street we were also able to take a short 3 day sit in Flaxton and also for Bruno to do a sit in Mount Isa with me staying on here.

The chicken coop cleanup!
Free Ranging
Back for the Inspection
Receiving the seal of Approval

Previous Sit: 02 Feb to 18 May 2019

Bruno’s Solo Sit With Bagel – Mount Isa – Qld – 14 Sept to 23 Sept 2020

Spotting a sit in Mount Isa we applied as this gave Bruno the opportunity to return to the town where he lived for 17 years, visit with a friend who is unwell and spend time with Bagel a lovely young Border Collie Cross while on the sit. We spoke with the owner and she was very happy for Bruno to do the sit on his own and knew the reasons for him coming to Mount Isa. The owners also on our return sit in Little Mountain were happy for me to be there solo as well.

Bagel

With the house placed at the bottom of a hill & with a great view of the town from the top it was daily morning/evening walks to there with even an early morning trip to see the town lit up and sunrise!! Bagel was a little trooper Bruno says making it to the top each time. Being only young he still had all the traits that go with a puppy. Shoes and anything else had to be put out of his reach.

Just prior to Sunrise. The view from Townview

Responsibilities Included:

Daily Walks with Bagel

Food/Water

Security of the Home

Mail Collection

Three Day Sit – With Ryker & Tandee – Flaxton – Qld – 20 Aug to 23 Aug 2020 – Our First Standard Schnauzers

We feel very privileged to have been looking after Ryker & Tandee two beautiful Schnauzers who live in a historic home in Flaxton on the Sunshine Coast. Being close by we applied for the sit and were accepted by their owners whom we shared a meal with the night before they left.

Both the home and grounds were outstanding and even though Ryker & Tandee have plenty of room to play they were always up for their daily walk. It was a pleasure to take them out and if passing the local French Restaurant a stop for their usual treat from the owner was a must!

We really enjoyed our time here exploring with Ryker & Tandee and learning about the history that relates to the home and the area. Both dogs are well behaved and a pleasure to be with. Each afternoon we had a visit from some birds looking for their usual daily food. They included a baby bird being fed by her Mum.

Responsibilities Included:

Food/Water & Daily Walks for Ryker & Tandee

Security of the Home

Watering Plants/Pool Care

Juno & Lenna – Tanawha – Qld – 04 July to 09 July 2020

We were asked by a fellow sitter as to whether we would be interested in a short sit that, due to her house sitting commitments was unable to fill. We phoned the owners and arranged to visit as we were staying close by at the time. Confirming that they were happy for us to sit for them we accepted and with Covid19 in full swing this allowed us to get our pet fix!

In our care was Juno a 10-month-old Ridge back pup and Lenna a beautiful Burmese who was an “indoor only” cat. Both pets were just a delight and we had a lot of fun playing with Juno who was always up for a game of ball or whatever other toy you could throw. She has plenty of room to move as the owner’s beautiful home is on acreage. Juno stays in her crate at night in one of the downstairs rooms and is very happy to do so, this was a first for us and as I had read saw the security, she must have felt by going in each night. An early let out in the morning and she was off!

Being young Juno was fed three times a day a very healthy diet and Lenna looked forward to that sardine included into her meal each night.

We enjoyed our short stay with these two lovely animals and for us, a first with Juno’s age and breed.

Responsibilities Included:

Water/Feed Juno & Lenna

Security of the Home

Mail Collection

Watering of the Plants