We started communication with Bonnie and Pepper’s owner six months prior to the sit and were very excited to book our flights as this was our first trip to New Zealand for both of us and the first time sitters for the owner. From the moment we saw Bonnie and Pepper we fell in love with them both. We had not cared for Shitzu/Bijon Crosses before and found them to be very entertaining and easy to care for with each possessing their own very different personality.
Each day we would venture out with the girls. We discovered so many beautiful and interesting walks where we could have the dogs on or off leash. These walks were either within walking distance of the house or a short drive away. They were very well behaved and just loved the freedom of being off leash.
We ran into Sampson’s owners in Montville and they said that if ever we had time in between sits to let them know and they would book some “holiday time” away. We jumped at the opportunity for two reasons. The first we would get to care for Sampson again and secondly with housesitting there are times between sits where we either need to book accommodation ourselves or visit with family. We are very grateful for this generous offer from Sampson’s owners. Sampson is still the big lovable boy that we encountered on our last sit with him! Responsibilities Included: Feeding/Water for Sampson Mail Collection/Security Home
We jumped at the chance to look after Max again after having looked after him for three months in 2018. Max now lives in the beautiful suburb of Bulimba. There are many lovely walks around the area including along the Brisbane River.
Not much has changed with him only, as with us he is a little older! Being a Labrador he is very “food focused” and has to be watched on his walks as he can sniff out anything edible or not edible for that fact. In the past he has undergone two emergency operations for things that he has consumed and didn’t agree with him – one being a large seed pod! This is something you really need to be on guard with when walking him. He is a much loved family member and we too are very attached to him.
We visited with Gemma’s owners prior to the sit as we were housesitting close by. Gemma is a sweet little black cat who stays indoors at all times. At first she was a little shy but it only took a day or two before she came out from under the dining table and took to her usual positions around the house including our laps!
Gemma’s home is one of Montville’s beautiful B&B’s. In conversation with the owners at our first meeting we asked whether they would allow us to run their B&B in their absence. They happily agreed for us to do so and we visited again prior to the sit in order to go through the procedure. The B&B is just beautiful!
We are very grateful for being given the opportunity to add this experience to our housesitting lifestyle. We both like to be kept busy and having enjoyed this experience we would welcome the opportunity to do this again.
Food/Water for Gemma
Litter Tray Clean
Security of the Property
Mail Collection/Lawn & Garden Care
Prepare & Clean B&B for Guests. Be onsite for guest queries
We met with Mya’s owners a couple of weeks prior to the sit and were able to go through the care instructions for both Mya and their lovely home. Mya has been very well trained, so much so that she is able to walk off leash when appropriate and obey every command. She will go ahead but is forever on the lookout that you are following her. She will stop at the kerb and wait for the command “walk to heel” before crossing the road. It was such a pleasure walking her.
Mya’s home backs onto a corridor of bushland which not only is an appealing view from the home but allows her the freedom to take herself off for a wander. She is very obedient and if out of sight, it is only a matter of calling her name and she returns to her yard. She is quite the celebrity with the school children who use the pathway to the school near the home.
Mya is always up for a game and she loves to chase a ball through the bushland at the back of the home. It was nothing to turn around and she would have either a ball or stick in her mouth! It was always us who tired first of these games as she could have gone on forever.
Looking after Mya was very easy and we enjoyed our time in Taringa. The home is very close to Brisbane City and two major shopping centres. We were able to take advantage of some of the lovely cafes within the area also. The owners have tastefully and fully renovated the home and it is easy care and very comfortable.
There were many walks that we were able to do with Mya which included the Mt Cootha Forest – here she had to be on leash. She walked well both on and off leash.
We are very familiar with this area having had our family living here for many years. On arrival the beautiful 1 acre property was like all others in the area, very dry not having seen any rain for a while. The weather soon changed and we had rain for most of the sit.
The owners had 5 free range chickens and we were the recipients of lovely fresh eggs each day. Along with keeping chickens the owner is a keen native bee keeper and we had approximately 25 hives to check daily.
We arrived home one afternoon to unfortunately find that a snake had entered the chicken coop and taken one of the chickens. Due to the size of its meal it didn’t appear to be in any hurry to move on. This was to be the first of two visits to the coop from snakes but thankfully the second snake did not take another. The owners son has his boat at the property and thankfully on both occasions had arrived to take the boat out so removed them from the property for us. One of the drawbacks we feel to rural living.
We arrived the morning the owners were leaving for their
short break and were treated to a beautiful BBQ breakfast on the deck.
What a peaceful and relaxing property this is. The owners
have 400 acres of land and run beef and dairy cattle. During our stay they had
some of the land leased and would put their own stock on it upon their return.
We were woken each morning by the sound of the kookaburras and had kangaroos
passing through at dawn and dusk.
We were very excited to be adding to our list of animals
that we have cared for, Stan the Poddy calf. Stan had one of his legs in a cast
due to a mishap while being born. The owners assured us that Stan would just
need to be fed and watered and that he would just hang out in the area around
the house. What could go wrong?
It turned out that Stan had a few behavioural issues, on the top of the list was that he didn’t think he was a calf, he thought he was more of a human we think. We found Stan in numerous areas that he was not supposed to be in. The laundry – not doing the laundry but eating it! Rearranging the owner’s boots and eating the laces. Doing a spot of exploring in the shed and his favourite spot being the garage to escape the heat.
Stan was at the end of being fed his milk formula and when it ran out there was to be no more. We were able to give him his milk right up to the day before we left.
We woke one morning to find that after a night of rain his cast
has softened and he had licked through the cast exposing his injury. A quick
call to the owners and a visit to the neighbour, we sprang into action with the
neighbours help to remove the cast, clean the wound, bandage his leg and tape
it. He certainly wasn’t impressed at
first with our doctoring/nursing skills but after a while settled and allowed
us to go ahead and do what was needed. Thankfully this all happened the day
before the owners returned as he had nearly eaten through the new taping and on
their return, they would recast his leg.
Alfie and Smirky were no trouble at all and were our TV
companions at night. They both had lovely natures and were a pleasure to look
Rusty’s owners were off to Western Australia to visit with family so needed someone to care for their special boy. Rusty lost one of his eyes several years ago due to an illness. He is also quite elderly and it was our pleasure to have him placed in our care. He is such a gentle boy and would like to stay near you at all times. Rusty requires drops into his remaining eye and you only have to call him and say “eye drops, Rusty” and he would come to your side and look up at you knowing what was to come. Now, I would like to say it was because of his impeccable behaviour, some would say it was because of the treat he knew he would get after the drops is the reason, he is so well behaved! Straight after the drops he would then head to the pantry door!
We were also told by his owners that he would not go for his
walk if only one of us went. One morning we put that to the test and sure
enough he sat on the driveway refusing to move until we both headed off down
the road with him. Rusty’s walks were not too long due to the heat and his age.
There is a park at the end of the street which became his daily “go to” walk
and there we would sit for a while allowing him to take in the sights and
sounds of the area.
We love all the pets that we care for and there are some
that steal your heart and Rusty is certainly one of these. He was such an “old
& gentle soul” His favourite place to sleep at night was in the ensuite
placing himself right at the door.
We were very pleased that the “girl’s” owners chose us after
we applied through Aussie House Sitters as they had an experience with previous
sitters that did not work out well at all. We felt that this meant they had the
confidence in us that we would care for Keeta and Nala and their home in the
way that they expected.
Keeta is chocolate brown and Nala is golden and they are just beautiful girls. Being young they were full of energy and loved playtime in their large and beautiful yard. This included going for a dip in their pool and they kept us highly amused with their high energy paddling. They were also respectful of each other by taking turns in the pool. They have access to the outside of the home through their doggie door during the day but were to be kept in over night due to their love of finding a toad to play with! At night they were good TV companions!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and the house is very modern and comfortable situated in a private road backing onto a nature reserve. Bruno was kept busy with mowing the lawn and some gardening. Due to the hot weather that we had during this sit, Keeta and Nala enjoyed the air conditioning in the house and this is where they loved to have a sleep also during the day.
We applied through Aussie House Sitters and arranged to visit on our return, with the owners, after phoning them while we were still overseas. A week or so to recover and we then took a drive down to Arundel to meet with them. In our care we would have Jordan and Meeka – the furry members of the crew, seven birds the feathered members and Rango, one water dragon the scaly member. Jordan and Meeka were easy care with no need of a walk, as per owner’s request. At feed time we needed to separate them as Jordan was a speed eater and moved quite quickly onto Meeka’s meal after finishing his own.
Rango was our first Water Dragon that we have looked after. He also was easy care with enough live food and dry food being left in his tank to see the sit through. He was in a temperature controlled tank and this needed to be monitored for his comfort. He loved to spend time in his water container that was in his tank.
There were three cages for the birds. In the first cage was Harry the lorikeet, in the second was a mixture of cockatiels and in the third cage was a blue ringneck parrot. The cockatiels and ringneck were easy care but Harry was a different story! We had been warned that he bites and so cleaning and feeding was a little complicated and needed the two of us to complete both tasks! I am sure anyone seeing us clean and change his feed would have thought it quite comical as Harry was determined to get a bite in! Thankfully we came away with all fingers intact!
Responsibilities Included: Feeding Jordan & Meeka. Morning & night & making sure that they had fresh water. Playtime for them both. Temperature monitoring for Rango and daily cleaning of his water. Cleaning the bird cages, checking their food/water supply. Harry had a special blend of food that needed to be mixed in water and changed daily. Security of the home. Pool maintenance. Mail Collection