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January 5, 2016


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We are very sad to read the recent story of a pet-sitter in his 50’s who has suffered a stroke and is unable to communicate the location of the pets he was caring for. Thank Goodness this is an extremely rare situation, but obviously sometimes things go wrong. Here are some fail-safe tips to consider putting in place, to give you and your pet sitter peace of mind should the unexpected happen. Consider asking your pet-sitter to provide ‘keeping in touch’ updates – this could be daily, bi-weekly or weekly. If you aren’t able to communicate with your pet sitter directly ask a friend or family to be the ‘go to’ contact in your absence. If you choose a solo pet sitter, agree an emergency plan should they suffer an...


June 10, 2015


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One of Sydney’s best features is its beautiful coastal location and huge choice of beaches. But, unfortunately, if you want to share a beach walk with your furry friend, there aren’t many options. The best part about house sitting in Sydney is the chance to explore new areas and discover new things. My favourite discovery is Rowland Reserve, right next to Bayview Park, not far from Avalon Beach. Okay, it’s not a local beach, especially for those in the Eastern Suburbs, but this place is worth the trip. It’s basically Crufts on the beach. In summer you can jump in the water with your pooch and savour the beautiful location whilst watching your best friend frolic with anything from St Bernard’s to Pugs. To get to the best dog beach in...


January 20, 2015


We have been house sitting in Sydney since we first came to Australia 3 years ago. Our first opportunity came by word of mouth from a recommendation by relatives living in Sydney.  It involved looking after an old labradoodle called Lucy with a tendency to lick herself compulsively while her owners we’re away for any longer than a week. This is how we managed to stop the behavior for our six week Sydney housesit. Possible reasons for compulsive licking Boredom, stress, depression, under-stimulation – Your dog isn’t finding life stimulating enough and resorts to licking to lift the boredom as well as give itself a quick dopamine fix. Parasites – Check out our other post about looking for fleas on dogs. Attention Seeking – You may be inadvertently giving your dog signals that this behavior...


April 20, 2014


Now you’ve found your perfect house sitter, it’s a good idea to leave a list of house sitting instructions so your sitters have something written to refer to. To make it as easy as possible we’ve created a template called House Sitting Instructions that you can download and update as and when you need to. The House Sitting Instructions document includes these top nine things to consider. How to contact us Holiday address and contact details – if applicable   Travel details Departure and arrival information – date and time, flight number if applicable   Pet details Feeding, walking and play schedules Veterinarian name and contact details, medicine instructions (if applicable)   Gardening and Pool maintenance Watering and cleaning schedules   Security Keys types and locking up instructions – Alarm,...


April 19, 2014


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When you housesit as much as Aidan and I do, you’re bound to run into a few pet problems. Kennel cough, digestive issues, cats who take out their anger at the strange housesitters by urinating on the carpet — all of these situations are standard operating procedure for the professional housesitter. You have to be ready to calm the cats, make sure everyone is fed, exercised, and happy, and know when you need to make that trip to the vet. Then there’s fleas. Fleas and dogs go together like bread and butter, so if you’re housesitting you’re probably going to have to deal with a flea problem at some point. Remember: just because a dog has fleas doesn’t mean you’ve done something wrong, or the homeowners aren’t taking proper care of...


January 14, 2014


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Happy pets Having a house sitter means that your pets get to stay in their own environment and keep their routine. As your sitter will live with your pets they will get lots of love and cuddles and settle much quicker after your departure. Increased Security Having someone in your home whilst you are away will help keep it secure by having a perceived presence and give you additional peace of mind. Keeping your insurance valid Many people don’t realise that their standard homeowners insurance policy won’t provide full coverage if their home sits unoccupied for a certain amount of time. Garden oasis Beautiful lawns and gardens take years to establish and having a house sitter can ensure when your return from holiday you will still have a lush garden to enjoy. Sparkling pool If...