We have a standard poodle and a white shepherd who will need some love while we're away for Christmas. We may also have a jack russell for part of it (he's a long-term dog sit who is going home this Christmas break). We will be gone for 18 days.
They require time with people, sleeping inside at night, feeding twice a day. If you remember to water our few plants that's a bonus! You can walk them if you wish.
We also have a fish tank that is relatively self-maintaining. You just need to add food every second day.
We are near shops and bus routes in the south of Canberra. Our house is a 3 bedroom, 2 storey house.