We are Canadian citizens living part of the year in Sweden and part of the year in Australia (and sometimes home to Canada).
One of us is a university professor (science) and the other is a retired teacher now writer/editor/technician in the same research group. We travel a great deal for work, mostly for extended periods while conducting research in different laboratories around the world or collaborating on manuscripts. We discovered housesitting as it seems like a great solution for people like ourselves who travel more than 6 months a year because we really prefer to live in a house rather than a hotel. We love pets, and are much happier coming home to take the dog for a walk or cuddle with the cat. Work related travel makes it impractical to have pets of our own, but we both love dogs, cats, rabbits, horses (we have even taken care of chameleons!)
As homeowners ourselves, we understand what it is to keep up a property and leave it in wonderful condition. We have both owned and lived in suburban homes, rural houses and urban flats. We've done all the upkeep, renovations and repairs on these. We have been housesitting now for more than 7 years (30 sits total, many of them repeat sits) and have taken care of many beautiful homes and pets in Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Alaska, and New Zealand, so we're comfortable in just about any setting. We're familiar with many of maintenance and repair issues that may arise and have skills to deal with these. In addition to cats and dogs, we have cared for goats, sheep, llamas, various lizards, hamsters, guinea pigs and birds of all kinds. We both love gardening and will happily take care of your plants and grounds.
We do not smoke or drink, and prefer a quiet evening sharing the peace of your home with your pets. We are very security conscious and will always ensure that your property is protected. Our motto is to 'treat it like our own,' so you know you will come home to a clean, well-cared for house.
Mostly when we are housesitting we need quiet time for writing and working on manuscripts, so our only requirement is good internet. One of us is generally home most of the day, and very happy to undertake projects and gardening as well as pet care.
We are both energetic, outdoor-loving people, who daily run, walk, or bicycle, and enjoy exploring new places. Housesitting is a wonderful opportunity to experience a new place without being tourists.
We can housesit in Australia from November through April due to current work commitments. Other countries at other times. We are happy to provide our many excellent references from previous housesits. Hope to hear from you!