** We are next available from 29 September As there are two of us, one of us may be available to begin your sit prior to our end dates.. feel free to make contact, we are loving this full-time adventure! **
We are a non-smoking animal-loving couple in our 40's with no children or pets of our own and work from home wherever we are as media and communication professionals.
We'd be delighted to tend to your animal family, home and garden in exchange for a new living experience.
We care a lot about the environment we live in and like to keep it (and everyone in it!) happy, clean and well-tended because it makes us feel really good. Fortunately home owners appreciate this about us. :-)
If you like keeping up to date, we offer a weekly update complete with summary of animal, home and garden news; scans of your postal mail; shopping receipts for any household purchases we've made on your behalf; and photos of the things that matter most to you. We understand though if you'd prefer to leave it all behind, and are equally happy to update you only when you contact us.
If you have pets and they need company during the day they will appreciate us: we work from home, find it hard to resist regular affection, and like to get out daily for a walk to nearby parks and beaches.
One of us has been an active host of international travellers via the global Couchsurfing network. A link to the very positive hosting references is available on request.
~*~ Why we are house sitting. ~*~
It only occurred to us recently after 18 years of busy professional life in Sydney, Australia, that we each now have employment that is essentially location independent.
It took a bit of mental adjustment to realise that we didn't need to keep living in the same place in order to do what we do, and then another mental leap to realise that we may even be able to travel (adventure!) more broadly. Especially as internet quality gets better and better, it seems there is really very little keeping us from exploring many new and wonderful areas and meeting many new and wonderful people and animals.
Adrian takes his very happy clients with him wherever he goes as an independent media producer/director for the past 25 years, and Kali's entire work-life is online as a not for profit community and membership manager, conference director and communication producer/director.
Although we are essentially tidy, quiet, hard-working homebodies, we realised it didn't necessarily need to be *our* home that we are working from. This inspiration received in large part with the help of the Ultimate Housesitting Guide.
Travelling to different areas and living like locals (slow travel) is really hard to beat, and housesitting provides the best of both worlds.
House sitting is a fun way for us to make new furry and feathered friends as we explore new places. We both love animals of all kinds and grew up with many, in both suburban and country homes and it *totally* makes sense to us that pets prefer to stay home where they are comfortable than go away when their family travels.
We are both organised, tidy, responsible, trustworthy and like check-lists and learning new things. At our first house sit the happy returning home owner exclaimed "you are MORE than trustworthy!" and immediately asked us to do another long term sit for her during her next planned vacation, and we were invited back again next year for the following sit too.
The main thing for us is that it has to feel like a good fit for you and for us because we enjoy open communication and win/win experiences.
Apart from being tidy, organised and responsible with a love of maintaining homes and gardens to a high standard, we tend to become firm friends with the animals we meet on our travels.
When catching up for coffee with a recent returning home owner she mentioned that the animals (a cuddly cat and loving groodle) were the happiest she'd seen when she returned home. At the sit before that we were advised that it was not at all common for their cat to bond so well with her sitters over the past 13+ years, so much so that she ran to greet us when we came to visit.
We've grown up with family cats, dogs, birds, fish, mice and various farm animals as best friends, in city and country, and are comfortable just about anywhere from city to beach, rural and remote.
Our family and household dogs have included black labrador, alaskan malamute, red kelpie, miniature schnauzer, staffordshire terrier, standard poodle, weimaraner, german shepherd and rottweiler breeds. Recently we've also had the pleasure to become acquainted with 3 corgis, a beagle, scottish terrier, groodle, standard schnauzer, airedale and maltese terrier. We love all breeds and individual animals for their various unique personality traits.
In short, we like taking care of things.
Additional references that we have obtained through other house-sitting platforms (we are members of 6!) and police checks are available on request.