Hi, I am Lindy and my husband of 15 years is Rodney. We are an Australian couple in our mid fifties, now semi retired. We have left behind a "normal" existence for a life of travel, and housesitting is a brilliant way to see new places but with all the comforts of home and most importantly, with the company of beloved pets.
Over many years, Rodney and I have both owned businesses as well as our own home with a pool and all the usual responsibilities. Rodney is very handy and we are both practical people with a lot of commone sense. We pride ourselves on our organisational abilities and can be trusted to deal with pretty much anything that may come up while you are away. We have also been pet owners of numerous cats and one wonderful dog in that time. We are confident and independent people, reliable and we keep our word.
We have lots of experience with housesitting - some of our recent sits include spending three weeks in Canada caring for 7 cats during winter as well as a four week stint in Florida looking after an active dog and laid back cat. In Australia, we recently spent 4 weeks looking after a multi million dollar waterfront home with pool and the most adorable dog and cat.
In the USA this year, we have so far minded a sweet dog and cat in a historic home in Gig Harbor, WA and then an excitable Giant Schnauzer and his cat companion in Bend, Oregon. We loved each place and especially the pets - and received some great references as well as invitations to return.
Please see the references I have posted here on our profile. We have clean police checks and drivers licences too and we are financially stable. We own a low maintenance home outside of Brisbane in Australia where we stay when not travelling, which we hope is not often!
We want you to feel confident that we are experienced, caring and responsible people who will provide the best of care for your home and pets. It is an honour to be trusted to look after someone's home and loved pets and we will do everything possible to make sure that they will be treated with the utmost respect and care at all times. The security of your home and the health, safety and happiness of your pets is always our primary concern. We understand that going away can be a stressful time for you and your pets, so we try our best to keep everything running to their usual schedule and habits with as little disruption as possible. We want you to come home to relaxed, healthy and happy pets.
I am quiet and happy to spend time on my own and though I like people just fine, I love animals even more. Rodney is more gregarious, he loves to talk! He is also very handy and enjoys the outdoors.
We are both non smokers, pretty much non drinkers too. I like to watch tv and spend time painting and drawing or on the Internet so your pets will have lots of company. Rodney likes reading, skiing, hiking, so dogs especially love him! We are both keen on fishing and sightseeing in places we haven't seen before.
I have owned many cats over my lifetime. For the last 15 years, our cats have been totally inside kitties so we are used to dealing with litter boxes etc and I have also had to deal with illnesses and medicating pets at times. Cats that go outdoors are fine too, though I would worry over them more!
We also had the most lovely Pomeranian corgi mix dog, Sammi who was one spoilt dog, and my heart aches that we don't have him anymore. He was deaf and had mobility issues, so we are used to dealing with dogs with needs. Rodney used to work with guard dogs, so he is comfortable with larger breeds. I'm a sucker for small cute dogs that love to snuggle and play so between us we can handle pretty much anything!
I am used to having a dog sleep on the bed with me, if your dog desires, and cats too, of course!
We both enjoy walking so your dog would get his exercise each day and if he likes to play ball....well, that was my Sammi's favorite game so I am well trained!
We used to have a small aquarium and we had guinea pigs as well as a budgie, a long time ago.
I've grown orchids as well as many roses and exotic plants. We can mow your lawn if needed and keep on top of maintenance if it's a long term sit.
We are naturally tidy and very organized people so you can rely on us to take care of everything and have your home looking just like you left it!
Our own needs as housesitters are pretty simple. Because we like to keep up with the world via the internet, we need access to good Wifi. Also, as Rodney sometimes snores heavily, it is helpful to have access to a second bed for me to get some sleep! LOL
If there is anything else you would like to know, please ask.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE -...for any house sits of 10 days or more, I will paint or draw a portrait of one of your pets for free, just as a thank you for letting us sit for you. You can see some samples of my art on my Facebook housesitting and travel page - A brush with travel
We want to be the best housesitters you have ever had!