Hello, we are Cate (44) and Mark (43). We are a married, non-smoking, professional couple from Australia who are now permanent residents in the United States. We have been living in Chicago for the last five years, and we are excited to be heading out to see more of North America.
Cate works full time as a designer/artist for her sustainable fashion and textiles business. For the last five years, Cate has worked for the President and Chancellor of a major art school in Chicago, while completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Previously, Cate worked for 15 years in costume departments for feature film, television and theatre. Prior to this, Cate worked retail during her first degree, including 2 years in a pet store, where she learned about looking after fish, birds, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Cate grew up with cats, and had the joy of owning and serving Tuvok, a burmese cat who lived with her and Mark in three different countries! He was the light of our life, and lived to be 19 years of age. We lost him two years ago, and we miss having a pet terribly. We are filled with love to bestow upon your beloved pets and look forward to giving many tummy rubs and ear scratches!
Mark works full time as a writer for a major research university, with the ability to work remotely. His professional background includes higher education, finance, and the health industry. He previously served in the Australian Army Reserve as a medic, and worked for three years as a registered nurse. Mark LOVES animals, he grew up with dogs, chickens, parakeets, and fish. Mark will enjoy spending time at home hanging with your four-legged friends, while working, and also trying to hone his creative writing.
We previously owned our own home, and understand how to maintain and look after a house and large garden. We have also been landlords, and know what it is like to leave your home in somebody else's care. Having done this, we will treat your home with the utmost respect, and your pets like a beloved member of our own family. We are house-sitting for a number of reasons - traveling to see more of North America, to pay off a graduate student loan, to save money for a house deposit, and to meet new people and a variety of pets.
While we are just starting out as house-sitters on this site, we have previously looked after homes and pets for friends and colleagues. We are very responsible, clean, and conscientious and can provide references. We are both currently taking online courses in animal care, animal first aid, animal behaviour and basic grooming.
We are great communicators, and happy to remain in touch as much as you need. We love remote or city locations, and our only need is reliable internet/wi-fi.
Thanks for considering us!
Cate and Mark