We’re Jay and Louise. And we're thrilled to be house and petsitting ...Availability: Greater Sydney 22-29 January 2023; Perth: 19 February - 31 March 2023; International destinations April - May 2023.
We're currently in NSW beginning the first of four pet sits through early 2023. In 2022, going from one extreme to another, we spent a month in hot, sunny Palm Springs, California with the majestic Miss Kitty and a month in chilly, rural country WA with two active dogs and a loving cat. Both environments were dazzling and beautiful. We've also cared for two adorable Lhasa Apsos in Perth, a rescue bull terrier and mature kitty in greater Sydney, and twice for a spectacular cavoodle in Paddington (NSW). It's been a fun, busy, and varied year.
We have been so blessed to travel much of the world witnessing its wonders. However, at this stage in our lives, we are more interested in experiences than in sightseeing. We enjoy spending extended periods in one new or revisited place where we can care for and cuddle with your cats and dogs, visit the local café on a regular basis, and absorb the unique attributes of your community. This is what makes our hearts sing.
We’ve been married for 46 years, and while we’ve spent much of that time in Los Angeles raising our children and working in the broadcasting, communications, and entertainment industries., we’ve also lived in Denver, Memphis and Boston in the US. And, in 2005 wanting a lifestyle change, we migrated to Western Australia. Now, we’re semi-retired and we divide our time between Australia and Southern California. Life is good.
We are US citizens and both hold Australian visas that allow us to live and work there long-term.
We’ve edited our possessions and whilst still remaining active and relevant, we’ve opted for the two suitcase life and have never been happier. Our only regret to this new found freedom and mobility is our inability to have our own pets, who have been an integral part of who we are. We have fostered numerous kitties for Western Australia’s cat rescue centre, giving us heightened sensitivity to and experience in caring for abused and unwell little ones.
We love to experience first-hand exposure to and interaction with other cultures. We are curious, independent, adaptable, low maintenance people with very good problem solving skills, should they be required.
All we need is a reliable, fast internet connection and a comfortable place to rest. AirCon/heating and access to a car are also appreciated.
We'll bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to looking after your beloved pets and your unique home.
In addition to our 2022 sits, we completed a housesit in Perth in March 2020 looking after a stately, elderly kelpie just before Covid restrictions were put in place.
We also completed three housesits in for the same family in Busselton WA caring for two lively and wonderfully affectionate dogs (Denny and Margot) and a regal, elderly and equally affectionate cat (Gordon).
We housesat in December 2019/January 2020 in the Sydney area where we looked after a loveable cat named Jasper, minded the owner's home, and also cared for the eight rescue cats at their business (which was closed during the holiday period).
You will benefit from our wealth of experiences – owning homes, renting homes, managing rental property, caring for and loving cats and dogs, nurturing plants and tending to gardens, fixing things and making home repairs, and maintaining clean, orderly households. Count on us to give you peace of mind, knowing that your animals and home are well cared for, whilst you are having your own adventures.
We listen and will follow the instructions you give us. We’ll happily keep you posted with photos and recaps if you’d like or will leave you alone if you prefer.
We are here foremost to meet your needs, and in return, look forward to a rewarding experience. Thank you for your consideration to let us serve in this important caretaker role for you. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about your expectations and how we can exceed them.