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Above and Beyond petsitter

43, Psychology student, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Writer, Study Coach

Hi, I'm Larissa!

**Currently in Queensland**

I'm a single, non-smoking, reliable 40-something animal lover travelling the country in my van, getting my degree online, and loving many furbabies along the way.

ABOUT ME
I live for helping people with mental health and life challenges, but a couple of years ago I decided to put my practice on hold and upgrade my life with a psychology degree. Rather than stay in Melbourne, get a part time job and struggle with a work, money, cold winters AND my uni commitments, I decided to give up spending a fortune on rent and bills and hit the road to study online.

The cornerstones of my life right now are travelling the country, studying psychology and a gorgeous array of animals. I couldn't be happier!


MY EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:
I grew up in a family of animal lovers with a multitude of pets. I have saved more strays than I can count in this lifetime, have had my own cat, dog and ferret, and prefer life with a furry companion or six. Unfortunately my nomadic and changing lifestyle means I can't commit to my own pets right now, so I have a whole lot of love to give yours.

I've been house sitting full time for about 2.5 years, and have completed about 25 sits in this time.

I have a lot of experience with different types of pets, and some knowledge of animal psychology and dog training techniques. I'm good at relaxing skittish cats and understanding anxious misbehaving dogs, and correcting problematic behaviours.


MY SERVICE TO YOU
Your pets' needs are my priority and will always come first to me.

RELIABILITY & INTEGRITY: Once I accept your sit, I stop looking at what is available during that period, and I will never dump you because I found something better. I understand you need a sitter you can count on. Life sometimes throws us curveballs but I will inform you immediately of any problems..

HIGH AVAILABILITY: I work and study from home, am happily without a partner or children, and lead a fairly quiet lifestyle. This means I'm around to give your pets plenty of companionship and attention, whilst providing more security for your home.

DOG WALKING & GAMES: I'll walk your dogs daily, and take them on road trips to the beach or dog park if that's their jam. I have a good throwing arm for ball-obsessed pups, and I'm strong enough to walk large breeds.

CO-SLEEPING & CUDDLES: I'm happy to let your pets sleep on my bed if that's what they're accustomed to, and will pet them and cuddle them to whatever standard you've established (and possibly beyond)!

MEDICAL TREATMENT: I'm happy to provide topical or oral medication, or prepare specialised meals. I've applied lotion to all sorts of wounds, rashes and growths, successfully squeezed probiotic paste into the mouths of reluctant cats, delivered meds hidden carefully in food, and popped suppositories into reluctant bums. At time of writing, I am caring for an old dog who requires anti-inflammatory cream applied under his foreskin.

DOG TRAINING: I've made a point of learning about dog psychology and training techniques. If your dog has behavioural issues that you want to correct, I may be able to help with this.

GROSS STUFF: If your pets have issues with incontinence, peeing or pooping inside, tummy problems, vomiting, or diarrhea, I am happy to deal with these things, but please let me know upon booking me if I should be expecting this!

TOTAL CARE: I don't just ensure your pets' basic needs are met. I lavish love, care, fun, entertainment, discipline, companionship, healthcare, cuddles and exercise on them just as you would.

CUTE PHOTOS & COMMUNICATION: I am an excellent communicator, and will be in touch regularly unless you don't want me to. I usually send photos and updates every 2-3 days, and will ask you any questions as they arise to make sure I understand everything, and I'm giving your pets the best possible care.

HOME MAINTENANCE: I am highly conscientious, and you will return to a lovely clean home and beautiful maintained garden, just the way you left it. I weed, water gardens, mow lawns and take care of pools.

My number one service is your complete...
PEACE OF MIND!


MY EXPECTATIONS
If you have any specific rules, I'd LOVE it if you could communicate them upon booking me! Open, clear communication is key to a mutually satisfying house sitting exchange.

I really appreciate you making sure you have an account set up with your vet, so that if I do need to take your pet there, payment is organised.

Disclaimer: I will love your pets and care for your home and garden as though they were my own. I would never bring a stranger home or put your house at risk in any way, but if a trusted friend or family member is passing through town, I would like to be able to invite them over as my guests. Please understand that I housesit all year round, so while I'm caring for your home, it is the only home I have.

My solo travelling lifestyle also means that I rarely get to spend time with friends and family, and being able to see them when I get the chance, while also maximising time with your pets, is important and special to me. I'd like you to be comfortable with me feeling comfortable in your home.

Final note: Please, please don't gift me chocolate, hahaha
I don't need that kind of sugar in my life! ;-)

If you have any questions or would like to get to know me better, I'd be more than happy to chat.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Larissa

Reviews (22)
Larissa, id have you back in a heart beat, although my dogs are still dirty on me because you left when I returned, they miss you more than they missed me.. I can not recommend you highly enough, you went above and beyond what was expected and took everything in your stride, including the kamikaze birds and house eating possum. I'm so lucky to have had you looking after my fur babies, thank you x
 
SHARLENE (Speewah QLD, Jul 2019 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Haha, no way, you should have seen how mad the dogs were at ME when YOU left! They are just sensitive souls who don't like change!!
Larissa did an amazing job looking after our puppies and house. She was very loving and sent lots of photos with the dogs, even bathed and trimmed them up. The house was left in immaculate condition and the herb garden flourished as it was looked after well. We would certainly use her again and highly, highly recommended her :)
 
KRISTY (SMITHFIELD QLD, Oct 2020 - 1 week 3 days)
Larissa certainly had some challenges with our elderly Billy. She always kept us in the know for which we were very grateful. Larissa was very caring and took her job looking after Billy above and beyond with his health challenges. Thank you Larissa we appreciated all you did for Bill and the care you gave him.
 
JANET (Mackay North QLD, Jul 2020 - 8 weeks)
It was an absolute pleasure to have Larissa stay at our homestead and take care of our two labs. We were very comfortable with Larissa and felt that we could relax on our international journey. The dogs took to her like she like they knew her all their lives which put the pressure off us knowing the dogs didn't suffer separation anxiety and miss us too much. Thank you Larisas and we will most certainly be back in touch for the next time, when they let us all out again. Highly ... MORE
 
GARY & PETER (Narbethong VIC, Feb 2020 - 4 weeks)
Larissa looked after our fur babies for 10 days in January 2020. We have a 2 year old Labrador and a 5 year old British blue. I felt confident from the very start with her. She cared for the animals and gave them lots of love. She walked the dog regularly and gave the cat and dog plenty of cuddles. She communicated with us regularly including the much wanted photos. She also asked us questions if she was ever unsure about why one of them was doing a certain thing. They were both very happy ... MORE
 
CAROLINE (Frenchs Forest NSW, Jan 2020 - 1 week 3 days)
Excellent house sitter who went well over and above our expectations. Larissa was fantastic with the animals and took excellent care of our home. Unfortunately for Larissa, a few of the animals had some health and behavioural issues exacerbated while we were away and ended up being more high maintenance than we expected. Larissa handled this with ease and made extraordinary efforts to care for them; including vet trips, modifying diet, medication, and care routines. Larissa did her own research ... MORE
 
LEE AND CROSBI (Terrigal NSW, Dec 2019 - 4 weeks)
I can't imagine a better house sitter than Larissa. We always feel bad about leaving Jet alone when we go on holidays, but Jet doesn't seem to mind when Larissa is coming! She takes him on adventures to the beach and dog park, plays with him for hours, gives him plenty of cuddles, and sends us photos to keep us updated, It's like a holiday for us is a holiday for Jet! She always leaves the house immaculate and cares for the gardens beautifully. Larissa is a dream house sitter, trustworthy, ... MORE
 
VICTORIA (Essendon VIC, Nov 2019 - 2 weeks 1 day)
We are just back from a 4 week trip overseas. Leaving our pets in the care of someone who was competent, caring and a good communicator was singularly the most important part of finding the 'right' house sitter for our job. Larissa was simply fantastic. Not only did she bond with our obstinate giant Irish wolfhound (evident by the Lupo's response when we arrived home) but she also discovered new ways to manage some of Lupo's more challenging behaviours. Larissa was in regular contact with ... MORE
 
JULIE (Narrawallee NSW, Oct 2019 - 4 weeks)
Thank you for this beautiful review, it was such a pleasure!
Larissa was great-awesome at communicating and is obviously an animal lover. She sent us lots of pics of the animals to keep us updated throughout our holiday.and she is also very organised and capable . We appreciated her looking after our home.
 
FELICITY (Telegraph Point NSW, Sep 2019 - 3 weeks)
Thank you Larissa for doing my house sit while I was overseas for 4 weeks. Yes , the animals are missing you greatly. I think Shadow really misses pulling all your craft stuff around. I found his secret hiding spot. Larissa is excellent at keeping you up to date on all aspects of your house sit while in her care. Once again thank you and happy house sitting. Ps sorry I took so long to get my review up.
 
ROBYN (South Kempsey NSW, Aug 2019 - 4 weeks)
Larissa cared for our fur kids for 6 days while we swanned around the reef. She sent us regular updates with pics of two very pampered pooches. Gemi and Mig both said they would happily have her back anytime.
 
LISA & MARK (Speewah QLD, Jul 2019 - 1 week)
Larissa was wonderful with our elderly dog and Bella was watching her car drive away. I would highly recommend Larissa if you ever need a house sitter.
 
MARIA (Warnbro WA, Mar 2019 - 2 weeks 6 days)
I can say what a secure feeling we had from the moment we started communicating & securing agreement for Larissa to come to our home all the way through receiving updates while we were away ... and back to arriving home to our happy pets & clean home with an updated note from Larissa updating us on all the. happenings. We are fortunate to be able to host Larissa again in April & it is a relief to know our home and pets are in good loving hands ! If you get a chance for Larissa to look ... MORE
 
KIMBERLY (Scarborough WA, Mar 2019 - 1 week)
Larissa was a dream house sitter. I felt at ease leaving our dogs and home to her and she kept us up to date frequently with photos and messages. The house was lovely and clean on our return. Highly recommend Larissa :)
 
LISA (Singleton WA, Feb 2019 - 2 weeks)
Larissa was awesome! She looked after our house beautifully, and I think the dogs are missing her already. They definitely received far more daily attention, cuddles and hugs and I am sure Kassa was wondering where she had disappeared off to..... The house was as we left it, clean and tidy, pots watered and mail collected. If you are looking for a house sitter who will care for your pets and home as if they were her own, Larissa ticks every box and more:)
 
CHRISS (Drouin West VIC, Oct 2018 - 1 week 1 day)
Thank you Chriss, it was such a pleasure! Please give them both a big cuddle from me, I miss them too!!
Larissa has recently done a 2 week house sit for me. It has been a wonderful experience , Larissa was fabulous with my 3 spoilt fur babies, catered for all their needs such as special diet, medication for one and all those games. My pets love human company and interaction and Larissa went above and beyond! I was kept informed of they wellbeing with messages and pics and I was able to fully relax knowing Larissa was caring for my pets and my house.. I would not hesitate to recommend Larissa ... MORE
 
SANDRA (Broadford VIC, Oct 2018 - 15 days)
No rating Thank you Larissa for taking such great care of our old doggie, chooks and birds. Leaving the cottage so lovely was an added bonus. We wish you all the very best and would recommend you to anyone wanting a house sitter who cares. Kindest regards Dianne
DIANNE (Cape Hi QLD, Sep 2018 - 1 week)
No rating It was a pleasure to have Larissa come and stay at our house and look after our dogs. She was a bundle of energy and took our animals for walks - even to the beach!! We arrived home to a clean and tidy house which was an absolute pleasure and two content dogs. We can highly recommend Larissa to others looking for someone to care for their animals and home!!
VICKI (Home Hill QLD, Jul 2018 - 5 days)
No rating You couldn't ask for a better house sitter than Larissa. We felt comfortable with her from the moment we met her and knew that she would be wonderful at looking after our boisterous bulldog, Chester. It's always hard travelling without our dogs (mum guilt), but from all the photos we received while we were away, and how happy he and content he was when we got home, I could see that he barely missed us. He was taken on big walks and adventures every day and given lots of cuddles at night. ... MORE
COURTNEY (Mount Coolum QLD, Jun 2018 - 5 days)
No rating We had Larissa look after our Jack for 5 weeks . When we arrived home we could see that Larissa had totally spoilt Jack as he looked very healthy happy and as usual overwhelmed to see us. Larissa also looked after our home as if it were her own . Highly recommend Larissa to care for your animals and home .
GEMMA (TIARO QLD, Apr 2018 - 4 weeks)
No rating Larissa looked after Millie, my cat for 3 nights in April 2018. Millie doesnt always take to new people but Larissa won her over. I came back to a happy settled cat, clean unit and watered plants. Thanks Larissa
RONDA (Suffolk Park NSW, Apr 2018 - 3 days)
No rating Thanks Larissa! I needed a house sitter at short notice and I was lucky enough to have Larissa respond. I was a bit nervous about organising someone at short notice but Larissa was very responsive and open in her communication. She was punctual and asked thoughtful questions as I showed her around my home. She was also very easy to get in touch with while I was away. My two older dogs and a small flock of chickens that were happy in her care. I loved getting a photo update of my pups ... MORE
RHEA (Linton VIC, Mar 2018 - 3 days)
 
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