Animal Lover 123
43, Project Officer
I am 43 years old working at the Royal Children's Hospital. I am a non-smoker and own a car.
I returned to Melbourne recently after spending two years in Sydney. I house sat for the entire two years I lived in Sydney. I enjoy housesitting and it has given me an amazing opportunity to pay off my student loan, put extra money into superannuation, donate to my favourite causes and begin saving to buy a pet shop.
I love animals and previously fostered cats for a local shelter. I grew up in a house that was practically a menagerie! I have experience with dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, rats, mice, birds, guinea pigs, chickens etc. I am the sort of person who stops to pat cats and dogs when going for a walk and keeps dog treats in the car for my friends pets. My close friend recently acquired a small farm and I enjoy going to visit.
I had a pet cockatiel for many years. My grandfather was a bird breeder so I am familiar with birds funny little idiosyncrasies.
I enjoy spending time with dogs and on Sunday mornings I train at a dog club. I have trained one dog up to agility level, three dogs in obedience and have just started training a second agility dog. Dog training is more about training the people than the dog. I am learning a lot. The club has many trainers so there are plenty of people to ask should I ever encounter a dog with unusual behaviour that I am unsure how to correct. On house sits where there are dogs I apply what I have learned and have successfully corrected minor behavioual issues before the owners returned. I have cared for dogs who suffer from dog aggression and willing to do so again in the future.
I have sat for lots of different animals. The most unusual is probably stick insects and a scorpion.
I adore travel and go overseas whenever I can afford to do so. I like countries that are totally different to ours with Africa and India being favourite places. My recent trips were to Belize where I did an ancient Mayan dig and North Korea (yes that is the naughty one).
I have reached the stage in life where the nightlife no longer appeals to me. I would prefer to curl up with a good book or have a meal with close friends.
I enjoy cooking and get a lot of pleasure from feeding friends. You are likely to find a meal in the fridge waiting for your arrival.
The pictures are of me with:
- my friend's working dog, Lick,
- a past foster cat, Denny - he is the most relaxed cat I ever met.
I have been a full-time house sitter since May 2015 and in the past used housesitters to care for my (now deceased) pets. I believe I have a good understanding of both sides. I take the responsibility of caring for pets very seriously. I recently completed a pet first aid course and a diploma of canine behaviour.
I am a responsible person and should you choose me I will treat your home with the same care as if it is my own.