Animal Lover 123
43, Dog Walking Business Owner
I am 43 years old and run a business walking dogs. 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 my own business.
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 recently set up a dog walking business called Queen of the Hounds. If you have a dog that gets along with others they can come along with me multiple times a day to play with my clients dogs and have extra walks.
When not working on my business I am studying to be a dog trainer through Delta. At the moment this involves correspondence study. In June I will be flying to Sydney to spend a week learning how to run dog obedience courses.
On Friday evenings I train at an agility 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. In the future I plan to become a volunteer instructor at a dog club.
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 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.