Hi! My name is Danielle, but most people call me Dani :)
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and currently living in beautiful Melbourne. I'm 33 years old, I work in Finance part time and one of my biggest hobbies is pet sitting :)
Currently offering house and pet sitting services all over Melbourne!
I've been house and pet sitting for 7 years now and loved every moment of it. For me this is more of a lifestyle that allows me to quench my thirst to see new places and get my animal love fix whilst helping people feel comfortable and relaxed that their home and pets are in good hands while they're away.
I'm an animal and environment lover, with a massive soft spot for pooches and kitties. I am also more than capable of handling great big pooches! I'm short, but I'm strong and know how to handle the big kids! I'm very affectionate and patient with animals and I take great care in making sure they're well looked after. As an avid animals rights activist, I live a vegetarian lifestyle and I've worked with abused animals (Mostly cats and dogs as a foster parent for rescued abused animals) and understand special needs very well and am able to cater to those needs with understanding and knowledge. I am also able administer both oral and injection medicine.
I'm also capable of looking after a variety of farm and hobbie animals, ie: cows, chooks, ducks, sheep, goats, rodents, birds and reptiles as well as horses as I grew up on a cattle farm with my Grandparents and kept horses for leisure riding and my Grandparents kept generally around a dozen rescue racing greyhounds at any one time to re-home, as well as chickens, ducks, cows and goats.
I don't smoke, and very rarely drink the odd wine with a good bowl of pasta.
I'm not much of a party animal, nor do I go out very often. I'm more of a one on one kind of person who prefers dinner, relaxing music and wine with a close friend at home, rather then going out. I'm a bookworm, night-owl type, who prefers peace and quiet, over loud music and parties.
I treat other peoples homes like my own, with care and respect, and I have quite the green thumb for those who are concerned about their plants, having grown up on a farm you can imagine the size of our veggie patch!
I'm a complete neat and organisational freak, and try to minimise my environmental footprint where I can.
I've been told people feel very comfortable and relaxed around me, as I have a very authentic, open, accepting and compassionate personality. I'm a big believer in just treating people how you want to be treated and I know if I had a house sitter staying in my home, I'd want them to feel just as comfortable with me as I do with them.
I come with references from previous housemates and peoples homes and pets I've looked after. I also have a police check available and can provide copies of formal identification.
I live and work locally, so this isn't something I do because I have to, I just love animals and seeing different parts of Melbourne, there is always something amazing to discover here and earning the trust and love of pets makes me feel fuzzy on the inside!
As I have been house and pet sitting for quite a few years now, I have a handy checklist of important things to remember and go through so that you feel comfortable and reassured as a pet and home owner, that you're choosing the right person for the job. I am happy to provide the document, even if you feel I wouldn't suit and you just need a little guidance.
Feel free to email, text or call me at any time.
I look forward to speaking with you! :)