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  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s)
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  • 2019: 4Jul-21Jul | 25Jul-12Oct | 22Oct-12Nov | 2020: 25Feb-3Apr

in good hands

65, Freelance Copywriter & Editor

Want absolute peace of mind while you're away? I can help. Let me count the ways...

1. You can RELAX while away: I'm an experienced house sitter with references
2. Your pets will feel safe: I have a soothing demeanour
3. Your neighbours will be happy: I'm very quiet
4. Your pets won't miss you: I'll adore them so much
5. Your house will stay clean and neat: I prefer it that way
6. Your garden will be happy: I love to potter and water
7. The lovely homeowners who've trusted their home and pets to my care say, "Yes, definitely! She's wonderful."
8. Your home will stay fresh: non-smoker; vegetarian
9. You'll return to a very tidy home: I love being organised
10. You might even ask me back, or refer me to your family and friends, as other homeowners do!

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Additional info about me:

I've been housesitting since 2012. I raised my young family in Canberra for over thirteen years until early 2011, returning in late 2016 to be close to one of my now adult children.

I love being back in Canberra, and have discovered much more about our beautiful city since I've been house sitting here. Another adult child lives overseas, and I have no grandchildren yet. I worked full time in Parkes in 2017 but now I'm a freelance writer/editor. This means I am in your home during the daytime more often than if I was employed elsewhere.

My house sitting experience includes:
* Melbourne (5 months, various homes and pets: dogs, cats, hens)
* managing/housekeeping holiday rentals on Fraser Island (17 months, remote location, large garden, off-grid solar with diesel backup power, no pets)
* Brisbane (2 years, various homes and pets)
* South Coast NSW (1 month, multiple times; same home and adorable dog)
* Switzerland (two weeks, no pets)
* Canberra (many homes and pets since late 2016)
* Lille, France 2018 (beautiful rescue greyhound)

As well as being a house sitter, I've rented and owned homes throughout my life.

If you're planning a big trip, let's talk soon so you have one less thing on your to-do list. I can provide absolute peace of mind while you're away.

I prefer long term house sits but will consider short term ones as well. If you're going away for a shorter period, I'd be more than happy to help out if I'm not already on a house sit. Note: my availability dates are kept up-to-date.

I'll happily provide more referees upon request. There are a number of endorsements from happy homeowners on my profile. Please click into them to read full comments. (Note: not every home owner endorsement appears here. For instance, some of my house sits were arranged outside of this online booking service, after recommendations from previous homeowners.)

Contact me now if you're looking for a mature, responsible, peaceful, happy, caring housekeeper who will love your pets and home as much as you do. You'll be glad you did!

Reviews (13)
No rating We cannot express highly enough how appreciative and delighted we were with the excellent care Jude took of our cats, our home and our garden while we were overseas. Having Jude in our home made our holiday that more relaxing knowing that everything was in good and safe hands at home. We found Jude to be very easy to communicate with being both friendly and practicable. Jude cared for our two beautiful but high maintenance cats as if they were her own and she kept us up to date with a weekly ... MORE
CAROL AND GARRY (Crace ACT, May 2018)
It was lovely to come home to two happy cats and a well looked after home and garden. While we were away Jude kept us updated on how everything was going and sent photos of the cats. When they refused to eat she even went shopping to buy them some "Fussy Cat", appropriately named, and we have continued to feed it to them as they love it. The kitchen was amazing with beautifully tidied cupboards which we had been meaning to sort out for a while. Jude watered the garden several times, raked the ... MORE
 
NICK AND MAGGIE (Mawson ACT, Apr 2019 - 6 weeks)
It was my pleasure Maggie & Nick. I was tempted to kidnap (or should that be catnap?) Missy and Coco. I fell in love with those two.
Jude house-sat for us during a recent week's absence, and inherited the dosing of our young Burmese cat, who'd just had another trip to the vet with injury. She managed this very calmly, and took time to work out the personality of our active young fellow. Aside from her excellent care of Chino, Jude left the house very clean and tidy, and indoor and outdoor plants watered as necessary. I have no reservations about recommending her as an exceptional house sitter.
 
JENNIFER (Downer ACT, Apr 2019 - 1 week)
You're very welcome Jenny & Denys!
No rating We recently were fortunate enough to have Jude housesit for us for two weeks while we were interstate. Jude was responsible for the care of our dog and cat, in addition to the house. Whilst we were away, Jude kept in touch to provide us with updates as to the wellbeing and happiness of the pets, which gave us great peace of mind, as our dog takes a tablet twice a day and our cat has periodic flare ups of a skin condition. Knowing that Jude was a pet lover herself made us feel very ... MORE
KERRIE (Fraser ACT, Apr 2018 - 2 weeks 1 day)
No rating Jude took amazing care of our pets and house. The place was in better condition than what we left it in which was a lovely surprise to come home to. I can't recommend Jude highly enough for any house or pet sits. Thanks again!
JONATHAN (Melba ACT, Mar 2018 - 1 week 5 days)
No rating I would not hesitate in recommending Jude as a housitter. Jude took care of our house, Grover (dog) and other pets with a level of care, diligence, and communication beyond expectations, whilst we were away for 4 months. Our house was completely spotless on our return, and Grover healthy and happy, he misses her still! Jude is a wonderful, kind, capable and respectful person with years of worldly experience. Wishing her all the best, Manuela :)
MANUELA (Curtin ACT, Jun 2017)
No rating Jude did a great job of looking after our house and pets while we were overseas. The house was immaculate when we returned, in fact she did a better job than us. Our cat who is very skittish loved her and I'm sure the chickens are still missing her. Thanks Jude
WILL (O'connor ACT, Apr 2017 - 1 month 2 weeks)
No rating Jude is a lovely person and was an absolutely perfect house sitter when we went away on a camping holiday for three weeks in April 2017. The house was absolutely spotless when we returned and our border collie dog had been very well looked after. The whole house sitting arrangement was very easy, with Jude sending regular updates on Jet and the house while we were away so that we didn't have to worry about how things were going. If Jude has expressed an interest in your house sit, don't ... MORE
EMILY (Watson ACT, Apr 2017 - 3 weeks)
No rating Jude was an excellent housesitter, keeping us up to date regularly with reports on the house and garden. She was very professional in her approach to looking after our property.
GRAHAM (Kambah ACT, Jan 2017 - 4 weeks)
No rating Jude house sat for my partner and I for nearly 3 weeks. She was absolutely fantastic. We came home to a happy cat and a well cared for garden and house. to return home after a long flight to milk,fruit and veges for us was so thoughtful.....but best of all was the smell of freshly made spelt bread wafting through the house!!! Thank you Jude.
MARGARET (Deakin ACT, Jan 2017 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating Jude was wonderful, taking exceptional care of my home, hens, (including a broody girl), and garden. I loved that she kept me updated with how everything was going. Jude is completely trustworthy, confident and reliable, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jude to housesit for you and would love to have her back. Thanks Jude
BEVERLEY (KEDRON QLD, Oct 2014)
No rating We could not have been happier with Jude and would recommend her to anyone looking for a house sitter. A lovely, reliable and caring lady who left our house absolutely spotless and our cat and dog relaxed and happy. Both our pets tend to be shy and our dog is very nervous around new people. Upon meeting Jude our dog seemed to take to her right away and we were confident that she was going to be happy and well looked after while we were gone. Our cat was initially elusive (as per usual), however ... MORE
ERIN AND GLYN (Windsor QLD, Sep 2014)
No rating Jude is a very intelligent lady who was the best house sitter I ever had. She loved my puss cat and cared well for her. She also looked after my garden very well. I'll admit to being a "control freak" house owner, but I couldn't find a thing to complain about when I returned home after Jude's stay. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
KATHRYN (Aspley QLD, Oct 2013)
 
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