There is nothing more secure than having people at home while you're away. Get a house sitter.
My husband & I have lived in East Gippsland for more than 40 years. We originally came, here as my husband had a teaching position at Bairnsdale Tech. We love the area, & built our own mud brick house on 20 acres that adjoins the Tambo River. We raised 3 wonderful Kids in that house, that have since left home, married, & all have children of their own.
Over the years, we have had quite a few dogs & cats, plus sheep & cows; which has included hand rearing lambs & calves.
We feel we're experienced & capable to look after domestic animals as well as farm animals. (My husband grew up on a wheat/sheep farm).
We have recently retired, & now wish to do some travelling, see more of Australia & experience new things.