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Rama...Cate (home & pet lover)

61, retired jewelry designer

Hello,
My passion is taking care of a home and it's furry occupants.
I love the company of animals whether domestic pets or natural wildlife and find they love me too. I am a homebody spending most of my time at home. I enjoy keeping a home clean, garden watered, reading and taking short walks in nature and along the beach.

I am a single 61 yr old non smoking female. I am on my 51st sit through aussiehousesitters and have many good references below my profile in addition to the reviews.

I was booked till September 28th, however due to the virus I am now free April through to end of July. Stay safe everyone.

As I spend most of my time at home and really enjoy nature and animals housesitting is a good fit for me.

I enjoy walking dogs who can walk well on a lead, but I can't handle a strong pulling dog due to a pelvic injury. I also enjoy the company of cats, birds, horses (although I've only taken care of one horse for a short time) I have done many sits with both cats and dogs.

Small to medium gardens and pot plants are fine for me to hand water but large gardens (eg. over an hr a day of hand watering) is too much on my pelvis after a botched mesh operation.

I housesat for 3 1/2 yrs (23 sits) from 2012 - 2015 in 4 states and then settled in beautiful St Helens Tasmania where after landing a long housesit I decided to buy a block of land and have a little house built. I rejoined aussiehousesitters in 2017 which shows with my endorsements.

Prior to that I lived in the US for 25 yrs where I designed jewelry and owned a jewelry store in Bridgehampton New York. After having some health challenges I moved back to my home country. I grew up in Sydney.

Thank you to aussiehousesitters and the many wonderful owners I have sat for! Making friends with owners along the way continues to be a blessing. :)

I have enclosed some references below. If you would like contact details for any of the references please let me know.
The Review section also has more recent references.

Please call me if you have any questions.
Cheers, Cate

1. It is with much pleasure to provide a glowing reference for Cate Walton who has done stints (the longest up to 7 weeks) for us during the past few years. Cate has cared for our now 7 year old dog, including wash and regular grooming plus our 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home and garden. Cate was also allowed to drive one of our cars during her stays. On our return from various holidays all of our property was in perfect order, including the car plus a very healthy happy Kerry Blue Terrier dog named Taj. Cate has always been resourceful in getting unplanned issues done in our absence which has given us peace of mind.

2. Cate is a thoroughly reliable, honest and caring pet and house sitter. Last year she cared for our precious beagle while we were overseas for four weeks. She took him with her to the local cafes and in other ways indulged his particular needs, regularly communicating online with us and with photos. There was a nice meal awaiting us on our return and the house was as neat and clean as we had left it. We found Cate to be resourceful, thoughtful and kind with a genuine love of animals. She would be our first choice next time we need a sitter.
Leith April 2014, March 2018, December 2019

3. I turned to Aussie House Sitters, registered as a house owner, and drafted an ad. Then, I browsed through the list of sitters who would be available in my area during the time I would be away. Catherine's name bobbed to the top of my list, along with a few others. After exchanging messages, I felt that she'd be the right one for the job, and that proved correct.

I didn't have one second of worry about my house and cat while I was away for 3 months again. Cate kept me up to date with the antics of Minx, including sending photos. Minx was a happy, healthy cat when I returned home, which was just wonderful.

Cate also took good care of my house, so it was a treat to walk in after the flights from Europe, to a clean home. My garden pretty well takes care of itself, but Cate organised my local handyman to come in and deal with the weeds, and to spread mulch.

Cate has set a high standard for house sitters; if I can't get her next time I go away, she's left big shoes to fill. I certainly recommend her, you won't be disappointed.

March 2018: I have since been fortunate to have Cate sit with Minx again, for a six week period. She gave exactly the same excellent care to my cat and home, so once again I had a worry-free vacation overseas. I have no hesitation in recommending her to you. She's definitely 5 star material.

Yvonne
Atherton QLD

4. Vicki - Byron Bay NSW
Jan 2018 & November, December 2018
Cate looked after our property and our beloved cat for 5 weeks. I can not recommend her too highly. She kept in close email contact with us, regularly sending us photos of Charlee, reassuring us as to his wellbeing and contentment. We felt able to fully relax knowing that our pet was loved and cared for, and that our home was in good hands. On our return from overseas , all was well. Cate had looked after Charlee and our house as if both had been her own! We very much hope to be able to welcome Cate to our home again in the future.


5. Cate looked after our home and our dog for just over three weeks 1st - 24th October '17. She has been an absolute pleasure to deal with during this time. Cate left our home spotless and our dog very content. While we were away Cate kept in touch via email, even sending photo's of the dog. I cannot recommend highly enough for other people wanting a house sitter to undertake Cate's services, you will be very pleased as we are.
Mandy

6. To whom it may concern
Cate house-sat for us over a 3 week period in March 2013. During that time she cared for our 10 year old Ridgeback cross and our 7 year old Belgian Shepherd cross. She was required to walk the dogs daily, feed and care for the dogs, bring in the mail and generally take care of the house. She treated the dogs exceptionally well and took great care of them. This included giving them warm baths with organic shampoo!

We felt totally relaxed leaving the dogs, car and house in her care as it was clear that she was very reliable, honest and conscientious.

When we returned from our holiday the house was very clean and the dogs in A1 condition. Cate did an outstanding job and I strongly recommend her as a house-sitter.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Regards Jane
Mullumbimby Creek
NSW 2482
March 27, 2013


7. To Whom it may concern,
Cate looked after our house for 3 weeks. Along with the house, Cate did a wonderful job looking after our dog Gemma. We are sure she was spoiled rotten while we were away. We came home to a spotless house and Cate had even done a load of washing we left behind. Cate kept us up-to-date with everything going on with Gem, we were never far away via our email chats. If you want a reliable and tidy person to look after your place I would recommend Cate for the job. Our Gem is a big strong girl and was quite the handful for Cate, but she was walked and fed daily and I think they formed quite the bond. Kaleigh and I wish Cate all the best on future housesits...hopefully somewhere a lot warmer than Melbourne. Matt

8. To whom it may concern, Cate kindly house sat for us from Wednesday 19th September through to Saturday 6th October, 2012. We needed her to look after our 10 month old Staffy dog called Daisy and on fIrst meeting it was obvious Cate loves dogs. The whole time we were away Cate kept us informed about Daisy and how she was going without us. We arrived home to a very clean house and a very happy, healthy dog so it was a pleasure to have Cate stay at our house knowing she was home most days for company to Daisy and security for the house. I would have no problem in recommending Cate to sit a house for any of my family or friends in the future and wish her all the best with her travels in Australia.
Kind regards, Michelle
Mont Albert, Melbourne


9. To whom it may concern,
Cate looked after our home and basenji for a month, late 2012. It was the first time we had used the services of a house sitter and were a little nervous about leaving home and loved pet in the hands of a stranger. We asked her to arrive a day or so before we left and she was more than happy to do so. After meeting her, we were quite happy to leave and enjoy our holiday.

Cate is a kind, lovely lady and we returned to a clean home and a happy healthy dog. We would quite happily utilize her house sitting services again and would recommend her to others.

Rae & Tony
Lake Macquarie NSW


10. 22nd September 2012
Ashburton,
Victoria 3147

Dear Sir/Madam To Whom It May Concern

Cate looked after my house and dog, Eddie, for two weeks in September 2012 while I was away in Perth. I have a large recently renovated house in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

In seeking a house sitter, I was particularly concerned to get someone who would be responsible in looking after my dog and the property. In my initial contact with Cate prior to asking her to sit my house, I was pleased that she returned emails/texts promptly and arrived exactly on time to view the house and meet my dog. I satisfied myself that she had the experience and maturity to look after my house and felt that it would be in good hands.

On the morning of my departure, Cate arrived at the time agreed and the "handover" took place smoothly. While I was absent, Cate informed me by text of any significant phone calls or events that she thought I would be interested in.

When Eddie got a minor cut on his foot, Cate properly contacted me and she then acted responsibly in taking the dog to the vet and administering the treatment.

Cate looked after the house well and all was clean and tidy on my return. She collected my mail and newspapers and kept these aside for me. I was especially pleased with her ability to look after my dog and be firm with him when required.

I have no hesitation in recommending Cate for house and dog sitting.

Yours faithfully,
Bruce R

Reviews (19)
You really cannot get a better house-sitter than Catherine. She takes her role very seriously and recognises the need to look after the house and the animals with diligence and responsibility. She loves animals and goes out of her way to build trust with them. She keeps the house immaculately clean and she keeps in touch with you with regular up-date emails while you are away. The animals are fed, watered and cared for. She is also a very nice person. I recommend her highly and would not ... MORE
 
MARTIN (Tyalgum Creek NSW, Aug 2018)
Cate is a fabulous house/dog sitter. It was so nice to come home to an exceptionally clean home and happy dog. Cate sent pictures to us on a regular basis which was lovely. She is very honest, communication was excellent and I will definately ask her to come back.
 
HILARY (Kangaroo Point QLD, Dec 2019 - 7 weeks)
Cate was our very first house sitter. After we met I instantly relaxed and was happy to leave my fur babies and home in her hands. She kept us updated on their well-being with photos and was willing to go above and beyond her sitter duties to help us out. Thank you so very much Cate, almost feels like you are part of the family now! Hope to see you again soon :-)
 
MELANIE (Geebung QLD, Nov 2019 - 2 weeks 5 days)
You will go a long way to find a better sitter than Cate. Great communication, the house was sparkling when I returned, kept me updated with pics of my cat while I was away, and even managed to keep my garden thriving in a heat wave. I would highly recommend Cate for pet care, garden care, and house care.
 
JANNINE (Mullumbimby NSW, Nov 2019 - 3 weeks)
Cate delivered excellent care of our property during her stay which included the housekeeping, care of our hens and aviary birds and garden and pot plants. We highly recommend Cate as a reliable house sitter.
 
DEIRDRE & JIM (Banora Point NSW, Sep 2019 - 1 month 3 weeks)
We were impressed with how well Catherine kept us updated on anything that we needed to know. It was a joy to return to a tidy, clean home.
 
LORRAINE (BANORA POINT NSW, Aug 2019 - 10 days)
This was the first time we had ever used a house sitter and we were a bit nervous about letting a stranger into our home :) Catherine was a dream come true, she looked after our house like it was her own, our cat Mr Puss was very spoilt and well looked after. Catherine kept us updated throughout our 3 1/2 week holiday and we are more than happy to recommend her to anyone looking for a nice quiet person to take good care of their home and pets whilst they are away.
 
KITRA & KEVIN (Goonellabah NSW, Aug 2019 - 3 1/2 weeks)
Thanks Kitra and Kevin, it was a pleasure staying in your beautiful peaceful home. Mr Puss was delightful, I enjoyed feeding the kookaburras and taking care of the house and garden in general. :)
Cate was an absolute dream. Our cats loved her and she left the house spotless, what more could we want. We are sorry that she probably won't be back due to rediscovering her cat allergy - we haven't told the cats yet, they'd be very sad as she was just amazing with them! Thank you again, we didn't have to worry about the house or cats while we were away at all.
 
LORETTA (Mermaid Beach QLD, Jul 2019 - 4 days)
Thanks Loretta and Alex. Yes, the flare up of my allergies was a bit of a shock but Ollie and Millie were great to be around. Meeting both you and Alex was lovely. I seem to still have the sneezes and a cold so maybe I was just coming down with a cold and it wasn't the cats at all! Lol
It was so good to come home to a well tended house & a very happy dog. Cate looked after my home, dog & fish as though they were her own. Would recommend her to anyone.
 
VIVETTE (East Ballina NSW, May 2019 - 4 weeks)
I was uttely delighted with having Cate as my House-Sitter. She bonded with my two dogs immediately - which was an excellent start!! Cate and I texted eachother almost daily during this trip and I received photos of my dogs looking completely at ease. This was so much of a relief, I was able to relax knowing they were happy. The unexpected bonus was that Cate did a stack of cleaning for me that had not been attended to for while. This was very much appreciated. Mark and I are now ... MORE
 
ANNETTE (Ballina NSW, Apr 2019)
Thankyou for your kind words Annette and Mark Cate
Cate looked after my elderly cats and horse very well. Her communication was clear and she was reliable. I would be happy to have Cate house sit for me again.
 
MEGAN (Bangalow NSW, Apr 2019 - 4 days)
Cate spent 6 weeks looking after our home and our small dog. We received regular updates whilst we were away.We arrived home to a happy and healthy dog and well cared for home. Thank you Cate.
 
KERRIE (Laurieton NSW, Feb 2019 - 1 month 2 weeks)
We were lucky to find Cate on such short notice. She stayed with us for a couple of weeks before we left to fill the gap between her sits. It was really nice to get to know her before we went away. It set our mind at ease knowing we could trust Cate to care for our home, garden and dog. Chloe our dog, was so relaxed with Cate- it eased the guilt of leaving her knowing how caring Cate was. We have a fairly large garden that has recently been planted and needs a lot of water until it gets ... MORE
 
NICOLE (Elizabeth Beach NSW, Jan 2019)
Thank you Nicole and Dave for a lovely review! It was a pleasure taking care of your inspiring home and so glad I could bond with Chloe (we became good buddies) and care for the garden. I hope Dave is back to good health! It was lovely to make new friends yet again through housesitting. :)
Cate was the ideal sitter for us. She loves animals and is very house proud. Cate is a wonderful person and very sincere. I have no hesitation in recommending Cate to anyone seeking a reliable, intelligent and lovely house sitter.
 
DARYL (Ermington NSW, Jan 2019 - 5 days)
We were delighted to have Cate look after out pets and home and would not hesitate to invite her in the future.
 
SUZANNE (Mosman NSW, Oct 2018)
I was very satisfied with Catherine's care of my property and pets, especially the loving care and attention my dog received. When I returned the house was lovely and clean, the dog clearly adored her, the fish and worms were thriving and the garden was fine. I'll be happy to recommend her at any time.
 
ROSALIND (Byron Bay NSW, Oct 2018 - 2 weeks 4 days)
No rating Catherine took great care of our home and cat, Lamington, while we were overseas. The house was kept in a very clean condition and she even did a few extra tasks for us that had been forgotten about before we left. Contact was kept over the duration of our holiday, which meant we were able to keep up to date, should anything had gone wrong. Catherine is a lovely host who likes quiet enjoyment, good food and making furry friends.
TENILLE (Annerley QLD, Jun 2018 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Cate looked after our property and our beloved cat for 5 weeks. I can not recommend her too highly. She kept in close email contact with us, regularly sending us photos of Charlee, ressuring us as to his wellbeing and contentment. We felt able to fully relax knowing that our pet was loved and cared for, and that our home was in good hands. On our return from overseas , all was well. Cate had looked after Charlee and our house as if both had been her own! We very much hope to be able to ... MORE
 
VICKI (Byron Bay NSW, Jan 2018 - 1 month 1 week)
Cate looked after our home and our dog for just over three weeks. She has been an absolute pleasure to deal with during this time. Cate left our home spotless and our dog very content. While we were away Cate kept in touch via email, even sending photo's of the dog. I cannot recommend highly enough for other people wanting a house sitter to undertake Cate's services, you will be very pleased as we are.
 
MANDY (Mitchelton QLD, Oct 2017 - 3 weeks)
 
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