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House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s)
Preferred Locations
  • SA: Adelaide (Western & Beach Suburbs), South (Fleurieu Peninsula)  
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2020: 2Sep-27Sep

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60, Semi-retired Natural Therapist

65, Semi-retired Natural Therapist

Hi, We look forward to meeting you. We are semi-retired natural therapists who adore animals. When our beloved 13 year old Samoyed passed away we missed him terribly. Our beautiful cats had already passed away. The house seemed so empty without them. Having petsat for friends and family, we were inspired to register for petsitting online and here we are!

Our first official petsitting experience (via another website) was looking after an elderly little dog who had a history of separation anxiety. We cared for him for 6 weeks while his people were overseas on holiday. We had a wonderful time together and by our second sit with him, we had become such good friends, he showed no signs of anxiety at all. He had remembered all the training and fun tricks that had helped to build his confidence. This makes my heart happy. It's wonderful to be of service helping in the community in this way and we love the opportunity to make new friends and care for some adorable pets while exploring this beautiful country.

Over the years we have been blessed with many animal companions including 8 adorable cats (3 of which were Siamese) and 3 dogs. A gorgeous border collie was my first dog. Our largest dog was a fun-loving 75kg Alaskan Malamute who required a lot of grooming, as did our beautiful, smiling Samoyed. We took obedience training with our dogs, and this practical experience is invaluable when it comes to caring for dogs. We are familiar with the work of various animal whisperers and animal communicators. For me, it's all about building trust and communication, lots of play to make learning fun. Leading with kindness.

As natural therapists we bring many skills which may come in handy like energy therapies and muscle relaxation techniques which can be very helpful for elderly, arthritic pets or to help calm anxiety.

Loving our animal companions as we have, with all our hearts, we know how much they mean to you and want you to know that we will love and care for them as we would our own. A recent sit was with a gorgeous 15 year old Golden Retriever. We had such a wonderful time together. He is amazing for his age and a natural at treasure-hunting, sniffing out a toy. He was so proud of himself when he found the toy, his face lit up with a big happy grin. The two Burmese cats we care for each year have a wonderful time playing with us and exploring a variety of cat toys from my little collection. We love our peaceful, purring quiet time together. Two Border Collies were super keen on chasing a ball. The elderly Great Dane we cared for played like a little puppy dog with us and loved snuggling up on the sofa together with her big beautiful head on my lap. She enjoyed learning some new tricks too. Isn't it absolute nonsense "you can't teach an old dogs new tricks!" What a joy it is to see our animal companions having so much fun. Your pets miss you while you are away, but we do our very best to give them a lovely holiday with us with lots of fun and love.

In memory of Cruz, our Samoyed, we help support a charity called SaveASam dot org run by a small team of dedicated volunteers who rescue Samoyeds as well as other breeds from horrendous conditions in Korea as well as China (where dogs and cats are still eaten as meat). It makes my heart happy to see their smiling faces and wagging tails on the SaveASam website and facebook pages when the dogs are given loving homes for the first time in their lives. Some of the rescued dogs have gone on to become therapy dogs. I stopped donating to the big charities, disillusioned when I discovered that such small % of donations reached the animals, with most going to fundraising and paying massive salaries for CEO's. 100% of donations made to SaveASam are spent on the dogs. Transport, vet care, food, etc.. Its so heartwarming to follow the rescues on facebook and see the wonderful transformations of the dogs as they heal and blossom and are found loving forever homes.

Being semi-retired, and on a budget, a little holiday away from the home and business is such a treat. We worked hard to become homeowners ourselves, so we will care for your home as if it were our own. You can have peace of mind that your house and gardens are being beautifully maintained, according to your instructions, while your pets are being lovingly cared for. My husband is very handy around the house and gardens. We are both non-smokers and are very peaceful, happy people.

We have plenty of experience caring for cats and dogs, fish and chickens. Favorite pastimes include walks in nature, meditation, homemade vegetarian meals, photography, reading and writing. Hubby likes to watch the cricket. We are also grandma and grandpa to 4 gorgeous grandchildren. Because we love peace and quiet and being in nature, we may not be a good match for sits close to the city. Our preferred areas are places with sea breezes. Favourite places include Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Hayborough, Middleton, Goolwa.

We would love to hear from you and invite you to make contact if you think we could be the sitters you are looking for. For sits in South Australia, we would be delighted to visit to meet you and your pets to see if we are a good match for each other. Plenty of written references and phone referees available. Thank you.

Reviews (4)
No rating Jan and Wal we just simply amazing. I cannot recommend them to you more highly. From our first "get to know" meeting to our correspondence after returning the care, attention, thoughtfulness and kindness to our home and for our pet was second to none. It was such a joy to go away knowing that our home and pet were being well cared for. The communication with us while we were away was greatly appreciated and when we returned our home was immaculate. Jan and Wal are lovely genuine people. If ... MORE
ALAN (Encounter Bay SA, Jun 2016)
Jan and Wal were just amazing, I would recommend them for taking care of your animals and house. Very house proud and a lovely couple.Jan sent us lots of pics and messages of the dogs ( Ruby and Lily always looked so happy ) We returned to a lovely clean house. We enjoyed our holiday so much knowing the excellent care for the dogs. Jan and Wal are house sitting for us in Dec 2017.
DIANNE & GARRY (Normanville SA, May 2017)
No rating We had a house sitter cancel because of an injury and found Jan and Wal at the last minute. We were particularly anxious that our two kelpies (9 yrs & 10 months respectively) were loved, walked and cared for and Jan and Wal were everything we could have hoped. Jan even sent some photos of two happy dogs to put our minds at rest. And we returned to a lovely clean house. Altogether we couldn't have done better!
JOCELYN AND JANE (Mount Magnificent SA, Aug 2016 - 1 week)
No rating We would heartily endorse Jan & Wal as house sitters, particularly if you have pets that need looking after. Jan and Wal spent a lot of quality time interacting with our two burmese cats. They sent us weekly reports detailing their activities so that we could rest assured that our cats were healthy and happy during our 3 week absence. Jan & Wal looked after our house and garden as if it were there own. They were extremely well organised with their pre-house sit questionnaire which gave us the ... MORE
KRISTYN & ALISTAIR (Hayborough SA, Apr 2016 - 3 weeks)
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