Talks to animals
57, Career coach/Dance coach
Hi I'm Karen.
I'm an open minded, independent and tidy non-smoker who is known for stopping in the street to say hello to animals.
Having been self employed as a speaker and coach for over 20 years, no two days are the same for me. I love meeting new people and experiencing different situations. That means I can easily adapt to living in your house and ensuring your pets receive the same care they would from you. I now work part time from home so your pets will get plenty of attention.
I love ballroom dancing (I teach and compete), so I'm out a few nights a week but my class schedule means I'm home for feeding time.
My goal is to make it seem like I was never there so you come home to a familiar house and relaxed pets. I always stay in contact while you're away, sending pictures and updates as often as you need.
I started housesitting in 2017 with some short local sits in Brisbane before spending Christmas 2017 in Canada. I've been sitting full time since June 2018 and have now completed over 40 sits for more than 35 homeowners ranging from 3 days to 2 months in 4 countries. I'm on two websites and all my reviews are 5 star.
I've looked after senior pets with sight and hearing loss, administered medication, injected a diabetic cat, followed strict dietary requirements and handled sensitive rescue animals. I've also had my own timid rescue cat with FLUTD so I understand what it's like to have a special needs pet.
In the past I was a volunteer at Taronga Zoo for a few years, handling native animals including birds, snakes, possums, bats and wombats so I'm also comfortable with a range of other pets. Plus I grew up with fish, mice and a turtle.
I love gardening, having started a couple of gardens from scratch and volunteered at a community garden so I'm happy to look after your plants too but I don't mow lawns!
My ideal sit would be with up to two animals in a clean, uncluttered apartment, townhouse or house with offstreet parking. Preferred areas are within 5km of Brisbane CBD.
With all my housesitting experience I've found I can't live without a microwave, dryer or wifi but I don't need a coffee machine or a dishwasher. In summer aircon is essential and a pool is always appreciated!