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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Reptile(s)
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  • QLD: Brisbane  
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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!

Reviews (19)
Karen was excellent. Both of our cats warmed to her straight away. This was our first Housesitter experience and we felt very comfortable having Karen here. Thank you SO much Karen :)
 
NATALIE (Toowong QLD, Apr 2021 - 7 days)
Karen was lovely, when I got home it was like I'd never left. The house was tidy and clean and my cats were very happy and well looked after. Karen sent me updates and pics of my cats which was lovely to receive. I'd be more than happy to have Karen house sit again for me.
 
SARAH (Wooloowin QLD, Jun 2021 - 10 days)
I was very lucky to have Karen look after my 2 little burmese cats. She was able to do the medications of oral tablets and eye ointment for 1 of them, so that was so reassuring. The cats were happy with her as seen by the photo updates she sent me. She was always so prompt in communication and so easy to communicate with. And the house was well looked after. And so kind with some fresh bread and milk in the fridge on my return to save me rushing to the shops. I would definitely book ... MORE
 
SONIA (Kedron QLD, May 2021 - 3 weeks)
Karen was a wonderful sitter. Looked after our house very nicely and the dogs loved her. Sent photos and updates while we were away too. Top Job. Thanks Karen
 
SUSAN (Taringa QLD, Feb 2021 - 1 week)
We'd happily welcome Karen back for another sit in the future. She was great our Lulu and communicated well, sharing pictures with us during our holiday. Highly recommended.
 
RYAN (Mt Gravatt East QLD, Jan 2021 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Karen was fantastic!!! From the first communication, she was professional and thorough. Karen me us before the sit and was well prepared for anything she might want to know. Karen was extremely flexible when we needed to alter our plans (due to COVID restrictions). When we returned home, the house was immaculate, clean and tidy, and most importantly of all the cats had clearly been well cared for. Karen had clear communication throughout the sit and the lead-up. We highly recommend Karen ... MORE
 
LUKE & PIP (Kenmore QLD, Dec 2020 - 2 weeks)
We had a wonderful experience with Karen as our house/pooch sitter. From our initial meeting, and then through the visit it all went so well. Karen was respectful of our house, a wonderful communicator, and we could not recommend her more highly. Our two terriers seemed to enjoy her company too.
 
RUSTY (Ascot QLD, Dec 2020 - 1 week)
Karen was a delight to meet. She took all instructions on board and everything was clean and neat when I arrived home a day earlier than expected. My cats adored her and it was evident she had taken care of them very well. The cats were happy, relaxed and well fed. The house was in very good condition, dishes done and room tidy. I would be more than happy to have Karen house sit for me in the future, and welcome enquires from anyone thinking of booking her.
 
SANDRA (Wynnum QLD, Sep 2020)
Thank you so much Karen You looked after my house beautifully and my two spoodles obviously loved you very much. Please come again! Laura
 
LAURA (Sinnamon Park QLD, Feb 2020 - 3 weeks)
Karen was everything we had hoped for in a sitter, especially as this was our first time using this service. Our two feline fur babies were relaxed and (dare I say) probably more spoiled in our absence without our 8 month old around taking the attention. Karen even went the extra mile to groom them and let them sleep on the bed. Normally we return from holiday and the cats have lost weight, not this time, they were fat and fluffier than before. Karen was great to deal with and kept us in the ... MORE
 
SAMANTHA (Wynnum QLD, Jan 2020 - 4 weeks)
Thanks so much. Love to hear you're so happy with the cats. I'm going to miss them!
Karen was amazing. It was not an easy sit with 2 old cats needing vet and medicine attention and handled it amazingly well. She kept us up to date regularly with pictures and have come home to a house better then I left it. Thanks so much Karen, Can highly recommend.
 
NATHAN (Clayfield QLD, Aug 2019 - 2 months)
Karen was really good in looking after our boys and unit. So glad she was here.
 
ARLENE (Chermside QLD, Jul 2019 - 4 days)
Karen was trustworthy and very kind to our dogs. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a reliable and lovely Housesitter.
 
JANE (Bardon QLD, Jun 2019 - 5 days)
We're so pleased that Karen was able to look after Ned and Monty. From our first meeting, it was clear Karen knew our dogs had their own personality and needed time to become comfortable with a new person in their environment. Karen was wonderfully persistent with Monty (our more anxious dog), which allowed her to build trust with him and ultimately befriend him. Karen regularly sent pictures of the dogs on their walks or alongside her in the house or yard, which really reassured us they were ... MORE
 
PAUL (Yeronga QLD, Apr 2019 - 1 week 6 days)
Karen is a fabulous house and pet sitter who inspired confidence from the word go. She is caring and unflappable; our old dog had a health scare whilst she was in her care and she dealt with it brilliantly, keeping us in the loop whilst reassuring us and dealing with medications. On our return I am sure the house was cleaner then when we left! An absolute pleasure to have you sitting for us Karen.
 
NICK AND CLAIRE (Bulimba QLD, Jan 2019 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Thank you, Karen, for looking after our home and our darling cat, Uli, while we were away. It was so good knowing there was someone here taking care of everything in our absence, and we were pleased to come home to a happy cat, tidy house and healthy plants! Karen is reliable, very generous with her time and always quick to respond to messages and questions - a great house sitter.
 
TYSON AND LINA (Nundah QLD, Sep 2018 - 2 weeks 3 days)
Karen undertook a house sit for me recently whilst I was travelling overseas. As someone who works from home a few days a week, it was important to me to find someone who would be around for my fur baby. Karen was just the answer I needed! She sent me regular photos and updates on Millie whilst I was travelling and I came home to a clean and tidy house and more importantly, a very happy and content pupper. She even resurrected a dying pot plant for me!! I highly recommend Karen for your house ... MORE
 
KYLIE (Northgate QLD, Aug 2018 - 1 month 1 week)
We were so happy to come back to a very clean home and a happy cat. Karen did a wonderful job looking after our cat and our home. She was easy to communicate with before and durning her stay. We would ask her to house sit again in an instance. Thanks Karen!
 
MADDIE (Nundah QLD, Aug 2018 - 2 weeks)
No rating Karen took care of our house and 3 dogs for a month in July 2018. She did a great job, took care of the house and dogs very well. The dogs were happy and relaxed when we returned. Karen did extra things like changed our sheets before we returned. Thanks Karen!
JULIE (Nudgee Beach QLD, Jun 2018 - 4 weeks)
 
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