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60, Retired

60, Retired

Hello, we are Gill and Ric, a retired professional couple who love to travel and really enjoy taking good care of pets and their owners' homes and gardens as we make our way around Australia.

We have a genuine love for animals and have looked after a variety of family pets. We understand pets need company and dogs in particular need plenty of exercise, and that fits in with our love of walking.

Now fully retired we are back on the road after several years living in Noosa. We have a long list of references and great relationships (human and non-human) from our current and previous extended period of house-sitting that lasted about 6 -years.

Even while we've been based in Noosa over the past few years, we've continued to regularly take care of Penn one of our very first dog-sits from many years ago. Penn's recently moved away and we miss him madly.

We are responsible, fit, non-smoking, clean home-owners and pride ourselves in taking very good care of the pets, homes and gardens entrusted to us.

A little background on us; Ric had a long and successful career as a journalist, foreign and war correspondent and manager of large TV newsrooms. Gill was a senior fashion buyer in London for 19 years before taking a sabbatical to live in Spain and Mexico for a couple of years. Gill changed careers becoming involved in social justice work and women's support groups. We met travelling in South America 20 years ago and now travel mostly in Australia.

Now retired we spend our time housesitting, camping/bush walking in remote Australian National Parks and using our professional skills volunteering overseas for Australian Business Volunteers.

We are keen gardeners and belong to our local community garden where we grow organic fruit and vegetables. On the road we enjoy looking after the gardens left in our care - one sit we looked after 200+ Bonsai trees through an exceptionally hot summer and they all survived.

We have a list of references from around Australia. Many of these are repeat sits. We would be very happy to provide these and more background and personal details.

We are often out of phone signal as we travel, so the best way to contact us is by email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Cheers Gill and Ric

Reviews (3)
Gill and Ric were just wonderful. Our little dog adored them because they really cared about how she was. They didn't spoil her but just looked after her like she was their own treasure. Our house was in really good hands. We loved that they enjoyed it and that they cared for it in a very special way. We would use them for every sit if they were available.
ANGELA (Peregian Beach QLD, May 2016 - 2 weeks 3 days)
Dear Gil and Ric, We would like to thank you for looking after our house and all the animals. Although we were far away you always kept us in the loop with photos, funny videos of the dogs and any concerns. Thank you so much that you left our nice home in such a clean and tidy condition on your departure. We will be certainly in contact with you later this year, when we are on leave again. Again, thanks for everything and all the best, we hope to hear from you soon
SHARON AND HANS (Maroochy River QLD, Dec 2018 - 2 weeks 3 days)
Gill and Ric took great care of our dogs, house and garden while we were away. The house and garden were in excellent condition on our return and the dogs were sad to see them go. Highly recommended.
LYN (Peregian Beach QLD, Aug 2017)
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