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Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Other animal(s) – I am a fan of all animals and always willing to learn
They have a police check
From: 1 January 2020
Until: 1 June 2020
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My husband and I are in our early 50’s and Australian . We live in Perth Western Australia where my husband has worked in mining and the defence force, he is also a mechanic by trade. I have worked in aged community care for the past 15 years. We have two adult sons , a lovely big sooky dog and a cat whom rules the house. We are self funded ,fit and reliable ,non smokers, taking a break whilst we have a son to take care of our home . We are looking for international house sits predominantly , and are willing to try many locations rural and urban.
We are hoping to house sit as we feel this type of slower travel will give us a great opportunities of visiting other countries and being able to take the time to see and experience things that tourists miss.
Our previous house sit has been on a small property with a very active Weirmarana a Kelpie , chickens , sheep and a very bossy goat.We have also used Air B&B in Italy in 20017 where we stayed in 3 different residents and a B&B over a 2 month period all with excellent feed back from our hosts.
We are very responsible and caring people we have pets of our own and know what we expect for their care .We both have experience with our previous occupations in problem solving and management. I am very house proud and my husband is a great handy man who has always carried any maintenance around our home. We love having a green environment and I know how important it is to come home to a living garden.Your home and animals will be treated with the greatest respect and love in your absence and you will be able to enjoy your travels with the greatest of confidence knowing that we have all the details covered for you.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
From: 1 January 2020
Until: 1 June 2020
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2018
Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple
Right from the word go Maree and Shane won our hearts. We started to skype a couple of months in advance of the house sit so that we could get to know one another as well as get a feel for what the sit would entail. So by the time they arrived we felt like we were greeting old friends. It was immediately evident that both Maree and Shane are genuine animal lovers and from the moment they stepped into our home they bonded straight away with our three dogs. Better still, they even formed a relationship with our 4 somewhat elusive cats – no mean feat. Practical, down to earth, they are totally trust worthy and willing to give anything a go. They gave us instant confidence that our dogs, cats and home would be more than well looked after. Due to unforeseen events, our return journey was delayed but Maree and Shane moved heaven and earth to cater for this and very, very generously stayed on until our return. Not sure too many other folk would have been as accommodating. They arrived as our house sitters and they left as our friends.
These guys are nothing short of stupendous, they came nice and early and met our three dogs, our GSD who can be a grumpy begger immediately bonded with Shane and trained him to throw sticks within a few minutes of meeting. We showed them around the area to get their bearings as well as showed them eateries etc as this was their first visit to Spain. By the end of a week we were totally confident that we had made a great choice for our first ever house sitters. Totally practical, very confident and really nice people to boot, our fears were totally alleviated. Our three weeks away flew by so quickly and despite the youngest dog developing a serious eye problem, they dealt with it first and not wanting to spoil our holiday they updated us only when they had done everything they possibly could with the vets, awesome! We would have absolutely no hesitation on having Maree and Shane house sit for us again, or in recommending them to anyone else, Shane even fixed my Quad, which I had not had time to sort. Couldn't have asked for anyone better. Many thanks Guys.
Shane and Maree were everything you could want for in house sitters, looking after our 4 dogs, 8 chickens and house to the highest standard, we loved them and the dogs loved them. They kept us informed about their arrival beforehand and about the dogs while we were away, being very well organised about everything. We had 2 days with them before we left and during that time we became firm friends, thoroughly enjoying their company. The dogs enjoyed some amazing walks with them and looked well and very happy on our return. The house was left perfectly clean and tidy and they did everything they could to help before their departure. We really hope to meet up with them again and to have them here to house sit whenever they're available. I can't recommend them highly enough, Maree is also a wonderful cook!
As this was our first experience of using house sitters, it was inevitably quite daunting. How does it work? Who would reply? What would they be like? Would they be trustworthy? Well we were incredibly lucky to have been contacted by Maree and Shane. After our first video chat...of which I did most of the chatting...we felt completely at ease and comfortable with them both. We had a further video meeting and agreed mutually that we were both suited to each other's requirements. Communication was then by messenger and we kept in touch regularly. Maree and Shane came to us 2 days before we were leaving. This gave us a good opportunity to get to know each other better. On the night before we departed Maree cooked for us, which was very welcome...and delicious! We felt able to go away with confidence, knowing our pets and home were in good hands. We returned 3 weeks later to a very warm welcome, a beautifully kept home and another fabulous meal (and wine) waiting for us. Thank you to you both for exceeding our expectations and we would highly recommend Maree and Shane for future house sitting. Liz and Martin Sherlock
Mark and I went away for a week, leaving our hobby farm in the capable hands of Maree and Shane. Our menagerie of animals are a little spoilt, and perhaps a tad demanding. Our kelpie and Weimaraner are used to a good run of decent length, and a sniff walk everyday. Maree and Shane agreed to this without hesitation. Our 8 hens are laying more eggs this week, so clearly they enjoyed the extra scraps they received ( and thankfully our rooster did not attack anyone). Our ewes, lambs, ram and goat are demanding food on schedule ( twice a day), so they didn't miss us. On our return the wood fire was blazing, the house was neat and tidy ( with a vase of flowers on the side board), our bed was made up and our dogs were snoring in their beds. I would definitely have this couple house sit again, and would recommend them to others who have properties in slightly remote locations. This couple was not deterred by our lack of mobile reception and dodgy internet- they took it as a chance to have a break from technology. Thank you
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