About Sarah & Daniel
We are a quiet, responsible (non-smoking) couple who both enjoy reading, writing and other creative pursuits. We are each fast-approaching 31, and decided it would now be a good time to take a break before the impending pre-mid life crisis hits us. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can work somewhat remotely, but primarily we are jus...
We are a quiet, responsible (non-smoking) couple who both enjoy reading, writing and other creative pursuits. We are each fast-approaching 31, and decided it would now be a good time to take a break before the impending pre-mid life crisis hits us. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can work somewhat remotely, but primarily we are just travelling at a slow pace – enjoying some time out from the rat race.
Dan has just finished four years of study, while working at the same time. He regularly writes columns for a various publications, on topics from geopolitical developments to humanitarian events and travel stories. In his spare time, he has volunteered for NGOs and taught English.
Sarah is an early-career architect, currently working towards her Masters degree. Before this, she spent a number of years managing projects for the Australian Government. In her spare time, she prefers to walk the long way home, and has a good relationship with her yoga mat.
We are regular Airbnb users and have built a strong profile of recommendations and reviews from hosts. Because of this, we are quite comfortable staying in other people’s places: we are respectful to neighbours and know how to take care of others belongings. Here is a link to our Airbnb profile, where you can view our stays and see the excellent feedback we have received from hosts: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/718152.
Why we want to house sit
We find new places inspiring for our creative work, but let's face it - none of us have the funds to travel all the time. House sitting gives us the opportunity to experience new places in an authentic way that doesn't break the bank.
We plan to use our time house sitting working on our professional portfolios and enjoying what the local area has to offer. Given the incredibly introverted life we’ve just described for ourselves, we certainly welcome the companionship of a furry friend (or two).
We are experienced house sitters. We regularly travel abroad and prefer to do so at a slower pace where we can experience local environments. We started out housesitting for family and friends. Here's a short summary of our pet sitting adventures...
Boodles, the 5-month-old french Bulldog, his timid brother (of the cat kind), Ruby, and 2 goldfish in London were our latest clients. Boodles being at the puppy 'adolescent' stage kept us very busy with puppy playtime and practicing listening skills. While Ruby was very independent but liked us to carve out special 'Boodles-free' time in the evenings for cuddles... And the fish.. well.. they swam happily for 2 weeks with out any trouble.
We have been house and petsitting, on and off, for a few years now...
Billy the tabby was our first and longest client. We have often looked after Billy for weeks at a time. Billy was quite independent, but enjoyed a lap most evenings, front row seat by the fire (if it happened to be on) and chasing ping-pong balls whenever possible.
Then came Caesar the himalayan from Vancouver. He had never been away from his owner before and missed her terribly. Caesar taught us new skills in caring for anxious older pets. We found that lots of brushing, a good routine and cuddles helped a lot.
Tij and Mooks, two brother cats who were thick as thieves, still hold a place in our hearts. We looked after these two for five weeks in winter 2012. Mooks is a cuddly fella, who still falls asleep in your arms, while Tij likes to explore independently (unless it’s a cold evening, in which case he’d much prefer a fluffy blanket).
Keltie the dachshund and Maria the burmese were a delightful challenge. Maria liked to hunt and bring home all sorts of animals for us to 'treasure' (she was very proud of herself), while poor Keltie needed lots of comfort and medication to help overcome his fear of thunder and lightning (it was a very stormy summer that year in Sydney!).
Pepper the pomeranian (an old wise dog) and his sister Mila the ragdoll (a young and boisterous kitten) had a Christmas / New Year vacation with Sarah: the three enjoyed watching a full season of the Sopranos together and learned new skills in ‘sharing’ and ‘playing nicely’.
Connie, the 17-year-old blue cattle dog and Bird, the excitable young kelpie each had very specific schedules, which meant that Sarah and Connie became great friends strolling the quiet streets, while Dan and Bird had lots of runs up the hill, down the hill, and up the hill again!
And finally, the beautiful Fitto, Boston Terrier and his 3 cat companions (Ace, Maggie and Tony) from the Netherlands. Fitto taught us the commands for 'sit', 'drop it', 'wait' and 'go get your ball' in Dutch, while the cats each carried out their regular daily routines. Maggie, the cheeky tortoiseshell, enjoyed lots of playtime while Tony and Ace (the older gentleman cats) waited patiently for their 3 meals (and special pills) each day.
As you have probably gathered, our housesitting experience has given us a lot more than a roof over our heads and a bed to sleep in. We have thoroughly enjoyed the company of all our temporary pets even though our lifestyle means we can’t have permanent pets of our own right now.
Sarah grew up with dogs, cats, geese, ducks, birds and fish as pets, and during her younger years assisted her parents who bred poodles. After high school, she worked at the local pet store where her pet vocabulary expanded to parrots, cockatiels, axolotls, mice, fish, lizards and hermit crabs. Dan has always had a pet cat in his household, and chose to do work experience at the local animal shelter (RSPCA) in high school.
Our previous clients have very kindly provided references for us on the site. We can also provide police checks from the Australian Federal Police on request.