Sitters timeforchange line up the housesits in USA and Canada

"Just a note to let you know how great we are finding this service we have so far secured 2 housits 1 for 2 weeks in calgary and we are then moving onto edmonton Canada for a six week housesit.

We have now updated our profile and are now hoping to find something for a month in new york.We start on New Years Eve and cant wait to meet the people we going to housesit for.What a great adventure we are going to be on."

Sharon (timeforchange)

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Sitter RespProfessional holidays by house sitting for 5 years

We're currently on holdiays... and of course once againe we are house sitting. This time in Cairns QLD.

This will be our fifthe year of house-sitting for our holidays.

We're so please to have discovered it - and to have the service HouseCarers as a way of arranging it each time.... Carol (RespProfessional)

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Delightful couple visiting their daughter in Sydney from Ireland found for Upper North Shore Sydney Housesit

Hi Ian

"Just to let you know I have successfully found someone to look after my home, and dog, while I am away over Christmas/New Year period. They are a delightful couple visiting their daughter in Sydney from Ireland. I feel that the benefits for both of us will be mutual.

I will certainly recommend your service. I found that I had many, replies – I actually lost count – and felt reassured that the “right fit” would be achieved. I also tried another service – which had fees involved, and they were only able to send through one applicant, who was not suitable.
Many thanks"

Sally Billie3357

House sit details:

Upper North Shore, Sydney NSW
3 weeks AvailFromDate = 2009-12-15

I have a Miniature Schnauzer dog, aged 10, who is blind. While we are away it is important for her to stay in the family home as she knows her way around it very well and is no trouble.

I am looking for someone, or a family, to love her while we are away. Our home is 4 bedroom, A/C, Swimming Pool and is walk to shops and bus stops. It is 25 minute drive to Sydney CBD and 20 minutes drive to many beaches. If you feel you could look after her, and water the garden, we would very much like to hear from you.

Coffs Harbour homeowner gives rap for retired housesitters WeCare

"I recently used your service for the first time to find house sitters for my home and animals.

The response I had to my add was amazing.So many genuine people applied it was difficult to choose.The couple I chose,Barney and Sandy (House Sitters username Wecare) were an absolute delight and I would thoroughly reccommend them to anyone.

The animals had a ball and my home and car were sparkling when I returned.A big thank you to House Carers for a fantastic service and to Barney and Sandy for a great job.
Kind Regards Jenny (username Kalmiah)

Housesit Details: Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia
16 days From Sept 7 2009

I need a caring person/persons to look after my 2 dogs and cat.

Sprat is a small terrier cross and Tiffy a look alike Disney shaggy dog(clipped at the moment) Tootsie is a geriatric Birman cat who sleeps most of the time.

I live in a nearly new 3 bedroom townhouse 2 minutes from the CBD of Coffs Harbour. With beautiful mountain views from the front and back of the house I am only 5 minutes from main beach and Jetty areas. There is an enclosed dog park 2 minutes away and I walk the dogs there every morning.I would like you to be able to continue to do this. Other than that your time is free to enjoy this beautiful area.

Housesitter found to experience Irish rural life 90 minutes drive south of Dublin in the rolling countryside of County Wicklow Ireland

"I just want to say how impressed we are with the efficiency and scope of your service.

We received an excellent response to our search for housesitters and have made arrangements with one of the partys to cover for us while we're away for 10 weeks. We'll report further in completion of the assignment.

Maenwhile, many thanks for allowing us to avail of your fantastic concept!

Richard & Grania, (Wicklowway)

We have replied to all unsuccessful enquirers.

Housesit details: 10 weeks from 2009-11-22

County Wicklow 90 mins south of Dublin Ireland

We're seeking a practical couple to house-sit our property, pets (2 dogs, cat, hens, 2 horses and 2 donkeys) and 5 acre smallholding located about 90 minutes drive south of Dublin in the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, while we're absent from 26 November 09 until 31 January 2010.

Although December and January are not Ireland's best month's weather-wise -too little sun too much rain- the "cold spells" temperature seldom drops more that a couple of degrees below freezing.

This is an ideal opportunity for a mature and practical couple who want to experience Irish rural life, be within easy access of a capital city and spend Christmas away from it all in the company of a few special friends who could join them for the festive season. If interested in finding out more, please get in touch via Housecarers . We look forward to hearing from you

Housesitters CaringDuo land housesit for gorgeous home in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming

"I wanted you to know that we are presently house sitting a gorgeous home in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. We found the house sit through your site, all the pieces fell into place, and we plan to be here for perhaps 3 years.

The couple who own the house are delightful and happy to have us here. They are in Houston working on a goverment contract and have told us that they have piece of mind knowing that we are caring for their property.

You have a great service and I wish you much success. As you can tell from our renewal, we still what to keep ourselves briefed on what is available - we could leave here for a short house sit (vacation) in the region."

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Exessive charges being asked by some Canadian homeowners

There appears to be a practice in Canada where homeowners are asking up to 800 a month for utiliites. This is not in the spirit of housesitting, particularily when considering the benefits a house sitter brings - and the alternate high cost of leaving a vacant home eg costs of winterizing a home. Stata or Condo fees should not be included in the utilities as - condo owner has to pay monthly regardless of  occupancy.

I am including below a comment from a Canadian house sitter:

The posters are definitely calling their charges utilities, not rent. However, if the posters couldn't find a housesitter, they would have to pay someone to remove snow from their sidewalk, rake leaves or water plants; or put some effort into what's called "winterizing" your home if you want to shut it down for the winter.

And finding a short term renter through traditional means is difficult, so they use your site to do it. In some ways a housesitter is doing them a favour: they want their house occupied while they're away, yet they want to charge for it. I live on the southwest coast, so can't say what heating costs are in colder areas, but $800 for all utilities is absurd, particularly in this Alberta case where they're called "strata fees" — a fee a Canadian condo owner has to pay monthly regardless of occupancy.

This is what we say in our guidelines:

"Other recurring bills such as phone rental, rates, condo association fees, body corporate fees, strata fees, local council rates, water, sewer, cable TV rental, ISP rental, or property taxes usually remain the responsibility of the owner. If your arrangement will be 12 months or more in duration, you might consider allocating all or a portion of the recurring bills to the house sitter

We urge you to incorporate your utility/tax payment conditions in your written contract."

Peacehousesitter shares her Bundanoon Pet sitting experience, including a blind Parrot

Just wanted to give you some feedback from recent experiences.

Bundanoon was great, the Arts Festival was on and the house was fabulous. Looked after a little old cat and a very old bird who gave me wolf whistles all day. I would like to take that as a compliment but he was mostly blind. I found her books very interesting as we had a lot of the same interests,,, Jeanette


Newbie house sitter Norma sits All solar home in Sonora deserta

"I wish I had become involved in house sitting years ago....I am new to your service and have a 3 month assignment in the Sonora desert in a all solar home,

I love new situations! Going to sit out of the country would be really exciting.
Thanks for your wonderful service"

Norma (crazy4pets)

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Auckland NZ homeowner finds site very easy to follow

"We have found a house sitter, thank you. Your site is great, very easy to follow.

Thanks" Liz UserName: quilty

House sit details:

Howick Auckland East approx 3 weeks AvailFromDate = 2010-03-14

Our house is situated in Howick Auckland New Zealand. We have 4 bedrooms, but only 3 will be available as one is a workroom. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 living areas.

We need someone to look after the garden, which comprises roses shrubs and a vegetable area. These will need watering only if the rain stops!

We have a toy poodle with attitude who loves his walks. To ease your aches and pains there is a spa pool for you to enjoy. We are within walking distance of a supermarket and bus stop.

There is a ferry service to the city should you care to go but we have great shopping in our area. There is a large enclosed deck perfect for relaxing.

All mod cons can be found in our home and you will be very comfortable.

Housecarers unavailable while we move to a better home 23/9/09 from 11PM EDT

Housecarers will be unavailable from

September 23/09 starting around 11pm EDT for approx 4 hours while we move
to a new facility. This facility owned by will provide far better connectivity,
security and uptime for all our members.


House sitters required to Enjoy Southern Spain

"Just to say thank you so much once again for providing such a great site.

It's a fantatic service and I have had many successful house sits.

I like to know that someone is looking after the house, garden and animals while I am away...and they enjoy their time away from home too."

Thanks and best wishes Enjoysouthernspain

Housesit details: = Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz Spain

Charming two bedroom villa on 350 sq metre plot with large enclosed patio, parking, flower beds, sunbeds and ornamental pond on the outskirts of Conil.

Queen Size bed,air conditioning, flat screen UK/Spanish TV, bath/shower, kitchen with electric hob/oven, fridge/freezer, washing-up machine. Wi-fi connection. 2 mins walk to shops and local ventas, national bus stop across street, 5 mins drive to beach, walk straight into countryside.

Requirements are to enjoy the house, feed and play with the 6 month old kitten and walk and play with delighful, easy, medium size dog and keep an eye on watering the garden if necessary.

Canine Influenza Virus risk for Dogs - another reason to find a House Sitter rather than a boarding Kennel

USA Today is reporting on the spread of the highly contagious canine influenza virus (CIV).

"it causes acute respiratory infections in dogs, and virtually all dogs who are exposed become infected. During the incubation period of two to four days, pets who appear healthy can still be spreading the germs."

Says Kimberly May, spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association

Backgrounder: Canine influenza

May, also recommends exploring options such as having a house sitter stay with your pet.

Read full story- USA Today - Boarding your dogs? Find out if they need a flu vaccine

Denver Colorado Homeowner shares their house sitting experience

We've been using house-sitters for many years now and have become friends with some.
It's very important to be a good judge of character and to get references. I always check the potential house-sitter out on the internet if they pique my interest.

We don't pay our house-sitters and in fact, they're responsible for paying the utilities (other than water) while they're house-sitting. Most of our house-sitters are amenable to this because living in a different state or country gives them the opportunity for a "free" vacation. We let them use our vehicle while they're here. Our major requirement of house-sitters is that they vet our mail and let us know of bills due, to whom, the address and amount.

Yard maintenance is also an expectation. With one house-sitter, we set up an account for $1,000, in our joint names so that they could pay the bills for us. That worked out well, though I wouldn't recommend it unless the homeowner really trusted the house-sitter....

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2 months housesit Denver - Details:

We require a mature age couple or perhaps single non-smoker(s) to care for our home while we are on vacation.

We do not have pets.

No yard work is required other than shaking snow off trees and clearing of path and sidewalk (about 20 feet) if there is snow.

We require attention to our mail and e-mail notification of bills, so that we can timely pay them. The housesitter is responsible for paying electric/gas utilities and phone. We pay water bills.

Our home is two-storey and is located near Denver University and about an hour from the nearest ski fields. Denver has a good theater district. The home is handy to all facilities, such as supermarkets, post office, dining out, bus service and light rail to city.

Victoria British Columbia couple find wonderful Housesitter and Llama sitter

Thank you so much for your services. We have found a wonderful person - "charitygirl" who lives close by. We have met with her and
feel it will be a good contact. Please remove our ad for a sitter
now. Thank you. "Gigfreck "

House/ Llamas sit details :

We are 45 mins from Victoria BC. on the south western coast of Vancouver Island. 10 ks west of Sooke. Sunny, private, modern home and small llama farm on 10 forested acres. Magnificent ocean views and sunsets, 5 min walk to amazing beachcombing beach. Great hiking trails and other beaches close by. Super restaurants to choose from. We have one little cat 22 yrs old very healthy who needs a lap to sit on in the evenings and a hello during the day. The llamas are very easy to look after

Perfect house sitter found for 5.5 month housesit in Edmonton Alberta Canada

"Ian !
I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to use your Home Sitting Service!
We found the perfect person for our home sitting needs in less than 24 hours!
I was worried about finding a sitter and now know where to get the help i needed!
I would highly recommend your site to anyone!!!!!!!
Thank You !!!!!
Don (drkdrummer)

Housesit details: 5.5 Months, Edmonton Alberta Canada
1500 sq ft Bungalow, 3 bedroom, 2-2/2 Bathrooms, Developed Basement, pool table, shuffle bd and Sattelite TV 52". Front driveway parking. N/S N/P Close to Bus, shopping and 5 min to freeways. Oct 18th/09 to Apr 1st/10 Pay for utilities only!

Hervey Bay homeowner finds a housesitter and doesnt have to impose on family and friends

"Dear Housecarers,

I would like to thank you for the excellent service you have provided. You have made everything so easy and it's great not having to impose on family and friends. I have chosen a couple who were housesitting in the area so it was good to meet wit them in person.I will certainly use your service again if need be..." Tobyjug

House sit details: Hervey Bay QLD Australia

My house in Hervey Bay is a double storey home with 3 bedrooms upstairs, granny flat & bar room downstairs.

There is a huge balcony with unobstructed views of the ocean,Fraser Island & Bargara.We are about a half hour drive to historic Maryborough and about 80mins to Bundaberg T

he main shopping centre is 10mins from here.

I have a small dog that I take to the beach every morning and a quiet house cat.I hope I can find someone to take care of my pets and water the plants

Sitter reliable_pair report a very satisfying 27 months of house sitting, whilst awaiting their apartment, which is now finished

Thanks for a very satisfying 27 months of house sitting, whilst awaiting our apartment, which is now finished. Your notification service is excellent thankyou.
We have had the pleasure of minding some wonderful pets and have met some extraordinary people.

House sits have been at:

Macclesfield, SA
Morgan, SA
Glenwood, Qld
Mareeba, Qld
Townsville, Qld
Hervey Bay, Qld


Helen: username reliable_pair

Pennsylvania HOme/dog owner forms close relationship with local house sitter

"I found your website invaluable.

When I needed a sitter for home and dog I posted an ad and got lots of responses.

I found a gentleman who lives very close to me and he has been dog and house sitting for me ever since. Thanks so much for your website!!

... Paula - (traveller1)

House/Pet sit details:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

I have a small twin house in Drexel Hill - private backyard, porch, driveway.

I need someone to stay in the house and take care of my dog. He is a 10 year old australian sheepdog - 39lbs. and a real sweetheart. I don't want to leave him alone.

Person doesn't have to be in the house all day - just walk and feed him in the morning, walk him in the late afternoon and walk and feed him at night. Must spend the night in the house and take in the mail and just be a presence in the house. Keep my pup company!!

Manhattan Long Island homeowners settles on House Sitter for the third time.

well my goodness, i placed the ad last evening and we have already settled on someone. the couple sound just perfect and we are looking forward to their stay. we already checked out their references and everything is looking well.

our past two experiences with house have been totally and without exception, great.

thank you................portlovers.

House sit details

We need a housesitter for 3 and a half weeks around July 20th thru Aug 10th (approximately) for an elderly beagle, Mollie, and her sister, a manx cat named Toots.

Toots is an indoor cat and needs some attention but Mollie is getting on in years and does need her small walks and more attention as she has lost her hearing and now has arthritis

Our medium sized home with fireplace is located on a penninsula; a boating town not 20 miles from Manhattan by LIRR train. Our 2-2 bedroom home has a lovely backgarden with deck and one can sit out there in the evening, with Mollie on a leash, and watch the birds in their feeder or birdbath.

You can walk to lovely parks, beaches, library, restaurants, public transportation, movie theatres, and harbor overlooking Long Island Sound. It is a small, little jewel...quiet and peaceful but hop on the train, and you are downtown Manhattan in 30 minutes!!!

We are near many attractions too numerous to mention which are easily reached by public transportation. Our animals can be left for brief periods of time but need someone at night of course, and in the day to walk as needed and basically, just love as needed.

Austadventure from Cairns North QLD Australia efficiently finds a housesitter

"Thank you so much for this service. It has resulted in an efficient process of selecting a suitable sitter. We are very grateful for you help."

.... Austadventure.

House sit Details:

Wanted suitably referenced, mature, reliable non- smoking person/s to look after delightful home and pets from mid Sept to end October 2009 in suburb (10mins) to north of Cairns

Find house sitters listed as available for Cairns QLD Australia

Coffs Harbour homeowner finds wonderful housesitter and looks forward to her overseas trip


"I have just used your service for the first time and have been amazed at the response to my add.All the applicants sounded so nice and it was difficult to choose just one.

I have recently met the successful applicants and feel they will prove to be wonderful house sitters for me. I will let you know after I return from my overseas trip.

I look forward to using your srvice in the future and have passed on your details to several friends.Kind regards."
Jenny (username Kalmiah)

Coffs Harbour North Coast NSW Australia housesit details:

I need a caring person/persons to look after my 2 dogs and cat.

Sprat is a small terrier cross and Tiffy a look alike Disney shaggy dog(clipped at the moment) Tootsie is a geriatric Birman cat who sleeps most of the time.

I live in a nearly new 3 bedroom townhouse 2 minutes from the CBD of Coffs Harbour. With beautiful mountain views from the front and back of the house I am only 5 minutes from main beach and Jetty areas. There is an enclosed dog park 2 minutes away and I walk the dogs there every morning.I would like you to be able to continue to do this.Other than that your time is free to enjoy this beautiful area.

House Sitters avaiailable for Coffs Harbour NSW

The Don'ts of Dog Training

Dog ownership can provide some of the richest and most fulfilling experiences in a person's life. That being said, dog training can sometimes drive a person to the point of pulling his or her hair out. Although, most dogs are exceptionally intelligent, they also tend to be quite hyperactive and often possess short attention spans.

Many dog training methods suggest all sorts of different techniques to try. However, most people are surprised to learn that effective dog training has less to do with the methods that are employed, and more to do with avoiding two fundamental mistakes.

Lack of Consistency

Unsuccessful dog training is almost always a result of inconsistent patterns of behavior by the trainer. Like children, dogs crave consistency. Effective dog training requires that the trainer react with the same response each time the dog fails to comply with a command. For every action the dog takes, there must be an expected reaction from you. This helps the dog learn that there will always be a single certain consequence when it behaves a certain way. It doesn't matter if you respond to the dog with physical discipline or with the simple word, "no." If the rule is: no dogs in the bed, but sometimes you let him get away with it, you can bet your dog will never transition into a well-mannered pooch. Although, it may seem harsh at times, tough love through consistent discipline is the only way to teach a dog what is acceptable and what isn't. Consistency is the key, and no dog training method can be effective without it.

Improper Physical Discipline

Physical discipline can be an extremely effective method of dog training. That being said, you should never swat or spank a dog on the nose. Although, a quick tap on the nose may seem like a good way to get your dog's attention, the unintended consequences can have a drastic long-term effect on your dog. Training a dog this way often causes them to develop a tendency to flinch and cower. This generally makes the dog fearful and hesitant to approach when he or she is called. Also, this method of dog training produces poor guard dogs as a simple raise of the hand tends to send them cowering.

If you decide you want to incorporate physical discipline into your dog training methods, your best bet is to use either a choke chain or a traditional swat to the dog's backside. This will get the dog's attention, but won't have the same unintended consequences as a swat to the nose.

Copyright © 2009, Ian White

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Grafton NSW homeowner finds wonderful house sitter

"Thank you for the opportunity to advertise freely on your site. It was difficult to pick one housesitter from a list of wonderful offers. I would thoroughly recommend your site to friends seeking a housesitter.
Many thanks Deborah W (graftongal)

Housesit Details:

Grafton North Coast 9 Dec 2008 until 25th Jan 2010

RURAL TRANQUILITY CLOSE TO TOWN! 10km from Grafton, a beautiful historic town with heritage buildings only 40 minutes from pristine beaches on the north coast of NSW. Grafton also has a brand new large shopping centre, and a major restoration of an art deco cinema is currently underway which will be operational by the end of the year.

We have a one year old house with expansive rural views, only 7 minutes from Grafton, and a dalmation dog and ginger cat who both live outside. The dog has plenty of space to run around the garden and can be exercised easily at home as there are 60 acres with the property. She loves to play as she is still a puppy. The house has air conditioning, an inground 10 metre pool, 2 living areas including a baby grand piano, 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, and kitchen with gas cooking , electric oven, dishwasher. The garden comprises lawn and trees with no garden beds to maintain, only mowing.

The pool will require basic maintenance :emptying the skimmer basket, checking the level of water and topping it up if required, and a vacuum once a week -10 days which takes about 15 minutes to keep it crystal clear.

The balance of the property is on agistment and does not require any intervention, except to keep an eye on the water trough occasionally for the horse. We are looking for a single or couple preferably, (no young children) to housesit and feed our animals and enjoy our house. We look forward to your enquiries

Launceston Tasmania homeonwer finds house sitter for 12 months at short notice.

"We decided in a short time to get a House Sitter in, we then discovered this wonderful site and once we place and ad, we had the right applicant chosen within 24 hrs. This is a brilliant site and we recommend it to everyone thinking of following in our foot steps."

Tony and Lyn (tonylyn)

House sit Details:
12 months + ongoing Evandale Deddington, launceston TAS Australia

Hello We are a young retired couple wishing to travel Australia on a permanent basis starting around mid July 2009.

We require a mature couple who are non smokers, pets ok, who are willing to participate in handyman work around the house and farm area. We will require absolutely NO RENT in exchange for simple handyman tasks such as gardening, some painting, general maintenance and so on.

"Highcliff" is a three acre property built in 1870 circa and located in the beautiful Nile River Valley only 20 mins comuting distance from Launceston and the Airport. If you feel that this is for you, then please contact us via email at highcliff activ8 thankyou regards Tony and Lyn

Housesitter found for small sailing town - spectacular views and kayaks, power boat,and bicycles included Pamlico North Carolina

"Thanks for your great service. Just wanted to let you know that we received many qualified applicants and have hired one of those. I have removed our ad. "

.. jayhawk64

house sit details:

Pamlico North Carolina USA 1 month From 2009-08-01

House on the water with spectacular views and kayaks, power boat,and bicycles included. Ocean beaches a ferry ride away. Must be willing to care for our 2 cats as well as looking after our home.

Wellington NZ homeowner securely finds a lovely housesitting couple for sunny house

"Wow! I signed up as a houseowner yesterday and had 6 fast responses. 24 hours later we have interviewed and accepted a lovely couple who only signed up as sitters themselves 2 weeks ago. Thanks for the wonderful and secure website :)"
Wendy in NZ (login wjkhar)

Housesit Details:
Karori Wellington New Zealand
6 weeks AvailFromDate = 2009-06

My family lives in a lovely sunny house with a 18 month old cat and a 4 month old kitten. We are going on our first long overseas trip and our primary concern is that our cats don't get lonely while we're away... Our house is on a bus route and is 8 minutes drive from central Wellington. It has heat pumps to keep you cosy. Please get in touch if you love cats :)

Qualicum Beach BC Homeowners delighted with sitters to mind their home with lots of live theater, miles of beach, curling and hockey during the winter

"An amazing website!!! SO well thought out, easy to use friendly. We had many responses to our ad and are delighted with the people we found. Many thanks "
...Dan and Carol (Angus1)

Housesit Details:
Qualicum Beach British Columbia Canada 4 months 2009-11-05

Looking for a couple to take care of our home and our two golden retrievers.

We live in a new home with all the latest amenities, central to both Qualicum Beach and Parksville on Central Vancouver Island.Mild winters (usually), ski hill close by, lots of live theater, miles of beach, curling and hockey during the winter.

Victoria is a two hour drive. Many artisans ans crafters live in the area therefore many galleries.

How to Keep Your House Safe While You're Away

Fox news have written an excellent article on making preparations for travel with home security and pets in mind.

The following observation is interesting

"House sitters are usually a “better choice for cat owners since cats usually don’t appreciate change,” Arden says, but where the debate really heats up is deciding between a sitter and a kennel. "

Read entire article on Preparing for Travel, with home security and pets in mind

House Sitting Services Offer Inexpensive Vacationing Opportunities

House sitting is quickly becoming the popular choice when it comes to taking an economical vacation. One of the reasons for this is simply because the vacationer gets to take a rent-free vacation at a place of his choosing. This fact alone provides a huge savings that allows even those who are strapped for cash to enjoy a bit of down time for relaxation and fun.

Homeowners provide their residence to house sitters free of charge. In exchange, the house sitters promise to watch over the home, take care of the pets, and perform any necessary duties as required by the homeowner. It is a good situation for everyone involved, since each party obtains something that they need or want without the exchange of money.

Another reason for an increase in the house sitting trend is the increase in the number of people offering house sits. Not only are house sitting opportunities more readily available, but also, they are more readily available in a greater number of locations. From fun in the sun to fun in the snow, vacation goers can enjoy almost any type of vacation at a reduced cost.

House sitters can enjoy some of the most exotic spots in the world at a fraction of the normal cost. If they prefer, house sitters can choose to enjoy a trip to some less exotic space while still enjoying a reduction in the cost of the trip since rent is free. House sitting opportunities are growing in numbers, allowing more people to take advantage of an excellent opportunity to see different spots in the world.

Since house sitting vacations provide a less expensive way to get away and enjoy the pleasures of life for a few days, people can start to enjoy more than one vacation a year. With minimized costs in the forefront, the excuses for not taking a vacation are greatly diminished. House sitting holidays are just another one of the amazing opportunities out there for frugal people looking to enjoy life to the best of their ability.

By Susan M. Keenan ©2009

House sitter found for A perfect place for someone that likes to read, paint, water color, photography, and smelling roses: Naples Florida

"What a great service you provide! The first day we posted we received over ten interested contacts. We have now selected a candidate. and have removed our ad.

Thank you so much.

Pennie (username pinki61)

Housesit Details: Naples Florida USA
We need a responsible person to house sit and care for our dog and cat while we are away. O

ur home is in the country 16 miles from the beach and resort areas. A perfect place for someone that likes to read, paint, water color, photography, and smelling roses.

Recession Survival Tips for Dog Owners

Everyone is looking for ways to cut back in these tough economic times. While you look for ways to save money, don’t forget to consider what you are spending on your dog. While you want to make sure your dog is healthy and happy, you may be able to cut back your spending on him with compromising your dog’s well-being. Here’s how:

Learn What You Can Do on Your Own:

Many pet owners turn to vets or groomers for even simple procedures that can be done at home, but there is no need to pay a professional for things like nail trimming, bathing, and ear cleaning. Nail clippers for dogs cost about $10 and will last for years, whereas professional groomers will charge $5-10 for each trim. If you are nervous about trimming your dog’s nails, ask your vet to show you how to do it at your next visit. Tips for grooming your dog can also be found online or in a book at your local library.

You can also clean your dog’s ears yourself with a bottle of ear cleaner available at any pet store and a cheap pair of tweezers. Simply remove any hairs growing inside your dog’s ear, and follow the instructions on the back of the bottle of ear cleaning solution.

To cut costs even further, why not consider trimming your dog’s hair yourself? A pair of dog clippers can be bought for little more than the cost of one visit to the groomer, and will likely last your dog’s entire lifetime. Worried you’ll hurt your dog? Most clippers are designed with guards to keep you from cutting your dog. If your concerns are mainly cosmetic, you should know that some clippers now come with booklets or even DVDs that offer detailed instructions on how to get the look you want. And remember that no matter what you do, your dog’s hair will grow out in time, so you may as well give it a try!

Ask Your Vet About Generic Drugs:

Pet owners in regions of the US where heartworm disease is endemic must give their dog heartworm prevention pills each month. Many dogs take other medicines as well. What you may not know is that, just like human medicines, both name brand and generic options are often available. If you buy your dog’s medicines directly from your vet, ask if you are buying name brand or generic drugs, and if there may be a less expensive option for you.

Get a live-in House/Pet Sitter

One of your biggest costs as a pet owner is probably pet care when you are away from home. Boarding your dog can cost $20 a day or more, and hiring a pet sitter is often even more costly. To avoid this expense, why not match up with a responsible pet/house sitter? There are many retirees, travelers and others who are willing to sit your home and pets for free in exchange for rent-free accommodation. This will save you both the cost of boarding, and you have the security of knowing your dog is kept in their familiar environment.

Practice Preventive Medicine

Another big cost for any dog owner is vet care. An unexpected illness or injury in your pet can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars in medicines and vet bills. To avoid these incidents as much as possible, it is important to practice preventive medicine with your dog. Make sure your dog stays up-to-date on all vaccinations and that he takes heartworm prevention pills each month. Prevention costs much less than treating an illness—not to mention the suffering you will save your dog! Also make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise and that he maintains a healthy weight, as this can help avoid major health complications. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly can also prevent dangerous infections that can result from bacteria in your dog’s mouth entering his bloodstream.

By switching your dog to generic drugs and doing most of his grooming yourself, you can save a lot on monthly pet bills. Combine that with free pet sitting and disease prevention, and you can count on saving hundreds of dollars a year on pet care without sacrificing your dog’s health or well-being.

Match with responsible House/Pet Sitters

Copyright © 2009, Ian White

Brisbane QLD homeowner hooks up with Sitter for spoilt Cat while she tours Europe

This is just to say a big "thank you" for all the info you have sent me since I registered some time ago (Cuanbeagruth)

I wish to inform you that I have now found a wonderful couple who have agreed to Housesit for me whilst I am in Europe. It looks as if we might become quite good acquaintances too.

So please take my name off your list and do not send me any further info.

All those who actually asked to come and sit for me, I either responded to immediately, or all those whom I kept on hold, I have since informed of my success.

Thank you again.

I shall keep the site name and contact number in my computer, should I ever need your assistance in the future.

May I also say how much I appreciated the weekly updates.

Again many many thanks - and a very Happy Easter to you and all who man your site.
Sincerely - Ruth Cuanbeagruth

Housesit Details:7 1/2 weeks
Northern Suburbs Ferny Hills, Brisbane QLD
Whilst I go to Europe to visit family and friends I need a housesitter or a couple, preferably over 55 years of age to look after my Unit in a Retirement Village; and especially to take care of my very spoilt cat - Mischief - and my pot plants on the back (large) patio.

The Village is 6 mins drive from the Railway Station, and there are several shopping centres nearby. Mt.Nebo and Mt Samson, as well as Samford Village, are quite close. My cleaner would continue to come on a weekly basis if so desired.

Aussie homeowners from Rockingham WA freed to enjoy 12 month trip, around Australia, and the spectacular scenery that Australia has to offer

"Thank you for this wonderful site. this is the second time we have used it and are more than happy with the results.

We have had 15 replies within 4 days and have just decided on the lucky person who will experience the love of our dog for many months to come while we will enjoy the spectacular scenery that Australia has to offer.

We certainly have recommended this site to friends and have no hesitation in using it again . Thanks a lot username :bjohn1 "

House sit details: approx. 10-12 months Rockingham WA Australia

After several stop-start attempts to go on our long anticipated round Australia holiday we are now more than ready to take off, all that is stopping us now is to find a loving MATURE person or couple to keep our dog company and look after our house,which is situated in Rockingham, on a main street, close to shops, transport and beaches

Aussie Housesitters tidytravellers secure 5 House sits through Europe

We would like to say a big thanks for your service . We planned a year away from our home in Queensland to travel Europe and have managed to secure 5 great house-sits over 6 months in total , in 3 different areas in France , Suffolk in England and currently a beautiful spot in Perthshire in the Scottish Highlands .

Our experiences have been all positive , the homes all lovely , the pets have been a highlight and we've met great people .

The care of the pets is a huge responsibility and our only suggestion would be that the home owners let the house-sitters know in advance if a pet is old/ill or likely to pass away as happened in one of our sits and was pretty traumatic as we only found out about the situation on arrival at the house-sit .

We plan to return home in July and hope to use your great service to find house-sits in Australia and New Zealand . Thanks again for enabling us to travel and meet great people .

Lyndy & Phil

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Kiwi housesitter returning from Florida gets great house sits

I must say the housecarers website is brilliant, I've had many great housesits from it! thanks!

Where have your housesits been?

My housesits have all been in Auckland, I joined originally when i was in Florida and knew I was coming back to NZ but had no home.

I even had one housesit in Te Atatu (West Akld) that was to be for 9mths but lasted 1.5 years!

The average length of most of them have been 4 weeks though.

While its been great housesitting I am hoping I'll have my own place very soon.

cheers Jane (username mcjane>

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HappyinMex finds housesitter for Ajijic (North of Carrertera) Jalisco Mexico

"We have just chosen someone who suits our needs.

Thank you for this wonderful service."


Housesit details: 7 weeks
Ajijic (North of Carrertera) Jalisco Mexico

We live 7/10th km north of the carretera in Ajijic, close to town, shopping plaza, cinemas, restaurants and buses. We have a very clean, comfortable 4 year old, 2 bdrm/2 bathroom home with a million dollar view of Lake Chapala. We have no pets but want someone to live in our home while we are away, not just someone who will drop in on occasion.

New Zealanders Marg & Kev get housesit in Perth Australia - many miles away

We have found a house sit position within a short time, although we are many miles apart, our son, who lives in Perth was able to go and meet the people and both parties were able to make a decision from there.

Many thanks for your help, we found it a very easy process. Will report back again when our house sit is over at the end of September. Thanks again

Regards Marg & Kev "fynley" (view profile for sitters fynley)

House sitter found for Athens Greece housesit


Just a short note to tell you that I registered about a month ago and advertised for house sitters. I've received many answers and have also found suitable people directly on the site.

I am corresponding with several potentials and am sure I'll find what we need for September. So for the time being I've suspended the ad.

Wanted to thank you for giving my husband and I the possibility to travel together again. Am sure I'll be using your site again in the future and maybe one day we might become house-sitters ourselves.

Thank you once again.

"Asldkure" (Athens, Greece)

Housesit details:

We have 4 dogs and 6 cats for the moment. The dogs are all females between 10 and 14 yrs old and they do not get well together. This means that three live on one side of the house and the other one with us.

The cats go where they want, as cats do. The house has two apartments, one of them empty which we use for office and to host guests.

Our house is in the northern suburb of Athens, in a pine area. We have a large garden. There are many walks. Supermarkets, and centers with cinemas, shops, etc. are within a 15-min. drive from the house. Ideally we would prefer having two people, or one person who is experienced with dogs.

We are open to suggestion and we would also welcome house-sitters any other time of the year for shorter periods allowing my husband and I to travel around Greece. Because of the animals my husband and I have not been able to travel together, except once 4 years ago.

Sitter found for 1-2 year housesit the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains Story Wyoming

"We have found a housesitter from your site. We would like to thank you very much."
.... Homeonwer Member Cynderella

Housesit Details
Story Wyoming

2200 Square Foot house plus oversized 2 car garage, located in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains. This house is located in a small community of 650 individuals with many more tourists in the summer time.

The house is 4 years old, has vaulted ceilings, Australian cypress hardwood floors, 4 bathrooms, and the master has a whirlpool tub. The master bedroom is at one end of the house and the guest bedroom is at the other end of the home. There is a loft with a living room/den.

The beautiful kitchen has hickory cabinets, an island/breakfast bar all open to the living room which has a gorgeous flag stone surround propane fireplace. The living room has three lovely lead glass stained windows to view the beautiful ponderosa pines that Story is known for. The garage has a bathroom, alternate coal/wood furnace, wood burning stove, which is surrounded by flag stone.

The home is heated by the propane fireplace and a propane furnace. All of the above sits on one acre of land in town with friendly neighbors. Story sits at an elevation of about 5000' and has two trailheads leading into the Big Horn mountains for snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, horsebacking or walking. There is a Post Office, Womens Club, General Store, gas station and several restaurants. Winters are beautiful with an average of 100" of snow for snowmobiling. The weather in Story is very much like the weather in Denver Colorado.

Summers are mild for all sorts of sports including fishing in streams or boating in Lake Desmet 5 miles away. Historic Ft. Phil Kerney and other historic sites are located within a few minutes. We are looking for someone to pay utilities which average about $200 per month and accomplish grass cutting and snow removal. A riding lawn mower and 4 wheeler available. Accomplish small repairs and in general take care of the house and property.

Sitter found in tiny hamlet of Dull by Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire Scotland for pony trekking and mountain biking

"We have now found a couple to housesit for us. Thank you for such a great website. We shall use it again for the July and October holidays

Yous ... username zsazsahip


Aberfeldy Perthshire Perth Scotland

I am looking for a housesitter for my dog Phoebe and cat Pushkin for 11 days in April this year.

I live in a 3 bedrrom cottage in the tiny hamlet of Dull by Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire. We are close to Loch Tay for boating, we have plenty of mountains of course and many mountain biking trails as well as pony trekking and river sports on the River Tay.

The pets are wonderful of course and very outgoing. I would ask you spend the whole day of April 2nd with me so as to introduce you to the environs and animals together. You may use our bikes and our neighbours are all very friendly and helpful and would be glad to advise you of interesing activities etc to do locally.

Housesitter mikalsworld gets get two weeks of absolute unadulterated bliss and peace from schedule ratrace in Rocky Point L.I.

"Thanks Ian! I have very good friends on Rocky Point L.I. now thanks to your services.

Wendy, Vic and their furry friends Bailey, Dreamer, Naughty Paws & Junior (in order choc lab, himilayan and two bombay cats) look fw to my visits and I am now one of the family.

I take care of things at least twice a year for them while they go to their timeshare in Cozumel. I get two weeks of absolute unadulterated bliss and peace from the ratrace of my schedule.

It wouldn't have been possible without "Housecarers."
Peace & prosperity be yours.
Mike mikalsworld's sitter profile

Sharon & Will from Chelmsford England find their Patcaring Angel and prepare for worry free trip to India.

My husband and I were planning a trip to India for 4 weeks, and had recently moved 500 miles from home so were left with a dilema of who could look after our 4 cats and home for this time.

On the offchance we advertised on and within days had tens of applications from very suitable sounding folks!! After sorting through them we found a fantastic match and she looked after our home and pets very well allowing us a worry free trip!

Thank you for a wonderful service and thank you Andrea for being our petcaring angel while we were away. Sharon & Will - Chelmsford (magikcatz)

Gold Coast, QLD, Homeowners find reliable and pleasant housesitters for the 3rd time

"Thank you for your excellent web site.

Within a week, we had found suitable house sitters for a long term sit.
This is the 3rd time we have used your site and the other sitters have been reliable and very pleasant.

Please remove our advert from your current list."
Yours ... GCSeekers

Housesit details:

Australia City = BURLEIGH State = QLD CountyDistrict = CityTownArea = GOLD COAST
period= 6 Months AvailFromDate = 2009-03-24

Retired or quiet single/couple non smoking, no pets to keep house clean and pay all overheads plus electricity and tel. Lovely villa on one floor, in cul de sac with parkland out back and shared pool out front.

20 mins walk from beautiful Burleigh Beach and 4 mins from large shopping Mall. Friendly helpful neighbours mostly retired. Have had 3 successful sitters from this site who have left the home just as they found it.

Sitter Ron finds Housecarers great place to keep to retain biographical profile and records of housesits

"Thanks Ian..........Your site has been an excellent place to retain my biographical profile and to list my assignment schedule......Ron"

View Ron's profile - sitter rebsdad

ED - I let Ron know he can also use the Calendar feature- click (tools / Calendar) after login, to keep a history of housesits and future bookings. Also suggested the reference upload facility.

Wellington NZ couple sold on House Sitting

This is the second time we have advertised a 'Housesit' on your site, and have been very impressed with the applications and the efficiency of the site. We can certainly recommend, and would use yet again. Thanks. ... jaybee1

Housesit details:
Waikanae, Wellington, Kapiti Coast Kapiti Coast New Zealand

Reliable housesitter required to 'babysit' 2 spoilt Birman Cats. Our modern executive house runs around their requirements.

We are close to shops, golf course and bus stop is 50 metres away. Off street parking available.

Kiwi homeowner gets organised in 3 days for Our beautiful cottage is in the northern Rodney District, one hour from Auckland

I am member Minis1.

What a great service! On Sunday I placed an ad with you for a housesitter wanted. In 4 hours I had had 5 replies plus another 3 the next day & another couple yesterday.

This morning (Wed) a couple I had contacted came here to meet us & see the house. We all liked each other, their references are great & we now have everything organised. That pretty good going in less than 3 days!!

Thank you so much for this service.

Wendy (Minis1)

Housesit details: 27 days AvailFromDate = 2009-03-16 00:00:00.0

Our beautiful cottage is in the northern Rodney District, one hour from Auckland and an easy drive to beaches, regional parks, vineyards and the cinemas and cafes of Matakana.

The local shops and library are a five minute walk from home through the park. The house and gardens are peaceful and easy- care. We have a man come to mow the lawns. Our little dog is an elderly Jack Russell. He is super friendly, lots of fun, affectionate and very quiet

Housesitters Frenez, love the challenge of different housesit - Kangaroo Island SA

"We have almost completed our 3 months on Kangaroo Island thanks to House Carers and we have loved it. My wife and I love the challenge of something different and this has been great. "

Kindest Regards Len - Profile for sitters Frenez

Barbara & Rob intend to keep on housesitting even when they have their own place on Bribie as it's a wonderful way to see the country

"Thanks for the welcome back, I suspended it for a while because we were so busy with the housesits we had that we didn't want to be tempted to stretch ourselves too far.

We recently sat for Trish J at Lake Macquarie for six weeks and thoroughly enjoyed not only the area but two adorable dogs that we simply hated to leave. Now we're at Albury NSW housesitting for 7 weeks for Gill D, their two dogs and a cat and enjoying that also.

We will be going back to Bribie Island to sit for 3 months and at the end of that we hope there will be a unit in a retirement village for us (on Bribie Island).

We intend to keep on housesitting even when we have our own place on Bribie as it's a wonderful way to see the country.

Hope you had a great Christmas and we hope 2009 brings you health and happiness.

Barbara & Rob - Housesitters Broady profile

Dan & Rosie- so much personal satisfaction that we want to just keep on with house and pet sitting

Our membership runs out early next month and we want to continue to receive notifications from home and pet owners wanting our services.

Our sitting engagements this year have been in Northern NSW (Goolmangar, Lismore 11 weeks; Crystal Creek, Tweed Valley 5 weeks; North Arm, Murwillumbah 5 weeks; Wardrop Valley, also on Tweed for 7 weeks and currently at Mt Buffalo in the Victorian Alps until Jan 1.

We have made friends with a Blue Heeler, Fox Terrier, 2 Golden Retrievers, Border Collie, Maltese / Shi Tzu and one aloof Chinchilla cat over the last few months. Having fed over 100 native birds for 5 weeks, supervised the births of 3 calves and fed 5 more along with attending the rest of two herds of cattle for 5 and 7 weeks respectively, we have gained so much personal satisfaction that we want to just keep on with house and pet sitting.

Please send a renewal application and I can PayPal by return - we are IN with permanently!


Dan & Rosie roda68ssanz

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Insights from Flexible HouseSitter Rosabel: sees places:- "I really wanted to go to"

Hi, just letting you know that I have had two housesits so far which turned out to be a happy result for me, and I think for the pet owners.

Both times I went at short notice, but they were places I really wanted to go to; I think if you put in the effort, everything works out for both parties, and I never change the routine for the pets.

They settle down and after a few days I can come and go, sightseeing or whatever, but always return in time to feed/walk the pets. I leave everything as close as possible to the way I found it and this way both parties are happy.

Thanks, Rosabel

Hi Rosabel

"thanks very much for the feedback and insights. Where were the housesits?"
... Ian

Hi Ian ,

"The first one was in Auckland NZ for six weeks in Dec/Jan while the owners went to Europe, and the second one, just recently in Hobart, Tasmania.

Both times the sitter they had lined up was unavailable, and as I live on my own, I can go on short notice most of the time. When the owners come back and I leave the housesit, I have had extra time in NZ and Tas before I come back home, so it really works out well for me.

Housecarers Profile for Rosabel

Drasmu finds a nice family to enjoy their Gold Coast Hinterland home.

"I just wanted to let you know that we have had a fantastic response toour ad for housesitters for the New Year period and have communicated with a nice family who look set to take up the housesit and look after our pets whilst we are away.

I wanted to let you know that I am very thankful to your service and again this year am very impressed with how you provide confidential replies and the opportunity to advertise in this way.

It has been very successful for my family on 3 occasions now and I can't thank you enough for this wonderful sight.

I wish you all at housecarers a very happy and safe Christmas and once again, thank you very much. Homeowner drasmu

Housesit posting for Bonogin, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast QLD Australia

Large & spacious Queenslander/Colonial style home on acreage ten minutes from Robina Town Centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland, amidst lovely semi- rural satellite acreage community.

Four bedroom, pool, extensive decks, private and peaceful retreat. Nice bird and wildlife. Caring for three small Jack Russell Terriers and keep a lived-in feel about the place. 5 minutes local village shops (supermarkets, banks, post office), 10 minutes major shopping hub, rail & bus, 20 minutes Gold Coast beaches

Taree homeowners Outbush - very happy with their sitters

"We are VERY HAPPY with Adelle & John (rtd-public-servant) and would recommend them for any home Thanks

Adelle & John you looked after our home & family of pets like they were you own
Thanks again Debbie & Ray"

Homeowners outbush

Housesit details for outbush:

Hi I am needing someone for my house in Caparra 1/2 hour drive from Wingham . We dont mind if you have a child with you.The house is 5 bedroom 2 bath room and a very much loved pets dog,cats ,birds,rabbit,mice chooks ect & a fantastic creek at the front door. Non smokers prefered but will cope with smoking outside. We are on a dirt road at a great spot

Thanks outbush

Barb and John testing the waters in San Antonio Texas

"Hello Ian - We are finding your organization very exciting.

This is the first enticement my husband has found to consider full retirement. We do have an assignment confirmed in San Antonio, Texas from Dec. 18 - Jan. 4 which we are looking forward to and 3 or 4 ongoing communication with others for later dates.

I could see us doing this full time........lots of fun. Barb and John (GoAndRelax)

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Travel With Only A Carry-On Bag

Forget the hefty airline fees for checked luggage, and lost luggage and. Anyone can pack for a 2 week trip with just a carry-on bag.

Read and share this and other tips in the travel section of the House Sitting Community Forum.

Travel tips and ideas: forum

How can you tell if your Dog is Stresssssed?

I recently spoke with Dr Peter Higgins BVSC,MBA who is Media spokesman for Dogs NSW at the 2008 Sydney Retirement and Lifestyle Expo. He full endorsed live-in house sitting pet sitting or as a preferred kennels alternative. He said putting dogs in kennels can lead to behavioural problems.

Here is a link to an article on Dog Stress reprinted by permission from author Dr Kristie:

Is your Dog Stressed

Castlecrag Sydney homeonwer receives fabuloous applications

"Thanks so much House Carers.

This is the fourth time we have used your service to find a house sitter and as always we received fabulous applications. It makes it so hard to choose. Keep up the great work!"
..... kirstenw

Housesit Caslegrag Sydney NSW Australia

We are going away for a month over Christmas and need a house sitter to look after our dog (King Charles Cavalier), 2 cats and some goldfish. The dog will love you if you can walk him once a day (half an hour will do), the cats and goldfish pretty much look after themselves but need feeding twice a day. Our house has 4 bedrooms and lots of stairs. So if you feel like spending Christmas in Sydney, please let us

arcticdreamers still sitting after 4 years - and loving it

This is presently our 12th sit and our 4th year of sitting - then we are off to Seymour and Yarra Junction in Vic, then Tas then to is a joy and we just love house sitting, its a great lifestyle and we do it for the travel, new sights and for the fact that we meet some terrific people and great animals along the way and we just love to help people, to make their own travels happy and stress free, knowing their homes and pets and gardens are well looked after in their absence.

Thanks for a terrific site we couldn't do it without you, each sit just gets better and better. We are booked until end 2010....Keep up the good work. House-carers is the best!! cheers Jen & Maurice...... (arcticdreamers)

Healthy, retired couple - We love to travel, but do not enjoy staying in expensive hotels etc

"Hi Once again we located a house sit in the area we wish to visit. This is a wonderful site. We are having so much luck with this house sit situation. Since we are from Vancouver Island and the house sit is on Vancouver Island we will be visiting them next month to receive a run through and a chance to meet the people with their furry family. Just love this site. Keep up the good work. As ever "

housesitter Snookie (Jeanette)

Snookie are booked out and their profile is on hold:

Profile for Snookie
We are a healthy, retired couple who are willing to take care of your home while you are away. We enjoy gardening and adore cats and dogs. (no birds or reptiles). Until three years ago we owned and operated a bed and breakfast which was very successful. We now live in a town house and are enjoying our second retirement. We love to travel and meet people. We are also non smokers. We do not charge monitary fees for our services. The chance to take care of your home, and furry family while you are away are enough for us. We love to travel, but do not enjoy staying in expensive hotels etc

Jimboomba thanks all caring wanderers who offered to help

I would like to thank all the lovely people who contacted us regarding our sit even though most were unable to help at such short notice.

We are in awe of the multitude of caring wanderers who have made Housesitting a way of life and who add so much value to those who use their services.

As my father became ill recently we were left without a sitter so we thank all the wonderful sitters who took the time to respond and I apologise I have not got back to all of you.

Please accept this as a personal thankyou and I sincerely hope we get to meet at some stage in the future.
Kindest regards,
Deb & Keith (Jimboomba)

House sit details:
Jimboomba Brisbane Logan City QLD

We would love a mature experienced couple to mind our resort style acreage property, 2 cats and 11mth old toy poodle while we are away for 4 weeks from 14th October.

We are on 5 acres in Jimboomba and just 2 minutes to the township with supermarkets, cafes, takeaways, library, chemists, etc. 3 acres of our property is just an empty back paddock which requires vitually no maintenance and the remaining 2 acres consists of a 4 bedroom scandanavian designed home (lot's of glass) and home office, 4 bathrooms, inground pool, sauna, gym, dam and pretty gardens which are fairly low maintenance except for the rose garden which actually requires a little work at the moment so garden lovers would be most welcome here.

If you are a handyman that would be great too as there are a few little jobs that we haven't had time to get to yet. Our baby (poodle) doesn't really require walking as he gets a lot of excercise running around the yard but he loves to play fetch and really enjoys outings in the car but this is not necessary if you don't like the idea. He is used to staying home by himself when we're at work. If you think this position might suit please contact us with your details and experience. We'd love to meet you

Sitter chosen for 6 month housesit near Ocean- Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast, California USA

"Just wanted to thank you for this website, and the opportunity to choose from qualified respondents to find someone who will be the right match for us and our pets.

Thanks also for your comprehensive list of steps to follow to choose the right candidate, housesitting guidelines, and the contract sample"

... greenman1168

Housesit housesit Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast, California USA:

Housesitter needed: Reliable, clean, honest, nonsmoking, no drugs/alcohol. Prefer single person or married couple comfortable with a semi-rural situation.

Not suitable for children. Near ocean south of Fort Bragg, California.

You will need a car to get around our area. Unfortunately, we are in a wi-fi shadow and are unable to provide high-speed internet, if that's important to you.

Responsibilities include caring for older dog and cat, watering house and garden plants. References and bond required

Comprehensive new ebook on house sitting - well worth a read.

Long standing housecarers housesitting couple, Tom Hill and Lin Worthington of share a wealth of information on the ins and outs of housesitting. A very comprehensive coverage of the area based on their experiences over the years. Well worth taking a look at for tips and how to avoid pitfalls.

Download house sitting e-book free sample here

House sitter Sean saves thousands with 9 month CT housesit

Best investment I ever made. I have a house sitting job for 9 months in New Milford, CT great people great house you have saved me thousands... Sean (sitter SMCVOLS)

Sitter pkcarron experiences the culture of the small village of Sayulita Mexico

"I would like to comment on a house/pet sit I just returned from in Sayulita Mx.

Seven weeks in a beautiful part of Mexico even in the low season was wonderful! I commend the house owners, Roger and Summer for their hospitality.

I was able to finish a book while there as well as see many of the nearby sights.

I also salute this site for providing this venue for people such as I who want to experience a culture not just observe.

I indeed experienced the small village of Sayulita, inter reacting with local people and seeing all through their eyes.
Thanks House Carers! Pamela

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Red Deer, Alberta Home Owner flicks worry of beloved pets to concentrate on having a relaxing holiday

"Hello, I would just like to say that I am extremely happy with the results So far. I place an add last Tuesday and today, Sunday, everything is in place.

I found this site to be very helpful. The applicants were all very rofessional. We met with out potential housitters on Saturday and found them to warm, friendly and competent. We have secured them to watch over our home and pets while we are on vacation. I feel releived and can now concentrate on having a relaxing holiday, without worry of our beloved pets.
Shari B (Maddysitter)

Housesit Red Deer, Alberta Canada

I am looking for a house/pet sitter for 2 weeks over Christmas. I have an 8 year old chocolate Lab/Pointer cross and 2 Cats. I am located close to downtown Red Deer in a little house. My pets are NOT high maintenance,just very friendly and lovable

No stopping homeowner from Coastal Ireland

I would just like to say that this service is terrific. We had our first house/petsitter this summer and it worked out very well. We are now planning our next trip!

It has given us the opportunity to get away without wondering what to do about the animals, now there is no stopping us.... UserName: gibuu1

Houasesit Kinvara Co. Galway Ireland

We live in a very scenic rural location on the edge of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland. There are uninterupted views of the mountains and we are just 6km from the sea. Perfect for anyone interested in hillwalking.

There are also no end of great historic sites to visit. We have some hens, three rabbits and a guinea pig that need feeding while we spend Christmas away. The two dogs will be in kennals for an easier life! If you fancy Christmas in the west please contact me.

Uk couple found for rural setting Waikato New Zealand

"We have received 4 replies to our add and have chosen a couple from the UK to sit for us.We found your service very good and easy to use and also the confidentiality aspect is great.Thank You.We will use your services again when needed."

Homeowner Dairyman

Housesit details: 10 Days Morrinsville Waikato New Zealand

Our property is in a rural setting just off main highway.Central to 2 towns 10 minutes away and Hamilton is just over 30 minutes away.

Tauranga is also just over 60 minutes travelling time from home.

We have 3 cats which will require feeding and care and this is all that would be required apart from caring for our house.We have a pool and also a spa which would be available for use

House Sitter Karen get streets ahead

"Having initially enrol with multiple services 6 months ago, I just want to say how professional and user friendly your service is.

It's streets ahead of the competition in the number of contacts received, the quality of the notifications, frequency of updates and it's a pleasure to use.


Very happy house sitter - Karen (kp3055717) 5/07/08

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Boat Sitter found for Singapore cat and boat in beautiful Jungle sitting

"We will be away in August and have notified a few of the candidate housesitters for that time. Many qualified people came back to us and were so interested to come. We have selected one.

We will also be away again in October and will notify some of the interested persons at housecarers to let them know of this opportunity as well.

We are frequent travelers and are happy to offer an opportunity to those wishing to boat/house/cat sit aboard our small ship now berthed in a marina resort complex. We are a short ferry ride from Singapore in a beautiful jungle setting..

This is our progress report.

Thanks alot. " ... Seamaiden

Christchurch NZ couple recommend 2 young women for New Zealand House sitting

My husband and i are thrilled with your site, we ended up with two young woman house sitting for us,we were able to go away for two weeks, and not have to worry, not only did they look after our home but they ended up staying with us for 4weeks,

They are in NZ for 12months on a working holiday,so if there is any one looking for reliable sitters thee we can highly recommend these people. P & B. (username patrusty)

Recommended sitters for NZ hockey14..

House sit details: Hornby Christchurch South Island New Zealand

Our house is a situated close to a busstop which will take you to our local shopping mall,which is "The Hub Hornby", there is also a small shopping area close by consisting of a Dairy - Butchery- Chemist-Ect, both of these places are within walking distance, there is also a reserve closeby,our house is a comfortable 3 bedroom, concrete block,structure, with a pellet fire for heating,we also have a Power Manager for our power use,this will be explained to the House sitter

Sitters davesbabies gets a Hawaiian Vacation through house sitting.

"We took a house sit in Hawaii until July 17th....we are loving it and wanted to thank you for a wonderful service that allows us to vacation this way.,,, davesbabies"

House Sitters Davesbabies

Dog loving couple found for 5BDRM water views near Vancouver BC Home


We received a number of qualified applicants and were successful in obtaining their services for our upcoming 2 months away. I would certainly recommend

Homeowner PearlOnTheCoast

Housesit Powell River British Columbia Canada
Pearl River is located at the top of the Sunshine Coast on the Mainland of B.C. and is connected to Vancouver Island (to be seen in the distance 18 kms away - a 1.25 hour ferry ride) and to Vancouver by two ferries. Our 5 bedroom view home is located a few blocks from the ocean and overlooks the Westview ferry terminal. We had posted previously and arrangements were being made with a prospective couple when their plans changed and that left us looking once again for another dog loving couple. WiFi available

Kiwicarers land three wonderful UK housesits

"Thanks so much for running such a great site. We subscribed and placed an advertisement in late December, looking for housesitting positions during our coming trip to the United Kingdom. Well, we had a great response and accepted three wonderful housesits -in Wimbledon, Reading and Brighton.

We have almost completed the second housesit and will shortly be heading to Brighton for the third. We have thoroughly enjoyed the housesits and caring for two great pets.

Thanks very much for the opportunity - we think your site is great and will use it every year. With very best wishes, Jan & Brian (New Zealand)"

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Sitter gets to see the beautiful Bay of Islands New Zealand

"The service is great! We found an excellent housesitter right away!"

Homeowner LeighM

Housesit details 2 months Opua State Northland New Zealand

We live in New Zealand! We need someone to walk our two Labradors and look after our two pussy cats. Our house is small requiring very little maintenance. The sit comes with a car so it is an excellent chance to see the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Canberra ACT homeowner finds the perfect Match

I wish to thank you for your excellent service. Within a week I received eight applications to house-sit my home.

All of the applicants were most suitable and we think the applicant we finally selected is just perfect for our needs. We will recommend your service to our friends..

UserName = prague2008

3 month Housesit Canberra ACT Australia

We are seeking a house sitter/s who will be prepared to occupy our home during our three month absence.

The home comes with a cat which likes company and regular feeding (breakfast and dinner).

The bedrooms comprise two queen size and one with twin singles. The fourth bedroom is set up as a study with ADSL available for use if you have a computer. The main bedroon has an ensuite and the bathroom has a spa bath.The house has ducted gas heating and ducted evaporative cooling. Window locks, deadlocks and security doors are installed.

We are trying to complete easy care landscaping so that lawncare and gardencare will be minimal. Our driveway is very narrow and requires good reversing skills. At the front of the house there is a boat bay in which a car can be parked (off the street).

There are bus stops at the end of the street with regular services to Woden and Tuggeranong. We are seeking a housesitter/s who will care for and enjoy the comfort of our home for three months and who will also give a lot of time, care and affection to the cat who owns the house and us.

Sitters Whatamango meet some great people while sitting Across New Zealand

Hi Ian. I am writing to tell you that we are delighted with Housecarers as housesitters.

We have had so many housesits and been contacted by so many people direct to ask us to housesit that we have hardly been home since before Xmas 2007.

At present we are housesitting in Nelson and then have another one in Christchurch in May. We are then housesitting in Marlborough for 6 weeks.It has given us the opportunity to meet some great people who we conti nue to keep in touch with and to see areas of our country we haven't seen before.

We now hope to be able to obtain housesits in Europe again later this year and into the next. We will definitely rejoin when our subscription expires.Thank you for a great service,we have recommended it to many of our friends who are envious of us doing these housesits. Regards Ed and Julie

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Why Does My Cat Pee Everywhere?

Whether your cat is old or young, male or female, anxious or mellow, he or she can get the idea that peeing anywhere but the litterbox is a good thing. Many frustrated humans in the past and present have tried nearly everything to figure out why the cat does this – and, of course, to solve the problem.

Read entire article - Why Does My Cat Pee Everywhere?

Perfect Housesitter found for Manhattan condo

"I have found the perfect housesitter for my Manhattan condo,
thank you very much." .... Joan (username Grapphics)


I have a beautiful apartment, new appliances, new TVs/DVD, BOSE,air, 20th floor with a terrace overlooking the city that is 50 feet long and 15 feet deep. Only l or 2 people, neat, no drugs, parties. Stay for free but Canda has to be walked and fed, she will go everywhere you go. We have cleaning person, laundry, security. A house/doggie sitter for one month.

Brisbane Homeowner boskishadow safely finds four housesitters

"I want to compliment you on your service. The site works well and I have now 4 times been successful in finding a good, reliable housesitter at pretty short notice. I have always felt safe in using the site."

So, many thanks

Karla (boskishadow)

Housesit Details:
Northern suburbs, Brisbane QLD
I'm looking for reliable and caring person(s) to look after our attractive Queenslander home near Central Brisbane, with garden and two cats. Non- smokers please. Pleasant, quiet area with shops nearby and lots of 'green' spaces

Sitters TennisNut cracks a housesit while deciding where to settle

Dear Ian,
Thank you for the quick tips. I also want to say that we are extremely pleased with your service and we have recommended Housecarers to others.We have already made several good contacts and concluded housesitting arrangements.

We are looking for others because our plans are to shift to Melbourne and possibly other states and sitting in various locations will help us find where to settle. Your constant contact with tips and destinations is a remarkable feature of your service.

Thank you,

Elliot and Claire (Sitter Username Tennisnut)

Daveanddeb reporting from 4 month Irish housesits

We are in the 4th month of a house-sit in Ireland which we got through your site. We appreciate your dedication, efforts and professionalism. We recommend to many people... sitters daveanddeb

Scorpiolady keeps in text contact with phillyqualified

We recently had phillyqualified sit for us for two weeks, looking after our rural home, 1 cat and 12 chooks. He kept in touch before we actually met (some 6 months approx with phone calls) and then came and visited us twice before coming to do the "sit". We were impressed with his friendliness and honesty and our home was very well looked after, our animals well cared for and he even weeded our vegetable patch! He kept in text contact whilst we were away which was reassuring.

We can definitely recommend him to others and hope he will be able to come and sit for us next time we go away.

Our experience is almost identical to the experience that muscrat had - see Housesitting Blog for Recent Updates > Archives>April 2007.


House sit details:

New Zealand Waikato rural area

Comfortable home in rural area on a main road (Hauraki Plains - Waikato area) but no farming work required.

We have two cats and a dozen free range chooks who need looking after so sitters must be animal lovers.

10 minutes drive from Paeroa (antique shops galore)and Ngatea (water gardens and a gem factory open to public) and Turua (tiny town but an interesting ostrich farm and a fabulous restaurant) - 20 minutes from Thames (historic gold town) and Waihi (open cast gold mine and historic town)- 45 minutes to Katikati (the mural town and a public bird zoo) and just over an hour to Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton Cities. Under two hour drive to thermal Rotorua.

Close to the beautiful Karangahake Gorge (great bush walks). About an hour from Coromandel Township on the Peninsula (Hot Water Beach - yes! hot water bubbles from the sand - Waiau Water Gardens with activities from ages 2 - 102). References required and also a bond payable. Non-smokers please. Retirees preferred

Santa Fe pair turns house sitting into business

"The pair say they created the company after hearing horror stories from homeowners, brokers and builders about break-ins and plumbing, electrical and heating disasters."

"We have heard so many stories that are particularly unfortunate because most of them could have been averted by a regular systematic inspection of the home," said Larson. "Lauren and I knew we could bring a professional level of home management to homeowners, Realtors and builders. Our goal is to provide absolute peace of mind."

As reported in the New Mexico Business Weekly

These are also valid reasons for having a live-in housesitter to protect your valuable asset.

... Read entire story from New Mexico Business Weekly - Santa Fe pair turns house sitting into business

What Better Arrangement for All Involved but Humble House Sitting?

Graphic Designer and full time housesitter - Lesley Huntley has written some excellent first hand articles on housesitting.

Here is an excerpt:

If you are one of the many home owners that has been the victim of burglary, or you are the owner of a pet with special needs (aren’t they all), or you simply worry what will happen to your home and/or pet in your absence, you know what it is like to be unable to completely relax and enjoy your hard earned holiday.

You may have arrived home to the aftermath of irresponsible relatives who were supposed to be taking care of your home in your absence and haven’t quite lived up to their end of the bargain. You could have forked out hundreds, if not thousands for pet boarding only to be unable to stop worrying about how they are the whole time, or for them to come back different pets, perhaps even with ticks or fleas (or worse).

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Read entire article ....What Better Arrangement for All Involved but Humble House Sitting?

And more great information:

How to Become a House Sitter – in Two Easy Steps.

Retirement does not have to mean living on a limited budget

I write this for all of you retired folk out there... who love animals & have a curiosity to experience other culture's; Or perhaps to start with... to test the waters (so to speak) travel across this great country of ours, visit your favorite province or one you promised to will someday visit.

Now is your chance to enable you all to fullfill those dreams and goals... Just do it!!

Since I discovered housecarers8 years ago, it opened up a whole new way to travel saving me thousands of dollars...

Over these years I've enjoyed Home Security and Pet Companion Sitting in Greece, Costa Rica, France, England, Italy, USA, Turk & Cacois Is.
My more recent 'Sits' have been to (escape the chills of our British
Columbia climate) Hawaii, Florida and Southern California.... continued

Read Brenda Maries story in the forum

Brenda Marie (ImpeccableReferences)

Burgled twice so didn't want to leave the house unattended

"We have been burgled twice so didn't want to leave the house unattended, but previous experience with family members left us hesitant to employ their services either...."

Read entire story and more great housesitting content at the website below.

Homesafesitters available for housesitting in Christchurch New Zealand"

8 month housesit filled near Rutherglen wineriesYarrawonga NSW

"We have a house sitter thankyou for your good site it has worked well." ... beaulinga

Housesit: 8 monthes Yarrawonga = NSW Near Border town

We are requiring someone to look after our home while we travel for 8 months. Would like the garden and lawns looked after. Very close to Rutherglen wineries and also Yarrawonga and Border excellent golfing course. Beautiful Lake Mulwala is also a excellent attraction. 1 hr drive from City of Albury. Out home is in a beautiful and quite location.

Sitter found for wonderful views of Mount Maunganui - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand

Most impressed with quality of applicants. Everybody was extremely professional. Delighted to have found this website and will certainly utilise this service again in the future. Sincere thanks... Freckles133

Housesit: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand

We are looking for a house sitter from 6th to 28th March 2008. Free accommodation in beautiful home enjoying stunning gardens, in return for looking after our home and small dog (4 years old). Our home is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen (all modern kitchen aids), office and large lounge. There are heat pumps either end of the house.

We have Sky TV, one in the lounge and the other in the master bedroom/ensuite. No work required in the gardens or lawns as we have a gardener who comes in to take care of both. So just sit back and enjoy the wonderful views of Mount Maunganui and the harbour entrance.

We live 8 kilometres from downtown Tauranga, and are 15 minutes from New Zealand’s best surf beach, Mount Maunganui. Tauranga offers lots to see and do including, arts, golf, gardens, fishing, walks and great dining.

Rotorua is an hour away and is famous for it’s geothermal environment, hot pools and geysers. Lots to see and do in Rotorua. There is also an excellent bus service into Tauranga that goes right past our home

Auckland NZ Homeowner keeps coming back

"A great website which has done us proud for finding someone to look after our home and pets last year and this.

Thank you very much for a great idea, a well done website and for the usefulness of your service. Keep up the good work."

Paul (paulbnz)

Housesit Auckland New Zeland:

Please note this is primarily for the dog sitting and not so much for the house sitting aspect. So this arrangement will only appeal to you if you are a true dog lover and are active and able to walk and play with our two dogs.

It would also be preferable if you were home most of the day. Our two dogs are whippets. They are medium sized who are very friendly, gentle, non aggressive and easy going. They are great company. But they are rather spoilt and very much indoor dogs who like their creature comforts, though they do also like their walks. They require daily exercise - usually a short walk in the morning and a long walk in the evening.

You must be clean living, non smoking and 100% reliable and MUST want to do this for our animals as the number one priority. You will need to take special care of our two dogs, take them for daily walks and give them plenty of attention.

Our house is a nice, comfortable bungalow in the Epsom/Royal Oak area with all mod cons. We have a pleasant, large, fenced and secure garden. We are close to an easy bus route into the city centre and about 20 minutes walk to Greenlane Clinical Centre. If you are interested or want to know more information please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Accolades for sitter ResponsiblePlus

I recently advertised on your web stie for a housesitter for the dec/jan, I got an immediate response .

I met Jan (ResponsiblePlus) for coffee and got to know a little more about each other , decided it would be a good deal for both of us .

Jan took me to the airport the day I left, she kept in touch with me while I was overseas, looked after my two cats and home. It was a great comfort to know my pets where being looked after at home and were in such good hands.

My apartment looked lovely , fresh fruit, flowers and was very clean, Thank you Jan for a marvellous job , I am very grateful to you. I would recommend you to anyone who req'd a very reliable housesitter.

Good luck with any further jobs I would be delighted to have you housesit for me again .Thank you to housesitters, I look forward to using your services again
... Chatham

Housesit: maribyrnong Western Melbourne VIC Australia

I would like a house sitter from 16.12.2007 till 13 january 2008 have 2 cats, apartment

Sitter Grace100 lines up Canadian housesits

So far I have been successful in arranging three housesits through the website. One in Ottawa south, one in Milton, and one in St. Adele, Quebec. I am presently negotiating for one in Toronto. It has worked very well for me, and thanks for providing this excellent service.

For the Ontario housesits I replied to an ad, for the Quebec housesit the homeowner contacting me directly. Eliabeth (Grace100)

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Hilton Head Island, SC USA is my winter home for over three months - maryfromtheprairie

"Hilton Head Island, SC is my winter home for over three months solely because of joining Housecarers as a Gold Member.

My husband spotted the ad put in by these wonderful folks and next thing he knew I was asking for his password to his pay pal account so we could become members. That was August 12, 2007 and by mid September, we were 'chosen' in just one week by this charming couple who are travelling on the QE II for 90 days on her last 'Round the World Cruise'. We definitely made a connection!!!

We are from western Canada and they are from southeastern United States and this was the first housesit we officially applied for through Housecarers. References from both the northern and southern hemisphere solidified the agreement.

Thanks Ian for your wonderful service ... maryfromtheprairie

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Feline Obesity, a Danger to Your Cat

The growing epidemic of obesity in the United States isn't restricted to the human population alone, an increasing number of house cats are now mirroring their owners indulgent behaviours.

Read Full article - Feline Obesity, a Danger to Your Cat

twodogsandme Says - Too Easy!

Too easy! In very short time found a lovely lady who is looking forward to staying with my dogs and enjoying my property while I am away.

The only difficulty was making a choice from so many obviously suitable people.

Thanks for the great service! (twodogsandme)

2 months housesit Woodbridge Tasmania (south of Hobart )

I am planning to visit my daughter who is currently living in England – exciting, except that my two mates, Lora ( a Rhodesian Ridgeback X) and Hannah (a Staffy X) can’t come along… so am hoping to find someone to keep them company for May and June, 2008.

Our home is on 15 acres in a beautiful coastal rural region of southern Tasmania with Hobart about a 45 k drive away. There is a general store, Post Office and Petrol Station in Woodbridge which is 4k from house. The house is somewhat unconventional ( straw bale and post & beam construction), has solar power (with good efficient battery charger and generator as back up).

All mod cons and slow combustion wood heating so clean, warm and comfortable living. The main house has only one bedroom and some internal steps. Adjacent is a small cabin which is used as guest room (has own shower & toilet). There is plenty of parking if you travel with a motorhome, caravan, etc.

Sited for the magnificent views and sunshine in a quiet private area, it is a place to relax, walk, enjoy the wildlife and scenery…………...and play with the dogs! I do have a garden (newly established) and you would be welcome to potter about in it but no hard work is necessary or expected. There are some chickens, but they are very low maintenance… just need to top up the feed bin and water as required and collect eggs.

My main concerns are the dogs … they are both very friendly, reasonably well trained (eg: no begging for for food is allowed!) and easy to get along with. They are used to going most places with me ( even prefer to sit in the car for hours rather than stay home). Lora is 11.5 years old and Hannah 10, so relatively mature and don’t need lots of exercise … just pats and company.

They have several ‘aunties and uncles’ in the community who are happy to take them in if you wish to take some short overnight trips. I would also be happy for you to use my car to take dogs for outings to beach, etc. There is a strong sense of community in the district so you would quickly be welcomed by my friends if you wish to socialise with the locals.

I would appreciate hearing only from folk who are prepared to stay the whole period I am away, preferably arriving a little earlier so that I can familiarise you with “the workings”. So, if you feel you would enjoy a holiday here, I look forward to hearing from you. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

Brisbank homeonwer: "It takes the headache out of going away! "

Hi there,

I wanted to let you know we found a suitable couple to look after our house within a day through your site. Actually, there were several who sounded suitable.

Thanks for providing such a good service. Within a day we had had more than ten responses. It takes the headache out of going away!


Suzanna (Skywards)

Housesit 4 weeks March 2008 Brisbane Qld

Our comfortable house has a veranda, swimming pool and wireless internet, plus a huge library of books. There is an indoor Burmese cat, who is very affectionate, and a low maintenance Siamese fighting fish. We are looking for a responsible single person or a couple to house-sit.

The 1 Hot Travel Destination of 2008? Says Who?

United States citizens hankering to travel abroad will be disappointed in the Lonely Planet's top pick for hot travel destinations for 2008.

Read entire story - No 1 Top Travel Desitnations 2008

Sitters ibujenny leave French Mid Pyrenees Home in perfect order

Thank you for your very professional website. Our housesitters
'ibujenny' were everything we could have wished for - friendly,
experienced and charming - our home was left in perfect order.
.... Homeowers (ecurie)

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Housesit details for ecurie:

5 week Housesit Lauraet Midi Pyrenees Gers France

Require reliable house sitter to feed and care for our two cats and look after our lovely home for five weeks early October/November 2008. Large comfortable stone house (fully equipped), wood, lake, stunning views, peaceful countryside, and warm climate. We have lived here for eleven years. Interesting historical sites and bastide villages nearby. Pyrenees and Atlantic coast 2 hours drive. Nearest town with shops, markets and supermarkets 12 minutes drive. Age

Travelling Overseas - what about Vaccinations?

Your passport and visa may be sorted? But what about Vaccinations for your overseas trip? It is advisable to start planning this 6 months before your intended trip.

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Vaccinations required for International Travel

Travelling Overseas - what about Vaccinations?

Your passport and visa may be sorted? But what about Vaccinations for your oversease trip? It is advisable to start planning this 6 months before your intended trip.

Read more below:
Vaccinations required for International Travel

Housesitting in UK France and Italy

Just a note to let you know that we think your Forum is wonderful! We have been sitting full time for a year now in UK France and Italy and are on our second year. We have written a book titled "Endless Holidays - A Guide to House and Pet Sitting" which we will self publish in February. We would love to advertise it with you then.

So the Forum is another big plus for Housecarers which has been a very valuable site for us. We are booked out for the next year until we go home to Australia for a break and our daughtert's wedding in November 08.

Many thanks for a wonderful initiative.
Cheers Lynne and Mike ... House sitters edm0nds

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