During home visits (1 hour duration) and homestays (overnight) I will feed and fill water bowls daily for each furry friend. If required, I will also clean the cat litter or pick up the doggy doo left in the backyard. There will also be plenty of playtime/cuddles provided - if your cat or dog is open to it, brushing can also be done. Daily pictures can be supplied if requested, and if you are away for more than 3 days, I am also happy to conduct short video calls (10 minutes max / 3 days).
- I currently have working from home privileges. If you’d prefer longer visits during the day, I’m happy to accommodate this, provided I have access to fast and stable internet (I tend to have a lot of Microsoft Teams meetings).
Time dedicated to dog walks will not be counted towards time dedicated to home visits, but must occur immediately before or after a home visit. Typically, a dog walk will be approx. an hour - however, this can vary (and will be agreed upon with you in advance) depending on the dog's age and health.
My preference is to always have a meet-and-greet prior to accepting a homestay arrangement. I've never come across a furry friend who did not take to me, but I don't want to be presumptuous. My first priority is their well-being.
A little about me:
I'm a mid-20s government consultant by day, with a passionate drive to make the welfare system better for Australians in the future. While I absolutely love my work, it can leave me energy depleted. Being surrounded by furry friends has also been the best remedy for that.
I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with furry friends all my life - dogs, cats, fish and birds - and I just can't imagine not having them in my future. I'd go as far as calling all my previous and current furbabies (who live with my parents temporarily due to a no-pet policy in my current place) as family. That is why I completely empathize with people's plight in trying to secure the absolute best care for their furry friends in their absence. I would expect, and accept, no less for my own.
For the purposes of being completely transparent, whilst I adore all furry friends, I am team cat before team dog. Cats have a particularly special place in my heart, as the ones I grew up with, helped me get through some very difficult times in my life. That’s not to say I won’t smother your beautiful dog with affection if an arrangement is agreed upon, but if given competing offers, please don’t be offended if I opt for the meow monster!
The best sitter I've ever found. Received lots of pics and the cats were very happy when I came home!
Melanie was a wonderful pet sitter. Melanie was punctual, responsive and provided regular updates during her stay. We arrived home to a very happy labrador! We would highly recommend Melanie.
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