We're former Guide Dog puppy-raisers, now full-time Melbourne house-sitters, providing full-time loving care for homes, gardens, pools and pets while their owners travel.
For your peace of mind, we have many excellent references and current National Police Checks. We've completed 90 house-sits in Melbourne since 2015 (mostly through other services) all with 5-star reviews.
We're available for limited dates in inner Melbourne, within about 5km of the CBD, on the following dates:
~25 January to ~14 Feb 2020,
~16 February to ~5 Mar 2020.
We specialise in live-in / in-home, full-time loving care for medium to large dogs, all kinds of cats, rabbits, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects, too. We sometimes offer casual dog-walking in the areas where we house-sit. Medium to large dogs are our speciality.
Why are we house-sitting? We moved to Melbourne from Tasmania in August 2015 and started house-sitting as a way to experience the different areas of the city and central suburbs whilst we look for a neighbourhood where we'd like to settle ourselves long term. We've been looking after pets and homes around Carlton, Fitzroy, Abbotsford, Richmond, Hawthorn, Albert Park, South Melbourne, Toorak, and Armadale full-time ever since.
What experience do we have? We're very experienced at keeping pets happy and homes beautiful. Currently on our 90th assignment, most of our households are regulars.
We're a couple in our 40s, together for 25 years. We're non-smokers and have no children or pets.
We love all animals, especially dogs and cats, and have been owned by cats for most of our lives. We've cared for birds, fish, bunnies, and reptiles, too. We successfully raised a puppy from 8 weeks to 18 months for Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania while nursing an elderly cat through her dotage with twice-daily medications, and have since looked after other guide dog pups-in-training when their full-time raisers needed a break. We've also had a full roster of pampered pet dogs that we've minded on a regular basis in Battery Point, Hobart from 2012 to 2015.
We run our own digital media business and work mostly from home so we can be there to feed and love your pets and give them all the care and attention they'll need while they are missing you. As a constant presence, we'll provide extra security for your home.
We understand that every household is unique and we're happy to do everything your way and keep it exactly as you like it. This is especially true with beloved pets – their health and happiness are our top priority and we'll maintain their familiar routines including feeding, grooming, exercise, and lots of affection and play.
Our years of experience in puppy-raising, dog-minding, cat-caring, and general menagerie maintenance allow us to give your pets the best TLC as well as providing exceptional housekeeping for your home.
When are we available? We're booked at present but will be available for house- and pet-sitting for ~26 January to ~ 14 Feb and 16 Feb to ~5 Mar 2020 – please see our calendar for details. Longer bookings preferred.
Feel free to get in touch with us anytime – we'd love to meet you and your pets and discuss your house-sitting and / or dog-walking requirements in person.
Where do we house-sit? We're available in Melbourne CBD and inner urban areas including: Abbotsford, Albert Park, Alphington, Armadale, Ascot Vale, Balaclava, Burnley, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, East Melbourne, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Hawthorn, Jolimont, Kensington, Kew, Kooyong, Melbourne CBD, Middle Park, Northcote, North Melbourne, Parkville, Port Melbourne, Prahran, Princes Hill, Richmond, Southbank, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Toorak, Travancore, Westgarth, and Windsor.
Mark and Dianna are excellent pet sitters. Their passion and love for animals is evident as soon as you meet them! They took wonderful care of my two cats while I was away. I particularly appreciated being sent their daily updates and photos so I could relax knowing that everything was fine at home.
My boys arrived back home very happy after their walk today with Dianne&Mark.
Even received a picture of them during their walk which is a lovely bonus.
Super happy with their service and have booked with them again already.
Both are very lovely people
For dogs, we are the pack leaders. We offer • Walking • Free-running at parks and beaches • Basic obedience training • Washing, drying and brushing • Playing games • Lots of love and affection
For cats, we are obedient servants. We open doors, provide a warm lap, pat, scratch behind the ears, provide general amusement, and do anything they want (abiding by your rules, of course) • Brushing • Playing games • Lots of love and affection.
We're very experienced at administering medication to cats. Also very happy to take pets of all kinds to veterinary appointments, as required.
We're also experienced at caring for rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, parrots, reptiles, and insects, and we love them all.
Dianna And Mark
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