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Helen

Two Pet-adoring Cancer Researchers

Patonga
2 times favorited
1 recurring guest
Last contacted 4 days ago
Last active 6 days ago
Usually responds within one day
<8h
Response time
100%
Response rate
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
15 AUD for each additional pet
30 AUD
/walk
All services and rates

About Helen

Hi there,

We are Helen and Klaartje. I, Helen, am 44 years old and am currently doing a PhD in childhood cancer. With my project, I am trying to develop novel nanotechnology-based therapeutics for childhood brain cancer. My partner is Klaartje, 38 years old and a senior cancer researcher at the same research institute.

Klaartje and I live in Sydney for over 4 years now and we have been permanent residents for over a year. I know everyone says this but we absolutely adore animals. Klaartje is even a vegetarian for over 24 years ! I have had cats for a large part of my adult life, mainly rescue cats that had a rough start to life and needed a lot of patience and love. Klaartje grew up with both house rabbits and smaller (Jack Russel) and medium sized (Airdale Terrier) dogs.

I guess you are wondering why we enjoy pet sitting. The main reason is because we do not have pets ourselves. We feel that it would not be fair to have pets ourselves because we both are required to travel quite a lot, visiting other scientists within Australia and around the world. Also, our jobs are based on grant funding and because of this we do not have fixed contracts which means we need to be flexible about where we live for certain parts of our lives (national or international). Because of this, we started a few years ago doing pet and home sitting jobs. The pet sitting jobs give us the opportunity to spend time with so many different lovely, little characters. We have had great experiences with this, and it is something that gives us great pleasure and relaxation. Pets are the best therapy!

In terms of the services we provide, we are happy to open our home for home boarding of rabbits, cats and dogs. We live in a detached 3-bedroom home with a large fenced balcony, surrounded by an unfenced large garden. As you can see from our pictures, the fence would not be high enough to accommodate large dogs. Of course, we are always very happy for anyone to inspect our house prior to boarding. We are also available to mind your pets at your home (overnights or on visits) and to walk your dogs.

We live an active life style and enjoy long walks. We live close to the river in Ryde where you can just walk for hours so for dog owners: don’t worry, the dogs will get plenty of exercise. Because both my partner and I are at a stage in our careers where we don’t spend all of our time in the laboratory anymore, but also at our computers writing up our findings, our work hours and schedules are very flexible with at least 2 days a week working from home.

If you are interested in us minding your pets, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask us any questions you would like so you can get to know us better. We understand completely that this is a big decision and a big deal and that you want to know who will be taking care of your pets. We promise you that we will take good care of them and love them loads.

Helen and Klaartje

Helen's services

At your home

Dog Walking
Find a dog walker to collect your dog from home and take your dog for a 30 min walk
15 AUD for each additional pet
30 AUD
/walk
House Sitting
Find a trusted home sitter to watch your pet overnight in your home
45 AUD
/night
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
35 AUD for two visits a day
25 AUD
/day

Helen also offers

Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

Reviews

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Home Visits
Vanessa, 2019-07-30

I can not recommend Helen & Klaartje enough. They have taken great care of our little pup and he loves their visits so so much.

Thank you both!

Dog Boarding
Laura, 2019-04-30

YOU COULD NOT FIND BETTER CARERS FOR YOUR PETS - Helen and Klaartje were truly incredible at providing a home away from home for our two fur babies while we were on the other side of the world for three weeks. They are incredibly warm and caring people and it was such a relief to us to see photos of our pups looking so happy and well cared for. It allowed us to really enjoy our trip.

They were happy to keep up all home routines and the dogs were clearly treated like family. They even managed a minor doggy medical emergency for us with calm efficiency, ensuring our pet received the best possible treatment over a crazy easter weekend.

I would leave Helen and Klaartje to care for my pets again in a heartbeat....i'm just hoping they might start accepting kids too!

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Skills

Specific Skills

< 1 years of experience
  • prior experience with own pets (rabbits, dogs, cats)
  • prior pet minding experience (with reviews available upon request)
  • police checks available upon request

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets

Stats

<8h
Response time
100%
Response rate
6d ago
Last activity
SMS
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Helen

Helen

Two Pet-adoring Cancer Researchers

Patonga
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
15 AUD for each additional pet
30 AUD
/walk
All services and rates

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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