As mentioned many times here and at www.Facebook.com/BillTheHousesitter, 2017 has been the year of lots of short housesits – and they’ve never if ever come shorter than this one!
The family at Wynnum were only looking for someone to look after the house and pets for two nights, but this housesit broke up a week-long spell at the backpacker hostel in the CBD just nicely, so I jumped on the Cleveland line one Thursday morning and headed out west.
The place is a modern house in a quiet street with easy access to one of the most under-used dog parks I’ve ever encountered. The old Labrador and I ambled over to Evelyn Street on both days I was there, but in all that time we only saw one other patron. Which is a bit of a shame, as other parks I’ve frequented have been a buzzy hive of socialising (especially Upper Kedron and Hamilton, to name just two).
But the extent of my interaction over those two days was one: “G’day’. 😥
Looking after bearded dragons was a first for me, but I have to say that on balance I prefer them to snakes and most other non-dog, non-cat clients.
My two companions were fine to be let out and happily roam around the living area, though their choice of roaming was mostly rather limited. They did a pretty consistent job of finding a preferred spot (perched on the back of the couch, or squirrelled away under the entertainment unit) and either kept a steady watch on the human and canine, or stayed well out of sight.
The sliding door stayed firmly shut during their freedom spells, of course, because one in particular did make a few highly comical dashes out of sight on the first night.
The family were as happy with my housesitting as I was pleased with a couple of non-hostel days of full cable TV sports channels (!) and have sent me this reference:
We had the pleasure of having Bill look after our home and beloved pets while we went away, and couldn’t be happier.
If you are looking for a friendly, down-to-earth person who will look after your home as if it were his own, and take great care of your pets as well (he looked after our Labrador and Lizards), leaving you to holiday without worry, then Bill is your man.
Great job Bill!
Rhiannon and Matthew, Wynnum (Queensland)