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Ann-Maree Retired. 53

53, Retired

I’m Fully Vaccinated
06/21 - 08/21
Booster shot 1/22.
Booster shot 4/23.
Booster shot 1/24

I live in Melbourne.
I'm Retired/Pet Pleaser/Home Keeper.
I'm a 53 year old, I hold a current drivers license, I also come with multiple glowing references (17) and a police check. I'm a mature, quiet, non-smoker, non-drinker, clean, tidy, honest, trustworthy, calm, easy-going, cheerful kind of person and a good communicator, I'm respectful of peoples personal space..

I have learnt to care for a variety of animals and also administer medication. (injections and tablets).
Here are some of the animals I have looked after for friends, family, neighbours, and now for numerous people on a housesitting website..
e.g. horses, cows, alpacas, goats, calves, dogs, cats, chooks, ducks, geese, rabbits, guinea pigs, cockys, budgies, turtles and fish.

I can meet you in person or do phone call, zoom or facetime whatever is most convenient for you to make the start of your break easier and relaxing.
Because after all it's about you, your house and your fur loved ones and what's needed to make your break happen the easiest way possible.
I take delight in making sure your return home is easy, relaxing and as how you left it, like you hadn't been away at all.
I send photos and updates on your fur kids and anything else that pops up regarding your pets or house. e.g. taking your pets to the vet on your behalf, Letting workmen in, Packages. etc.
Due to my early retirement it has meant I have picked up an incredible hobby of house sitting, I have been house sitting on this site for over four years. I have met some wonderful people to say the least and also seen some amazing places around this beautiful country.

Unfortunately I lost both of my fur babies in 2021,
R.I.P Axel and Gus, I will miss you boys every day.....

I finally got my bucket list dog, a French bulldog puppy in early, 2023 his name is Duke..
Duke is house trained, he is crate trained, he knows some basic training. Duke has been socialised with a variety of dogs big and small .
If there’s any chance I can bring Duke along with me on the housesit it would be muchly, appreciated…
As I have nowhere else to put him other than the kennels, and I really don’t want to do that if I’m on a housesit for you if it can be avoided…..

I like going to the movies, concerts and afl games. (don't hold this one against me, I'm a Carlton supporter). I'm an amateur photographer and enjoy day trips to new and unknown places if the house sit permits me to.
I grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Warrnambool. I was introduced to an array of animals at a young age and I learnt how to interact with them and learnt about a variety of medication's.
I had a horse at a very young age. I was involved in pony club, jumping, trail rides, gymkhana and I also showed my horse at country shows.
I would help my parents around the farm, on weekends and school holidays with milking cows, getting cows and calves in and feeding calves. I learnt to drive a car, tractor and motorbike on the farm.

I lived in Melbourne in the early 90's for work in the racehorse industry, that lead me into working with polo horses in both of those roles, I would look after horses in my care.
Unfortunately the early mornings finally took its toll on me and I left the racing industry altogether and moved into cleaning then into car detailing. I rented properties while living in Melbourne and I treated those places like they were my own kept them clean and tidy on the inside and out, mowing the lawns and just general tidiness around the house.

Family and farming finally drew me back home to Warrnambool to work in the farming industry part of my work contract, I would live on the farm and they would provide me with a house to live in. Under these agreements I would keep the house tidy, clean and mow the lawns keep the garden tidy and trim back trees.
As part of my role on the farm would be to get the cows in, milk them, feed them and some times dry them off getting them ready for carving.
I don't want to bore you to death with the many mundane jobs around the farm.
My biggest passion of my was been intrusted with the heard health management.
I would care for sick cows, calves and other farm animals medication when required.
I would feed, water and check up on sick cows and calves. I also treated cows for infection, pink eye, milk fever, grass tetany and lame cows by putting blocks on their feet and give them medication.
I'd go out several times a night to check on calving cows and if required assist them with carving.

I've worked in this amazingly hard and at times unrewarding industry for over 12 years and I've loved every moment of it and I wouldn't change it for the world.
It's with a heavy heart I've had to leave the farming industry.
Due to a work accident I have gone into early retirement.
Hope this gives you a little insight on myself.

Thanks for reading and possibly considering me as your house and pet sitter.
I look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Ann-Maree N Duke 🐾

Reviews (17)
Ann Maree.left or house very clean and tidy. Communication was great. She sent several photos over the weekend wee were away and our two dogs seemed very happy and comfortable with her. I would definitely invite her back for another sit.
FYONNA (Edithvale VIC, Feb 2023 - 3 days)
I cannot recommend Ann-Maree enough... She's so lovely. She went above and beyond looking after our furr babies and our house... ours dogs and duke got along really well and they all had a great time. Ree would send me frequent updates and photos/vidoes of the dogs. They were very happy to have Ree and Duke with them. Ree was amazing at looking after our backyard as well, she's pretty hands-on with the tools :) Highly recommend Ree n duke and we will definitely have her back next time we ... MORE
DEEPTI (Mulgrave VIC, Dec 2023 - 3 weeks)
Thank you so much Dee for those kind words really appreciated it. I will definitely be bringing Duke around for a play date with your beautiful fur babies for that cuppa and a catch up.
I don't know where to start with a review for Ann-Maree, she was AMAZING. We were at ease from the first time we met her, and the updates and photos from her while we were away allowed us to enjoy our holiday knowing our kids were so well looked after and loved. Ann-Maree is an excellent housesitter and pet lover. The dogs were so well cared for, and the house was spotless when we returned home. I Always welcome back to our home and im sure Lola and Louie would love to see you and Duke ... MORE
LUKE (Niddrie VIC, Apr 2023 - 3 weeks)
Ann-Maree was a fantastic sitter! She was easy to communicate with, and came around prior to the sit to see if her young puppy Duke would get on ok with Rex. During the sit, she communicated regularly. The house was beautifully clean, and she had also cleaned up my side path and fixed a broken shelf in my fridge :) I would have her back to house sit any day, very happy with the experience. Rexxi was very happy too :)
BRONWEN (Seddon VIC, Mar 2023 - 1 week)
I would recommend Ann-Maree, she did I a fantastic job looking after my Dog(can be-high maintenance) & home. When I got home everything was spotless & Digger was happy. . She updated me regularly during the sit & managed a little hiccup with my power going off during a storm with no issues. Thanks again Ann-Maree I really appreciated the peace of mind you gave me.
KELLY (Werribee VIC, Nov 2022 - 1 week 3 days)
Thank you Kelly, for such kind words was an absolute pleasure looking after digger and your beautiful house. Can't wait to do it again in Feb 2023
Ann-Marie was an amazing Housesitter! She took the best care of our pups, sent regular updates/photos and the apartment was spotless when we got home. Ann-Marie is an excellent Housesitter and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for a reliable Housesitter. Always welcome back to our home and Cooper and Lily would love that too! ☺️
TANIA (St Kilda VIC, Oct 2022 - 4 days)
Thank you Tania and James, was an absolute pleasure looking after Cooper, Lily and the fish. Very kind words and I've loved been at the apartment. I'm looking forward to next time. :-)
Anne-Maree was great. We returned home from holiday to a happy well cared "Harvey", clean house and tidy garden. Anne-Maree sent videos of Harvey enjoying time at her place and at ours. I had the need to get Anne-Maree to locate my license and have my family collect it to post it to me whilst we were away. She also sent me a photo of it and I feel her honesty and integrity should be acknowledged. We recommend Anne-Maree to others looking for a committed house sitter.
VAL (Mitcham VIC, Jul 2022 - 3weeks+)
AnnMaree recently house sat for us and I can recommend her very highly. Two days before we were due to leave our dog developed a major health issue, pancreatitis. He needed 3 days in the vet hospital, with drop offs in the morning and early evening pickups. AnnMarre had arrived early and was able to help me from day one with the visits and carried on after we had to leave for our holiday. She did a wonderful job of managing vet visits, cooked special dietary food for him and managed his ... MORE
JOSEPHINA (Pages Flat SA, Mar 2022 - 4 weeks)
Ann-Maree was a wonderful house sitter with excellent communication and care. Our dogs Bundy and Barcy loved her and she loved them too and sent regular updates of how they were going. She also took great care of our chooks, ducks and canaries and the garden. Our home was kept clean and tidy and cared for as well. Wonderful to meet you and thank you so much Ann-Maree, we welcome you back again when we go away.
JO (Mortlake VIC, Dec 2021 - 11 days)
Anne Marie was such a delight to have look after our house and fur babies. She was prompt and communicated regularly including sending photos of our fur babies (chickens, cats, dogs and tropical fish). House was immaculate when we got home. Can not thank her enough. Had absolute trust in Anne Marie. Thank you so much.
JESSICA (Sassafras VIC, Nov 2021 - 1 week 1 day)
Ann-maree was a great sitter attended to the horses with love and great care the house was spotless on our return under trying times with the storm taking out the power for 24 hrs Ann-Maree managed the situation incredibly well we will defiantly love to have Ann-maree back next yr and would highly recommend her to future sitting jobs
SUE AND GRAEME (Skipton VIC, Oct 2021 - 5 days)
Ann-Maree is an excellent house sitter and a very caring pet sitter. She is friendly, kind and sends regular photo updates of our animals. Our house, in Adelaide, was just as we left it so we can say Ann-Maree took the best care of everything. We would highly recommend her to anyone. We met Ann-Maree's mum too she was lovely and caring with our pets as well.
MARIE (Greenwith SA, Mar 2021 - 1 week 3 days)
Anne-Maree was a brilliant House Sitter looking after Sir Oscar. She regularly sent us photos of Oscar and looked after him as I would. After all it is all about Oscar. We arrived back home and the house was just as we left it and Oscar was very happy if not a little disappointed that we were back. I would definitely recommend Anne-Maree to look after your critters and house. Would definitely use her again for any house sitting jobs. Thank you Anne-Maree
FIONA (Modbury SA, Jan 2021 - 1 week)
Ann-Maree has been a fantastic housesitter. She provided regular updates on my cat (Percy), watered all of the indoor plants and left the house absolutely spotless. She was even kind enough to stay an extra day when I extended my trip. Percy seemed pretty annoyed to have me home in the end! I'd happily ask Ann-Maree back to housesit again.
VICTORIA (Fitzroy North VIC, Jan 2021 - 6 days)
To those who are looking at Ann-Maree to housesit your home and pets, I would highly recommend her, I wouldn't look at anyone else. She was amazing with looking after our little Frenchie, and he loved her to bits. If we weren't moving interstate, I would have her back over and over again. It has been an absolute pleasure having at our home and I am happy to recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much Ann-Maree, we have appreciated everything that you have done for us and our wee man, we will ... MORE
DEBORAH (Greenvale VIC, Sep 2019 - 2 weeks)
We were away over the Easter break and we're fortunate enough to have Ann-Maree stay in our home to look after our beautiful fur babies . We could not have been happier. Ann-Maree was wonderful with the animals, the dogs were comfortable with her very quickly. Our dogs had a wonderful time on walks and outings . We received daily updates and photos . The cats were happy and loved . We came home to a lovely clean home and happy animals . Could not recommend Ann-Maree more highly.
KYLIE (Sanctuary Lakes , Point Cook VIC, Apr 2019 - 6 days)
Ann-maree did a great job looking after our cat and staffy pup. Came home to a clean house and two very happy pets, :)
SAMANTHA (Caroline Springs VIC, Mar 2019)
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