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  • 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), None
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Retired Scientific Technical Officer, now minding pets and houses and travelling

Retired Financial Project Management Officer, now minding pets and houses and travelling

We currently don't have pets (or kids), but our 3 beautiful German Shepherds (Jess, Sasha & Shep) brought us immense joy over 21 years, with the odd cat along the way.

We have a wealth of experience through years of being paw-parents and pet-minding, qualifications through TAFE and On-line courses, Police Checks, Covid Vaccinated, a love of animals and extremely house-proud - so could be the ideal housesitter you are looking for.

Since 1995, a multitude of 4 legged pooches came through our gates to stay and play with our wonderful dogs, so caring for people's pets is second nature to us. We have supported the RSPCA and have volunteered at Riding for the Disabled.

We are genuine, reliable, active, non-smokers who love animals - especially dogs and cats. We have great endorsements from home-owners, lovely references and repeat requests.

We are conservative (don't party or drink) - but definitely not boring as we enjoy nothing more than having a good laugh with friends. We have a healthy and active lifestyle that includes cycling, canoeing, 4 wheel driving and camping, so we are fit and energetic and really enjoy walking dogs to check out the locality. We like exploring new areas and day-tripping but also enjoy chilling with the fur-kids of an evening and exploring the neighbourhood on dog walks.

We are very pedantic home-owners so rest assure we will respect your place and leave it clean and tidy - like you would have for us :) We love the opportunity to explore different areas and are grateful that many owners have trusted us with their beloved pets and home.

We keep in touch with owners so they know everything is OK with their home and their pets are well loved so you can have a relaxing time away.

After leaving our professional office jobs in 2017, we had a fabulous 'Gap Year' travelling around Australia and minding much loved pets. Of late, we've had a stream of requests to pet-sit locally through word-of-mouth and regular clients but we are looking to go travelling once again.

We completed a couple of TAFE courses in 2022 and learning anything to do with caring for pets is so interesting. And anything interesting is fun, so we had a great time in the classes. We both gained Statement of Attainments in:
"Animal Behaviour and Learning" and "Dog Grooming".

We love to problem solve to help animals achieve their best self and we have become confident in dog clipping but haven't the practice to do a style cut. But we keep Richard's Mum's Shih-tzu trimmed and his coat short for summer :)

We look forward to seeing new places while caring for pets when their owners are away. And we just enjoy using our skills and experience to improve a pet's quality of life. We know when animals are understood, they respond so well and are so much happier. If you would like to read more of our reviews or see the other wonderful fur-babies we have minded, we can forward our personal website link when you contact us.

We love and mind all size dogs but if your dog is big, strong and not trained to walk on a lead, then for safety reasons we will be unsuitable to walk them if they pull or lunge. As an alternative, we can play and exercise them in the backyard.

Thank you for liking our profile enough to read this far.

We look forward to hearing from you if you think we may suit your requirements.

Cheers, Karen & Richard

Reviews (41)
Karen & Richard never stop amazing us with their care, attention to detail and comms transparency. We were super fortunate that they made themselves available again after providing outstanding house & garden care last year for 10 weeks. We found everything above standard again and all plants survived greatly despite the early hot weather this year. Extra care was given to some areas in the house we had no time to get around to before and were amazed finding it looked after on our return. ... MORE
 
PETRA (New Farm QLD, Sep 2023 - 5 weeks - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thank you, Petra, for another glowing review. You guys made us so welcomed again and it was our total pleasure to mind your home and garden like our own. We are glad to have helped and once again enjoyed ourselves immensly.
I could not have asked for better house sitters than Karen and Richard. Very open and thorough with communication, giving updates on what our puppies were getting up to and what they had been doing. The house was spotless on return and they had changed the sheets back over and put there sheets and towels on the line. Such a lovely couple. It was a pleasure having them stay.
 
DEBORAH (Gloucester NSW, Mar 2024 - 4 nights)
Karen and Richard took care of my home for two weeks. The house was very clean and the garden survived the warm weather well, so I was pleased with that result. But that’s where the positives end. On a few occasions, I found Karen to be critical, and would have preferred a much more positive working style instead. The first email from her included points where my cleaning wasn’t up to her standard and needed to be improved. And later communications often had detail points that were ... MORE
 
SUE (Orange NSW, Jan 2024 - 2 weeks 2 nights)
Shocked by this review! CLEANING:smell in bathroom/kitchen. Flushed drains with baking soda/vinegar. Removed built-up grease on plug. DRAINING POOL:water over skimmer box. Sue's reply:"After a few warm days, you'll find that the water level naturally will go back down...So it's your call if it's ... MORE
Karen and Richard looked after our beloved 16-year-old bearded collie Maxy. A tricky assignment assuming responsibility for an old dog with fussy eating appetite and not without its challenges. They went above and beyond our expectations in the care and attention they showed Max and were in regular communication with us providing updates. Not only were they exemplary dogsitters but they cared for our plants and our house was spotless when we returned. We absolutely recommend Karen and Richard ... MORE
 
DAVID (Avalon Beach NSW, Nov 2023 - 2 weeks 1 night)
Great communication. Very respectful of my home, and took great care of my pets. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Karen and Richard. They are certainly welcome back to my home at any time.
 
SAFFRON (Nelson Bay NSW, Sep 2023 - 2 days)
Thank you Saffron. We had a lovely time exploring and minding your fur babies. They have great personalities.
We have two border collies with anxiety issues and leaving them in the care of others is a worry for us, but not with Karen and Richard who took the best care of them whilst we were away. Our dogs were walked, brushed and most importantly loved in our absence. We were given regular updates on how our dogs were going the whole time we were away and our home was respected and spotless on our return. Karen and Richard are true animal lovers, they are also lovely, kind and trustworthy people and ... MORE
 
JOHN (Huskisson NSW, Jan 2023 - 4 weeks)
Thank you for such a glowing review, John, you make us sound amazing :) We were very grateful to have the opportunity to pet-mind your beautiful pups and thank you for trusting us
We first met Karen and Richard when they arrived at our home to have a meet and greet prior to their house/puppy sit for us. Instantly we felt that they were going to be a great fit to look after our two puppies. They both had a beautiful calm and caring approach towards them and we could tell that our puppies were very comfortable with them. Karen and Richard were 100% on point with their communication, we had an initial phone call, then a meet and greet and during the weeks leading up to ... MORE
 
ELIZABETH (Sunshine Coast QLD, Aug 2022 - 3 days)
Thanks for a lovely review, Elizabeth. Even though we weren't able to mind your lovely puppies we appreciate your great communication and for trusting us. Hope you are much better soon.
My husband, Gary, and I were so pleased with Karen and Richard. You could tell right away that they loved animals and Rocky and Squeak took to them immediately. They were very knowledgeable about animals and caring. I'm pleased that Karen and Richard enjoyed our little slice of paradise and were able to explore the area. An extremely interesting and kind couple who we highly recommend. They went above and beyond expectations and even did our laundry. We will definitely call them again ... MORE
 
KATHERINE (Point Vernon QLD, Jul 2022 - 3 days)
Thank you guys for your kind words. Anyone lucky to housesit for you would have a great time minding and loving your gorgeous Rocky & Squeak.
Karen and Richard were amazing - we could not have had better house sitters for our home and garden. When we returned the house was spotless and even cleaner than when we left. The garden was super well maintained so that we could focus on unpacking and settling back in. Having returned over one week ago I still regularly think of them both fondly as I continuously find areas which were cleaned/ weeded/ beautified above and beyound expectation while we were away. During our travels ... MORE
 
PETRA (Brisbane QLD, Jul 2022 - 2 months 1 week - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thank you for your great review, Petra. We had a lovely time housesitting and so grateful for the opportunity :)
It would be hard to find better house/pet sitters than Karen and Richard! I think my old cat Vinnie wouldn't have minded them moving in. They are true animal lovers and wonderful people. I didn't worry about Vinnie at all while we were away because I received regular updates on his health and activities. The level of attention and care was above-and-beyond for both our kitty and home. Simply the best!
 
HAYLEY (Heritage Park QLD, Jul 2022 - 4 days)
Thank you for your very kind words, Hayley :)
Karen and Richard were just wonderful! They really cared and went above and beyond for our furbabies. Karen and Richard had great communication and we recieved regular updates about our animals. They were fabulous guests and we would be happy to have them back anytime!
 
EMMA (Yeerongpilly QLD, Jul 2022 - 3 nights)
Thanks for being flexible for us with the extra day Emma. It was very much appreciated and gave us more time with Fritz and Lily, which was very enjoyable :)
Karen was a very attentive, caring house sitter. She took extra special care of our animals and house. Highly recommend and thank her for the little extras she did. Very capable, great communication and made us feel at ease while away.
 
MARK (Sinnamon Park QLD, Jun 2022 - 2 weeks)
Karen and Richard were absolutely wonderful Housesitters. They were reliable, clean tidy and very friendly to all our pets! Nothing was to much to ask and they went above and beyond our expectations. They sent us daily updates while we were away which kept our minds at ease! We would definitely welcome them back anytime!! Highly recommended.
 
BERNARD (Port Macquarie NSW, Oct 2019 - 3 days)
We were lucky enough to have Karen and Richard housesit and look after our dog Digby recently. They are experienced pet sitters and have many references from previous house/petsits. Their communication was excellent both before and during their stay. After a Skype hook up, we felt very comfortable with both Karen and Richard and once we met them in person and saw them with Digby we knew they were perfect. They sent regular emails and photos of Digby, walked him twice daily, and set up a few new ... MORE
 
KATE (Camp Hill QLD, Sep 2019 - 2 weeks 4 days)
We recently had the pleasure of Karen & Richard look after our home & our 14 yr old Maltese Belle, as we travelled for 6 weeks overseas. I felt very comfortable as soon as we meet them & they meet all our expectations. Having regular emails & photos of our fur baby reassured me while we were away. We came home to a lovely clean home & garden & happy dog. I would have no hesitation in recommending Karen & Richard, they are a very caring & trustworthy couple.
 
SANDY (Gladstone QLD, Aug 2019 - 1 month 1 week)
Karen and Richard were the find of the century for us! After a very bad previous experience with other sitters, we were a bit apprehensive about giving it another go. But Karen and Richard made us feel at ease from the first email and chat before we had even met. Our dogs can also be quite finnicky and picky, but with Richard and Karen, it was like they were with family. Karen and Richard took exceptional care of our three dogs (ranging in age from 18 months to 12 years). They dealt with ... MORE
 
AGI (Belconnen ACT, Jun 2019 - 1 month 1 week)
We were very lucky that Karen and Richard were able to look after our house and two standard poodles. Although we hadn't met before, we felt confident with this personable couple and their attention to detail. Our holiday was the more enjoyable for knowing how well everything was being cared. The daily emails from the "fur-kids", which included lots of photos, were very much appreciated. On our return, the house was cleaner and neater than when we'd left and the happy, well-groomed ... MORE
 
ROBERT (Mosman NSW, Mar 2019)
Karen & Richard looked after our dog Mac very well....even taught an old dog new tricks (like using a doggie door for the first time in his life!). Also Karen cared for Mac like he was her own dog...she has trimmed him down and he walks better then before....also, she fixed his itchy skin condition which has been there a while (since I inherited Mac from my mum 6 months ago). Highly recommend Karen & Richard to anyone needing a caring couple to look after their pets & home. Thanks Chris ... MORE
 
CHRIS (Umina Beach NSW, Feb 2019)
Karen and Richard are lovely people who took really good care of our little cavoodle, Ginger for 6 weeks. They regularly kept in touch with us on our long voyage through several countries via WhatsApp, email and video conference. We often received emails with lots of photos and videos of Ginger which everyone looked forward to receiving. We were happy to return home to find everything exactly the same as we left it, the house was clean, the plants in good condition and Ginger was a happy little ... MORE
 
EVELYN (Paddington NSW, Dec 2018)
Karen & Richard were wonderful house sitters who cared for our home as if it was theirs.Chloe our Cavoodle obviously loved their attention and care during our holiday. On our return the place was spotless.We will ask them to come again in the future. Highly recommended
 
PETA (Wahroonga NSW, Sep 2018)
We cannot speak highly enough of Karen & Richard. They took great care of our 2 rescue dogs, managing to win them both over in no time, which is quite an achievement with 1 of them who is very timid. We were delighted to receive regular emails, photos & videos whilst we were away, it was comforting & great to see our dogs having fun. We returned to a beautiful clean home, there wasn't a thing out of place. We would love to have Karen & Richard back, I'm sure our dogs would love to ... MORE
 
LISA (Lake Heights NSW, Aug 2018 - 1 week 2 days)
I am almost reluctant to recommend Karen and Richard as House Sitters as I know once the secret is out we will have difficulty booking them. We left our beautiful dogs and elusive cat with Karen and Richard whilst we went skiing for a week. Upon first meeting Karen and Richard I immediately felt really sure that our handsome Labrador "Enzo" and precious elderly Labradoodle "Co" and "Wasabi" our cat would be in the safest of hands. Karen and Richard are a truly delightful couple. Not ... MORE
 
JANE (Orange NSW, Aug 2018)
Karen and Richard housesat for us in Brisbane for four weeks in June/ July 2018 while we were on a European cruise. They cared for, and spoilt our Airedale terrier and sent daily updates and photos of their activities and interaction with our dog-walking neighbours. They maintained the house and garden in excellent condition. We highly recommend and endorse them for future house care opportunities.
 
RON AND VALERIE MCGUIGAN (Brookfield QLD, Jun 2018)
No rating We were so happy we came across Karen and Richard on Aussie House Sitters. Karen put me at ease and made me feel so comfortable straight off the bat and I knew they would be trustworthy to have in our house. Karen offered her assistance with the 'house sitting' world as it was new to us. When I met Karen and Richard prior to the house sit they were both exceptionally friendly. They kept in constant contact prior to their sit and all the while when we were on holidays. We received regular ... MORE
CAITLIN (Brighton QLD, May 2018 - 4 weeks)
What wonderful, thoughtful and trustworthy house-sitters Karen and Richard are. Our dog Boo and cat Rani were so well cared for I am sure they wished we would go away again so Karen and Richard would return. Boo had the best time with many excursions and Rani was in better health after being cared for by Karen and Richard. We had daily updates on how things were at home which made our long stay away from home very comforting. On return our home was spotless and gardening done - so there was ... MORE
 
BRONWYN (Wakerley QLD, Apr 2018)
No rating Karen and Richard house sat for us in April 2018 for 3 weeks and were the most lovely caring people one could ask to look after our house and dog , the kept in communication with us constantly and left the house in better shape than when we left , I cant recommend them highly enough , was a great experience , kind regards Ashley form Nerang QLD
ASHLEY (Nerang QLD, Apr 2018)
No rating Karen and Richard were outstanding house sitters. They are highly recommend and truly lovely people. They took great care of Archie walking him twice a day. They also took great care of our house. I would certainly have them back.
TRACEY WILLIAMS (Berkeley Vale NSW, Feb 2018 - 2 weeks)
Karen and Richard were excellent sitters. They did everything asked of them and more. Our dog did not miss us one bit. Excellent communication. Lovely couple. Highly recommended
 
GLENDA (Huon VIC, Feb 2018 - 2 weeks 5 days)
This was our first experience using Aussie Housesitters and Karen and Richard were absolutely amazing! I cannot recommend them highly enough. They looked after our 3 year old golden retriever Saffy and home for 2 1/2 weeks whilst we were overseas and things couldn't have gone better. As soon as we met Karen and Richard we felt very comfortable that we were leaving Saffy and our home in good hands. We received regular (daily!) reports which were most entertaining to read - hearing about Saffy's ... MORE
 
LIBBY (North Turramurra NSW, Jan 2018)
No rating Karen and Richard looked after our house and two kelpies for four days from 5th October 2017. Our house was lovely and clean when we returned and most importantly our dogs were walked, fed, patted and very happy. They even fixed our bathroom exhaust in that short time. We were very happy with Karen and Richard and would highly recommend them to anyone who needs their pets well looked after and house left nice and clean.
THERESA LOS (Geraldton WA, Oct 2017 - 3 days)
No rating It was lovely to return home yo a very happy dog, Monty, and a sparkling clean house. Thank you Karen and Richard. A meal cooked for my dinner too. Such a bonus.
RHONDA (Orange NSW, Apr 2017 - 1 month 3 weeks)
No rating Hi all. I meet Karen and Richard when they agreed to house sit for us over the Christmas/New Year period in 2016. They looked after our 2 dogs and 2 chooks and were very missed when they left. The house and yards were very well looked after and in some cases better than when we left. I would highly recommend them for all future house sitting. Cheers. Max.
MAX (Orange NSW, Dec 2016 - 2 weeks 3 days)
Karen and Richard house sat for us for eight nights and took on the rather large task of looking after our cats, fish, horses, house and garden. They did a wonderful job with all of the animals happy and healthy on our return. It was a lovely surprise to find the horses paddock free of manure. Karen and Richard mulched our trees which was a job that we hadn't got around to. We came home to a lovely clean house and would love to have them house sit for us again. We greatly appreciate their ... MORE
 
DEIRDRE (Millthorpe NSW, Oct 2016)
From the moment we met Karen and Richard Dibley they felt like lifelong family friends. They put us very much at ease and they got on great with our spoilt Boston Terrier 'Ella'. While we were on holidays for 3 weeks they kept in constant contact with us with updates and pictures on Ella's wellbeing. When we arrived home the house was immaculate and the garden was tidy as well. We would not have any hesitation at all in recommending Karen and Richard to house sit for anyone, they treated our ... MORE
 
BARBARA (Mawson Lakes SA, Aug 2016 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating Karen and Richard have been hands down the most amazing house sitters we have ever had, you will not be disappointed. They looked after our house like it was their own, our dogs were very well looked after with walks everyday, play time, fed and just loved so much. We also got photos, we spoke on the phone with updates on our beautiful dogs. Karen and Richard went over and beyond and we ant thank you enough for making us feel so comfortable even after we only met 8 hours before we left. I ... MORE
BELLE (Muswellbrook NSW, Jun 2016 - 4 days)
From the moment we had contact with Karen and Richard we felt comfortable having them house sit for us and knew our two dogs and cat would be well looked after and loved. This was confirmed when we met them in person. While we were away we received regular update messages including photos letting us know our dogs and cat were happy and doing well (which we had no doubt would be the case). We even got some videos emailed to us. They took the time to take our dogs for daily walks despite them ... MORE
 
STEPHEN AND NICHOLE (Holsworthy NSW, May 2016 - 2 days)
Karen and Richard house and dog sat for us in April 2016. It was a pleasure to meet them, and we were very comforted by their friendly, approachable nature. We sincerely appreciated their very professional house sit and loved the regular email updates and photos. Tia and Taz (our Labradors) were cared for in a very professional manner, including some bonus disciplinary walking-on-the-lead training. Karen and Richard also kept an eye on our sheep which required additional feed during ... MORE
 
SHERRI AND CRAIG (Canobolas NSW, Apr 2016)
Richard and Karen house/dog sat for us for a week in May 2015. It was the first time we had used a sitter (apart from family/friends). From our first contact with Richard and Karen we felt at ease and we were extremely pleased with the outcome, We have an old kelpie (Ablett). Richard and Karen not only looked after Ablett, we could tell they actually cared about him. We received regular updates (including photos) of Ablett's activities and outings. They also texted if they had any queries. ... MORE
 
ROB (O'connor, ACT, May 2015 - 1 week)
Karen and Richard stayed at our house over the Easter break 2015 and looked after our 3 dogs. I knew from the moment that I met them that our dogs would be well looked after and we would be able to having a relaxing holiday. They are absolutely lovely people who love dogs and at the same time look after your home. We got a quick message every morning just to let us know that all was OK, along with a few cute photos and I'm sure our dogs received more attention in those six days than they ... MORE
 
JANELLE SAUER (Kenthurst NSW, Apr 2015)
Karen and Richard did an excellent job of caring for our dogs, Rosie and Poppy. They sent us regular updates and obviously doted on them- we were met by two very happy dogs upon our return. Highly recommended house sitters!
 
ALLY (Blackheath, NSW, Mar 2015 - 2 weeks 1 day)
No rating I had the great pleasure of having Richard and Karen sit for us for a week over Christmas. From the moment I spoke with Karen I knew they would be a perfect fit and meeting them just confirmed it. They were both professional and very friendly, giving us confidence with their constant updates on the animals (dogs and horses) and house etc. The house was left a little cleaner than when we left it and I have no hesitation in having them back if they are available. I also can happily provide a ... MORE
DEBRA (Vineyard, NSW, Dec 2014 - 4 days)
 
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