House Sit 43 - Panorama - SA - Australia

**BANG** My eyes shot open. My heart thumping out of my chest. I lay frozen in fear. I felt paralysed from the neck down and could not get my arm to reach for my phone to call triple zero.

Someone was on the roof of the house, someone was trying to break in.

My mind was going a million miles an hour, it was finally happening. The house I was house sitting was experiencing a home invasion. I was trying to remember all my self-defence moves but I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact I couldn’t move my arms or legs.

 Then I clicked… if this was out of the ordinary the dog would be barking… but there was no other noise other than the sound of some sociopath running on the roof. I then remembered my mum talking about the possums on her roof and how they were so loud it sounded like someone was on top of the roof. I started to regain feeling back in my body and I was able to move my limbs, it was then I realised that it was only possums.

The next morning I woke up, happy for my safety I walked out to the most gorgeous blonde man, Bennie!  An eight month old Golden Retriever. He was the most handsome doggy and once I uploaded a photo I was bombarded with messages about wanting to meet him. Unfortunately for Bennie he has a fear of being in the car so our adventures only went as far as our feet could take us.

I was only with Bennie for a short time as I didn’t have the full 3 weeks available however the owners were eager to book in the time that I did have available. Bennie and I didn’t waste any time, we were best mates within minutes of meeting. Bennie loved playing with his toys and going on adventures. It was evident that his owners took great pride in teaching him to walk side by side and not pull, which honestly is a god send for my little pudgy hands. Bennie was also lucky enough to go on regular walks with a girl named Kirsty, and when I say regular I mean twice a week kind of regular. Kirsty is a Uni student that does dog walking as a way to earn some extra money and Bennies owners spoke very highly of her so if you’re in Adelaide and looking for a dog walker you can find Kirsty via https://www.instagram.com/kingspetsitting/ .I am not sure of her current pricing but I remember seeing some incredibly good prices a few months ago.

Soon enough it was time for me to part from Bennie and leave him and his roof mates for the next house sitter (whoops probably should have given them a heads up)  I decided to take him on an impromptu run to tire him out… so impromptu in fact that I was wearing jeans and thongs. Now I’m in no way a runner and soon the realisation was that I would tire myself out well before Bennie would get a slight puff happening. So here I was saying goodbye, barely able to breathe, hoping that one day we will cross paths again!  

HOUSE SIT TWENTY ONE - SHEIDOW PARK - SA - AUSTRALIA

House sit 21 is located in the coastal hills of Sheidow Park approximately 25km South of Adelaide City.

The first 2 days the owner’s brother was looking after the home and I was coming to complete the rest of the house sit. Now the owner gave me strict instructions that the cat was not allowed outside, a beautiful Ragdoll I completely understood why. She warned me that as soon as I open the door Audrey would be meowing and under my feet. I was so conscious of this, when I arrived I went in with only my phone and keys. I opened the door ever so carefully and there was no meow… no cat…

I thought to myself, don’t panic. Maybe she is just sleeping. I went and searched the house… nothing. I messaged the owner’s brother to ask if he had accidentally let the cat out.

As I waited for a response I thought I better just unpack the car and try and work out the best way to break it to the owners that I need a photo of their beloved cat to put up on Lots Dogs (and cats) of Adelaide. The car was unpacked and I still hadn’t bought myself the courage to potentially ruin the couples holiday. I figured I would feed the dog, Maverick who was bounding with joy at the back door, as I opened the back door guess who came strolling up, Audrey the beautiful ragdoll. It appears she had snuck outside when the owner’s brother was leaving. I was overcome with relief that she was ok and home and I didn’t have to potentially ruin someone’s holiday.

Audrey was very weary of me and didn’t want to come close so I let her be and soaked up the cuddles from Maverick the beautiful boxer.

Soon enough it was bed time and I jumped into bed alongside Mav, oh my god who knew an animal could snore so loud. I couldn’t stop laughing at how loud he was. He was like having a boyfriend again, all I needed him to do was let out a few rippers and I would have had the boyfriend package!

Audrey had a change of heart at approximately 4am and came up and rubbed her face into mine whilst purring almost at the same level and old mate Mac’s snoring. I was happy that she had come around so quickly and I took the opportunity to give her lots of pats so she knew I wasn’t scary.

Unfortunately during my stay I fell quite ill with a bacterial infection so Mav was got to soak up all my couchbound-ness and live it up watching Dr Phil and other bad daytime TV.