We were fortunate to care for two of the cutest dogs, who were full of personality and very affectionate. This is what epitomises the fun of pet sitting and dog sitting.
Arriving in the dry country area of central Queensland, there wasn’t too much to be excited about, however the home owners were so lovely and inviting and their dogs were gorgeous, so we were very happy to be there. After being taken out for lunch and being shown around the town, we settled in to the house and got to know the owners and the dogs a little better.
Everything was going along nicely until we were watching the 4pm news and heard that Qantas was grounding flights due to industrial action. Well our home owners were due to fly out on their holiday the next afternoon on Qantas, so they were thrown into a state of panic! Quick thinking by Gavin enabled them to book on to another flight, although they would now be departing from an airport 2 hours away instead of locally. Consequently we offered to drive them there, which meant a 4 hour round trip for us, but hey it meant that they could still go on their holiday and we were able to continue our house sit. It was very unusual circumstances, but being flexible and resourceful is part of being a good pet sitter and house sitter.
From there on everything went smoothly and the dogs were an absolute delight to care for.
Check out the video below to see the girls in action when we were going “walkies”.
After a big run in the park the dogs were happy to relax at home and cool themselves on the tiled floor.
It looked like synchronized sleeping, and that’s pretty much how they slept on the end of our bed each night, very quiet and still. The area itself didn’t have much to offer as far as places of interest go, however we went further afield to explore the Gem fields one day, and experienced panning for sapphires.
Needless to say we didn’t make our fortune, but scored a few small sapphires and had fun doing it. We finished up the day visiting the private mining plots and were amused at how serious they take themselves, as seen by this sign.
Luckily Qantas had sorted out their flights by the time the owners were due to return and we were able to collect them from the local airport. The dogs were so excited to have them home and the owners were pleased to see the dogs looking so happy and healthy.
Which is definitely a result of being cared for in their own environment and having lots of TLC. It was sad to say goodbye to such lovely dogs and people, and we hope to meet up with them again one day.
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