“A house is not a home without a pet.” ~ Anonymous

Hey .. I’m Vanessa !

… and I’m a “Pet Guardian”.  I’m also a foster failure (click here to read my Y story).  Sometimes I call myself Aunty Vanessa as a badge of honour as this is what clients have labelled me 🙂  I didn’t make this label up – I’m serious!  😀 It’s a badge of honour to be thought of as an extended member of their family not just “the pet sitter” or “the dog walker” or “the house sitter” (I’m all three!). I’ve always wanted to be the “cool” Aunty ! 😉

I took over Gold Coast Pet Sitting from it’s previous owner in October 2008. Over the course of this time (thanks to my passion and my beautiful clients!) I was able to build this business to what it is today !   (It’s morphed and changed over that time – quite the story!)

(TL;DR: I started with just myself building the business over the years to have a team of pet sitters and office staff to changing in the last two years into a boutique personal pet care service).

Whilst I feel I am reliable, trustworthy, competent and most importantly an avid animal lovers ( yes, ALL animals ).  This is a decision that you personally will have to make when you meet me !

I have been owned by several cats throughout my life. My most recent “owner” is Marnie and current “mate” to Garry. I am also a former volunteer  (and foster carer hence the reason why I say I’m a foster failure – read how Marnie came into my life). Also formerly involved with Glamour Pusses fundraising for the Animal Welfare League Of QLD  (for a few years). I’m the founder/head admin of the Gold Coast Lost and Found Pets page.

I’ve also had the number 1 most active (and loved) Periscope (live video streaming) Show  and now a popular Snapchat following!

YES – I am police checked and my certificate is available for inspection upon request

YES – I have current references from current and past clients who have contracted my services.

YES – I have Public Liability Insurance

YES – I am a local girl !  I’ve lived on the Gold Coast “all my life”…

YES – I am a (curent) Pet Tech Pet First Aid + CPR Instructor 

Random Facts About Me:

  • I love the color blue in all its variety.
  • I love Snapchat !
  • I’m the #1 most active and loved Gold Coast Pet Periscope broadcaster
  • I regard myself as having vegan inspired reductionist diet.
  • I have been using the internet consistently since late 1993.
  • I am an avid user of social media and the internet as a whole.
  • I love dark (healthy) chocolate and all varieties cheese.
  • I have lived on the Gold Coast for most of my life yet never lived in one place on the Gold Coast.
  • I lived in the USA for 6 months attending a Florida High School.
  • I enjoy doing the dishes. Something about that hot water full of suds that is calming to me.
  • I enjoy hydro-bathing dogs (and do not mind the water splash on me!).
  • I’ve always enjoyed the company of the animals in my life. They keep me grounded and sane.
  • I’ve been a a fan of Garfield ( the comic book cat ) for over a decade.  Now with the popularity of YouTube I’m also a huge fan of Simon’s Cat.

Anything else you would like to know, Just Ask!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

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