From your very first point of contact, whether it be by phone or email, you will always deal with me.

I don’t have sub-contractors or staff. From beginning to end you will have my full attention for any queries or concerns. I do have my own home team, though. Ralph, Ellie, Bonzo and Tony.



We adopted Ellie in December 2016. She is our beautiful Christmas Cattle dog, girl.10 ½ years old, She is the herder. She likes to keep everyone organised and she thinks she’s in charge. She is a very funny girl, now in her forever homewhere she belongs.

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Bonzo our cat, also adopted is a senior family member but that doesn’t slow him down. He is most definitely in charge, we don’t dispute that or try to change it. Ellie tried herding him ONCE!



Tony our canary, also adopted from a client, sings like you wouldn’t believe. We call him Tony Soprano. He lives in my office where he is safe from herders and others in charge.

Ralph at Airport


Ralph is our very loyal devoted Cattle dog / Staffy cross.He came to live with us 7 years ago, also from the Animal Welfare League. 10 years old, he doesn’t like to be herded. He likes being at my feet where ever I go, very playful and my great friend. He has no chance of being in charge.

Dianne Hayman

Owner / Manager

My name is Dianne Hayman, the owner of Great Expetations Pet Minding Services, which was established in 2013. I am a self-professed animal devotee, business owner, wife to Dave, mother to my now adult sons and Grandmother. I have lived on the Gold Coast for 19 years. I have looked after animals all my life.

I have had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. I was born in rural New Zealand in a small place called Otatara and I had the privilege of growing up in the wild, wide open spaces. We had beautiful horses to explore the countryside on, dogs of various breeds, always lots of cats, budgies, guinea pigs, chickens, cows, pigs and of course sheep.

I have been fortunate to be able to combine my passion with my career.

Great Expetations offers Loving, dedicated, professional Pet Sitting in your home. I will care for, feed, pamper, indulge and clean up after your pet whilst in my care and administer any medicines if required. There is a small amount of paper work to complete but it ensures the best care plan is in place for any special needs and that every scenario is addressed.

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