Letter Sample #21 – A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 21

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • give contact details for when you are away
  • give instructions on how to care for your pet
  • describe other household duties

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:


Model Answer 1:

Dear Laura,

Hope you are doing fine. I am so grateful that you agreed to house-sit for me when I will be away on my holiday. I owe you a big one.

If you need to contact me for any reason, I’ll be staying at the Hotel Mondial in Rome. You have my mobile number and don’t hesitate to call if you need to reach me. I keep my mobile phone with me at all times.

My cat needs to be fed twice a day, early morning and evening. Put a handful of cat food in her dish which I have put in the kitchen pantry. I have stocked enough food for her and all the packets are placed in the Kitchen cabinet. After she finishes her food, give her fresh water. Please, give her a small bowl of milk in the evening. She usually gets out in the evening and stays outside for around 30 minutes. Just make sure she returns before the night settles in.

I would like you to fetch the newspaper from the yard every day. Feel at home and enjoy your time. Finally, please clear the mailbox every other day and keep the windows shut at night.

I look forward to seeing you on my return.



Model Answer 2:

Dear Jacob,

First of all, please allow me to thank you for agreeing to look after my house and pet while I will be on holiday next week. You can send me a message anytime on my mobile phone and in case of an emergency, do call me. I will occasionally be online on Viber and Telegram messenger and you can contact me there as well.

As the holiday will last approximately two weeks, it will probably serve you best if I let you know in advance about the daily chores at my house. Starting with my pet (my little poodle), he likes to go out at least once a day, preferably in the evening, to recover from the boredom of staying indoors all day. My little poodle will also keep bugging you unless he gets his favourite “Dog Food”, stored in one of my kitchen cabinets. I also like to keep my front porch illuminated during the night, so, unless it is too much of a trouble for you, please keep the light of my front porch on until the dawn.

Finally, please don’t forget to pick up my newspapers which are usually left at my front entrance by the newspaper delivery man every morning. Of course, occasional inspection on the doors of my freeze and the gas connection in my kitchen would also be highly appreciated. See you after two weeks!

Warm wishes,

Alex Norman

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