A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet - GT Writing Task 1: Sample 56

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

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

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear .................., 

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Ema, 

Thank you for agreeing to house-sit for me. It was a great relief when you agreed to take up the responsibilities. I would like to thank you for that and inform some of the chores you should take care of. 

If you need to contact me for any reason during my holiday in Thailand, please ring my mobile phone. I’ve written the numbers on a sticky note which I’ve left on the fridge. I will stay at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok hotel and if I change my hotel, I will inform you of that. Alternatively, you can message me on WhatsApp or Imo.    

My cat needs to be fed twice daily so each morning and evening put a handful of cat food in his dish. You will find these in the kitchen pantry. Also, please check throughout the day to make sure he has fresh water. You can give him a small bowl of milk in the evening.

I would like you to water my plants, too. The indoor ones in the lounge only need water once every few days but the plants on the balcony need to be watered daily unless there has been heavy rain. Finally, for security, please clear my mailbox every day and keep the outside lights on at night.

I look forward to seeing you on my return.

Warm wishes,


Model Answer 2:

Dear Sam,

I feel so relieved as you have stepped up to take care of my place and my dog when I plan to go on a vacation. I can't thank you enough. To be honest, I was really hoping that you would respond to my request when I posted it on Facebook.

I understand that taking care of new stuff can be overwhelming. If you need to reach me for anything while I am away, just send a message either on WhatsApp or on Facebook Messenger. I was told by the resort in which I shall be staying, uninterrupted internet access is available there. My mobile phone, however, will remain switched off. If not, I will keep on receiving calls from work which will ultimately defeat the purpose of this getaway.

As for Tommy, the dog, he doesn't really need much care. Just ensure that he gets 3 meals a day at 6-8 hour interval. Also, let him be outside in the evening whenever possible so that he can play with the ball. Also, don't forget to bathe him preferably every other day so that he doesn't stink.

I know that you will not stay at my house full time so there aren't many chores that you need to do. Some small things like emptying the trash can, cleaning the parking area and watering the plants need to be done regularly.

Once again, I really appreciate the help you are extending to me and hope to return this favour sometime.

Best regards,


Sample Answer 3:

Dear Benjamin,

Hope you are doing great. As per our earlier discussion, I am writing to refresh your mind that you will be looking after my house and pet during my vacation starting from 4th November. Thank you for agreeing to house-sit for me and I owe you a big one.

You can contact me at my email, mobile phone or Facebook. I will check my emails and Facebook regularly. In case of an emergency, feel free to dial me on my mobile phone. I’ve written the numbers on a sticky note which I’ve left on the fridge.

I have already stored the necessary food for my cat inside the kitchen cabinet. I have written down the feeding schedule on the back of the kitchen door. Just make sure the cat drinks plenty of fresh water every day. At night, my cat sleeps in a small bed made for her in the storeroom. She usually sleeps around 9:00 pm, so you have to place her in the living room at that time. You are welcome to use things in my house as if they were yours.

Moreover, I would appreciate if you switch on the garage lights after the sunset and turn it off in the morning. Also, pick up the newspaper from the lawn every morning.

Hope to meet you soon.

Warm wishes,

Mansoor Afzal

[ by - Mansoor Afzal]

Sample Answer 4:

Dear Scarlet,

Thank you for agreeing to look after my house and my dog - Chi Chi. During my holiday, I will be staying with my sister in our ancestral house in Vigan. Feel free to ring me on my mobile number if you need me for anything. I wrote my address in Vigan and my mobile number on a sticky note which I've left on the kitchen door.

My dog needs to be fed twice a day - each morning and evening. I've placed enough food for him in a white jar inside a kitchen cabinet. You just need to mix a cup of dog food and a cup of milk and pour it into his bowl. Apparently, you can take him outside each evening for a walk. Finally, make sure that he drinks plenty of fresh water every day.

Kindly water the pants in the living room every other day. Besides, unplug electronic appliances and turn off the water source each night. Lastly, for security reasons, make sure that the doors and windows are locked inside and the outside lights are on at night.

Thank you so much once again. I'm looking forward to seeing you when I return.

Warm wishes,


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Zainab Javaid
Dear David,

I hope you're doing well. I just wanted to let you know a couple of things before I leave for the airport.

I’ll be flying tomorrow at 6:30 am. I wish I could say good-bye but I highly doubt that’s possible now. I will be landing in Bali around 12:30 pm your time. I am staying at "Moveninn Pick Hotel". My room number is 306 and the contact number for the hotel is 034555876230. I will be available in the evenings. In case of any emergency, call me on WhatsApp at any time of the day, I will respond if I have the internet available.

As you know, 'Alex' is a very friendly dog so taking care of her won’t be an issue. However, please make sure you do not feed her anything except her dog food placed on the right side of the fridge. Like I told you before as well, do not forget to take her out for a 10-minute walk every morning.

I completely forgot to ask this from you before, could you please check my mail whenever you get a chance? I’m expecting an offer letter from “ACC securities” I told you earlier about.

Hoping to see you soon.



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Dear Sam,

Thank you so much for agreeing to take care of my house and pet while I will be on holiday. I just want to give you my contact details and other instructions which will make your work easy, I believe.

As you know, I will be staying at my Aunt’s house in Ontario and you can reach me out on 6708975378 whenever you need me. If someone other than me picks up the phone, just mention my name and say that you want to talk to me. Another important thing will be about my dog - Juhu. I usually feed him twice a day - at around 9 am and at 7 pm. I have kept the pet food in the top cupboard in the kitchen. Also, make sure you bath the dog every other day and take him out for a walk in the garden.

Please water the plants in the patio and check the letterbox every morning. Also, pay the electric bill as the deadline for paying this bill is in the next week. I have put a note on the refrigerator along with the details in case you forget how to pay by phone. Thanks again and talk to you soon.

Best wishes,

Srija S.

Ahmad Habboub
Sample Letter Answer: Dear Ali,You are a life saviour! I am so relieved that you have agreed to take care of my apartment and look after my lovely cat while I am away on my vacation.My vacation will start at the beginning of the next month - after I finish my classes in the current term. I will be staying at Damascus Palace for the whole week. I will be able to access most of my social media and WhatsApp daily. Then, you can get a hold of me anytime during my vacation.My cat, I call him Sony, is very friendly and can get along with a stranger. He just needs to be fed three times a day. His food is under the kitchen sink. He drinks water from his own bowel only. So, please make sure to give him fresh water every day. For the apartment, I would like you to water my plants once a day and dust off the dining table every other day. Please make sure to keep my bedroom's door firmly closed.I hope you would have a pleasant time with Sony, my cat, and have a great time. I owe you a big one.Regards,Ahmad Khaldoun Habboub
IELTS Learner
Letter Writing Topic: 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 dutiesYou should write at least 150 words. Please evaluate this one. TIA.Sample Answer:Dear John,Hope you are doing great. I can not thank you enough for agreeing to take care of my apartment and pet - Mi Mi, during my official tour to the USA next weekend.I know it's tough to take care household stuff and pets, but what you are going to do during my absence is highly appreciable. You know my email address (paragece@gmail .com), you can always drop me an email if you need to know something. I will check my emails regularly. But in case, if I fail to respond in time, please do not hesitate to call me on my number (+880191334455).My pet, Mi Mi's daily meal schedule is annexed on my fridge's front door. You need to follow this properly as my Cat is very cocky if the schedule is somehow missed. You will get her repast placed under my kitchen drawer. Please take her to walk for a while as she always prefers to pee on the grass. You need to keep my back door open during the morning, otherwise, you will feel suffocated. Please collect daily newspaper from the front door and check the gas line properly whenever you get back home. Once again, I really appreciate your help. I hope I will return this gracious aid someday.Best RegardsMichale
Rakesh Kumar
It's a complete letter in my opinion.
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IELTS Letter Writing: 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 about how to care for your pet Describe other household dutiesYou should write at least 150 words.Answer: Dear Lisa,As I have discussed over the phone when I asked you to attend my house and cat, and you gave your consent, here are some of the things that I want you to take note of, in the duration of time that I will be visiting my family in Laguna.First, about my cat, Shiro- I have prepared all his food on the wooden cabinet labelled with "cat food" located in the kitchen, near the fridge. It should be more than enough for one week. He is trained to do his elimination on the backyard so you don't need to worry about cleaning his mess, though he, sometimes, eat quite messily, as most of the cats do. So just sweep the debris off the floor once he's done eating.Regarding the house- I just expect you to make sure to keep it locked and all electric items disconnected after you're finished for the day. It would be wise to leave a light on, in the living room and the front yard, just in case. Also, I have a mini garden in the front yard that would need to be watered at least twice a day.I will leave a note on top of my dining table containing my contact number at home, in case you are not able to contact me via my email address, which is xoxo@gmail.com. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or clarifications.With appreciation,Li an.
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