General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 56 - A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday

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 about how to care for your pet
  • Describe other household duties

You should write at least 150 words.

Model Answer 1:

Dear Sam,

I felt so relieved when you stepped up to take care of my place and my dog when I plan to go on vacations. I cannot thank you enough. To be honest, I was really hoping that you would respond to this request of mine when I posted it on Facebook.

Taking care of new stuff can be overwhelming, I understand that. If you need to ask anything while I am gone, just shoot a message either on WhatsApp or on Messenger app. I was told by the resort in which I shall be staying, uninterrupted internet access is available there. My GSM number, 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 alternate day so that he doesn't start stinking.

I know that you will not be inhabiting my house full time so there aren't much 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 back to you in times to come.

Best regards,



Sample Answer 1:

Dear XYZ,

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 coming weekend.

While you already know my email address (which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), you can contact me there. I will be checking my emails regularly. In case of an emergency, feel free to dial me on my mobile number (as always it is +66- 12345670). I have already prepared the necessary foods for my cat. You will find it inside the fridge and the feeding scheduled has been kept on the back of kitchen door. In the storeroom, there is a small bed designed for the cat. She usually sleeps around 9:00 pm, so you have to place it in the living room at that time. You are always welcome to use the fridge, foods, TV and other facilities I have at my home.

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

Thank You.
Yours sincerely,


[ by - Mansoor Afzal]


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Scarlet,

        First, I would like to thank you for agreeing to look after my house and my dog Chi Chi. On my entire holiday, I will be staying with my sister in our ancestral house in Vigan. Feel free to give me a ring on my mobile number if you need anything or for some urgent matters. I wrote my address in Vigan and my mobile numbers in the sticky note posted on my fridge.

        My dog, Chi Chi, needs to be fed twice daily morning and evening. His dog food is inside the drawer beside my coffee maker. You just mix a cup of dog food and a cup of milk, his bowl is located under the dining table. Apparently an hour after eating you need to bring him out on a leash, for a walk for him to defecate. During bedtime, kindly lock him up in his cage in the front yard and make sure that he has a bowl of fresh water. Don't bother to wash him up I will be the one to it once I return.

        Moreover, regards the house kindly water the pants that are located in the kitchen and living room at least twice a day. Kindly unplugged all the appliances and turn off my water source. Lastly, for security purpose kindly make sure that the doors and windows were properly locked and please turn on the lights outside at night.

        Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to seeing you when I come back. I'll make sure to pick up some souvenirs for you.



[ by - Arlyn Crescini ]


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-2 # Rakesh Kumar 2017-08-09 10:52
It's a complete letter in my opinion.
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+1 # Lian 2017-07-03 16:06
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 duties

You should write at least 150 words.

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 . Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or clarifications.

With appreciation,

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0 # Salman Butt 2016-04-15 01:44
Hello, this is indeed a great platform for IELTS preparation and the solution material that is a really great help. Kindly can you post material like this to my mail box, as I am planning to take IELTS test in the upcoming month?
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-3 # Ayodele 2017-03-13 21:07
Very good.
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