Experienced housesitting couple will look after your pets and property

House and Pet Sitting Service

We look after your home and pets as if they were our own

Are you looking for a responsible and experienced house/pet sitter? Look no further. We are Paul and Sandra, a caring and reliable Gen X couple offering house/pet sitting services.

Face of Willow, a 2-year-old Retriever/Border Collie cross
Willow, a 2-year-old Retriever/Border Collie cross, loves playing with sticks and pebbles on the beach

To secure our housesitting services, email us with your requirements, dates, location etc at [email protected].

Who we are

We used to live in our own beautiful home in inner-city Sydney, Australia until September 2016, when we farewelled our corporate careers to build our own business and travel the world – seeking out new adventures, learning about different cultures and experiencing life after children.

We now live a minimalist lifestyle, having sold or given away most of our possessions to charities, friends and family. Travelling with carry-on backpacks only gives us great flexibility and enables us to move from place to place with ease.

Face of chocolate colored Labrador
Murphy's owner, a busy farmer, was super grateful when we looked after his 8 (working) dogs during a desperately needed holiday

Why we house sit

We are both animal lovers who used to have our own pets when we were younger: Paul had two scatty but adorable Dalmatians, Spot and Tammy, whom he puppy-trained as well, and two red-eared turtles named Ernie and Bert. Sandra had a moggy rescue cat with beautiful green eyes called Lluna, who lived a long and happy life.

Currently, as we are travelling, we don’t have any pets, sadly. But we try to stay at short-term rental accommodation (or do house sits) that do, giving us the chance for plays and cuddles with our hosts’ furry children.

Do you want an experienced house-sitting couple to look after your pets and property?
Our normal pet-sitting duties include regular exercise

What to expect

Having owned homes in Australia and New Zealand for a combined 21 years, we know how to look after your home and outdoor space. We pride ourselves on a clean and tidy home. We are able to fix basic common issues around the house (for example, changing light bulbs or fixing a dripping tap) and would be happy to do basic outdoor maintenance (for example, cleaning the pool or general gardening).

Our home in Sydney, AUSTRALIA before we embarked on our lifestyle change
Our home in Sydney, AUSTRALIA before we embarked on our lifestyle change

A bit about us

Prior to our lifestyle change, Paul used to work as a Product Manager for Dimension Data, a global IT company. Paul loves running long distances (he has completed approximately 30 marathons and countless other races around the world). Originally from New Zealand, he speaks English and basic Spanish.

Sandra was born in East Germany, and besides her native tongue, she is fluent in English and an intermediate Spanish-speaker. She used to work for Commonwealth Bank, Australia’s largest financial institution, for 11 years, most recently as Management Consultant. She is into yoga, meditation and swimming.

We both love the great outdoors, exploring our locations on hikes and by bicycle. Latin Dance brought us together, and we still dance occasionally.

Part of our normal house sitting and pet-sitting duties include regular cuddles
Angel enjoying a cuddle | October 2018

Our experience

We’ve been officially house and pet sitting since 2017. We find most of our house sits through house sitting websites like Kiwi House Sitters (when we are in New Zealand), Aussie House Sitters (when we are in Australia) and Trusted House Sitters (when we are in other parts of the world). Though we also (continue to) house and pet sit for friends and family.

House sits 2021

PeriodDurationLocationExperience
Apr 202112 daysEskdale, New ZealandLooked after the home, a Golden Retriever/Border Collie cross named Willow, a tabby cat named Sugar and two budgies
Mar/Apr 202115 daysBluff Hill, New ZealandLooked after the home and one 11 year old cat named Tigger
Mar 202112 daysWaipawa, New ZealandLooked after a 1.9 hectare/4.8 acre farm with home, garden, and one cat named Kevin, eight working dogs (from puppy to 10+ years old), eight chickens and six guinea fowl keets
Feb 202128 daysWarkworth, New ZealandLooked after a 4.9 hectare/12.2 acre farm with home, garden, two working dogs (Sam/13 year old Labrador Cross and Big Boy/5 year old mixed breed) and 45+ sheep
Jan 202110 daysNarrow Neck, New ZealandLooked after the home, garden, two 8 month old cats named Luna and Jake, and five chickens
Dec 2020/ Jan 202110 daysMt Eden, New ZealandLooked after the home and a 3 1/2 year old fox red labrador named Nina - Repeat sit
Sheep behind fence and dog laying in grass
Whether sheep or sheep dogs, we have the experience and knowledge to look after your farm while you are away

House sits 2020

PeriodDurationLocationExperience
Dec 20205 daysMt Eden, New ZealandLooked after the home and a 3 1/2 year old fox red labrador named Nina
Jul 202010 daysHope, New ZealandLooked after the home, an 18 month old German Short-haired Pointer named Dexter (for 3 days) and three chickens - Repeat sit
Mar 20206 daysAshburton, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening) and a 10 year old Jack Russell/Fox Terrier Cross named Tilly
Jan 202010 daysLondon, UKLooked after the home, and two dogs named Riff Raff (4 year old Cockapoo) and Heather (11 month old Romanian rescue puppy)
Dec 2019/ Jan 20207 daysMunich, GermanyLooked after the home, and two rescue cats named Fini and Flori

House sits 2019

PeriodDurationLocationExperience
Nov 20196 daysPrangins, SwitzerlandLooked after the home, a German Shepherd named Rolo and a German Short-haired Pointer named Zara
Feb 201915 daysHope, New ZealandLooked after a lifestyle property with three dogs (two Border Collies and a Doberman), four cats, five chickens, two cows and a horse - Repeat sit
Feb 20192 daysHope, New ZealandLooked after the home and a 14-week old puppy named Dexter (German Short-haired Pointer) - Repeat sit
Jan 201929 daysDunedin, New ZealandLooked after a property with a sizable garden requiring daily maintenance over the Summer
Dec 2018/ Jan 201919 daysDunedin, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening), two dogs named Rusty (Australian Terrier Cross) and Lucy (Fox Terrier Cross), and a tabby cat called Nonu
Fox brown Labrador and Fox Terrier Cross, both laying down
Whether your dog is large or small, we love taking them for walks and giving them lots of cuddles and affection

House sits 2018

PeriodDurationLocationExperience
Oct 201817 daysHope, New ZealandLooked after a lifestyle property with three dogs named Jackson, Abbey (both Border Collies) and Ruby (Doberman), four cats named Angel, Stevie, Furby and Daisy, five chickens and two cows
Jul/Aug 201834 daysHope, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening)
May/Jun 201822 daysSwannanoa, New ZealandLooked after a 2.7 hectare/6.7 acre farm and home, a German Shepherd named Dora, 17 sheep (growing to 21 as several lambs were born under our watch), countless chickens, turkeys, ducks, guinea fowls, and numerous other birds in five aviaries (including peacocks, cockatiels and finches)
May 201815 daysChristchurch, New ZealandLooked after the home, two Samoyeds named Tashi and Shaila, and two Birman cats named Simba and Coffee
Dec 2017/ Jan 201827 daysAuckland, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening) and a 10 month old Jack Russell puppy named Ollie

House sits 2017

PeriodDurationLocationExperience
Dec 20177 daysTokoroa, New ZealandLooked after the home, a Maltese named Zara, and two cats named Shadow and Panda
Nov/Dec 201715 daysAuckland, New ZealandLooked after the home, a cat named Furby and a Beagle named Bella
Nov 201712 daysRuakaka, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening) and a Siberian Husky named Mia
Two samoyeds on leash in park
Looking after Tashi and Shaila | May 2018

Working with us

Our house/pet sitting services are free of charge. We are flexible and tailor each engagement based on your specific needs. To give us all peace of mind, we use a questionnaire/house sitting agreement that covers all essential questions we and you may have and captures the specifics of each house/pet sitting engagement.

If you are interested in our services please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would be very happy to arrange a video call (via Skype, Facetime or other means) to speak to you in person.

References

We know, as pet and homeowners, you will be most interested in our references. Our references demonstrate that we are reliable and trustworthy people, who will look after your home and pets as if they were our own.

Through Trusted House Sitters

Reference from Sue (London) | January 2020
Reference from Katy (Prangins) | November 2019
Reference from Geoff and Alison (Bluff Hill) | March 2021
Reference from Brenda (Waipawa) | March 2021
Reference from Alison (Warkworth) | February 2021
Reference from Alison (Warkworth) | February 2021
Reference from Claire (Narrow Neck) | January 2021
Reference from Anna (Mt Eden) | December 2020
Reference from John (Ashburton) | March 2020
Reference from John (Ashburton) | March 2020
Reference from Jane (Corstorphine) | February 2019
Reference from Jane (Corstorphine) | February 2019
Reference from Ali (North East Valley) | December 2018
Reference from Ali (North East Valley) | December 2018
Experience house sitting couple always receive excellent references after each assignment. This one is from Jane in Swannanoa | June 2018
Reference from Jane (Swannanoa) | June 2018
Experience house sitting couple always receive excellent references after each assignment. This one is from Sandy in Avonhead | May 2018
Reference from Sandy (Avonhead) | May 2018
Reference from Shelley and Jonathan (Massey) | December 2017
Reference from Shelley and Jonathan (Massey) | December 2017

From former housemate, neighbour and real estate agent

Other references

Police check documents are available upon request

Our availability

For the remainder of 2021, we only accept house sits in New Zealand (North Island – ideally in Hawkes Bay or in/around Auckland) or Australia (ideally NSW or Queensland). Please get in touch if you are looking for a house/pet sitter.

Current and upcoming house sits

PeriodDurationLocationExperience
Jun-Oct 20214 1/2 monthsNapier, New ZealandLooking after a home with one cat - Repeat sit

While we travel, we usually have an internet connection at our nightly accommodation. We make every attempt to respond to any message or contact within 24 hours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

To secure our housesitting services, email us with your requirements, dates, location etc at [email protected].

Last updated 10 June 2021

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Experienced housesitting couple will look after your pets and property
Experienced housesitting couple will look after your pets and property
Experienced housesitting couple will look after your pets and property