House and Pet Sitting Services

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 and pet-sitting services.

Who are we?

We lived in our own beautiful home in inner-city Sydney, Australia until September 2016, when we farewelled our corporate careers to build our own (location-independent) 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 luggage only gives us great flexibility and enables us to move from place to place with ease.

action the golden retriever           Paul feeding the geese at Te Onepu, New Zealand,            diggity the blue staffordshire bull terrier

Why do we house-sit?

We both used to have 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 accommodations (or do house sits) that do, which gives us the chance to play and cuddle with our hosts’ furry children.

tigger the cat          sheep in 2021          sam the labrador cross

How much does it cost?

Our house and 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.

willow the golden retriever           Looking after Luna in Mt Wellington meant allowing her to sleep.           frank the heading dog

We’ve been officially house and pet-sitting since 2017. We find most of our house sits through house-sitting websites such as

We also (continue to) house and pet sit for friends and family, and we often do repeat house sits.

MonthYear
Duration (days)LocationExperience
Mar202412Founex, SwitzerlandLooked after the home and two 5 year old West Highland White Terriers named Teddy and Tommy
Dec202321Auckland, New ZealandLooked after the home and one 4 year old cat named Luna
Nov202315Waitoki, New ZealandLooked after a lifestyle property with one 11 year old cat named Charlie, one 7 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel named Kassie, four chickens, three sheep (plus one lamb born on our watch) and two cows
Oct20238Te Onepu, New ZealandLooked after a lifestyle property with 100+ free-range geese, chickens and ducks, as well as 8 sheep
Oct202315Waipukurau, New ZealandLooked after the home and one 3 year old English Bull Terrier named Candy
Sep202310Helensville, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after a lifestyle property with two dogs (Border Collie, 11 years old and Dalmatian, 8 months old), three cats, four chickens, two cows, three alpacas and 10 sheep
Jun202324Hornsby, NSW, AustraliaLooked after the home and one 7 year old cat named Bootsy
Jun202312Northbridge, NSW, AustraliaRepeat sit: Looked after the home, garden and pool
May20237Birkenhead, New ZealandLooked after the home and one 1 year old Cavoodle named Poppy
May20233Helensville, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after a lifestyle property with four dogs (two Border Collies, a Doberman and a Dalmatian puppy), three cats, four chickens, two cows and 11 sheep
Jan

20235Dee Why, NSW, AustraliaLooked after the home and one 4 year old Border Collie Cross named Billy
Jan202318Northbridge, NSW, AustraliaLooked after the home, garden and pool
Dec202222Brisbane, QLD, AustraliaLooked after the home, one 2 year old Blue Staffy named Diggity and a small aquarium of fish
Nov202210Randwick, NSW, AustraliaLooked after the home and one 3 year old Golden Retriever named Action
Jul202288Napier, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after the home and one 12 year old cat named Tigger
Apr20223Havelock North, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after the home and one 2 year old Weimaraner named Moose
Feb202228Warkworth, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after a 4.9 hectare/12.2 acre farm with home, garden, one working dog (Big Boy/6 year old mixed breed) and 45+ sheep
Oct20215Havelock North, New ZealandLooked after the home and one 18 month old Weimaraner named Moose
Jun2021137Napier, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after the home and one 11 year old cat named Tigger
Apr202112Eskdale, New ZealandLooked after the home, a Golden Retriever/Border Collie cross named Willow, a tabby cat named Sugar and two budgies
Mar202115Napier,, New ZealandLooked after the home and one 11 year old cat named Tigger
Mar202112Waipawa, 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
Feb202128Warkworth, 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
Jan202110Auckland, New ZealandLooked after the home, garden, two 8 month old cats named Luna and Jake, and five chickens
Dec202010Auckland, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after the home and a 3 1/2 year old fox red labrador named Nina
Dec20205Auckland, New ZealandLooked after the home and a 3 1/2 year old fox red labrador named Nina
Jul202010Hope, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after the home, an 18 month old German Short-haired Pointer named Dexter (for 3 days) and three chickens
Mar20206Ashburton, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening) and a 10 year old Jack Russell/Fox Terrier Cross named Tilly
Jan202010London, United KingdomLooked after the home, and two dogs named Riff Raff (4 year old Cockapoo) and Heather (11 month old Romanian rescue puppy)
Dec20197Munich, GermanyLooked after the home, and two rescue cats named Fini and Flori
Nov20196Prangins, SwitzerlandLooked after the home, a German Shepherd named Rolo and a German Short-haired Pointer named Zara
Feb201915Hope, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after a lifestyle property with three dogs (two Border Collies and a Doberman), four cats, five chickens, two cows and a horse
Feb20192Hope, New ZealandRepeat sit: Looked after the home and a 14-week old puppy named Dexter (German Short-haired Pointer)
Jan201929Dunedin, New ZealandLooked after a property with a sizable garden requiring daily maintenance over the Summer
Dec201819Dunedin, 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
Oct201817Hope, 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
Jul201834Hope, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening)
May201822Swannanoa, 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)
May201815Christchurch, New ZealandLooked after the home, two Samoyeds named Tashi and Shaila, and two Birman cats named Simba and Coffee
Dec201727Auckland, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening) and a 10 month old Jack Russell puppy named Ollie
Dec20177Tokoroa, New ZealandLooked after the home, a Maltese named Zara, and two cats named Shadow and Panda
Nov201715Auckland, New ZealandLooked after the home, a cat named Furby and a Beagle named Bella
Nov201712Ruakaka, New ZealandLooked after the home (with basic gardening) and a Siberian Husky named Mia
List of housesitting assignments completed since 2017

As we are spending the majority of 2024 in Europe, we are looking for house sits

If you are planning to go away during that time (or know of someone who does) please contact us. From a home with(out) animals / garden to a small farm – we do it all. 1-2 weeks would be ideal.

Current and upcoming house sitting commitments

 

WhenDuration (days)LocationExperience
Jul 20249Wiltshire, UKLooking after the home, two dogs and one cat
Jul/Aug 20248Yorkshire, UKLooking after the home, one dog and two cats
Aug 20246Yorkshire, UKLooking after the home, one dog and two cats

In need of a house sit(ter)?

We find most of our house sits through professional house sitting websites that connect home/pet owners with house/pet sitters. If you could use furry (or feathery) companions for a while or own pets who’d rather stay at home while you’re away, check out our recommended platforms to find your perfect match in the following countries:

Get AUD10 off your Aussie House Sitters annual membership cost by using our referral code D3K65C

We use Trusted Housesitters to find house sits in Europe, the UK and elsewhere.

Get NZD10 off your Kiwi House Sitters annual membership cost by using our referral code JWQWF7