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House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Farm Animals
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  • Anywhere in New Zealand
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  • 2022: 12Apr-12Sep

Active, adventurous and animal-loving couple.

Retired

Retired

Kia ora and thank you for reading our profile! We are a retired, active, adventurous American couple who had the good fortune to go anywhere in the world (pre-covid of course) and have been on the road since 2016. We have been riding out the pandemic in New Zealand since 1 March, 2020 and will be heading to Australia in mid April. We are both fully vaccinated and boosted and follow all COVID protocols. We would expect the same of our potential homeowners. We both have FBI background checks that were necessary for immigration and visa purposes here in New Zealand. We have been experiencing one long and amazing journey, while meeting new people and making new friends along the way.

House sitting and caring for your pets is such a perfect match for us. It allows us the opportunity to travel to non touristy locations and experience local culture, meet new and interesting people, and experience a variety of homes and lifestyles while providing excellent care for your furry family!

As mentioned above, we are experienced, full time house sitters and have completed 80 sits since January 2018. These assignments have given us the opportunity to care for 56 cats, 90 dogs, a host of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, alpacas, horses, exotic birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and far too many chickens to count! We also had the unique opportunity to care for a farmed herd of Red deer!

Additionally, we also have experience with pools and koi ponds. The dogs have been all sizes, breeds and temperments. They have included dogs ranging from timid rescues requiring lots of patience, to elderly dogs requiring medication, to young, boisterous pups with lots of energy! The cats have included many breeds and personalities, some have been very cuddle loving and others very independent, and a few have been keen hunters that would occasionally bring us gifts.

We have taken care of a wide range of properties, from urban flats to rural homes to farms, both large and small, and some with heavy gardening responsibilities.

Having been homeowners for 35 years, we are practical, resourceful and fully committed to our responsibilities as your trusted house sitter!

Reviews (39)
WOW!! All I can say is that if you are fortunate enough to have Mary & Ken sit for you, you wont be sorry. We left May & Ken with our mini zoo of two dogs and 2 cats (with all their quirks and various ages/needs). We received daily pictures and updates, up to date communication and intelligent questions. Our animals and home were so well cared for.....walking in our front door from the airport at 1am this morning to an immaculate house, happy animals and a welcome home card, was more than we ... MORE
 
BEC (TENERIFFE QLD, May 2022 - 5 days) From Aussie House Sitters
I couldn't recommend Mary and Ken highly enough. From detailed communication and the five star care they provided for my cat and home, they are nothing short of model housesitters. Thanks Mary and Ken, I'm so very grateful to have found you both!!
 
KERSTIN (Teneriffe QLD, Apr 2022 - 1 week 3 days) From Aussie House Sitters
Mary and Ken are lovely people who took fantastic care of Basil and our home....in fact we came back to new levels of a tidy kitchen! Very prompt communicators and very easy to deal with. We would not hesitate to have Mary and Ken look after Basil or our house in the future!
 
PETER (Wynnum QLD, Apr 2022 - 3 days) From Aussie House Sitters
Mary and Ken are Amazing! They looked after our 2 pugs so well, and kept in regular communication with us (including photos)- which I loved! They left the house spotless, and the gardens and lawns in better condition than we left them. Would have them back in a heartbeat and would highly recommend them to anyone. Absolutely awesome people!
 
HANNAH (Blenhiem South Island, Mar 2022 - 1 week 5 days)
Mary and Ken were absolutely incredible pet sitters! They kept in regular contact while we were away and sent through photos and updates for us. We came home to an immaculate house, and two very happy pets. I cannot recommend Mary and Ken enough. It was so much easier to be away knowing that our pets were so well looked after and getting so much love.
 
COURTNEY (Halswell South Island, Mar 2022 - 5 days)
We owe a huge thank you to Mary and Ken. They took excellent care of our home and pup Olive while we were away for a long weekend. We came back to a very clean and neat home and our plants had been given a new lease on life. In our experience Mary and Ken are trustworthy, respectful and were incredibly caring and patient with our pup who as a rescue dog needs a little bit of extra attention. We would highly recommend them. Best of luck on the rest of your travels.
 
JESSICA (Mount Maunganui North Island, Jan 2022 - 3 days)
Mary & Ken are honestly the nicest and best house sitters you could wish for. Great communication from the start, which continued throughout our holiday, so we were reassured that our pets were happy and well cared for. On our return, the house and garden was clean and tidy and they had left a lovely card and plant, dinner in the fridge along with fresh milk. I cannot recommend them enough!! Good luck to you both for your onward journey, wherever in the world that takes you and thanks for ... MORE
 
LINDA (Pyes Pa North Island, Jan 2022 - 1 week 2 days)
Absolute top-quality house sitters. We had the privilege of having Mary and Ken watch our two dogs and cats and chickens. They were thorough with communication and left the house in perfect condition. We came home to very sleepy dogs who had clearly been well looked after and walked well. We had a pet that needed to see the vet while we were away and Mary and Ken were quite capable with getting her the care she needed. Very highly recommended
 
LUCY (Muriwai RD1 North Island, Jan 2022 - 1 week 1 day)
Highly recommend Mary and Ken as trustworthy and respectful house/pet sitters. They took wonderful care of our many animals and left our home in immaculate condition.
 
RENEE (Waiatarua North Island, Jan 2022 - 3 days)
Mary and Ken were amazing. We have not had house sitters before and feel very spoilt by how well they looked after the pets and house. Also to come home to some food for dinner after a long day travelling was very thoughtful. Great comms and it's a shame they are leaving NZ as would definitely have them back again!
 
JODIE (Devonport North Island, Dec 2021 - 2 weeks)
Mary and Ken were an awesome team, we returned home after 10 days to a very happy and settled dog also the rest of our farm animals well looked after. Our home was immaculate and the lawns freshly mown. Such a thoughtful couple, great communication and even a meal waiting after a long day of travelling (thank you). We would highly recommend Ken and Mary, they are fantastic housesitters.
 
RUTH (Levin North Island, Dec 2021 - 1 week 2 days)
Mary and Ken are amazing housesitters. Great communication, and daily updates on our fur babies. We were welcomed home to a lovely dinner and emaculate clean house. Highly recommend them, and would want them to come back anytime. Thank Mary and Ken.
 
KAREN (Omata North Island, Nov 2021 - 3 days)
Yet again absolutely fantastic! Mary and Ken you are exceptional housesitters, going above and beyond with a beautiful clean home to come back to, a lovely plant, the fur babies content and even a delicious meal waiting, wow! Ken and Mary also regularly kept us up to date with messages and pics of our wee pouches, happy and content which is so nice to see when our dogs have made us feel like we have betrayed them on leaving.
 
JOE AND VICKY (Palmerston North North Island, Nov 2021 - 1 week 1 day - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Mary & Ken are amazing house sitters. They were always tentative to Gizmo, Maggie and our 6 chickens. Looked after them like they were there own. We got regular updates while we were away. Came home to a wonderfully kept house, happy and contented animals, and were blown away by the thoughtful gifts of a cooked chicken, salad, bottle of milk and a loaf of bread to come home too. Also a lovely card and flowers, made us feel very spoilt. Mary and Ken are wonderful people, and would highly ... MORE
 
TANIA (Katikati , Oct 2021 - 1 week 2 days)
If you can get Mary and Ken, go for it, they are amazing! We had a fox terrier for them to look after and when we arrived home we could tell that he was a very happy dog, I don't think he would have cared if we didn't return at all! Our house is not a new house but it looked very, very tidy when we returned, I couldn't be happier with their attention to detail and communication. They left a gift too, what more could you want!
 
JENNY (Rotorua , Oct 2021 - 3 days)
Mary and Ken are the most wonderful people. This is the second sit they have done for us. This time we had to leave our precious cat in their extra gentle care as she had just had surgery. Not a major operation, but still a wound that required special attention. Mary is a great communicator, kept in contact with us the whole time, sent photos and reassured us all was well. Ruby was taken to the vet to have her sutures removed and we returned home to a very happy cat. THANK YOU. The house was ... MORE
 
CHRISTINE (Whakatane North Island, Oct 2021 - 1 week 4 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
What an exceptional sitter Ken was, everything was neat as a pin when I came back and jobs were done that were not required. Our fur babies were looked after with love and kindness which we saw in the photo's that were sent to us while away. I was dropped off and picked up from the airport and on my arrival home was greeted not only by happy dogs, clean home but a lavish morning tea. A1 Ken, the fur babies are looking forward to the next sit :)
 
JOE AND VICKY (Palmerston North North Island, Oct 2021 - 1 week 6 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Mary and Ken did an absolutely amazing job looking after our dogs and home while we were away. They had perfect communication, sending us lots of pictures and updates which gave us piece of mind our fur babies were in good hands. When we returned the house and dogs were in tiptop shape, and they even went the extra mile with dinner in the fridge. We highly recommend them!
 
MICHELLE (Hamilton North Island, Sep 2021 - 4 days)
Mary & Ken were such great housesitters! The communication before and during the housesit was perfect and our dog Teddy was very very well looked after and spoilt rotten. We also returned to our place being cleaner than when we left it which was so nice after our travels. We really really appreciated and enjoyed the dinner that was waiting on us as well which was very unexpected. Would highly recommend Mary and Ken to others!
 
MICHAEL (Parnell North Island, Aug 2021 - 5 days)
Thank you so much Mary and Ken. The perfect house sitters- lovely, friendly people, obvious animal lovers (Ginger is wondering where you are tonight) and so clean, tidy and thoughtful. Our home was extremely well kept, happy animals and even a lovely meal left for us! We wish you the best of luck with the rest of your travels.
 
JACKIE (Remuera North Island, Aug 2021 - 3 days)
Mary and Ken looked after our two aged hounds recently, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the experience. One of our dogs, Tahi, was off her food for a few days, and Mary was really proactive at communicating with us and finding ways to get her eating again. Their general updates throughout our trip included fun photos, and gave us comfort that the dogs were being well cared for. We came home to an absolutely spotless house, a home-cooked chili dinner in the fridge, and a ... MORE
 
IAN (Mangawhai Heads North Island, Jul 2021 - 1 week 4 days)
Mary and Ken were amazing house sitters and looked after our two elderly dogs with lots of love and care. The house was spotless when we got home and there were fresh flowers on the table and food in the fridge which was greatly appreciated as we were tired from our travels and didn't feel like going out again. Thank you so much, I would recommend you to anyone!
 
LOUISE (Epsom North Island, Jun 2021 - 1 month 3 weeks)
Ken and Mary were wonderful house sitters who went far beyond the normal expectations, even cleaning a lot of windows, as well as leaving everything spotless. The pets were so happy, they did much photographing and sending shots of them looking very contented. It would be very easy to say that they were the best house sitters we've ever had, and we've probably had upward of 20 now. They communicated clearly and regularly and were generous about what they left for food. I'm sure anyone ... MORE
 
TIM & GILLIE (Darfield South Island, May 2021 - 8 days)
Mary and Ken are fantastic. They have taken great care of our precious cat Ruby, We have returned home to a very contented and relaxed puss. The house in perfect condition, the lawns and gardens mown and tidied and looking great. They left us with a beautiful orchid, and made a great breakfast for us this morning. We would totally recommend Mary and Ken to anyone looking for house-sitters. We would have them back at our place in a heartbeat. Enormous thanks to you both.
 
CHRISTINE (Whakatane North Island, Apr 2021 - 1 week 4 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Mary and Ken exceeded our expectations. They communicated with us constantly sending photos of our precious fur babies. They went the extra mile even gifts for us and a lovely cheese platter and wine awaited our return. The house was immaculate and we enjoyed spending time with them. Our border collie and cat obviously bonded with them. We highly recommend Mary and Ken they are the best.
 
PAUL (Whitianga North Island, Mar 2021 - 10 days)
It was a pleasure to have Mary and Ken look after our house and our dog Vinnie. They made a special effort to meet with us prior to the sit and they also spent the time reading the house manual and asking all about Vinnie's needs. They communicated with us throughout the sit, sending us fun pictures and updates. On our return it was so wonderful to come back to an immaculately clean home. Ken also kindly mowed the lawns and did some garden care during the short 5 day stay. Our dog was ... MORE
 
ANNA (Tauranga North Island, Mar 2021 - 5 days)
I highly recommend Mary & Ken. Their attention to detail is second to none. If they weren't sure of anything they contacted us. We have a 10 acre property with a large garden & lawns which were attended to to a high standard. They were also looking after our wee cat Lucy and Lucy was quite besotted with them and just about ignored me when We came home. They are great communicators and kept us updated with pictures of Lucy which was wonderful. They are capable of taking on any situation and we ... MORE
 
SUE (Omokoroa North Island, Feb 2021 - 3 weeks)
No rating Ken and Mary looked after our dogs Pippa and Simba very well, exercising them daily and taking to the vet when they noticed a nasty infection in Simbas ears. Lots of cuddles and treats made them best of friends for the 5 weeks we were away. We came home to not only 2 happy fur babies but an immaculately tidy and clean home, a fabulously clean swimming pool, a vase of beautiful fresh flowers on the table and a meal ready for our dinner. Thank you so much for being wonderful house sitters - we ... MORE
CHRISTINE & BRIAN (Whitianga North Island, Jan 2021 - 1 month 1 week)
I can highly recommend Ken & Mary. They were fantastic :) Awesome communication, with care and attention to detail. and very easy to deal with. They sent us photo's of our boys whilst they sat for us, we had very happy kitties. They even organised us dinner for our return and the house was left tidier than when we left, amazing! Thank you once again Ken & Mary you rock. Steph & Craig (& Apache & Bronson)
 
STEPHANIE (Takapu Valley North Island, Dec 2020 - 2 weeks 3 days)
Mary and Ken are fantastic housesitters. They looked after my home as if it were their own and the cat just adored them. Mary is an effective communicator both before the housesit took place and during the stay. She regularly sent photos of Millie (the cat) and managed her medications without a hitch. Mary and Ken went the extra mile, buying some supplies for our dinner as it was Xmas eve, meaning that we could avoid going shopping - so thoughtful. I highly recommend Mary and Ken for any ... MORE
 
DEE (Newtown/Wellington North Island, Dec 2020 - 1 week 2 days)
Absolutely amazing house sitters, looked after our dog and cats like their own. House was left immaculately clean and even made us dinner which was a wonderful surprise to come home too. Could not of asked for nicer sitters to take care of every thing while we were away. Definitely recommend Mary and Ken to anyone who is looking.
 
SAM (Stokes Valley North Island, Dec 2020 - 1 week)
Mary and Ken were absolutely wonderful house-sitters and we highly recommend them. Came home after a long day traveling to a super tidy house, all lawns mowed (had not asked to as we live on a lifestyle block), and a cooked meal in the fridge with fresh veges and milk. They had even swept out our garage! Communication fabulous with lots of photos of our two fur-babies. One of our cats is very timid but he deigned to sit on Mary's lap. Speaks volumes for her rapport with animals. We can't ... MORE
 
JOHN & JULIE (Mandeville (Ohoka area) South Island, Nov 2020 - 1 week 3 days)
Mary and Ken were wonderful guests and pet sitters for Ollie, would highly recommend them and would love to have them back again, thanks again guys! Enjoy your travels :)
 
AMYLEE (Acacia Bay North Island, Oct 2020 - 2 days)
Mary and Ken were so wonderful! The level of care for our animals and property was amazing. Would highly recommend them :)
 
ALISON (Kumeu North Island, Sep 2020 - 1 week 1 day)
Mary and Ken were fabulous housesitters. We could not have asked for a more perfect couple. They were there to look after our little dog Lily and so with so much love and kindness. They sent us loads of photos of Lily on the beach and at home having cuddles which we really appreciated. You could see how much Lily loved them. Our house and garden s were kept immaculate and I would have o hesitation recommending to other hosts. If we ever needed another housesitter they would be at the top of ... MORE
 
ANNA (Cable Bay North Island, Aug 2020 - 5 weeks)
Mary & Ken were great, they were very organised before the house sit with great communication. Our animals seemed really happy when we got back and they sent some lovely pics while we were away so we knew they were having fun. Upon our return it was awesome to get back to a such a well cleaned house, they had even mowed the lawn for us, and left some dinner and flowers for us - what a lovely surprise! We would definitely love to use them again and can certainly recommend them to others.
 
JO (Auckland North Island, Jul 2020 - 2 weeks)
We couldn't have asked for better house sitters than Mary and Ken. Our cat Mousey was one happy boy and we enjoyed seeing photos of him while we were away. The cottage was left spotless and we appreciated the extra mile they went to in leaving us a few fresh supplies for our return. Thoughtful, caring and super easy to communicate with, I'd love to book them again.
 
KIRSTEN (Onewhero North Island, Jul 2020 - 2 weeks 2 days)
I can't review Ken and Mary more highly, this is the second time they have sat for us and went out of their way to make it all so easy and an all round great experience. Our cats love them! We love them!
 
LINDA (Wainui South Island, May 2020 - 5 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Mary and Ken were the best sitters we have had. It all started with great communication of expectations, they were so prompt and reliable and we felt so comfortable leaving our home and pets in their care. We returned to a happy home, groomed cats (that's no easy task!!), a spotless house and a dinner in the fridge. Marvellous, I couldn't recommend these two lovely, gracious people more highly. Thank you both so much. Linda & Tim
 
LINDA (Wainui South Island, Mar 2020 - 7 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
 
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