Caterina & Shai
> About us:
Caterina is from Germany and Shai is from Australia. We fell in love in Australia and have never looked back. We have a deep appreciation of the natural world, the environment and its conservation. We share a passion for travelling and are on a constant quest for knowledge. This is what drove us both to become scientists - Caterina a (general) biologist and Shai a molecular biologist.
We are reliable and caring. Non-smoking.
> Why we want to house sit
We love animals. Caterina specialised in hydrobiology, marine biology and zoology and Shai worked at a veterinary school and has finished his PhD. We both grew up with pets (dog, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, fish, axolotls, birds,... ) and miss having them in our lives. As biologists, however, we are constantly on the move and don't want to cause distress to our companions. Therefore, we see housesitting as a perfect way to meet new furry friends and at the same time combine it with our love of travel and discovering new places. We moved from Europe to Wellington in April 2019.
Among many housesits, our most memorable experience was looking after 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 6 chickens and 2 ducks in the French Pyrenees. The combination of the friendly animals, the fresh air and the local food, made the sit an experience we will never forget.
> Our experience
We have previously looked after cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, horses, sheep, goats, and fish in various countries (Canada, Australia, all over Europe). In Australia we were especially active in looking after animals (since 2011). One year we took on 5-6 house sits, with each assignment of varying length (1 week - 2 months and once even for 1 year). These assignments involved feeding, walking, grooming and playing with the animals as well as garden maintenance and house duties. Caterina also does dog training if time allows and at the request of home owners.
We love being outdoors and we both have a green thumb. We have mowed grass, cut hedges, pulled out weeds and watered plants. We have great responsibility and show initiative.
We look forward to caring for your animals and home!