Experienced, Trustworthy Pet & Housesitting Pros
52, Retired (Executive; Wildlife Conservation, Animal Welfare)
56, Retired (Geologist)
Hello! We are a non-smoking, married couple utilizing our knowledge, experience and love of animals to establish a new "career" as global pet/house sitters.
We are scientists by education (Michele a marine biologist, Blair a geologist). Michele has 25+ years experience with animals & informal science learning (zoo, aquarium, wildlife) and, most recently, as an executive in animal welfare. Blair worked as an environmental consultant. He's handy around the house, loves interacting with animals, and enjoys a nice maths problem.
In July 2018, we uprooted from the great town of Oakland, California, USA, where we owned a purple house and fostered dogs with medical and behavioral needs. In August 2019, we returned to New Zealand after a 9-month wander around Europe, pet & house sitting along the way.
Blair is a Kiwi; Michele is American with NZ Permanent Resident Visa.
Thru online platforms (Kiwi Housesitters, Trusted Housesitters) and a growing list of international personal referrals, we have years of house and pet sitting experience and excellent references. We are qualified to care for most flavors of critters & plants, and, if needed, are handy with tools and wee DIY home projects.
From April 2018 - Mar 2020, we have had over 20 house/pet sitting bookings in USA, NZ, Spain, UK (Gibraltar, England, Scotland), and Italy. (Prior to Covid, we had been booked thru Sept 2020)
Michele has 25+ years experience with all kinds of animals: companions (dog, cat, rat, guinea pig, rabbit); small ops livestock (chickens, sheep, alpaca, cattle); small & large birds, including macaws & African Greys; fresh & saltwater fish and invertebrates; exotics (reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, insects, arachnids); and wildlife (all manner of North American birds, small & large mammals, marine & freshwater mammals/fish/inverts, sharks, sea turtles). Blair has experience with dogs, cats & cattle, loves chickens and is an excellent worker, whatever the task.
After our sweet Tigger-Kitteh died, we became a foster family for dogs with medical and behavior needs. We also provided fospice care for geriatric dogs or those with terminal medical conditions.
WHY WE WANT TO HOUSE & PET SIT
At the heart of it, we want to provide a safe, comfortable, fun and loving environment for your animal family while you are away. Pets can miss their people, and we strive to be the next best thing during your absence. We are discreet (no guests or sharing on social media), will respect all house rules, and are handy if anything goes awry.
It is our pleasure to serve you and your animal family - furred, feathered, finned or flaky, we love them all! Your trust, confidence, satisfaction, and referrals mean everything to us.
Thanks for your consideration and we look forward to meeting you.