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Kiwi House Sitters

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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, Reptile(s), Farm Animals
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2020: 21Aug-18Sep | 19Sep-9Oct | 10Oct-16Oct | 18Oct-12Nov | 28Dec-30Dec | 30Dec-24Jan2021 | 2021: 22Feb-5Apr
  • On a house-sit right now

Experienced, Trustworthy Pet & Housesitting Pros

Retired (Executive; Wildlife Conservation, Animal Welfare)

Retired (Geologist)

Hello! We are a non-smoking, married couple utilizing our knowledge, experience and love of animals establishing our second careers as global pet/house sitters.

We are scientists by education (Michele a marine biologist, Blair a geologist). Michele has 30 years experience with animals & informal science learning (zoo, aquarium, wildlife) and 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 - Aug 2020, we have had over 30 house/pet sitting bookings in USA, NZ, Spain, UK (Gibraltar, England, Scotland), and Italy.

Michele has husbandry, medical and behavior experience with the following: companion animals (dog, cat, rat, guinea pig, rabbit); small ops livestock (chickens, sheep, alpaca, cattle, horses); 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.

A hearty and sincere thank you to the KHS community for your selection and support, what a great experience we have had! We have met such wonderful people and pets, it has been an honor and privilege to come into your home and care for your beloved pet family.

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.

Reviews (11)
It was our absolute delight to have Michelle and Blair take care of our house and pets while we were away on holiday. Not only was our place well looked after, more importantly, our rescue dog had been lovingly doted on with her own mini training program and our fussy cat showered with affection. Michelle in particular was an experienced treasure in regards to bully breeds who need some extra attention and our dog has been better behaved since her and Blair stayed. Three walks a day, you bet ... MORE
GARTH (Pirimai North Island, Jun 2020)
I can't thank Michele and Blair enough for looking after our house and cats so well while we were away. Outstanding communication, super thorough when going through our cats needs and had the house spotless when we got back. As a first time user of a service like this I am so happy with how it went and we would/will have them back in a heart-beat when we go away again. The cats are also loving the little knitted toys Michele made for them. Thanks so much for making a nervous cat owner feel so ... MORE
ALICIA (Tamatea North Island, Aug 2020 - 4 days)
Michele and Blair were awesome! They took great care of all our animals (horses, dog, steers), communicating throughout our time away, The house was immaculate on our return. Look forward to having them back again in the future.
EILEEN (Ohope North Island, Aug 2020 - 1 week 5 days)
Michele and Blair cared for our home, 2 dogs and cat for a week in July 2020. What a lovely couple! They came to see us and met the animals a week before and we felt comfortable leaving them in their care. We received detailed updates throughout the week which we really appreciated. They even made the dogs new toys and they love it! We came back to a clean and tidy home and happy, healthy pets! I definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a house/pet sitters and we will be honoured to ... MORE
ALECHE (Parua Bay North Island, Jul 2020 - 1 week)
Highly recommend. They did a great job of looking after my two cats while we were away
DEENA (Maunu North Island, Jul 2020 - 2 days)
Michelle and Blair were very professional in all their communication and management of our house and pets. They were very thorough and we had no concerns with leaving our menagerie in their capable hands. Communication during the sit was excellent and we came home to a lovely tidy home and some very happy pets. We would recommend Michele and Blair and definitely use them again if the need arose.
ANGELA (Maungakaramea North Island, Jul 2020 - 1 week 2 days)
Michelle and Blair were fantastic house sitters. Great communication before and during the sit. Looked after our cat very well - he loves the mouse Michelle knitted for him. Highly recommended. Lovely caring people.
ROY (Ngaio North Island, Jul 2020 - 4 days)
Michele & Blair were excellent sitters and caretakers of our fur babies. We enjoyed chatting with them before our departure and after we returned. They provided excellent communication during their sit and their knowledge of animals is in depth due to years working with them. The house was super tidy on our return as well.
OLA (Lower Hutt North Island, May 2020 - 1 week 1 day)
Great people, excellent communication with us. Looked after all our animals well.
JOY (Dannevirke North Island, Feb 2020 - 7 weeks)
Ok, so this was our first time having house sitters. Naturally, we were a little nervous but we had heard good things about this website and we connected with Michelle and Blair online well. They seemed like kind, intelligent, considerate people...but would they actually be in our home and tend to our loved ones whilst we were gone? Turns out this couple are a tour de force in housesitting. Michelle is so considered and organised and thoughtful. Blair is too. We came home to our home and our ... MORE
JOANNA (Oratia North Island, Dec 2019 - 4 weeks)
Michele and Blair were great dog/house sitters. They cared for our home for 10 days in early December 2019 whilst we were travelling in the North Island. They took excellent care of our spoodle Zac in every possible way, including walking him twice daily. They took good care of our home. We have no hesitation in recommending this very pleasant and caring couple.
SUE AND MIKE (Richmond South Island, Nov 2019 - 1 week 3 days)
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