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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), Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s)
Preferred Locations
  • North Island: Auckland (Auckland - North, Auckland - South, Great Barrier Island, Manukau, North Shore City, Rodney, Waiheke Island, Waitakere), Bay of Plenty (Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane), Northland, Waikato (Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, North Waikato, Thames-Coromandel)  
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2020: 2Sep-6Sep | 9Sep-14Sep

Free Spirit

72, Naturopath

REFERENCES (see end of text)

Mature professional woman (UK/NZ National) available to care for your home, property and cherished pets.
4 years house sit experience bringing care, respect and responsibility to your home.
Own dogs were trained in obedience and agility.
Background in education, alternative health, conference centre management and counselling; also house keeping and nanny in NZ and Europe.
Many references available. 2018 Police check.
Looking for sits as above preference for Auckland, Coromandel Whangarei or Tauranga areas.
I will care for a variety of pets including dogs ( with good manners please !!) and willingly carry out light garden duties.

7/02 20
"Val has house-sat at our home on numerous occasions (both long and short term). She is very reliable, intelligent and our cats & dogs love her. What more can you ask?"
Michelle & Bede - Tauranga

We have returned home to a very happy Phoebe.
Many thanks for taking such good care of her and our house. We think Phoebe is missing you.
Best wishes, Gay and Gary Papamoa Beach

8/1/18 Christine, Helensville 0874
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We have come home to very happy and contented animals - all 79 of them - cat, dog, hens, sheep and cattle. Our cat is a true indicator of how well things went. Usually upon our return from time away, she would treat us with distain and keep her distance for a while. Not this time. She was her normal friendly and affectionate self. The hens too provide proof of your good care as egg production did not waver.
We also came home to an immaculate home. This was very much appreciated.
We were confident when we left that that all would go well while we were away. We were therefore able to relax and enjoy our trip.
Thank you.
If you are ever in need of a place to stay, you know where we are.
You will be the first person we will contact when we are next in need of a sitter.

Sally (rural Waipu) October 2017
"We arrived home to find a wonderfully moult free home (Nipper being a Labrador) and a dog undecided about who he loved most, his new love being Val or his old Mum. Even our stand-offish cat deigned to talk to her. So Val obviously is very, very good with animals. On top of that Val had so kindly prepared a scrumptious meal for us. Who could ask for more?"

Rosie, Papamoa Dec 16
I would like to highly recommend Val and her house and pet sitting services .
My beloved 3 legged Burmese Nancy and her two young kittens were well loved and my home pampered as well.
I'm looking forward to having Val stay again .
Kind Regards

Val house sat for us for 5 weeks in June/July 2016 at our house in Wellington. This was the first time we had used Kiwi House Sitters and we were a little apprehensive until we met with Val in person prior to the house sit. Val put us completely at ease, and Wally, our dog endorsed that she was the right person for the role !
Val was there predominately to look after Wally, our young bichon frise x, and she went out of her way to ensure that Wally had lovely long walks and all the attention he was accustomed to! Val kept in touch with us while we were in Europe providing us with regular updates on Wally's activities. She took great care of our house and we came back to a happy dog and a beautifully clean home with everything just as we had left it.
Val really went the extra mile for us and we highly recommend her as a lovely, trustworthy person to look after your home and pets. Karen

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'Very quickly we came to realize that she is absolutely reliable, trustworthy and a really nice person who loved my dogs (and they loved her)'

''Val's communication is excellent and she is fantastic with animals. We have found Val to be reliable and trustworthy and we look forward to having her housesit again soon. '

'I felt you were really marvellous and looked after the cats very well. You kept the house spotless. We would definitely want you to housesit again when we go away'.

Reviews (19)
We have just had Val look after our dog and cat (and house of course) for 9 days and she was just great. Val visited us a few weeks beforehand to meet us and our pets following which we had no hesitation in leaving everything in her care. We came home today to a clean house and washing done, bits & pieces left for us in the fridge, and most importantly two happy babies. Communication by messages on the KiwiHousesitters website, then emails and texts, was easy and prompt. Thanks so much Val, ... MORE
BRENDA & JOHN (Algies Bay North Island, Feb 2019 - 1 week)
Thank you so much Val. Come back to a happy puppy and a tidy home, thanks for the updates and photos of Maci while we were away ... highly recommended as a sitter A+++++++
AMANDA (Tauranga South North Island, Sep 2020 - 6 days)
A very happy dog greeted me after Val took such wonderful care of her. My bach was nice and tidy and communication was great, with an update and photo. Would definitely have Val again should the need arise.
WENDY (Waihi Beach North Island, Sep 2020 - 4 days)
Very able and amiable lady. We returned to a spotless home and a very happy pet. No hesitation in recommending Val to any one
MAURICE (Katikati , Mar 2020 - 2 weeks)
Val was an absolute pleasure as a home sitter. She sent us texts throughout the weekend. She was very accommodating with our leaving and arriving times. When we came home the house was cleaned and left in the same state when we left. We would definitely use Val again in the future and have recommended her to all our friends.
ELMARIE (Welcome Bay North Island, Feb 2020 - 4 nights)
Val was excellent. House well looked after and Felix very loved - he was a happy cat on our return! Val kept in touch and we had no concerns when we were away. Very relaxing to have confidence in a caring, safe pair of hands to look after things at home. Highly recommend Val!
KAREN (Glendowie North Island, Jan 2020 - 3 weeks)
How prompt !! Many Thanks Val
We would totally recommend Val as housesitter/pet sitter. Our nearly 20 year old cat appeared totally unfazed when we arrived home. Obviously been well looked after. The house was clean and tidy and everything shop shape. Val's communication is excellent.
DES AND VALDA (Whangamata , Oct 2019 - 1 week)
Val is such an amiable and personable lady. I had real peace of mind about our kitties being in very capable hands. Thank you Val for your time and effort taking care of the place while we were away. Would highly recommend Val for house sitting.
PAMELA (Greenhithe North Island, Oct 2019 - 1 week)
Thank you Val for looking after our house and cat Ashi so well. Right from when we first met you, we felt confident that everything would be in good hands. It was reassuring to get your messages while we were away that all was well, and great to come back to a lovely, tidy house and happy cat! Many thanks again
SALLY (Campbells Bay , Sep 2019 - 12 days)
After meeting Val, we were very happy to leave our home and beloved Tyler in her care... Unfortunately in our absence overseas, our cat had some major medical issues. Val did very well to cope with the circumstances that arose with Tyler, and she went above and beyond expectations. We felt very fortunate having Val as she kept us fully informed throughout ...
WENDY AND JOHN (Gulf Harbour,Whangaparaoa North Island, Apr 2019 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Val is an amazing lady. She house sat for our family home and our male cat for almost a month. She was great with her communication although our reach was limited due to no service allowed from our part but she was quick to sort out any small issues herself and only sought contact once regarding our water heater which needed attention. We returned home to a very happy and contented cat and a home cleaner than we had left it! Val is a trustworthy house sitter and we highly recommend her to you.
PRISCILLA (Browns Bay North Island, Dec 2018 - 3 weeks)
No rating I wanted to thank Val for taking care of my babies Gaia and Julie. On our return the house was clean and tidy. I highly recommend Val which is somebody you can totally count on!. thank you Val
CORINNE (Silverdale North Island, Jun 2018 - 2 weeks 3 days)
No rating Sorry for the delay doing your endorsement Val, Wow what a great sitter - Val looked after our fur babys for a few weeks. Val is a great sitter highly recommend, We will be messaging Val directly when we need a sitter again.
GREG (Papamoa North Island, May 2018 - 2 weeks 2 days)
No rating Val was absolutely marvelous as our house/cat sitter and met all our expectations. We chose her because of other sitter endorsements and can highly recommend her. The care and concern shown with an unexpected cat surgery is to be commended. Many many thanks Val- you are an absolute gem
KAY (Maungatapu , Aug 2017)
No rating Thank you Val for the great care you took of Bella, Molly and Zoey. They are indeed a great and unusual family unit together and give us much pleasure. It was such a relief having met you that I knew you would trust them as your own. Will have no hesitation to get in touch with you again to petsit for us; just hope you will be available. Again many thanks :-)
FIONA (Sunnyvale North Island, Jan 2017 - 2 weeks)
No rating Val House sat and cared for our dogs between December 4th and 20th 2016. We returned to find our three Cavalier King Charles dogs had been extremely well cared for, walked and groomed daily. It was good to return to a house and Garden in the same clean and tidy condition as we had left it. Val has a very positive attitude and treats her assignments very professionally. We would have no hesitation in recommending Val for future house and pet sitting assignments and would be happy to provide ... MORE
KATHY (Stanmore bay , Dec 2016)
No rating When I met Val She immediately felt like the right person to look after our young bengal cat and our house while we were on holiday for a week. The house was spotless on our return and she even washed the towels and bedding she had used. I would highly recommend Val as a trustworthy house sitter with a lovely energy which helped keep our slightly crazy cat calm and happy while we were away.
PAULINE (Papamoa Beach North Island, Oct 2016 - 1 week)
No rating Val house-sat and pet minded our elderly cat and young labrador for six weeks while we were in Europe. From the first time we met Val (over Skype) we connected and felt she would be the right choice for our pets and home. Val kept us updated with emails regularly on how the dog and cat were going and we appreciated this as we were so far away from home. On our return our home was exactly the way we'd left it, the pets were happy, contented and well cared for and she had even made ... MORE
MARIA & KAREN (Raumati Beach, North Island, Aug 2015 - 2 weeks 1 day)
No rating We have been fortunate to meet Val through Kiwi House sitters. Val has house sat for us and our dog on two occasions so far, the second time with a 9 week old kitten too. Val's communication is excellent, she is fantastic with animals and the house is clean and tidy. We have found Val to be reliable and trustworthy and we look forward to having her housesit again soon. Kerryn Best 0274 728 306
KERRYN (Otumoetai, North Island, Feb 2015 - 3 days)
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