Full-Time Professional Caretakers
52, Coach / Copy Writer
53, Business Development
G'day! We are a semi-retired 50+ non-smoking couple and have completed 18 sits since 2017. Our greatest joy is helping others to take a break!
We love animals and any type of little 'zoo', be it large or small creatures, senior, on medication or energetic: they will be in safe and capable hands.
We house sat in Otago, South Island in 2018 and 2019 because we love this place and will return in January 2020! We also helped out North Island home owners. Properties included family homes, (hobby) farms, lifestyle properties, luxury and historic residences and Airbnb's.
We are Dutch Aussies who got the Kiwi bug ;-)! Please check our calendar first as we're booked long in advance due to our Trusted House Sitters membership among others.
Please see the attachment with our outstanding reviews. One owner has asked us back 5 times! Experienced too in managing b&b type accommodation and large acreage. We leave the properties in the same or better condition so you can relax instead of clean up on your return :-).
Long-term sits are our speciality from 1 month to 1 year caring for pets, veggie patches and gardens. It must be in our blood as Erwin's parents did sits in the 70-ies.
Pets cared for so far: all sizes single and multiple young and older dogs and cats; chooks, ducks, fish, horses, sheep, lambs, cows and a calf. On our animal wish list are still alpacas among others!
We love the outdoors and wildlife, and to contribute to communities who welcome our heart, head and hands. We make our sit location our home and enjoy being with pets while relaxing, reading or writing.
We have lived in urban and regional areas and are well-traveled and fit (non-smoking vegetarians - happy to feed pets meat if required). Your pets will receive lots of attention, exercise and cuddles as needed.
Cannot live without: laughter, healthy food, books, salty licorice, discussions about life, personal growth, hiking, bike riding, living near water and colours!
Other interests: crafts, restoring woodwork, permaculture, photography, gardening, baking, hospitality, energy healing, life coaching, training, marketing and (copy) writing.
We have worked in management roles in business development, not-for-profit, publishing and hospitality/convention industries.
For our Australian jobs we obtained a police check in 2014 and 2015 and all was clear (copies on request). We are responsible drivers and most home owners have trusted us using their car if available.
Lived and worked in The Netherlands, ACT and NSW in Australia and Otago, NZ. In total we house sat across 4 continents.
May we give you a no worries break next? We will be stoked :-)!