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66, New retiree

68, New retiree

Hi there, we are Wendy and Carl, a newly retired, non smoking couple from just north of Brisbane in Australia. We have been housesitting now for about 3 years and would appreciate you giving us the opportunity to look after your home and animals whilst you enjoy some time away. We are, at the moment, back in Oz for a couple of months however we will be back in NZ in April 2020 and will be free to take on your "sit".

We are both extremely fit and healthy and enjoy the great outdoors. Carl trains for Triathlons and I play a lot of tennis & do a lot of long distance walking.I also have a genuine love of volunteering and try to give as much time as possible to this pursuit both here in Oz & back in NZ. I have many years experience in the horticultural industry & am a passionate gardener whilst Carl is pretty handy with most jobs around the house.

We try to spend at least 6 months every year in NZ as our one & only Grandchild is a Kiwi & we would like to be an inclusive part of his life as much as possible. Housesitting allows us to do this & we now also have many new friends (both human & furry) as a result of our adventures around NZ.

We are currently living in our own home in which we will be having folk stay during our absences so we are very aware of the anxiety involved in allowing strangers into your home.We expect our "tenants" to treat our home with respect and our priority is to do the same for you, showing our appreciation for the opportunity you have given us to stay in your home.

We no longer have any pets of our own but would very much welcome the opportunity to take care of yours if you think you would be comfortable leaving them with us. We have looked after many different breeds of dogs (the largest being 68kg), cats, chickens, fish & horses.Please be assured that we will do whatever it takes to keep your furry family as safe & as happy & as loved as we possibly can.

We have a very organised approach to housesitting to ensure that we meet all of your requirements so that you are able to enjoy your time away.We are happy to stay in contact by whatever means is convenient for us all and we will send you regular updates so you can feel at ease. We are also happy to Skype to make initial contact with you.

You will return to find your home and animals have been lovingly and respectfully looked after to a very high standard as this is how we would look after our own home.

Please give us the opportunity to tend "your place" have our assurance that you will be glad you did...we believe that the attached references are testament to the way we repay our homeownwers for the trust & faith they put in us,when allowing us into their homes...thankyou for taking the time to read this epistle.

Wendy & Carl

Reviews (14)
Dear Wendy and Carl, thank you so much for taking such good care of our 2 moggies. They were so relaxed and happy when we got home and really confirmed our decision to have sitters/carers to look after them instead of sending them to a cattery. You did such a good job and we are very grateful. The house looked great when we arrived home so thank you for that. We were very nervous about using a house sitter but we have been reassured by your super care of house and especially Bill and Ben. They ... MORE
JENNIFER (Brighton South Island, Aug 2018 - 3 weeks)
Thankyou Jenny & David for doing this for us. Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
Wendy and Carl completed one month's house/cat sit recently in the Arrowtown area. On our return we were delighted to find the house in perfect order and our cat very settled and happy. Even our neighbours commended on how settled our cat was during our absence. Wendy kindly stocked our fridge with essentials and a ready-prepared meal for our first night home. This gesture was greatly appreciated. Suffice it to say, we have asked Wendy and Carl if they would house/cat sit for us next year! ... MORE
LIZ (Arrowtown South Island, Aug 2019 - One month)
Thankyou so much Liz for your very kind endorsement. It was our pleasure to be there & we look forward to coming back again next year to look after Smooch & your home for you. Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
This is the second sit Wendy & Carl have done for us now, and if we could give them more than 5 stars we would. They will not only meet your requirements, but will exceed them in many ways. They have been so understanding with our lovely border collie, Ted, as he is a rescue dog & needs special attention. Thank you both so much. We have come home to a spotlessly clean place, which after being on holidays the last thing you feel like doing is housework, thank you both again. We are so happy ... MORE
DEREK & HELEN (PEREGIAN SPRINGS QLD, Mar 2019 - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner ) From Aussie House Sitters
Thankyou all so much for this kind was our pleasure to again be able to look after Ted for you whilst you had a break. We will be very happy to visit again whenever you might like us to.....Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
We had Wendy and Carl house sit our very loved 14 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback Zuri and 2 cats when we went away for 6 weeks. We live on a lifestyle block. I cannot speak highly enough of them. They came and stayed the night before we left and straight away they bonded with Zuri. She was so well cared for, walked twice a day and generally had fun. Wendy and Carl send us pictures and an update regularly. On arriving home it was amazing to see a lovely meal in fridge for us. The house was ... MORE
JAN AND EWAN (Wanaka South Island, May 2018 - 2 months)
Thankyou Jan for doing this for us.... Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
Wendy and Carl took care of our home and animals for 2 weeks this April. We were very satisfied with the job they did while were away and our dog Ruby was well loved and cared for while we were gone. My lawns were mowed, and the house was spotless when we arrived home. Would recommend them to look after your home and animals. Thanks Wendy and Carl!
VICKI (Pottsville NSW, Apr 2018 - 1 week 2 days) From Aussie House Sitters
I think we were all a bit nervous of how our "special needs" rescue dog would be for Wendy & Carl. They were very understanding of his needs & he was a very happy boy to return home too. Our home was also left spotlessly clean with some little "extra's" that weren't expected but were very much appreciated. Thank you both for enabling us to have a wonderful holiday & not worry about Ted or our home. We look forward to you coming again next year if it fits in with your other bookings. Wishing ... MORE
DEREK & HELEN (Peregian Springs QLD, Feb 2018 - 2 weeks 2 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner ) From Aussie House Sitters
Thankyou Helen & Derek for taking the time to do this. Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
No rating Thankyou Wendy and Carl for looking after Tui and Manu, our fur-babies. Thanks also for changing the sheets and doing the washing.....that was also very much appreciated as it was the last thing I felt like doing when we arrived home late at night! I hope you had a lovely wee break and enjoyed everything that Caloundra has to offer.
VICKI (Caloundra QLD, Jan 2018) From Aussie House Sitters
Wendy & Karl were fabulous house sitters - very friendly and easy to get along with. Looked after our Std Schnauzer, Asta, extremely well. Our home was perfect when we returned. Highly recommend them and will get them to housesit again in the future. Fabulous friendly couple ....
FERG & TRUDY (Cromwell , Oct 2017)
Thankyou Trudy & Ferg for doing this for us... Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
Wendy and Carl were fantastic, they took such wonderful care of our home and our fur/feathered family while we were away for three weeks. We came home to happy, healthy pets and a lovely clean house. Wendy had even made a delicious lasagna and salad for our dinner which after a long haul flight was so much appreciated. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Wendy and Carl to others and I would most certainly have them care for our home and fur babies in the future. Thanks again guys ... MORE
VANESSA AND SIMON (Cromwell South Island, Sep 2017 - 3 weeks)
Thankyou Vanessa & Simon for doing this for us... Kind regards, Wendy & Carl
No rating We were extremely happy with Karl and Wendy care of our animals and house.The house was left in pristine condition and the animals were extremely happy.We would recommend them to anybody
MARTIN (Waitati South Island, Jul 2017 - 4 days)
No rating I have complete confidence in endorsing Wendy and Carl for house sitting and baby sitting pets. We went away for a week and left our home, dog and cat (actually plus chickens) in their care. Our pets loved them both and we came home to a lovely tidy and happy home. I will be asking them back!!
JANE (Arrowtown South Island, Jun 2017 - 1 week 3 days)
No rating I had wendy and carl house sit for me recently. Animals and house in perfect condition on return. I highly recommend them to anyone and will definetly be using them again. 5star plus
JANET (Invercargill South Island, May 2017 - 1 week)
No rating Wendy and Carl house sat for us in early March 2017. They are some of the nicest people we have met and took care of our home and animals like they were their own. The animals were happy and the house was cleaner than when we left! They are both very kind and caring people who genuinely care about what they are looking after. I felt completely at ease with them and was able to enjoy a nice long break away with absolutely no worries at all. I would happily have them back to housesit in the ... MORE
CATHY (Jacks Point South Island, Mar 2017 - 4 days)
No rating Wendy and Karl looked after our precious dog and house for us and they were fabulous. The house garden and indoor plants looked divine when I returned home, sheets washed all rooms cleaned but most of all a very happy dog. I would endorse them to anyone thinking of a house sitter
MARIE (Pisa Moorings South Island, Feb 2017 - 4 days)
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