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John & Gail

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John and I have been happily married for 30 years and have two sons aged 25 & 23 who are left to care for their grandmother while we gallivant around the countryside!
We consider ourselves to be an extremely reliable and conscientious couple who border at times on being clean freaks.
Until recently, we have had dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, goats and sheep but at present are pet-less, hence our home-sitting quest that include pets, providing us with a temporary fix. We consider ourselves experienced and practical in caring for all sorts of animals, including farm animals. I am good with them. John is excellent - they all seem to love him!
We love New Zealand and travel around most school holidays experiencing the various landscapes, communities and people, while searching for great food establishments.
We are extremely respectful of peoples homes, property and share awareness and responsibility toward the environment.

Reviews (8)
Gail & John were fantastic house sitters. Communication was easy, and regular photos of the dogs doing daily activities were appreciated. House was left in immaculate order with nice personal touches. They were very caring towards our two dogs which makes going away so much easier and enjoyable. Highly recommended. Thank you. Vic & Rob.
VIC (St Albans South Island, Apr 2022)
John and Gail we're absolutely fantastic!! Think of the best sitters you could have and double it!! Talk about wonderful! The girls we're so loved despite one coming into heat and the rat presents from lily! They managed it all and even left us homemade treats and lunch for our return! Thank you thank you - hope you come back!!!
SHONA (Coatesville/Riverhead North Island, Dec 2021 - 3 weeks)
We would thoroughly recommend Gail and John to both house and pet sit. The communication was excellent and we felt secure knowing our fur baby was well cared for. The house was immaculate upon our arrival home. There was even baking left for us! We hope to use Gail and John again in the future.
SUSAN (Castor Bay North Island, Dec 2020 - 10 days)
Gail and John went above and beyond in looking after our home and pets. They capably sorted any problems with the right amount of communication and left a plethora of wonderful food and baking made from our garden which was not expected but hugely appreciated. The house was left better than we left it and animals all well. Highly recommended.
LEONIE (Fairlie South Island, Dec 2019 - 3 weeks)
Gail and John can be thoroughly recommended as the best possible home sitters you will get to mind your home and pets. This is the second time we have used Gail and John and we left on holiday with great peace of mind. The house was left spotless, with kind finishing touches and the dog had clearly been very well looked after, as the photos we had been sent proved..
MARG (Burnside South Island, Sep 2019 - 11 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
This was our first outing with Kiwi House Sitters and we will be back! Gail and John looked after our home beautifully and, more importantly, our two cats were happy and content over the two weeks we were away. Great communication throughout the process including photos of the pusses :) would not hesitate to recommended them to future home-owners! Flowers and home-baking on our arrival home was the icing on the cake.
KARISE (Fendalton South Island, Jul 2019 - 2 weeks)
Gail and John can be highly recommended as house and pet sitters. Our home was spotless when we arrived home, though I'm sure it wasn't that spotless when we left for holiday. There were also lovely flowers in a vase. We got regular updates showing our pooch being loved and having fun with Gail and John. We immediately felt at ease in their company and left on holiday with total confidence. I would like to be able to use Gail and John again on another occasion.
MARG (Burnside South Island, Apr 2019 - 2 weeks 1 day - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Our first time using a house sitter and we struck gold. John & Gail looked after our home, beef stock, sheep and fur children so well; it made the trip so much more enjoyable knowing they were in such good hands. They are very practical and capable and good problem solvers (power problem) - very handy on a lifestyle block. They travelled to meet us before the house sit, and they are a genuine, likeable couple. We could not have had anyone better, and highly recommend them as first class ... MORE
JOANNE (Hamilton , Dec 2018 - 2 weeks 4 days)
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