I am tidy and organised, and would look after someone else's home as if it were my own. The same with pets - I am conscientious about walking dogs and understand that companionship for all pets is extremely important, especially when they have been left with a stranger in their house!
Having volunteered with the SPCA, I have experience of handling animals that may be nervous or confused with their new circumstances. I am very patient with our furry friends.
I have been a house owner for many years and have always had pets - dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, fancy rats, hamsters - I have also lived on a farm & worked in stables, so am confident with chickens, ducks, geese, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep and cattle (I can now add turtles and alpacas to the list!)
My own beloved pets have passed over The Rainbow Bridge - KC (Kiwi Cat) at the age of 18 years and my German Shepherd, Bruno, at 12 years. Before I settle down with more four-legged friends, I'd like to travel around New Zealand and house-sitting seems ideal, especially as I may have the opportunity to have a cat on my lap and/or a dog by my side at the same time.
You will see from my profile photo that I am a croquet player! Currently NZ Women's Singles title holder 2019. Selected to play in the NZ team v Australia in April 2018. Feb 2018 NZ Women's Invitation title holder :) March 2018 NZ Invitation title holder. 2019 Wellington Women's Champion.
Nina was the first house sitter we have ever had and we were understandably nervous about how it would pan out, considering we were leaving our precious fur baby Zoe in her care. Zoe is a rescued dog and suffers from separation anxiety and we were unsure how she would cope with us being gone for 10 days and leaving her in the hands of a stranger. As it turned out, we need not have worried at all.... Zoe was given her walks and food on time but most importantly, Nina obviously lavished a fair ... MORE
TINA (Nukuhau North Island, Aug 2018 - 1 week 4 days)
Nina is a great housesitter. My cat loved her and apparently visa versa. The house was spotless when I got home and she put regular updates on Facebook and when there was an issue with the house or the cat she used WhatsApp to inform me. I'd definitely ask Nina again to look after my cat and house.
AERHONA (Otaki beach North Island, Jun 2019 - 5 weeks)
Nina was fabulous, bella was unwell when I left which really concerned me but Nina put my mind at ease with regular updates and went the extra mile coaxing and feeding bella, she also cleaned up after some nasty spills from a sick dog, bella absolutely loved Nina, I also enjoyed her interesting company. I would highly recommend Nina and hope to see her again.
GENE (Napier CBD, Napier North Island, May 2019 - 3 days)
Nina is fabulous! She spent a week looking after our three dogs and two cats and it was great knowing they were being well cared for while we were away. Nina is such an experienced house sitter, you can be confident that everything will be taken care of, and your house will be clean and tidy when you return!! Thank you Nina.
SHELLEY (Hastings North Island, Mar 2019 - 1 week)
We luckily secured Nina early on to come and sit for us over a long weekend in February. Our dog Holly loved her company and their walks, and we came back to a spic and span house. Really enjoyed getting the photos of Holly's adventures while we were away. Would love to have Nina sit for us again.
AIDEN (Hataitai North Island, Feb 2019 - 4 days)
Nina looked after our home and 2 dogs for 3 weeks while we were away overseas. We can highly recommend Nina - she cared for our dogs and property as if they were her own - we would have no hesitation in using Nina again. A big thanks Nina and Tommy & Jazz miss you!
SHERYL & ROB (Carterton , Jan 2019)
Nina has looked after our house and dog and cat to our outmost satisfaction. Our dog Bonnie is not an "easy" foster child but Nina was able to get to her heart instantly . We were able to thoroughly enjoy our holiday without having to worry. Communication was great. Thank you Nina
BRIGITTE (Raumati Beach , Jan 2019)
Nina looked after my 2 wee cats over Christmas period. I was really nervous about leaving them with a stranger as they both suffer from anxiety to a certain degree, however Nina reassured me and kept me well updated throughout her stay with text messages and photos. I came home to two very chilled out cats (that has never happened before) and beautiful clean tidy house. cannot recommend Nina enough, in fact, I've already booked her in for this year!!!
ADELAIDE (Titahi Bay North Island, Dec 2018 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Nina was great visited twice prior to sitting to meet our dogs. Met our expectations and looked after our home and 2 golden retrievers extremely well which gave us a worry free time in Australia for our sons wedding. Highly recommend.
DIANE (Palmerston North North Island, Dec 2018 - 1 week 2 days)
Nina sat for us while we took a cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in November 2018. The communication was great, with us meeting up beforehand to provide an overview of the property, then catching up again prior to starting her sit. Nina posted on her Facebook page most days which kept us updated with the antics or our fur babies. We have kept in touch following this sit and are looking forward to having Nina sit for us again next year. A very lovely lady who we would ... MORE
ANGELA (Maymorn North Island, Nov 2018 - 1 week 6 days)
We were very lucky to secure Nina as a housesitter as she had a cancellation and answered our advert the day I posted it. Nina communications were always immediate, she came across as a confident and positive person sharing her experiences relevant to our needs. Nina arrived on time on the day and was very personalable. Our two Whippets warmed to her immediately, which always helps us feel comfortable about leaving them. Nina sent us messages and photos while we were away which is always ... MORE
JOANNE (Waipu North Island, Oct 2018 - 1 week 1 day)
Nina is the perfect house sitter. Our house and dog were looked after beautifully. We couldn't have had a better sitter. We will be asking Nina to house sit for us next time we travel!
Thank you Nina!!
JOHN (Stanmore Bay North Island, Jun 2018 - 1 month 1 week)
Nina was a great house sitter. She looked after my house and pets well so I was able to enjoy a stress free holiday. I had some contractors in and out of the house during that time and this did not phase Nina. I would happily use Nina again
LIZ (Pihama North Island, May 2018 - 1 week 5 days)
Nina looked after our house and dog for 3 weeks while we were away overseas. Both were well looked after and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nina to others looking for a house-sitter.
ROSLYNN (Omata North Island, May 2018 - 3 weeks)
Nina looked after our much-loved chihuahua, huntaway, three cats (including the elderly Steve) and 14 chooks for nearly a week. She posted photos on facebook where I saw that the dogs and cats were enjoying her company as much as mine! Nina kept to the animals' routines and the house was well-kept also. I would thoroughly recommend Nina and would welcome her back to my place again.
JANET (Levin North Island, Feb 2018 - 4 days)
We were very happy to have Nina in our house and in charge of our 2 dogs. Everything went smoothly and the dogs were contented. Highly recommended.
RUTH (Cambridge North Island, Jan 2018 - 2 weeks 2 days)
I would absolutely recommend Nina as a housesitter. Minnie was so well looked after that she packed a grump with me when I came home! Took a few hours before she even said hello! She also looked after my home which was sparkly shiny when I got home. She is lovely and loves animals and I recommend her highly. Lots of gold stars!
KIM (Ngaio North Island, Dec 2017 - 2 weeks)
Nina was undoubtedly the best find we could ever hoped for. We were able to go away absolutely sure that our animals were safe, fed and happy. Would recommend to anyone with the highest endorsement possible.
SAM (Cambridge North Island, Dec 2017 - 1 week 5 days)
Nina is Fantastic.
We left our two precious dogs with Nina and she looked after them well - we had piece of mind after she sent us pics and video clips via facebook when we were away - If you are looking for someone to treat your animals as you would - Ninas the one !
MARINA (Miramar North Island, Nov 2017 - 2 weeks)
Nina house sat for us for 2 weeks in November. Prior to the sit Nina was able to come and meet the animals but between the original visit and the sit we gained 3 house rabbits.
The buns had to be kept separately (not yet bonded) while still having exercise and human attention, needless to say they were a challenge which Nina embraced and was happy to follow instructions provided.
The rabbits and guinea pigs needed cleaning out and the pet areas were clean and tidy on our return.
The cat ... MORE
SUSAN (Halcombe North Island, Oct 2017 - 1 week 6 days)
Nina was so kind to our cat Toby who wasn't well at the time. We were very grateful for the level of care she showed him.
KRISSY (Ngaio North Island, Oct 2017 - 4 days)
We highly recommend Nina as a house sitter, not only did she look after the house, but our 2 horses which required feeding each day, our 2 border collies, 2 cats, 4 alpacas and some cows. She had an instant re-pore with all the animals. and we felt we could go on holiday knowing they were in good hands. Would have her housesit again anytime a croquet tournament was down this way.
PAM (Upper Hutt , Oct 2017)
Nina recently stayed in our home while we were away for 10 days. We have numerous pets that Nina had to care for including 2 Labradors that required daily exercise. Nina did a fantastic job with regular updates on how things were at home. The animals loved her and her caring nature and our home was well cared for. I would not hesitate to recommend Nina to those looking for a housesitter and would 100% use her again. Thanks Nina!!
MANDY (Cambridge , Oct 2017)
Nina house sat for us for us and did a wonderful job, the animals were well loved and cared for and she posted pictures of them so we could be updated and kept in regular contact. Would highly recommend Nina and would welcome her back. We had a range of animals birds, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep and cows. Thank you so much Nina hope you enjoyed Northland.
KYLIE (Northland 0505 North Island, Sep 2017 - 1 week 5 days)
Nina is amazing. We went away for 3 weeks and our house and fur babies were taken amazing care of.
I couldn't have asked for anyone better.
I can't recommend her enough.
Even right down to coming home and having bread and milk supplied for us, which after a 5 hour drive from the airport was amazing to have that cuppa before bed.
I honestly wouldn't look any further than Nina.
I don't think our dog would either. She still sits by the front door when she hears a car pull up whining for ... MORE
KIM AND CHRIS (Merrilands North Island, Aug 2017 - 2 weeks 6 days)
Nina, looked after Dexter, Trix and Lady, like they were her own, and has the magic to settle them very easily.as we were unsettled leaving them, was really reassuring.House was well looked after too.. I would not hesitate to reccommend Nina
JENNY (Glenview North Island, Jul 2017 - 4 weeks)
Nina house-sat for us for 6 weeks while we were overseas, looking after our two very special cats and home. Nina is very pragmatic and capable, and left us feeling confident we could relax and enjoy our holiday. She also provided regular updates so we could see how our fur-babies were doing. We came home to happy cats, a clean house, and bread and milk in the fridge. We would definitely recommend Nina.
MEL AND MIKE (Newlands North Island, Jun 2017 - 6 weeks)
Nina house sat for us for 5 weeks while we were overseas. She looked after our dog and cat as well as the house. I cannot recommend Nina highly enough. She took excellent care of our beloved pets and the house was pristine on our arrival home, she even provided us with the staples so we didn't have to go out to shop. Nina sent us frequent pictures and updates via facebook so we could see how well cared for our pets were.
WILLY & RUTH (Stratford North Island, Apr 2017 - 1 month 1 week)
Nina arrived when requested and left the house tidy. It was only a very short sit and involved no animals but I know she is a competent person around any pets. I recommend her totally.
BARBARA (Lower Vogeltown North Island, Jan 2017 - 3 days)
Nina house and animal sat for us for a week while we were on holiday, this was a really wonderful experience, Nina took care of our house and gardens and we would love to have her sit for us anytime. Recommend to anyone wanting a A+ house sitter.
SUSAN (Havelock North North Island, Jan 2017 - 6 days)
Nina was absolutely amazing! We wouldn't hesitate to ask her again. Sorry for the late post!
I found Nina to be reliable, trustworthy and very capable.
Highly recommended A+
AMANDA (Bellevue North Island, Jan 2017 - 4 weeks)
We are so impressed with Nina and the care she took of our home and cat. The regular pictures of our cat cuddled on her lap made leaving him a little easier. Our home was clean and fresh upon our return and would recommend Nina for anyone needing a house sitter
TANIA (Whitby North Island, Dec 2016 - 1 week 4 days)
Nina came to housesit for one week in December 2016. we live on a rural property that requires quite a few daily chores. upon our return the house was exceptionally clean and our animals, i.e. housecat, flock of 25 chickens, one very large male kunekune pig had been well cared for. nina was very quick to respond to all my communications and came to visit prior to the housesit. I liked her immediately. she is very conscientious and took time to thoroughly understand the requirements of the ... MORE
SUZANNE (rotokauri North Island, Dec 2016 - 6 days)
Nina is a 'switched on' lady who has lots of common sense and is happy to please. She sat for us for a month and handled everything that eventuated. I know aviary birds can be a challenge!
We came home to a clean house, happy dog and fresh supplies in our fridge. Our many thanks Nina for a great job and we wish you well in your future endeavours.
ALISON (Putaruru North Island, Nov 2016 - 4 weeks)