Combining travel, work and caring for animals


Combining travel, work and caring for animals

Who are we

We are Vanessa and Richard, a responsible non-smoking couple from New Zealand, who have no children, and currently work from home on our own online business. We have been house sitting since July 2018 and completed over 20 house sits in 6 countries. We have looked after dogs, cats, chickens, a rabbit and even 1 fish. We have very fond memories of our time with each pet and value the opportunity to care for them in their own home.

Why we love to house sit

We love travelling and house sitting allows us to experience a country as more than just a tourist by living in a local community and immersing ourselves in the culture. We will be working on our own online software business, so we will be home everyday to ensure your house and pets are well taken care of.

Also we love animals but living in an inner-city apartment in central Wellington, New Zealand doesn't allow us to have any, especially when our ideal pet is an Old English Sheep Dog called Muffin. Yes we have already named our non-existent dog! It gives us a goal for the future. He/she is named after a character from a New Zealand children's book Hairy Maclary.

Why are we responsible house sitters

While we are travelling having our own pets is not an option so we would love to cuddle, walk and generally fuss over yours. We know that your pets would prefer to be in the environment they are used to while you are away rather than somewhere they are not familiar with, and be taken care of the way you would if you were home. We also strongly believe in respecting others property, and want you to enjoy your well-deserved holiday with peace of mind that your house and pets are in good hands.

When home owners are away we keep in regular contact with them using their preferred communication method (Whatsapp, Facebook, Text message). We provide photos and updates so they can see their fur babies are safe and sound.

If you are a member of Trusted Housesitters you can read our five star reviews on our profile

Vanessa obtained a Masters Degree while working full-time, and has a police check and work-related government security clearance.

We both lived and worked in several countries and been responsible tenants, flatmates and employees for several decades.

Pet experience

After a year house sitting, we have experience with all kinds of small and large dog breeds. These include tiny Yorkies, cuddly Westies, a loveable Golden Retriever, a huge Bouvier des Flandres, lots of Poodle mixes and many more.

Vanessa grew up in a city household with cats while Richard was raised in the country around dogs.

Richard was raised in a rural area in an environmentally conscious family, and once worked as landscaper at an eco-resort, and built his own motor-home. He also once did house sitting at this not too shabby eco-resort

If your pet requires daily brushing, Richard is very experienced in this as it takes a lot to maintain his own hair :)

What we do for work while house sitting

We are using our backgrounds in Software Developer (Richard) and Marketing (Vanessa) to work on our own online software business, an organizational tool which can be accessed from anywhere.

This means we won't be out all day sightseeing and will spend plenty of time at home caring for your house and pets.

We do not charge you for house sitting, as we appreciate having the opportunity to live and work in amazing locations all over the world.