Hi, I am Jane (a non smoker/non drinker) 55yr old female travelling solo throughout New Zealand., originally from the UK but have made NZ my home for the past 20+years.
My children have all grown up and have flown the nest...and before the 'grandchildren' come along, I thought I would like to explore more of NZ by taking a year out (or several) to become a full time house sitter. (I have been a full time house sitter since Nov 2016)
I adore dogs and cats and see this as a 'win-win' situation for all of us and look forward to meeting your pets and loving them for a short time...the only down side to this arrangement...is that I will love them too much and it will be hard to say goodbye!!
I am a creative person, an artist/illustrator/cartoonist which I can do from anywhere in NZ. Your pets become my inspiration/models, but more importantly, it also means I am able to stay at home with them during the day, keeping them stress free and happy with a 'lap on tap' for them to sit on whenever they want some extra attention! We both thrive in each others company!
I love hiking and long walks with a happy dog at my side, a content cat on my lap by the fire...and I am familiar with a lawn mower! I love to take dogs out exploring in the local area and we all benefit from the exercise.
As a home owner myself I will respect your home with the same values I treat my own home.
My family have always owned pets. I grew up in a dog/cat/pigs/cattle/chicken family and my own children were introduced to cats and dogs from an early age.
I have owned border collies, labradors, mixed breeds and many cats, rescued and pedigree. I am used to puppies, kittens and dog training, attended numerous dog training workshops, puppy schools, courses in pet First Aid and I am familiar with clicker training. Having worked in Early Childcare, I am also aware that there are many ways to change a nappy, and also many ways to experience the joy of owning a pet. I will adapt to your philosophy of training (some dogs are allowed on the sofa...some are not...!!). I am a very relaxed person and happy for a dog or cat to sleep on my bed. I like to keep to your pets daily routines that they are used to, and ideally like to meet you all before a house sit starts.
In Early Child Care I looked after toddlers, taking them out on daily adventures, feeding, potty training, educating and of course loving them, keeping them safe in their environment until their parents returned. I see Pet Sitting as a similar service with the added responsibility of keeping your home safe. Your pets are your 'fur babies' and and you don't need me to tell you how much you love them!!
I have made many friends around the world House Sitting and I would love the opportunity to get to know your pet(s) and guarantee to be reliable, giving them lots of love and attention in your absence, adjusting to their needs and level of fitness, daily exercise and cuddles.
I can provide excellent references, a police check and also have taken out Liability Insurance for peace of mind. I look forward to hearing from you soon. I sometimes get unexpected cancellations, so please do not hesitate to contact me as your dates may just work for both of us.
with warmth, Jane