Pet Sitters/Dog Walkers

All our sitters are experienced animal lovers and owners.  They are police & reference checked, trained and regularly assessed to ensure they are meeting our high standards.   
Our group dog walkers are also Pet Tech CPR and First Aid certified.  

 
 
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Wendy Mackay (Manager)

I started Pet Sitters NZ in 2004, due to a niche in the market for in home pet care.  Being a huge animal lover and caring for many different species over the years and caring for my friends pets when they went away, I decided to quit my day job in 2006 and start pet sitting full time.

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Having spent 2 years at Equestrian college in the UK, I've continued my studies with animals and am a certified Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International, a certified Dog Walker through Dog Tech and CPR/First Aid trained through Pet Tech.

 
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Trudy Tyler

People call me the cat lady!  I now only have one, but I definitely have an affinity with cats! 

I mainly cover the Nelson area and started out as a casual Pet Sitter in 2015 and now enjoy walking groups of dogs and caring for cats and dogs in their own homes.

I also assist with admin & marketing so you may hear from me from time to time!

I'm CPR & First Aid trained through Pet Tech.

 
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Cat Watson

I started out as a customer having my dog Defa walked with the pack.  A few years later, I was able to start caring for dogs in my home and now I walk groups of dogs and care for cats and dogs in their own homes.

I also run CanineKnowHow Dog Training and am a member of the APDTNZ (Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand). I have a diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training, Canine Communication and Canine Nutrition.

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Lasma Vensberga

I've been part of Pet Sitters NZ since 2011 and have been an integral part of the business as it's grown.

I started off as a casual pet sitter and then became a group dog walker as well as caring for dogs in my own home and caring for cats and dogs in their own homes and now am Acting Manager.

I mainly cover the Tahunanui area and own a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog.

 
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Janine MacGregor

I am currently covering Wendy’s dog walking groups and hold a NZ Certificate in Animal Management majoring in canine behavior & training.

I recently moved from Auckland where my weekends were spent assisting with dog training classes using positive reinforcement techniques and games.

 
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Elyse Colville

I have been a big animal lover all my life and grown up with Golden Retrievers and cats.

I started off as a causal Pet Sitter and now walk groups of dogs 2 days a week, where we enjoy outings at the beach and other local exercise areas.

 
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Liz Hoffman

I'm originally from South Africa where my family and I owned 4 dogs and 3 cats so as you can see, I’m a big animal lover!

We currently have an adorable tabby cat who loves to cuddle on her terms and I enjoy following Jackson Galaxy and his cat behaviour knowledge.

I mainly cover the Richmond area Pet Sitting at the weekends and in the evenings.

 
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Jenni Komarovsky

I've been an animal lover all my life, with older cats holding a special
place in my heart. I've been doing private house and pet sitting for
friends for a few years, and joined the Pet Sitters team in May 2019.

I cover the central Nelson area, doing in-home visits mainly for cats. I'm
also doing weekend admin at the moment, so you may speak to me if you phone
on a weekend.

 

 
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Marianne Vetterli

I have been house & pet sitting since 2012 so have plenty of experience caring for people’s precious pets and homes. Prior to that, I’ve had dogs most of my life and good understanding of canine behavior.

I am also a healing touch practitioner, so please get in touch if you think your pet could benefit from alternative therapy.

I mainly cover the Port Hills/Tahunanui area for Pet Sitting and Dog Walking.

 
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Jay Just

I started off as a customer, with my dog Bentley joining the Doggie Days Out and I have now been working with Pet Sitters since December 18.

I’ve enjoyed owning cats and dogs my whole life and now enjoy caring for other people’s too!

 

Russell Black

I have a huge amount of experience with a wide variety of animals following my work at the SPCA as an Animal Welfare Inspector.

My wife and I also foster many animals from neonatal kittens, lambs, puppies, piglets, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs to name a few and have cared for many special needs pets.

I now walk groups of dogs one day a week and on a casual basis which is giving me my dog fix!