About Lesley – Managing Director of VIPets Dog Walking and Pet Sitting.
Hello! My name is Lesley, and I run VIPets Dog Walking and Pet Sitting! It’s nice to virtually meet you 🙂
If you’re the type of person who believes your pets are just furry or feathered members of your family, then you are in good company! Over my adult life I have been surrogate mum to two ginger tom cats, one black and white cat, two budgies, countless fish, a boxer cross and a black lab. We currently care for our beloved silver tabby Eleanor and rag-doll cat Hendrix.
I have always felt a deep connection with animals and I’m of the firm belief that a house is not a home without a pet. When I was a child I would actively seek out and find other people’s pets to spend time with as well as our own, I was known around the neighbourhood as the “kid that comes over to play with our dog.” The walk to and from school was an adventure of sharing my lunch with any furry creature that would let me pat them for a while. The child in me is ecstatic we grew up to play with dogs and cats every day for a living 🙂
I believe all creatures deserve equal care and to be shown the utmost consideration so I follow a vegan diet. I feel a deep sense of responsibility as the caretakers of our planet to ensure all creatures who dwell here are treated with dignity and care and given the respect they deserve at all times. In the past I have been a volunteer at Orana Park and also with the Cat’s Protection League. I currently volunteer as an ambulance driver with the SPCA and at Dogwatch, working to find homes for abandoned pound dogs.
My ultimate goal is to provide the best possible replacement for you when you can’t be there for your furry and feathered family members. Whether you work long hours or you’re just about to embark on a whirlwind journey round the world for a month (jealous!), let me stand in for you when you can’t be there so you have one less thing to feel guilty about.
I met my partner Todd 10 years ago when I was at university studying design. We discovered we shared a love of travel, so in 2008 we started a two year house and pet sitting tour of Australia and Canada. We cared for a wide range of pets in their family’s homes in return for comfortable, inexpensive accommodation. We have shining and touching pet sitting references from this time, you can read them here. I ran my web design business from the family’s dining room tables which meant we were always there for the pets we were caring for 24/7. We especially enjoyed sits with dogs as it meant long walks around new and exciting areas were that much more fun.
This came to a halt 6 years ago when we found ourselves unexpectedly pregnant (surprise!) so we returned home to Christchurch to start our family. While the kids were young I worked in my web design business from home so I have always been able to be there for them.
Once both children started school, I was able to take up pet care again full time, something I couldn’t have been happier about. All the sitting required to run a computer based business was taking its toll on my health and wellbeing, so I was looking forward to exerting a lot of energy caring for pets again, walking them, playing with them and giving them all the love and attention they deserve and then some.
If we sound like a good fit for you and your furry family, then please feel free to take advantage of our completely free trial of our dog walking services to make sure. You can also book a meet and greet here, or call Lesley now on 03 381 0009 or 021 134 8094.
Looking forward to meeting you and your furry family members!