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, a black lab and most recently our beloved silver tabby Eleanor.
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 fully plant-based 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, at the Cat’s Protection League, as the ambulance driver with the SPCA and finally for a year at Dogwatch, working to find homes for abandoned pound dogs.
In 2008 I started a two year house and pet sitting tour of Australia and Canada. I cared for a wide range of pets in their family’s homes in return for comfortable, inexpensive accommodation. I 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 I was always there for the pets I was caring for. I especially enjoyed pet sitting assignments with dogs as it meant long walks around new and exciting areas were that much more fun.
When I returned to Christchurch in 2010 I continued with my web design business for another couple of years, but in 2013 I decided to make house and pet sitting my full time business. The rest as they say, is history 🙂
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.