Our family of four loves animals, but we are currently renting and unable to have them so I was delighted to find this website! Our daughters are 14 and 6, and we homeschool so we have availability during weekdays as well as weekends. My husband grew up caring for horses, and our 14-year-old truly loves horses. We all terribly miss having a dog, and we would love to become friends with a few dogs that we can walk, cuddle, and play with during the week. Our 14-year-old daughter really misses our black lab, Jack, who passed away shortly before we moved to New Zealand in 2017, and she would love to walk/hike/run with a larger dog with me or my husband. Our 6-year-old daughter loves to throw a ball for hours on end and loves both big and small dogs, but has a special affinity for dogs who can fit in her lap. 🙂 We are available for occasional house/pet sitting in the Nelson area, especially over the school holidays but possibly other times as well. We have been house sitters for many friends over the years, both in the U.S. and in New Zealand. We most recently house sat for a friend in Upper Moutere who has horses, pigs, and chickens, and we would be happy to provide references. We are real cat lovers, too, and enjoying house/petsitting cats. Both our girls are gentle, sweet, and playful with animals.