I'm a very practical kind of gal. In my previous life I was a farmers wife so I know how to use a hammer, screw driver, pliers, sort the fuse, find the leak, etc.
I know how important it is to go away and enjoy your holiday, knowing you have someone capable and trustworthy looking after your valuable property (that's me of course).
I have a Police Check report I am happy to forward to you if you wish.
My heart is totally in love with my feline friends so I choose to look after them exclusively (sorry dog owners). I have always had cats in my life and love how they each have their own unique, and let's be honest; sometimes demanding, personalities...
But I adore them all and love nothing more than the challenge of getting a 'non-knee' cat to succumb to my lap (much to their parents disgust).
Hi, I'm Paula Johnson, your professional home and pet sitter!
I'm a bit of a reptile in that I need warmth and sunshine to be truly happy...actually, I'd make a purrrfect cat (maybe in my next life)!
I am location independent, meaning I take my work with me wherever I go. I have two businesses that keep me occupied:
I am a website designer small business at Wanderlust Design
I am a holistic bodyworker, providing healing treatments through relaxation massage, Bowen therapy and Bodhypnosis.
I am also a published author, ex-blogger (don't have time these days) and I'm easily led astray with good coffee, dark chocolate and red wine.
I LOVE TRAVEL and consider Bali my second home. It's where my soul feels most at peace...has done since 2010 when I first went there. I travel there every year to visit my Bali family and friends.
I am most fulfilled when helping others, I ADORE CATS (no surprise there) and I dabble in photography...
I have no fixed abode now. Home and pet sitting fuels my love of exploring new places and the opportunity to stay in wonderful homes and look after the most gorgeous feline friends - bliss!
“Paula loves cats and my cat loves her! Paula looked after my house in Tauranga and my 16 year old blind cat Bennie while I was lucky enough to spend a month in Rarotonga in between lockdowns. She happily accommodated all my whims and foibles such as Bennie being a bedmate, she kept him safe from getting lost and generally made sure he maintained his status as King of the House. Paula sent me photos and kept me updated and I came home to a clean, tidy house and a happy contented cat. I've since had Paula housesit for me again and I can absolutely recommend her as the perfect housesitter for you home and cats!”
Jan - Tauranga
“Paula is everything she says on her profile! Despite having only a phone conversation beforehand, I felt totally at ease leaving the kitties and house in her hands. It was so lovely to receive photographic updates on their well-being; and they were obviously completely at ease with her, even the skittish one.
When we arrived home, it was almost as if no-one had been there, it was so clean and tidy :-) Daisy and Custard were no more happy to see us on our return than if we'd been out at work for the day.
Thank you very much, Paula, we really appreciate everything.”
Bryony & Steve - Auckland
“Well what can I say...Paula was outstanding! Our cats just loved ❤️ her (more than us now). They were pampered and best of all they were happy.
We had regular photos which made our heart melt. We totally relaxed on our holiday as we new they were well cared for. AND I came back to a lovely clean home!
Paula is amazing, easy to get along with, good communicator and certainly is the 'cat lady'.”
Paula & Glen - Tauranga
“Paula is a fantastic house sitter. She is easy to communicate with, reliable and sent me pictures of my cats during the time which I appreciated. Paula is mature, tidy and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone.”
Tahlia - Mount Maunganui
“Paula thank you for housesitting and looking after Scruffy. He can be a bit demanding, requiring a warm lap, lots of cuddles, someone to keep his food bowls topped up and his heat pump put on for him at night of course.
It was reassuring knowing Paula was looking after him.
Cherie - Auckland
“I have just had the pleasure of Paula house sitting and minding my fur baby Shelby.
For the week I was away, Paula sent daily pics of Shelby and my cat looked the most relaxed I have ever seen her. Paula obviously has a great affinity with felines.
I felt very secure leaving my home and baby in Paula's care. I came home to a very clean house and happy cat. I would highly recommend Paula as a house and pet sitter and will definitely have her in my home anytime."
Christine - Tauranga
“Paula is the perfect house sitter for our home and our cat. She is very caring, conscientious and easy to communicate with.
She is a very open person that you cannot fail to like. She inspires confidence and we feel totally comfortable leaving our home, garden and cat in her care. We cannot praise her enough for her care and consideration.
She leaves the house in immaculate order along with a very happy pussy cat. Consequently, she has returned to us several times and it is very reassuring knowing that she loves coming to our home.”
Liz & Geoff - Tauranga
“Just had Paula for the third time since December to house sit. She’s great, always leaves the place spotless, picks the vegies in the garden & waters the outdoor pot plants (I have a few). And the main thing for us, loves our pussy cat, who’s always very happy when we get home.
She was recommended by a mutual friend which was important to me as trustworthiness is top of the list when it comes to house sitting.
We’ve had house sitters for the last 15 years & Paula is the best ever. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”
Sue Shoemack - Tauranga
“Paula is a wonderful pet sitter who takes excellent care of our furry troop! Right off the bat when we first met her we got an excellent first impression. She is very warm and friendly and was great with our pets!
When we came home after our weekend away our pets were relaxed and happy. During our time away Paula sent us photos of our babies lapping up her snuggles which was really nice.
She is the perfect person for us and really looked after our house nicely too.
I look forward to booking Paula again in the future!! Thanks for doing such a great job, keep up the great work!!”
Justine & Graeme - Tauranga
“Would 100% recommend Paula.
House was spotless when we arrived home, communication while we were away was excellent (even with photos of our cats) and Paula sorted out a locksmith for a repair.
Thanks, and we will have you back anytime!
Sue & Rob - Tauranga
"Thanks so much Paula for the awesome house-sitting and cat-sitting you did for us recently. It was a great reassurance to get the photos of Penny while we were travelling and to come back to one very happy cat and lovely tidy home.
We will definitely be using your services again, and recommending you to our friends and neighbours.
Feel free to call in for a cuppa anytime you are out this way."
Lynn & Al - Tauranga
“Paula is a lovely, reliable, mature woman who I entrusted with my darling cat Red and of course my home.
She genuinely loves cats. I received pics of my cat whilst I was away to show he was fine and all was well. This allowed me to relax during my time away knowing he was in great hands. I highly recommend Paula.”
Cassie - Perth WA
“It was a pleasure to have Paula as my house/pet sitter and I feel delighted to recommend her.
Everything was excellent and my cat was very much loved. Paula also learned to inject Luci with his twice daily insulin doses and I feel extremely grateful to her for doing so.
Thank you for everything!”
Paula - Perth, Australia
“It was a pleasure to meet Paula and she was fantastic in looking after our home and cat.
She was absolutely organised and reliable and kept in touch while we were away.
She had no problems dealing with the twice daily injections for Nemo (the cat) and our home was lovely and tidy when we arrived home.
We would be more than happy to have Paula sit for us again.”
Paige & Rod - Perth, Australia