House Sitting, Pet sitting, Spain

Two cats, a dog and 86 million olive trees

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Here we are in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain for 3 weeks.

Olive trees stretch for miles and miles around. Our home owners, retired English couple, David & Sylvia tell us there are 86 million trees in this region and is the highest producer of Olive Oil in Spain. In fact this area alone produces 75% of Spain’s olive oil.

This lovely renovated Spanish home with views overlooking, you guessed it, olive trees is our new home for the next 3 weeks.

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House Sitting, Spain

The Serenity of Riogordo

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You may remember Frank from one of last year’s posts.

We couldn’t resist returning to see Frank and his beautiful ‘mum’ Rose.

This lovely home nestled in the hills and amongst the olive and almond trees is so charming and peaceful, we love coming here.

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Volunteering at a Thailand Dog Shelter

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“Saving one dog won’t change the world but surely, the world will change for that one dog”.

This is the motto for the Hang Dong Dog Rescue Centre near Chiang Mai, Thailand and on our second visit to Chiang Mai I spent some time volunteering at the Dog Centre where I was able to walk and  socialise with these rescued dogs. It was truly an enjoyable and rewarding experience for me. So many beautiful dogs just wanting to be loved and waiting to be adopted.

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Caring for Alfie – a Catalonian cat

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We’re back in Spain again after spending 3 months house sitting in the UK and France.

We are an hours or so drive from Barcelona staying in a small town 5kms from Sant Feliu de Guixols in the Costa Brava region. This area of Spain is gorgeous, we are close to beautiful ‘blue flag’ beaches and there are an abundance of walking and cycling trails literally at our door step.

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A tranquil setting in France

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Here we are in France – the land of baguettes and cheese.

We find ourselves in Idaux-Mendy, the basque region of south west France in the foothills of the Pyrenees . This is where you can find those quaint picture postcard little villages where very little (if any) english is spoken.

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Lexi, Claudia & Saffie

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On the road again for a short house sit of 5 days in High Wycombe, which is about 40 mins from London, to look after Lexi – a 4 year old Cockapoo and two beautiful cats – Claudia and Saffie.

When house sitting we always plan to arrive the day prior to the owners leaving to provide ample time to meet our new ‘family’ and familiarize ourselves with their routine as well as the house. Unfortunately, the best laid plans do not always come to fruition.

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Living with 5 Cavaliers

20160623_220609 reducedLiving with, and caring for, 5 dogs may sound like a lot of work, but these Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were well behaved – well for most of the time anyway. This sit found us in the West of Scotland, 45 minutes south of Glasgow, staying in a 3 bedroom home, in a ‘wee’ village of 6 houses with 5 King Charles Spaniels Cavaliers for 2 1/2 weeks.

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A view to Gibraltar

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On the beach (with Gibraltar in the background)

A few weeks in May found us in Spain for a second time house sitting a beautiful labrador named ‘Scoline’. She lived in a lovely 2 bedroom apartment 150 metres from the beach at Getares, a small beachside community  with a view to Gibraltar and Africa.

Scoline had a beautiful nature and those sad puppy dogs eyes, so we fell in love with her instantly. She is 14 years old but is still very active for her age.

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A Spanish cat called Frank

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Our first house sit in Europe, takes us to the small town of Riogordo, on the Costa Del Sol in Spain to look after ‘Frank’ the cat.  This house was located in a beautiful,  rural area surrounded by hills,  and olive and almond trees and 5km from the local town. Rose (Frank’s mum)  is a lovely English lady who has been living in Spain for nearly 30 years.

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Tangs daily walk up The Peak, Hong Kong

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Enjoying the sights of Hong Kong

March 2016 saw us boarding a plane to Hong Kong for 10 days. It had been 25 years since we had last visited Hong Kong so we were very excited to be offered this house sit to look after Tang, a beautiful 12 month old energetic cross breed rescue dog.

We arrived in Hong Kong the evening before our house sit to meet Tang and go over our responsibilities for Tang and the apartment.

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