House Sitting, Mexico, Pet sitting

House Sitting in Mexico (part 1)

Getting into the “spirit” of the Day of the Dead celebrations

Colourful festivals, music and horses ridden down the main street are just a few of our fondest memories of Mexico.  We spent 5 months there (Oct 2018 – March 2019) and during that time we completed six house sits and cared for 9 dogs, 4 cats and a herd of goats. The pets ranged in age from 5 months to 19 years. Like children, it’s hard to pick a favourite, we loved them all equally.

We sat in a variety of locations –  which allowed us to experience many, but not all, of the different cultures that make up Mexico.

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House Sitting, Pet sitting, UK

Fun with Freddie

Here we are house sitting in a town called March (in the United Kingdom) which is a silly name because it makes you think of the month March and not a town.

Nevertheless we are looking after a beautiful, fluffy Samoyed called Freddie. Our time here is only nine days but long enough to explore this pretty town and nearby Peterborough which is a historical city with a beautiful cathedral.

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Cookie – a gorgeous wee Jug

We stayed on in Edinburgh for a 2nd house sit during July looking after the delightful, and tiny, ‘Cookie’. She is a 4 year old JUG  (Jack Russell x Pug) and a tiny girl that has her bed set-up at the front window.

She’s an excellent guard dog as anyone who walks up to the front door will get the ‘full force’ of her barking and for a little dog she makes a lot of noise – she particularly dislikes the postman!

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House Sitting, Pet sitting, UK

Edinburgh – back to our second home

We lived in Edinburgh for 8 years back in the nineties and noughties and were very excited when we secured two house sits in our old ‘home’ town. The first sit was a little unusual as the house sit was divided between two sets of sitters. We were getting a handover from the first sitter and not the home owner. It all worked fine however and there were no problems.

Our home for this 7 day sit was a lovely two storey home with it’s own private backyard, only a short walk from where we used to live in Edinburgh.

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House Sitting, Pet sitting, Spain

Valencia – a favourite place in Spain

Sky enjoying a chin rub

This was our second visit to Valencia, Spain. We had visited in 2016 and fallen in love with this beautiful Spanish city and vowed to return one day.

As it happened, when we saw a house sit posted on House Sit Match in Valencia we quickly applied. We were extremely happy to have been selected to care for Skye and Bella, two lovely beagles.

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Australia, House Sitting, Pet sitting

Laid back in Mount Martha, Melbourne

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Billie

Our sit in Mount Martha was the only one we did during our stint in Australia that wasn’t for friends.

It was also ‘different’ for us because we met the homeowners, Rose and Cassie, in person at their home in Mount Martha before the sit. It was just after we arrived in Australia in February but our house sit for them wasn’t until April. We discussed the requirements of the sit and care for the animals and were given a set of house keys. This was the first, and only time, we saw Rose and Cassie as they were departing early in the morning on the day of our arrival. They were also returning home after we had left the property. We kept in regular contact and provided updates and photos during their 8-day break via WhatsApp. Continue reading “Laid back in Mount Martha, Melbourne”

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An excitable duo – Marlie and Annie

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Marlie (L) and Annie (R)

On this sit we found ourselves looking after two tiny Jack Russells for three weeks for a friend we have known for over 20 years.

These ‘two girls’ have a very different personality from the dogs at our previous sit.

When we arrived at Andrew’s house, Marlie was excited and nervous at the same time. She spent at least five minutes barking at us while making up her mind whether or not she liked us. Thankfully she decided she ‘liked us’ and we became very good friends.

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Bailey and Sam

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Sam and Bailey enjoying the beach

We spent 2 months house sitting in Australia starting in February 2018. It was great to be ‘home’ to see friends and family again after being away for almost a year. However, it did feel ‘odd’ house sitting close to where we used to live as we had previously only house sat in locations outside of Australia.

We secured 4 house sits for our time in Australia. Three of them were for friends, which was fantastic. Besides already knowing the ‘home owners’ it enabled us to spend  additional time with them as we hadn’t seen them for several years.

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Lilly and Mindy

Morning walk in the park with Lilly and Mindy
Morning walk in the park with Lilly and Mindy

This is our first house sit in our home country, Australia, and we are sitting for long-time friends from Skye, just 20 minutes from our home town, for 11 days while they are away on a cruise.

We have been house sitting overseas and this arrangement to sit for Margaret and Peter was a commitment we made before we left on our travels two years ago .

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Fun with Ollie

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Our new fur baby – Ollie

Here we are again, returning to a house sit in the Costa Brava region of Spain. Last year we cared for Alfie (cat), but he sadly passed away just a few weeks prior to our arrival. Our home owners, have a new pet, Oliver (Ollie), a gorgeous 11 month old Shih Tzu. A puppy they purchased 9 months ago, so Ollie is a ‘new addition’ for us.

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House Sitting, Pet sitting, UK

Megan and Bruno

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Walking through the grain fields with Megan (L) and Bruno (R)

July saw us in Widdington, not far from Cambridge, in another beautiful, wee village in Essex. This village has no shops, but it does have a local hall, bus stop and a pub which was only 3 doors down from us.

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Three Days With TOSH

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We had another short break between sits in late June, so we headed to Bedfordshire to care for Tosh, an adorable 8 year old Welsh Terrier, while his mum and dad went away on a Fiat Barchetta car club weekend.

Tosh was a sweet, gentle, friendly dog with a few peculiar habits.

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3 days in Cambridge with Huxley

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Between our house sits in France and Bramshill in the UK we had 4 days to fill in.

We normally use these ‘gaps’ as an opportunity to have a break from house sitting and have a ‘proper’ holiday. We were keen to go back and visit Cambridge, a lovely university town on the River Cam that we had briefly visited in 2016 when house sitting in Berkhamsted.

We booked flights to Stansted Airport, which is the closest airport to Cambridge, but before booking accommodation, decided to wait and see if a house sit might come up in Cambridge that fitted our dates. As luck would have it one did and the dates were perfect.

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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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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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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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