House and Pet Sitting

IMG_5621Erik and I have done a lot of travelling and now that we are retired and have more freedom, we are interested in doing some house and/or pet sitting, as well as our regular travelling.  We have joined  You can check out our profile and twelve  5 star reviews here.

In 2017, we did our first three house sits  in England from Aug 25-Oct 2, 2017, and in May 2018, we did a fourth in Canterbury, England. Here are blog posts about our experiences.

Our first sit was Aug 25 – Sep 2 caring for one dog and two rabbits in the Cotswolds – blog post here.

Our second sit was Sep 4 – 13 near Shaftesbury, in Dorset, for 2 rescue dogs – blog post here.

Our third sit was Sep 16 – Oct 2 in rural Lincolnshire with 4 dogs, 13 chickens, and a pond full of fish! Blog post here.

Our fourth sit was May 12 – June 5 near Bridge, Canterbury where we looked after a lovely pup.  Blog post here. 

In the fall of 2018, we flew back to England for three more sits. The first was back to Lab “Pom”in Bretforton at the end of August,  followed by 12 days with two labs near Bury St Edmunds, and 10 days with two cats near Wells, in Somerset.

We stayed home in the Spring of 2019 to spend time with our new grandson who was born in December, but we were off to Europe once again in mid August, for 3 more sits, including a 10 day sit near Stroud, UK, and two beautiful sits in France – 10 days in Champagne-Mouton, and 10 days near Lombez, France.

We are planning a lot of travel in 2020, and already have a sit booked in Arizona in February/March and three sits booked in Hampshire and Cumbria in the UK for May/June. We are also hope to return to France or Italy in the August/September.

2021 Update

We had a wonderful sit in Arizona in Feb-March of 2020 and arrived home the day our province was locked down. We ended up having to cancel our three amazing UK sits for May/June but the owners had had to cancel their trips anyway so at least we weren’t letting them down too much.  Obviously, we never made it to France or Italy in the fall of 2020.  It’s now April 2021 with no real sign of things opening up for international travel so who knows when we will be back in Europe again, hopefully 2022.  If things improve in Canada this year, we might try to find a sit in the Maritimes for fall.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

2022 Update

We have finally have a trip to the UK booked for 4 weeks in May/June.  We have three sits booked in the Cotswolds, more or less back to back –  in Chipping Campden, Leafield, and Cirencester.  We can’t wait to get back to travel!

Overall, we are absolutely loving our housesits and the homeowners seem to like us as well, as we’ve managed to get 5 star reviews and nice comments on them all so far.

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Our pups, Gabe and Angel, and our cat, Zoe (RIP)
Angel and I

barb and Angel

Erik and Gabe
A cat I met in the Cotswolds
Erik and our Zoe
Me and my first housesit pup