When I lived in Edinburgh, keeping pets wasn’t an option. Rented accommodation and pets is generally a no-no and even if it was allowed, I’m not sure the city centre is the best place for some pets, especially large dogs.
A while ago I decided to go travelling along with my partner Jemma. We decided that we would keep travelling until we found somewhere that we liked and then possibly settle down and get a dog. Or two perhaps, Jemma has dreams of owning a 101 Labradors! (I’m not convinced we could handle the food bill though so I’m glad this has been put on hold. )
|James, Jemma and Pets|
Somehow or other we stumbled across a new way of travelling: pet sitting. Traditionally a pet sitter was a company or agency that looked after your pet while you were away. They were probably a local business, near to where you live, and they would charge you a fee of $50 a day or so plus additional expenses if say, you wanted the pet sitter to actually stay in the house.
|James and Angela|
The internet has a habit of changing things, and these days pet sitting is slowly starting to mean something different. Instead of finding a local pet sitter (and paying them) more and more pet owners are turning to websites like TrustedHousesitters.com and finding someone like us, for free.
We petsit for free because it gives us an opportunity to live-in and see a new part of the world, whilst finally being able to have pets in our lives. In return, pet owners get two people who will truly care for and look after their animals and home while they’re away. Win-win? Absolutely.
|Jemma and Roscoe|
To date we’ve now housesat in the UK, France and Portugal and have looked after more than 50 animals in total. Although that seems like a lot – and it probably is – we did look after a farm of 18 alpacas at one point which definitely helped to increase that number! We’ve looked after cats, dogs, turtles, alpacas, ducks and chickens and we’ve been able to see a few new parts of the world as well.
Would You Like to Travel with Pets As Well?
If you don’t mind dog walking, cat feeding or stroking alpacas, then it’s something to consider. Here’s a few assignments for the pet-crazies:
· Look after 4 dogs, 7 cats and 5 chickens in France this February: http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/fr/house-sitting-assignments/deux-sevres/genneton/pet-sitter-for-large-family-of-rescue-animals-4-dogs-7-cats-and-5-chickens/
· Look after 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Guinea Pigs and 2 Ferrets in Scotland in February: http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/uk/house-sitting-assignments/scotland-uk-18/glasgow-scotland-uk-18/unfussy-sitters-wanted-at-various-times-through-the-year-for-madhouse-duties/
· Look after 2 Siberian Huskies and 2 cats in Australia this March: http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/au/house-sitting-assignments/queensland-au-10/yamanto/housepet-sitter-needed-for-2-weeks-in-yamanto/
James Cave of http://www.trustedhousesitters.com