Pet sitting has been a great way for me to spend time with all kinds of animals around the world. I am and always have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. I grew up with pets (dogs and cats) almost my entire life. I also lived on a farm when I was very young. Now I am a professional part-time house sitter, travel writer, and English tutor. These three ‘jobs’ make my life exciting and so flexible that I can be anywhere in the world for almost any length of time. You can read some of my work at Loving Spain Life and my award-winning travel blog Luxurious Lifestyles.
I have lived with dogs most of my life. They have been all breeds, sizes, and some with varying health issues. My friends would say that if they came back as an animal in another life, they would want to be my dog. My last dog had several health issues so I would cook his food for him, walk him 3-4 times a day, get his hair cut once a month and when he had back problem flare-ups, I would bring him in for chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. Pets are family and I did as much for my dog as I would my family members.
Cats have also been a part of my life growing up and into my adult years. Fortunately, my cats didn’t have the problems that my last dog did.
My Pet Sitting Experience
I have now combined my love for travel and pets into an amazing lifestyle. I have completed over 30 house sits that has brought me to several areas throughout England, Switzerland, the USA, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Spain, Costa Rica, and more. These pet sitting times have ranged from dog sitting, cat sitting, and have included fish and chickens.
I have experience with taking care of several animals at one time with various health conditions and medications. One of my cat-sitting homes had four cats. Each cat was on a different diet with specific food for them. Three of them needed various pills twice a day and one required insulin injections twice a day. It was a lot of work but a spreadsheet that the homeowners used kept me on track with the pet care requirements.