Six months ago when we first started dreaming about this trip, I was trying to find out any information I could about selling our stuff and traveling for a year… and I found the blog Where is Jenny? She had some great information on garage sales, Craigslist, mystery shopping and alternative accommodations. One of them was house-sitting internationally.
I signed up with Housecarers, Mind My House, and I sometimes check in at The Caretaker Gazette. I figured it would be a great experience for us to LIVE somewhere. What’s more local that taking your dog for a walk? What better way to feel like you live there than to carry your groceries (of pet food) into a real house and prepare food in a real kitchen? Besides the obvious cost savings, Wesley is a real home-body. He doesn’t like leaving the house, let alone changing hotels. Besides, he really misses Snowflake, Bella & BlackJack. (Actually, I think we all do). I thought it would be good for all of us to get some pet snuggles… even if we are “stealing” them from another families pets : )
The problem is, competition is fierce for people who live in desirable areas… and South East Asia is a desirable location! We were turned down for a long-term house sit in Pattaya (a beautiful home with private pool), because there are so many people willing to travel for free lodging.
But a house-sit came up that was relatively short, close-by, and with two of the cutest pets ever! Meet Lola & Margot…
We get to take care of these little guys for two weeks! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to play on the beach with Lola and have Margot sit in my lap and purr. I don’t dare tell Wesley about it yet… he’ll want to leave tomorrow.
If you run into him, don’t tell!