Apparently, the alternative to wallowing in a Mid Life Crisis is to take a Mid Life Leap instead... I've just turned 40 (in August) and have realised that I'm looking for more in life than just work so I'm taking a year off to travel through the USA, Europe and Asia. I'm a responsible and thoughtful non-smoker who keeps things cleans and tidy, ...
Apparently, the alternative to wallowing in a Mid Life Crisis is to take a Mid Life Leap instead... I've just turned 40 (in August) and have realised that I'm looking for more in life than just work so I'm taking a year off to travel through the USA, Europe and Asia. I'm a responsible and thoughtful non-smoker who keeps things cleans and tidy, and would leave your home just as I found it. I moved to Sydney, Australia from England 11 years ago and have worked as a recruiter for 15 years. Since I was 21, I've travelled through North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and I know what it's like to be away from your pet and home.
Why I want to house sit
I've visited Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland over the years, but my trips have been just 2-3 days in each town or city before moving on to the next place. Instead, I'd like to live as a local, spending extended periods of time getting to know an area. I'll be arriving in Europe on 12 Sept and will be available until the end of October. I do freelance work as a cv writer, working from home, so will be in for most of each day to walk your dog, cuddle your cat/dog and curl up for naps a few times each week.
I grew up with a dog and walked him daily from the age of 10 to 15, before having a cat for 10 years from when I was 20. Since then, I've cat- and dog-sat for friends in Sydney for periods of time ranging from long weekends to 7 weeks at a time. I did 5 sits in California, Arizona and Texas, and travelled through Arizona and Utah before arriving in London. Although I'm English, I'd never lived in London so am just about to start my 13th sit here over the last 4 months. As a housesitter in the USA, I've looked after:* 1 elderly, arthritic dog (corgi cross) on medication and eye drops, 5 nights, San Diego, CA (different website)* 1 elderly cat and 1 very nervous big dog (American bulldog), both on raw food, 4 days, San Francisco, CA* 1 energetic dog (miniature poodle), 4 days, Los Angeles, CA* 2 dogs, 4 nights, Tucson, AZ (different website)* 2 indoor cats (1 very shy), 8 nights, Austin, TXIn London, I've looked after the following, all of which have been reviewed apart from the 3 private bookings:* 1 very well trained, 45kg Newfoundland dog, 3 nights* 2 independent outdoor cats and 1 dog (springer spaniel, initially reluctant to leave the house but loved being out once he was over the doorstep), 4 days* 1 elderly dog, who had mobility, sight and hearing problems and medication in food, 7 days* 1 food-obsessed dog (pug beagle cross), 5 days (private booking)* 2 indoor kittens (Persian, Maine Coon), one of whom was on eye drops, 9 days for first time user of a housesitter* 1 outdoor cat, 2 dogs (lurcher, miniature poodle), 9 days* 1 outdoor cat, 2 dogs (Yorkie terrier), one of whom was on epilepsy medication, 5 days* repeat booking of the puggle, 7 days* 2 indoor kittens (ragdolls), 10 days for first time user of a housesitter* 2 outdoor cats, 3 nights (private booking)* repeat booking for 2 kittens (ragdoll, Persian), 9 nights. My philosophy with animals is to let them come to you on their terms, when they're ready and once you've earned their trust rather than trying to force a friendship. Dogs are relatively easy - if you feed and walk them, chances are you'll have found a friend, but cats are more independent and it's on their terms - you often have to work harder to win them over!