Megan agreed to short notice house sit after another sitter pulled out at the last minute so I was very grateful for that. Once she arrived Megan and her son were lovely and are clearly animal lovers. Unfortunately, I think because of the last minute nature of the sit, she had some transportation...
Megan agreed to short notice house sit after another sitter pulled out at the last minute so I was very grateful for that. Once she arrived Megan and her son were lovely and are clearly animal lovers. Unfortunately, I think because of the last minute nature of the sit, she had some transportation problems on arrival which is why I've given 3 stars for organisation and self sufficiency.
Margaret - Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
30 December - 20 January 2019
Megan looked after both my cats very well. The only complaint I had was that the house was not left the way I handed it over to her, very clean and tidy. It had obviously not been cleaned and left tidy for sometime. The place needed a really good vacuum and floors washed. I had expected to come ...
Megan looked after both my cats very well. The only complaint I had was that the house was not left the way I handed it over to her, very clean and tidy. It had obviously not been cleaned and left tidy for sometime. The place needed a really good vacuum and floors washed. I had expected to come to a nice clean tidy house as this was how I had left it.
Ulf - Chiang Rai, Thailand
01 December - 12 December 2018
Our last holidays have been quite spontanious and we did not have much time to prepare. Megan with her 8 years old son wrote us a really lovely inquiry and even they did not have much experience and reviews from other housesits we dicide to take them in. But we only went for 10 days so we wanted ...
Our last holidays have been quite spontanious and we did not have much time to prepare. Megan with her 8 years old son wrote us a really lovely inquiry and even they did not have much experience and reviews from other housesits we dicide to take them in. But we only went for 10 days so we wanted to give also people with less experience a chance to build up their reputation on trustedhousesitters. They had a bad start as our electric system of the house broke down and me and my wife have been really busy and stressed to get everything repaired before we leave on the day of their arrival. But they took it very easy and adjusted easily to the situation. Thanks for being so helpful and for your understanding of the situation. Rowan, Megan son did not seam to be happy about walking the dogs with us but I guess this is quite normal at his age, when you are into computer games. We left into our holidays with a good feelling and no worries.
We did not worry to much as our dogs are quite easy, do not need walks everyday and our village is not busy at all. We also have lovely neighbours who always happy to take the dogs into "Kindergarden" for some hours throughout the day. Only Balu sometimes tries to escape to the neighbours house when nobody at home. So we told Megan about this that she do not have to worry and the neighbours will inform us right away if that happens. And as promised 3 days later we got the message that Balu is at our neighbours house when Megan went out to town with her sister and son. No big deal.
I was a little disappointed that Megan did not send us daily updates via whatsapp as I asked her to do but overall we enjoyed our holidays without any worries.
When we came back in the late evening everything seamed to be fine and we dropped of Megan and Rowan at the bus station to continue their journey. But when I came home and comed Balu and Bailey I found a big cut on the inside of Balus back leg. The wound was infected and seamed to be some days old already. He must have injured himself when he tried to escape through the fence to the neighbours property. I drove to the vet to get the wound cleaned and it turned out much worth than I thought. The infected parts of the wound needed to be cut away. Than we saw that the cut was really deep and still bleeding. The vet had to close the wound with 6 stiches. He said if the infection would have spread more into the deaper parts of the wound and into the muscles it would be much worth. Balu only neede to rest for some days and after 2 weeks everything should be fine.
Me and my wife are quite easy and have a lot of understanding for a single Mum travelling with her son. I wrote to her about it and she replied shocked and was really sorry and did not take it easy. But we have been really disappointed that Megan did not notice this huge wound. She said that Balu stopped coming for cutteling but she did not really thought bad about it. Also it might be my fault, that when I was stressed before we left, I forgot to introduce the coming to Megan to do at every second day. She also forgot to asked me about it. We do not blame Megan for the bad behaviour of our dog but we are left with the feeling that she did not take her responsibility 100% carefully.
Megan told me that she has the feeling that she has bad luck with dogsitting - maybe there is some truth in this. We really hope this experience will help her and Rowan to grow in their role for dog sitting and we wish them all good luck for the next. Balu is well and running around happy and young dogs are like little boys and get injured sometimes. So thanks again Megan for watching the house and the dogs and next time take some more time to check on the ones in your care. For us our dogs are like children, so I hope you understand that we can not give you a 5 star review.
Response from Megan
Yes, unfortunately Balu was injured climbing through the fence during our stay. In the days following, his behavior did not indicate an injury except that he no longer wanted to sleep on our bed which I attributed to the host’s instructions to tie Balu to the deck when we left and Balu’s depression at this lack of freedom. He ate consistently, ran during our walks, walked normally off the leash, and played with his sister, Bailey. Without instructions or tools left to groom and without Balu initiating any belly rubs I did not catch the injury as it was where his rear leg meets his underbelly. Per our WhatsApp communication the host himself did not notice a change in Balu's behavior until “when I cuddled Balu yesterday night on the bed I found it right away because the wound and his belly were wed (wet?) from the infection.” This was completely devastating to hear after 11 days of devoted care - special foods made to supplement per request, modifying plans and staying at the house so that Balu could avoid being tied to the deck, and lots of play and attention. When house sitting is your job and you excel at whatever you do, it is hard to accept such an oversight in care but I am grateful it wasn’t worse.
I think it important to clarify that I never stated that I thought I had bad luck with dog sits. I would never take on the responsibility of caring for someone’s animals if I thought I couldn’t keep them safe and well loved. House sitting can be a great way to save on travel, but in a country like Thailand where lodging is cheap, house sitting and it’s commitment to the property and animals is, well a a commitment. In exchange for typical travel freedoms we get the opportunity to live more like a local and bond with your beloved pets - something that is not taken lightly or for granted. Per our whats app communication, the host stated, “It seems you really do not have the best Karma with dog sitting - we know that it was a bad start already because of the electricity….” While I’ll accept responsibility for not examining Balu more thoroughly after his escape or thinking of asking where grooming tools were located, I whole heartedly disagree with the host’s perception of my luck or karma and it’s affect on electricity or what happened to Balu- and ask you to also. We have since sat twice for animals with no injuries or incidents and trust that I learned from this experience.
I did deep clean the spaces we used, including changing the sheets or stripping the bed as I knew they had guests coming the next day. Regarding a lack of communication… I do not recall the expectation to send photos everyday. I am always happy to do this. I reviewed our WhatsApp communication and sent pictures or communication all but 2 of the days they were gone. There was a lot of information to digest in 1.5 days of learning the ropes with stressed out hosts and no written instructions left, and perhaps I overlooked this. I urge you as a host to leave written instructions and clear expectations for any of your sits in the best interests of yourself, the sitter, and your beloved animals. We all have the same goal, and clear expectations help with that.
We really appreciate the opportunity to be considered for sits and be an auntie and cousin to the animals in our care. Like the host stated many times in his communication these things happen and young pups get in trouble and I am ever more equipped to anticipate the worst. I definitely learned to ask for written instructions and to do a daily thorough examination of any animals in our care. Experience is the best teacher and while very shaken that Balu’s health was at risk and grateful for his recovery, it was a learning experience that has equipped me to be a better and more trusted sitter. I am also happy to answer any further questions about this review and experience.