As House and Pet Sitting becomes increasingly popular and mainstream there are some very definite segments developing. Just some we have noticed are:
House and Pet Sitting Styles
International Lifestyle House & Pet Sitting
Then there are those of us who have decided to embrace House and Pet Sitting as a lifestyle. It is a way of living that allows us to travel the world, make new relationships, embrace and appreciate new cultures and continually experience the best of human nature.
Over the years we have been asked many questions about this lifestyle, and with this post I shall endeavor to answer some of the popular ones.
Is It Full Time?
For us yes. We have sold our own properties and no longer have a home base. At some stages during the last five years we did have a camper van.
How does it work?
Basically we get invites from home owners around the world who want us to live at their home, maintain it and look after their pets while they are away. The invites can come from many places such as our website, dedicated house and pet sitting websites, social media etc. Once we accept an invite we travel to the property, meet the homeowners and pets and undertake the sit. When the homeowners return we generally move onto the next sit. Ok yes, there is a little more to it than that, however essentially that's it in a nutshell!
Is It Free?
With our style of house and pet sitting the homeowners do not charge to stay at the properties and cover utilities. We do not charge for our services and pay for our costs such as:
What are your usual duties?
It varies with each sit and the requirements of the homeowners. In general most include:
Are their always pets?
No. We have done sits with no pets where the homeowners just wanted us to maintain and keep the property secure. However we tend to accept more with pets.
How long have you been International Lifestyle House & Pet Sitting?
We are in our sixth year of full-time sitting. With 43 house sits, 144 animals looked after, across 4 continents and 14 countries.
What do you love about the lifestyle?
Apart from traveling the world and making new friends both human and furry, International Lifestyle House & Pet Sitting allows us to live a life based on our values of Trust, Appreciation and Gratitude. In a world increasingly based on money and what’s in it for me, we have found this lifestyle allows us to be of service to others and accept the intangible (but more important) rewards of mutual appreciation and gratitude.
Well that is some of the popular questions answered. If you have any others or want to add to what’s been said feel free to use the comment section below
Until next time
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