When I started this journey in June I had thought about getting an RV and traveling that way. Then I got on Trusted house sitters.com Sorry, But I am trying to learn to add links with no success. If you want info on this site message me. I can send you a link. In fact if you want to sign up then please do let me send you a link as I get some free months if you sign up.
I had already been taking care of people’s pets in my own hometown and I added these references onto my profile on Trusted housesitters and immediately I secured 2 house sits in Washington. While there I picked up 2 more. Most of the house sits I do here in my local community are paid sits. But, to travel and house sit there are several websites with listings that are based on trade. The listings on some are worldwide so nice way to find a house sit in a new local. You watch the house and you get to travel to a new area and have a place to stay for free. Of course the price for that is usually watching some pets.
I must say I enjoyed all the house sits I got from Trusted House sitters. And , now I am back in Truckee for awhile doing some house sits here. You see, I need to also make some money so can not do all year round free sits. But, it is a nice way to see a new area once in awhile.
My first sit was in Edmonds , Washington for 3 weeks. Lovely family , beautiful location and sweet pets. I took care of 2 cats, 2 rabbits, and 9 chickens. Realy enjoyed it there. Edmonds although a suburb of Seattle is quite quaint and lovely. Walking along the shoreline and watching the boats and ferries is great. From there , after a week camping at Olympic National park Olympic National park. Washington I had a week long sit in Monroe , Washington. This was with Shift the 4 month old cat who looked like an adult cat. Maine coon. This sit was interesting in that it was in an RV . Very nice RV about 40 feet in length. Parked in a nice park along a river with pool and hot tub. Not bad at all.
From there I took a bit over 3 weeks off and went camping in Montana Glacier National park. Loved it ! Also went to Polson Montana is my kind of town. Loved that area as well. The problem I had a lot this last summer was that so many places where smokey due to the terrible amount of forest fires in the Western United States.
So, after getting tired of camping in smokey areas I decided to see if I could pick up a short sit on my way to a 5 week house sit in Vancouver , Washington with Hermione. I got a 4 night sit in Portland with 2 dogs, a cat and 2 chickens.
From there I went to my longest sit of the summer which was 5 weeks in Vancouver , Washington with Hermione , a little Corgi dog. I loved it here. Close to Portland which is a fantastic city , yet far enough away to be a bit quieter. The house was an old , large house with a fantastic garden !!! So much food in the garden. A perk of that job. Hermione was little corgi girl and such a doll. Really enjoyed taking care of her.
All in all it was a great summer. I saw a lot . I stayed in some lovely homes. Took care of some awesome pets. All of which I become attached to !! At the end of each house sit I would feel kind of sad to be leaving my new little furry friends.
Now I am in Truckee, California ( my hometown !) doing various house and pet sitting jobs . Have been here since mid October and will stay till January 24th.
I did go to Nevada city , California for a 2 week sit. Another lovely area !! Realy liked it , the house and the kitty ! In fact I may do my next post about it.
January 24th I take off to do a 2 month house sit in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico ! Yea!!! I got this one thru a friend. So, excited to see that part of the world.
Over all , I really like this house sitting business. I do still think about getting a small RV or camper van so that when I just want time on my own I have a home. Tenting is okay but a camper would be preferable. And allthough house sitting is a nice way to travel , you are taking care of pets and so it is not all free time. I want the camper or RV so that I can take free time when I want . Overall , I think it would be a great mix to house sit some and RV travel some.
Below are some photos of my various pets I took care of and places I stayed from this last year . Hover your mouse on any photo for a description. If you want to see any photo larger then click on it.
Keep on moving and grooving !!!
6 thoughts on “House sitting”
I’m housesitting at Christmas this year. It’s the only place I’ve ever done house sitting. There’s a cat there that is the real reason I’m staying. It’s in a location I love, and for a friend that I’ve known for years. She knows how much I love it there, so she’s really giving me a mini vacation, plus she doesn’t have to board her cat. It’s a win/win. I’d do more housesitting up there, I guess I should get her to spread my name around her friends. Of course my husband here, and my dog might begin to wonder if I took too many jobs! I think I’d really enjoy what you’re doing though. Maybe someday.
Thats great Dawn. And , yes have her spread the word. Build up a few clients and references and one day the sky is the limit. There is a huge demand for house sitters. You just have to get the word out that you will do it.
Your photos are stunning Sue! Where is the location of the header Picture? Would you mind if I saved some of your photos to attempt to paint? I’m taking a water colour course and your photos inspire me!
Hi Coleen, Thank you !!! The header is rotating so I am not sure what photo you saw. Yes, you can paint some and please send me a photo of the painting if you do !!
I didn’t realize that! It was a picture of a beach and a small island with pine trees on top.And I will send you any picture of yours that I paint. Please bear in mind I am a beginner. 😉
That was most likeley one of the beaches in Olympic National park, Washington.