House and Pet Sitting: Not for Me

Pet Sitting

Pet Sitting


I received a message asking if I would be willing to return to my last year’s house and pet sitting duties. Once again, my immediate reaction was “oh no… not again”.

By: Natasha Morgan

Well here I am. I said I wouldn’t do it again but then things happened and I changed my mind. House and pet sitting may be just the thing for some people but for a free spirit like me, it can be constraining.

Last spring, my best friend called and asked if I would be interested in looking after a house and two cute Schnauzers for the month of July. This family contacted my friend, through another friend. You know how that goes… My immediate response was a resounding NO but once we talked about it, I began thinking that I had nothing planned for the summer and it might not be so bad to spend time with my friend and my sister who lives nearby.

It turned out to be a great move. The house was in a lovely area only a mile from the beach and the dogs were utterly adorable. I became so fond of them that when it was time to leave, I had a hard time saying “good bye”. July flew by as I entertained and was entertained by my sister, friends and friends of friends.

When I returned home, I was happy to be back in my own surroundings. I quickly got back to my routine and connected with friends and neighbors. My house and pet sitting family was also happy to be home and grateful that all had run smoothly in their absence.

Then a year later, I received a message asking if I would be willing to return to my last year’s house and pet sitting duties. Once again, my immediate reaction was “oh no… not again”. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it but truly, it is confining. I like to go when and where I want and to be tied down, even for only a month was not for me.

Of course, you guessed it. I ended up saying “sure, I’ll do it”. What changed my mind? It turns out that my sister’s daughter is getting married in July and I along with other family members were looking forward to attending the joyous event.  By sheer coincidence, the wedding is to take place only a few miles from the house that I looked after.

So it happened; I am once again house and pet sitting. The dogs are just as cute as before and I am as busy as ever. Next week, my family arrives and we’re all happy to have the use of a nice big house instead of staying at a hotel.

Next year? Oh No….. well, maybe. Let’s wait and see.

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