Finding the perfect house and dog sitter.
Leaving your best friend behind is so much easier on you and her when a reliable house and dog sitter has stepped in to keep the household running smoothly while you're away.
"Nash" gets to stay home where he feels safe and most comfortable while being walked, fed and tended to with hardly a blip in his schedule. He'll still miss you but he'll be happy sleeping in his own bed and walking his familiar routes.
You go where the house sitters go.
On the other side of this equation are thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds that are looking to house sit. Some have tons of experience and references and others have just begun working on their portfolio.
There are those who have gone Pro and charge for the service they provide, but the BEST way to find a FREE house and dog sitter is at a registry where participants
who are willing to exchange home and pet care for free accommodations have set up profiles.
I have two favorite sites that have huge data bases of both sitters and sits. Both are featured below.
HouseCarers.com is a well respected organization established in 2000.
There's good reason that it's one of the most trafficked sites among both home owners and sitters.
It's free for homeowners to advertise a house sit and sitters can build a mini profile for free and pay for a full membership only when there's a gig that interests them.
Getting their start in 2010 TrustedHouseSitters.com has quickly established themselves and compiled an impressive array of both house sitting engagements ranging in duration from a few days to a year or more and available sitters from every demographic.
With tens of thousands of registered house sitters you're sure to find several that tic all of your boxes.
The presence of a human in the house has a lot of other plusses too.
In both cases the idea is to exchange free pet care for free accommodations. Utilities are negotiable but if the heat would be on for the comfort of the pets or plants anyway you will at least have to share expenses.
Assignments often come with a few daily chores usually not more than about 2 hours per day.
Iron out every detail of your contract before your caretakers travel to your destination.