A New Start after 60

I always enjoy the ‘New Start after 60’ articles on The Guardian but this one is particularly relevant to us pet-sitters!

The first pet-sitting job was half an hour from home. “I loved animals. But I thought: you don’t know whose house you’re going into, what reception you’ll get, if the dog will bite you or the cat run away … I sat in the car for about 10 minutes, plucking up the courage to ring the doorbell.”


I just finished reading this article and it was great! This is truly a testament to the love that you can find when sharing your own with furry kids that just need to feel they are not alone or scared when their own parents leave them for a vacation. This love is so reciprocal and can certainly ease burdens and the heavy weight we may feel when we are alone. There is nothing better than a fuzzy face and cute eyes looking up at you while resting their head (and sometimes entire body) on your lap.


Hi Debbie
It’s lovely isn’t it? My own adorable dog is warming my foot as I type. Dogs/pets can ease loneliness and flood our system with oxytocin. Dogs are also great ice-breakers when in a new neighborhood.
The ‘new start at 60’ articles are always worth it for an uplifting read!


What a fabulous article. That woman reflects and represents so many of us, including me.
It’s something that really lights your fire, at least it did for me.
Thank you for sharing it.


It’s a most spectacular thing to find a way to love when you have so much still to give.
As it is said, go where you are celebrated, wanted and needed.


My first pet sitting stay was a 10 minute drive from my home, I had lost the furry love of my life and thought my heart would never mend … it took another furry friend to show me everyone has a chance to start over and to love again and again and again. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :dog: :cat: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

For me this pet sitting lifestyle is the gift that just keeps giving