Do you pet sit sometimes with your pets?

Do some of you have pets and do you manage to bring them ?
If it sounds easier when there is only a home to look after, have owners ever accepted when there are other animals ?
Is it easier when there is only poultry, horses, donkeys, than dogs and cats ?

do you travel with them ? By car ? van ? plane ? (public transportation I doubt… although I’ve seen dogs in the metro in Oslo, in buses too in England, which is unconceivable in France.)

Were the owners scared ? The animals scared ? Yours ?
Lately I saw an ad to look after a puppy, I applied explaining I had adopted a puppy too and it could be fine if the 2 socialize but I never got any answer

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I don’t have any pets at the moment and it’s rare that a housesitter with a pet (usually a dog) is taken on for obvious reasons although it can happen. You’re more likely to get a sit without taking a pet along I believe.

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When we chatted last february with one owner for a sit to be done the following august she saw on my profile we had a dog. As she planned to take her 2 dogs with her during her stay abroad, she invited us to bring our own dog.
I refused as if my border collie was for sure used to our cat but I was afraid he could chase other cats…
When he fell ill in may (lung cancer)I did not want to leave him in hands of the sitters who were coming home while we were sitting in England, I did not want to cancel both sits either so I finally accepted her generous proposal. By the time it was time to go to England, Nuage had unfortunately passed away.
But it gave me the idea to bring my new dog in the future. May be it’s much better to wait for the owner’s proposal than asking…

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Hello! My boyfriend and I have been sitting full-time for three years, and we bring our Australian Shepherd with us every time. We’ve done over 40 sits, several repeats, and we don’t get rejected as many times as you’d think due to bringing our dog. Colorado, New Mexico and California owners seem most open to this vs. Florida, for example. In our profile we highlight why an owner WOULD want to have another dog in the house (e.g., he protects smaller dogs and the property, he’s a good companion and playmate, especially for energetic dogs who need more than a couple walks per day, they’re thinking about getting another dog). The three of us drive everywhere in our Toyota Camry. We’re planning on flying to Mexico some time this winter, and that’ll be the first time flying our dog (in a crate in cargo). We’re also looking at taking the Queen Mary II from NYC to England next summer since they have kennels aboard (and who doesn’t want to experience that trip at least once?!?). Most things are possible if you’re flexible, patient, resourceful and creative.

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I’d love to do so. When i suggested that topic, i was afraid to sound weird. I’m pleased not to be alone to want to come with my pet, very pleased you manage, that owners accepted.
I’m not sûre your dog will like to fly cargo. My dog, 40years ago was left on the tarmac. And hated to be put in a box. It’s noizy in the plane and i’m sûre animals feel anguish.,.

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We have now done 13 sits, and on all of them, our Newfoundland accompanied us. It was never really a problem to get a sit, but all housesits were of course dogsits. We always say clearly in advance that we will bring a huge dog with us and refuse if it is not allowed. Everyone who invited us invited us because we bring our dog with us. They said it gives them a good feeling when a sitter comes who brings a dog himself. Those who travel with a dog usually know what they are doing and maybe can handle dog emergencies if necessary. And care, feeding, and walking are for dog owners, completely normal and do not need to be mentioned.
It must also be clear that you can not expect that you may bring a dog in a household without dogs. But that should be common sense already. So an application with a dog would be probably unsuccessful on a pure cat sit.
We always travel by car, so we can load the pack in our car and go on daily adventures with all. All our housesit dogs loved it and the fact that they had a fluffy play buddy too.

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Fabulous i hope i will be as lucky as you are in the future.
I applied for a Xmas sit with a puppy, suggesting to bring mine and socialise with the owner’s 10 months old dog when mine was 8. She was ok but cancelled as she could not go to uk as imagined.
I may go later on and as this owner lives only 32km from my home, I invited her with her dog . We’ll see like that If the 2 puppies are happy to meet. She might show up next week.
Last Xmas i applied to another Xmas sit and asked If i could bring Tahoe. But the owner refused. Her 2 cats were scared by dogs…
So i went alone. Leaving my puppy in my husband’s hands.

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