First time we had a sitter was just perfect!

This afternoon we came home from a week long vacation we spent on a house boat in the Netherlands and we are thrilled that everything worked out so well!
This was the first time we had a sitter for our two cats and house and it couldn’t have been better.
The day before we left the sitter arrived by train and I picked her up from the station. After a walk through the house we invited her out for dinner and had a nice chat afterwards in our kitchen. We had a good feeling about her right away and it proofed to be right.
She sent us pictures each night at the same time and we chatted a bit about her day. She got along with the cats perfectly and giving them their medication was no problem.
This morning she left before we got back, everything was as spotless as when we left, there were new sheets on the bed and a delicious meal waiting in the fridge, which I just now warm up in the oven…that’s why I have the time to write this.
The cats were relaxed and said hello only on the way outside which was completely different when we only asked the neighbors to feed them twice a day.
So all in all it was a success! Thank you THS!


Welcome home @Düsenzofe and thank you for sharing a such a wonderful post, I’m sure your kitties were pleased to see really, although it sounds as if they didn’t have the opportunity to actually miss you … a phrase I use with owners “They will never know you’ve been gone until you walk back through the door” Yours left as you walked back in :heart_eyes_cat:

Thank you again for sharing and to think this is happening in thousands of homes around the world … pets being kept happy and loved at home and human families enjoying time away with absolute peace of mind.

How did you enjoy a week on a houseboat and had you vacationed on one before?

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Thank you so much for your words :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
We haven’t been to the Netherlands before and we have never been on a house boat. My husband loves to go sailing and has all possible and necessary licenses for renting a boat. We have been to Greece, Turkey and Croatia before but I must confess, as a non-sailor I liked the house boat better. It’s not as “shifting” as a sail ship and it’s much easier to dock on with it (not really wind ans waves) and I liked the canals in the Netherlands. It’s beautiful and I never knew :blush:
You can stop in the middle of a town and walk to many restaurants and markets


Thank you for some beautiful images and for your experience of being on the canals, I love the water but have a very bad “sailor” husband, this could be an ace card … thank you.

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@Düsenzofe what lovely photos, it looks wonderful! I am a very bad sailor, I get seasick easily. I love narrowboat holidays on canals and rivers in the UK though, for all the same reasons you mention above. We will have to try a houseboat holiday in the Netherlands some time.


It’s not my first sitter, but it’s the first time a non experienced sitter has helped me in such a short time. And I’m really grateful

After 2 cancellations, a heavy problem with the sitter supposed to arrive on wednesday to look after my dog, I called in emergency a franco-canadian who had applied a month ago, when she was in Costa Rica.
I liked her application but she was not fulfilling all my requirements, so I had answered negatively , explaining her why. And keeping her telephone.
I decided to contact her in spite of the fact she had no experience with dogs. She had just arrived in France, it’s her first sit, I will be her 1st reference on THS

i’m amazed by her energy : she has been more than helpful ! Called last monday morning, she bought a car the same afternoon in order to reach Provence from Britanny with her 2 years old baby girl by car
She managed to get the technical control in time, to get the official papers from the garage !
On wednesday she drove 1 070 km alone, getting up at 5.30 am, driving until 11 p.m !
I had suggested she could stop around 6 PM and we would back a hotel room, but all hotels after Lyon on the motorway were full and she was too far already when I managed to keep in touch with her as I had finally found a room on the way
. So in spite of her deep fatigue, she decided to go on, arrrived safe and sound late.

We were waiting for her with anxiety, feeling responsbile, finding this journey much too long to drive alone. But she made it !! And for once my husband was able to come with me !
We left ourselves on thursday after a handover, in order to reach the sit where we are now , 500 km far from our home.

I would not recommend to behave like that, but I do thank her so much. Knowing how anxious I am to leave my young dog, she has already sent me a few messages.
Unexperienced but trustful !!


Congratulations :tada:
You seem to have found the perfect sitter even though at first she didn’t quite meet your expectations.
I strongly believe that this was meant to be. And additionally she will probably receive a 5* review from you so it’s perfect for both sides.

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Thanks for sharing the pics.
When my dad retired in the 1980s, we took a month long trip to the UK - 3 weeks of driving, but the last week on a 42 foot long canal boat on the Shropshire Union Canal. We had a great time - tied up most nights in towns so we could ‘eat out’ and not have to cook on the boat, although we could have. My dad drove the boat, which meant that I was hopping off to open and close the lock gates. I’ve never gone back to digitize the old film pictures.
Glad you had a good experience with the sitter. I’m sitting for 3 weeks in the San Juan Islands with some first-timers now, although they have sat for others.


it’s exactly what Stéphanie told me !! She is a yoga teacher so she copes with me (and my dog who suffers from hyper attachment !! )

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I am sure she will do fine :wink:

:heart_eyes: :anchor: :ferry:
I love it !!

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