Who am I?
Hello! I’m Emily and I’m the CRM manager here at Trusted Housesitters - which means I look after most of the communications we send to our members. I live in Bexhill, which is on the south coast of England.
Why I decided to sit
My husband and I don’t have any pets, and although it makes sense because we’re always trying to get away for weekends and holidays, we do feel like we miss our fix of cute animals to cuddle! So of course, this is the perfect solution for us and I was soon creating our sitter profile!
Our first sit ever!
Not long after we were invited to a sit by a lovely lady named Jo in Newbury, Berkshire. She and her husband John were going away for a week and wanted us to take care of their 3 lovely pets - 14 year old Dog Tully, 1 year old Dog Nell and 10 year old Cat Miley. We were so excited to be invited and accepted straight away!
As a newbie, I wanted to meet the owners first and have a face to face handover. The one thing I was worried about was not understanding the instructions or getting something wrong, but Jo and John made sure we had the best possible directions with food, walks and routines! We arrived the night before and had a wonderful BBQ and catch-up in the sun. We were at ease straight away, in a beautiful house and a very peaceful location. What helped too was that we fell in love with the animals immediately - they all were affectionate and seemed so happy to be making new friends.
We were both working remotely from our sit, and based ourselves in the kitchen for the week with a beautiful view of the garden and surrounding farmland. Miley liked to stay outside most of the time, away from the pesky dogs (her words, not mine!). Tully was super chilled out and liked to sit by our feet. Nell, the little rocket, liked chasing the birds in the garden and as you can see from the pictures, she wanted to help us work too!
Highlights from our pet sit
There’s so much we loved about our house sit, so here are a few more highlights:
- Keeping the dogs cool in the heatwave with Ice Cream and the hose pipe
- Running after Nell as she chased Rabbits on our daily walks
- Evenings cuddled on the sofa while we watched TV. The dogs would be waiting by the living room door at the same time every day, waiting to jump on the cushions.
We also loved exploring the local area. A beautiful part of England with lots of great walks, little villages and pubs with amazing food. We spent one evening in Goring on-Thames - did you know that’s where George Michael lived? We loved it!
My top tip for new sitters like us
Go to your sit early, while the owners are still there - it’s invaluable!
We’ve been invited back to Jo and John’s home in October for 2 weeks and we can’t wait to see our friends Tully, Nell and Miley again!
Has anyone been to Newbury before?
If so, do you have any tips or walk recommendations for our next trip?
Photos added with homeowners consent.