Hello from Essex UK

My name is Henrietta and I live in Essex in the UK with my husband David in a small village. We have 2 dogs, a 2 year old springer spaniel and a 4 year old Jack Russell, a long haired tabby cat and some chickens, so we get
to eat our own eggs which is great. We are new to the site so not quite sure how it works yet!


Hi @davidhenri !Welcome to the forum! Essex is on my list of places to to visit. I’d love to see Beth Chatto’s garden, also Sandringham.

You will learn a lot about how things work by reading the forum posts. THS is an ingenius concept. It will enable you to go on holiday knowing your Springer, Jack Russell and chicks are being well cared for in their own home.

Have you joined and if so, have you started creating your listing? I recommend looking at other listings, particularly those that have had several successful sits. Make sure you have a short, headline that will give pertinent info at a glance, include pictures of all the rooms the sitter will be using – bedroom, bathroom, shower if you have one, kitchen, TV, garden and of course, some good pics of the pets. Most people either use a picture of the pet(s) or a picture of the front of the home as their first (cover) photo.

After you have your listing ready, post it to the THS site and then add it to your forum profile. Here are the instructions for doing that:
How to add your listing or profile to your forum profile
Members of the forum will then be able to give you feedback to help you perfect your listing.

I also suggest you read as much as possible on the forum. It’s an education and will help you to have successful sits. You can also click on the spyglass on the upper right to search topics of interest.

We are happy to have you. Don’t hesitate to post your thoughts, concerns or questions. We love conversation here.


Thank you Mars. It’s really great to have so much info. It all seems a bit daunting!

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It does, but you will get the hang of it. So many people here are happy to help you. Also, feel free to DM me any time to ask anything! Do this by clicking on the circle with my picture (or for others, an initial), and when the window opens, click on message. A form will then open up to send a private email. It’s going to be fun!


Hello from Chelmsford. Always happy to answer any questions you may have, feel free to message. Take your time with the site, make sure your profile has photos of all the rooms the sitter can use, lots of info about the pets and photos and include info about Essex. It’s full of history and has great travel links to two airports and London. (Always a plus for sitters)


Hi Daisy,
Thanks so much for that. That is really useful information to include. I can see that I will need to draft it out first.