Hi - we (Mel & Margaret) are House Owners but with a difference! We have an 8 acre smallholding in an idyllic rural setting. When we look for sitters they have to be confident in looking after our rescue dog, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks. Our dog has issues but all the HouseSitters have got on famously with him. One couple even said he was the best behaved dog they have looked after and they have looked after dozens! (Perhaps he has us wrapped round his big paw.) It is oft said that sheep look for ways to injure themselves or die. To date they have all behaved impeccably whilst we are away! Apart from feeding, back scratching and providing a wallow pigs don’t take too much looking after but they can be intimidating. (We haven’t lost a HouseSitter yet!) Poultry are fine and come with the bonus of fresh eggs.
We don’t have many Sitters apply for our listings, possibly due to the range of animals and I have had to actively contact members to see if they fancy a sit here. ALL the Sitters that have been here have been fantastic. Roll on next year when, perhaps, we can resume holidays. Good luck everyone