Fiona from Edinburgh. Scotland here.
Been with THS since 20l7 .My pet sitting was within the UK due to being in full time employment. I retired in March 2020 and had been looking forward to almost being a full-time sitter but then lockdown was announced . My first European sit was all organised and boom had to be cancelled. Ah well such is life.
New to the forum but looking forward to the discussions and maybe helpful hints.
take care all
Welcome to the forum Fiona. Lots of good information, chats and laughs here.
Once Scotland opens up again you may have a bit of competition for sits, not looking good for international travel for while yet.
Hello Fiona, new members are very welcomed as they can have great ideas of topics. We all discuss about Covid consequences and hope to be able to travel again soon.
Many sitters, more than owners here, do appreciate to chat.
Hello Fiona @fyfie how lovely to have you join our community Forum. We are a small number at the moment but growing by the day and our global community of members will be invited to join very soon.
Edinburgh is such an amazing city and very popular with sitters but what a shame that your first European sit was a victim of the pandemic and there will be many more opportunities to venture away from home shores, we just need to be patient and wait for safe travel to return. Having been a member since 2017 you must have many wonderful stories to tell, we can’t wait for you to share
Enjoy the conversations we look forward to you contributing to the discussions and connecting with other members.
Thank you again for joining.
Angela & The Team
Welcome Fiona! This is a great space for us Sitters to connect, share and support. Nice to ‘meet’ you. Hopefully we will all be back on our house sitting journey sooner than later. Take care.
Welcome @fyfie ! Great to have you here and to virtually meet you
Welcome Fiona. We were all set to explore and house sit in Scotland last year after the first lockdown, but ended up in Europe instead. Strange things happened last year in terms of plans and results Enjoy the forum!
I have done a few sits in Scotland. My very first one was only 40 mins from my home It was an urgently required. Being my first one I was quite nervous but it was all fine. I couldn’t help thinking how trusting the lady was as she left the key in a secret hideout so I could let myself in.
I haven’t looked back.
Bonjour et Bienvenue Fiona !
Hullo I’m a sitter who stays in Kirkcaldy but I’m from Edinburgh. I also joined in 2017 and did several sits until lockdown. As well as the ones listed I was asked back from a couple of folk without advertising. Plus I wasn’t able to do too many as I also looked after dog(s) in my home for Barking Mad. You will see that people are getting many many applicants this year now compared to before the travel restrictions for going abroad (I totally agree with the restrictions for abroad) but makes it harder to get a sit. I also now have a dog which will not be so good for sitting but a friend says she will take him if I ever get accepted. My partner tragically died at beginning of 2017 and I am devastated. THS gave me a focus and it was so interesting to see other places etc. I have only done Scotland. I did have an English sit organised for Dec past but of course that was cancelled. Anyway hope you get lots of sits now retired.
Thanks for your message. I’m really a Fifer living in Edinburgh
It is a testing time for all of us and yes the competition is fierce and I guess the old adage of “patience is a virtue” is uppermost at the moment.
Sorry to hear about your partner, hoping your dog gives much solace in the bad moments.
Best wishes and fingers crossed for many pet sits.
Hi @macdog thank you so much for joining our community forum it’s wonderful to have you here. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your partner, there are other members who have found purpose and focus through joining our pet and housesitting community I’m sure you will meet some of them here, we have a very special community. Your dog must be a great comfort also, we do have a combined membership which would allow you to engage sitters as well as continue your pet sitting, the best of both worlds.
Pet and housesitting is certainly a great way to meet pets and people, whether that’s for international travel (when it’s safe to do so) or as you have done discovered your own back yard, Scotland has some beautiful places. Speaking of which, we hope you are keeping dry it’s been rather wet in Scotland lately (I’m near Helensburgh and wondering whether or not to start building an Ark)
Enjoy the conversations and connecting with other members, we can’t wait to share in your TrustedHousesitters journey. Thank you for being part our our community since 2017 …
Angela & The Team