Introducing Myself & Saying Hello From Nanaimo British Columbia

Hi! I’m Susan from Nanaimo British Columbia On the west coast of Canada. I’m a 67 yr old retired gal and have been following THS for
2 yrs now. I love the positive vibe & love of animals the community has. I am now brave enough to start travelling again to locales I can’t take my little senior chihuahua Cali so I joined the group in November. I made my first post for a sitter for the 3rd week of February a couple days ago. I haven’t a clue how long it takes to find a sitter but hope I wrote a good enough bio of me, my fur baby, my home and city that someone will jump at the opportunity. Fingers crossed a fur baby angel or 2 will answer my request and I’ll have 7 days on the beach worry free that Cali is being spoilt and well cared for. I am also looking forward to sitting other THS pets/homes as I return to exploring this planet. Thanks.


Hi @Smoretto
A warm welcome to the forum.

I see you have put together a lovely, detailed listing, so please do share this on your forum profile for other members to see you and your little fur baby.

The way to add your listing link is here >>

If you ever find yourself searching for answers to a particular question, you can use the magnifying glass in the top right of this window to search the forum.
There’s a good chance if you have the question, someone else had the same question and posted about it.

If you ever feel you are not getting the applications you need, please always contact so the support team can help boost your listing and help you.
Best wishes

Hi! I’m originally West Coast. Now Spain retired. I find it important to name your hobbies … and very important to state what the sitters accommodation is … best for single, type of bed, include photo of accommodation. Would you like sitter to arrive day before so you familiarise yourself, your pet, your home (fuse box), your surrounding area with them … even neighbours name etc.

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Thx Therese for the info. I’m working from an IPhone and not that good at finding tabs and links to use. I’ll work on linking my looking for a sitter request to the Forum. Fingers crossed I’ll find someone as I’m a month away from Departure date.

Hi Berna. Thx for that. I was going to link my pet sitter request post to this forum as it’s quite lengthy rather than put all the details here in this post. I think I read that’s what you are supposed to do. Nice to meet you. I love BC but living in Spain sounds wonderful!!

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Hello @Smoretto and welcome to the Community Forum :wave:t2::slightly_smiling_face:
Cali looks absolutely adorable :dog::smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
One quick suggestion after looking at your profile, I really love the last photo of Cali and think this would make a great first photo.
Happy travels! :earth_americas::blush:

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Hi Susan.

Welcome to THS! I have checked out your page, liked what I saw and saved it as a favourite. Unfortunately, we are not available for your current posting, but would be interested in future opportunities. We will be on the island starting October 5th, 2023 until at least Dec 31st. (We have a few sits booked.) If you have any plans for travel during that period feel free to reach out to us.

You shouldn’t have any trouble with your search for the perfect sitter for this trip.



Wow! Thanks so much. I am trying to figure out some travels sept/Oct so will make sure I reach out to you. Are you interested in short sits like 2-3 days? Thx. Susan

Thank you for checking my sit request. And thanks for the kind words about my post and my baby Cali. I’m doing these posts on my iPhone so it’s not that easy. Is there an easy way to move the pictures around? Thanks for any help. I went to the local library earlier to use their Computers to link my sit to the forum.


We do use 2/3 day sits to fill in between our longer sits.


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By the way, in case you didn’t know…. As a homeowner, you can search for sitters on the site. If you find one you think you’d like to have sit for you you can send them an invitation to sit. We have received several invitations from homeowners we didn’t know. We are now doing repeat sits for those homeowners.

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@ACLRJM @Smoretto,

Just a friendly reminder that posts in regards to arranging a sit should be taken off the forum and into a direct message to the member. to direct message a member on the forum just tap on the user name and then click on “message” in the window that open up. Thank you!

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@Smoretto I have tagged @geoff.hom who I am hoping can help when he is back online to see if there is an easier way to move the photos around without having to delete them all first

Hi @Smoretto … as @geoff.hom is off-line at the moment, I thought I would advise.
If you are on your phone, and go to “My listing” … Edit… tap which photo you want as your cover photo, and just below each photo are two arrows, up or down, so you can reorganize your photos that way… always ‘save all’ at the end.
I hope this helps.

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Hi Susan
I am a sitter living in Australia but, having been born and raised in BC I still call it home. I have tried, in vain, to get house sits on the Island so I would say you are in a pretty good position! I am limiting myself to the summer months so I know that is cutting out all of the wonderful snow birds. Cheers.


Hi @las
A big welcome to the forum. It’s nice to see you here, and I thank you for your input.
We are really glad you found us.

Please do look to add you sitter profile to your forum profile here.

The way to add your profile link is here >>

Once you add this other members will be able to “meet” you properly and will see what owners see when you apply for sits

Enjoy the great conversations and information you will find here.
Best Wishes
Therese and the forum team.

Hello @las and welcome to the Community Forum :wave:t2::slightly_smiling_face:

As @Therese-Moderator mentioned, and following her attached link, you can add your TrustedHousesitters profile to your Forum profile should you wish to. :blush:

Which part of Australia do you live in? :australia: