John and I enjoyed years living the expat life in many countries when retirement loomed large on the horizon we had no idea where we wanted to live or how we'd deal with "NORMAL" We'd planned for retirement financially of course but emotionally? ..... Err not really. What to do? Where to live? How to cope with the ordinary? (our perception of retirement) Truth is as much as our travels gave so they took away, our roots, connection with a community and any true sense of belonging, we had become life long nomads. Staying “put” wasn't something remotely appealing and with much of our married life having been spent apart, we're two hugely independent individuals, this was not going to be an easy fix.
We bought a home in France stayed a year. Bought a beautiful ocean front home on Vancouver Island Canada, a B&B actually realising a long held ambition of mine. Then two life changing occurrences, John retired and we lost our beloved Springer Spaniel Holly, our heart dog. She had shared our lives for 14 years we took her to Africa as a puppy then to India, France, Germany, England and Canada our world had sadly changed, we were heartbroken.
Two weeks after losing Holly I was asked by her pet sitter if I'd help with her ever growing client list, I hesitated but then put myself in the life of the client who needed my help. She had a beloved spaniel, had to leave for two weeks on business, wanted him to stay loved and cared for at home, a situation we'd often found ourselves in with Holly. I said yes and the rest as they say is history.
This House sitting lifestyle allows us to indulge our passion for travel, pets and having new adventures in a way we can afford and that's the key. We save huge amounts of $$$$'s on accommodation even vehicle rental, get to travel LOTS throughout the year keeping our itching feet happy and leaving many contented pets and satisfied pet parents glad they had the experience of our special brand of TLC ......... simply a win win for everyone.