Experienced Pet Carers & Travellers

Username MRTravel2019  

46 - 55 years
Oct 1,2020
7 - 21 Days, 3 - 6 Weeks, 6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months, 3 + Months

We love to spoil pets, travel, meet new people, build new friendships, cook, and experience new places.  Our native tongue is English, my husband speaks Italian, French and German and I have some Spanish that I'm working on improving as well as my Italian.  

About Us:  Molly & Riccardo (richard)

In April of this year, we jumped off an adventure cliff and are spending almost 5 months in Italy, France and the UK pet and house sitting (~60 days), visiting friends and staying in multiple ’s.  We recently completed 2 weeks in Hunston, England (8 – 22 April) for a dog (Golden/Lab mix) and a kitty and received a 5-star review from our hosts.  Walking Cookie a couple of times a day was wonderful; the countryside was gorgeous and just hanging out with a doggie made us kinda stupid-happy.  We’ve got 3 more house and pet sits coming up in Siponto, Italy, Cardiff, Wales and London.  When we get back to the States in August, we’ve got House Sit #5 lined up for 2 doggies in Santa Fe, NM through the middle of September.  These have all been through .  Since things are going so well, we plan to continue our wandering nomad lifestyle and take care of more and more pets along the way.   

We used to have 2 wonderful kitties that people would pet-sit for us when we traveled. But now that they they're gone, we get our "pet fix" by taking care of other people's pets. We've taken care of puppies, old dogs, rowdy dogs, sleepy dogs and a deaf and blind dog who still loved to play and eat. Now that he's retired - my husband, not the dog - and I can work remotely in the land of corporate communications, we have the freedom to travel the world and meet people and pets along the way.

We've travelled extensively for work and for fun - Italy, France, Spain, Malta, Sweden, Finland, England & Argentina, to name a few - and we look forward to experiencing more and more of the world.

Why we want to house sit

We’re still Texas-based, but we’re spending a lot of time traveling right now.  While we love great hotels, there's a different perspective one gets when you are introduced to a new place as part of the community. We've been lucky to stay with friends around the world and getting to know their friends, their pets, their neighborhoods and their favorite places to go changes how one experiences the city and country. It's an added-bonus when there are pets for us to pamper, the ability to cook with local ingredients, and if there's a chance for Molly to play in the dirt and do a little gardening, so much the better. House sitting gives us the opportunity for a quick immersion into a community and the comfort that comes with participating in everyday-life in a new place by living in a home vs a hotel room.

Our experience

We both grew up with dogs and/or cats and inherited 2 kitties from our daughter that we cherished for ~10 years. The last few years we have been the "go to" couple as a full-service pet hotel for our friends' dogs. Some like to go for long walks and to play catch for hours on end, others prefer just to sit in our laps or snuggle up with us on the couch. Molly gardens and can organize the scariest of closets and cupboards. Richard has renovated 3 houses and built 1; he's an expert at coming up with ideas, writing checks and managing those who are actually doing the work. We're both pretty capable when it comes to doing basic maintenance-y things that houses and yards always require, including taking care of a pool, but we know when to call those who know more than we do when necessary. We've also house & pet-sat for friends to make sure their home and animal-children are in good shape when they return from their short or long-term excursions.

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