In 5 days we’ll be saying goodbye to our three little friends, Byron, Bijou & Poppy. We’ve had a wonderful time so far.
As our first house sit draws to a close, our entire concept of what it is to be a house sitter has changed.
The biggest pleasure of house sitting is that for the briefest of time, and in the most shallow of ways, we get to experience a life that we couldn’t conceive of.
In the evenings we take the dogs for a walk, and say ‘bonjour’ to the farmer walking through the vineyards. If the weather permits, we sit out on the veranda and enjoy a glass of wine in the silence of solitude.
Having said that, we knew there’d be demands on us, and we knew that it would be our responsibility to take care of everything, but we didn’t quite realise how challenging it would be.
The dogs demand a lot of love and affection, and being animal lovers, that suited us nicely. But being woken up at 5:00am by Poppy who decided to start barking, or cleaning up Byron’s huge poop all over the kitchen floor this morning, is less appealing of course.
Obviously this isn’t a house sitting specific job, any animal owner goes through this, but since they’re not our animals we’re constantly on worry-mode that something may be wrong with them.
One morning we woke up to find Bijou’s sick on the rug. She refused to eat anything. We went into extreme panic-mode. Was she dying? She probably was, I decided. We tried to call the vet but there was no answer. I emailed her owners, who then just said to keep an eye on her, but not to worry because she’s a tough dog. They were right. 8 hours later she was fighting with Byron and happily eating.
If she was our dog, we wouldn’t have been so concerned.
Another part of the challenge is maintaining a large property. There’s almost always something else to take care of. It amazes me how the house owners deal with it so successfully.
Although it’ll be sad to part with the three stooges, we’re looking forward to the next house sit and whatever fresh challenges that’ll bring with it. We’ll only be about 100kms away from where we are now. Betsy won’t have to work as hard to get us there this time.