How Pet Sitting Changed Everything

Are you looking for a change of pace, maybe slow things down? That question weighed heavy on my mind for 25 years, I knew there had to be a better way to spend more time enjoying life away from work. I once heard a European say, “Americans work too much” and I’m beginning to believe it. According to a CNN Money report, nearly four in 10 workers report logging 50+ hours weekly and the average American worker clocked 47 hours; that’s a lot of hours away from home and family. I decided to change career paths for the third time, but this time in search of something totally different from the thankless positions of my past. So, I turned to house and pet sitting.

What is house-pet sitting, you ask? Just what the title implies, you care for someone’s home and pets while they are away. If you’ve ever had to board a pet, you know it can be expensive and stressful for both owner and pet. Same thing with your home; when you go away on vacation do you worry about your home sitting empty and being vulnerable to severe weather or even criminal activity? A House-pet sitter stays in your home, cares for your pets, and maintains the house and other chores needed. Imagine the peace of mind traveling knowing your pet and home are in loving and caring hands around the clock. That’s my new job.

After 18 months of travel and 17 housesits later, I’ve been humbled by the generosity of others and uplifted by the love of their devoted pets.  From llamas to kittens, and everything in between, I’ve been forever changed by the sweetness of a wet nose.  With each sit, I learn something new-whether it’s how to care for an aging pet or prepare a home for a hurricane–it all contributes to my repertoire of life experience.

What does it take to be a trusted house-pet sitter and travel to exotic places? It’s easier than you think. Visit and look around first. If you like what you see, a minimal annual subscription connects you to amazing places, pets, and people.

I travel, therefore I am ….happy!

The Happy Humbleweed-Lori


  1. Eric and Lori have pet/house sat for us twice now. Ah, yes the llamas pictured are ours. Eric and Lori are truly the epitomy of the dream house sitters. They completely spoiled us,are impeccably diligent in every aspect of professionalism and caring, loved by all our pets and neighbors. They take care of any unforeseen problems and are completely dependable and responsible. We feel extremely fortunate to have discovered them through trusted house sitters..

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  2. I Have been thinking about getting into the same thing. Do you pet sit on the side or fully? I think it is a great idea!


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