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ANZAC Day and Pacifism

April 25, 2019

During our third week in Dunedin, the national holiday, ANZAC Day, is celebrated. ANZAC Day commemorates the “Australia New Zealand Army Corps”, or ANZACs, as the soldiers in World War I were…

Dunedin Week 2

April 15, 2019

We are getting more and more comfortable in this house and with our animal roommates - waking up less often wondering “Where are we?” and feeling less inclined to exclaim to one another “WE ARE IN NEW…

Dunedin Week 1

April 06, 2019

This is it! We arrive at the Dunedin house which will be our home for the next 3 months. As we have experienced with all of our past house / pet sits, initial nervousness is quickly calmed once we…

Queenstown

March 31, 2019

Following Christchurch, we are somewhat shocked descending the bus into the tourist scene that is Queenstown. Still, we languish in the scenery, avoid the tourist areas (excluding the breweries and…

Christchurch

March 27, 2019

Our journey south toward our Dunedin house / pet sit takes us through Christchurch. Sunrise across the Pacific from our beachy Airbnb is beautiful. We are big fans of Airbnb for the local experience…

The Adventure Begins!

March 22, 2019

We are off! The preparations to live away from home for 4 months have felt overwhelming at times. Plenty of “are we really doing this?” moments. We sure hope that all those steps taken will make…

A Repeat Visit to Jenner

February 08, 2019

Hanging out with “Bodega” is as good as it gets! “Bodega” or Bo is a dog whom we have cared for multiple times. This visit is our second to his folks new home in Jenner. We began our relationship…

A Parrot Kind of Week

September 19, 2018

We are asked to house sit for a week in Calistoga where a parrot named Corey lives. The homeowners have chosen us from Trusted Housesitters based on our recent experience with parrots in Sonoma. But…

Local Sonoma Day Visits

July 03, 2018

Over the busy July 4th weekend, we help out a young couple who are new to Sonoma with their pet menagerie. Twice a day we go by the house to feed and talk to the birds (4 different kinds of parrots…

A Long Northwest Weekend

July 28, 2017

Looking for a long weekend getaway, we search through requests on Trusted Housesitters and apply for a house / pet sit in Washington State. Accepted! We can visit some friends in Poulsbo while there…