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Other People’s Pets

I’m in a rather enviable position at the moment. Well, I think so anyway…

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time getting to know and enjoy the company of other people’s pets. This has been wonderful and amazing and often very emotional. I, along with my boyfriend, are currently offering our services, free of charge, as house and pet sitters and what a crazy, unforgettable experience it has been.

Over the past eight months, 14 pets have been placed in to our ‘very capable hands’. At first I was a little skeptical and, to be honest, scared. I didn’t want to brake (or loose) anyones precious fur babies. But I very quickly realised that they, like us, just need one thing, love. For these little creatures it’s an all encompassing love that includes, warmth, shelter, food and drink, excerise, affection and the ability to acknowledge when they want/need a little bit of alone time. It’s quite easy really but with all this ease comes the most overwhelming sense of satisfaction.

Tiger, Brisbane
Tiger, Brisbane

 

Scooby, Cairns
Scooby, Cairns

Each animal has their own unique personality, their own quirks and idiocintracties and their own individual characters. Getting to know and understand each of these animals wants and needs has been an enjoyable learning curve. It has made me a more patient, understanding person. And I have come to the conclusion that we could all beneft from having a pet in our life.

Oscar, Geelong
Oscar, Geelong

 

Louie the sausage dog
Louie the sausage dog

At the moment Kerry and I are in Blairgowie taking care of Jimmy Cooper, (yes, you read that correctly) the most adorable Pug x Cocker Spaniel. He is an excitable, energetic little thing, with such an inquisitive face and a proud stance. Like clockwork he wakes us up each morning at 7.30. Jumps on to the bed, prods, pokes and licks until he has our full attention then promptly demands breakfast. It’s just beautiful. Kinda hazy but beautiful nonetheless.

Jimmy, Blaigowrie
Jimmy, Blairgowrie

Whilst in Melbourne we had the privilege of meeting Molly, a 6 month old whirlwind that required lots of love and affection -and sometimes a trip to naughty step. She was a Westie, white, fluffy and cute. She shared her home with two other animals; Harry, a labradoodle and Tom a Russian Blue cat. All three were a pleasure to look after for three weeks, it made me think twice about ever getting a puppy though! They are hard work!

Molly, Newport
Molly, Newport

 

Tom, Newport
Tom, Newport

Looking after 3 chickens was something I never thought I would do. But I’m glad I did! We were welcomed with loud clucks each time we opened the hutch, and they would run towards us and flap their wings each time we went outside. They were so intelligent and their desire for human contact was something I didn’t expect. I would definitely consider getting chooks in the future. 

The chooks!
The chooks!

All of the animals we have looked after have all brought something different to our lives. Each and every one has been so unique and memorable. They have made us smile, laugh and made us so incredibly happy and have brought a lot of joy to what could have been a lonely travelling existence. For more cute animal pics please check out Without_Cruelty on Instagram and Twitter ✌ ❤

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4 thoughts on “Other People’s Pets

  1. I clicked on the link to here from your Blogiversary post, really just out of curiosity – because truth be told I am not so much into animals or pets myself – and I really did not expect to enjoy reading your “short stories” about each pet sitting experience you guys had! I couldn’t refrain from smiling, and the final section with the chicken was just the super surprise that I did not expect at all! I do trust it must have been quite an experience to sit so many different creatures! Clap clap to you and Kerry for that. I’m sure you must miss those pets lots…

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    1. Hey! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. Wow, that was from such a long time ago, and was only really the tip of the iceberg when it came to our house/pet sitting adventure! Chicken’s were definitely one of the most unexpected pets we looked after, they were amazing though, timid, friendly and so loving. We both really miss all the animals we tended to, but we have great memories, fun stories to tell and luckily no more poop to scoop lol!!

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