Invariably, when I do house sitting, I am drawn into the lives of others.Sometimes this happens in incidental ways, in others quite deliberate which can from time to time be quite overwhelming-until I process the meaning of this interaction. There are times also when I find a delightful connection and become friends with pet owners.… Read More The Lives of Others
I ask myself this question on the eve of the 6th anniversary of falling into this lifestyle. Why spiritual? Well there’s an aspect of service to the greater good about it, as you help pets feel peaceful and comfortable in their owner’s absence and also the owners feel less guilty in taking a break. Of… Read More Is House Sitting a Spiritual Vocation?
“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire History is part myth, part fact. When I first read about the city of Kuching, which means “Cat” in Malay, I imagined a place once home to… Read More Kuching: Colonial Centre of the Cat Empire
Even if we won’t consciously admit it, at some level we all know that connecting with animals heals us. That’s why I was so touched by this story in the Australian news this week of dogs who worked with trauma victims in the Victorian court system. https://www.9news.com.au/good-news/2018/02/22/06/25/dogs-to-support-victims-of-crime-in-court Dogs are set to assist victims of crime… Read More WeAreTheWorld Blogfest: Dogs Who Heal Trauma
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Five years ago today I started my big adventure of house sitting. These have been among the best five years of my life as I reflect on adventures big and small, the myriad things I’ve learnt about life,… Read More Happy Adventure-sary!
Les Chattes de Paris Do French cats speak English? Do they understand French spoken with an Australian accent? Of course they do! Of course It’s not the words that matter with these highly sensitive creatures, it’s the energy and intention behind the spoken word. Mouflette and Crumpet are two charming little cats who live in… Read More Les Chattes de Paris
Its not something that I question. Having cared for over forty cats and dogs, I know they are smart, clever and wise. Not all of them of course but then that applies to we humans too. Recently I saw a program on SBS Insight titled “Puppy Love”. (www.sbs.com.au/insight/) Scientists, bless their little cotton socks, were… Read More Animal Intelligence
After I returned from Canada late last year, I house sat in a small town in Queensland. There, I was reminded of everything I love about Australia which I had previously overlooked or took for granted. Fluorescent An infusion of sea salt and chlorine envelops the bakery as wet backsides wobble in to join the… Read More Australian Story
Animals heal us. Just by being who they are, living in their essence in the present moment, they teach us to be our natural selves and enjoy life. They also teach us about unconditional love and how letting go is always a part of that state. Animal companionship is a big part of the joy… Read More Healing animals
” One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing.” Henry Miller I’m not one for superficial travel; the idea of living in a hotel and visiting sights or sites with the help of a local guide is not my idea of a rich travel experience. You are seeing what others have… Read More Tourist or Local?