CHLOE’S family regularly holiday in Malaga and she stays behind with a family friend in Hertfordshire.
However, with only five days to go the sitter cancelled. A family illness had driven her to pull out of the two week dog-sit. Chloe’s family struggled so late in the day to find another sitter from their network. They had originally wanted someone they knew and who understood her peccadillos.
Like many Cocker Spaniels Chloe is affectionate and loves companionship but is also a little nervous of strangers. Despite being eight years old she acts like a puppy and is used to being the centre of attention.
So with only five days to go the family began to search online to find a new solution. They came across HouseSitMatch.com and then a live chat conversation via the homepage led to them registering as ‘homeowners.’ They set about building a profile, and creating an advert to find someone in time for their holidays.
They considered a local kennels with an excellent reputation, but didn’t think her temperament was suitable for ‘kennel care’ and wanted someone who would be willing to give her the love and attention she gets from the whole family, especially their daughters.
Once registered, and having published a ‘Housesit Advert’, an instant alert was sent to house-sitters interested in dogs in the UK. And within two days an arrangement was made with a checked and registered sitter on the site whose own changing plans had unexpectedly freed up most of August! Chloe had a companion for the summer.
To find a pet-sitter go to www.HousesitMatch.com