Caring for older dogs


Meet Ruby. She’s a 10-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback who can still chase pigeons, but also loves to sleep in the sun. When Sarah her owner goes on holiday with her family, they leave Ruby behind, so she is safe and comfortable at home. She looks for HouseSitMatch house sitters to care for Ruby and the other pets at home.

Here’s what Sarah does to prepare for her trip, however, far in advance it is planned

  1. Note down Ruby’s routine- the house sitter will need to understand this routine
  2. Ensure the regular visits to the vet are calendarised–Ruby has a monthly check up on her rheumatism
  3. Watch the diet– as Ruby ages, her movement is restricted. Less exercise means her eating is monitored
  4. Adapt your home and outings–senior dogs can find steps and leaping into a car difficult. Ruby uses a ramp
  5. Ensure you find pet sitters who love dogs– use a service like to help you find pet lovers

How does it work?

HouseSitMatch can help you find suitable sitters. Join our network for a small annual fee. You get ID checked for safety and then build your advert saying when you are going on holiday. House sitters see your advert, they respond and you choose whom you’d like to care for your pets.

Trustpilot Testimonials–4.8/5 Excellent rating (New Trustpilot rating scale) Here’s what members have said about us -House sit Match found us a perfect house sitter…

Housesit Match found us a perfect house sitter while we were away in Canada and we were delighted with the care and attention that Housesit Match took in helping us find the right person.

Ros Morris–Dogowner

How do you join?

Please register online via our website – Choose a membership plan– Please note prices go up soon so sign up now on subscription to secure these prices: oStandard (DIY option) = £69 pao Premium (with support at each step)=£89pa

Do you need a house sitter?

Get in touch. House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and pet sitting, and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! Register as either house sitter or home owner with a 50% discount using coupon code SUPER50– an exclusive offer for readers.

This special offer ends on 31 July 2020.

To find a house pet-sitter go to

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