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Our first international petsitting job in Costa Rica

Hi Greetings from Costa Rica – We are pet sitting in the Guanacaste region –on the Northwest side of the country near Tamarindo.

This is our first international house and Pet-sitting gig outside of our home country of Canada, and we are here for 3 weeks.

I think we have not only fallen in love with the 5 pets were are looking after, AND we are so comfortable living on this beautiful property.

How we spend our time petsitting and living like digital nomads

We are spending our time – living, working on line and relaxing but also taking in a few excursions –(like a trip to the beach with the dogs, wandering around the town of Brasilita and Tamarindo, and trips for chores – like groceries and the vet.

Since we’ve stayed in one spot and have decent internet we were catching up on video calls with family friends and a few work opportunities.

What we learned about ourselves while petsitting

We’ve come to learn a few things about ourselves and Pet sitting. What were they for you?

  • Dorene: I forgot how much I loved having dogs and cats around, we used to make the excuse of our jobs and travel to keep any of our own for many years, but its perfect – we can love and parent these guys for a few weeks, and then we can head off on our travels.

Yeah and you have become a serious softie – I think you are going to really miss them. Especially the dogs!

  • Troy, I am just so grateful we opened ourselves up to find and try a new way of living. Only about a year ago we had no idea that Pet& house sitting was an option for us and since then we have met others who do it all over the world— it’s a great thing in the sharing economy – We look after and love your pets and in turn you don’t have to put them in a kennel and your house is safe.

Next thing on the agenda for us — Well Troy really needs a haircut for starters!

Then we head to Panama for another Pet and house sit – and spend some time doing some more serious traveling around Panama.

Try out Petsitting sometime, it’s a lifestyle we could get used to.  We often use the services of Trusted House Sitters to find great pet and housesitting opportunities.


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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. You two are awesome!! I haven’t heard of pet sitting before, but it looks like it was a great experience. Something to consider for future trips! I’m looking forward to seeing what you get up to in Panama.

    1. Thanks for watching and reading along Chris, glad we can dish out some new ideas for travel for you perhaps? Thanks again!

  2. Great video….Think you guys are going to miss these little critters….. Looks like they were well looked after….Looking forward to seeing what your next venture brings….Lv.

  3. Hey Dorene,

    I loved this video of you and Troy. You truly look happy and relaxed. Pet sitting seems like a great idea!
    You know my friend Gwen and her family moved to Panama just over a year ago. I think I sent you her info when you first were starting your adventure. I haven’t heard from her in a very long time but if you happen to see her, haha, tell her to get in touch.
    I am already thinking of the holiday season here. Do you have dates that you will be here? I really would love to see you when you are home!
    I am off to Edmonton next weekend for Ava’s 50th birthday party! I am looking forward to seeing everyone!
    I am doing well here. Brett and the kids are all busy but life is pretty good.

    I’m off to run with my dog. Take care,


    1. HI Janine! Thanks for watching! I reached out to Gwen when you passed on her info, never heard back, I may try again. Not sure about return dates back home yet, we will be back over Christmas for at least a week (and a stop into Edmonton too) Ah! too bad I’m missing Ava’s 50th enjoy your time with the girls!

  4. You guys are so damn cool, awesome, inspiring, fun…the list goes on and on. I feel like I would want to know and hang out with you guys if I wasn’t already fortunate enough to know and hang out with you guys already 🙂 Loved the video, the message, seeing you interact with the animals, and giving us a glimpse of what travel can be like when we take the road less traveled when traveling (if that makes sense)… or as you guys call it, meaningful travel. So very cool to see – thanks for sharing your experiences with us, makes me look forward to my travels and is providing me with lots of more ideas I otherwise wouldn’t have thought of or considering without the insight, inspiration, and personal experiences you continue to share with us here on TLE… Thanks!

  5. I loved watching that! You looked pretty natural as pet owners; and you are sure going to miss these 5 new friends. 🙂 Awesome.

    1. Joanne, Yes! We really miss these guys, but they have been replaced temporarily by a dog here at our Pet sit in Panama! Thanks for reading along.

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