We had a wonderful house sitting assignment that allowed us to become immersed in Island Life. “Oh what lovely pets and kind owners”.
Ocho and Queenie
Merida, Mexico – 2 Short Term Sits
Sept., 2016: We were very fortunate to have the pleasure of minding two families in the heart of Merida. These mini sits looking after charming cats and dogs allowed us to enjoy everything that Merida has to offer.
Playa Sisal, Mexico- 18 days
Sept.-Oct., 2016: What a joy it was to discover this isolated corner of the Yucatan.
When we first contemplated the opportunity of pet sitting for 12 rescue dogs we had a lot of questions. How will this work, who feeds them, how do you walk 12 dogs, what are we saying yes to?
The Beach Crew
Actually it worked very well, Karen has done a wonderful job of providing a loving home for these beautiful animals. Overall, the dogs are very well behaved and it was a such pleasure to spend time there.
Thank you to Karen and her mom for sharing the joy!! Hugs
If you are looking for a very cool place to escape to, take a look at Karen’s vacation rental property directly on the beach. A more peaceful place would be difficult to find.
Sept.,2016. We had the pleasure of sitting for our new friends Vikki and Carlos in Caucel, a suburb of Merida. They have a successful property management business and are pet sitters themselves, so they knew what is important to owners who leave their property to house sitters.
3 playful cats
1 lovely rescue dog
Oascar the rescue turtle
beautiful song birds
We were amazed at how much fun turtle watching can be!
“Thank you again for a job well done with heart and soul”
Vikki and Carlos, Merida
Laguna De Apoyo – April, 2016
As we were leaving, we found it was very difficult to say good bye to our newly adopted family. Yes, house sitters do become attached to the pets!!
and a lovely cat
There were so many happy moments spent caring for this crew.
This is one of those very special assignments that will always be close to our hearts.
We hope to return often to visit with the wonderful owners and their pets.
Pica, Bella, Simba and Teddy the inhaler.
“We highly recommend Doug and Johanne for any and all house/pet sitting positions. Doug and Johanne took wonderful care of our 5 dogs, 1 cat, paraketes, chickens and turkeys while we were visiting with family in the United States for 4 1/2 months”.
Gazing out over what remains of a once great civilization, so many questions arise.
Pyramid of the Soothsayer
Many of the answers remain a mystery today particularly what transpired to cause such a rapid and dramatic decline to this once powerful civilization?
Founded around 700 AD the Mayan center of Uxmal was the home of approx. 25,000 people. It is said to be the most majestic of all the Mayan cities. There is much Mayan mythology about the city once being ruled by Dwarfs.
I found it interesting that this center was built where there was no cenote for water as is the case with other site.
Getting up is the easy part.
We were extremely impressed at how well preserved and presented this UNESCO location is and our 3 hour walk about was very enlightening.
Johanne and I have found this to be a very safe and comfortable city offering many enchanting plazas and parks. Strolling the tree lined streets we discover a variety of interesting nooks and crannies.
There is free nightly entertainment at various locations in the historical district where you can experience a real local flavour.
Every Sunday they close off much of the old city around the Plaza Grande so that families can ride bicycles together.
Artists and musicians add to the relaxed atmosphere and there is great street food to experience.
It is a city steeped with culture and tradition, plus it offers a high quality of life to its residents and guests. We are always greeted with warm and welcoming smiles.
The city is also an ideal starting point for visiting the pristine beaches
along the Gulf of Mexico as well as the numerous nearby Mayan sites such as:
I have recently been confronted with the above dilemma and you may well be too.
Let me share with you what I experienced when I mustered up my nerve and got behind the wheel of a car in Nicaragua.
Chaos like you cannot anticipate meets you as you pull out onto the road. All of your senses come to full attention, adrenalin rushes in. I don’t remember this being on my driver’s test – ever!!
Be prepared for a myriad of massive trucks, barreling buses, taxis, horse carts, tuc-tucs, scooters, bicycles and pedestrians all vying for the same narrow ribbon of concrete that is misnamed a highway. To me there is no rhyme or reason, but somehow it all seems to have a flow.
The road way itself is littered with the pesky pot holes and heavily camouflaged speed bumps. Don’t be looking for signage or directional arrows for guidance as they are most often forgotten or misplaced. Sometimes what you think is actually a road headed back to town will instantly morph into a goat trail or alley into someone’s yard.
Oh and that one way that I headed down in the wrong direction? The locals were generally amused and forgiving.
I have yet to mention the living moving obstacles which will include; dogs, chickens, horses, cows, lots of cows, and the old guy pushing an ice cream cart.
Little kids laugh and play unsupervised along the sides of the road and the buses load and unload at will.
The other day I found myself in the driver’s seat staring down a very large bull that had little interest in giving way to little old me. In good time he and his buddies shuffled along down the road.
Of course this is what you see in the light of day; don’t even consider venturing out after night fall, lighting is optional.