Our Sitting Experiences

An off  the grid cacao farm

Dolphin Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama 




Our First Visit to Barbados



Tranquility on the Windward Side of

Saint Vincent in the Grenadines

Saint Vincent


Saint Vincent in the Grenadines

Pratice (2)


Samara, Costa Rica -April, 2017

Walking the dogs daily on one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever experienced.


Los 3 Amigos


LOS 3 AMIGOS- Zila, Zephera, Zulu

Put Samara on your must visit list!!



Celestun, Mexico – 6 days with

Marvelous Beach Friends


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March 2017: This was lot’s of fun, a wonderful, Canadian family is restoring a hostel on the beach in remote Celestun.



Back to Merida – 6 Weeks

Jan. – Feb.  2017: We are so spoiled by being at this colonial home within walking distance of everything that Merida has to offer.


The lovable Nala and Tesa


Mickey                                                                                                          Felix



On the Nandiame Road, Nicaragua – 5 Weeks


Dec., 2016: Heading out of town and beside the Mombacho Volcano. From here we were able to explore this pastoral country side.

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Bear, Lady and Mia Ling (a lovely bred)

and Little Risa





We were even able to hook up with House Sitting Comrades Jody and Nat.





Granada, Nicaragua – 1 Week 

DSC03294Dec., 2016:  A very quiet and comfortable home in a subdivision on the edge of the city. We were able to reconnect with the wonderful friends we have in the dynamic expat. community.

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Lacy and Lady

(what lovely animals)



On to Ometepe Island – 5 Weeks

Nov., 2016: Ometepe is a memorizing place removed from the rest of Nicaragua because it sits in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.
We had a  wonderful house sitting assignment that allowed us to become immersed in Island Life. “Oh what lovely pets and kind owners”.


Cappy the Joyful Wanderer.



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.




Mucho Gracias



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.

Our Friend Karen’s Vacation Rental


Merida, Yucatan, Mexico – 1 week

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.

  • oscar-and-co3 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 

4.5 months 

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!!


  • 5 dogs
  • chickens, turkeys
  • birds
  • 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”.

Dave and Linda, Laguna de Apoyo

The Kind Words Others Have Shared


the joyful travellers

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