House Sitting with Lip and Shadow

We have now been house sitting for a few years and have had some wonderful experiences. One of our favourite house sits is with Lip and Shadow in Cardiff and we have now house sat for them 6 times.

Lip is a Lurcher and Shadow is a Greyhound, both dogs have lots of energy and thoroughly enjoy being taken for long walks. They are very affectionate, and love lots of snuggle’s and fuss. We have got to know them really well now and it’s lovely seeing their happy reactions when we return!

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Shadow

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Lip

 

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Snuggle’s with Paul

During our house sitting experiences we have stayed in a variety of properties and this one is a really comfortable 2 bedroom house with a large kitchen diner and spacious conservatory. The garden a great place to sit and watch the activity along the canal. Along with caring for Lip and Shadow, this house sit involves looking after two adjacent ponds that are full of a variety of fish. During our house sitting stays we have performed maintenance, changing a faulty pump and obviously ensure the fish are fed.

 

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View from garden over the canal

The garden has been landscaped beautifully and is a lovely area to sit with your cup of coffee. It is a real sun trap getting the sun in the garden all day.

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Paul, Shadow and Lip in the garden

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The Boys in the garden

House sitting in Cardiff has been a wonderful experience and a great city to explore. Our location couldn’t be any better right between the bay and the city centre. A 10 minute walk towards Cardiff Bay is the Red Dragon centre this houses, multiple bars and restaurants, a cinema, bowling alley and Casino.

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The Red Dragon Centre

A further 5 minute walk and you in the centre of Cardiff bay with the very impressive Millennium Centre.

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Millennium Centre

Walk in the other direction for 10 minutes and you are in the Cardiff city centre and at the train station.

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Live music at the Brewhouse

Cardiff has a great live music scene, we always make sure we visit the Brewhouse in the Brewery Quarter. They showcase some very talented musicians and their happy hours last from 5pm – 9pm on a Friday! For all the sports fans there are plenty of TV’s showing a variety of games.

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Cardiff Castle

We were in Cardiff during the Rugby World Cup and Cardiff was buzzing prior to the New Zealand v Georgia game, such a great atmosphere in the city full of very friendly Kiwi’s!

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Friendly Kiwi

For all the Dr Who fans, in Cardiff bay there is also the Dr Who Experience. We spent a couple of hours here and thoroughly enjoyed it, you get to meet all the Dr’s and all of the enemies, and we even got to fly the Tardis! Great entertainment if you love Dr Who.

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Dr Who Exhibition

Cardiff is a great place to visit, and we thoroughly recommend it. It is only an hour away from our home city of Gloucester. We have since been back in our Campervan and stayed on a great camp site in the city centre, do read our about camping in Cardiff here.

We belong to a great house sitting community called Trusted Housesitters. If you would like to check out our house sitting profile and other references then do visit www.trustedhousesitters.com.

Here are a selection of the References from Lip and Shadow’s owner

‘Carole and Paul have just looked after our dogs fish and home as on previous occasions everything was perfect.

They are able to cope with any unforeseen issues and nothing is too much trouble for them.’

 

‘This is the third time Carole and Paul have looked after our dogs fish and home.

They really are excellent sitters and 100% reliable nothing is to much trouble for them out pets are always very well cared for and our house far tidier than it was when we left it.

I would be happy to provide more information to anyone considering asking Carole and Paul to sit for them.’

 

‘Carole & Paul have again been wonderful house sitters they gave excellent care to my two very demanding dogs and numerous fish.

They always ensure every is done to an excellent standard.

Very highly recommended.’

 

‘Carole and Paul were excellent house sitters I have two very demanding dogs a young lurched and a very active whippet. The day before Carole and Paul arrived I had to take my lurched to the vets he ended up needing daily medication and dressings. Carole and Paul sorted this with no problem. Also whilst we were away the filter on my fish tank broke again they sorted this with no problem. It’s wonderful to go away and not have to worry I cannot recommend Carole and Paul enough I have already asked them to come back. If you want excellent sitters then Carole and Paul are wonderful.’

If you would like us to house sit for you, then please do get in touch.

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Lip and Shadow

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27 Responses to House Sitting with Lip and Shadow

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  2. Frank says:

    We’ve never housesitted but it is something we would like to do in the future, it especially suits our slow travel lifestyle. I’d love to take care of pets. Do you find it difficult finding sits? How did you get started into it?
    Lovely dogs, they’ve got love in their eyes 🙂
    Frank (Bbqboy)

    • Hi Frank,
      We got started because we wanted to work out when we retire (in 5 years 9 months time!) how we could travel long term with out blowing the budget. Researching we came across house sitting. We joined TrustedHousesitters and started getting some character references and within a couple of months got our first house sit which was only actually a mile away from our house! It has roller balled from there. We now have 20 references and get offered regular house sits, but due to still working full time can only accommodate some. We are really enjoying the house sitting and these two are a joy to look after! You should try it, do let us know if we can give you any other information. Thanks for commenting on our post it really is appreciated!
      Paul and Carole.

  3. Brings back memories! I visited Cardiff way back when I was in college and studying in London. Such a lovely little city. Nice doggies 😀

  4. Deb Ludford says:

    As we start to sell our worldly goods so we can travel we realise house sitting my be for us in years to come. Keep writing. New to blogging here is a link to ours
    https://inpursuitofadreamblog.wordpress.com/

    • Hi Deb,

      Housesitting is a great way to travel and saving money on accommodation but obviously does come with responsibilities. We have had some excellent housesitting experiences and look forward to more. It takes time to develop a trusted profile so would recommend starting a few years before you would need to rely on it when travelling. Thanks for commenting and will check out your blog.
      Carole.

  5. jenn | By Land and Sea says:

    What fun!! When we travel, we really miss our dogs. Maybe doing something like this would help alleviate some of that? We will keep this in mind for the future!

  6. SamH Travels says:

    This looks like a great way to visit places, without an expensive accommodation bill 🙂
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    • Yes thats why we started it a few years ago to get a an established profile which will enable us to travel with free accommodation in the future. Very rewarding too, all part of the retirement plan!

  7. We are dying to sign up for housesitting, we just need to slow down our travelling first and plan to be somewhere for longer than a few days! It’s great to hear your story though, it has reminded and encouraged me to pull my finger out as we can’t think of anything more fantastic than looking after someone’s beloved pet for a while! What a fabulous time to be in Cardiff for this as well, bonus!! Thanks for sharing your story, I will make a note to get onto this right away! #feetdotravel

    • We can’t house sit as much as we like to due to working full time but try and do a couple a year so that we can build up our profile and references. All part of the retirement plan free accommodation and pets for company it’s a win win. Will make our plan to travel for longer financially viable. Thanks for your comment.

  8. Travel Lexx says:

    I really want to try house sitting as it would be a really good and cheap way of travelling the world – so it’s great to see that this works and that you can have a good time while you’re doing it! Fantastic idea and I will definitely look at making my own profile and trying it out somewhere! Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a great idea, I’ve never thought of house-sitting with pets. Definitely a win-win!
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  10. We have the same plan as you but have slightly longer to wait for the pension – it seems like an ideal way to travel and see the world in an affordable way! We have signed up with Trusted Housesitters but have a little problem – she is called Sally and is our own 11 year old dog! I will have to keep you in mind if we need somebody to house sit in the next few months!
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  11. Only By Land says:

    Wouldn’t it be amazing if Leicester won the Champions League in Cardiff this summer! House sitting looks to be an interesting experience and you must have got close to the dogs too, they must have been excited each time you returned! The location of the property sounds perfect too with downtown being a 10 minute walk away.

  12. Kreete says:

    Ive been wanting to get into housesitting and it’s great to read more about your experience. I would toally get you to sit our future house along with future cats and dogs and goats and chooks haha! Just have to come to Australia 😬
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  13. Sarah says:

    How do you arrange the housesitting opportunities! That’s definitely something I could get onboard with – especially if they come with furry friends like this 😀

    • We joined Trusted Housesitters and have been building a profile with references, there are other sites to so worth doing reading and seeing which would suit you. We have really enjoyed our house sitting opportunities and hope to do longer sits when we retire. Thanks for your comment!

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