6 Cute Pets that Will Make You Want to House Sit

We’ve been living well for less in Costa Rica, house sitting in the mountains surrounding San Jose. One of the best things about this house sit has been the animals: 10 dogs and a cat. It sure is a lot of animals to look after, but we’ve loved it. If you follow me on Facebook, you will have seen some of these cute pets before.


The smallest dog in the pack is Ridgie. We’ve recently been nursing Ridgie back to health as whilst we were away we was hit by a car and underwent four major operations on his back legs. He’s still learning to walk again.

House Sitter - Reggie the dogLuke on Travel and Ridgie the dog - house sitting Costa Rica


It’s not easy being the only cat in a pack of ten dogs, but Max holds his own and looks cute and fluffy whilst doing it.

Max looks after Ridgie - house sitting cute pets - Charlie on Travel

Max the cat cute - looking up - Charlie on Travel

Max sleeps - cute pets house sitting - Charlie on Travel


Remember this suitcase that I packed for our indefinite travel adventure when I left the UK in May? Now Molly sleeps in there every night.

Molly sleeps in Chaz's suitcase - house sitting cute pets - Charlie on Travel

Molly the dog - house sitting cute pets - Charlie on Travel


Banjoe is a lovable oaf who is more silly than he is cute. He always wants to play with anyone – dogs, cats and humans – but can actually knock both of us down and everything around the house too!

Banjoe sticks out his tongue - house sitting cute pets - Charlie on Travel


This podgy little dog is named Rayo, which means lightening in Spanish. Rayo is the slowest dog I’ve ever seen, but maybe his name refers to his eating speed!. He’s also the only dog who has an armchair all to himself.

Rio - house sitting cute pets - Charlie on Travel


Randy was still a street dog when we arrived here. After spending a lot of time encouraging him to come closer to us and to the house and leaving food at the bottom of the driveway for him, he eventually let me stroke him.

Randy sitting - cute pets house sitting - Charlie on Travel


I also unintentionally chose his name. He has similar facial expressions to a kid I used to know, so I started calling him by the same name and he started responding to it, so it stuck.

Randy on the coloured steps - Charlie on Travel

All of the dogs in the this house sit are allowed to roam free, exploring the jungle and running around all day. They are never locked inside and never put on a lead. It’s a completely different way of keeping pets compared to the UK and it creates a nice atmosphere in the home, where animals can come and go as they please. If you would like us to take a look at your dog to uncover your breed, we welcome you to submit some photos and we will try our best. We are testing a new method of identification and would welcome the practice.

How cute are these six pets we’ve been looking after? Have you ever looked after any gorgeous animals?

















































Charlie Marchant

Charlie is a long-term traveller from the UK who writes about simple ways to travel sustainably, including how to become a house sitter and slow traveller, eating local and vegetarian, and making responsible travel choices.

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