Housesitting, Housesitting in Spain, Life of adventure

Housesitting in the Andalusian Hills

We have just completed our second housesit in Spain.  No beach in sight as our second one was situated in a small rural community 1/2 hour from Comares, and 7kms from Riogordo.

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Our four-legged companions comprised of three dogs Woody, Dexter and Bella, also, the quiet presence of two felines, Bob and Co.  Of course not forgetting the two donkey siblings, Carlos, Lily and 20 unnamed chickens.

Stepping back to a few days ago, to our arrival, and the welcome from Woody’s human parents.  The next couple of days, we started to relax and were spoilt with home cooked meals and a look around the immediate vicinity of our temporary home base.

As mentioned in a previous post, it has only been days not weeks, to be more precise, it was the 11 November, since we arrived back in Europe.  It’s been full on and so a few days of doing nothing much more than walking and getting up to date with computer stuff [such as blogging, organising housesits and a general catch up].

Getting back to what this post is really about, Woody and Co.  Without further ado, I will introduce you to the main characters:

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Above in regal pose is Bob the cat and Bella.

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Donkeys and siblings, Carlos and Lily.

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Here is the star of this post, Woody.

N.B. There is now some sad news attached to this post, as Woody died while we were there, he had previously had health issues, and his condition worsed very quickly.  Unfortunately, the diagnosis of a tumour on his liver was terminal, and he passed away peacefully.  In the short time we had with him, Woody had left an indelible impression on us.  He was a gentle natured dog and had a calming effect on his younger siblings.

He will be sorely missed by his family and anyone who met him.  R.I.P. Woody

Housesitting in the Andalusian Hills

51 thoughts on “Housesitting in the Andalusian Hills”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Woody! What a horrifying thing to have happen on your watch! I’m sure he lived a wonderful life. (You can judge a person’s character by their love of animals!) I’m glad there are lots of you around to keep each other company in this sad time! ~ Lynn

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  2. Oh what sad news on Woody Suzanne – I’ve just caught up with your blog. It’s such a responsibility looking after other peoples pets and you two sound like you are just perfect for the job. He must have been a much loved dog. And I’m jealous of you having those donkeys to look after – donkeys are my favourites 🙂 xx

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  3. Sad news, but I was pleased to read in your comments that Woodys human parents managed to be with him in his final hours. It would have been devastating for them I’m sure to lose a pet while away. It also must have been comforting for you not to have to deal alone with the death of one of your charges when housesitting. We’ve done a little bit of house sitting, and I’d find that devastating.

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  4. Sorry to hear about Woody, Suz. Darn… That seems to be one of our worst nightmares to have a dog pass away on our watch. And, so sad for the owners who aren’t there. It sounds like you all handled it well and have wonderful memories of Woody. I’m positive he was loved by all and had an incredible, free roaming life.

    It must have been an interesting experience to have home (and yard) full of animals.

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    1. We have had a dog develop diabetes while on a long housesit we can cope with anything life throws at us! It was interesting and not as hectic as it sounds. Though a bit annoying when a dog grabs our position on the sofa 😃 Not into dogs on furniture as they should have their own bed!!

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  5. Oh Suzanne this must have been so sad for you both, but what an amazing job you both have, to take on so much responsibility while people are away. I think it’s wonderful that your clients can go away in the knowledge that their home & in fact their beloved pets are in good hands and are being so well cared for, even in such sad circumstances. X

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    1. Thanks Sam, we have dealt with a few animals that have got sick, though Woody is the first one that has died. Luckily his parents were there to say goodbye and to make the decision that needed to be done. Woody got sick [he had a preexisting tumour] the night before they arrived back before taking off for another trip. We certainly give it 100% when looking after animals. It is a big responsibility and one we love doing. All in all it is usually a win/win situation x

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    1. Thanks Clare. Woody’s parents had come back for a couple of nights in between going off again and he fell started going downhill the night before they arrived back. So they were there to take him to the vet and have spent his last day with him too. Never easy saying goodbye to a loved pet!!

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    1. Unfortunately in life things don’t always go to plan and having to deal with sickness is something we have got used to doing. Not that it is ever easy. More traumatic for his human parents who have cared for him much longer than us. I just loved how Woody would walk behind us absolutely enjoying his walk with a little run when he saw that we were waiting for him, such a sweet dog 🙂

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    1. It was very sad, especially for his human parents. We were not expecting it either, though we had been told he had problems a while ago with his liver. Unfortunately with old dogs or cats, it can happen so fast. They were a lovely bunch and when you think 3 dogs what a handful, though they weren’t at all. They behaved well most of the time 🙂 We are back there in February.


    1. Yes, very heartbreaking for his human parents. He was a lovely old dog, and certainly in our short meeting he made an impact. We have been fortunate to have cared for pets who have been a joy to walk and look after it does make our job as housesitters so much more easier!

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  6. Poor Woody, but great that he had you with him. X I bet the donkeys are fun there is something special that a Donkey brings I think. Personally It looks like Bob is in charge and subtly keeps order. Merry Christmas To you and yours in Spain… if that’s where you will be.

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