A little bit about us...
Who are Chris + Suze?
We’re a British couple from Kent who quit our 9-5 lifestyle in order to housesit and travel full time! Chris works as a freelance web developer and photographer, while Suze makes handsewn home decor items for her Etsy shop online. We became a couple in 2011 and have enjoyed many years of adventuring together ever since!
What started it all
In late 2017 we were exhausted from years of living 9-5, feeling unfulfilled and gloomy about the prospect of continuing on this treadmill for the rest of our lives. Weeks and months passed us by in a blur and we were craving a more purposeful and exciting life. We began using a website called Borrow My Doggy to bring some fluffy joy and doggo cuddles into our lives, and as a way to meet new people in the area.
While on the hunt for new employment, Suze applied for a customer service role at Brighton-based housesitting and petsitting company, Trusted Housesitters. Although ultimately she was turned down for the role, this came to be a blessing in disguise as she was provided a year’s membership for free as part of the application process. A couple of months later Chris handed in his notice at his job and, while figuring out what was next for us, we remembered we still had Trusted Housesitters membership. We used those 10 remaining months of membership to start our full time housesitting journey.
At the end of 2017 we said goodbye to our flat, our jobs, and most of our possessions to housesit full time and do what we love most – take care of animals and spend our time together!
Our journey so far
Since our first housesit in January 2018, we’ve travelled all over the United Kingdom; from the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and North Wales, to London, Norfolk and the Cornish coast. We’ve also completed a couple of international housesits in Berlin and Stockholm.
We’ve looked after a huge range of animals over the past four years, completing 99 housesits to date, and caring for:
- 130 dogs
- 59 cats
- 11 flocks of chickens
- 5 tortoises
- 4 tanks of fish
- 2 donkeys
- 1 guinea fowl
- 5 horses
- 1 pig
- 3 flock of ducks
- 1 herd of alpacas
- 3 flock of sheep
- 1 herd of cows
- 1 bearded dragon
- 1 gecko
- 1 hamster
- 1 parrot
We rarely use Trusted Housesitters these days – it gave us a great start on our journey – but we now use a range of housesitting websites to secure bookings, as well as having our own housesitting business to book sits directly. Each housesit allows us to experience a different lifestyle and new ways of living, whilst exploring new places and taking care of new animals! We’re enjoying spending our days together, finding our next adventures, and living a nomadic lifestyle that’s a world away from our previous 9-5 grind.
What’s next for Chris + Suze Go Walkies?
Now that travel is opening up post-Covid-restrictions, we’ve found ourselves almost completely fully booked with housesits throughout 2022. Our own website dedicated to our petsitting services is the best way to find out if we can housesit for you!
We recently bought our dream home in the form of a VW Transporter, which we’re currently converting into our very own home on wheels to give us a base in between housesitting jobs. We are planning to split our time equally between travelling in our van and continuing housesitting.
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