How to Handle an Aggressive Dog at the Dog Park

Nothing makes me angrier at the dog park than owners who bring an aggressive dog and don’t monitor it. Not only because it’s scary and dangerous for both dogs and owners. But also because the dog park is the only place where many dogs can enjoy freedom from the leash or home confinement. One minute…

Make-Ahead Recipes: The Authentic Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Espanola or Tortilla de Patatas)

We’re bringing you an authentic  Spanish Tortilla or the tortilla espanola or tortilla de patatas, for our first make-ahead recipe post since our cookbook, the House Sitter’s Cookbook, published. I don’t know about you but we’re excited about sharing more food and recipes with you because…well…we love food. So why are make-ahead dishes so important? Because good make-ahead dishes…

Airbnb User’s Guide: Steps of the Airbnb Resolution Process

  In the final part of our Airbnb User’s Guide, we’ll guide you through the process of filing for an Airbnb resolution. Understanding that process is the best way to ensure your Airbnb complaint will be successful. We’ve used Airbnb in Italy, Spain, France, Morroco, London, the US, Portugal and possibly a couple of more countries…

How to Prepare for Your House/Pet Sit Interview + Questions

You scored! You landed a house/pet sit interview. During your happy dance, you realize you have an interview coming up. It’s now time to get prepared. One of the best ways to prepare for a house/pet sit interview is to make a list of questions. This list not only keeps us focused but acts as talking…

Airbnb User’s Guide: When Your Airbnb Reservation Isn’t Right

Nothing in the world is perfect, including Airbnb. The majority of the listings will be just as they should be, but sometimes your Airbnb reservation isn’t right. It might be because of an unscrupulous host, a less than clean booking, a miscommunication or a misunderstanding. Whatever the issue occasionally a reservation won’t be right when…

Airbnb User’s Guide: The Booking Checklist

David and I are Airbnb booking superusers. We’ve booked over 23 Airbnb rentals, some a night or two and several for over a month. Three of those rentals haven’t worked out, the rest have received four or five-star reviews from us. One of the biggest advantages of using Airbnb so often is we’ve learned what…