House Sit In Scotland With Chewing Monster

We were house sitting in Scotland when the desperate call of a young mother of a family with three children and lots of animals reached us. “Oh, I hope so, that you are available. My planned house sitter let me down only a few days before the assignment!”

Where is Killearn? I thought, and went on Google Maps to see, if this house sit would be something for us. We had been contacted by a mother of three children which house sitter had let her down near term. Luckily we had a gap in our house sitting agenda and were able to help out as we were already in Scotland. ‘Oh wow!’ I exclaimed. ‘It’s only half an hour drive and almost in Lochlomond And Trossachs National Park. That’s awesome!’

The four-bedroom house was in a complex with two other houses of her in-laws. A pond surrounded by big trees, lawns and meadows offered spacious playground for the dogs. The two Labradors, Maisie and Sana, made friends with Vlou and us immediately.

Maisie, Sana and Vlou get along instantly

But there were not only the dogs to care for. Furthermore a flap eared, black-white angora rabbit was in competition for attention with the dogs and five chickens.

The angora rabbit likes to be on the sofa as-well

The feathered members of the family were not allowed to get in the house (luckily). Don’t laugh at me! – they had all names! (which I don’t remember). That’s the first step to get into the house, isn’t it?

Grey World Nomads
Four of the five chickens (one was late …)

Last but not least – may I introduce you to the queen of the house? The whole top floor is her kingdom where she chose bedrooms and beds for her rest ad libitum.

The queen of the house

Maggie was very well-behaved and liked to lie on her sofa in the reception room observing what was going on in the kitchen. She had a melancholic look on her face which only lifted when we took a walk. Then she would run and play excitedly like a puppy with Sana, herself being only eight months old.

Melancholic look of Maggie

Sana being the opposite of Maggie not only in colour as she was black as the night but also in her naughty behavour. We were told to lock her up in her puppy cage in the night and if we left the dogs alone at home. ‘She would otherwise destroy the house’, Nicola, her owner said laughingly. We got some examples as she managed to get at anything desirable from the kitchen counter (and that was not only food!).

Sana grabs everything from the kitchen counter

Nonetheless a most lovable chewing monster – we were not able to be angry with her. Look at that face!

Other than that, we enjoyed both dogs (all three with our traveling Beagle, Vlou, of course!) on extended walks in Lochmond and Trossachs National Park. You can go in either direction to find stunningly beautiful landscapes with lochs (lakes), mountains and rivers.

The Trossachs



We were able to visit the famous Falkirk Wheel – a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. What an engineering marvel!

Falkirk in Scotland is also home to The Kelpies, the largest equine sculpture in the world. It are 30-metre high horse-head sculptures, a monument to Scotland’s horse-powered industrial heritage. The dogs were not very interested in our cultural trip though – see their long faces!

After a fortnight we welcomed the family back from their holiday and drove off to our next house sit all the way to Southampton in the south of England. ‘Sana has been always very quiet when we drove somewhere’, George stated thoughtfully. ‘Yes, surprisingly she was always very quiet,’ I replied. ‘I know now why!‘ George looked at me and made a face. ‘She was chewing contently through all the safety belts of the backseats during our trips and we didn’t even hear it!

Bye, bye girls!

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28 thoughts on “House Sit In Scotland With Chewing Monster”

  1. We just house sat in Scotland for 2 weeks – in Glasgow! We got up to Loch Lomond for just a day but we’re dying to come back and spend some more time in the Highlands! Only trick is that as we’re American it’s hard for homeowners to get us insured on their vehicles and renting for an extended period of time is a bit expensive, so we may have to do it without house sitting. We’ll see! Fun post =)

  2. Great read, we are house sitting in Palermo, Sicily at the moment and we are loving our moments too, we are looking after two holiday apartments, the house, the plants and our favourite Oscar (dog) and Trudy (cat), we hope to share with you soon on our blog when the assignment is done. DL

    1. Hi Della, I’m sure you have a great time in Palermo! How is the weather, did you have some rains lately? It can be quite dry in Sicily, I guess. I’m looking forward to see some pictures on your blog.

  3. Awwwwn you guys seem to be great at house sitting!! This is sooo cool!
    The house’s inhabitants are sooo cute, the rabbit in special hahaha
    And a puppy? Ohhh my!

    Thank you for sharing your story on #MondayEscapes

  4. We have never tried house sitting. The caring for pets part would be an added bonus for us, especially if we could bring our very chilled cockapoo, Dino. We were in the Scottish highlands at the end of April. What a beautiful place to be—-especially with dogs!

    1. Cockapoos are so easy dogs. If he/she is good with other animals house sitting is a good way to experience the local life. Thanks for your comment, Suzanne.

    1. We loved the south and south-west of Scotland. Hopefully the East and North will be great, too as we will be returning mid June for two house sits in Scotland.

  5. Yikes! Lots of animals, but a cute story. I visited Loch Lomond 35 years ago and it’s a beautiful area. By the way, the Queen of the House certainly looked like she could give “attitude”!

  6. I have not participated in any housesitting (well, not formally) and find others’ accounts fascinating. Gorgeous area of Scotland you stayed in.

    1. We started house sitting about two years ago and it’s a great way to live the life of a local. We are very happy to return to Scotland for two other house sits in June and look forward to it. Charles, maybe you should give it a go 😉

  7. How incredibly beautiful! I would’ve loved to join you on one of those walks. And all the pets are too precious 🙂 It’s clear that they all have a lot of personality – even the chickens! #MondayEscapes

    1. Ha-ha, I’m not that sure about the personality of the chickens 🙂 Mind you, one was very stubborn as it didn’t come back to the night shelter with all the others and we had to look for it a couple of times. Good that there are not too many foxes around there.

  8. We live nearby where you were housesitting! We were just at the Kelpies again today actually. This experience sounds a lot like one we had in CA where we had a dog, ducks, a large garden, and rabbit to watch in addition to our own 2 cats. Our cats were quite confused by the rabbit, who was bigger than either of them and moved so strangely:) Fun times!

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