So not all of “These New Yorkers bought a house and went homeless to pay for it” is true, but the gist is correct.
We did not go homeless to buy the home, but we have chosen this lifestyle because we see it as one that is more sustainable and interesting. It certainly doesn’t hurt to save money through this method, but at this point we get a little sick in the stomach just thinking of settling down in one place. There’s too much adventure to be had, people and animals to meet, and commodities to be shared.
Even right now, as we travel and take a break from NYC w/ all its crazy whirring, we opted to spend our vacation days petsitting because:
We’re obsessed with Thunder.
We love her owners.
It has been over 2 years now that we have been watching Thunder and that we’ve known her lovely Dog Mama. As much as we have watched Thunder grow, and turn from a plucky ruddy brown all over with just a few white hairs to a snowy capped senior citizen who still acts like a teenager that just wants to make out all the time, we have seen her owner really transform as well. Her owner has gone from being a single, very fashionable, and inspiring independent woman to one who is all of these traits, but still more, except now she has a partner with who she shares and builds memories with.
We’ve been with her through her hip apartment in Chelsea with an attached terrace that made it the perfect place to entertain to her beautiful, floor-to-ceiling windowed loft apartment right at the bast of the Williamsburg Bridge to this beautiful shared flat in West Berlin, which she shares with Thunder’s new Dog Papa.
We were also there to meet and love Thunder’s big sister, Chili, who passed away in the last year.
Petsitting is definitely a means to an end goal, but in our case our end goal with petsitting has never been for the money, but for the adventures and the connection.
In some ways beginning petsitting and dogwalking brought Sandy and I together because just at the time that I began petsitting overnight in people’s homes, and felt less a need to maintain my own, I stumbled upon Sandy’s profile and was intrigued that he had been homeless for three years. That he was willing to live a rather selfless life, so that he may retire sooner than later from money-making ventures towards more meaningful life goals for him, was a huge plus that left me speechless when I came across his profile. Instead of rattling off a quick line or two to grab his attention, I decided not to stick my foot in my mouth and waited till I could sit down and formulate the words to express earnestly how much I would like to meet him.
That, a few months into our relationship, he wanted to roam about with me on my petsitting adventures was a life changer too as I don’t think many boyfriends would have wanted such a volatile lifestyle, changing homes week to week or day to day. However, at that point in my life I virtually needed to because I otherwise may have had to default on my mortgage.
Flash forward to now, Sandy and I could stop petsitting and settle down into home ownership. We both have progressed rather quickly in our careers in terms of salary, since we met. However, instead we continue to forge connections and strengthen the ties that we have. Many of our clients inspire us. And I fall in love over and over again re-meeting our puppies.
And that is why we are homeless!